I am a serious Harry Potter fan who, according to one friend, "needs rehab." I like canon-compliant stories and pairings, especially Romione, which is probably evident from my stories.
You will notice I don't use British spellings. I strive to accurately portray British culture in my fics and have my characters (and JK's) behaving in culturally appropriate ways. But spelling and punctuation are tools of the writer, and I'm an American writer. I would feel incredibly pretentious using British spellings.
GAAAHHHH! It's here! :D I was so excited when I saw this was posted, you secret-keeper, you! It's just lovely. Poor, poor Ron for being so dense. You know I love this, so I will just reiterate that the magical elements make this so much more fun, and Arthur's line about "scrutiny"... lol!I still think Hermione seems less emotional than she would be under these circumstances, but I have a feeling those issues will be revealed later. SHe is so delightfully complicated. OH, and I liked that you let Ron get choked up... perfect place for that. Squee! New Romione from one of my favorite authors! What a great day!
Ah, such fun. And I'm really excited for what happens next because the rest will be new for me! :) Poor Hermione... will we be seeing some missing-Ron angst and agony soon? Hehe. I know I'm cruel, but I don't think she knows how much she needs him yet.Still loving this Gina. The reactions from the crowd watching the proposal was a lovely touch. Those ladies would not have been able to keep their thoughts to themselves. Don't worry, Ron. Lori is here to console you. :D Bring on Chapter Three, Gina!
I do not like this Katherine Kelly person at all, not at ALL. But yay for Ron in Auror mode--you do him justice, Gina. ;) I have nothing constructive to say in this review, but only wanted to let you know that I am still really enjoying this and desperately awaiting whatever is next.Ooh, also wanted to mention how much I like your characterization of the Grangers. It fits with who Hermione is, and makes sense. Well done, as always! Bring on chapter six!
*shakes head at last review* Well, you know I loved the original drabble that gave birth to this one-shot (haha), and I really enjoyed the elements you've added as well. But thanks SO much for keeping my favorite line, "send your damn deer." I just love it, and I can imagine her saying it at that moment of desperation. And how fitting that the siblings don't really get the gravity of the situation.Oh, I didn't remember the bit about Harry's rush of adrenaline causing him to both laugh and cry at the same time... very nice writing there, Gina. I've experienced moments like that but would have had a very hard time describing it in words. This was a fun one!
Greetings, Nora. :) I know nothing of poetry, so take my words with a grain of salt... but I found the simplicity of this beautiful and heartbreaking. Really lovely. ~Lori
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Lori! :)
Well, I've been binge-ing out on flist fics tonight, and you have not escaped, I'm afraid. :) I am so glad I chose this one first (I'm horribly behind on your recent stories). I just love trio era, and these three are so important to that group of Gryffs, and yet, there is so much room for speculation, particularly during that year at Hogwarts. Your dialogue was fab, and the relationships believable.The beginning bit with Lavender was actually one of my favorite parts, as it set the tone of where they have all been, and gave a nice background to the guilt Pavarti is experiencing over Lav's injuries. I liked this story very much--well done, as always. /broken record ;) (oh, and thanks for including me on that list of recommendations below... hugs!)
Louis Weasley had always assumed that the worst of his problems had been falling for someone he wasn't supposed to. This was, however, until that very someone turns up missing from one the biggest societal events of the century.
He was willing to break every rule and taboo to find her, but could he succeed where the entire might of the Ministry's Magical Law Enforcement Department failed?
Jess, I really like this. I've not had a chance to get started on all these mysteries yet, but when this popped up today, I couldn't resist. I like the potential of the pairing (though when I think too much about it, it does squick me out a bit--lol), and I like what you've done with Louis already. His guilt, I predict, will be significant, since it happened in those few moments that he stepped away. :(I really like Percy as the MoM and I find it a totally believable scenario. I'm seeing some political ties, as she is now the Minister's daughter... someone trying to control Percy? Hmmm. I can't wait to see where you take this. Really good start.
Yay! I think the read count on this story is still in the 40s or 50s, so hurray that it's catching someone's eye.
I see what you mean by the potential for squick with the pairing, but when you think about it, half of Louis's gene pool is in no way crossing with the rest of his family's, and I just sort of picture Audrey as from Muggle-born stock. If that helps any, lol.
I'm halfway through the next chapter already, so an update should be fairly soon. Soraya found the idea of Percy being MoM to be weird, but he really is a politician through and through, so he was the next logical choice to me.
Heart for the read/review. Have a lovely evening!
I absolutely adore this fic. You've just done it perfectly, with every note pitch-perfect and Ron so brilliantly himself from a view we've never really seen before. The little moments between himself and Harry just break my heart. So little is said, so little is even described, but you've chosen exactly the right words to show how tenuous Ron's grip on his emotions really is.Rowling showed us Ron's behavior during this time, but I feel like you managed to zoom in the lens and show us what was happening internally and is just works so very, very well. I noticed you are a Harmony shipper, at least enough so to have written fics of that nature. And yet, here, I got the feeling that Hermione wanted to be with Ron, that you were writing the canon Hermione that Rowling wrote. Is that so? Or is that just what I wanted to see? :) This review is flaily and really little more than a big squee, but Hangman is right up there with my favorite stories on the site. And that is saying something. Right into my favorites it goes, as I can see myself reading it over and over again, whenever I need a good Ron fix. Thanks for that bit with the blanket, btw. I sigh a big dreamy sigh every time I read it. Well done, and congratulations on your QSQ win. It is much deserved. ~Lori
He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!
Squeeeeeee! Love, love, love this! Arlienne is great, Sirius is great, and the sketch... oh, the sketch! Too cute!Right, this review is rubbish, but I wanted to let you know how much I love this chapter! ~Lori
Poor, sweet James. I really did love this chapter, especially the reference to James trying to save people--nice allusion to something we see in Harry later on. As for Lily, I think it's telling that even Mark is starting to clue in to what is going on with her... if only she could figure it out for herself.Drumming my fingers, awaiting the next chapter, dear. :D
Duuuuuuuddddeee. This is my favorite chapter so far, easily. Just, wow. Way to get into her head, Gina. I've read a lot of J/L, all from writers who do it very well (yourself included, obviously), but I'm not sure I've ever felt so connected to Lily. Seems somehow that I always relate more to James, as she usually comes off a little aloof and hard for me to relate to. But this was really brilliant.First, I loved the scene with Snape--you got him perfectly, and that is really hard to do. I felt like I was watching the scene unfold, so few words being actually spoken between them, and yet LOADS of important emotion and history swirling under the surface, particularly for Lily. I like how he asked her about her year and she answered predictibly, but you show us how fake it all is. And i suspect they both knew it. So that was a great bit, but then... oh, JAMES, how I love him when you are the writer. :D Your banter is glorious here because it's not really banter, is it? It's everything real that is going on between them, cloaked in witty banter while both of them acknowledge what is really going on. That probably didn't make any sense, but you know what I mean. There was a weight to their toying with each other, and I was truly holding my breath when he backed her up physically, challenging her. I wanted him to kiss her so bad! But you are a much better writer than that, so I guess I'll have to wait. *sigh* Then end was perfect as well, really weighty and heartbreaking. Your James is drool-worthy as always, but your Lily is just a revelation to me... really enjoying being in her head this time around. I hope the next update is just as quick as this one was. I'm beyond hooked. Well done!
I'm sighing with contentment, Gina. I'm so sad that this is about to end, but what a lovely ride.Nice tough writing that fight through several locations, especially the stairwell. I love when there's UST in a confined space... haha! Seriously, I think having them on the move while fighting took it up a notch. Well done.
Ooh, so much LOVE for this, Gina. :) Your Sirius is really wonderful, do you know that? I enjoy the playful one we always see, and I do believe that is a canon fact... and yet, why would two people as wonderful as James and Remus be so close with someone who wasn't anything more than that? And we know he was more even from what we saw of him in Harry's life. So my favorite part of this chapter was him approaching Lily and giving her a clue (well, trying to, at least).... the end of that conversation was just perfect! "I know." Love, love, love.I'm glad Mark was the one to break up with her. I like him as a character and I doubt I would continue to feel that way if he put up with her after figuring things out, which he obviously has. Nice scene there, and nice that Lily is just starting to understand her own heart on the matter. I thought her reactions were just right during that breakup scene. I didn't check to see if any of our brit-picking friends have reviewed this chapter yet, but I thought I would warn you that you have committed a heinous offense in this sentence: "If Potter hadn't gotten her riled up at the last meeting, none of this would be happening." ;) Hehe. I figured I'm allowed to point it out as I'm a repeat offender of this crime myself. You were missing a paragraph break in the middle somewhere, too, which I would want to know. But I'm possibly being very annoying now, so I shall return to gushing. James! How I adore him, even when he is obnoxious. Poor fellow just sitting there with his friends when this crazy girl... ;) More, please!!
I love the new chapter, Gina! It may have been a struggle to write the game, but I would never know it by reading. You really did a wonderful job--fast paced and enough going on with the characters I care about to keep it interesting. I don't enjoy reading Quidditch for Quidditch's sake, but I did want Gryffindor to win and I was worried about James and Cynthia in the match. Great, great writing throughout. Love Lily at the end, as well. She's finally coming around. What on earth did Dumbledore say to her? Hehe.I predict some lovely conversation and well-deserved snogging in the next chapter. Can't wait to see if I'm right. This story is LOVE.
Oh, how you write these little cliffhangers! As usual, I enjoyed this chapter so much, Gina. It's fun to imagine Lily using this time to bond a little more with Remus and Sirius--both of whom you have characterized so well. And what a great little surprise there at the end. Literally not sure I can wait for the next chapter this time. She seems to have come a long way emotionally where he is concerned during the absence. Bring more! :)
Ooh, I love the boy vibe you've got going on in this chapter. In fact, it's nearly all boys except the bit with Anastasia, isn't it? I'm glad James didn't let Sirius off the hook so easily, and that Sirius did seem to be genuinely sorry. I liked the fight, and the way it fizzled out, too. Poor James, thinking he and Lily would never sit under the stars together. ;)I was going to quote that same bit the previous reviewer quoted about Sirius being hotheaded. Nice bit of foreshadowing there... makes it truly heartbreaking that James could predict such a thing and that Harry would be there when it happened. Lovely chapter, Gina. Can't wait for more!
Does your imagination know no end? Wow, Gina, Just, holy cow. What a great twist! To be honest, I'd wondered how you were going to get back to a place where they could really get into the whole Hogsmeade thing, since they know what happened, but we don't really know everything. What a brilliant way to bring all of that back into such clear focus. I loved it. And your Sirius is just... YUM. He's perfect.Had you previously revealed that Rabastan was Arlienne's brother? If so, I had forgotten. Nice little surprise there--totally believable and a great tie-in wiht canon. I can't get enough of this story, and will be sad indeed when you post the last few chapters. You've outdone yourself, girl.
I love this story. Love, love, LOVE.And that is all I have to say about that, for today anyway. Keep it coming, Gina. :)
Hello there Gina. :) I'm enjoying this so far. I admire the fact that you can write J/L so much, and yet manage to come at it a bit differently now, still being true to what we know of the characters. I do feel like shaking Lily... does she know what he has been through this summer? I'm sure I will learn more as I go on, but just wanted to say I enjoyed the first chapter. I'm swooning over your Remus, as per usual. ;)I can't remember if you like to know little nitpicky things or not, so forgive me if this is annoying... but I think you forgot a word (the word "what"?) in this sentence: "Never mind that she was putting him down for he had done in Hogsmeade; it still gave him nightmares." I love when reviewers tell me these things since they are so easily fixed. Hehe. Well done, friend. If this is what is keeping you away from Sydney, I suppose I can understand it. And now I will read more chapters...
All caught up now, and truly invested... but oh dear, I fear what happened in that closet. Perhaps her summer was as bad as his was, and all this anger (from both of them) is coming from somewhere else entirely. Hmmm.Really liking the story!