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Finding Peace by Gin_Wazlib
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: It's December of 1979 and Lily is overwhelmed. The war continues on and in the midst of it all, she is pregnant and afraid. She journeys to her mother's grave searching for comfort and answers from the one person who always knew best.

"I start to wonder if James and I should be together at all anymore. I mean, if we can’t go without a fight for even one day, why try to do it for the rest of our lives?"

A one-shot take on how Lily felt upon the news of her pregnancy.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2159 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/09/08 Updated: 06/16/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 06/16/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very good! Very poignant and touching. I hate to think that Lily and James fought, but I think you're right: that their personalities and the stress they were under would have made it inevitable. Well written!

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 06/16/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very good! Very poignant and touching. I hate to think that Lily and James fought, but I think you're right: that their personalities and the stress they were under would have made it inevitable. Well written!

Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review! I hate to think of Lily and James fighting too, however I have enough of my own experience being married to know that any stress may make you fight with the one you love most. And Lily and James had much more to be getting on with! Anyway, I\'m glad you liked it! Thank you again.

 

The Banebrewer by Grace has Victory
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary: Wolfsbane Potion is illegal, but the illicit brewing continues. Ariadne Lupin can preserve the human mind of a werewolf, but can she reverse the mindset of a whole civilisation?
Part IV of The Moon-Cursers.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Non-Consensual Sex, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 92106 Chapters: 21 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/12/08 Updated: 06/27/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 06/27/08 Title: Chapter 1: Trod by the Gallant and True

It's as if you just ripped out my heart and stomped all over it. Gosh! How in the world did you manage to write this story? I've written some pretty intense and some pretty sad stuff, but this was... uh, soul-stealing. (Forgive the pun.) I have to apologize for not reviewing before. I had seen the first couple of chapters ages ago, but somehow lost track of it. So today, when I saw this, I remembered it, and thought, "Wait... Is this....?" And it was! Now I'll have to go back and read the other stories that led into this one. Thanks for a fabulous read!

Author's Response: Dear DD, Please take your heart back with my compliments. I have soaked it in some of Ariadne\'s Heart Restorer and it is now clean and unbruised. I don\'t know how I \"managed\" this story. Ariadne just walked into my head stirring her cauldron, and I had to explain how her potion caused her death! I have made quite a lot of post-DH revisions to the earlier stories, so they might not be as you remember. Thank you so much for reviewing. Best wishes, GhV

 

I am... by Maximum Potter
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 29]

Summary: This is tribute to the four famous pranksters of Hogwarts. This is a one-shot that has their final moments in life.

They all are different, yet all the same. They were united but still divided until they found each other once more in death. They were brothers, they were friends, they are the Marauders of Gryffindor.

I present to you: Masters Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs in their final performance...

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Self Injury, Suicide, Violence

Word count: 1678 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/25/08 Updated: 06/25/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 06/25/08 Title: Chapter 1: We solemnly swear that we were up to no good...

Very nice tribute! I liked it!

Author's Response: Thanks, I was not sure what some might think and I was anxious to see what happened, so thanks so much for the review!

 

Summary:
Is sorry ever really enough? Can it seal old wounds? Put the pieces back together? In the end, is it really worth it?



Written for the Dumbledore’s Hat fic exchange.

‘Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?’ ~ Abraham Lincoln

For Kelly.




Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 2572 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/28/08 Updated: 07/09/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/09/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice speech by Snape at the end. And great anger by Remus at the beginning. Good job!

Author's Response: *tackles* Thanks! =)

Author's Response: *tackles* Thanks! =)

 

To Armageddon and Back by Astrid Skywalker
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: He could let the misery claim him, feed on him until he is nothing but carbon, a stain on Mother Earth forever. Isn’t that what he is now, anyway? A leftover stain from a once-happy time?

Remus-centric, post-OotP.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Substance Abuse

Word count: 4228 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/03/08 Updated: 07/03/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/03/08 Title: Chapter 1: To Armageddon and Back

Wonderful! It's sad and poignant and incredibly touching. Very well done!

Author's Response: Thank you! =)

 

Marauders to the End- Year One by armagod679
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 46]

Summary: This is the story of the rat, the stag, the werewolf, and the dog. They met by fate and were bound by a secret. Hopes, fears, love, tears, great and small, Marauders all. Their years at Hogwarts will always live on in infamy, although so many people say different things. Here is the frivolous first year of the tale of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Book 7 Disregarded, Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 39466 Chapters: 21 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/08/08 Updated: 09/09/09


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/21/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Rat, the Stag, the Werewolf, the Dog.

Brutal! Poor Sirius! Poor Remus! Can't wait to see how the boys squeeze their secrets out of each other... Nicely done!

Author's Response: You'll see... keep reading!

 

Cruel Moon for the Misbegotten by L A Moody
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 82]

Summary: Remus Lupin is a man whose bÍte noir assumes very real proportions on the night of each full moon. It is a reality that he had accepted for most of his life; forced to reconcile to the limitations of his existence at an early age. Then out of the blue, Nymphadora Tonks waltzes into his life, throwing all his stoic principles into turmoil. But wizarding society’s prejudices against werewolves are so deeply ingrained that even specialized Healers have no choice but to admit that some of the most basic answers are just unavailable. As Remus undertakes a dangerous undercover mission that may help him to find answers among his own brothers, Tonks follows a convoluted trail that will uncover the true nature of hatred buried within the Ministry of Magic itself.


Follow this tale of despair and redemption as it weaves through the bustling boulevards of Rome to the carefree Bohemian sections of London to the austere bones of post-industrialized Britain to the majestic spires of Hogwarts castle. It is a story not presented as a romance, but rather as one man’s journey to hell and back as inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.


Serves as a prequel to my other story, Harry Potter and the Hero’s Lament, but either story can be read independently of the other.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 195404 Chapters: 27 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/16/08 Updated: 03/16/09


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/29/08 Title: Chapter 5: Inferno: The Fifth Circle

Another brilliant chapter! I love it. You've done such a great job with Remus. I love how you dig deeper into his character (and your interpretation of it!) so smoothly and so thoroughly using Freddy and flashbacks. The descriptions and the adjectives you use throughout this chapter really are amazing--they set the scene so well, so that anyone can see it exactly the way you do. Great job!

Author's Response: Glad to know you like Freddy. Hope you like the layers that I add to Tonks' character as first, I make her light-hearted without being an immature ditz. Your words of encourgement are most welcome as I really went out on a tangent with the structuring of this story. For my general fic I just used JKR's template, but this baby is all mine. Hope to have the next installment uploaded by the end of the week, am having to retype on new disk (home computer is a dinosaur...)

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 15: Purgatory: The Sixth Terrace

Gosh, I thought Remus was going to get caught for sure in this chapter! Sorry I haven't been keeping up, and even sorrier that I haven't reviewed--but I got caught up in the last few chapters that I'd missed. This chapter left my palms sweaty! Well done!

Author's Response: Catch up all at once can be fun, too. I was able to update quite a bit over the holidays as the queue time seemed to have shrunk considerably. Guess most people actually had a life. Thats where staying ahead of the curve really helped as I had a lot of things ready to go.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 16: Purgatory: The Seventh Terrace

The sweat has now rolled off my palms and is dripping from my fingers, making my fingers slip off the keys. And if my new laptop takes a disliking to the moisture and dies, I will expect a new one from you! You have me on the edge of my seat... Have I said yet that you're a fabulous author? No? Hmm. Silly me. Now, on to the next chapter to find out about these oncoming wolves that it seems Remus is soon to encounter...

Author's Response: Glad to know that you felt the suspense and danger that I was trying to impart. Thanks for the stirring words.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 17: Purgatory: The Eighth Terrace

Well, THAT just couldn't have gone any worse! And here I was setting myself up to read a touching, 'you've been an idiot, but you're my idiot--glad you're safe, but you're still an idiot' sort of welcome by Tonks. Guess I was wrong, eh? Still, it was very much in character all the way around, and I know--truly I do--that what you wrote would have been more likely what would have happened. Excellent characterizations! Have I said you're a wonderful writer? (Chuckle)

Author's Response: That's what makes the characters fun, especially when they're both hard-headed in different ways. Keep on reading for more dancing around one another.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 18: Purgatory: The Ninth Terrace

Egad! You had me in tears--AGAIN. Sheesh! You're only the second writer who has ever brought me to tears twice in one story. Amazing job! And you've made a point that I've said many times (and actually made in a story I posted on another website): Remus and Severus are very much alike. Their circumstances and their tendencies to mask their true selves from everyone have made them shadows of one another, in a way. If only they would have been able to get past the Whomping Willow incident (and Sirius Black!) and allowed themselves to be friends... Sigh. On to the next chapter!

Author's Response: Good to know my analogy between Snape and Remus holds true for you as well. Where is the story you posted to another website? I'd really like to read it for myself since we arrived at similar conclusions independently of one another.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 19: Part Three: Finding Paradiso, The First Sphere

I love the interactions between Remus and Ginny. That was a great idea you had! (I really had been worried that Molly Weasley would show up...)

And THANK YOU for finally allowing someone to tell Tonks that though, yes, it seems like Remus has been a selfish, self-centered pigheaded prat, he has issues--huge issues--and she needs to be a bit more patient. (I'm sure that the fact that one's friends always seem to DIE might weigh heavily on one's desire to get closer to someone...) Now Remus has to just break out of that vicious cycle...

Author's Response: Don't worry about Molly showing up, she's a necessary character but hardly one of my favorites. Tonks probably wouldn't have accepted those words from anyone other than Dumbledore, but his quiet words of wisdom move her. The fact that people seem to keep dying around you is the basis of Remus' rapport with Harry. Same reasoning that Harry used to break up with Ginny at end of HPB. Don't you just love how the themes interweave?

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/09/09 Title: Chapter 21: Finding Paradiso: The Third Sphere

This is a beautiful and yet difficult chapter, because you can feel the hope and the love, but there is still enough of the trepidation and fear that makes you wonder if these two will ever get it together. (Even if we knkow they do...) You've done an amazing job of walking that tightrope. LOVE it! Love all the clashing (yet still hopeful) emotions, and how you've been able to capture it all. Looking forward to the next chapter!

Author's Response: The tango that these two do around the harsh truth and around one another has been one of the most interesting things about writing these stories. Like real people, they often have radically different takes on the same incidents. Mest chapter is already in queue and will take you through the nerve-wracking night that they patrol the castle while Dumbledore takes Harry to the cave in search of the Horcrux.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/18/09 Title: Chapter 22: Finding Paradiso: The Fourth Sphere

Yoi! And this chapter started out so... calm, for lack of a better word. Yes, there was snarkiness with Snape (which is always fun, no matter what) and just a tad bit of romance with Tonks, but as you've proven time and again, we're on a roller coaster ride here. Well done! (By the way--why a giraffe patronus? Any particular reason?)

Author's Response: Snape's dialog is always so empowering! Can you imagine him writing a letter to an elected official who he disagreed with? As for the giraffe patronus: they are tall (too obvious, I know), nonpredatory, non-carnivorous, very pacific creatures yet they can defend themselves and their young very effectively when attacked. I wanted a creature that was imposing without being violdent -- the total opposite of the werewolf incarnation that Remus can never shake off. It represents the basic struggle that he fights within himself. Likewise, in my other story his Animagus form is a non-violent creature as well.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 01/18/09 Title: Chapter 23: Finding Paradiso: The Fifth Sphere

I love that Remus is trying to make sense of Snape's 'betrayal'--it seems to me that if anyone would try to do that, it would be him. With help from Moody, of course. Love Moody's closing line! Another well-written chapter!

Author's Response: Remus inner struggle to make some sense out of the nonsensical is what makes him such a great mentor to Harry. Moody has soem surprises of his oun coming up in the next chapter.

 
Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/29/08 Title: Chapter 4: Inferno: The Fourth Circle

Gosh, the whole last bit of this chapter was incredibly sad. It nearly had me in tears, and I'm not one to get choked up on stories. Nicely done!

Author's Response: I have to admit it choked me up a bit when I wrote it. Glad to know that it moved you as well.

 

The Key to My Heart by James Jameson
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: A story about a mother's love for her son and how during dark times, sometimes blissful ignorance is all you really need.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 798 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/17/08 Updated: 07/21/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/21/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Key to My Heart

Oh, what a sweet story! I love this! So typical of a small child and a mother's love. Very good!

Author's Response: awe thank you so very much!

 

Keep Her Safe by Elmindreda
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary: 'Keep her - them - safe. Please.'
'And what will you give me in return, Severus?'
'In - in return?'
...
'Anything.'

(DH, chapter 33)



Severus walks home after the fateful meeting on the hilltop. It is a long walk. A long and thoughtful one.
This is the Final for the Marauder Era class, by Elmindreda of Gryffindor.

Dear Mods, I would be eternally grateful if this could be validated before the 31st of July.


Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1508 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/19/08 Updated: 07/29/08


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/29/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Promise

Wow! This was extremely powerful, emotional, and has the feeling of desperation all the way through it. Very well-written! I love how you managed to capture Severus Snape--intelligent, worried, snarky ("...never that it was that long a stroll, naturally"), and resignation. Excellent!

 

Renaissance by Wolf By Night
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Harry never expected to find out that Remus had a twin sister; nor did he expect the appearance of his mother's best friend. And he certainly didn't expect the history they, and Sirius, all shared. But perhaps these four links to Harry's parents can help him in his ever-lasting war with Voldemort - and in the process, give him the family he never had. AU OotP, with some canon left intact. NOT a Mary Sue fic.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 19335 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
Published:
07/11/09 Updated: 07/22/09


Reviewer: DragonDi Signed
Date: 07/14/09 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: Fallacious Continuance

Wow! This is a promising start to a story! Kept me hooked right from the beginning--and I can't wait to see what happens next!

Author's Response: Thanks so much for your review! I was worried it wasn't interesting enough at the beginning. =)

 
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