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Hello, there. I'm Minna. I hail from sunny (muggy, sticky) Florida. I'm a Hufflepuff over on the Beta Boards, and I write fiction and poetry on here, as well as making graphics over on the boards. I have been audiofic'd, won a few QSQs, even finally managed to place higher than third in a few challenges, which took several years of membership to happen, but by far the strangest thing that's happened on here is that I seem to be (as of this writing, Oct 2014) on the Top Ten Most Prolific Authors list on here. Thanks, PA!

Despite that title, I am a very slow writer, and several of my chaptered fics are unlikely to ever be updated and I mostly keep them around just in case. Um, sorry about that. If that kind of thing is going to annoy you too much, perhaps stick to my one-shots and poems.

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Padfoot Prohibited by Liveley

Rated:Past Featured Story
Summary: Giving high school essays a Marauder twist, this fiction is centered around the idea that some seniors in high school are require to write a letter to incoming freshman before they graduate. At Hogwarts, Seventh Years are given an assignment to write such a letter for the new First Years. Sirius decides to actually take an assignment, well seriously...sort of. He decides to look back on his entire Hogwarts years and write down his list of things not to do at Hogwarts.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/18/09 Title: Chapter 14: A Legacy Left Behind

Probably the most hilarious fanfiction I've read. Also has kept me up late enough that I'm going to get less than two hours' sleep, but then that's my own fault for not being able to resist continuing to laugh at the Marauders' escapades. I love the concept and the list items (and plot points) had me in stitches.

Loved Dumbledore's costume, by the way. The minute he got the fake French accent I was like "Inspector Clouseau! AWESOMENESS!" ("Does your dewg bite"...teehee. Gotta love Dumbledore. Gotta love Clouseau.)

Author's Response: Hey, I wanted to say thanks for the review. I don't use Mugglenet anymore, so I completely forgot I still had this fic up on here! (I wrote it SO long ago.) It's so nice of you to send me such a complimentary review and I'm glad SOMEONE knew who Inspector Clouseau was! (Of course I wrote this long before the newer Pink Panther movies came out with Steve Martin.) Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, since you said you enjoyed "Padfoot Prohibited" so much, there IS a sort of sequel, but I only posted the first few chapters on Mugglenet. So if you want to read more of it, you'd need to go to FanFiction.Net. You don't have to be a member to leave reviews, but if you leave an anonymous review, be sure to let me know that you're the same person so I can thank you again (or feel free to email/IM me if you have questions or anything). Anyway, the sequel is called "Black Blood" and my pen name is the same, I think: Liveley. I haven't updated in a long time, but new reviews always remind me that I need to, so thanks a bunch. P.S. My deepest apologies for keeping you up reading so late. ;)

A Tale of Two Matchmakers by Kerichi

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Romance for three couples when Blaise and Luna use Shakespearean styled matchmaking to hook up Ginny and Draco. There's Much Ado about...something!

Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance-Non Canon 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010 mods changed the rules (they got tired of the same fics being nominated ^_~) so no more QQ hopes, but that's okay. No proof is needed that Draco/Ginny = love.  

* Written before the HBP, this tale presents an alternate sixth year in which Dumbledore lives, Draco is more than a foil to Harry, and Blaise Zabini is a girl. I hope readers who ship Draco/Ginny will enjoy the story which includes dancing with faeries, Celtic and Norse mythology, school holidays in London and Spain, and loads of fantasy and romance. "Is this a kissing book?" (to quote the Princess Bride) Yes, it is. *

(Warnings were added for safety, due to brief allusions in later chapters, not graphic content.)


Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 03/01/09 Title: Chapter 10: One step forward, two steps back

Just reviewing somewhere in the middle because this is a really amazing story. It's just my cup of tea: great characters, great plotline, and great allusions! I love seeing Shakespeare and faery mythology worked into the Potterverse.

Also, there's a question that's plaguing me: Where did you get the name "bandersnatch?" It sounds so familiar...like something from a video game or something...

Author's Response:

The Bandersnatch is from Lewis Carroll, a poem you've probably read called Jabberwocky. One of the stanzas goes:

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

The Violin Teacher by stardust

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Wherever his reputation preceded him, he was unwelcome. So he kept inside and played his violin. And the music carried through his open window, and, unseen, he serenaded the city... Remus Lupin, as a Muggle, tutors one Hermione Granger, a brilliant young violinist with a promising career. (AU, slightly allegorical.)
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/18/09 Title: Chapter 5: Heartsong

Oh my God. This story is just so beautiful, I can't even express it properly. If I were one to cry at stories, I think I would have cried at the end. Very feelingly written, and very moving.

Something to Keep You Warm by Slian Martreb

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Different version of my ideal 'first kiss' scenario, which is part of the 'Legion of LSPM's joint fic. The puppies are out of school at this point, and living in Sirius's flat. And Sirius HATES to be cold. A/N: This was written as a gift for someone on LJ for being a faithful reader/reviewer. First chapter is the original version, no prose or narrative. Second chapter will be exactly the same, but with prose. I'll be curious to see which is preferred....
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/09/09 Title: Chapter 1: Something to Keep You Warm-dialogue

So, I'm not usually a slash person, but I ran across this somehow, was curious and...well, it's really good. Remus and Sirius are hilarious, I found myself laughing my way through it. Sirius is just so...well, very Sirius. And poor, put-upon Remus! I loved the dialogue--I actually like, in a story, when something happens and you only figure out what it is by what the characters say about it. Also, with the dialogue, you draw your own conclusions about some things. However, I also loved the prose, because it gave me insight into what's really going on in their heads--and what tone of voice they're using, which I admit disagreed sometimes with my original impressions. I guess I could compare it with reading poetry myself, then having it explained by my English teacher. And the line about the "figment of someone else's imagination" was my favorite--a very weird picture and also the funniest line, in my opinion.

Uncle Fred Calls Him Dick by MagEd

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: 2008 QSQ Awards Runner-up for Best Post-Hogwarts

Harry defeated Voldemort. Harry married Ginny. Harry and Ginny had five children. Harry disappeared. My name is Lily Potter, and this is the story of what happened when my father returned after six years missing to find my mother about to re-marry. This is the story of myself, my crazy family, and most of all, this is the story of my parents and the man who tried to come between them. (pre-Deathly Hallows)


"Oh, I can so die happy now!" -Sirius Potter
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/28/09 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13: Lily's Perfect Ending

I loved reading this! I love how all the families are so involved in each other's lives, so that the various parts of the Weasley clan might as well be living under the same roof, they're that close. It's just so very...Weasleyish. Ha. Not to mention I can just picture Harry loving having all that family around him after the childhood he had.
And sweet Hufflepuff, what a great story. Laugh and tears and anger and plots and death....I could go on. All in one amazing package.
I love the next generation you made up, too. I won't list them 'cause it'd get long but I love how they have bits of their parents and grandparents in them.
And not to mention it was told in a great voice and ended perfectly. I always love happy endings! It ended well, indeed.

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! That always makes my day to hear (or read, as the case may be!) Family is very important to me, and therefore I think it's always big in my stories, especially when J.K. Rowling made such an amazing family out of the Weasleys! And of course, poor lonely kid Harry would love having a big family :) I'm also glad you liked the ending. While I can appreciate endings in books and fanficions that aren't happy, I'll always like those that are much better -- and I'll never be able to write anything that doesn't have a happy ending! Thanks very much for the review.

Heliopath by Gmariam

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: This poem was written to parallel the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, only featuring a creature of a different sort.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/25/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Haha. I love this. A very nice parody of the Jabberwocky with a twist of Luna-cy.

Author's Response: Luna just fits it so well, doesn't she? I also wrote her a take on The Hunting of the Snark but haven't published it. Thank you so much for reading it and leaving a review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)

How to Hold Sway by lucilla_pauie

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: What if Hermione was in Slytherin? Would things have changed?

I don’t think so.

She would be a Slytherin Princess, still as golden, only more cunning and less conventional.

In this story, let her teach you in gaining influence over the very people who crave it.

LucillaJoanna of Hufflepuff is here playing Lachesis for the May One-Shot Challenge...

...And won Second Place!

(Rating only for mild language)
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/25/09 Title: Chapter 1: Still as golden

Oh, this is awesome! I love how it holds almost entirely true to canon...except for Hermione's house. Hermione does make a great Slytherin, I must say. I especially loved the bit where she planned the duel involving the Densaugeo curse. And you're right, Hermione could be any house. Heh.

Potter's Pentagon: The Five (Book One) by Schmerg_The_Impaler

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: WARNING! This story contains a jingle-bell antler headband, a shower of potatoes, boy/girl mushiness, underwear karaoke, family trouble, an excessively adorable werewolf, death, the song "Werewolves of London," betrayal, and the word 'Jordan' five times in a row near the beginning of chapter seven.

Twenty-one years after Voldemort's defeat, five fourth-years are faced with a new threat. Will all of the five stay true to the light side? Will they all emerge whole in the end? Will Jordan Potter ever get a life? You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll gasp, you'll sigh! Part one in a trilogy!

Well, after much deliberation and consideration, I've decided to submit my future-gen trilogy! This particular installment is three years old, so it's definitely different from my current writing style, but I'm quite fond of the characters.

DH is disregarded. It's a total coincidence that one of the main characters is named Ted Lupin.

Starring Quicksilver Quills 2008 Best Male Original Character runner-up Jordan Potter, Best Female Original Character nominees Ivy Potter, Haley Potter, and Emma Weasley, and Best Male Original Character nominee Ted Lupin!

Five times nominated (once for each member of Potter's Pentagon!) for the Best Post-Hogwarts story in the 2007 Quicksilver Quills Awards, and nominated for Best Post-Hogwarts story in the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Awards...

Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 04/25/09 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: In Which Our Heroes Are Called Just That

I loved this! I'm not feeling very articulate right now, but I just thought I'd let you know that this is really, really good.
Hmm...my favorite might be Ivy. Least favorite...Ophidias.

Author's Response: That means a LOT to me, because I wrote this story when I was thirteen, and I'm seventeen now! Although... if you read on for the rest of the series, your opinion of Ophidias might actually change. Whoops, I shouldn't have told you that! ^_^

The Cause by Pussycat123

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
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.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 06/12/10 Title: Chapter 20: Pumpkin Juice

I have now read about three of your stories in a row (not all at once mind...I did sleep at least once in there, and eat several times...) and I have come to the conclusion that I freaking love you. xD
This story in particular was just really really good. You have the Marauders down pat. They aren't cliche - even Peter is definitely a Marauder, while still remaining Peter, dunno how to describe it...basically he's not completely stupid and wimpy? And of course I spent most of the story laughing like a hyena. And I love the OCs! Especially Marty, of course. She's wacky and new and awesome, without being...well, too OC-ish, if you know what I mean. She fits at Hogwarts. More than that, I just love her and her Causes and her family and her weirdness. And Luanne. Because I love Luanne and James's weirdo father/daughter relationship.
I could go on and on with awesome stuff about this...but I won't because you know about it already. Just know that seriously, everything about this story rocked.
Not a very coherent/professional review, but there you go. I love it. It's now on my favorites list. (Which like, rarely rarely happens because with most stories I just can't be bothered to stick them on there).
Anyway. Weird rambling review over with. Bye. =)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! And hey, I thought it was an awesome review, not weird or incoherent at all, it really made me smile! I'm so glad you like my writing, particularly this fic as it's one of my favourites too! :) And also the characters - writing and developing them has always been the best bit about writing for me, so I'm always so happy when it pays off! Basically, thank you - I'm really glad you liked it. =)

Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 07/20/10 Title: Chapter 4: The Bullies

I'm re-reading - and liking it just as much the second time round - and my curiosity has gotten the better of me: what was the "obscure Ravenclaw reference"?
To make this a less pointless review, can I just say again how much I love your characterizations in this? I love love Marty (and purely because of my own tendency to look for Luna's mum in Marauder fics, I've been wondering if the reason she isn't in Remus' life later because she up and married Xeno Lovegood). That last bit actually is to the point, because part of the reason I love Marty is that she's just such a Hogwarts person. Does that make any sense at all? She's the crazy girl, but she's Hogwarts crazy.
Also I love how you showed here Remus' trouble with stopping his friends from some of their crueler moments...and the fact that the boys can be cruel, which is something you don't see In a lot of Marauder fics but which canon tells us was true of them at times.
Also, I really feel bad for Marty here. She really is a girl who's not used to friendship - I love that she doesn't really get why the making up thing is hard for them, because she generally has not been in that kind of situation. But then you see that just because she's used not having it doesn't mean she doesn't need it.

Author's Response: Ah - the obscure Ravenclaw reference is because on the MNFF forums, Ravenclaws (of which I was one at the time, and I suppose still am, though I haven't been on in a very long time) referred to themselves as "turnips". And Marty found a turnip when tidying up the Common Room. That's all - like I said, obscure. :) Many people have asked if Marty is Luna's mum, and while this would be good, I'm afraid the answer is no, she's not. You explained it perfectly though - she's Hogwarts crazy. Hogwarts attracts characters who are a bit loopy, and I'm sure Luna's mum was one of those people. Having said that, Marty and Luna would have got on brilliantly though, had they gone to school at the same time! Thank you for your comments about characterisation too - it's one of my favourite parts of writing, so I'm always so glad when people pick up on it, and it seems like you understand what I was trying to do perfectly! =)

Hogwarts Houses Divided by Inverarity

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story

Teddy Lupin's first year at Hogwarts. Canon-compliant. Nominated for a 2008 QSQ for best Post-Hogwarts story.

The war is over, and all is well, they say, but the wounds remain unhealed. Bitterness divides the Houses of Hogwarts. Can the first children born since the war's end begin a new era, or will the enmities of their parents be their permanent legacy?

Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 01/23/09 Title: Chapter 34: Where We Belong

I have to say, this is the most brilliantly written fanfic I have yet read. The characters are realistic and fun, the plot is riveting, and really, I can't tell you how much I loved reading it! I had to pry myself away from the computer to eat, sleep, go to school, etc. (As I do with any good book).

Out of the Darkness by Tim the Enchanter

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: The war against Voldemort is not going well. The Ministry of Magic has fallen and the Order of the Phoenix is scattered. Harry Potter and his friends are ruthlessly hunted by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. There is no end in sight for our heroes…



Nominated for QSQ 2008 Best Humour Story!
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 04/14/09 Title: Chapter 4: Epic Ephemeral Epilogue

Since I’m a syntax nut, I have a few nitpicky grammar/spelling notes:

‘He levelled his wand, aiming strait at Harry’s chest.’ – chapter one

In this case, the word is spelled “straight.”

‘“Well, if you’re going to act like a total idiot, I guess I’ll just piss off then. I’ll tell the boss that you’ve lost your marbles.” declared Frank as he walked off.’ – chapter three

The period after marbles should be a comma.

‘This is just getting better and better, his mind scathed.’ – chapter three

I don’t think scathed is a verb. (There’s also another instance later when the wife’s talking).

‘Too long have torn families apart, ruined futures, and destroyed all hope for those praying for better days! It has been too long!”’ – the epilogue

You probably wanted to say, “Too long have you torn…”

And now that that’s over with, allow me to gush over how funny the story was. Voldemort killed by a cement mixer—priceless. Not to mention Bellatrix vanquished with a toothbrush (however did he manage that?) And a nice game of U2…

And no, this is not your Easter Egg, merely a review to tell you how much I loved Out of the Darkness. =)

Author's Response:

Hello, Minna!

Thanks for the review, and for the lovely banner! Also, I appreciate your proofreading – you’d make a good beta, if you aren’t one already.

Anyway, I’m glad you found Voldemort’s absurd demise amusing! I intentionally leave the details of Benjamin Dover’s defeat of Bellatrix a mystery, but in my imagination, he pokes his toothbrush though the eyehole of her Death Eater mask.

~ Tim the Enchanter

The Muggle Muggle Studies Teacher by TheSmirkingDragon

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: After being hooked up with a job teaching at Hogwarts by her little sister, Muggle Chastity Fagman is the first Muggle Muggle Studies teacher Hogwarts has ever seen. But after the Headmaster slips about her strictly non-magical status, all of her students know that she can't do anything magical. What will happen in her first class?

This story contains some language not suitable for younger readers and crude humor. Maybe.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/25/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I liked this story--it was hilarious. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out who 'Widebuttocks' was until he introduced himself because I kept reading 'Chastity' as 'Charity' because the Muggle Studies teacher before DH was Charity Burbage, and therefore thought it was earlier than it was. >.> Anyway, great story, love all the mistakes she makes and that line about the 15 year olds being able to hex her three-fourths of the way to Uranus was gold. My only problem was that Neville was a little meaner than I expected him to be...

Author's Response: Hello there, Minna. :) Oh, Merlin curse it, I hadn't noticed the similarities in the name (I believe that when writing, I had forgotten about Charity Burbage, and was under the impression that the reason why it sounded similar was because Charity is my cousin's name), or else I might have named my character differently. I'm glad you liked/enjoyed my story/jokes, and I see what you mean about Neville. He's just a little too condescending, from how I see it now. Looking back, I see that I could have characterized him a bit better. Sorry about that bit there.

Driving Lessons by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: “Parked all right, then?” Ron asked Harry. “I did. Hermione didn’t believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I’d have to Confund the examiner. “No I didn’t,” said Hermione. “I had complete faith in you.”
- DH P604, UK Edition

The story of how Ron learned to drive.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 05/16/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a very interesting (and realistic) view of Ron learning to drive. The bit where he accidentally hit the horn was amusing and it was nice to be reminded that Ron really DOESN'T know much about the Muggle world, even if he does wear Muggle clothes sometimes. A very good story, and great grammarwise as well, which is suprisingly rare.

Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle by Inverarity

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story

Winner of the 2008 Quick Silver Quills Award for Best General Story.

The first book in the Alexandra Quick series.

The war against Voldemort never reached America, but all is not well there. When 11-year-old Alexandra Quick learns she is a witch, she is plunged into a world of prejudices, intrigue, and danger. Who wants Alexandra dead, and why?

This story is canon-compliant with the Harry Potter universe, but the characters and settings are all original. I've put a lot of work into envisioning a world as detailed as the original series; I hope you enjoy it.

Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 01/26/09 Title: Chapter 29: The Raven

Brilliant! After I read Hogwarts Houses Divided I just had to read more of your writing and I loved this one. The American wizarding society you created is as complex as British wizarding society, and I love how different America and Charmbridge are from England and Hogwarts. Another thing I really liked here is how not everything's black and white--I get the feeling these "Dark" wizards aren't nearly as black as they're painted.
And the characters are very interesting; Alex's exploits made me want to shake her, but she is a very lovable character for all her faults. And I love her friends--especially Constance and Forbearance.
And by the way, one thing I had to add: the name Goblin Market made me laugh...very clever reference there.

As It Is by Pendraegona

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Bridges fell, Muggles were murdered, a wave of despair swept over Britain...and two dentists moved to Australia.

Wendell and Monica Wilkins had no children, but that was fine with them--all they had ever wanted, after all, they had found in the quiet town of Charters Towers.

Or rather, the daughter they didn't know they had loved them enough to let them go.

I am Pendraegona, and this is my submission to the Worlds Within a World challenge.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 02/26/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I think if I cried for stories, I would be crying now. Short, but very heart-wrenching--poor Hermione! And there's such contrast: Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins are living their everyday lives and are mildly confused by the strange actions of a young girl; meanwhile, said young girl's heart is breaking because her parents don't remember her. And the last exchange: 'Who in the world was that?' 'I have no idea.' Wow. Have to say that this fic is going on my favorites for being super-powerful.

Seven Thousand Sunsets by FullofLife

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: When a fatal disease spreads like wildfire around the Wizarding World, it is up to Rose Weasley to find a cure - with the help of no other than Severus Snape. But working with a man she's fallen in love with is much harder than it sounds.

First Place in the Gauntlet's Sixth Run!
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 05/30/10 Title: Chapter 11: Epilogue

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.

Which is, of course, code for "I absolutely love you, you're a freaking awesome writer."

No, seriously. I got so so involved in this story emotionally. If I cried at books/stories, I would've cried for this one (and I don't say that about a lot of stories). Even though the story was so full of sadness - something I usually kind of hate - I loved it. The plot, everything. And the characterizations, all of them, were so good!

Also the originality of it all was refreshing. I mean, okay, Time Turners not so much. But the disease? And the idea of ROSE being in love with Severus - I must admit that was mostly the reason I clicked into this story; I was curious how you would pull that off. And you did, oddly enough - it wasn't a happy love, but it was realistic.

Seriously. Kudos to you on this. It's just a marvelous story. Depressing, but amazing.

Potter's Pentagon: The Past (Book Three) by Schmerg_The_Impaler

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The final installment in the Potter’s Pentagon Trilogy. Read “The Five” and “The Truth” first, myess? Okay!

WARNING! Contains Muggle adventures in Diagon Alley, unusual eyebrows, cheesy clichés galore, psycho Ted, the not-so-lost years of Merlin, a school-wide singalong, the old potato joke, Tyrone’s Princess Bride obsession, Emma’s stubborn denial of the existence of Tyrone’s mustache, a graphic death, a joke shop product as a major plot device, hobo Jordan, Jordan hugging, Jordan pulling pranks, time travel, the Love Shack, angst, and worst of all, Professor Zabini.

It’s the sixth year for Potter’s Pentagon and company, and our heroes learn that in the wizarding world, coming of age has a somewhat weightier significance. Students are busy with an Inter-House Unity Project, Jordan is having weird dreams, Pansy and Ophidias Malfoy have been released from Azkaban, Professor Zabini has a mysterious project of his own, and almost everyone is acting strangely. Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Magic, a man with a vendetta against Ron Weasley is trying his hardest to get him in the biggest trouble possible. Is the only way to save him to travel into the past?

New talents are discovered, new friendships form and old ones change, pasts are dredged up, and, of course, there’s lots of good old-fashioned snogging. And one of the five kills for the first time… while another becomes a casualty of war.

Starring 2008 Quicksilver Quills Best Male Original Character runner-up Jordan Potter, Best Female Original Character nominees Ivy Potter, Haley Potter, Emma Weasley, and Giorgi Anderson, and Best Male Original Character nominee Ted Lupin! Nominated for 2008 Quicksilver Quills Best Post-Hogwarts Story.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 11/18/10 Title: Chapter 28: Epilogue: There And Back Again

AHH. Finally, finally got around to reading this one all the way through (I've read the first two books in this epic at least twice each). Must say, the only thing I dislike about this installment is its summary! I thought for sure, the minute I'd finished the prologue, that Emma was going to end up dead, and I was not happy because I love Emma. Thank God I finally pushed on anyway and read it, 'cause I think this was the best one yet of the three Potter's Pentagon fics. Not gonna lie, I kind of love Jordan-as-Seer. And I got a lot of weird looks from my roommates while I was reading this - there was much squeeing, "Ohmygodohmygod!"s, and running away from the computer because something bad was happening. Basically, I got REALLY into this.
I used to kind of think Jordan was a bit of a git and a loner, but now I kind of love him. O.o Also loving me Ted and Ivy and Emma and...rawr. I love all the characters! Couldn't possibly pick a favorite.
On a related note, I think your Merlin is my favorite Merlin ever.
I know this is a really useless review, but I can't do anything but squee. So glad I finally got around to reading this one!

Is This What You Want? by liquid_silver

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Rodolphus Lestrange meets with his nephew, who is an aspiring Death Eater. While trying to dissuade him from taking this path, he reveals more about himself than he intended.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 05/27/10 Title: Chapter 1: Is This What You Want?

Dude. I think you're not NEARLY as bad at "serious" stories as you think you are. This was a remarkable story, in my opinion. It's powerful, and it provides insight into - gives *humanity* to - a character who everyone probably writes off as just another Death Eater - no more or less than a monster. And it's also well-written, in my opinion, despite what you might think. And I just loved this description of the Death Eaters: "the ranks of the haters, the destroyers, the warriors of discrimination." =)

Only one issue with it: by the end of the description of the woman, I was almost sure she was Andromeda...and then she got killed. O.o *Was* it Andromeda and this story needs an AU warning, or was it just a coincidence that the eyes looked similar?

Anyway. I think the lady doth protest too much. Not all your stories suck. (I can't say that all your stories rock, of course - just that the ones I have read do. :P)


Author's Response: First off, I have to say that I'm SO, SO SORRY I haven't been online -- when I promised to beta that one-shot of yours, I had totally forgotten that I was going to be at my aunt's house without Internet. I just remembered five minutes ago, and I only saw the notification for this review when I logged into my Yahoo account to see if you'd sent me the story -- I've been using my AOL account far more lately, but as I didn't see an e-mail from you I don't suppose it matters at the moment anyway. Again, I'm sorry, and if you let me beta for you in the future I swear I'll be more reliable. That being said, thanks so much for the kind review! I'm so glad you think I'm a good writer, much as I disagree. And no, she wasn't supposed to be Andromeda -- just a woman that reminded Rodolphus of Bellatrix. Andromeda married a Muggle-born, not a Muggle. I really should have made that more clear -- another reviewer thought she was Andromeda, too. *embarrassedface*

Apparently Asleep by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Nymphadora Tonks lives under a shadow. Both her cousin and her aunt are in Azkaban believed to be in league with Voldemort. She knows Bellatrix deserves to be there- but Sirius?
Remus Lupin is an outsider. He’d once had three good friends- now two are dead and the third has been locked up for murder and betrayal.
They had met once before, when she was a child, but as Tonks grows up they find themselves thrown together- far too closely for Remus’ comfort. He’s always yearned for a normal life but knows that is impossible. Can Tonks convince him that he deserves happiness?

Nominated for a 2009 QSQ award in the Best canon Romance category. Thank you.
Reviewer: minnabird Signed
Date: 12/06/09 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 - Truth Will Out

I'm so sorry for bugging you about a new chapter - that was before I knew this one had come out! I'm so very happy to see it at last, because I'm addicted to this story now. The characters are all so perfectly done, and I love how you are filling in everything about Tonks and Remus we never saw in the books. They remain exactly the same characters JKR wrote, but more real with the weight of their own experiences behind them and more loveable for it. I don't know how I could possibly tell you how much I enjoy this story. Thank you for writing it...and of course I want more but I'll stop bugging you for a while!

Author's Response: minna, I never replied to you. Now, you can nag me for a new chapter (It's been ages... I know), but I am actually writing it. Glad you like the story.