I'm an American college student trying to figure out my writing strengths & styles by playing around with J.K. Rowling's ideas. The Harry Potters books were a huge part of my childhood, and I hope my stories do them justice.
Summary: Nobody can slow the seasons; and for some it seems every step we take leads us further down the path to winter. A poetic take on the tale of two boys, and their growth and falls.
What an inspired (and beautiful) way to express the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald! The division of your stanzas based on the seasons made for really good organization. Also, your most powerful lines were all the ones inside the parenthasis. The best detail, I thought, was "rage-colored leaves" - it forged the ultimate link between the topic of your poem and the name you chose for it.
Author's Response: :D Thankyou, Calico! Receiving such strongly supportive reviews really brightens up my day and inspires me to persist with my poetry.
Summary: Dilys Derwent forever reigns in the annals of wizarding history for her reknown as a revolutionary Healer and her distinguished tenure as a Headmistress of Hogwarts. But who was Dilys, called Dandelion in her youth? This story follows her path to legend.
I can't wait to see how Dandelion fares at Hogwarts! It was really brilliant to take such a small character and create a whole story around her. I have a question though - what time period is this supposed to be taking place?
Author's Response: Dandelion--or Dilys, I should say--is going to get to Hogwarts in chapter three (she's got to get books and a wand first!). The time period is the early to mid 1800's...I'm sure there were still remote little villages back then... Thanks for the review; I'm glad you liked it!
Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.
This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.
I just wanted to take the time to say that I kept myself from reading this next installment of your series for as long as I could, because I knew I wouldn't be able to stop once I started. I really didn't want to get obsessed with a story again, but I couldn't help it. Now I'm so glad that I caved and read all fourteen chapters at once - Lands Below is, in my opinion, even better than Thorn Circle. I think what I like best is that Alex has grown up enough that she's lost a bit of her recklessness. But she's also so much like her old self in that she can't help getting involved in the MMS, and she's just as curious as ever about all the things that Max can tell her. Btw, I love Max, I love that Alex has a brother, and I love the way you fit him in. My favorite chapter was the one when Max explains who he is to Alex. The only thing still driving me crazy about Alex is that she's not being a very good friend to Anna right now, and she doesn't even seem to realize how much she's hurting her. But of course, you intended that. You intended all of this. It's incredible! It's stupendous! It's making me check the 'most recent' page almost daily! So thank you for writing this series, it's the best thing I've ever encountered on this site.
Max's offer to relinquish his mission with the MMS was just so...brotherly! I really really love his character, and all I can say is that he better not turn out to be a fake like Journey or I'll die. His and Alex's relationship is the most wonderful thing in this story. And of course, all the drama with Darla is exciting, but I feel like Max will be more important overall in the series. I'm getting attached - don't let anything happen to him, please!
Max can't be dead.
I really don't know what else to say except...he can't be dead.
Summary: Nearly every witch and wizard in the magical community suffered in the aftermath of the Great Battle of Hogwarts, including Draco Malfoy. He’s no longer the cocky, arrogant, slick-haired Prince of Slytherin, but a haunted, vulnerable young man. Finally free of his father and the Dark Lord’s clutches, he revels in his new found independence. The wizarding society is broken and rebuilding, and Draco returns to Hogwarts to repeat his seventh year. Newly appointed as Head-Boy, it seems Draco has changed. But has he changed enough to accept Hermione Granger as Head-Girl?
Chapter Seven is up! Leave a review :D
I really like the start to this story - I can't wait to see how Draco and Hermione react when they meet on the Hogwarts Express, especially after the way he treated her in Diagon Ally. Also, I think you meant "figment of the imagination" instead of "pigment." I can't remember which chapter that was in, but that's the only tiny edit I found - otherwise it was flawless. Please update soon!
Author's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write the review! That error should be corrected now, thanks for pointing it out. Sometimes I don't proof-read my work properly! Thanks for the compliment, I'm working on chapter four as we speak. Continue to read and review!
Summary: Nine year-old Snape is all alone and hungry...
This story was so sad, and portrays Snape's childhood so well. The line about how he couldn't handle a little sweetness in his life expertly foreshadows his later years, too. what a brilliant idea! Still, it made me a bit melancholy afterward, which I'm sure was the point.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it [even though it made you sad... :( ] A very random story, but I guess I just wanted to show what a crappy childhood Snape had... Thanks a lot for reviewing!
Summary: It's that time of year. Time for an untimely winter ball, and Emma Weasley is not thrilled about Tyrone Thomas' relentless pursuit if her. But will his terrible singing and creepy stalker-ish antics woo her at last? And what the heck is Jordan Potter up to? DH is very disregarded. No Albus Severuses here.
I am Schmerg_The_Impaler of Hufflepuff House, and this is my submission to the Winter Snows thingy, in the "Melting a Winter Heart" category.
That was so sweet! I was happy that Emma gave in to Tyrone for once - but Jordan and Giorgi stole the show for me. I think Jordan's technological-dancing was so creative and romantic, even more romantic than everything Tyrone did. Thank you for such a wonderful Pentagon Christmas!
Author's Response: Har har, thank you! And believe it or not, the Jordan and Giorgi pair was actually supposed to be the more 'romantic' pair, whereas Tyrone and Emma were mostly just there for comedy. I'm so glad this was accepted just before Christmas!
Summary: It's Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But his little sister, Kata Potter, still has a year to go. She's still in Little Whinging. And nothing is the same. Her brother is gone, her friends have changed, and she's been told to trust no one. All Kata has left is an assignment from her teacher: find and catalog the twenty things that make her world go 'round. Maybe Kata's too young for the magic, but she's going to have her own adventures... adventures that will take her from Little Whinging to London, a police station, the back of a train, a stage with a bright light... and maybe even to Hogwarts itself.
Twenty Things is a story about finding yourself, your friends, your secrets, and your past, and hacking it all into some sort of future.
It's great how you don't start out telling the reader everything about Kata; by taking it more slowly it's like you're actually getting to know her at a human pace (rather than a fictional one). She's so mysterious...I can't wait for more! Please update soon!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Kata does has a lot of secrets, and sooner or later they're all going to have to come out, so keep reading! Chapter three is in the queue.
Summary: After the disastrous events of the end of the Marauder's fifth year, a fuming Lily Evans decides that that arrogant James Potter and his friends need a taste of their own medicine. The straight-laced Prefect suddenly finds herself pranking her class's trickiest boys--and maybe even enjoying it. Coupled with a series of mysterious apology letters that Lily has begun receiving, it's bound to be an interesting year.
Winner of the 2010 QSQ for Best Canon Romance!
Wow, I'm really impressed by the way you handled characters who have been written so many times before - their characters are canon but without being predictable. I also love the way Snape described Lily's patronus as "wibbly"! What a word! Please keep writing, I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
Summary: "There are many stories between the lines." - Jo Rowling, about the Black Family Tree.Cedrella's goal all her life has been to be the perfect Black. She has impeccable manners, commands respect, is always composed, and has never had a friend in her life. But Cedrella has a secret that is about to get a lot more complicated… Septimus is the youngest of seven Weasley brothers. His dearest wish for his seventh year at Hogwarts is to meet the mystery girl he once saw dancing in the Owlery in the dead of night… This story is a romance, but it is also a story about family, owls, and what it feels like to know you are worth something.
I just read this whole story in one go – it is fabulous! Cedrella and Septimus are so real, but then, Charis and Arcturus Black and all the others are, too. I NEED to know what happens next! Cedrella had better run away in the middle of the wedding and go find Septimus, or something equally dramatic. She can't seriously marry Caspar.... Update soon please!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! :) Creating characters is my favorite thing about writing so I'm really glad you like them.
On a stormy October evening, a letter, a late night trip to the library and a secret conversation lead Lily Evans to discover that there are several mysteries in her life that only she has the capability and the inclination to solve. The first mystery is James Potter – what could turn him from the arrogant, could-care-less boy that she had previously known to someone withdrawn and far away? Then, perhaps more troubling, there is Esther Collins, the fifth year who has vanished without a trace. Furthermore, one of Lily’s best friends, Izza, is seeing a mystery boy and Lily is determined to know who.
Then there is the threat of war, backstabbing friends and NEWT’s. A disinherited and emotionally battered Sirius Black is the source of heartache for his friends, except perhaps Izza, who, with her own terrifying family, might just understand him. Lily’s closest male friend, Remus Lupin, is hiding a dangerous secret from her. Peter’s girlfriend is screwing him over, and the whole time Lily is struggling to stop the people she loves from coming apart at the seams.
I just read all 18 chapters in 2 days – this story is addicting! Izza is fascinating, and I'm impressed with the development of the Lily-James relationship. Please please please update soon!
Author's Response: Wow! That's a pretty good effort considering that some chapters are quite long. I'm so glad you like it, and the next chapter will be up very soon.
Five years separate two kisses and two girls, a redhead, and a blonde. A lot can change in five years.I am Northumbrian from Ravenclaw House, and this is my entry for the February Love challenge in the Great Hall - category First Love - at the MNFF beta boards.
This was an adorable story; you really understood the characters and made Neville and Ginny's relationship so believable. I liked the way that you brought all of Neville's love interests into the story, from Ginny to Romilda to Luna, and finally to Hannah. The ending, although predictable, was cute.
Author's Response: Thanks. This is a story of lurve, so predictable and cute is, I suspect, my default setting. -N-
Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy for eighth grade, angry and in denial. Unwilling to accept the events of the previous year, she is determined to fix what went wrong, no matter what the cost. When her obsession leads her to a fateful choice, it is not only her own life that hangs in the balance, for she will uncover the secret of the Deathly Regiment!
This is the third book in the Alexandra Quick series.
Innocence is just so....innocent! And clueless, but in a really adorable way. And I'm so glad Anna's back! I was worried Alex was going to run away from school and try to save her from some terrible wizarding prison, or something equally dangerous. But I'm still really worried about what she's going to do about Max, and what she's going to do to Darla. Update again soon please!
I haven't left a review in ages, even though I admire this story so much. Today's chapter was...amazing. Frightening. Horrible. Amazing again. A lot of this book has reminded me of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, except that everything in the Lands Below and Beyond is infinitely darker than one measly basilisk. Innocence is a little like Ginny (in role, if not personality), and, as another review mentioned, Alexandra definitely shares Harry's "saving-people-thing". On a completely different note, I don't believe Max is coming back. Don't get me wrong, I miss him as much as everyone else does - and I wish he could come back - but he's not going to. I think in this chapter Alex accepted that a little more than before. But just because he isn't alive doesn't mean he won't reappear later on. Didn't Absalom Thorn say the Deathly Regiment once fought with wizards? I predict Max will come back somehow...but he won't come back to life.
I'm so glad the third book is here - just in time to distract me from my midterms! I love that you wrote from Anna's perspective (even though I'm dying to know how Alexandra is really doing, after everything that happened at the end of book 2). I cannot wait for the next chapter! Update as soon as humanly possible, please!
Summary: Six weeks after the battle, Hermione puts on a bathing suit for the first time in nearly a year... scars are revealed as painful memories rise to the surface yet again.
I almost submitted this under dark/angst, but at the end of the day, I see it as Ron/Hermione. *shrug* Also, a gazillion thanks to my awesometastic beta Natalie, and to both Neil and Carole for helping me with all things British. :D
This is one of the most beautiful pieces I've read here in a long time, especially for a Ron/Hermione. I especially loved the line about Hermione having been through a lifetime of change in a year, and the line "I never stop trying to see." This is a quick but powerful one-shot - I loved reading it.
Author's Response: Thanks so much, and thanks for mentioning that line "I never stop trying to see." It was not in the original drabble, but I wish it had been. It is one of my favorite parts, too. Thanks again for the lovely compliment.
Summary: Alexandra Quick has discovered the dark secret at the heart of the Confederation, survived a visit to the Lands Beyond, and been given seven years to live. Now she's determined to cheat her fate and see justice done. Standing in her way is a vengeful conspiracy and secrets even she is not prepared for. She'll need the help of her friends and loved ones, but even that may not be enough against the power of the Stars Above.
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I'm so glad I have biweekly Alexandra times to look forward to again! The first chapter was fantastic - I can't wait for more!
I haven't been reviewing regularly because I'm abroad and tend to read new chapters on whichever fanfic site updates first, since I'm 7 hours ahead of America. But I swear, Alexandra has been what motivates me to get up on Mondays and Fridays, and I'm going to miss her until she returns in book 5. All I can say at this point is that I loved the book, love the characters more than ever, and am ridiculously curious about what comes next. Thank you for another awesome read. Seriously. I don't read any HP fanfics anymore except yours ‚Ä“ I just can't resist. The AQ series is amazing, and I really hope you continue to have the time, dedication, and enthusiasm to write about Alexandra.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I have every intention of continuing.