Penname: Equinox Chick [Contact]
Real name: Carole
Member Since: 05/10/08
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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

Marauder
A Second Chance
Contemplating Lilies
Dancing Queen
First Date Disaster
Flying, Fair Play and the Need for a Firm Hand
It Takes a Wolf to Prank a Dog
Juggling
Learning to Fly
March Madness
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
Veils
Who's That Girl?
Wormtail on the Hogwarts Express



Canon Romance
'i'before 'e' (Percy/Audrey)
A Prize Above Rubies (Isla Black/Bob Hitchens)
Acorns (Bill/Fleur)
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)
Reconnaissance (Remus/Tonks)
Sixth Time’s the Charm (James/Lily)
Snowball Fights (Teddy/Victoire)
Until Death (Eaters) Do Us Part (Draco/Astoria)
Veils (James/Lily)
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)
High (Scorpius/Lily)
Lavender, blue- A Gryffindor True (Lavender/Blaise)
Love At First Strike (Angelina/Terry)
Mirrors (Charlie/Penelope)
Misperception (Oliver/Cedric/Daphne)
Orphans of the Storm (Seamus/Parvati/Dean)
Passion Among the Primroses (Arthur/Mafalda)
Predictions of Love (Gilderoy/Sybil)
Ribbons, not Strings (Remus/Rosmerta)
Shrouds (Hermione/Draco)
Snapdragons (Charlie/OC)
Stars or Carousels (James/Dominique)
Summer’s Heat (Sirius/OC)
Swans (Mollyjnr/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)
Fracture (Theo/Justin)
Monochrome (Sirius/Remus)
The Dance We Do (Bellatrix/Amelia)
The Hat that Thinks it’s a Chair (Justin/Theo)
Truth Or Dare (Cormac/Zacharias)



Humour
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!

Historical
A Prize Above Rubies
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name
An Outstretched Hand
Shadows Deep

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)
High (NG)
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)



Mysteries
The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too
Who’s that Girl?
Xanthe Interrupted
Zeitgeist



Poetry
Askew
As They Watch
Beyond Beseeching
Celestina's Songbook: Christmas Edition, Volume 1
Cold Dreams
Draco's Journey
Enslaved
Fairytale of Hogwarts
Flying High
Forever France
Frozen Silence
Hexed!
Hey, brother
I Believed in Lily Evans
Master Barty Regrets
Phoenix Flames
Queen of My Heart
Sirius, Baby
The Daydream Pedlar's Song
The Four
The Labyrinth Mind
Unreconciled

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Reviews by Equinox Chick
 

Summary:

Albus Potter had what some would call a fascinating job -- working for the Magical Law Enforcement's intelligence department. But when suspicious activity caused the Ministry to think the infamous Knights of Walpurgis were up to something, their leading expert was called into action.

In disguise and out of his mind, Albus embarked on an impossible task, but when things started turning for the worse, why were his only thoughts about the one person he would hurt along the way?

 

This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next-Generation Story AND Best Same-Sex Pairing Story



Categories: Mystery Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 25947 Chapters: 6 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/06/10 Updated: 12/10/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 02/15/11 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

*sob*

Author's Response:

This is where I fell in love with Scorpius. It takes a superior kind of person to put aside his own feelings and at least acknowledge Albus's personal trauma. He just remembered who he was talking to and how they weren't so very different from the people they were when they were Scorpius and Melinda.

And then comes the super action sequence. *Disapparates*

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 02/15/11 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Oh, hmm, yes strange and darn compelling. I got a bit lost with the Jenkins part of the plot, but then I was always more interested in the smut (Don't tell me you're surprised at that!).

The action was well done. The duels and the curses had me on the edge of my seat (well, bed actually), and the tension held up very well.

I'm a bit iffy about the end. Whilst I did want them to have a happy ending, I'm not totally convinced they would have had - or at least not that easily. Also James/Harry/Ginny's acceptance of their now 'outed' son does seem a bit too rushed. I realise that you were tying up the story and probably they were just extremely pleased he'd survived everything, but it did come over as just a touch too pat.

Okay, that's probably a bit too negative because I did love this story. The whole thing was a masterpiece of insanity, breathlessly good writing, sexual tension, raw emotion and just utter utter love. Amazing that you thought of this. Amazing that you dared to enter the insanity of it. Brilliantly devised plot and perfectly executed. Wonderful! ~Carole~

Author's Response:

Well, I think you hit the crux of it: the story had to END. It was already twice as long as I'd intended and it needed to come to a close. Gina had mentioned it felt a bit rushed, the action, but since it was from Albus's POV, it almost had to be. As pointed out, the reason he was picked by Jenkins for this 'operation' (a front to get someone prosecuted for Knight activity so the rest of them would be free to plot away) was that Albus really wasn't a very good intelligence agent. He basically got the job because of who he was, and it didn't take him long to get behind a desk, which wasn't because he should've been running the place. Then again, not many people could go against 3+ blokes and actually come out of it standing. Scorpius was only able to knock them off because he had the element of surprise.

I think the moment they started talking in the last chapter, Scorpius started to care about Albus for Albus. He was still deservedly miffed, but it became apparent that when Albus said that he truly cared for Scorpius, he was being truthful. And of course he couldn't let someone be killed by rampaging bad guys, so he went after him. He really is too nice for his own good.

I think what I wanted was for Scorpius to see Albus prone and in mortal peril and realise that it really bothered him. And being there during the recovery was supposed to be time for him to think and to come to terms with what he could and couldn't bring himself to try. He gave himself a pep talk to rack up the nerve to kiss Albus and was surprised to find that the attraction was still there, even if it was buried within the taste of a different set of lips.

There is a crapload of alternate POV backstory in this fic, but having limited this to Albus's POV and needing the bloody thing to end finally left me with little of it that I could actually show. I hope this is a bit enlightening. :D

One thing I was thinking all through this was that I hoped to Merlin that Jen wasn't going to hate it. She asked for Albus/Scorpius with a masquerade prompt. I don't think she was expecting to get this, but then here we are, with my almost 25K mutant plot baby. This was one of my favourite stories to write, and even though it caused me a ridiculous amount of angst, I would do it all over again. 

Thanks for following the story, and I'm glad you liked it. It was damned difficult, but so very worth it. 

~Jess

 

Plights by Cheshlin
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Molly sits and ponders the hard financial hard ships of her family.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 198 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/08/10 Updated: 11/09/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/12/11 Title: Chapter 1: Plights

This is an original poem. Hardly anyone writes anything about Molly, and poetry about a subject that is essentially very real, but also mundane, is very rare indeed, but you've written this well. You've caught the essential Molly here, the wife and mother who has so much to worry about, yet her core values remain.

I particularly like the structure of the poem and the way everything leads to that tightening squeeze in the middle and then pans out. Very clever.

There were a few lines that I thought didn;t flow quite as well as the others. The second line, for instance, I don't think 'trying pay bills' works because it seems as if you've missed out a word like 'yo', so perhaps you could change it to 'try to pay bills'

I was also a little confused as to whether there was a rhyming scheme because there is some repetition with the sounds find, mind, resigned and also time. So part of this seemed to be a free verse poem whereas other parts followed a definite rhyme and rhythm scheme. It did, however, seem to give a clear indication of the stress Molly was under and the same thoughts kept running around her head.

I love the last stanza; the line about the shuffle of papers gave a very real atmosphere to the poem as Molly tries so hard to juggle everything.

I enjoyed reading this poem very much. You tackled a hard subject very well. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thank you so much for such a great review. I have to admit that this came from a day when I was very much feeling as I imagine Molly feels. I also love to rhyme, but couldn't make it work the entire way through. I think that it just added to the stress feeling... and I intentionally combined structured work with free verse. I'm glad you could get the feelings as I was truly feeling them when I wrote it! :) Cyns

 

Over A Mug of Tea by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: I think of her as a sister.

The words rang clearly, loudly in his mind.

I think of her as a sister.

But did he?

Happy Birthday, Julia! You know you're one of the only two people on earth I'd do this for. :D

Thank you, Carole, for looking it over. And I am so not J.K.Rowling.

Nominated for a QSQ in the General Category.

Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 2086 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/19/10 Updated: 11/21/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 08/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Can you stop making this plausible, please?

*giggle* - I enjoyed this story, surprisingly. Well, not surprisingly because you wrote it, but because of the pairing. You gave enough of a hint that this pair could work as a couple, and yet they stopped because of Ron. I'm sort of discounting Ginny because Harry was single at the time.

I really enjoyed that this was a reminiscence. Harry as an old man being patronised by his kids was very well written. Great job. ~Carole~ (5)

Author's Response: Heeheehee. I think that's the last time I'm writing Harmony. Really ... Ahem. I am glad you liked Harry being patronised by the kids. I don't want to get old, though. >.< Thanks for the review! <3333

 

Shattered by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 19]

Summary: Past Featured StoryThe Boy Who Lived discovers that he may not have escaped the Final Battle unscathed after all.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Mental Disorders

Word count: 2864 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/21/10 Updated: 11/21/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/22/10 Title: Chapter 1: Shattered

Oh My!

Honest crit here. I was prepared to dislike the second person, and possibly leave you a review only because you're my friend ... but I can't do that.

This is, to put it simply, brilliant. I stopped thinking about the second person shortly after the second paragraph because this just flowed so well. There was nothing hectoring about the voice, it was natural and heartrending.

I love the fact that you included some minor details into the story (namely George visiting but not staying long) - they weren't essentila to the story, but they just provided so much subtlety to the story as a whole.

Personally, I related to this story because my father had dementia before he died, and I could see the Harry changes in personality very much as an uncontrollable illness that just leaves everyone around him bereft. I desperately wanted there to be a cure, but that was the daughter in me wanting a recovery. For the sake of the story it was much better that it ended with no cure. Death, by then, would have been a release.

Sorry, that's becoming very introspective. Glorious writing, Gina and just so incredibly sad. Thank you. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Ah, Carole - I've read this four or give times now, because it made my day. :D Thank you so much for the amazing review! I have to admit it was exactly the sort of review I was hoping for - one where the reader likes it anyway, in spite of the quirks. I know loads of people just don't go for this pov or tense, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I never even thought about how it might strike a chord with people who have gone through something like this with relatives, but I can totally see how it could. Thanks for taking the time to read it - I've been sitting on it so long that I really appreciate such a nice review!! ~Gina :)

 

As Luck Would Have It by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: Lily Evans is having a bad day. When she decides to take a sip of Felix Felicis, things turn out quite different than she anticipates--for both her and James Potter.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 6713 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/02/10 Updated: 12/02/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/03/10 Title: Chapter 1: As Luck Would Have It

Gina!!!! Lovely story. OH, I'd forgotten all the twists and turns we'd talked about. Ha ha. Okay, proper review (well, as proper as you'll get from me). I do like this. I love the dialogue between the pair. It flows well and the banter is very natural. The story is interesting. Who really knows how Felix works, after all. getting Splinched certainly doesn't sound lucky, but it did bring her closer to James. Okay, my thinking is that ....oooh ... someone else took some of the Felix, and then topped up the bottle with Pumpkin Juice, thus skewing the effect. It still worked a little bit just not the full Felix!

I have a slight crit. How did James get Cynthia's cloak? He couldn't have got into the girls' bedrooms ... oh, did she leave it in his room (heh heh heh). Um, other thing ... we say Autumn and not fall. But that's the very ebil Britpicker speaking and not the person who really loved your story.

Very pleased you posted this, despite us now being tied. *goes back to Marauder story* ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thanks, Carole! This is the story I abandoned back in October while you were working on Juggling. The idea of James with another girlfriend partially inspired it, so thanks. And thanks for the review! I'm glad it worked, for the most part. I actually do know how James got her cloak, I just couldn't work it in since Lily was sitting on the couch sulking: he Summoned it from her dormitory, that's all. Although I like your idea better! And I would never have thought 'fall' wasn't a term over there, so I'll remember that for next time. And don't worry, I know you'll eventually end up on top - I'm just trying to keep up and get us to 2%! ;) Thanks again! ~Gina :)

 

Ghosts of Christmases Past by rachelnotrach
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Remus Lupin has been able to successfully shut the ghosts of his past out of his mind for the past twelve years. But Christmas brings back all the pain, confusion and happiness from memories that he has been avoiding.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1873 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/08/10 Updated: 12/09/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/27/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a rather sweet story so I’m sorry I missed it when it was first written. As a Marauder fan, I’m quite picky regarding their characterisation, so I’m pleased to be able to say that I can’t think of anything that stood out as out of character for Remus or any of the others that you mention by association.

I was intrigued at the thought of Sirius disguising his true feelings for someone and wondered throughout who it was. At first, I thought Lily, and then I thought James. This was made more likely in my mind by this line because I couldn’t see why Sirius would tell James but not Remus.

Sirius never knew Remus had known about his feelings; he never knew anyone but James knew.

Therefore, it was a bit of a surprise when I read your author note and you revealed it was Sirius/Remus, but when I read back that made sense. Poor loves, perhaps if Sirius and Remus had confided in each other, then none of the feelings of mistrust would have been allowed to fester.

I really do love the idea of this story, Rachel, because Remus is so often seen as a lone figure, and this story shows his essential solitary nature but how the Marauders brought him out of his shell. The little details like them buying him sweets for Christmas showed how underneath the jokes, they really did think and care about him “ which I think is canonically correct. I also loved the way you placed Sirius with Peter in certain scenes, showing that they got on, and it wasn’t continual abuse from Sirius towards ‘Wormy’. Peter was a Marauder, and they wouldn’t have put up with a total idiot.

The end came out of the blue. I was puzzling and puzzling over who sent the note, and initially thought it was Dumbledore being enigmatic, but he didn’t know they were Animagi, so I’m assuming it was sent by Sirius. Except ... would he want Remus to tell Harry that Sirius was a traitor, which he’s have to tell him if he does tell the whole story? Hmm, not sure, but it’s an intriguing concept and a good way to end the story.

Lovely story, Rachel. Well done. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Carole, I can't believe I never responded to such a lovely review. It was sent by Remus and the note actually referred to a scene from a different story. Basically, I wanted Sirius to have hinted to Remus before the Whomping Willow scene that it was Peter's fault because the note only included a paw print, antlers and a moon. And the show this to Harry was the picture from a previous Christmas. Sorry that wasn't clear. I wrote the two stories within days of each other and wanted them connected. Once again, thanks for the lovely review and I can't believe it took me this long to respond!

 

In The Back of The Shack by hestiajones
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: He thought he would get a fling, but ended up with a bit more than that.

DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling. Thank you, Kara, for your help and encouragement, and the title as well.

Nominated for a QSQ in the Same Sex Pairing category.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity

Word count: 2015 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/15/10 Updated: 12/15/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/16/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Awwww, I really like this. I adore Hugo, who is so often written as either a boy version of Hermione, or else another Ron. Here he has a bit of Ron, (his humour) and then something else which is just him (and your amazingness).

Now, apart from the fact that Scorpius is actually seeing Lily *frowns*, I do like the way you've characterised him. He's very Slyth in his wanton selfishness, but it's brilliant when he admits exactly what he wants at the end.

Lovely story, and it had me giggling - a lot _ so thanks for that. ~Carole~

Author's Response: *smacks self for responding late*

I actually completely forgot to reply. I am glad you liked both boys. Hehehe! I think I am on the verge of abandoning Scorose and sailing away with Scugo. Might even write more of it. Thanks for reading and reviewing!

~Natalie

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 04/05/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Deluded.

That is all.

One who shall be nameless.

 

A Black Family Christmas by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary: Past Featured Story

Sirius Black spends his last Christmas at Grimmauld Place.

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge, Prompt One.



Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 4292 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/15/10 Updated: 12/15/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: A Black Family Christmas

Hellooo, I like this. I love the different interractions between the characters, and all Sirius' horrible relations. I like Andromeda, very much. Although she doesn't feature much, you manage to give a very real sense of who she is by Sirius' thoughts about her, and the interest she has in his thoughts on marriage.

BUT,(sorry, I'm evil) I think (stresses the word think) there's a timeline error. If Narcissa had left Hogwarts the previous year - that would make this Christmas 1973 at the earliest. Tonks was born in 1973. Can you tweak this so you set it when Narcissa is still at Hogwarts?

The other issue I have is with the Dark Mark. I'm not sure about this ... but I don't think Sirius knew they existed. There's certainly some lines in GOF when Harry is talking about Snape and Karkarof which seem to suggest that Sirius has no idea about the Dark Mark's existence. I've always thought that it was little known outside of the Death Eater circle. That's just a theory of mine and it's been debated on the boards with differing opinions.

Right, that's the negative bits out the way. I did, I must say, really like the story. Sirius was great, Regulus was a pompous idiot, his parents horrible, Bellatrix evil, and Narcissa pale and colourless- dutifully towing the family line - but offering very few sentiments of her own. I think that's perfect Narcissa, who only comes into her own in the latter parts of the book when she wants only to protect Draco. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Hi Carole! Thanks so much for the review! I'm glad you liked the story, even if there are a few questionable moments. I did think about some of those things you addressed, though, so here goes. According to the HPWiki, Sirius was born in 1959, although that would have to be after September if he heads to Hogwarts in Sept. 1971 with the rest of the Marauders. HPL says 1959 or 1960. The Black family tree lists Narcissa as 1955, so she is about four-five years older than Sirius. Therefore, if she also had a late birthday, she could have started Hogwarts in1967, while Sirius started in 1971, which would put her out in June, 1974, which is about a year out when it comes to December 1975 -okay, a year and a half. ;) So that's how I figured my timeline. :) As for the Dark Mark - that one I had never thought about. I'll have to see if I can find some of those bits that point to SIrius not really knowing about it. It was used to mark a kill during the first war (according to Arthur Weasley) so people would have certainly recognized it. I suppose the tattoo might have been a secret, as it was just for his inner circle, but I can still see Bellatrix showing her family. They all support the Dark Lord, after all - everyone except Sirius. They might not have taken the Mark and thrown in their lot with Voldemort, but they did support him, and I have no doubt Bellatrix was proud of her Mark given both what it symbolized and how infatuated she was with Voldemort. So I think that one might just be a matter of opinion. I'll have to check out the discussion on the boards. I might change my mind, but I like SIrius's line about cattle too much to change it, lol! I'm glad you enjoyed the other characters. I had fun trying to get to that other special line, lol. And I wrote Sirius! I didn't think I could, lol. Thanks for reading and leaving a review, O Canon Queen! ~Gina :)

 

Summary:

Marty Pyttin's wand is broken. It does not work as well as it used to. It does not please him any more. He takes it down to Ollivander's-- who, unfortunately, is dead, decased, ceased to be, and has left his rather incapable assistant, Ollivander Jr. in charge of Britain's best wand shop.

A mash-up, mix-up and rip-up, er, off of the legendary Monty Python sketches Hungarian Phrasebook, Cheese Shop and Dead Parrot, set in the wizarding world. Irrevocably silly.

 



Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1413 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/15/10 Updated: 12/20/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/21/10 Title: Chapter 1: Monty Python. Harry Potter. What could be better?

Hahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaahahahahhahahahhahahah

Thank you for providing me with a laugh, BB. Muchos appreciated! I liked the fact that the wand is on 'hiatus' hee hee hee.

Seriously (or not that seriously) the beginning was brilliant. Your wondrous scene setting (the streets supporting Voldypants) and then you ignore all that - very funny.

~Carole~

 

Summary: Past Featured StoryIt’s been seven months since Cyril Cresswell fought in the battle that saw the end of Voldemort, nine months since he learned that the Snatchers had murdered his father, and a full year since he lost the girl he loved.

Only the girl he loved hasn’t been lost to death like his father. She’s still walking and breathing and living in her parents’ house in Ottery St. Catchpole. She hasn’t spoken to him since Christmas Eve last year. She blames him for what she’s lost.

All of this means that for him, Christmas isn’t all that merry and bright this year. He doesn’t plan on celebrating it at all. But when his father appears as a ghost in his room on Christmas Eve, he’s swept along on a journey that may just change things for the better.

Cyril has been nominated for Best OC in the 2011 Quicksilver Quills awards. =D



Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 11957 Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/17/10 Updated: 03/31/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/05/11 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 2

You do know that you have to finish this, don't you? You've left it at such a cliffhanger and I need to know far more that Cyril why Christmas is so important to Dirk.

Short review this time, but let's just say that the way you wrote about the ginger snaps was wonderful and made my mouth water.

Love the story ~Carole~

Author's Response: I'm not gonna lie, a big part of the reason this got finished as "soon" as it did/at all was this review. Someone wanting to know what happened is a great motivation to finish a fic. =D As for ginger snaps...I totally think I wrote that while I had a pack of ginger thins on hand. Man, I love those things. xD And - I just want to thank you again for reading and reviewing, Carole. -hugs-

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/03/11 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Now then, why haven't I read this before? And why does this story have so few reviews? It's a scandal, but I guess it's the curse of the OC's. Shame because I like this. I think you've set this up very well, and your central character has been nicely drawn.

I have a minor nit-pick (sorry) dark first-story room. It should be storey.

I'm intrigued to see where Dirk will take his son, and am wondering if Cyril will get his girl. Well done. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thanks, Carole, for reading this fic and reviewing it. It means a lot to me that you're enjoying it/were enjoying it because you know I totally fangirl your fics. With regards to "storey": I think we discussed it on AIM, but I tend to use American spellings in my fics because...well, I'm American. I did use British terminology here, and it's definitely first story in the sense of the first story above the ground floor rather than the ground floor. -rolls eyes at self- It's a bit weird trying to figure out where to draw the line between where I use British and American usage.

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/03/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1

OOh, really great backstory for Sarah's parents. I love the idea that there were purebloods harbouring Muggleborns.

“I miss that,” the older Cyril commented. “The waking up on Christmas morning feeling like it’s the most magical thing that’s ever happened to you, despite all the magic you see every day. I LOVE that line. It's so true, but you managed to encapsulate Christmas for the magical world so well at that point. I enjoyed the Yule Ball memories very much - partly because I've written a few stories or oneshots about that event, so it's always interesting to read other people's versions. Your Claws are a lot more fun than the ones in my stories - hee hee.

Great story, Minna ~Carole~

Author's Response: Well, if Voldemort = Hitler and Nazis = Death Eaters then why not have purebloods take in Muggleborns like some people took in Jews? It just seems like something that I would hope happened during that war. The Christmas line was really how I felt about Christmas as a kid, with a bit tacked on to account for actual magic. xD As for Claws being fun - well, I've got a lot of Claw in me so I can't exactly discriminate. Thanks for your review, Carole!

 

Catharsis by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary:

A war had raged; everyone had felt alone and afraid at some point. And when it was over, most people went back to business as usual, but two of those haunted souls found respite from the most unlikely of sources.

After all, who doesn't need a little bit of catharsis?



Categories: Draco/Other Character Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1620 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/17/10 Updated: 12/17/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It's plausible ... certainly more plausible than Dramione or Drinny, and I love their initial meeting.
,br> I think what you could have expanded on, though, is the fact that he was nearly responsible for her death (necklace in HBP) I'd have liked to see him squirm his way out of that, except I expect this Draco would have shown proper remorse, because he needs redemption (which is very much a theme of mine at the moment) Draco's rather an addictive little sh... beast. (Expand the fic, is what I'm saying)

Initially forged out of mutual need, this thing of theirs, it had been like dittany on both their souls after a year in hell, but it had outlived its purpose long before.

I love these lines. So simple. Their mutual need for each other laid bare.

~Carole~

Author's Response:

Hello there! Long time, no see. :D

I wasn't really lookiing to set up a ship of sorts, so to speak, so much as a mutual understanding borne out of need. I sort of brushed the necklace under the carpet as 'one of the things they talked about', because I sort of wanted to fix on the timeline more and encompass all that I wanted to without making this fic a mile long (as I'm wont to do). And this Draco had some remorse, but not as much as one might think. He's sorry that it had happened to Katie, but not entirely sorry he did it, if that makes any sense. He did what he had to do, but he'd sort of wished that the Imperius had ended up on someone else. He probably wouldn't flinched if it had happened to Leanne instead, though Katie might have been less inclined to forgive him for that.

I suppose it would never actually happen, but it didn't not happen, which is what I was going for.

*Disapparates*

~Jess

 

Another Chance by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 15]

Summary: Lily Evans is working at St. Mungo’s on Christmas Day when an unexpected patient arrives and changes her holiday plans.


This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge, Prompt One.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 3359 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/18/10 Updated: 12/18/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Another Chance

YES!
That's the answer. Aww, Gina, this is so perfect, that I bow to you. Just wonderful characterisation of my OTP (or one of them) and a thumping good story line. I really like the fact that you broke them up, and there's this uncertainty at the end.

Darn it! You're good ... and I think this is the winner.

~Carole~

Author's Response: Hi Carole! Ha! I'm so glad this worked out better than my other one, LOL! Which is fixed, by the way, thank you. :) I told you I was going to break them up. Really, I had quite a different idea for Christmas, but that's for the chaptered fic floating around the plot bunny garden of my brain and this was for a specific prompt. I suppose I could still use this and move that other idea to their New Year's date, heh heh. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)

 

Summary: Bella spends a sleepless night because of disturbing dreams. Has she really seen her future?

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 2014 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/20/10 Updated: 12/21/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 10/20/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I thought I should return a few favours! And am glad I read this. Have to say, I was expecting something darker, but this surprised me (in a good way). yes it was dark - especially at the end - because you showed the change in her from the beginning where she's pranking (still spitefully, mind you) and to the end where she kills for sport. And in the middle we have a Bella who isn't quite formed, but we can see how she could go either way.

I will admit to laughing at Archangel Gabriel turning up. I think it was a great touch that he lost a bet to Nigellus - ha ha ha - so had to take her to her next destination.

Another thing I thought particularly good was the way you showed her parents' neglect of her. their utter disinterest in their daughter, which must have gone a long way in her desperate need to be a somebody and a powerful one at that.

Well done. ~Carole

Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing. I'm honored. Through the two one-shots and the longer story Bella Rosa, I'm trying to explain how Bella turned out the way she did. Was it parental neglect or parental need to have everything appear perfect to the outside? Was Bella an alcoholic? I think she was powerful but pureblood society just didn't respect women that much. And, it seems there were very few female Death Eaters. Bella was probably the brightest, the most beautiful, and the most powerful. Bella kept trying to prove that she was a force to be reckoned with but in her need for approval she was led down a very dark path. She was used and abused. The time I write about is a couple of years before she becomes a Death Eater and disciple of Voldemort. She fell in love and had fun with her Muggle lover. As a Catholic I've always loved the archangel Gabriel and if he's like another Gabriel I know he's kind of a "bad" angel but has a heart of gold and always helps others. So thanks again for reviewing. You've made me want to write on my longer story:D

 

Counting the Ways by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary:

For over four years, Dean Thomas had been sending his polite regrets to his mum, begging off of coming home for Christmas. But when he sensed discord in the most recent letter from his Muggle family, he decided that he needed to stop making excuses and start counting his blessings.

What he found when he got there, however, proved to be more than just a simple family gathering.

 

This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story



Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 9883 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/21/10 Updated: 12/21/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/22/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow! Jess, you've provided such a brilliant backstory to Dean and his parentage. This is such an intriguing read. Masterfully plotted and with some truly brilliant details. I particularly loved Dean's obsession with counting, and the realisation that his strides now are longer because he hasn't visited for so long. Just such a great idea, a minor detail but it weaves throughout the fic in such a clever way.

Um, criticisms ... Don't have any, except can you stop Dean from smoking - it's bad for you! *giggle*

I know how much you put into this, so I have to tell you - it was worth it. Truly engaging. I hope the word count doesn't put people off because it really doesn't read as a sub 10k story. It flows so well that you don;t notice the length.

Brilliant ~Carole~

Author's Response:

*glomps Carole*

I'm glad you think so, because I was torn between this fic being good or being terrible. I wasn't sure, and it was giving me freaking fits. I just wanted it to be genuine and in his head enough to make one think, "Yeah, this is Dean's life."

Minor note: Dean's girlfriend is still Hestia, but I didn't feel like adding in that whole story in there, so I left her nameless. I'm sure Natalie will approve. 

Ta, and thanks for the lovely review. 

~Jess

 

A Visit From Father Christmas by Gmariam
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: Past Featured StoryTeddy Lupin decides to dress up as Father Christmas and surprise his family at the Burrow. Before returning to the party, he receives his own visit, as well as an enigmatic gift that may or may not decide his future.

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge, Prompt Three.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 3086 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/24/10 Updated: 12/24/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/25/10 Title: Chapter 1: A Visit From Father Christmas

Gina!!!! This is wonderful. What an absolute delight to read on Christmas Morning. Just so sweet (but not saccharine) and heart flippingly gorgeous. This is perfect the perfect Christmas story. Well Done.

*small nitpick* Victoire Weasley roller her eyes and went into the kitchen. I think you mean 'rolled'. But that was all. I just loved this such a lot. Ahhh, in Christmas bliss.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GINA!

love ~Carole~

Author's Response: Hi Carole - a belated thank you for the review! I'm glad you liked the story, since I had my doubts. I'm doubly glad it wasn't saccharine, because that was what I was worried about. I don't know about heart-flippingly gorgeous, but it was fun to play with this idea. Thanks so much! ~Gina :)

 

Of Weasleys and Malfoys by hestiajones
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Four moments from their life that brought them together.

This is Dinny's Christmas present for the 2010 Gryffindor Swap. And this is not what J.K.Rowling has been working on, no.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 3824 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/25/10 Updated: 12/27/10


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 12/27/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Yes yes yes, I liked it a lot ... except it's Scrose and not Scily, but I can forgive you for that ... because it's you and your stories make my heart melt.

I love Scorpius in this. I love the banter. I love his honesty and his utter teenage boyness. I LOVE SCORPIUS MALFOY! Give him to me now.

And now I need to get back to High and write more Scorpius (and a little bit of another Slyth heh heh heh)

Lovely story, Natalie. ~Carole~

Author's Response: It's Scugo - not Scorose or Scily. :D And I shall give you Scopius, the half-brother, don't worry!

Thanks for reading and reviewing. I'm happy to know you liked my Scorpius.

~Natalie

 
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