I am a twenty-something who fell in love with all things Harry Potter in high school and never grew out of it. The books are the best, but I love every single one of the films.
I prefer to stick to the canon-compliant fics, but occasionally I will wander into an AU. My favorites are Post-Hogwarts and Dark/Angsty. I never considered myself a shipper, but again, I go canon-compliant here. My favorite couple would definitely have to be Remus/Tonks, though. My favorite characters are, obviously, Lupin and Tonks because they're cool as hell, but I'm also a big fan of Dumbledore and his seemingly endless wisdom, Harry, Hermione, Ron (you've got to love the trio), Ginny, Sirius, and Severus Snape and his seemingly endless, witty cynicism. The Weasley twins are up there as well just because they're brilliant and they make me laugh.
I know this is an older fic so if any vegetables were thrown (though this is my first reading), it would have been long ago, but I have to say, I kind of saw this coming. What with the revelation that Rebekah was Anthony Goldstein's mother
(which I also saw coming. Goldstein was instantly recognizable to my Potter-trivia mind) and the talk between Reynard and Remus about Rolphe's grandson adoring Professor Lupin at Hogwarts, it just sort of clicked and made sense to me several chapters back. Excellent, though. I'm really enjoying meeting all the Lupins. And, though this fic is AU, I'm enjoying it very much.
Excellent insight in this chapter. Snape proved that even the most innocuous-seeming spells can be used in a dark way. It isn't the spells you use, but they way they are used. Excellent. This, again, ties into Rowling and everything she has Dumbledore say about choices and what not.
This is a truly intelligently written piece of fiction and I love all the little things you have incorporated from the books.
Dolohov's Whip, eh? So that's what he used against Hermione in the Department of Mysteries. Love it.
I've just started reading this fic and I quite like it. I love your characterization of Lucius Malfoy and I can see where all his "advice" has made Snape into the man we see in Rowling's stories. Great job. I will definitely continue to read.
I now see where the Professors rating comes in for this fic. I wanted to cry. But excellent job. I am so engrossed in Severus Snape that I literally can not stop reading.
Poor Severus, I do think that, as we all know, Harry would not see things quite the way Lily did, at least not where Snape is concerned. Not until the very end, anyway.
This has been a fantastic ride through the life and mind of Severus Snape. In a few hours, I depart for a screening of The Half-Blood Prince movie and I have a feeling that the events are going to hit me much harder after having read this story. Thank you for a wonderful tale.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you found it satisfying -- and wonder how the movie looked to you.
I absolutely love how you've incorporated the beginnings of what we learn about Snape as the Half-Blood Prince from that book as well as Deathly Hallows. Excellent job of portraying the teenaged Snape. I am enjoying this fic the more I read it. I can't wait to finish.
"...I cannot in honesty hold someone's father against him." Apparently, this isn't a statement Snape abides by later in his life in regards to Harry. This chapter truly made me love this fic. There is so much intertwined with Rowling's books. But the line that made me literally gasp: " This seems to be the day for sons; you're to have one too, also quite like his father, alas. I hereby command that you produce daughters just like yourself as well. And it seems you should beware of Dark wizards telling fortunes." Amazing. My roommate ran in the room to ask what was wrong and I had to sheepishly tell him that I was reading a fanfic and that Snape had predicted Lily's fate in her tea leaves long before the prophecy was ever made. Excellent work.
This is an excellent start. It is a totally believable account of what could have happened after Snape and Malfoy apparated away from Hogwarts that night. Great job, You've definitely got me wanting to read much more!
Author's Response: Thank you
Thank you for finally updating! I was so worried you were going to leave me hanging with this story! Great chapter, can't wait for the next one!
Author's Response: Never fear. I'll finish writing this story. :)
The exchange between Nathan and Snape in class is riveting. I could just see the contempt and hurt in Nathan that he isn't treated any different now that he and his father are aware of each other. I absolutely love that Snape is unhinged by Nathan's behavior, it not only conveys Nathan's Gryffindor-ness, but also very much his cunning which obviously comes from Snape. You have done a great job with Nathan as a character, so keep it up!
This was a delight to read. I think Severus' assessment of Ginny is spot-on as probably the altogether most intelligent and most fearsome of the Weasley clan. She's a spit-fire. We just don't see enough of that in the books. You've done a great job with her here and the play between her and Snape is great, even if nobody would ever believe it happened. ;-)
This was a touching story. Not exactly the kind of pairing I would usually imagine, but I was glued to the computer screen all day, so obviously something resonated in me. As always, I love the way you characterize Snape. I'm a little more into him as a brooding, misunderstood, tragic character--which you've done a great job with here as well--but you've also done excellently in showing "the best of him" as Dumbledore would say. Are we ever going to get to see a new series from you? Perhaps the Adventures of Lillian Snape? Keep writing, I love your work.
OK, that was really anti-climactic for me. Why didn't they find each other? It's so sad, I was really expecting Severus to discover that Shiloh was his daughter. And what was with the August birthday? Are the records messed up? I did like the idea that Ellessa was so horrible that she branded her own infant daughter with the Dark Mark. When Severus finally does find out that Shiloh is his daughter and finds out about that, he's going to be livid.
I liked this chapter. I think the interaction between Shiloh and Snape has been a bit lacking in past chapters, but I can see now that you've just been biding your time with those two. I hope they can have at least some semblance of a relationship. So glad to know that Jacob doesn't hate Shiloh and I am still very curious as to what is going on with him... Well done. I look forward to the update.
OK, I just read this story from the beginning straight through to where you are now and frankly, I'm hooked. I've noticed that you haven't updated in several months so I must ask: when will the next chapter be up?
Great story. Snape is great, Tonks is great. Harry is a little weak in that I don't think he is nearly cheeky enough toward Snape or nearly as impulsive and rebellious as he seems in the books. But, on the other hand, I could chalk that up to him being disoriented and having nobody else to trust. Maybe that characteristic will reemerge a little now that he knows Tonks is there as another ally.
Great chapter, but one question: are we going to see Snape again before all of this is over?
Author's Response: He's mentioned. But I just finished a long section tentatively titled "Snape's Soliloquy" for the sequel so I'm promising a number of long scenes, from his POV even, there. Feeling snarky anyone?
I won't judge you. I like Star Trek too. ;-)
Author's Response: But see, everyone does judge me, because Trekkie or not, they assume I love Star Trek. And I'm such a loser, I hate the show but I love the new movie to BITS. SO I'm at some weird halfway point, because Trekkies look disparagingly at me for not watching the show, and Trekkies look disparagingly at me for loving the movie-- and Spock in it-- so much.
I'll definitely bear with you until the next chapter because I want it to be brilliant. Ah, Remus and Tonks. I love them. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. MMM, next chapter ... because we all know who's about to turn up ...
Yes, quite the wait, but this chapter was worth it. Excellently written. I absolutely love all the interactions you have between Remus and Tonks. They're so real and fun, but also entirely motivated within the story. I really enjoyed the conversation between Remus and Sirius--you can really tell that Sirius cares for Harry and I can see why he wouldn't want to be pent up in a house after all those years in solitary confinement. Great job! I look forward to another update. (Soon, hopefully) ;-)
Author's Response: Thank you very much for reading and reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter and I'll try to get the next one out a bit faster. ~Carole~
Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.
This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.
These stories are so captivating. I get just as much into the story of Alexandra Quick as I do the story of Harry Potter. I am so intrigued to find out more about Alexandra and Abraham Thorn and the Confederation and the Thorn Circle. You have done an excellent job of creating an American wizarding world that really feels like it completely works within what J.K. Rowling conceived. Fantastic! When do we get to begin reading about Alexandra's third year at Charmbridge?