Summary: Nymphadora Tonks lives under a shadow. Both her cousin and her aunt are in Azkaban believed to be in league with Voldemort. She knows Bellatrix deserves to be there- but Sirius?
Remus Lupin is an outsider. He’d once had three good friends- now two are dead and the third has been locked up for murder and betrayal.
They had met once before, when she was a child, but as Tonks grows up they find themselves thrown together- far too closely for Remus’ comfort. He’s always yearned for a normal life but knows that is impossible. Can Tonks convince him that he deserves happiness?
Nominated for a 2009 QSQ award in the Best canon Romance category. Thank you.
Just reread this for the 4th time. I've enjoyed it each time. Like the twists in the story, the new character development. New to think of Lupin not being a virgin. Interesting. But I'm impatient for the next chapter; hope it will be soon.
Author's Response: Hmm, I don't think Lupin would be a virgin at the age of thirty three. It just seems to me that he'd have had certain experiences. Anyway, I hope to get to the new chapter as soon as humanly possible, but I'm stuck in some RL things ... and other chaptered fics, so sorry for the delay. I really appreciate the reviews and continual encouragement, so it's next on my list. thanks again ~Carole~
Nice to have you back to this story. It's my favorite of all your stories. I like how you're moving this along, but I *would* like to see Remus and Tonks in a scene together. Hope it won't be too long until the next one!
Author's Response: They might meet up soon ... you never know. *smirks* Glad you're enjoying the story. ~Carole~
When, oh when, will you have another chapter??
Author's Response: Ack! I do know I've been tardy. My problem is too many fics and trying to complete some of the shorter ones. I haven't forgotten about this one, and will get to it ASAP. Sorry, and thank you for reading. I'm glad you're enjoying it. ~Carole~
I've been following this fic since 2009, and it's one of my favorites. I was just rereading several chapters. It had been so long I had forgotten how well you both keep the characters true to canon and yet add more depth true to character. I used to check every time I got online to see if you'd added to this story, but it's been so long that I'm really losing hope. Do you ever plan to finish it?
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing and rereading. I would love to finish this, and it is somewhere in my plans (especially as I have the epilogue half written), but I guess I got too caught up with other things. It has become rather unwieldy, but perhaps if I pick up the pace, I can get some more chapters on the boards soon. Apologies, anyway, because I do love this pairing and story and I really should update. ~Carole~
A reading that consists of only cards from the Major Arcana indicates the destiny of the querant lies outside their own control - possibly within the hands of Fate itself.
Nineteen years pass between the final chapter and the epilogue. Here are two days inside those nineteen years.
Just found this story. Hard to stop reading. The staff and the felix felicis concepts are brilliant! True to tarot; true to HP. Are you still out there? Will you ever finish the story? I hope so.
Sunshine spilled down onto the small grassy spot through a window in the tall trees. She stood a couple of yards back, staring at eleven letters cut into rock. It was beautiful, and yet, to Hermione’s eyes, nowhere near a worthy enough tribute for a life so full of rambunctious joy.
About halfway through -- one of the best descriptions of grief I've ever read. Sorry that you also know that's how grief is. Amazing that despite that, the story is hopeful and healing.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. I think one of the good things about our own baggage is that it's a truthful place from which to write. I'm glad you enjoyed the story--thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
Summary: Looking forward to a romantic Valentine's Day with his fiancee, Ginny Weasley, Harry finds himself caught up in a truly hideous case with Romilda Vane from the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Department.
Seven men have been accused of inappropriate behaviour with the same girl, and Romilda is sure she knows who is to blame. Is it simple Muggle-baiting, or does the witch concerned have her talons flexed towards an unsuspecting eighth victim?
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. This is far, far too silly to have come from her quill.
Happy Valentine's Day to all the readers and writers on MNFF.
That story was a nice light laugh on Malfoy. The one place that gave me pause, though, was at the deus ex machina save by Seamus. I would have thought Seamus would do something more white collar in a post-Hogwarts career or, if not, he would been tending bar in Ireland rather than London.
Can you please, please, please post more on Apparently Asleep?! It's one of my two all time favorite stories on MNFF, and it's been so long since there's been an update. I'm dying to know when and how Remus will finally get together, since you scrubbed the Reconnaissance version. Please write more on it!
Author's Response: OOOh, I have a chapter with a beta at the moment, so I'm just waiting or her corrections, and then I'll post. Not sure how satisfying you'll find it though. Mmm, I had to scrap the Reconnaissance version because they'd had a kiss long before Order days. Sorry for the wait, but I have other fics and an OF to update.
Glad you liked this story. Um, I always think of Seamus as an action man. I think tending bar is an option, but white collar stuck behind a desk would bore him senseless. He liked being outdoors and blowing things up. The bar tending was under-cover, by the way, this wasn't his career. ~Carole~
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.
Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011 and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Glad to have another chapter! It's fun to have a smart Muggle view of Harry's and Ginny's world. I especially enjoyed Jacqui's assessment of Hermione. There are a lot of serious threads here though, not just the murders but also the links to Arthurian legends--and some of your other stories about Goyle, Nott, and perhaps the Ancient and Most Noble House of Lupin. But the red puffer coat? Red Riding Hood?? The cowboy boots threw me though--shades of Wonder Woman. I look forward to reading more, hopefully soon.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Jacqui continues to be an excellent observer. It’s fortunate that she’s also very good at rationalising what she sees, although she’ll have her work cut out in the next chapter. Some of the threads you mention are red herrings, but not all of them. -N-
Summary: Ron is on his way to ask Hermione a question. He thinks that Hermione knows everything, but will she be able to answer this question?
I hadn't read this in a while, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Especially in light of the recent debate over Romione since JKR's comments about them likely needing counseling, I think this story captures why Romione would work, with or without counseling: Ron's sense of humor.
Ron has an all-too-rare ability to see the humor in life around him, to laugh at himself, and to get Hermione to laugh -- just to laugh period and perhaps even more importantly to laugh at herself occasionally. Harry's comment that being friends with just Hermione involved a lot less laughter than being friends with Ron (GoF, I think) is often read as speaking to what Ron and Hermione each bring to Harry, but it's also a statement of what Harry fails to bring to Hermione and the crux of why I think Hermione fell in love with Ron and not with Harry. You capture that humor in Ron and how he makes Hermione laugh extremely well.
Thanks for the long and thoughtful review. Having read what I believe to be the entire interview, I think that both JKR and Emma reach the same conclusion:EW: So maybe life presented this to him enough times until he had to make a choice and become the man that Hermione needs.JKR: Just like her creator, she has a real weakness for a funny man. These uptight girls, they do like them funny.
EW: They do like them funny, they need them funny.JKR: It's such a relief from being so intense yourself – you need someone who takes life, or appears to take life, a little more light heartedly.
EW: Definitely so important.
From the male perspective, I believe that Hermione may be the a bigger problem in the relationship than Ron, as she has never shown any sign of dialling down her critical facilities (less politely: she nags her menfolk). I think Ron actually copes better with Hermione's criticism. Yes, he explodes, but Harry (who spent the first eleven years of his life being belittled and ordered bout by the Dursleys) always reacts badly to Hermione's diatribes.
Summary: For Remus Lupin, Easter has always been his favourite time of year. It has nothing to do with chocolate, he tells his friends, and everything to do with timing...
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling or the Easter Bunny, but here's a little Easter gift for everyone at MNFF.
Thank you Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story and for being all round a ... a ... amazing.
Lovely, lovely. I love your writing, and how you get the characters true to JKR yet add an untold story that feels true. Remus and Dora are my favorites, and I love this one about the birth of Teddy. It seems so right that Tonks would be cranky in the midst of labor. (It's probably a good thing too not to tell those who haven't experienced it how long it takes.) Can you please oh please oh please write more to Apparently Asleep?
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review, and I'm glad you liked the story. I will write more Apparently Asleep, I'm just trying to get some other things out of the way so I can concentrate on it. -Sorry for the wait, though. ~Carole~
Summary: Several years after the final battle, Dudley Dursley is struggling to come to terms with his past and the things he has done wrong. His life is turned upside down when he meets a charming young witch and is drawn into a path that leads him back into his cousin's world.
Sigh. I love happy endings. Now for the epilogue -- I'd like to request an encounter of the senior Dursleys with Parvati and Harry, mediated by Dudley. Perhaps at Dudley's wedding -- can you imagine them having to choose between dealing with magic and not seeing Diddykins?
He was John “Pen” Parker. He was twenty-two and recently engaged to Naomi Nolan, the nineteen-year-old mother-to-be of his unborn child. He worked for Howard Building Contractors. There were fifteen other people on the closed and secure building site when he died. Was he murdered? The police weren’t sure. But what did they know? Whose was the cigarette, and what happened to the ring?
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw failing to meet the deadline for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #2 – The Trained Professional.
I was rereading this fic, and trying to figure out whodunit. I think that Porteus is a vampire, which of course would make him a suspect, but it's too early in your time line for Lavender's vampire dispatch (and that's Exsanguineous anyway). So is the bird an animagus? Or is the Celtic ring and medieval arch a hint that this ties into the Noble and Most Ancient houses? The ring itself wouldn't be a test, or Pen would have died sooner. There are several ways this plot could go. I hope you'll post some more of this story with more clues soon. (Though I'd also like some more on George and Angelina. I was glad to get a bit of their story in Friends and Foes.) I really enjoy your writing!
Author's Response: Melissa
Thanks for the review. I’m currently concentrating my efforts on Strangers at Drakeshaugh and Friends and Foes. This little read and reviewed tale is not a top priority, although I do occasionally work on it. I like your questions, so I’ll answer them. No. Possibly. There will be more George/Angelina soon.
February 2000 Newly Qualified (in record time) Auror Harry Potter remains obsessed with “The List.” The ten people still wanted for their part in the Battle of Hogwarts. Their capture is essential. It will bring closure to the events of the past few years. Harry has set himself a target. He wants to see “The Last Death Eater” and the other nine captured before the second Anniversary of the battle. His attempts to meet his target will bring heartbreak, danger, pain, and a lifechanging injury for one former DA member.
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
I was rereading this chapter because I enjoy the story so much and I've been hoping for another chapter! In doing so, and thinking about the long critical review you got, I have to say that I mostly disagree with tagriffy.
I liked very much that Harry's and Ginny's patronuses change to become the same thing, and I agree with using the symbolism of the phoenix for them. I was a bit confused at first about the legilimancy mind-sharing (Vulcan mind-melding?) but I can accept as pushing reasonably at the canon edges.
What I wondered about was why the patronus alone was a complete antidote. Given the addition of dementor essence (how horrifying! how brilliant!), I'm sure there would have to be a patronus involved somewhere, but I would think that there should be something more.
It also did seem too pat that Luna and Hermione could succeed with analyzing the potion when the Auror office couldn't. That would need some explaining to finesse.
Still I loved the tensions when Ginny's yelling at Harry and the resolution when they both say "I love you" at the same time. I guess I'm thoroughly romantic. I also love how the press conference begins so humorously with Luna's irony and quick thinking and then ends in a superlatively stunning cliff-hanger. I hope you won't keep us in suspense too much longer!
Overall, I've enjoyed this story very much, including this chapter, and I look forward to seeing how you've plotted out the ending.
Melissa, thanks for the review.
The Legilimency bit I think I can justify, because of the fact that Harry is trying to connect to the real Ginny, who wants his help. There is no resistance from Ginny, the resistance is from the potion.
There will be more explanation of the potion, and how it works, in a later chapter. There will also be an explanation of the Auror Office’s apparent failure to analyse the potion.
The next chapter is currently at about 3,000 words and is half complete. It has been delayed because of real life issues which pretty much stopped me doing anything for more than a month. I hope to get back to work on it soon.
Oh... don't leave us hanging here long! I see how many of the story threads come together here, but there's still more... How *does* Rabastan Lestrange link to Bletchley and Greengrass (other than being Deatheaters)? I can't wait to see.
Thanks for the review.How related are the Hunt and Trap chapters? How much does Lestrange know about what’s going on? Next, we’re back in Edinburgh with Harry and co., and you’ll find out a little more.
Exciting, exciting... I hope you won't make us wait too long for the finale! This story has my vote for best post-Hogwarts chaptered story.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
There are three or four chapters to go. I was hoping to get it finished by Christmas, but it may be early next year, as it seems to be growing. Thanks for the vote, too, although I didn't win (and to be honest, I'd have been astonished if I had) it was nice to be nominated.-N-
Summary: Two letters from Gringotts send Harry, Ginny and Ron on a mission to discover the truth behind the why the Blacks were a "Noble and Most Ancient House".
I enjoyed that very much. It was satisfying that many readers' wish for the heir to be Teddy was fulfilled, and I was intrigued by the history you created of the Noble and Most Ancient Houses and nicely surprised by Neville's being the potential heir to such a house. Most of all, I *love* that the N&MAHouse of Black is now the N&MAHouse of Lupin - such poetic justice! Sirius, Tonks & Remus must be roaring with laughter while Bellatrix must be rolling in her grave. I hope you bring this thread of N&MAHouse of Lupin back into another story in the future. It's very original.
Author's Response: Thans for the review.
The words Noble and Most Ancient struck a chord with my interest in Arthurian legend, and when I found La Cote Mal Taillée on the Winchester round table and saw both shield and his name "le Noir" I had to use it.The very different reactions of Neville and Draco to being a potential heir were fun to play with, too.
Male preference primogeniture meant, however, that there was no doubt as to the final outcome in my mind. You will certainy hear more about the badly fitting coat, and the black shield of Maledisant, but not for some time. -N-
I've been reading a bunch of your fics lately, and I really like the way you've made strong and happy relationships into interesting stories. It's harder than it sounds, I know.
This story is very original and totally intriguing. I like the touches about how ticked off the goblins are with Harry. I can see two possible heirs, and a potential fight for Harry to give it to the one he wants rather than the one who will want it. I look forward to seeing it unfold.
JKR wanted to give (and gave) her main characters happy endings. I'm not about to change that. However, there are a lot of minor characters (like Lavender) who I can make very miserable without affecting JKR's epilogue.
It sounds like you're on the right track wih the two, but will Harry have a choice?-N-
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.
Interesting... the interaction between Angelina and Oliver captured a great deal of angst, and I thought it captured well the tensions of a rough part of a relationship. However, as much as I enjoyed the story, there were some things that didn't seem right. Although I was glad that Angelina went home alone and also that George came back for her, the latter seemed too good to be true. There was nothing in the story that suggested he would do that. And the comment that it's the sex keeping them together -- "moments like this that stopped them unraveling" -- was so Hollywood (sounds good but not true). Hot sex is wonderful, but it can't keep a marriage together. I like happy endings, but this one didn't seem believable.
Author's Response: Um, well, I'd disagree with you. First off, it wasn't 'hot sex' keeping them together, it was the giggling and shared moment of him larking about whilst he takes off her boots before the sex that stopped them 'unravelling' - there's a difference. Although sex can be something that binds you to someone because it's not necessarily about hotness but being intimate. I think with Oliver she would have had 'hot sex' but the encounter would me meaningless and hollow. With George, because of everything else, it means something. I thought I'd conveyed this because if you read the story you'll see that she feels relieved when Oliver leaves. And, you missed the most important moment in the story which was that she tells George she loves him Secondly George giving up his Quidditch game for her birthday is actually based on a parallel event in my life (yes, this was written the day before my birthday when I was about to spend it by myself and then my husband gave up his tickets to a crucial football match to cook me food - without any prompting by me whatsoever). There's a certain amount of wangst going on in the story which is all me, but I reckon most married women, whose kids aren't as dependent on them and who have husbands who get careless feel the same way. As far as there being no indication that George would do that, Angelina had given him a fairly heavy hint - ie told him - that she wanted him to cook for her. It was only when he thought about it, that he realised what he should be doing - especially as Quidditch matches can go on for daysr.
Anyway, glad you liked the Oliver parts. As far as this not ringing true for you, well, this was probably the first fic I've written which has been 'true'. That doesn't make myself and the husband Brangelina, it makes us normal. Sometimes it's knowing the boringness ( the grey) of a person yet still being with them, that matters more than having a quick shag with an old flame despite the high drama that would entail.
I realise I have become quite defensive over this, but as you can see the subject matter is rather close to my heart.
Thanks for the thoughtful reply to my last review. I reread the story again, thinking about what you said. I can see now that I took the cues of George missing what Angelina wants (picking out a ring, a quick pub snack instead of a leisurely lunch, etc) as indicating that he had become too distant over the years. (Were these cues what you meant by the story starting as a rant?) I agree completely about the boring/grey moments (not to mention helping each other through trauma) being what makes a marriage last (my own 19th anniversary is coming up). I just didn't understand that greyness was what you meant by "this" in the penultimate line of the story. Sorry for the cranky review. I do really like the way you got in Angelina's head, I appreciate the layers of relationship developed over the years between Angelina and Oliver, and I always love a happy ending.
Author's Response: Thank you for replying and sorry I was snarky. Um, by the 'grey' I meant the mundanity. White being the time when it's all joyous and black being the melodrama (Oliver says he can cope with the black), grey being the drabness of everyday life (the books, the hurried lunch, the non-surprise birthday present - which are normal and can be fine but are just ... boring). I probably didn't explain it very well, but it was what was going through my mind as I wrote the story and something that's been on my mind for a while. I'm actually close to celebrating 16 years of marriage, and yes, it was just my birthday so this was probably far too much about me than it should have been. Sadly, I don;t have an Oliver Wood figure (except in my head - ha ha) . I do get your point about George coming back from the Quidditch being rather out of the blue, so may add a line somewhere.
Anyway, thanks again ~Carole~
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.
Oh, I enjoyed that! You're just brilliant on the Marauders. I especially liked your insight that James realized that Severus was not a coward in order to go after him. I wonder why James knew about Severus' bravery (the answer to that might make another good story). May I put in a request for another few chapters in Apparently Asleep? Thanks!
Author's Response: I do like writing the Marauders, I just get distracted by Next Gen far too much. Regarding Snape's bravery, I think James just knew his enemy, and knew his curiousity because he was always following them around. (Sirius says as much in POA and Lily mentions it in The Prince's Tale)
I'm actually writing Lions of Gryffindor at the moment, and know I've been very slack with AA, but I get so easily distracted with other stories *sigh*
Thank you ~Carole~