Penname: xxbabewithbrainsxx [Contact]
Real name: Soraya
Member Since: 06/22/09
Website: soraya786.livejournal.com
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Bio:
Hi there! I’m Soraya. I’m seventeen years old and am a proud Muslim British Bangladeshi. I live in East London and have loved reading and writing from a young age. I’m rather obsessed with Harry Potter (aren’t we all?), tea (not a surprise considering I’m a Brit) and good grammar. Recently, I've also got into the Supernatural fandom. After watching the first episode, I had already fallen head over heels in love with Sam Winchester, so it's no surprise that I am now a huge SPN fangirl as well as a Potterhead.

My writing has changed quite a bit over the years, and I think you'll probably notice that, the further down my author page you go, the more the quality seems to drop :P I started posting stories on here at the age of fourteen, and at nearly eighteen, I can see how much my writing has improved since those Dark Ages. So, for that reason, I would advise you stick to the more recent stuff, if you choose to read anything of mine.

My Stories

Just so you know, these are posted firstly according to what kind of pairing, if any, is in the story, and then in chronological order in accordance to my own canon, not necessarily the order in which they were posted.

Canon Pairings

Checkmate (James/Lily)

My first chaptered fic. It’s terribly written, but I still have a place in my heart for it because of how much fun it was to write. This story has now been deleted on MNFF, but if you really, really want to read it, you can still find it on FF.net and HPFF. (I advise you don't, though :P)

Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion (James/Lily)

Written for Round One (Major Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon, this one-shot is about James and Lily’s relationship getting rockier and rockier after they left Hogwarts, especially when Lily is faced with the trials of being a wife and motherhood. A little smutty.

My Love is Always Here (James/Lily)

This was a belated birthday present for the wonderful Gina/Gmariam, aka the queen of James/Lily. This is mostly about Lily dealing with becoming a mother for the first time and the problems (as well as the joys) that come with that.

There's an Answer (Remus/Tonks)

Written for Sophie/The owl for SPEW Summer Swap IV. Tonks is sent on an interesting baby Auror assignment to do with werewolves. Remus and a dangerous Muggle are thrown into the mix, with interesting results.

Left Behind (Remus/Tonks)

An expanded version of one of my LoveNotes, written for SPEW. It's a missing moment set between OOTP and HBP, where in my head canon Remus and Tonks have been together, in secret, for a few weeks already and Remus is then told to go on his werewolf mission. Slightly smutty.

One and Only (Remus/Tonks)

Written for the lovely Alex/Ithinkrabis2people in the Ravenclaw Christmas Drabble Exchange. This is a missing moment set just after Tonks’s outburst to Remus in the hospital wing at the end of HBP.

Out of My Life (Harry/Ginny)

My only AU (kind of). I tweaked a small part of canon in this -- basically, Harry actually said goodbye to Ginny properly when he broke up with her. Very angsty, and this is only up for sentimental reasons, as I wrote it during The Dark Ages (aka when I was fourteen).

A Different Kind of Magic (Harry/Ginny)

Written for the You’re Having My Baby challenge at SIYE. Ginny finds out she’s pregnant, but Harry receives the news before her and therefore has to tell his wife. This was my first ever story at MNFF. It was written when I was thirteen, and it definitely shows.

A Different Kind of Magic 2: Parenthood (Harry/Ginny)

A sequel, obviously, to A Different Kind of Magic. Ginny goes into labour, and both Harry and Ginny realise what it means to be parents. Again, this was written from Back in the Days.

Same-Sex Pairings

The Caustic Ticking of the Clock (Rowena/Helga)

Written for the Great Hall Cotillion, this story is my only Founders story so far, and it’s about Rowena and Helga’s secret relationship. I am proud of this one, which doesn’t usually happen :)

Catching Fire (James/Sirius)

This was written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Embers”, and it’s set just after Remus’s second transformation with the Marauders. James is badly injured, and he and Sirius realise, inadvertently, that they might just have feelings for each other. I like the pairing but still think the story needs work. One day I will go back and edit.

Flicker and Fail (Katie/Leanne)

This was written forSecret SPEW, and my recipient was the absolutely fabulous Alex/welshdevondragon. It’s my take on Leanne and Katie’s relationship from way before they were even at Hogwarts as well as what eventually happens to Katie in HBP, when she was cursed.

Next Generation

Skinny Love (Louis/Lily)

Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion. Set during Teddy and Victoire's wedding, Louis helps Lily come to terms with her bulimia. This one was pretty difficult to write.

Blood and Roses (Scorpius/Rose, Scorpius/Dominique, Dominique/OC)

Written for the Great Hall Mysterious Maychallenge, this was my first Next Generation fic about Scorpius, mostly, and the trials he faces after his daughter is murdered.

Broken Glass (Louis/Lily)

This is the story of when Loulily really began. After the deaths of his immediate family, Louis is finding it hard to cope, even six months later. Lily somehow helps. It’s a little smutty. I’m proud of this one, too :)

The Highway of Regret (Scorpius/Lily, Scorpius/Rose, Louis/Lily)

Also written for the Great Hall Cotillion. It’s my one and only Scily. This is all about secret relationships and mistakes people make. Lily’s angry at Louis, and Scorpius has just broken up with Rose; when Lily gets drunk in the pub, things... happen. :P

I Will Lay Down My Heart (Albus/Rose, Scorpius/Rose)

Written for Round Two (Minor Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon. Albus has been in love with Rose for years, but what happened with them when they were younger has put a dent in their relationship. It doesn’t help that Rose is actually in love with Scorpius, either. This is smutty too.

One More Night (Albus/Rose, Rose/Scorpius)

Companion piece to I Will Lay Down My Heart. This goes into more detail about Rose and Albus's changing relationship as well as the aftermath of the events in said companion story. Probably the smuttiest thing on my page. :D Written for the Great Hall Cotillion 2013.

Glass (Louis/Lily)

This was written for the Great Hall-iday challenge for the Operation: Mistletoe prompt, and this was where my love for Loulily began.

Poetry

Excruciatingly Painful

This is about how five men in Potterverse dealt with remorse in different ways.

Always

This poem is about how Remus feels about Sirius (not slashy, btw).

Regret

Written for the Magic in Music challenge over inPoetry, Anyone? This was set to the track “Obliviate” in DH1 and is about Hermione modifying her parents’ memories.

Farewell

Written for the Goodbyechallenge in Poetry, Anyone? This was about saying goodbye, and how difficult it could be.

After All This Time

Written for the Deathly Hallows challenge inPoetry, Anyone?. I ship unrequited Snape/Lily, and this is probably the only time Snape will be on my author page, lol.

Hush, Dominique

Written for the MC Kreacher challenge inPoetry, Anyone? This was written from the POV of Bill Weasley after his wife’s death.

Miscellaneous

Bruises

Written for the Great Bannermakers’ Hallchallenge. The banner I picked had Merope Gaunt on it, and it’s probably my darkest story; it’s definitely the only one to have a dubious consent warning. It’s about, as you might guess, the abuse Merope suffered from her father and brother.

In Care (Marlene/OC)

Marlene McKinnon, as a care kid, eventually falls in love with another care kid, Jamal Olawumi. But he's a Muggle, and keeping her world secret proves difficult. This is definitely a story I would like to revisit and tidy up.

Just Across the Bar (Sirius/Rosmerta)

Sirius is just about of age, but obviously Rosmerta has misgivings about having feelings for Sirius, who is still a student. Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion and also smutty.

Butterbeer Bottles

Written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Juggling”, and it’s just a silly piece of dialogue-only banter between Remus and Sirius. Sirius realises Remus likes Tonks, and he tries to persuade Remus to act on his feelings.

Hanging by a Thread (Katie/Oliver)

Written for the lovely Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor for Secret SPEW VII. Katie is grieving and drowning her sorrows in alcohol and Oliver is trying his best to save Muggles, while trying also to bury feelings for Katie that he thought he had long since forgotten about. There is also, surprise surprise, some smut in this.


And that’s it! Along with being a moderator, I’m also a member of SPEWand SBBC. I hope to see you around on the forums; feel free to contact me via PM or review if you have any questions or comments about my stories!
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All Alone by savvy33
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: She left him. Two years later, he still hasn't picked up the pieces and moved on.

Categories: Ron/Hermione Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 989 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/08/10 Updated: 11/11/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/16/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hmmm. This was written quite well. I'm not sure the shouting works. Hermione was rather OOC--just because he was disorganised she would leave him? That's not a very believable scenario to be perfectly honest, so I don't know. But you certainly left me wanting more, so I think you should work on this, make it longer--not necessarily by adding another chapter--and think of a more plausible reason for Hermione breaking up with him.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! It was perfectly honest and I have heard some similar things from other people as well. I'm still considering adding more and I might, due to your comment, edit what I have a little bit. :D

 

Over A Mug of Tea by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: I think of her as a sister.

The words rang clearly, loudly in his mind.

I think of her as a sister.

But did he?

Happy Birthday, Julia! You know you're one of the only two people on earth I'd do this for. :D

Thank you, Carole, for looking it over. And I am so not J.K.Rowling.

Nominated for a QSQ in the General Category.

Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 2086 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/19/10 Updated: 11/21/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/21/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hmm...interesting. I'm glad to see that this wasn't one of those stories when wrinkled Harry starts snogging equally wrinkled Hermione totally out of the blue or anything. Before HBP, I was always a Harmony shipper, and it was only after DH that I realised that they just weren't meant to be. But even in DH the movie, there were so many Harmony moments, it was unbelievable! And they even bigged it up a bit more than what it was like in the book, too. Plus, when you see Harry and Hermione snogging their faces off in front of Ron, well...let's face it, I reckon David Yates is a secret Harmony shipper too. Anyway, your story was really good, even though most of it was mainly musing, and what could've happened. I appreciate the fact that you killed Ginny and Ron off first, so I don't feel as guilty about Harry's thoughts. And, I suppose I'm making excuses for him about the fact that he was drunk at the time too. Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. Fab story, keep it up!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Ahhh! Fandom will always accuse Steve Kloves and David Yates of being blatant Harmony shippers. Lol.

. I appreciate the fact that you killed Ginny and Ron off first, so I don't feel as guilty about Harry's thoughts. And, I suppose I'm making excuses for him about the fact that he was drunk at the time too.

This made me laugh. :D Thanks for reading and reviewing!

~Natalie

 

Mercy by hogwartsbookworm
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: If you knew that the consequence of doing the right thing might be torture, or even death, would you still do it?

This story was inspired by something Neville said in passing. “…And then Michael Corner went and got caught releasing a first year they’d [the Carrows] chained up, and they tortured him pretty badly…”

This is the untold tale of an unsung hero: Michael Corner.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1758 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/27/10 Updated: 11/28/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Choices

That was really good, especially for your first Dark/Angsty. I really liked Michael's inner monologue, about him helping people. It sheds a better light on him than I can think of - you know, the fact that he was Ginny's ex - and I think you portrayed his character very well. Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you! I figured that Michael must be a better person than what Harry's thoughts show us in the series, if he risked torture for a first year. I'm glad you enjoyed my first D/A.

 

As Luck Would Have It by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: Lily Evans is having a bad day. When she decides to take a sip of Felix Felicis, things turn out quite different than she anticipates--for both her and James Potter.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 6713 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/02/10 Updated: 12/02/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: As Luck Would Have It

I don't think the potion worked, to be honest; I reckon it was a bit like Ron in HBP, how he thought he was going to be lucky and he acted it too. Fab story, I loved it!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Soraya! I'm so glad you liked the story. And I like your interpretation of how the potion figured in too! Thanks so much for reading this and leaving a review - I was very unsure about this story for a long time and appreciate your lovely comments very much!! ~Gina :)

 

Ribbons, not Strings by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Christmas for the Marauders has always been a riotous affair. They stay at Hogwarts to wreak havoc on the staff and the Slytherins alike. But in 1977 things are different. James is now Head Boy and has become alarmingly responsible, leaving Sirius and Remus with the choice of going home with Peter or behaving.

The third choice - finding somewhere else to celebrate - does not occur to them until Remus discovers that the landlady of the Three Broomsticks is facing a very lonely Christmas.

A big thank you to Elene (coolcatelly) for beta'ing this fic despite an evil computer virus.

Thanks also to the AIM crew for not letting me hit delete.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don't confuse us.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge - prompt 1 ~Christmas Past~

~~~


Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 7755 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/11/10 Updated: 12/11/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/11/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw, this is really sweet! And I like how Rosmerta kind of guessed that Remus was a werewolf because of rumours and stuff, and how she was accepting of him and everything.

I noticed a typo - "her pulled her back towards him" I think you meant "he pulled her back towards him".

I love love love your Marauder Era fics, they're great! In fact, I'm in the middle of The Lions of Gryffindor at the moment, so when I finish reading all of it I'll make sure that I drop you a review.

Last, last, thing - is Apparently Asleep finished yet? I noticed that you haven't updated for a while and I do think that it's one of the best Remus/Tonks fics I've ever read.Please please please update - it would make my day. :D

~Soraya~

Author's Response: oooh, thanks for pointing out the typo, I shall get to that immediately. I have a chapter of AA ready to go and it should be appearing this weekend *fingers crossed* Sorry for the hideous delay. November was a bad month for fanfic because I was writing nano things. ~Thank you for the review ~Carole~

 

Doubt by lucca4
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Past Featured Story

In the midst of the war, the Marauders and Lily have joined the Order, resolute in their decision to fight for justice. But times are hard, and soon, even the strongest of loyalties begin to wear thin.

This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for the final in the MWPP class on the Beta Boards.

Nominated for a 2011 QSQ - Best Marauder era Story


Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 3742 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/20/10 Updated: 12/20/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Doubt

Oh, wow! Ariana, you are one amazingly talented author!

Being the newest member of SPEW, I just had to look at one of your stories since you're the Featured Author this month and I'm so glad I did. I'm writing Marauder Era at the moment as well (James/Lily) and absolutely adored this piece. The dialogue between Sirius and Remus was interesting and it really reflected the darkness of the time they were going through. The way you portrayed the doubt, and when it got into the Marauders' minds, that was wonderfully done. I think this story was deftly crafted and the whole thing ties in with your title, particularly the end. (What also made me smile -- as well as sigh in relief -- was that there were no typos, which is a lovely change.)

I understand entirely why they began to doubt everything that they believed in. Because in a war, that's what happens. You forget about what's right and wrong just for the sake of saving yourself, and I think that's fully justifiable in the context. I'm really into war stories/fanfics because although I HATE war, it's fascinating to know how people deal with the repercussions of it. What I despise the most about war, and this is something you included in your story very well, is the loss of trust between friends, because of all the corruption that goes on during war.

The only things that I think you could improve on is the obviousness with Peter and the ending. Firstly, I think it's pretty noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers instead of listening to the conversation, and I'm sure someone noticed that Peter didn't say anything about being propositioned to going over to the Dark side. I think the way you dealt with this was a bit obvious and a better idea, perhaps, would be for Peter to reply, saying pretty much what Remus and Sirius said, so things don't seem quite as suspicious.

The ending, in my opinion, was a bit too ambiguous. I did like it; don't get me wrong, but I just think that you left it a bit too open. Perhaps if you went on just a little bit more, then...anyway, I hope you liked my first SPEW review, Ariana! You're truly a fantastic writer, so well done and keep it up!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Soraya, it's nice to see you outside of SPEW! Thank you so much for reviewing this story -- it's very thin review-wise and so I'm very happy you did. I dislike war as well, but similarly I like exploring what it does to a person psychologically. Physically, we all know that war can be very painful, but it can also completely change a person (as I think it did with Sirius) and make them do things they wouldn't otherwise necessarily do. I reread the last bit, and I agree it was probably a little noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers whilst the rest of the Order was arguing vehemently. I think I weighed too heavily on the fact that the Marauders honestly thought that it could never have been Peter and suspected him lastly out of all the others. And to be perfectly honest, I think part of the ambiguity of the ending comes from the fact that it was an assignment for the MWPP class and I'm a terrible procrastinator :D. Thanks so much for the review, again. xx Ariana

Author's Response: Soraya, it's nice to see you outside of SPEW! Thank you so much for reviewing this story -- it's very thin review-wise and so I'm very happy you did. I dislike war as well, but similarly I like exploring what it does to a person psychologically. Physically, we all know that war can be very painful, but it can also completely change a person (as I think it did with Sirius) and make them do things they wouldn't otherwise necessarily do. I reread the last bit, and I agree it was probably a little noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers whilst the rest of the Order was arguing vehemently. I think I weighed too heavily on the fact that the Marauders honestly thought that it could never have been Peter and suspected him lastly out of all the others. And to be perfectly honest, I think part of the ambiguity of the ending comes from the fact that it was an assignment for the MWPP class and I'm a terrible procrastinator :D. Thanks so much for the review, again. xx Ariana

 

Teenage Witch by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: The Yule Ball of 1994 is a hugely exciting time for all the teenage witches at Hogwarts, but for the Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage, it looks to be a depressing time. With the only available wizard the sour Severus Snape, she has no chance of finding a partner. And when Septima Vector informs her that The Weird Sisters are booked to play, Charity's mind becomes a blur. It had been six years since she last saw Myron. And in those six years, he's become a star.

Will Myron Wagtail remember Charity?

And does she want him to?

I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Great Hall Christmas Challenge (prompt 2)

If you've read Mere Wisps of Light, then you'll know that Charity Burbage was very reticent about her Yule Ball romance when talking to Draco. This is why. The stories are linked, but it is not essential to read one to understand the other.

Disclaimer: All the characters mentioned in this fic are the creation of JK Rowling, with the exception of Gerard Bonbon who is my own creation.

The song, Teenage Witch, isn't real, but I'm guessing that Simon Cowell would like me to join his songwriting team.

Finally, thank you very much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story. I owe you so much!

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 4932 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/24/10 Updated: 12/24/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/24/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really liked this. Slight nitpick, sorry: "Madam Maxim" should be "Madame Maxime", surely? Other than that, I love how you've explored Charity Burbage's character. I've always been curious about her and I like your characterisation. Nice one!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: OOh, thanks for that. I always get the Madam/Madame thing mixed up because Madam Pomfrey doesn't have an e.Thank you for the review. ~Carole~

 

Dark Requiem by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary:

The irony does not escape Severus Snape as he seeks to gain the favour of the Dark Lord on, of all nights, Christmas. The spectres of days dead and gone spur him on to complete his mission, but can the fond memories stop him from committing an unspeakable act?

 

This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Marauder Era Story.



Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Violence

Word count: 3423 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/25/10 Updated: 12/25/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/26/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was a brilliant story. The darkness in it was prominent throughout and I have to say, I always wondered what had happened to Lily's parents. But I thought that JKR said that there was "nothing sinister" about their deaths?

Thanks for writing :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Lol, I just explained this in my last review... I'll get to that later.

I wanted this to be a dark reflection on the path that Snape followed to get what he wanted, which was acceptance and to be important and invaluable to someone, namely Moldy Shorts. :D

I realise the thing about Lily's parents not dying by sinister means, but I sort of interpreted that differently as 'that anyone knows of'. Namely, their deaths were declared as an accident by the Muggle investigation people. People fall down the stairs all the time, so hence, a tiny loophole used for my devious means. I should really put a disclaimer at the end explaining this. I think I'll do that, actually.

Thanks for the review. Have a good morning!

~Jess

 

Summary: One above, two below. We know the boy's story, what about the girl's? One-Shot about Hermione's torture by Bellatrix.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 1451 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/26/10 Updated: 12/28/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Torture of Hermione Granger

I liked this! The descriptions were good and I've always wanted to know what happened when Hermione was tortured. Everywhere I've looked, all I've got are X-rated versions of Bellatrix doing nasty things to Hermione and Hermione kind of enjoying it, which is really not what I was looking for. This was how I imagined it to be. Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks. I've never read another fic about this scene, but, like most fanfics about torture, I can imagine that most of them go for the s/m jugular. And though I don't necessarily have a problem with the concept of Bellatrix as a sexual sadist, I find it to be too much of a stretch to believe she was torturing Hermione to get her jolly's. I believe that particular episode was strictly utilitarian in nature.

 

Rescue Mission by Cinderella Angelina
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Seamus Finnigan jumps at the chance to rescue some younger students from detention. Padma Patil is his trusty partner in crime. Will they be able to save the kids without getting caught?

I am Cinderella Angelina of Hufflepuff and this is my final for the Missing Moments class on the MNFF Beta Boards.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2954 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/27/10 Updated: 01/01/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/01/11 Title: Chapter 1: Tagging Along

Haha. This was really funny, how Padma thought of the distraction. It was amazingly written and I liked the urgency of it and everything. Nice job!

~Soraya~

 

Merry Christmas, James by Sapphire at Dawn
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: James Potter's 'aquaintance' with Lily Evans has been somewhat turbulent, but as things get a little smoother between the pair during their seventh year, James looks back at their beginnings.

This is for the Gryffindor Christmas Craziness swap. Merry Christmas, Andi!

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 2514 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/28/10 Updated: 01/08/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 04/13/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was really sweet, Sarah! (In case you're wondering, it's Soraya. I have a different username on the archives for no apparent reason :P)

I've read my fair share of Lily/James fics, and I have to say that you did very well in ignoring the usual cliches. After I started beta'ing Walking Fine Lines and you told me it's a sequel to this, I had to see what it was about. I'm very glad I did, because some things make a bit more sense to me right now after reading it.

The guessing game and generally, the banter between the Marauders was well done. I'm so, so glad you didn't make Peter cliched, because that is my number one pet peeve, let me tell you. The number of times I feel like screaming because of the insertion of Loser!Peter or not even including Peter is just ridiculous. So yeah, you did great in that. And Sirius' threat was just so funny. I doubt he would've really told Lily, if James refused, but then again, this is Sirius we're talking about here.

I like the way you described James' ego, as something that began as pride and manifested itself due to his successes, which happened one after the other. This is a very plausible explanation to what happened to James, because I always wonder if one is always arrogant or if one becomes arrogant over the course of time. I think that if the latter is the case, then you're far more likely to overcome the arrogance.

The change in James' demeanour in seventh year, when he was Head Boy, was well done. I think this was the point when the Marauders realised that it wasn't always about messing around and whatever, and that there was always a time and place for seriousness and pranks.

The fact that SWM was a turning point for James is very plausible, because I refuse to believe that after what happened near the lake, James would continue to ask Lily out, at every opportunity. (I think he still would've hexed Snape, though, and the fact that Lily stopped talking to Snape sort of helped, but anyway...)

I really liked the ending scene. It was very well written -- well, the whole thing was, but I liked the bit at the end the best -- and I liked how Lily wasn't suddenly all over him, completely out of nowhere. This oneshot was done very well and I'm glad I read it :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review, Soraya! I'm glad you liked this. I wrote most of this years ago and decided to re-cycle it for the swap, and just stuck a bit on the end, so it's interesting you liked the ending best; it was a very last minute thing, so I'm happy it works! Thanks once again! Sarah x

 

Tears In Heaven by The_Real_Hermione
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary: Three years after the Battle, the Weasley family is once again shattered by grief.

A songfic, based on Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 2103 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/28/10 Updated: 01/03/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Tears in Heaven

Aww, that was so sad! It brought tears to my eyes! And I always thought that Hermione had had another baby--I'd always wondered why Harry and Ginny had three and Hermione and Ron only two. But in my story (it's more of a backstory, really, as it's Harry/Ginny) Hermione has a miscarriage. Both are awful, though. Thanks for writing. I really enjoyed this.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Soraya! Yes I had also wondered about Ron and Hermione having another baby... hence this story. Although I actually had the idea for the story before I picked which characters I would use, if that makes sense. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to review, and I'm glad you enjoyed it and it moved you!

 

The Lion In Winter by SadiraSnape
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary:

This is The Silver Doe from Deathly Hallows, but I felt it should be told from Snape's point of view... let me take you to the wintry Forest of Dean, when a mysterious silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor, and one leads Ron to Harry...

Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters, J. K. Rowling does, and she gets all the money. I just have fun with it.



Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1608 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/30/10 Updated: 01/02/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/02/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, this was really good. I've always wondered what the Silver Doe chapter in DH was like from Snape's POV even though we do get a peak of it later on. Great story, lovely descriptions and a brilliant insight into Snape's mind.

~Soraya~

 

Checkmate by PotterForever
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Molly Weasley knows all about chess. Yet she sees not what is right across the battlefield. Love is the only thing that may distract her long enough for a checkmate...

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1576 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/31/10 Updated: 01/06/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: Checkmate

Wow, that was good! I think you should continue this--Molly Weasley II isn't always a well-explored character in fanfiction. You wrote her really well, so kudos to you for that.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you for the compliment. I may continue this as Molly as well as her twin Lucy and the Scamander twins aren't very prominent in fanfiction and I would like them to become so.

 

A Joyous New Year by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: It is December, 1979, and Lily has something important to tell James. Her good news, however, is interrupted by a vicious attack. Fortunately, they are able to make their joyful announcement on New Year's Eve.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 5769 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/31/10 Updated: 12/31/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/31/10 Title: Chapter 1: Two-shot

Wow, this was great! A lovely read on New Year's Eve--although I'm not sure what time it is in your time zone--and I really loved every part of this. Your Sirius was adorable.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hi Soraya! Thanks so much for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and on New Year's Eve, too! :) I enjoyed writing it, especially Sirius, and had fun revisiting it. I really appreciate the review - Happy New Year! ~Gina :)

 

Summary: Past Featured Story

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

 

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



Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 184 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/31/10 Updated: 12/31/10


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/01/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow!! This was great! The internal rhyming and everything was brilliant and I really liked how you based this on O Little Town Of Bethlehem! Happy New Year, Jess.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

This was originally written for the Carol Challenge in the Poetry Anyone forum, so the pickings were slim as to which carols I could do which weren't already done by someone else. :)

I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for reviewing as usual.

~Jess

 

Dawn Of A New Year by animspiredwriter
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: It is the first New Years Eve after the war. The Weasleys and Harry are gathered at the Burrow-- Ginny however, can not join in the subdued festivities. Lost and unsure of herself, she was sure once the war was over her and Harry would be together again. But Harry won't even look at her, let alone speak to her. Has he lost those feelings he had for her? And, can she make him get them back?

A huge thankyou to my wonderful, truly remarkable beta xxbabewithbrainsxx- everyone go read her fics, they are mucho good!

DISCLAIMER: I own nothing- everything belongs to the fabulous, marvelous JK!

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 1745 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/02/11 Updated: 01/04/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw, thanks for saying that my fics are mucho good! They're not, but I appreciate the compliment all the same! Anyway, I loved this piece, being an avid Harry/Ginny shipper myself. I never did think that they'd got back together straight away after the battle. This seems more realistic. Well done on your first fanfic, Jess.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hey Saroya! Aha, you're very welcome! Thankyou again, for all your help and for the review :) -Jess

 

Screaming In Our Hearts by AngelJunior
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 2]

Summary: Barty Crouch Jr.'s parents save him from Azkaban, but what is left of their boy? Focuses on the day they save him, but the beginning takes a look into Junior's year in the prison.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Abuse

Word count: 6462 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/05/11 Updated: 01/07/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/07/11 Title: Chapter 1: Screaming In Our Hearts

This was such a brilliant story, Benjamin, and I'm glad they've finally validated it! It was great beta'ing this fic--the vocabulary was fabulous, the darkness was there and it was imminent and both Barty Crouches were completely in character and they were 100% believable. I wish JKR wrote something like this because it really provides an insight into Barty Junior's life which we haven't seen before. I'm really looking forward to reading your next fic on the Longbottom torture fic--as bad as that sounds to say! Anyway, good luck with the rest of your fics. It was a pleasure to work with you!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you so, so much! ^^ That was very, very encouraging! Especially seeing to the lack of feedback I've had so far on my BCJ fics. I consider this the best of my current fics because this is the only one-shot and I'm much better with one-shots than chaptered fis. (Though I'm also very pleased with my 2-chapter fic "The Destroying Angel" which is about how Junior joined the Death Eaters.) This site though is too strict for me to bother trying to get anything but the one-shots here. I'm very passionate with the Crouch family and very interested in the author's possible intent with them. I too wish she had written more in depthly about them, but then again, if she did it would leave me less to interpret and vision myself which I enjoy with all my heart. :P Anyway, because of that, I'm so happy to hear that someone feels I've captured the characters that well and that also the story itself is a success seeing to its genre! ^^ And the Longbottom tortue fic will be a one-shot and thus will be up here too. :) Thank you again!

 

The Potion Master's Birthday by Gmariam
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: A ballad written for Severus Snape's birthday.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 192 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/08/11 Updated: 01/08/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/09/11 Title: Chapter 1: The Potion Master's Birthday

That was great! The rhyming really worked, as did the rhythm and the flow and everything. The word choices were great too. I loved this poem--I don't come across that many Happy Birthday poems that are Harry Potter, and I'm glad you wrote this one and wrote it very well.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Hi Soraya - Thanks so much for reading this! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found everything worked. I remember it being a bit tricky to write a ballad in limerick form. It was tricky just rewriting the last stanza, lol. Thanks so much for the review, I appreciate it! ~Gina :)

 

Fire by BrieJeanne
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: I have an ominous feeling that trouble is brewing. Call it whatever you want—foresight into the future or a Slytherin’s sense of self-preservation. Either way, I know something is going to happen tonight and it’s not going to be good.
Peer into the mind of Daphne Greengrass on the night of the Battle at Hogwarts

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 3073 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/09/11 Updated: 01/10/11


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: A Slytherin's Sense of Self-Preservation

At last! I really like the last sentence--particularly as you had a lot of problems with it and everything--and I also really love the title. It was lovely beta'ing your work and I'd love to do it again.

One thing, though: isn't it complete already? Because the status on Mugglenet says that it's a WIP. Not that I mind--I can't wait to read more if there is more. And if there isn't, well done on a very well written oneshot.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you and I was so glad to finally settle on a last sentence that I was ok with!! Well, I decided to make it a WIP because I started writing another one shot that I think would go really great with this one. Thanks again.

 
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