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06/03/09





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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

Next-Gen:
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


Poetry:

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


WIP/Abandoned:

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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The Unbreakable Curse by Karaley Dargen

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 66 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: In 1993, Bill Weasley is working on a tomb in Egypt with a team of Magiarchaeologists and Curse-Breakers. It is a job like any other ... or so it seems, until members of the expedition start dying, and Bill has to race against time to figure out what exactly it is that they awakened in the tomb of Mentuhotep, and how it can be stopped before it reaches him.



The following are characters from JKR’s creations: Bill Weasley, Ragnok, Agatha Chubb (QttA), and the last names of Deverill and Pilliwickle. I don’t own them and never will!

I owe a large debt to Hannah (coolh5000), Carole (EquinoxChick), and Natalie (hestiajones) for their constant encouragement and help at various stages of this story.

Fair Warning: Some of the reviews (naturally) contain spoilers, especially those towards the end. So if you want to be safe, don't read those before you read the story.

This story just WON a 2012 QSQ Award in the General category, as best chaptered story. THANK YOU!!!


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So here we are, at last, at our journey’s end,
And it’s time for some sweets; come on, bring a friend!
Simply search for the holiday and the first thing you’ll see
Is a familiar character’s first Halloween.

Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/02/12 Title: Chapter 10: Traps

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:O :O :O :O

O: O: O: O:

DEVERILL AND PILLIWICKLE ARE IN IT TOGETHER! ALTHEA FOUND OUT WHAT DEVERILL WAS DOING AND SO SHE WAS MURDERED!


Though, what did Mahon have to do with it? Did he see something? Or was it part of the curse ruse?

What does Marcus have to do with this???


GAHHHHHHH.

Author's Response: eeeeek. Deverill and Pilliwickle... That would have been an interesting combo. WHAT exactly would they have been in though? hahaha. Glad I could lead you on for a brief while...



Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/02/12 Title: Chapter 12: Endings

:OOOOOOOO


:OOOOOOOO


-sigh-


What a fabulous mystery! You have definitely had me on a leash ha ha ha. I should have picked up something when I read the convo with Pilliwickle in the last chapter. But I'm happy I was wrong about most things :D


Now, I need to know what the secret is and pester you to write the next one!

Author's Response: Thank youuuu for all the reviews. You know what the secret is now.... But it'll be a while before the next Bill story, sadly. Thanks again, and mucho love!



Where We Started From by Equinox Chick

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 13 Reviews
Summary: Dean Thomas slaves hard in the Department of Magical Sports and Games (or rather he doodles on his blotter and ignores his ever expanding in tray). But the work is deathly dull, until one day his boss hands him a pair of tickets for the Appleby Arrows V Holyhead Harpies game.

He's delighted to be going until he realises that Ginny Weasley will be flying.

For although she's now single, Dean isn't sure they can ever go back.

Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. For one thing I've disregarded her epilogue - ooopsie
Thank you, thank you, to mah flist, especially Kara who has listened to me moan, Natalie who urged me to write Dean!Smut, Alex for commiserating with spiralling word counts, Emmah for 'langered' and Jess for cheerleading.
This is that annoying Equinox person writing her eighth story for the GH Cotillion thingie. *wibble*

To my utter delight and complete surprise, this story won Best Chaptered Story in the 2012 QSQ's ~ Non-Canon Romance.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/02/12 Title: Chapter 3: Thinking of the Roar

There’s just something about Harry and Ginny that fails to grab me like other canon characters. I never cared for shipping until I entered fandom and laughed at Harmony and Sevlily, but I was never invested in Harry/Ginny either. I mean, I love Harry to bits, and while I’m not too fond of Ginny I don’t dislike her, but Rowling failed with them. :/

That said, I didn’t care for Harry/Other and Ginny/Other either. Haha. So by default, I shipped Harry/Ginny.

(This info matters!!!!!)

But I trust you. I trust you more than this cellotape which assures me that it won’t let the carton rip. I trust you more than the sunrise I haven’t seen in seven years. I trust you more than the tasty-ability of the pork stew a flatmate made for tonight. :3

So I trusted you to convince me of Dean/Ginny, and my trust hasn’t been kicked in the shin.

Gah.

The most spectacular part of the whole thing is that you kept them so much in character. Usually, people give shitty reasons for Harry and Ginny breaking up, or they write it sloppily, but this fic felt like such a natural progression from the books. Oh gods, I am sorry, James, Albus and Lily: I am wishing your parents never married.

The courtship was an utter joy to read, I love love love Dean’s job, and wow! I really liked Ginny in this. Seriously a very good fic with wonderful characterisation, a captivating plot, and lovely minor characters.




Okay I will stop. I don’t want your head to inflate.

Author's Response: I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING!!!!! YOU CAN'T FOOL ME, hestiajones PERSON.



Your think that by saying this is a viable ship, you'll get rid of Harry/Ginny and their kids leaving only





SCORPIUS AND HUGO!!!!!!!!!!



Thank you, lovely, for the great review. I am pleased you like the story and the pairing. I think I have the same problem as you with Harry and Ginny. Whilst I knew they would end up together, there was always this part of the books that makes me think they didn't have enough time together. When I looked at the timeline of their relationship (from the Quidditch match to Dumbledore's death) it was a few weeks - that's all. And he was in detention a lot - hah hahahahahah.

So ... thank you thank you thank you for liking the story and reviewing so fabulously.

I'm giggling at 'cellotape' because I always thought it was 'sellotape'. Although Urban Dictionary informs me they're one and the same, I had this picture of you in my head astride a cello that had been taped together.

Gone rather mad ... hehehehehhehehe . ♥~CON~ ♥



The Caustic Ticking of the Clock by xxbabewithbrainsxx

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 9 Reviews
Summary:

Until near twelve the strange girl all at once

Guilt-stricken halts, pales, clings to the prince

As amid the hectic music and cocktail talk

She hears the caustic ticking of the clock.*

The students at Hogwarts have left for their Christmas holidays, but in the castle, a celebration of a betrothal is taking place. However, one woman watches the couple, waiting for midnight.

*Taken from the poem Cinderella by Sylvia Plath.

This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Cotillion challenge.

ZOMG. This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Same-Sex Pairing. Thank you!
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Caustic Ticking of the Clock

Ohhhh! D: Why are you so mean to Helga, you Ravenclaw? I swear this is a conspiracy! No matter, I am going to write ELEVEN ENTRIES in this challenge so that I can outscore you eagles.


...

Oh wait.


Hehe! Kidding. Well, no, actually I am not kidding but I know you're laughing :D


Okay, on to the serious stuff.


This was a short but really effective tale. I don't think it needed to be longer, because reflective pieces work better in compact form. And you've used the words really, really well. Helga's bitterness chewed them up basically, and I was miffed at Rowena the whole time.

Also, can I just say the roles fit the characters? Helga is the one betrayed; she is also the loyal one. Rowena seems to think that love and sexual attraction is something, and a logical match with a good man, another.

What I liked most, however, was the wonderful ending! It was so sad and yet so hot ha ha. That is a bizarre combo. D: But come on, how can I deny the hotness here:

You can't stop yourself from kissing her back, from tasting that hot, sweet need on her tongue, from easing her robes off her, from showering her face and body, her hair and her lips with kisses and kisses and more kisses.


Well done, Soraya! :D I loved it very much!

Author's Response: Well, no, actually I am not kidding but I know you're laughing :D

You're right, Natalie. I was just laughing out loud :D

Thank youuuuu so much for the lovely review. Normally, I'm not a big fan of short fics, but I honestly didn't feel like I could write much more :-/ Also, the fact that this was written for my English coursework (the creative writing bit) and started off as 700 words did kind of make it difficult to add too much. So I'm really glad you think the shortness worked.

Rowena is, of course, the founder of my house, and I therefore respect her lotsly. I suppose if you look at it from her point of view, she felt the need to get married and have kids, be the normal, conventional thing, if only because she had an extraordinary amount of intelligence, so the one normal thing she could cling to is marriage, really.

I'm so pleased you liked the ending :D And you thought it was hot? Coming from such a hot person, I take that as a very high compliment.



I'll Always Remember You by Eleanor Lupin

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Why does Arthur Weasley so hate Lucius Malfoy?
Does Narcissa Malfoy actually envy her older sister?
Because following your heart is all well and good in stories, but in real life, happily ever after doesn't always work.
And you never forget.

This is Eleanor Lupin writing for the Great Hall Cotillion!


Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: I'll Always Remember You

Hello! :) Now that the GH Cotillion is over, I had to stop writing and read this. :D This is a sweet fic, and the pairing is so out of the blue lol. I do wonder why you didn't include Molly at all.I always had the impression that she and Arthur had been together from school and married quickly lol. YAY for intriguing pairings, and good luck for the challenge!

Author's Response: I mentioned her in the first part - he broke up with her temporarily in my head-canon. Thank you so much for the review! I sincerely *hope* it does well with the challenge. :D



Passion Among the Primroses by Equinox Chick

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 7 Reviews
Summary: Mafalda Hopkirk is only too pleased when her transfer to the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Department come through. For one thing it means she won't have to work with the bumbling Cornelius Fudge anymore.

And for another, there's a new and rather shy clerk working alongside her.

Confiding in her diary, she tells her tale of passion and primroses.

Disclaimer: I have no idea who I am, but I'm certainly not JK Rowling.

Another entry for the Inaugral Great Hall Cotillion. Thank you Jess and Viv for such an amazing competition. Let's leave it a while for the next one, eh?
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: Passion Among the Primroses

When I first saw your claim, I was excited! I didn’t know what I was expecting, but this would have beaten any expectation I had. How you wrote it is simply the only way this could have escaped as bitterly and hilariously romantic without affecting canon. I usually despise stories written as diary entries, but I had an obscene amount of fun reading this. Poor Malafda, I never really liked her. Or her brother. Loved both Arthur and Molly, though! They were so aptly written.

:3


Hahaha! Fudge in his country cottage. I see a naughty fic there. I giggled every time Malafda called him a gasbag.

You mad woman! I don’t even know how you came up with such brilliant stories. Well done!

Author's Response: Now this is a review I can respond to - lololololololololol

Thank you very much.

Here's the deal. Once upon a time Croll wrote a drabble for a TTB comp and for some reason it was Mafalda having an unrequited crush on Arthur. Fast forward (with a time turner) three and a half years, and Croll wrote a diary entry which she thought was the quickest way to write a fic so she could claim something else ... Then a reviewer came along - we shall call her HJ - and left a review mentioning Malfalda's brother and hahahahahahah Gerald - Merkin, Croll still hate him. *growwwls*

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Crolllllll ish



The Hat That Thinks It is a Chair (but is really a reindeer) by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 8 Reviews
Summary: In April 2011, Justin Finch-Fletchley is attending a very important event in the Muggle social calender. Usually he loathes the formality of these occasions, but now he has someone to share them with, he starts to relax and have fun.

Ten months ago, a plucky band of flisters from all over the world logged onto AIM to watch and discuss a certain event. This story is dedicated to all of you. ♥ forever.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling and I don't expect any garden party invitations in the near future. A spell in the Tower might well be in order.

This is Equinox Chick and this is positively my last entry into the Inaugural Great Hall Challenge. So long and thanks for all the flist!
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: That Darned Hat

This story has Depth.

Now, let me tell you about Depth.

Once upon a time, there was a king called Fic who had a wife called Genius. Genius gave birth to twins: Depth and Undepth. Undepth ran rampant throughout the kingdom, hobnobbing with booby traps and jugglers (if you know what I mean). Depth was more reserved. Actually, Depth was a bit of a self-satisfied asshole and very elusive, but once Depth liked you, you were set.

Maybe, Depth likes you. I could see hir (for Depth is neither "him" nor "her" but a happy combo) in the way Justin's hesitation had taken its toll on Theo's life. Depth was also kissing the two of them when Theo cleaned up well for love and Justin decided to say "IDGAF" to the world.

Lastly, Depth was spotted sipping a Diet Coke and munching on baked potato chips, as a hat that thought it was a chair (but was really a reindeer) was exposed for the kind of stupid stunt it was.


~ Natalie

Author's Response: Depth came calling, one rainy day

He said, 'Hey, Biyotch, don't turn away.'

I looked him in the eye. I called his bluff

Cause depth for me, aint nearly enough.

I shall write more about Depth and Undepth another day



Bliss by lucca4

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary:

Cho Chang is contently married to the Muggle man of her dreams (or so she tells herself). The Wizarding World and all the pain it brought is far behind her -- at least, that is what she believes until she bumps into an old classmate.

Pansy Parkinson weaves her way through bars and men (in that order) and tries to forget which side she was on. She needs help, but she isn’t sure how.

Perhaps, it takes recognising sorrow to move on to bliss.

This story is for the GH Cotillion Challenge. Thank you, Jess and Viv, for setting such an ingenious challenge!

Third Place winner, along with Paris by welshdevondragon.
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Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Same Sex Pairing.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: Bliss

Often, a story just leaves us exhausted, in spite of our biggest, most earnest efforts. I think the disappointment you underwent while writing this fic is the same I had to deal with while trying to continue my Krum/Gabrielle. Words feel too heavy to type, even if the story is too clear in the head.

-sigh-

However, sometimes, it so happens that we aren’t the best judge of our own writing, and your experience with this fic is a prime example of that. I’m not sure what you were going for, but this finished product we have is quite compelling. Pansy sounds painfully like Pansy - unlikeable, self-absorbed, cruel and blunt. Cho is harder to nail down, but she has always been. What I do love is how you’ve caught her insecurities. Her dependency on men and romance, for example. But by the end, both of them have changed. Cho has chosen to free herself, and Pansy has relented.

You always write beautifully, and trust me, this fic was no exception! It wasn’t a typical romance, no, yet it wasn’t devoid of romance either. What lends it beauty is the uncomfortable realism of the two women’s struggle.

Nicely done, my beautiful mistress! And good luck! : ) This is an amazing entry, padfootically.

Author's Response: That is EXACTLY how it felt to write this story. I had the idea for so long that it felt stale and unoriginally cliche, and I couldn't motivate myself to actually write it.I am so especially happy you liked the characterization, since the main reason I almost didn't post this was that I thought Cho was OOC. She's changed from the battle- but she still has the same insecurities like you pointed out :). Thank you so very much for this review, my inspiring mistress. It can be your birthday fic, if you want (but it is impossible to write something good enough to give to you), and I have another idea planned (because I'm so heinously late with your present) so you can choose between them if you want. Anyway your review made me smile, padfootically. xx Ariana



Steel Hearts by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 5 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Romilda Vane was working on the biggest writing assignment of her life, yet her imagination and eloquence, which had held her in good stead for most of her career, suddenly decided to abandon her. However, when she looked for inspiration in the bottom of a pint, she found that it was sitting on the stool next to her.

For someone who didn't believe in muses, she had certainly encountered evidence to the contrary in Oliver Wood.


This is a belated (hey, it's one day...not too delinquent) birthday gift for the fabulous Carole/Equinox Chick, who has served as a lighthouse for me during some tremulous times and has always been a capital friend. I honestly couldn't imagine a day without seeing her name somewhere. This is for you, dear.


This story has been nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Post-Hogwarts Story and Best Non-Canon Romance.



Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 06/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: We turn our dreams to stone

I expect you’re tired to hear me say this, but exactly how do you write with such clarity? Descriptive prose that flows so well, even with so much detail, is actually a difficult thing to do. Yet, in every single fic that I’ve read by you, it has read effortlessly. In this fic, for example, I love the way you wrote her struggling with writer’s block:
Ink idly dripped onto the parchment, but it went largely unheeded. At least there was something on the page other than flickering candlelight and a vast expanse of eggshell-coloured nothingness. It was probably best that the Dictaquill had given out a few weeks back and was too expensive to replace, since it probably would’ve curled up and died from the lack of activity.
The part about the peanuts:
About halfway through that round, she felt rather than saw someone sit down next to her. With a sigh, she nudged the peanuts in that person’s direction. There was a muttered thank you, which told her the newcomer was male. She had to fight a groan of annoyance. The last thing she wanted was to fight off some random who either recognised her as someone semi-famous or just wanted a roll in the hay with the prettiest girl in the room he thought he had a chance with.
It’s the little details like these that give so much life to a story!
As far as characterisation goes, I love how mature Romilda seems. But there are good reasons that caused that maturity: the vagaries of adult life, and the things she has seen in her youth. The old, ambitious Romilda is still there, of course! She’s been successful and carving a niche for herself, and she doesn’t hesitate to let Oliver inspire her, without his knowledge.
I felt sad for Alicia :( However, losses do occur in life. I was rather pleased by Oliver’s stoicism, laced with unbelievable tenderness and vulnerability.
The romance developed so naturally. Although their meetings span over weeks, you’ve written the courtship in such a way that nothing seems prolonged or shortened. I cheered very loudly when Oliver led her to the bedroom ha ha ha.
And the ending?
What can I say? It was perfect!
This review does no justice to the beauty of the fic, but I hope it does convey how much I adored it. Happy Birthday, Jezza!

Author's Response:

Oh, Hestia Jones, shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Oh, hellz, no! It just means sweat in horrible places. You be cool as iceeeee, amigo!

Anyway, I suppose I write the types of stories I want to read: clear but not blunt, some description but not to the point where it overwhelms everything else. Whether or not I succeed is a different matter entirely, but I'm glad you see what I want to write and like it. I'm not really capable of painfully beautiful things, but I like to think I am capable of things that are beautiful enough to look at for as long as one likes.

Hahaha, bar peanuts! Anyone who's ever been to a bar with bar peanuts knows to never touch the peanuts - not until your very well drunk enough to pickle whatever might be festering on them. But I dunno...it just felt like a fun thing to throw in there, to show how people share tiny moments with one another but never even realise it. But Romilda, being the observant lass she is, I think she'll always have an eye for these moments.

Poor, poor Oliver. His life was so broken, but he decided that he had better things to do than keep throwing it away, and I think that might've been one of the qualities that attracted Romilda to him, that base practicality. And, of course, I felt bad when Oliver felt betrayed by having his life story recycled for everyone to see, but I don't think he'll ever underestimate Romilda again in things she writes. I, too, cheered when they decided to f*ck it and just f*ck. But is it weird that I was happier when Romilda came up with the ending to her book? I probably need help, lol.

Anyway, thank you for the wonderful visit. I'm glad you picked this story, as it's one of the best things I've written in the past year. <3 you, and though you've been epically busy with Stuff, I'm glad you took the time to stop in. :D

~Jess



Birthday Girl by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 10 Reviews
Summary: For Angelina Weasley birthdays were something she'd rather forget. But then George takes her at her word and decides to watch a Quidditch game with Lee instead of spending time with her. So what's a witch to do? She could spend her evening crouched over the accounts ... or perhaps she could crash her favourite haunt and see what transpires.

Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling, but I think she'd understand that marriage doesn't mean your life ends with that ring on your finger.


Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/25/12 Title: Chapter 1: Birthday Girl

I think the real beauty of this fic is in how the quiet rambling hurtles on towards a fabulous, clear-cut end. As I was reading this, I kept nodding my head, while unsure how you were going to finish it off, even though I knew the ending. The last few lines lent it a great sense of resolution, and more importantly, hope. Lovely fic!

Author's Response: Yay, thank youuuu. Yes the quiet rambling is rather like life, and although I'm not convinced about the clear cut end in RL, I had to leave one in here. Angelina wouldn;t cheat on George, not for something like that, and Oliver wouldn't do the dirty on his mate *sigh*. But thinking and acting are different things.

Thankies for teh review ~Carole~



All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter by ljmckay

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 10 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: An eleven-year-old boy residing at Number 4, Privet Drive, receives his Hogwarts letter in the summer of 1991. That boy is Dudley Dursley.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/08/12 Title: Chapter 1: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

Oh dear.

I fell about laughing so many times while reading this fic. If you have a chaptered/one-shot somewhere, I need to fish that out. This was brilliantly done, so brilliant that I could stomach Uncle Sev marrying Aunt Lily. :3 I say that as a hardcore James/Lily shipper.

And oooh! Draco/Dudley? Dear me, is that my new OTP?

Nice work!

Author's Response: Thanks very much!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :) The Draco/Dudley relationship intrigues me and I hope to explore it more in the future; there's just a lot of potential for these two spoiled blonde boys to see themselves in each other. We'll see if and when inspiration strikes! Thanks for taking the time to review. :)



Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/08/12 Title: Chapter 1: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

Ah. I read your other fic and realised I had misread the relationship between Snape and Lily. In any case, I enjoyed this!



Not A Date by Gmariam

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 13 Reviews
Summary: James Potter is alone on his birthday, waiting for his friends to get out of detention. He runs into Lily Evans on the Astronomy Tower and talks her into celebrating with him…even if it's not really a date.
Several months later, they meet again, but things turn out a bit differently this time...
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/27/12 Title: Chapter 1: Not A Date

Love it. LOVE IT A THOUSAND TIMES! This is why I keep encouraging you to descend further and further into J/L pit, because you get their banter so damn right. -sigh- What an amazing thing to read after the non-stop fanart browsing :D I must say I'm even more in love with James, and J/L will forever be my OTP of OTPs.

Thanks for this treat! And Happy Birthday to James once again!

~Natalie

Author's Response: Thank youuuuuu! Do you think I'll ever hit the bottom and run out of J/L things to write? I sort of hope not. I do love writing them, fun or serious. I'm glad you reminded us it was his birthday, it was fun to see some good fan art! I'm glad you liked how this turned out. I had actually opened it a week or two ago to expand and this gave me the impetus and inspiration to do so, so thanks!! To our OTP *sigh* Thanks!! ~Gina :)



Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/30/12 Title: Chapter 2: Exactly

Forever OTP!

I really don't know how you pull this off every single time. What amazes me the most is how you get their characters so right, and how we can see their dynamics changing without looking at their faces or knowing what they are doing. It's when Lily calls James James and James calls Lily Lily, and at what moments they do it that we know their real feelings are coming out. And just... GAH! Sorry, I am trying to leave a coherent review because you so deserve here, but I think I am slipping fast into fangirl mode. Such a brilliant way to capture the quintessential J/L! Makes me fall in love with them over and over again.

Thanks for doing this, Gina! :)

~Natalie

Author's Response: Hi Natalie! You are welcome! It's all your fault, of course! I not only took a drabble and expanded it, but added another expanded drabble to it and all of a sudden had a story! A J/L story! Yay! They are forever my OTP. I don't even know why anymore, I just love love love writing them. Thank you so much for your compliments, they make me smile every time I read them. I love being able to get them so right in other people's eyes. The dialogue only thing is fun with them because I can just imagine the way they might talk. I could be totally wrong, but it is such fun. Thank you so much for suggesting this and reading it and leaving such lovely reviews! *hugs* ~Gina :)



We Could Be Heroes (just for one day) by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 10 Reviews
Summary: 'It takes a lot of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.'

One evening in his fifth year, James Potter learns that defying his best friend is the right things to do.

This story has been written in honour of James Potter's birthday.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, despite the spag bol. I'm also not Gina (gmariam) or Natalie (hestiajones) but both have spurred me on tonight.

Title is nicked from a Bowie song. I'm not him either.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 03/30/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

-sigh-

Carole, please continue writing these four gits and one twat. I always want more, even if this is not the typical happy ME story. You just write them so bloody well.

I don't have any crit to offer, and it'd be wrong to say I enjoyed reading this. It's a great fic, though, because it is a perfect rendition of that notorious incident.

I love your title. Says so much about James.

Also, this may have given me a plot bunny...

~Natalie

Author's Response: Yay, for the plot bunny. I might have to write something aftermath-ish, actually, just not sure what as Lions starts a few months after this.

Thank you for the review, it is much appreciated. I'm wondering who the 'twat' is? Merkin forfend you don't mean Dumbles!?

I wrote most of this about three years ago, so it's pretty ropey in places, but I liked the overall feel of it. And Prongsie needed his hero moment.

Thank youuuuuuuuu (and get on with that plot bunny) ~Carole~



But Not a Passing Fancy by expecto_patronuts

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 4 Reviews
Summary: There was somebody Scorpius liked hard, even though he couldn't do anything about it. Years after, when they meet again by accident, will he work up the courage to finish what never started?

For the lovely lucca4, because she added me to her favourite authors!
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/12/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hello expecto!

Ah, well-tried first attempt, if a little too short! Honestly, this could have been expanded. I understand you don't mean to continue writing, but I think you should. :)

~Call me "Natalie"

Author's Response: Hello, "Natalie"!

;D

Well, I wasn't trying to write anything earth-shattering. It was hard enough trying to stretch it to 1000 words so I could submit it! I don't think writing is my thing, but hmmm! If you say so, I'll maybe give it a shot. Hehe. Thanks for reviewing.

~ Call me "Nuts"



Discovering Delirium by The owl

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: At the start of her seventh year, Lily Evans doesn’t know quite what to expect of her new duties as Head Girl. Her only certainty is that Potter will manage to mess them up somehow. However, even she couldn’t have foreseen exactly how much he could mess things up.


James isn’t too worried about being Head Boy. He is more concerned by whether Evans would finally get over herself and see that he really had grown up a bit. However, their shared responsibilities were going to change things more that he knew.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/16/12 Title: Chapter 1: Discovering Delirium

Hello!

I thought this was very bubbly and fun! I am sucker for J/L in general (my OTP), and I'm honour bound to click on one when I come across one, and I wasn't disappointed. :) The essence of the ship was nicely caught in very few words. I loved the prank - oh Sirius - and the ending was definitely well-done, especially the usage of the title.

One nitpick is that there were a few missing punctuation (commas and full-stops). They didn't take anything away from the story itself, but minor things like this are hard to ignore.

I hope you write more fanfic in the near future!

~Natalie

Author's Response: Thank you for the review Natalie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sorry about the missing punctuation though. *runs off to fix it looking embarrassed* I have a few more L/J plot bunnies bouncing around in my head (they're my OTP too) so hopefully you’ll be seeing more from me soon. No promises though - I have a feeling RL could get in the way. Oh yeah, and "very few words" tends to be my thing. I never finish the longer works :P -Sophie-



Ready For Tomorrow by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: Hugo Weasley is about to play his sister for the Quidditch Cup. The night before the match, he goes for a ride out on the Quidditch pitch to clear his head. Instead, he ends up in the Forbidden Forest with one of the last people he would have expected: Scorpius Malfoy, fellow Slytherin and his Quidditch Captain.
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/16/12 Title: Chapter 1: One Shot

I love you, Gina. For writing the Good Ship and spreading its sails, for that killer of a last line!

Okay, apart from that obvious bit of fangirling, I want to say that this was not what I'd expected when you first said you were writing a Scugo. I thought there would be Gryff/Slyth conflict in the form of witty retorts! I was WRONG.

This was so refreshing. There is something about spontaneous revelation of feelings that I find so attractive. I also love the intimacy between them. And why do I find this part so sexy?

"What a Slytherin does: going after what I want."

LOL. The context definitely helps. ;)

I do have a few questions. Why can Hugo see the Thestral? I am intrigued. And who wins the matchhhhhhhhhhh? D: While I understand why that wasn't a big deal for the story, I am curious and have to know.

A nitpick: it's the Impediment Jinx. "Impedimenta" is the incantation for the spell.

Other than that, ship on! Hehe.

~Natalie

Author's Response: Natalie! Thanks for reading this! I have to admit, thanks to you and Carole (haha she'll hate me saying that) I'm a bit of a fan of this ship. Weird, huh? I'm so glad you liked it! I thought there would be more witty banter myself, but then it probably would have read a lot like my J/L fics so I guess it's good that there's not. Plus Hugo has almost always been a Slytherin in my mind since I drabbled it in Ravenclaw a good two or three years ago. Also weird, yeah? I will fix the Impediment Jinx forthwith, thank you for that. And thanks for the lovely review!!~Gina :)



In the Dark by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary:

Draco Malfoy didn't know what he was looking for with Michael Corner, but he found a lot of something in the dark.

But things look different in the light.


This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Same-Sex Pairing.



Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/19/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, Jess! So short but so effective. This was beautiful to read, and the second section took my breath away!

Author's Response:

I'm glad you liked it. I miss just cranking out random one-shots of things that make me squee inside. And I feel like this pairing has major unf potential. The great thing is that I don't think I could burn myself out on writing either of these characters. *unf*

Thank you for the visit, mah darling. We shall be racing to pass Kerichi, hehe. ♥ you!

~Jess



'i' before 'e' by Equinox Chick

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 33 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Ms A Cadwallader wishes to improve herself and apply for a better job. Unfortunately, despite her impeccable qualifications, she is thwarted by a certain Junior Under Secretary for the Minister of Magic, who has let it be known that basic spelling errors can never be over looked.

This story, written in the style of a series of letters, first appeared in The Battle of the Genres over at the SBBC forum.

I am not JK Rowling. She would probably have been more amusing.

This story is for Minna because it was her birthday and she likes this pairing.

Thank you Natalie for liking the drabble and encouraging me to expand.

Winner of the Best Humour QSQ in 2012 - GOBSMACKED!!!
Reviewer: hestiajones Signed
Date: 04/21/12 Title: Chapter 1: Letters

I simply love this and beg for more. That is all!

Author's Response: I .... don't know what to say. ♥