What can I say. I'm a grown woman living in London but I'm obsessed with a teenage wizard and his friends. Am I mad? Probably Do I care? Hell no!
EDIT: Grown? Um, probably not
For my first foray into the realms of fanfiction I've chosen to write about the Marauders. I'll always stick fairly closely to canon as I think JK knows best. Although I've enjoyed reading about other ships I, personally, don't think I could write with conviction about Ginny/Crabbe or Hermione/Mclaggan relationships.
EDIT: ha ha ha ha ha - How I have changed! I'm now firmly in the rare-pair, SSP, and things that aren't quite conventional camp, although I still loves me some James/Lily.
My second chaptered fic (Apparently Asleep) has started a love affair with Tonks/Remus and confirmed my obsession for all things Sirius. *sigh*
I am indebted to Terri (mudbloodproud) for being a great beta and all round amazing person. If it hadn't been for her encouragement I would have thrown in the towel many months ago.
EDIT: I have made a lot of wonderful friends during my past three years on MNFF, including (in no particular order) Natalie, Kara, Hannah/Bob, Jess, Gina, Lea, Lori, Julia, Minna, Emmahhhh, and the fantabulous BB.
I hope Mugglenet and you enjoy reading my words as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Huge thank-you to my niece, Amanda, for being one of the first to catch the Harry Potter bug and nagging me into reading them.
I’ve written a variety of stories, so here is them arranged in categories. Some are cross- referenced. So a James/Lily may appear in Marauder or Canon Romance
A Second Chance
First Date Disaster
Flying, Fair Play and the Need for a Firm Hand
It Takes a Wolf to Prank a Dog
Learning to Fly
O.W.L.s, Quidditch and the Added Distraction of Sirius Black
Peace in Heaven
Ribbons, not Strings
Sixth Time's the Charm
Thank you for your time, Professor
The Lions of Gryffindor
The Lions of Gryffindor
The Sum of the Whole
Who's That Girl?
Wormtail on the Hogwarts Express
'i'before 'e' (Percy/Audrey)
A Prize Above Rubies (Isla Black/Bob Hitchens)
Apparently Asleep (Remus/Tonks)
Birthday Girl (George/Angelina)
Bound in the Beating of Each Other’s Hearts (Narcissa/Lucius)
Coup de Foudre (Bill/Fleur)
Dancing Queen (James/Lily)
First Date Disaster (James/Lily)
Five weeks (Remus/Tonks)
Forces of Nature (Ron/Hermione)
Forever Dancing (Alice/Frank)
In The Stars (Draco/Astoria)
Key of the Door (Ron/Hermione)
Kissing the Joy as it Flies (Seamus/Lavender)
March Madness (James/Lily)
Not Quite Perfect (Bill/Fleur)
Sixth Time’s the Charm (James/Lily)
Snowball Fights (Teddy/Victoire)
Until Death (Eaters) Do Us Part (Draco/Astoria)
You Dance Divinely (George/Angelina)
Non (or rather tweaked) Canon (apart from one story, these don’t break any canon.)
Better than Chocolate (Charlie/Tonks)
Heat of Life (Harry/Katie)
Her Tomorrows (Harry/Parvati)
Lavender, blue- A Gryffindor True (Lavender/Blaise)
Love At First Strike (Angelina/Terry)
Orphans of the Storm (Seamus/Parvati/Dean)
Passion Among the Primroses (Arthur/Mafalda)
Predictions of Love (Gilderoy/Sybil)
Ribbons, not Strings (Remus/Rosmerta)
Stars or Carousels (James/Dominique)
Summer’s Heat (Sirius/OC)
Teenage Witch (Charity/Myron Wagtail )
The Happy Couple (Harry/Ginny, Blaise/Lavender)
The Only One (Lavender/Blaise Teddy/Victoire)
The Untrodden Path (Draco/Hannah)
Where We Started From (Dean/Ginny)
Same sex Pairings
Apple-bobbing ( Lisa/Susan)
Close Your Eyes (Hermione/Lavender)
Drowning, not Waving (Oliver/Cedric)
Eyes That Know Me (Scorpius/Hugo)
Forbidden Colours (Tracey/Demelza)
The Dance We Do (Bellatrix/Amelia)
The Hat that Thinks it’s a Chair (Justin/Theo)
Truth Or Dare (Cormac/Zacharias)
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name
Lockhart, Sprout and Two Smoking Goblets
Passion Among the Primroses
Predictions of Love
The Bacchus Book
Vampire - Ghost Child!
A Prize Above Rubies
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name
An Outstretched Hand
Others (General, D/A, Post Hogwarts, Next Gen)
A Tangled Web (D/A)
All in the Genes (NG)
Chasing the Scoop! (Post Hogwarts)
Christmas on the Outside (General/Trio era)
Dean Thomas and the Reiver Curse (Post Hogwarts)
Diavol (Remus Trio Era)
Every Breath You Take (Post Hogwarts/Next Gen)
Forever Dancing (Alice/Frank)
Friends in Unlikely Places (Post Hog. Hermione)
Growing Old Disgracefully (Post Hog)
Lavender, blue (Trio Era)
Mere Wisps of Light (Post Hog. Draco fic)
Muggles, Magic and Misconceptions (Next Gen)
My Funny Valentine (Post Hogwarts)
Staring into the Fire (Trio Era)
The Waiting Game (D/A)
Whispers from the Past (Next Gen)
The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too
Who’s that Girl?
As They Watch
Celestina's Songbook: Christmas Edition, Volume 1
Fairytale of Hogwarts
I Believed in Lily Evans
Master Barty Regrets
Queen of My Heart
The Daydream Pedlar's Song
The Labyrinth Mind
Summary: Marty Price works for The Cause, which involves several campaigns and petitions on a weekly basis. It has become common knowledge within Hogwarts that if you see her coming towards you with a clipboard, you should turn and walk the other way. Or perhaps deny all grasp of the English language. And if this isn’t eccentric enough, there’s also her obsessive written observations of four boys in her year, which will one day make a rather interesting book ...
Remus Lupin, meanwhile, has always been a little different, too. Poor, sweet Remus Lupin is, to the casual observer, the picture of a sensible, hard working student. However, he has three friends who have done more for him than anyone knows and they have done this because of his troubled past, troubled present and troubled future. Why the gloominess? Because Remus Lupin just so happens to be a werewolf.
So what could these two possibly have in common? And how can their stories possibly connect?
Runner-up for the 2008 Best Marauder Era QSQ.
I love these stories. Your characterization is superb. This chapter is my favourite (so far) it's very touching.
Author's Response: Thanks, I\'m glad you think so. It\'s much harder for me to write deep, sad stuff instead of fun, happy stuff, so I\'m glad it worked out okay.
Oh NO! It's the end of The Cause and you're going too! I'm gutted. This has been such a brilliant story. I have really enjoyed every single chapter and have been simultaneously laughing and crying along with Marty and Remus.
Good Luck for the future I'm so leased you have a character storming through your brain and I hope to read your books in the future.
One thing though- You're never too grown up for fanfiction - as a Mum I'm enjoying this site immensly. However I understand how obsessive characters and writing can be when they won't leave your head. Come back if you get any other ideas.
I have LOVED your Marauders and think they may have influenced mine, just a weeny bit.
Good Luck with A'levels. Good Luck with your book and Good Luck with everything else.
Feel a bit sad but it's been great reading you.
Author's Response: Thank you, those are all really nice things to say. It's not that I think I'm too "grown up" for fanfiction, or anything else for that matter. I just think I'm done writing it; you never know, I guess. Anyway, this is really such a great review. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the things I've wrote, because I so enjoyed writing them. Thanks again, really, and for the good luck too. I'll definitely take it!
I'm currently taking the humor class so decided for my first assignment to write a 'well thought out' review of your work.(ahem) It has been incredibly difficult for me to find only one extract to review but in the end I chose James' increasingly desperate attempt to woo Lily by pretending he does crochet. How I think this works is that I honestly suspend all reality and believe I'm actually there. I can see James' desperation and Lily's laughter. The absolute definitive moment, for me, is Sirius falling off his chair, crying with laughter. Lily is trying not to laugh. Marty is trying not to laugh but Sirius just cannot control himself- and neither can I.
Poor James, no one, not even adopted daughter Luanne can take him seriously now. Having been told by JK the stories of James- the- hero, or James- the- bully it is refreshing to see James- the- prat! You write very realistically - you obvioulsy know a few teenage boys to get the dialogue so perfectly. Whilst reading this scene I was laughing so much I had completely forgotten the letter Marty had received froim her aunt.....then WHAM you slip it in at the end. Well done.
I can't forgive you, however, for only having one more chapter left. I demand more!
Author's Response: Wow, that was well thought out, thank you! To be honest, I've always seen James as a bit of a prat in my mind ... probably because you're right, I do know a few teenage boys! And even though they can be really mean (James-the-bully) and stupid (James-the-prat) I know that deep down they're really nice people, and they have occaisional moments of being totally sweet (James-the-hero). Not to mention they're all hilarious! Anyway, thanks for the great review and good luck with the rest of your class!
Funny, as always, but quite sad when she thought about her mum. Oh and I had my hands in front of my eyes when they so nearly kissed. AGHHHH! The Frustration!
Author's Response: Tell me about it! I'm afraid it will only get more frustrating for a while though ... it was actually quite funny to write their complete denial!
Summary: Was it possible to save two lives in the past without altering history? Was it possible to give his parents a future twenty years after they had supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so...
I just wanted to let you know, that I've been reading this for Audiofics and it's been incredibly well recieved. This chapter, though, gave me some problems. I didn't have to act any sadness on Tonks' part when she was saying her goodbyes, because I was crying myself. I honestly had tears streaming down my face, and this has to be the fourth time I've read the chapter. This is honestly my favourite fic on this site and I commend you for writing something so original, touching and just brilliant.
I do hope that writing is still a major part of your life, because you have an amazing talent for words. Thanks again for a beautiful story. I am now convinced it's canon and that my favourite pair are still alive.
Broken Hearts, Unlike Broken Quills, Are Not Easily Mended by Mistletoe
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 13]
Summary: Growing up together, Sirius and Remus formed a bond that even their two other best friends couldn’t understand. Then something terrible happened and both of their lives shattered to the ground around their feet. Fourteen years later, they are reunited and their worlds are turned upside down, however different their worlds had become.
The missing scenes of Order of the Phoenix.
I decided to read this after reading your Drabble for one of the challenges. This story is superb. You have an amazing way of writing. Extraordinarily descriptive,too. I loved Tonks appearance - there's a real tension there as Remus is so torn.
Summary: One month after 'The Battle of Hogwarts,' Harry Potter finds a mysterious owl on his windowsill with a single scroll attached to its leg.
A poem of reflection and repentance.
What a great poem. I love the effortless flow of the rhymes. I cannot find a line anywhere that doesn't fit properly. Rhyme, rhythm and tone are all immaculate.
Content wise, it tells a story, a story of redemption. I'm not sure whether Draco would actually marry a Muggle girl for I wonder if the pureblood nature of his upbringing could ever allow him to feel that way, but it is an interesting concept. Perhaps *hint hint* you should write more about Draco and Lucinda. I'd like to see them evolve from children to adults, especially as she would be largely cut off from much of Draco's life.
You have a very definite flair for poetry and it is a joy to read because it is so unstilted. Carole xxx
Summary: Nominated for the 2009 QSQ award for Best Male OC.
Harry's life is quiet now. He has a loving wife, a beautiful son, a career along side his best friend, and everything else he could ever want and never imagine having. But now, his career as an Auror will lead both him and Ron halfway around the world to investigate a mysterious school known only as the Skat-Hatokha Academy of Magic.
But from the beginning, something seems off. No one in the wizarding world has heard of this school, the board of directors can contact you, but you can't contact them, and the accepted students have all been in some trouble with the law and take their right to remain silent very seriously. Not to mention Lucius Malfoy's near obsessive interest in this case and his close involvement with the Ministry.
But as more time passes, the more the case begins to take on a life of its own, and not just for Harry.
This is good! This is a wonderfully original story, Molly, and I'm ashamed that I've only found it because you wanted a review. Hmmm, a whole class of Potters - that would be a shock to the system.
From the start, I loved how you drew the reader in. Harry's breakfast with his family, Ginny's rather alarming resemblance to Molly (okay it's always been there) and the description of Godric's Hollow - all are great. I particularly liked this line
But whenever Harry heard this, he would just smile and explain that Voldemort had already taken too much from him in his life, and that it was high time he started taking back what was rightfully his.
And it would be a far happier place to live than Grimmauld Place.
You've explained the set-up to the story very well and I'm intrigued enough to carry on reading. Nathaniel sounds like a troublemaker and well-done Ron for working out SHAM. Ahh, and is Hermione pregnant? My only slight nit-pick, is that they're still calling Professor McGonagall by her title. I wondered if they'd call her Minerva - after all they're not in school now. I suppose it could be argued that se's still a formidable presence, but Sirius and Remus called Dumbledore Albus. That's just my opinion and a very lowly one at that.
I'm really looking forward to reading the rest.
Author's Response: I'm glad you like the story and will reivew more of the story. Nate is so much my baby; my imaginary convicted-felon baby.
Summary: Seamus and Dean have been friends since they were eleven. They're basically joined at the hip! But what happens when Seamus has a secret? A secret he's been hiding since forth year? Now that the two boys are in their seventh and final year, Seamus is finding it harder and harder to keep his secret from Dean. But what would Dean think? There was no way that Dean saw their friendship as Seamus did. But one thought keeps penetrating Seamus' head: friendship always comes before love.
This is such a good story - and I'm not just saying this because you're a 'Puff. I love this line especially
It was Dean’s smile that made him dizzy. It was Dean’s broad shoulders and strapping chest that he caught himself staring at. It was Dean’s voice that made him feel warmer inside. It was Dean.
Poor Seamus. I loved the way Neville found out - very IC. Adding to favourites!
Summary: When Mad-Eye falls from the sky, he leaves more than the Order of the Pheonix wondering. The Muggle who loves him grieves his absence in her own way.
This is an entry in the one-shot contest Color Spectrum 1 by ProfPosky of Gryffindor
How come I've never read this before. Probably because I'm a fool. Thea, this is lovely. Elizabeth is so alone and yet so certain that she's right. It was wonderful to read, and you've convinced me that he's still alive.
Why didn't they send more than two people, and two people that already assumed he was dead?
I liked Remus in this very much. He's one of my favourite characters and I think you caught his innate kindness as well as his intelligence. But he also has that unquestioning side to his nature (belief that Moody had died, belief that Snape was good on Dumbledore's say so - okay I know he was right, but he didn't want to believe he hadn't questioned Dumbledore) . Yeah, you captured Remus very well, and the whole magical condescension towards us Muggles. Great story ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thank you for this lovely review! I like Remus very much myself. I think his self doubt and self-loathing because of his lycanthropy, while understandable, is self-indulgent and keeps him from being what he could have been - not just to himself, or to Tonks, but to the Wizarding World as a whole. It is very very human, but I'd love to see an AU in which he mans up and takes on the leadership role that Dumbledore leaves vacant- since no one else does. I also like Mad-Eye, (OK, I passionately adore Moody and should he show up on my doorstep Mr. Posky might have a bit of trouble holding on to me) and I think he is sadly undervalued by his "friends." As much as Arthur and Amos do try to save his bacon in the beginning of Goblet of Fire, they both think he's nuts. If they hadn't dismissed him then, Barty Crouch might not have had his opportunity. As the series goes on, we see he isn't quite as nuts as they play it out. (of course if anyone in the books had any sense they'rd be no plot, but still...) I think it was unconscionable that the Order let Moody go up with Mundungus, who he basically had to shanghai into it, as his back rider. Harry, when he carefully searches for an appropriate tree to under which to bury Moody's eye, mourns him more than anyone else, including those who'd known him for years. I think it's more than Harry just feeling badly about yet another person dieing for him - I think as a partial outsider himself he has a clearer vision of Mad-Eye than, say, the twins or Ron. Elizabeth, also an outsider, has a clearer vision of him as well. She knew him for years as a Muggle, so to her, his human qualities are far more important than his magical properties. He may have been the best Auror the Ministry ever had, but to his wife he is preeminently the exquisitely kind and good-humored man in the house over the hedge, who taught her how to prune rosebushes and poked the mashed potatoes at her Thanksgiving dinner with a stick like a little boy. Thanks again. I love reviews of any sort, but I especially love reviews where people tell me they are fools for not having read the story earlier - I can see this may be favorite type of all, despite this being the very first one! Thea
Summary: Two brothers – seemingly alike, yet very different. At least that’s what all thought. But was it really that way?
This is a great idea for a poem and you've dealt with the Black brothers estrangement extremely well. I love the way you highlight their similarities - their closeness- as well as their differences.
The second chose the cool green den, the cut grew even deeper then.
I adored this couplet. The cool, green den makes Slytherin sound like a very inviting place, and not at all like the 'slimy' dungeon setting we're used to.
I do have a few nitpicks regarding the flow at times. Although there's nothing at all wrong with the way the poem scans, your use of certain words - like 'really' - seem to have been placed in the line just to make the rhythm right. I realise that this is one of your earlier poems (it's nearly two years old - eeeek!) so what I'm actually saying is that I know how much your poetry has improved, to the extent that I doubt I'd be able to find anything to nit-pick in a more recent poem.
Author's Response: Haha, thanks for the review, Carole. In fact, that was my first HP poem - and the first "story" I submitted to MNFF. So it really is old, but I remember the writing process as if it were yesterday. *reminisces* Anyway, thanks for the review, hon. :)
Summary: When Lily Evans causes Remus Lupin to be humiliated in front of the entire school, he vows revenge. That's when he comes up with The Prank. It's guaranteed to make Lily's worst nightmare come true, if he can pull it off. And on his own...he probably can't. But with the help of Sirius Black and his Ravenclaw friend, well, anything is possible.
That is very, very funny. Poor old Remus- I love the thought of him in a pink Flamingo costume. Should never bet against James- hee hee.
Author's Response: When I came up with the idea of Remus in a flamingo suit at around three in the morning it seemed really amusing to me, I\'m glad to hear that others find it funny too!\r\nI\'m really happy you like the story, thanks for your review!
Summary: Gellert comes to say goodbye and Albus finally allows himself to show his true feelings.
Oh, nooooooo, that's really sad. Poor, poor Albus. He really poured himself into that kiss and was rejected. I thought Gellert was going to give in and kiss him back - I really wanted him to. :(.
This is a sweet story, a very brief snapshot moment between this pair that we know next to nothing about (as a couple, i mean) the Albus here fits so well with what we later know about him. Even his rejection of love at the end is in keeping because although he places great store by it, I don't believe he ever fell in love again. And he recognises the power it can hold. *sigh*
sad but lovely, Bob, ~Croll~
Author's Response: Thank you, Croll - for reading and reviewing! I wrote this so long ago I'd forgotten all about it, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. ~Bob
What happens when you find out your whole life has been a lie? How do you react when the people you trusted, believed in confess to hiding a secret that changes everything you believed about yourself?
Hermione Granger is about to face that situation.
The war is over and life should be simple. She should be planning her future with the man she has loved since she was 11. But now, she doesn’t know who she really is. As she struggles with the grief of lost friends, she also deals with the grief of the loss of everything she believed about herself. Can she open her heart enough to let Ron help her deal with this, or will this secret drive them apart?
I love the introduction of George in this and Percy feeling guilty. I hope she stops being horrible to Ron soon, it's not his fault!
Another great chapter, Terri. Well done.
YAY!!! She's okay, and my Potion didn't kill her (although I strongly suspect Lavender poisoned her.) You're tieing everything up very well, and not leaving any holes in the story (although I should know by now that you leave nothing out). I feel very sorry for the Grangers - especially Mr Granger who has known for a lot longer than his wife. How very sad, but how very loving of him to accept his 'daughter'.
I loved the final scene. Ron is just right. That mixture of jealousy and bitterness and then utter joy because she wants to get back together. Good old Ron!
I can't wait to see the Grangers' confrontation with Dumbledore. Hmmm, how will he talk his way out of that one.
Great chapter. Carole xxx
Terri, I've only just stumbled on your story. This is wonderful! From the start I was looking for loopholes in the idea but you've closed every one. This is a superb piece of writing. The dialogue flows and the descriptions are amazing. I get a real sense that I'm there with the trio.
I LOVED the dialogue between Harry, Snape and Dumbledore. So in character!
Marvellous, marvellous story. Can't wait for the next chapter (Tarnation to the queue closure!)
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. As I wrote this, I knew the questions I would be asking, so I made sure I answered each of them. There is lots more to come. As soon as the queue opens again, I can submit more. The dialogue between Harry and Snape was my favorite part to write. I let Harry say what he wanted to say to Snape as I wrote it. The characters write themselves in this story. I have no control over them. Thanks again for taking the time to review.
Terri,you write the Trio so well. *envy*. This story is panning out superbly. One line in particular brought tears to my eyes.
Turning back to Hermione, Ron spoke from across the room, “Right now, I want to tell you I don’t care about your parents. I don’t care about anything we found out from Dumbledore. I love you no matter what. But...” Ron’s voice trailed off as he moved back to the bed and sat beside her. He gently stoked a finger down the side of her face. Your characterisation of Ron, in particular, is wonderful. Too often he's seen as some angry buffoon but you've given him real depth. Well done on another great chapter.
Author's Response: Carole,
Thank you for your review. This is the first fanfiction I ever started. The 'trio' just come naturally to me escpecially Ron. I am so much like him, I honestly think that is why I can capture him so well.
In the passage you quoted, my goal was to show Ron had grown up considerably from what he was in school, to what he is now. I am glad to know I am portraying him so well.
Thanks again for leaving a review. I love hearing from you.
Oh, I started crying again. First I was laughing at George's crack about Dudley but then the tears began to flow.
Another great chapter, Terri and you're exploring Pettigrew again...interesting. (Hopefully without his girlfriend!)
I look forward to more chapters. Carole xxx
Summary: Lily Potter spends her days waiting -- waiting for what will or will not come.
This is so sad. I got a genuine lump in my throat reading it. I love your writing.
Author's Response: Thank you!
Summary: It is the morning of Bill Weasley’s wedding to Fleur Delacour. In the early morning silence of the Burrow,
Bill looks back over his life and the recent events that brought him to this new chapter in his life.
I liked this. I loved hearing about Weasley life from Bill's point of view. I was getting so carried away that I'd forgotten until right at the end that he'd been savaged by Greyback. Made me shiver.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you got so caught up in the story the reality of what happened 'made you shiver'. I enjoyed writing Bill's story. I thought it needed to be told. I am going to be submitting the next chapter soon.