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Hello! I'm Julia and when I'm not cavorting with elves in Middle Earth, I'm a moderator for this archive, among other things.

Poetry, Anyone? I am the resident Poet Laureate over on the Beta Boards as leader of this fun little group. We have monthly challenges all with a Harry Potter twist. You can also find solid and comprehensive critique for any poems and help for all your archive-based concerns.

Susan Bones Book Club. I am the leader of this fun little group. Each month the SBBC chooses two to three fics from the archives to discuss. We also have monthly drabble activities and an incredibly lively chat thread. We accept new members at all times so if you're interested go and take a look. It's open to all members of the beta boards. If you have any questions or concerns then don't hesitate to PM me.

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In the Ashes by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 96 Reviews Past Featured Story

In her seventh year, Katie Bell knew what it was like to fear death. A year later, she learnt what it was like to see it in front of her. Nothing she had ever experienced had prepared her to deal with the aftermath of that. And then he came.

Caught in a whirlwind of Quidditch, heartbreak, and a rivalry, Katie struggled with her jumbled mess of feelings, one of which she hadn't expected but was growing certain that she could never live without.




Oh my freaking Salazar! This story WON TWO 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Post-Hogwarts Story and Best Non-Canon Romance Story. *flail*



This (late) update was brought to you by the (belated) birthday of the ever-lovely Hannah / h_vic. She is a star and an excellent friend!

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 07/06/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

can I haz moar chaptiz

Author's Response: :3

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/04/10 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Gosh, Jess, this fic is so sexy. I can't believe I didn't notice it before... where have I been?!?! I love Oliver fics, and this pairing is just so delicious. Can't wait for more XD Sorry about the fangirly review but I'm not a SPEWer so what the heck, right? I just wanted to squee.

Author's Response:

Would you believe that I started this fic with the intention of it being gratuitous smut for someone on my f-list? Then a plot had to weave its way into my brain, and now look what's happened. I intend to finish this story as quickly as possible so I can get back to Harmony, but for the moment, it won't leave my head. I'm glad you like it. :D


Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 09/10/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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Letters from the Tent by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 36 Reviews
Summary: A distraught Hermione takes quill to parchment.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Letters

Lori, I turn canon for your fics. I really do. As I was reading this I became a complete Ron/Hermione shipper. This was just so heart-breaking and gorgeous and realistic and tragic and gahhh. I loved it. I think you caught Hermione's character brilliantly. Yes, she is a "bookworm" and intelligent but she is also a very frightened teenager girl. I kind of see these letters as her release. She spends all day trying to hide her anguish from Harry and she needs to let it out somehow. I wish I could leave you a more coherent review but I can't. I'm just... in awe at the moment. This fic is absolute

Author's Response: Julia! Turning canon? What nicer thing could you possibly say to me? ;) Seriously, I'm so glad you felt like it worked. I definitely agree about the letters being a release for Hermione after all the efforts of keeping herself together for Harry's sake. That is how I have viewed and written it since I started working on it months ago. Oh, and I see I have two other reviews left... back with you in moment. ;) Hehe

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/03/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Letters

lol I have no idea where the rest of my review went O.o What I was saying at the end was: This fic is absolute

Author's Response: This one is a bit deja vu.... lol

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 10/03/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Letters

Seriously, MNFF, seriously? Third time lucky... This fic is absolutely fantastic and is going straight into my favourites. Sorry for clogging up your reviews and for the disappointment when you see three review notifications and they're all from me XD

Author's Response: Why is the site being so mean to you? Poor Julia. But yay me for going into your favorites... that absolutely makes my day. Thanks so much!

Of Slayers and Champions by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 23 Reviews

After it was all said and done, Harry wanted a sandwich. However, Ron knew that what he wanted was far deeper and complex and maddening and insufferable. But could Hermione ever forgive him for leaving her behind? Could he ever forgive himself?


This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Canon Romance.

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/07/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Um... SQUEE! I loved this, Jess. Seriously, this was absolutely perfect for this weird R/Hr mood I seem to be in. I loved the mix of awkwardness and comfort you created and I loved the ending. It was fluffy but in the best way. It wasn't saccharine sweet at all xD

Author's Response:

Hehe, I thought this was the perfect gift for Hannah: Romione with a happy ending and no smut. It actually turned out to be my second most popular one-shot. :D

Glad you liked it, dearie, and glad it sated your Romione lust!


Over A Mug of Tea by hestiajones

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 10 Reviews Past Featured Story
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.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 11/21/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, Natalie! *squiggles* This is so beautiful. This is one of the best Harmony fics I've read and that you wrote it for me is so so so special. I'm grinning from ear to ear right now XD It was so heartbreaking seeing Harry as an old man, alone, but I loved the way you incorporated the memory. I like Harmony to be on the line of canon like you have done - Hermione still loves Ron and Harry still loves Ginny yet the two have this do-they-don't-they connection... gahhhhhhh. It was brilliant. I feel like squeeing out loud, again. I loved your characterisation. The little pieces of humour and banter between them felt like they could have been written by JKR. And the ending was so bittersweet. Sighhhh.

Thank you, Lafonna. This fic means so much to me :)

Author's Response: YAYAYAY!

While its lovely to get reviewed by other people as well, I honestly wouldnt care if the whole world hated this fic as long as you liked it. :D After all, it was written for YOU!

To be honest, I did a lot of brainstorming the night I was contemplating the pairing. In the end, I wanted something canon-y, something quiet and subtle, as Gina says below, because (a) I dont think Harmony is the kind of pairing that suits the cheery, the fluffy, or the lets just go down and have hot sex without rhyme or reason kind of approach, and (b) I had a feeling youd like quiet and subtle. ;)

I dont honestly know why I started off with old and lonely Harry, though. It made me very sad writing him in that situation, butI think it paid off. I wanted the moment to be significant and have some sort of an impact on Harrys life. So, the story was not about the moment in itself, but the questions it raised.

Is this response longer than your review? :D I dont know how to end it. It feels silly saying Thanks for reading and reviewing because lol you had no choice but to read it in the first place, and it isnt really a review, is it?

SoGlad you liked it. Its all that matters. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, once again.


I Believed in Lily Evans by Equinox Chick

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: Christmas 1976 and Severus Snape sits in his room with only his thoughts to keep him company.

This song/poem is a parody of probably the best (and bitterest) Christmas song in the entire universe. The original, called I Believe in Father Christmas' was by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I strongly recommend that you listen to the original.

I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff, and this is my entry for the Extra Credit in the Great Hall Christmas Challenge.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling or Greg Lake. (I never thought I'd ever type that sentence.) Please don't confuse us.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 12/12/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, Carole. This is just... I love it. I'm never going to be in SPEW because when I read something like this I can't even articulate any particular thought well enough. Beautiful job. Well done :)

Author's Response: Awww, thanks Julia. I adore this song so much and Snape seemed the only choice as the bitter character. ~Carole~

Heat of the Moment by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: Professors • 32 Reviews Past Featured Story

A night of paperwork, coffee, and burning the midnight oil... it wasn't an unfamiliar occurrence. But add in a minor slip-up and a mistaken potion, and events were sure to take an interesting turn.


This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 12/19/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh Jess. I really needed to re-read this tonight. I can't even express how much better this made me feel! You managed to write one of the best Harmony fics I've ever read. Ever. Your humour and chemistry and smut-skills and the little clif-hanger at the end are just perfect. I love it so much, especially the ending XD Thanks so much for writing this for me. I'm so glad that it's up on the archives so I can favourite it!

Author's Response:

Nothing like a nice little smutty pick-me-up, n'est-ce pas?

This story was so fun to write, and I'm glad that I could bring you that level of enjoyment on your birthday. We both enjoy our little seeds of Harmony, nestled into canon, which make one doubt what we think we know.

As you've seen, I added a bit at the end, because I personally had the properties of the potion in mind with the failsafe warning, but I realised that there was no way that the reader would know it. So I added that bit at the end to make one think: are there feelings between them that Harry and Hermione have buried for everyone's sake? I feel like it's my mission as a Harmony shipper to make as many people as possible think that there are. :D It's just a shame that I had to remove various anatomy bits from it, hehe.

I'm glad you like it, dear, and I can't wait until next November 22 to write another little piece of Harmony heaven.


The Substitute by hestiajones

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: It was the last time for them, though he was yet to know.

Disclaimer:I am not J.K.Rowling; the characters and their world belong to her, though.

AU because these characters never kissed in canon. If you’ve seen the Deathly Hallows 1 movie, you might be able to understand what’s going on. ;)

This story won the QSQ for Best Non-Canon Romance in the One-shot categoery.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/26/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Natalie, this is so beautiful. You've made me cry. What a sop eh? But honestly, you really excelled here. It's a non-canon pairing but I love how you manage (like in a lot of your fics especially that gorgeous Harmony XD) to keep it canon in the end. I think you really caught that grief-stricken longing so well. It seeps into every moment, every sentence. That last paragraph in particular is so powerful and packed full of unspoken emotion. Gahhhhh I'm just rambling here but this has left me feeling so moved. I'm sorry for being inarticulate. Anyway, this is a beautiful and poignant fic. I absolutely adore it.

Author's Response: Julia!

I was so thrilled to see you had reviewed it! It was tricky writing this, and the severe lack of response from fanfic-readers in general was beginning to worry me a bit. But I am so happy it worked for you guys. : ) And it was strangely amazing to know that it had made you cry. I had meant it to be soppy. I just hope it was as visual as I intended it to be.

Again, thank you so much for reading and reviewing!


O Little Town of Hogsmeade by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 4 Reviews Past Featured Story

To the tune of O Little Town of Bethlehem, join the Marauders on one of their monthly nights on the town.


This Song Poem won the Poetry Anyone Carol Challenge on the Beta Boards. Yay!

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/20/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hey Jess! Now the results are out I can come by and let you know how great this is! You really excelled with this. The rhythm is spot on and I loved singing along to it. I also loved your take on the title and the way you worked in a narrative. That isn't easy to do so well done!

Author's Response:

Yay, I'm glad the slight misery that I felt because I put this off so long didn't go unrewarded. I'm just glad it didn't make the spork list, to be honest, lol. :D

Wonderful visit, Middle Earthling, and a wonderful challenge (no matter how aggravating, hehe)!


Sing a Song of Mischief by clabbert2101

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: A fun little poem about the day Fred and George "graduated" from Hogwarts. Inspired by "Sing a Song of Sixpence".
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/12/11 Title: Chapter 1: Throw in a Little Fun...

Bella! Wow. You have definitely aced this one. The rhythm and flow of the original nursery rhyme is still in tact and it reads like a charm. I think you picked the perfect subject matter as well xD The twins and their antics certainly match the cheeky feel of the poem. Also, I love the way you were able to work actual narrative into the poem. Well done. This is a gem.

Harmony by hestiajones

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: A poem for Harry/Hermione.

Thanks to Jess for encouraging me to publish this.

I wrote this, not J.K.Rowling; she doesn't ship Harmony. :P
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/16/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Beautiful. I love the final half. It says so much about the pairing - how they couldn't be together and yet there is a strong bond there that cannot be denied. How you view that bond, and the lengths it could go to, is another matter xD

Author's Response: I dunno why but I was worried you didn't like this poem. o.O I can't exactly remember what initiated that paranoia. THANK YOU for the review. :D


Prefect Paralysed by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 13 Reviews
Summary: On her first night of patrol, Molly Weasley was armed with the basic rules of how to be a prefect, but one guideline had been woefully omitted from the list: what to do when a handsome delinquent robbed her of her ability to think.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 02/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Okay, apart from wanting to punch Scorpius after the ginger comment, I really enjoyed this. I loved the tension and that humour you do so well. Also, the way you incorporated the rules was a great idea. Brilliant, as always, Jess xD

Author's Response:

Glad you enjoyed the story. I really wanted him to be extraordinarily punchable like Draco was, even for a different reason. Plus, we all know how devastating Hot Guy Syndrome can be.



Rotten Resolutions by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 17 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Ron and Hermione make New Year's Resolutions.

This was originally written for a drabble challenge of the same name, where resolutions must be made and... well, I'll let you see for yourself. A fluffy little one-shot.

Thanks to Natalie for her mad, QSQ-winning beta skills

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 03/14/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I swear you write these to make me squee. Honestly, Lori, how am I supposed to keep my non-canon card with you around? First of all, I'm so glad you put this up on the archives and second, I absolutely love the innuendo at the end. I can imagine Ron and Hermione having cheeky banter like that after they've been bickering. This is so sweet and the resolutions are just perfect for both of them. Fabulous, as usual, Lori.

Author's Response: Julia, I can't believe I never responded to these reviews! Yikes. Well, thanks as always for reading and reviewing. It makes my day when you squee over things that aren't your normal cup of tea. Thanks for always encouraging me to turn these things into one-shots. With this one especially, I'm very glad I did. :)

Carousel by hestiajones

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Sometimes, she liked mulling over the possibilities of a change, but would she ever act upon it?

Inspired by Round 4 Brawl: Week 2. Thanks to Kara/Karaley Dargen for a real-time AIM beta job and for all the courage she gives me.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT J.K.Rowling.

Nominated for a QSQ in the Dark/Angsty category.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 03/17/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh I absolutely love this! The way you expanded the drabble is wonderful. I was expecting something a bit different but your adaptation is much better than anything I would have done. Your characterisation of Pansy is really well done, you've given her much more than the usual petty and bitchy schoolgirl that I've read time and again, and the whole Slytherin dynamic was also a brilliant portrayal. The conversation between Pansy, Blaise, and Theo was so intense and layered. You packed in everything that is going on around them into such a short dialogue. Gahhh.

And as always it was beautifully written and structured. You always seem to find the perfect ending. The ending for this was just so... right. It really sealed the fantastic characterisation - you kept that dark uncertainty that was present all the way through. It's quite a haunting piece and much more than a Seamus/Pansy or Draco/Pansy. It's a study, really, of Pansy and the world she is living in.

In short, brilliant. I really love this piece and hopefully someone will rec it for the SBBC someday because there is just so much in here to discuss. Sorry for this messy review, it's all over the place!

Greenleaf x

Author's Response: Hehehe. Actually, I wrote this before the drabble. You liked my portrayal of the Slytherins? WOOT! It's nice to hear that from a real snake. I imagine their house to have a lot of subtle (and not-so-subtle) power games. Thanks for reviewing, Julia! I'm really happy you liked it. I also intend to take this pairing further hehehehe.


March Madness by Equinox Chick

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: Professor Dumbledore always referred to it as 'March Madness', that time of year when a certain band of Gryffindors ran amok. But in the Spring of nineteen-seventy-eight, one of the Marauders had other things on his mind.

Perhaps things will finally quieten down.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Aprils Fools' Day Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 3 (Marauder)

A word about the warnings: The SSP is minor and I'm only using a 'warning' because otherwise I might get angry letters *snort*. The Sexual Situations are evident.

I am not JK Rowling. I'd like to be, but alas she got there first
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 06/08/11 Title: Chapter 1: March Madness

Hahaha Carole this is brilliant. I have absolutely nothing of worth to say except that I loved it xD The humour was great as well as the more saucy parts heheheh. The plot point with Regulus and Barty was also really interesting. Anyway, I really must sleep now but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Keep on being fabulous!

Julia x

Author's Response: Yay! You should do more Russian, it makes you leave lovely reviews - hee hee. Thank you, Julia. I;m glad you enjoyed this. It was written a bit off the cuff but i think there was a point somewhere to the story. ~Carole~

The Golden Dawn by ElmandPhoenix

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 4 Reviews
Summary: A description of the moments when Voldemort was finally killed.
Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 01/11/12 Title: Chapter 1: A Golden Dawn

There is some lovely imagery in this poem. The golden dawn spilling into the Great Hall is such a picture of hope and joy which I think you captured really well. What really stood out to me was the third line, though.

Three words in all, but a world hanging in the balance.

That is really powerful. I love it.

I think you could work on the punctuation, perhaps. Instead of using a full stop at the end of each line, the flow could be improved by using comma's (or nothing at all) because the full stops make it a bit choppy. The repetition of the word "of" at the beginning of the lines gives each line a certain amount of emphasis in itself, so I don't think the full stops are necessary if you were going for a more blunt impact.

Hopefully that was helpful :) I think you've got great bones here, just tweaking the punctuation (something I struggle with in my own poems) could take it to another level.


Lockhart, Sprout and Two Smoking Goblets by Equinox Chick, Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: Humiliated in front of the entire school by the purple-faced Pomona Sprout, Gilderoy Lockhart plots a grand revenge. His weapon of choice - a goblet full to the brim with steaming cocoa.

But has he underestimated the redoubtable Head of Hufflepuff House?

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw and Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Aprils Fools' Day Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2 - Don't You Dare Prank Me!.

Disclaimer: We are not JK Rowling. If we had been, then there'd be far more stories about the Marauders in print.

This story is dedicated to our flist - especially the lovely Natalie (hestiajones). Enjoy!

Thanks for the on-the-hoof beta job, hestiajones.

Giddling madly, our story has been nominated for a 2011 QSQ for 'Best Darn Story Ever On The Archives' - okay, I mean Best HumoUr.

Reviewer: the opaleye Signed
Date: 04/15/11 Title: Chapter 1: My Kingdom for a Broomstick

OH LOL. I... cannot stop laughing. Brilliant, as expected, from the two of you. I loved how it felt so fluid, the whole way through. It wasn't choppy and the style was consistent. Just... absolutely hilarious. SnapeHart all the way xDDD

Author's Response: Ohh, thank you for the comment on the flow and style. I think that's what we were most worried about. I think Snape!Hart is the only way to go ... ~Carole and Gina~