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There’s something for everyone, unless you like reading Snape romances, which I don’t write. Or Voldemort’s children. Or Snape’s children. You will, however, find two Snape/Lily and one Voldemort/Minerva poems. Other than these, I’ve written:

Completed Fics:

Alternate Universe: Going against Salazar’s Grain, Winner of 2011 QSQ for Best AU.

Dark/Angst: To Follow the Dark Lord, For I Am a Mother, Killing Meda’s Daughter, Him Alice and Me, Carousel, The Receding, Becoming Rita, On No One’s Side and Lacuna Mentis, Winner of 2011 QSQ for Best D/A.

Draco/Astoria: Because You Came, Winner of 2011 QSQ Best Canon Romance.

Femmeslash: Cut, Bleed, Susan, Hands That Fit, Desire And a Half.

Humour: I Like a Healthy Breeze Round My Privates, Bit of a Nasty Shock. Mmm. These are exactly about what you’re thinking.

Harry/Hermione: Over a Mug of Tea, Harmony. I have delusional friends whom I love.

Historical: Waiting, An Act of Love

James/Lily: Ain’t Love the Sweetest Thing, Always Come Back to You

Maleslash: In the Back of the Shack, At the End of It, Anchored, Something Strange

Marauder Era: A Tale of Six Perspectives, Wish You Were Here, Common Cold Won’t Keep Me Down, Always … But Not Who You Think

Non-pairing: Sunday Lunch with the Malfoys
Scorpius/Rose: Breaking Rules, Of Weasleys And Malfoys
Scorpius/Hugo: In the Back of the Shack, At the End of It, Anchored
Dominique/OC: Cut, Bleed
Lucy/Lorcan: Whirlwind

Post-Hogwarts: Seamus’ Break with a Banshee, Mirrors, A Splendid Fate, and The Substitute, Winner of 2011 Best Non-Canon Romance

Ted/Andromeda: Eternal Flight, Five Christmases, Soul Sister

Crack Pairings:
Ron/Mary Cattermole: The Substitute
James/Severus: Always … But Not Who You Think

Character Studies:
Rita Skeeter: Becoming Rita
Merope Gaunt: The Receding
Florean Fortescue: Florean Fortescue - An Unsung Hero
Albus Dumbledore: Going against Salazar’s Grain
Bill Weasley: Never too Late
Andrew Carlton, OC: Being Muggle with Rooney
Tom Riddle: Commencement
Mrs Zabini: Rendezvous with Mrs Zabini, Desire And a Half
Pansy Parkinson: Carousel
Molly Weasley: Knowing Who She Was, The Solitary Prewett


Snape/Lily: The Silver Doe, In Winter in My Head
Tom/Minerva: Spiral
Draco/Harry: Dreams Made of Green
Remus/Tonks: it might not be, but still
Hogwarts: The Battle of Hogwarts, May 2nd and The Clarion Call, Winner of 2010 QSQ Best Poetry
Lily Potter: The Gathering Storm and the Crib
Harry/Ginny: A Night of Love
Harry Potter: Memories Are Not Enough
Draco Malfoy: I Am Shame
Regulus Black: My Black Brother
Bellatrix and Narcissa: The Black Sisters
Bloody Baron/Grey Lady: Murder for Love
Hestia Jones (oh): Drive Your Car On
Draco/Hermione: The Other Woman


A Marriage Made at Hogwarts: I’m afraid I won’t be continuing this. :/ I had completed it ages ago, but I lost the draft twice and I don’t have the heart or the motivation to finish it. Or delete it.
Before I Forget: A Maleslash featuring Regulus/Rabastan. I will definitely complete it next year.
One Day in the Life of: A Next-Gen fic featuring all the - well - Next-Gen kids. This too will be finished in the coming year.

Upcoming Fics:

As of now, I’m severely blocked. D: However, I am working on the following projects and both will be posted before 31st January of next year:

Songs, Lovers and Everything in Between: A string of post-Hogwarts romances featuring rarepairs.

Bill Weasley and the Temple of Lsulaph: An Alternate Universe as well as Parallel Universe crack!fic-cum-adventure featuring the most dashing Weasley to grace your consciousness along with twelve daredevil and powerful sisters. Together, they must defeat the evil sorcerer/non-Egyptian pharaoh Lsulaph, who has taken over the Incaff sisters’ kingdom.

UPDATE: If you're looking for Fireworks Inside, here's a link: http://clickysmut.livejournal.com/2930.html

That’s pretty much it. Hope you enjoy the stay!

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Visits From Fred by mudbloodproud

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Fred Weasley’s death left a hole in everyone’s hearts. Fred is given the chance to visit his family to help them with their grief. Follow his visits to each of his family members.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 08/20/09 Title: Chapter 11: Quidditch, Marriage and Babies

I read this story for the first time five months ago. Back then, I was not a registered user so I couldn’t leave a review. Now, I think, is the time to tell you just how much I love it.

There are many reasons why Visits from Fred was my first favorite story on MNFF. The characterization is superb. You not only captured major characters like Fred and the Trio, you even gave us a convincing Charlie Weasley. I love how you portrayed each of them differently, gave them different perspectives on Fred’s death, and yet managed to keep the same Fred throughout. Ron’s anger, Percy’s remorse, Arthur’s tendency of holding his emotions in- everything was tastefully done.

The story also succeeds at invoking an array of emotions in the reader. We laugh and we cry by turns. Fred never forgot his trademark sense of humor, not even when he had come to handle deeply grieving people. His jokes were as funny as ever. You know, I cried so hard the first time I read it; tonight was no different. And the funny thing was, I was laughing at the same jokes.

However, the biggest reason why I love this fic is that it helped me cope with Fred’s death. When I read that chapter in Deathly Hallows, I was in shock – how can Fred die? How can the laughter end? I pondered over his death from a dozen angles, trying to understand why it had to be him, why he had to die. And you gave me the much needed explanations through this story. I can never thank you enough.

A Christmas To Remember by luinrina

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: We must know a person thoroughly before we can love.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Astoria Greengrass Malfoy waits for her husband’s return from work. She remembers from when she first met him to their wedding.

When Draco finally comes home, he finds a present of a different kind.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 12/28/09 Title: Chapter 1: A Christmas To Remember

First off, I’ll say that this version of Draco/Astoria was way different from my own, or those I usually like reading, BUT you really turned it around in the end. :D

/Pointless point over

Astoria: I like the consistency in your characterization, and this is true for both Astoria and Draco. Astoria is intimated by Draco in the beginning, and she is so till the end, even when she realizes she loves him. There is not a moment in the fic when she slips out of that. While this weaker version of Astoria is one I don’t generally prefer, she rather fits with the Draco we have here.

Draco: Ah…post-war Draco. I think this characterization is rather “canony”. The bullying at the Hogwarts memory, the sort of “cold” flirting in the skating incident, the drowning of his sorrow in work, and yet the softness when it comes to family – yes, they all blended well with each other. I was particularly happy with the fact that you didn’t make him someone who liked discussing his own feelings, or even talk that much. Something broke inside of him in the war, and I think that at this point, he is still trying to recover from it.

But, I adored this part above all:

“I went to Astoria’s side and took a hand, squeezing it reassuringly. Murmuring softly-spoken words into her ear, my other, free hand went to stroke her hair.”

It gives us another dimension to the sneering spoilt brat.

Narcissa: I love how you have portrayed her hair. It shows us how close she was to her son, and how different that closeness was from the one that Draco shared with his father.

Good story, Bine! I enjoyed reading it.


Author's Response: Thank you for such a great review, Natalie. I'm so glad you liked the story, more so because I had so much fun writing it. :)

A Certain Slant of Light by Hatusu

Rated: Professors • Past Featured Story

At age fifteen, Regulus Black became sole heir to the largest fortune in Wizarding London. At sixteen, his abnormal intelligence won him entry into the most notorious cult of Dark wizards on earth. At seventeen he made a mistake – one that he would never be able to take back – and his entire world came crashing down.

Enter London, 1979. The story of a boy who managed to defy Voldemort at the height of his regime. But what price did he have to pay?

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 07/24/09 Title: Chapter 6: The Chaos Theory

Now that you praised my last review so much, I feel as if I have a standard to live up to. :D

Like I said earlier, I am really happy that you gave Regulus not only personality, but also an intense vitality. His story, as told in the books, is almost like a puddle on the roadside; a large number of readers hardly feel the need to try its depth. A puddle is a puddle is a puddle. Yet they can’t really be blamed because the only two characters who actually give us some knowledge of the man are Sirius and Kreacher, both of whom divide the world in black and white.

I think Rowling sort of intentionally left him in the mercy of her readers. She paints her world in a vibrant array of colors. If there is a Molly Weasley and a Bellatrix Lestrange, there is a Dolores Umbridge and an Augusta Longbottom. Regulus was (another repetition), I feel the perfect foil to Draco and Barty. All of them are three rich pure-blood wizards raised with strict principles and by dominating, and consequently, imperfect parents. Their main aim in life was to prove themselves, to throw themselves into a blinding light for all to see, away from the shadows of their fathers or brothers who so imposingly stood tall before them. However, they were not really the same- Draco was cowardly, Barty was clearly courageous in spite of his revolting cunning and barbarity, while Regulus had, as you succinctly put it, “a quiet sort of bravery.” It shows us in the way she tells us the story of his redemption. His defeat of Voldemort was a hushed and personal affair. It was almost as if Rowling was giving us a clue of how Regulus must have been in real life- intelligent, determined, and independent but also, I daresay, irresistibly conscientious. He was taking his revenge not only for the pains Kreacher had suffered, but for the far more indelible scars his own servitude to Voldemort had left on him, for all the dashed dreams and illusory ideals.

And I think with Rowling, everything tends boils down to parentage (or lack of it) in the end. She made a humongous effort to show us a wide variety of fathers and mothers. She said somewhere that Arthur Weasley was the best father in the entire series. I say he was the best parent. Molly was a great mother but the standards she set for her children took their toll on some of them, like Percy and Ron. I am bringing up this point because your portrayal of the Black couple runs parallel to this theme (This is a point I left out in the previous review. Sorry!). Walburga and Orion expect too much of their sons and both crack up. One runs away from his home, his hatred for his parents irrevocable and irreversible; the other is forced to stay back to parrot their beliefs as well as compensate for the lost son. You put the spotlight on this battle of willpower time and again, successfully proving without so much as pointing it out in words, the consequences of bad parentage.

Err…the review already looks like an essay and I haven’t even got to your latest update. Sorry about that.

The sudden shift in tone and pace caught me by surprise. Now, there was an urgency of purpose very unlike how Regulus had felt when Bellatrix asked him to join the Death Eaters. Stripped of all illusions, he knows his life is hanging by a thread now. A deadline is set for a near-impossible task and Regulus…does not care as much as he should. Which is actually something I like him for. The difference between him and his brother is once again thrown into sharp relief. He is less reckless, more methodical.

I marveled at his predicament. Seriously. He must either fathom Dumbledore’s brilliant mind or Voldemort’s. And he gives the higher priority to the more deadly one. Here, I want to congratulate your beta reader; your Voldemort is just so believable and seductive. I love the fact that someone other than Dumbledore, one who makes his conclusion with immeasurable wisdom, is studying the intricate nature of Voldemort’s mind. Especially since that someone shares a more intimate relationship with the man.

I also loved the way you provided glimpses of the Order. It is interesting to see them working through a non-member’s perspective. Peter is already a double-agent, isn’t he? Stinking rat! The fact that Regulus isn’t aware of this makes me sad somehow. It would have saved his brother a lot of trouble later.

And what a cliffhanger! I can’t wait for the next chapter.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for another amazing review! Don't worry about trying to live up to your last review, yours are always wonderful. :) I'm really flattered that you describe Regulus as having an "intense vitality." Looking back at the finished story, I worry that he didn't have enough personality, and didn't make enough definitive decisions on his own, without being pushed into it. I think he's a little more assertive in the second half of the story, though. Aw, he was never a puddle to me. I remember I started writing a one-shot about each of the Black cousins, and the one I got stuck on was Regulus. I couldn't write anything about him, because he seemed to complex to me. Eventually the one-shot turned into this. XD

It's interesting that you mentioned the way in which J.K. Rowling told Regulus's story. I agree with what you said -- it was almost brushed to the side, like an act of supreme bravery that no one ever knew about. I think that was one of the main things that fascinated me about Regulus's story... the fact that he did this thing and never felt the need to tell anyone about it. It wasn't for attention or any sort of pu,pblic redemption. It was a private redemption he wanted; he was squaring with himself. I think the saddest part of the whole story is that Sirius died never knowing that his brother was a hero, and a very good person. Sirius's opinion of his brother in OotP convinces me that he never knew his brother's true convictions.

Parents were a really important theme in the Harry Potter series, largely because Rowling lost her mother right as she began the series. :( I definitely tried to continue that theme, as you mentioned. Also, I'm a psychology major, so that might be part of it too. :P Yes, I'm fairly convinced that the Black parents were fairly terrible... not Orion so much, who was merely negligent in my mind, but Walburga, who was a vicious fanatic of the worst sort. Sirius reflects that terrible upbringing with his heavy drinking, his womanizing, and his reckless disregard for rules, not to mention an addiction to adrenaline. Regulus reflects it with his blind obedience, his cowardly demeanor, and a deep mistrust of himself. Parent-child relationships are fascinating to me, and I guess it shows in this story. :D I'm glad you noticed a change in tone and immediacy, because I meant for Regulus to become increasingly more paranoid, more desperate, as the story went on. I think the reason he doesn't care as much as he should is because you're starting to see the first signs of him losing his rationality and his perspective of the world. Thanks, about the Order. They always fascinated me too and it was hard not to write more about them in this story lol! Yes, Peter is already a double agent, the fool. I don't even think Regulus knew his name sadly... :( He was a very plain and talentless boy from what I understand, definitely not 007 material like oh say Sirius. ;) And do you think Regulus would have told Sirius that Peter was a double agent? I'm not so sure... he was a double agent of sorts as well. But probably in the end he would tell his brother, you're right.

Thanks again for the incredible reviews... they make my day, really they do. I act like a little kid on Christmas whenever I get a lengthy review, so thank you! :D

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 06/10/09 Title: Chapter 5: Stigmata

I am going to start this review with a confession. No! Wait. Two confessions. The first one is that I used to avoid incomplete fanfiction. Yours is the third one I have ever tried (and I have been rather lucky with my choices as I happen to like the other two as well). The second confession is that, well, I used to think that the narrative style and language generally employed in fanfictions are prosaic and, often, uninteresting. But your first chapter left me in no doubt that this was going to be an altogether different rollercoaster ride.

The only word that comes to my mind when I think of your narrative style is “beautiful”. Now, I already wish I had your skill- that ready, glorious tumbling of words- to describe how I felt when I was reading it. It wasn’t just the fact that you chose Regulus and saved him from “2-Dimensia”. It was that invasion into his brilliant mind, his shattered personality, his confused ego that oscillated between two different kinds of loyalties. An invasion that you mercilessly led and we, the reader, followed. I had never met this Regulus before- not in Rowling’s words or in other fan-fiction writers’. Regulus, always dismissed as the younger son who hoped to please his parents but ended up heavy price for his ambitions; Regulus- a foil to Sirius, a foil to Barty Crouch Jr., a foil to Draco Malfoy; Regulus, who apparently hated Muggle-borns but loved a house-elf. You gave life to him.

It was fascinating to know this person and the curse of his legacy. Fascinating how much he understood Sirius, in spite of being the latter’s polar opposite. I felt goosebumps when he described his older brother in all his glory and disgrace. How there was no way of capturing the one Sirius because such a thing didn’t exist.

This Regulus showed us everything- the immense hatred the pure-blood had for those different from them, the consequences of that hatred, the fear that enveloped the world like miasma and the laughter and love that survived, in spite of everything. For once, I saw what the Death Eaters could be capable of, given the chance. For once, I saw them their naked blood-lust in full rein. The St. Giles massacre froze me. I was shocked and disgusted beyond description. The Death Eaters have never scared me the way that single incident did.

And the Voldemort you presented us. If the word “perfection” can be used to describe evil, then it should be done here. Here was Voldemort with his poisonous yet intoxicating words, his jealousy and ambitions, his deceptiveness and his brilliance, his megalomania and his ruthlessness in full display.

To read what you have written so far has been an inspirational and poignant experience for me. I can only sit back and wait to enjoy whatever you bring next.

Author's Response: Thank you for this lovely review! I confess that I never trust unfinished fanfictions either; there's just something so scary about investing time and energy into a story when you don't know if it's going to be completed. Luckily, this one's already finished, and it's just a matter of getting it through the queue. :) I'm really flattered that you think my narrative style's interesting. It's the first time I've managed to work style into a full length narrative, and it's also my first try at first-person, so I'm relieved that you approvedof it.

Regulus fascinated me from the moment he was mentioned in the books, and I think it was that fascination which led me to explore his character so intensely. His story seemed completely incredible to me, incredible in the sense that I began to wonder how he actually pulled off something Dumbledore spent twenty years trying to achieve. That got me wondering about his motivation -- to be so wholly devoted to a cause and then suddenly do a complete 180 as Regulus did, I became fascinated with how someone could react so violently, so definitively, to a situation. I think, for Regulus to have engineered stealing a horcrux, for him to be a traitor to Voldemort in the most complete sense, he had to have a quiet sort of bravery, a less explicable kind, than his brother's brash type of heroism. Most Regulus fics I have read characterize Regulus as a classic bad boy of the Draco Malfoy brand, but I always saw him as someone with far less arrogance than all of that. I imagined Regulus as a deep thinker, with a lot of quiet intensity, grappling desperately with his own cowardice. It was hard for me to convey all of that from first person because obviously, Regulus doesn't see himself accurately at all. He tends to have a far more cynical view of his own nature and morality than is truthful, but hopefully actions speak louder than words, and eventually readers of this story will be able to see him as a character whose bravery runs deeper than he himself will ever admit. Sorry for the essay; in any case, Regulus Black has fascinated me endlessly and so I'm glad he fascinated you too, because he's such a complex and beautiful character.

I'm also so happy that you enjoyed my depiction of Voldemort! He's one of the hardest characters to get right, in my opinion. A lot of the credit for Voldemort's characterization here goes to my beta reader, who told me when I got it wrong and made me rewrite entire scenes to get him right. Also, you mentioned the St. Giles massacre, and that was such a horrifying scene to think up and write. I'm glad the horror got across to readers, but at the same time, I'm highly reluctant to go back and read it myself. I don't mind reading scenes like that written by other people, but there's just something so creepy about reading a dark scene written by myself. O_O

Wow, I think this is the most poetic review I've ever recieved. "Ready, glorious tumbling of words" -- what a beautiful phrase. :D The whole thing's beautiful, actually, and you have no idea how flattering it is to hear these wonderful things about my story. One review like this just makes my whole day/week, so thanks for that! :D I'll he very interested to hear your opinion on the rest of the story. Thanks again for the incredible review!

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 08/31/09 Title: Chapter 8: Quantum Immortality

There is something about your writing that…I actually don’t know how to put it in words and say exactly what I want to say – it’s a silly contradiction where language fails to function for itself. But, let me try - there is something about it that sucks me into the story, moves me and makes me cry. I am irrevocably involved.

I am going to divide my review into two parts, one for each chapter.

Principles of Opposition

I like the way you use action in your fic. It is never hurried, even though it doesn’t come often. And when it does, it makes up for the absences. I really liked the scene with the Aurors. I think I was holding my breath along with James there. By the way, I think this is the closest that you came to the James I have in my mind – his protectiveness for Sirius has never been shown to this extent in this story before. What I loved most about this scene was Regulus’ escape – it was brilliant (literally or not lol). This shows us, once again, Regulus is not all about theorizing – he can do magic with the best of them.

Elise – I was a little unsure about the Elise in this chapter. In the chapter that you introduced her (Chapter 3, Cain and Abel), I got the feeling that she was going to be a piece of work, not as crazy as Bellatrix (she did express distaste at the torture), but surely a notch above the rest. Suddenly, I felt that she was less than I expected, as though she was just one of the Death Eater statistics.
“She traipsed placidly along, secure in the assurance that Lord Voldemort would take us to a suitable, if not desirable, location.”
This was one of the few parts which seemed in character for me, as it shows us about her idealization of Voldemort.

Gideon and Fabian – You wrote a great Gideon. At first, I wondered about Gideon not acknowledging Regulus, or being acquainted with him at least, seeing as pure-bloods like to stay in touch, and they are related by marriage. But, then, I remembered, Sirius and Molly did not seem that close in OOTP either. In any case, I think you try to stay as close to canon as possible (in fact, you have an ingenious was of weaving your way into and around it), so I thought Gideon being held for torture in the cellar without Fabian was a little odd. I thought they fought five Death Eaters and died then and there (Moody’s words). Then again, I think using Gideon was a good idea as we need someone significant being tortured in that cellar. Merlin! This para sounded like useless rambling.

Il Sombra – That part was fantastic. I can totally imagine Voldemort skipping the part where the woman tries remorse, or scoffing at her for it. Which is a kind of pity because in DH, Harry suggests he tries remorse, and he does not understand what the boy is trying to tell him. Guess he wasn’t paying attention. But this part again solidifies your characterization of Regulus; he hadn’t just stumbled into Voldemort and his Horcruxes (sadly, Rowling left me feeling thus), but he was actually aware of it before Kreacher returned from the episode in the cave.

Dumbledore – Your characterization of this spectacular character was just that – spectacular. This line:
“For a moment, Mister Black, I believed you to be your brother. Silly of me . . . I haven’t been quite up to standard lately. Fawkes, my phoenix, could tell you all about it.”

This line is classic Dumbledore – he says that he confused Regulus with Sirius, seemingly drawing attention to their sameness, but actually highlighting the difference! Another thing that I loved about him in that chapter is – he is actually giving Regulus a chance. Sadly, though, he hasn’t really got the whole picture, has he?

Quantum Immortality

I will always remember this chapter, especially the last part. Always. When I read about Sirius burning the letter, there were tears in my eyes (which was kind of embarrassing as I was still at office, and the person sitting next to me was like, “What happened?”).

I had a funny sensation while reading this chapter. Something like a rollercoaster ride that was unsure of its speed, and all the more better because of that. It started with the urgency of a mission, then slowed down as we moved on to Adele, then things accelerated with Sirius because then I knew, the end was too near and Regulus was going to act, and commit one last act of unsung bravery.

“Morality was an inexchangeable currency – no matter how much good you did, you couldn’t erase the bad, or even negate it.”

This line (or the thought behind it), I think, is the source of Regulus’ inner turmoil. He cannot, will not, ever forgive himself. He does not see himself deserving Sirius’ forgiveness, or Adele’s love. He thinks he is a coward, but really – to refuse what Sirius was offering him on a silver platter, a chance at forgiveness – to refuse that in order to destroy Voldemort, to leave his own bravery in obscurity forever more, is not that being the exact opposite of cowardice?

Christmas in Amber by Inverarity

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

A tale of Tom Riddle at Hogwarts. Like Harry Potter, Riddle never went home for Christmas. Instead, he spent his holidays looking for secrets hidden in the castle. What he found would cause death and sorrow for years to come.

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 06/14/10 Title: Chapter 1: Christmas in Amber

Well, hello!

Your fic has been recommended by an SBBC member, so I came wandering over. I am very glad I did because I seriously enjoyed reading it. I generally love reading fanfiction about Tom Riddle (unless it involves romance with an OC who is more often a self-insert, in which case, I am more likely to roll my eyes a hundred times over), and this was a wonderful contribution to the character.

This fic showed an interesting (and fitting) history for the evilly fascinating Tom Riddle (who I find a bit more complex than Voldemort). The setting of the story was nicely done; his ambiguous popularity, the mystery surrounding the ‘poor but brilliant orphan’ who some didn’t know whether to pity or fear – these were apparent in the little library scene.

He was paying no attention to anyone else, though, and no one bothered him. Even the few classmates whom he called 'friends' wouldn't dare to to disturb him while he had that forbidding gleam in his eyes.

These lines, in particular, spoke volumes about what sort of a person he made, and the uncertain feelings he evoked in his schoolmates. My other favourite part was this:

“I do,” Tom replied softly. He gave Avery one of his knowing smiles, the kind that sent shivers of anticipation and dread through his fellow Slytherins. “Perhaps I'll tell you about it when you come back.” He slid his hands into his pockets, and shrugged. “Or perhaps not.”

For me, this showed a lot of who he was going to grow up into. He leaves others on tenterhooks; he definitely wants to showcase his brilliance, and yet he’s perhaps too greedy to do that; he is arrogant, but he is cunning as well. I don’t know, but this little scene played vividly in my mind. I could see him wearing that handsome smile that can inspire nothing but fear.

The part with Slughorn was another telling piece. We can see him working his way towards something, casting his own spidery web as his Potions master did.

So much happened in this one-shot, and I had to read carefully so as not to miss anything. The scene between Gryffindor and Slytherin was written nicely. I particularly liked the description of the two wizards as they match with the images I have in my mind. The only thing I had a problem with was the Latin (for which I had to get a web translator’s help), though, that is more my fault than yours.

I also liked the interaction between Tom and Riddle, which makes me wish you’d written a bit more. You do say in your Chapter notes that the story seems unfinished. I felt the built-up was fantastic, but when I think about the prompt, the initial narrative and the ending seems somewhat unbalanced.

What better test, than to put him in the very Chamber Slytherin had constructed to weed out the unfit? If the precocious, arrogant boy survived, Slytherin would tell him about his great work, and then help him return to his own time.

This was rather intriguing, and I’d love to know what test Tom had to give. But – alas- I suppose there’s no way of knowing now.

Apart from that, this was a great story about Tom’s days at school.


The World According to Severus Snape by Rhet

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Snape reflects on how unfortunate his life is. His friendship with Lily is the only good thing in his life (although he wished they were more than friends), but he manages to lose her friendship too.

“Life has always dealt you the losing hand; again, and again, and again. Sometimes, life would be kind and you would become hopeful - like the day that you met her.”

“You watched from a distance as she fell for him - just like he’d always wanted. Just like she’d always sworn that she would never, ever do; promise."

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 01/24/10 Title: Chapter 1: The World According to Severus Snape

I love how you characterized Severus Snape in this fic. True, it includes so mnay personality traits which have become Severus, for instance, his refusal to to accept he’s done enough wrong (pre-Lily’s death), his intense dislike of James, his resentment against Lily, the fact that he could never understand why Lily would like James, that he believed he deserved her and wanted so much more from her, that he hated his life and lastly, the fact that he was a true Slytherin.

Most of these themes are explored in Severus fics, but what set your story apart from others is that it lays his emotions bare while avoiding the tendency to paint him as a tragic hero or a misunderstood villain. For once, Severus is completely honest, almost nave in his unflinching assessment of things. But he is not spluttering, he is not throwing a temper. He’s almost resigned in his contemplation, even though the anger, hurt and resentment are bubbling under the surface. And he proves that he never quite understood Lily, in spite of his love for her.

Also, you employed the perfect narrative technique – Severus’ POV, second person narrative. Usually, our judgment gets clouded because it is so hard to empathize with the sulking, vindictive student. And even if the essential point is not lost, it is nice to read an optimistic Severus for once (even though we know his hopes are going to be dashed).

Brilliant work!

Our Little Secret by Kerichi

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

It was like a wizard tale. The clever Slytherin helps a hag who later repays the debt. Except that Rose Weasley wasn't a hag, and Scorpius didn't expect to call in the favour.

*Winner of the 2010 Next Generation QSQ award*

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 06/06/09 Title: Chapter 16: Stories

I think this is the best take on lily/scorpius i have ever read. you handled the storyline quite well!when are you posting the next chapter?

Author's Response: Thank you! Their characters are really "alive" to me, so I'm having the best time writing from their povs. I'm not quite sure when the next chapter will post, but it's closing in on two weeks, so hopefully any day! :)

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 07/08/09 Title: Chapter 20: Resolution

HA HA HA! scorpius was amazing. can't believe that old man is still swaggering.

Author's Response: Lucius may be down, but he's never defeated. :D

My Troubled Tyrant by Belledeg

Rated: Professors • Past Featured Story
Summary: Keedie Dante has experienced many amazing things during her time at Hogwarts, including the hushed up drama that was the Chamber of Secrets. However, with two overachieving friends and a headmaster who does not even know she exists, Keedie feels that perhaps her seventh year will not be too spectacular. However, Dumbeldore sees her potential as a writer and enrols her in a simple writing course. Here, she meets the mysterious and terrifying Tom Riddle and they instantly get under one another's skin. She is drawn to his dark determination towards some unknown goal and he is fascinated by her, in every way. However, Tom's friends do not approve of Keedie and her unconventional ways and Keedie has many people trying to keep her away from the dark young man as well. Something inside tells Keedie that she can make him better, but even he assures her that this is an impossible task. But she's not one to give up easily...

"He is a dark one, Keedie. Try not to let him consume you entirely."

This story has the characters Albus Dumbledore, Armando Dippet, Moaning Myrtle, Rubeus Hagrid, Aaron Dante, Harry Potter, Ebony Abbott, Minerva McGonagall, Melena Creevey, Ollivander, Gregor Holmwood, Horace Slughorn and, of course, Tom Riddle and Keedie Dante...enjoy!

Winner of "Best Romance Between Other Characters" and nominated for "Best Female OC" in the 2009 Quicksilver Quill Awards
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 07/13/09 Title: Chapter 20: If I Can't Love Her

WoW! i mean...just WOW! i am having goosebumps, i swear. i can't imagine what Tom is going to do to Holmwood in the next chapter.

and my only guess at the mysterious voice is riddle himself. although that sounds kind of silly, it can't be someone we don't know, can it?

i love both keedie and tom. ever since chapter 1, i had a horrible feeling she was going ton die. either that, or someone hurts and tom commits another murder, distancing her from himself irrevocably.

anyway, guess i have to sit tight and wait for the next chapter.

great work!

Author's Response: Thank you! I like that there's a feeling of doom since chapter one. I think Tom's taken almost as much as he can from Gregor. Please keep R&R ing :)

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 08/31/09 Title: Chapter 26: Bring Me to Life

Oh no! Oh no! Oh no! I sat there with my mouth open for ten seconds. Oh no! I can't imagine...I mean, the grief that Tom is going to feel just now. This is a brilliant story, my friend. Brilliant!

Author's Response: Why thank you. Two chapters to go. And, to be honest, Tom was just a bit too content. ;-)

Beneath the Shell by Afifa

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: A typical love story: Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They end up being a couple. They are happy.

Another story: boy loves girl. But. Girl does not love the boy. No happy couple. So how exactly does the boy feel and what does he do to try to win over his love? Most importantly, does he succeed or does he make a gradual progress or does he even give her reason to hate him more?

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 09/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: One shot- Beneath the Shell

That was well-written. I do believe James kept his arrogance and cheekiness as a show when it came to Lily. He would want everyone to think that her rejection would simply bounce off him, while being hurt inside. His pain was aptly described, and although I was a bit surprised by the choice of character – Sirius, not Remus, by the end of the story, I was quite convinced. Of course, Sirius would feel the pain more acutely, and suggests to James that he should let go.

The optimism was not overdone either. I find it incredulous when I read stories where James just keeps on grinning like an idiot, thinking that Lily is bound to fall in love with him. You showed that there was self-doubt in James, and that he would give her up if she fell in love with someone else.

I was a little confused by one thing. When does this take place? At the beginning, I thought that this incident takes place at their fifth-sixth year, but then this line here:

“And so I couldn’t possibly just forget about her. Especially now that we did so many things together and she used to be in front of my eyes all day.”

Do you mean that they are in the seventh year, as Head Boys and Girls?

In any case, I loved reading it.


Author's Response:

Well, I chose Sirius because he would be the person who would understand and care about James more. The connection's been there right since their first year train ride, and of course, it grows over the years due to several different circumstances. Also, Remus being the only relationship guy type seems quite cliched.

James is a normal human being, so no matter how he shows people how arrogant he is, he really is insecure about Lily and knows you can't get everything you wish for. He has his doubts. I personally dislike the 'Merlin, I'm so amazing, no girl can reject me!' James portrayed so often.

This takes place in the sixth year... middle of it you could say. She's in front of his eyes so often because since she's given up on Severus, she's spending more time with the Gryffindor girls and so they meet more often.

Thanks for the lovely review, Natalie, and I'm glad that you loved reading this. :D

- Afifa

A Proper Goodbye by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: On Christmas Day of Teddy Lupin's seventh year at Hogwarts, his godfather gives him a present he will never forget - the chance to meet his parents.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 10/15/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hello again (again)!

What an odd way to write a trilogy. Lol!

Ah…my heart! I feel all sad and warm and gushy and mellow right now. Although you started the trilogy with this, it was a satisfying end to the story cycle. Again, you had me guessing. I thought Harry would give him something like a letter until they reached the forest.

That was just so selfless of Harry. The incidents of The Forest Again was a very personal experience for Harry…which is probably why he understood Teddy needed it, too. The boy needed the strength, didn’t he? And who can be the better source than those whom he loved the most?

Really, Hannah, this was wonderful to read. My only nitpick would be that Victoire was born in May (and named in honour of the victory over Voldy).

Keep writing!


We Are by Luna_Lover

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: We are teenagers finding ourselves in a steadily darkening world. We are children and adults, confident and conflicted. We are different and we are the same. We are brave, ambitious, loyal and clever, arrogant, selfish, foolish and haughty. We are lovers and fighters and friends. We are Hogwarts, class of 1978.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 11/14/09 Title: Chapter 3: Settling In


I wish I had read it before. This is so good, and I see you are using MWPP lessons well. I am seriously impressed. And I'm squeeing like a morbid fan, but that;s just how good this is.

I will leave a longer review soon!


Author's Response: Natalie!!! Oh, I'm so glad you like it! The MWPP class is definitely helpful. Eep, I'm so happy! ~LiLu

Rita Skeeter Tells All (And Then Some) by greennotebook

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The Triwizard Tournament is being reopened again, ten years after the last try. Rita Skeeter is still on the reporting scene, much to the unhappiness of Amanda Claybourne, a young reporter hoping to get rid of Skeeter's style of journalism. How will Amanda and Rita manage when they're teamed together to write about the Triwizard Tournament?

I am greennotebook of Hufflepuff House and this is my entry to the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 12/28/09 Title: Chapter 1: The Triwizard Tournament

As the person who told the story about Rita Skeeter’s progression into degeneration, I have to say, I rather loved this story. (Excuse the arrogance, but I am rather attached to Rita. Urgh!)

Rita is tricky to write. Yes, she is a complete cow in many sense of the word, but it is hard to get her right. You can’t always portray her as a supremely cocky person all the time, because she has her Achilles’ heel, which is mainly the fact that without her writing, she is nothing. No one to love her, no one to support her. And I could see that vulnerability shining through when she pleads with Amanda (she can’t bear to have her name associated with such a “prosaic” article), and when even the editor himself confesses his dislike for her. One nearly feels sorry for her, but only just.

You captured her arguments really well. True, Rita clothes facts in fabrics of her choice instead of presenting them naked, but you can’t argue the logic behind it. In fact, you can’t even not admire the sheer brilliance of her trickery.

“I don’t make up scandals, Miss Claybourne,” Rita sneered. “I find them. I may exaggerate them, I may choose to feature only a specific and pointed viewpoint, but I write starting from facts. As long as someone despises someone else, and I promise you, everyone is despised by someone, there is scandal to be found.”

Amanda’s face scrunched up. “You certainly don’t stick to the facts,” she said. “You make lots up!”

Rita shrugged, unconcerned. “I do. Details, opinions, perspectives, sources— but the facts! The meaty, sordid facts are real.”

“No, they’re not!” Amanda insisted, her face turning red. “You’re just a liar. You don’t tell the truth unless you’ve got a wand to your head.”

Rita Skeeter laughed out loud. “You silly girl!” She perched herself on the edge of Amanda’s desk. “We don’t sell papers to tell the truth. We give the people facts. It’s not the same thing at all.”

This part was brilliant! You can’t help but concede – she makes sense, she does. And isn’t it true? Don’t people like reading scandalous news?

Amanda Claybourne was a good OC. In her case, I’d have to disagree with the previous reviewer. I pictured her as hating Rita from before (and you do highlight this point early on), and Amanda never really came across as someone who would suck up for brownie points in the office. Besides, you could see that her hard work had been shunted aside for frivolous journalism. I personally wasn’t the least bit surprised by her snappy retort.

Apart from the characterization, you also showed the readers what it is like in a newspaper office. The “business” of the whole place was done nicely, and the editor also seems like a cunning person himself. You know, the type who could run such a whimsical paper like The Daily Prophet.

My only nitpick is that I felt the ending could have been written with more…justice? That isn’t really your fault, though. You wrote it for a challenge, there were word count limits to obey – that can be daunting sometimes.

All in all, I enjoyed reading it. It was funny and enlightening.


The First Drop Of Rain by Rikku

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Lily is sitting alone out on the grounds, pondering her bravery and thinking about the war, when James finds her.

Note: rated 3rd-5th years as a precaution because of a swear word and the mention of murders.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 01/24/10 Title: Chapter 1: The First Drop Of Rain

I like your fic as it represents a slightly different Lily – one that is more acutely aware of how the world is changing for the worst around her. We find her being angry with Voldemort, and James comes to give her some company.

What I liked best about your Lily was that she wasn’t cocky/super-talented/super-fiery. She wasn’t like, “Yeah! I’m gonna whup their a**s right after I graduate.” There was just the right amount of self-doubt, coupled with and intense desire to seek vengeance for the wrongs Voldemort and his followers had committed.

Her feelings for James were still a little mixed, but she was shown as slowly realizing how important he has become in her life. He had matured, and she had stopped accusing him of being arrogant. She wasn’t completely in love with him, but she had grown to accept that he is more than just a friend, a suitor, a classmate. He has become special to her. What’s more, we are shown that both have grown out of their old bickering phase, and may have become friends.

Alos, her feelings were written as something that developed naturally, from mere acceptance to willing embrace. The romance was not overwhelming, or in your face, but the reader knew those two were headed for a wholesome relationship. Lily hadn’t fallen in love with James overnight, it had been coming on for some time – and you managed to show all these in a one-shot. Great work!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review!! I'm really glad you liked the story :D And I'm especially glad you noticed all the things you mention, since those where some of the things I wanted to work in the story. Thank you!

Loved and Lost by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Sitting in his History of Magic lesson in mid-June, Sixth-year Teddy Lupin has a sudden feeling of unease. Unable to explain it, he pushes the feeling aside, but can't seem to shake the idea that something has gone seriously wrong. Only later that evening does he finally find out what, and then his world changes forever.

This was written for SPEW 007 with the prompt, 'ache' This is quite an angsty one-shot - you have been warned!
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 10/15/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hello again!

Now, I understand. : ) I’d beta-ed on of your stories a long time ago and I asked you why Andromeda had died so early. : (

The fic definitely started with tension; I kept wondering what could have happened to make Teddy experience that irrational foreboding. And it hit him out of the blue, didn’t it? Andromeda was not old; she was strong and healthy, and had survived through a lot to just give up like that. She was a fighter. But how well do we know people?

While in my personal canon, I see her as a resilient survivor, I’m pretty much open to your interpretation because of two things: (a) grief suppressed over a long time could kill people, and (b) the way you handled the story.

Andromeda had a lot to deal with – her pure-blood family, being ostracized for marrying the man she loved, and then losing her husband, her daughter, and her son-in-law. And it is amazing how she has to handle all those deaths within a short time span. What if Teddy hadn’t been there to look after? I don’t think she could have gone on.

But there was Teddy, and she had to pull herself up. There was this young, wonderful boy to look after, to give her company, to bring her some happiness in his life, and while I personally see that as a reason for her to continue life, I can also get the angle you took. It is possible she suppressed her grief for the sake of this child. It is possible that when he wasn’t there, all she lived with were a few gaping holes. It is possible that she didn’t embrace those voids as long as she had to be strong for Teddy.

Coming back to my second point, I was at first conflicted over the ending. I felt that it wasn’t complete and more should have been added. It was too pessimistic. But then, I thought about the abruptness of her demise. It was realistic. In real life, things like these are seldom drawn out. Besides, he had Harry. That counted for something!

I really enjoyed reading this, Hannah. It was a bittersweet experience.


One of Those Days by Pogonotrophy

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: He’d learned enough from hindsight that on days like today, it seemed like Lily Evans didn’t mind a little bit of conversation.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 11/25/09 Title: Chapter 1: One of Those Days

Hi there!

First up, I would like to say this is my favorite James/Lily. Really. In less than a thousand words, you managed to capture Lily, James and the dynamics of their relationship so bloody well. And people write chapters and end up presenting caricatures instead. In fact, I chose your story for an assignment for my MWPP class (guess what that stands for ;)). This is what I wrote:

I absolutely loved how the author said so little about Lily herself, yet managed to capture her expertly. Lily here does not really detest the big-headed Potter. Neither is she impressed by him. In fact, she is shown as more tolerant of the boy’s constant teasing, but responds well to it. Instead of flying off the handle, she is shown as giving equally cheeky comebacks, or chuckling. All of these, of course, are informed to us by James. And when we do meet Lily, we gauge her reaction mostly through her body language, except maybe the last (and only) line she speaks.

Short, but superbly done. That was the most believable Lily I’ve ever come across. Her reaction towards James is balanced, and it convinces me she had the capacity to fall in love with him enough to marry him one day. "

My favorite part is:

"Soon, he knows, she’ll notice him. She’ll turn around slightly and perhaps tell him to be quiet and he’ll say something back and, if he’s lucky, she’ll chuckle a little. Maybe she’ll say something funny herself. That always gets him. What a bird, what a bird. Don’t meet girls like that every day."

And I want to say more, but really, it will be nothing less than silly fangirling. :D

But I do want to say one last thing - Thank you for such a believable portrayal of James and Lily.


Author's Response: Thank you for such a lovely and in-depth review. I'm very flattered that you took so much time to write this and also that you chose this story for your MWPP class. Wow. Thank you.

Moments by ahattab33

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •

Have you ever thought about those moments that really defined your life? The ones that were pivotal, life-altering? They can be as obvious as your wedding day, as defining as the birth of your child...or as small as a moment in time, as subtle as a glance between one person and another.

The greatest moments of our lives can sometimes be the shortest and simplest of them all.

A missing moment from the Half-Blood Prince and part of the "Moments" series.

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 09/08/09 Title: Chapter 1: Moments

Nice one, Amanda!

Ginny was so in character – bold and mischievous. She is obviously as reckless as Harry. Lol! Harry was a surprise though…ah! Who would have thought he would turn out so – romantic? Or maybe, we all knew that somewhere deep down, but never really gave it a thought, eh?

I suppose this is one of those “stolen hours” Harry was thinking about in DH. ;) I like you you have tied in the two fundamental aspects of their relationship in this one shot. One, yes, they are very much in love. Two, they may not be together always – in fact, they may be together only for a short time.

But for now, let those shackles be forgotten. The night indeed is young…

Author's Response:

!!! AAAHH!! I can't believe I didn't responsd to this! *Hangs head in shame.

Anyways, thank you for the lovely review. I adore Ginny, she is one of my favorite characters...and one of those I have trouble writing for some reason. I'm glad you thought she was IC. And I think that Harry is a different person with her, and like most men, isn't always articulate with words. But that he knows he feels something for her and that he wants to tell her that somehow. And that the feels that time is short as well...

*blushes* Anyway, thank you!


Resentment, Yet Not Hatred by anath

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Aberforth never hated Albus. However, he never forgave him either.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 07/19/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

a well-written story and a credible portrayal of aberforth.