I am an obsessed Harry Potter fan who, according to one friend, "needs rehab." Hehe. 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 always 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 always feel incredibly pretentious when I use British spellings (if it's required for a challenge)--LOL.
Right, just wanted to let you know where I'm coming from in case you are annoyed that I spell it color instead of colour. Hehe.
[Final warning: DH spoilers follow.] Three days after the final battle of Hogwarts, Harry must begin the painful task of attending the many funerals of the fallen. The first is perhaps the hardest, and Harry is focused on helping the Weasley family make it through the day—but maybe he still has a few things left to learn himself.
Author’s Note: I’ve read many a good story on the death of Fred Weasley, of whom I have always been very fond. Yet I think I needed to write my own version for that extra bit of closure. I hope you all enjoy, and maybe even experience a touch of catharsis yourselves. And as always, please leave a review! They're a huge help, and will all receive responses.
So happy I stumbled onto this story tonight. What a great read... and provides some satisfying closure to it all. Nice job keeping everyone in character in a situation we really haven't ever seen them in before.
Summary: What happens when Luna challenges her friends to a game of Truth or Dare?
This is my favorite fic of all time. MORE!
Summary: “But I want to go home,” whispered the girl. “I don’t want to fight anymore”
Not everyone who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts wanted to be there, and not everyone survived. This is the story of one of those people.
Hannah... just, wow. This was overwhelming for me and chilling. I actually have goosebumps on my arms right now. I didn't think you were going to let her die, and I am very sad that she did. But you are so right in your explanation for that. Very nice writing, especially for your first story.
Summary: “Parked all right, then?” Ron asked Harry. “I did. Hermione didn’t believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I’d have to Confund the examiner.
“No I didn’t,” said Hermione. “I had complete faith in you.”
- DH P604, UK Edition
The story of how Ron learned to drive.
Oh, I can't believe I've never read this before... I love it. Your Ron and Hermione are perfectly in character. I just love that Hermione was worried he would use magic on the test, which of course, he did. I wonder if she fully believes him or still has her doubts.
Is there more R/Hr around here? Off I go to snoop around your author page...
Summary: Every morning Ron arrives at the shop and wakes up George with a cup of tea. One morning, however, George doesn't wake up.
This started as a 500 word drabble for my DADA class and turned into a 2000 word one-shot instead, before becoming two chapters. The prompt for my drabble was to use an overdose so be warned that this fic is not a happy one. It is actually I lot darker than I really imagine the Weasley family being after the war, but this is what came out when I started writing and I think it is possible.
please note that the warning is for attempted suicide only
An epilogue has arrived and I promise that I have now finished, though I have found this interesting to write so I may carry on with this version of the Weasley family at some point
Greetings Hannah. I'm so glad I popped onto IM just as this fic was being discussed for a few posts. I couldn't resist when I saw it was heavy on Ron, and I'm so glad I didn't try to. ;) I like the way you've characterized Ron here, and the darkness of this. Though I don't like to think of George in this state, I do think it is possible. JK has said herself that he will never really be all right again, after losing Fred. And that leaves the door open for pretty much anything. I was near to tears a couple of times, but was cheered by the appearance of Fred and the ferociity with which he set about convincing George to return and do what he cannot.Really lovely picture here of my favorite family, broken as they must be. It was believable all around, in terms of characterization, but particularly Arthur and Percy, who I always imagine coping in exactly the way you have described here. Lovely visiting your author page... I will pop back by sometime soon. See you on IM.
Summary: It has been two and a half years since Fred died and George Weasley still feels the pain of loss. So when Ginny and Hermione turn up at the shop to ask him to fill in for a sick Ron at the Quidditch Winter Ball his initial response is a definite no! But Hermione’s plight, for some reason, moves him and he reluctantly agrees to partner his soon to be sister-in-law to the ball. With new robes and some dazzling dance steps, he little realises that this could be the night his life changes for the better.
Carole, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this this morning. I've been on a huge George (and subsequently, George/Ang) kick lately, and this really hit the spot. I loved the progression of his grief, how he used to hate hearing Fred's name and now needs to talk... and how the room is still so difficult to go into.
I also really enjoyed the other family relationships... how George and Hermione got on, and his conversation with Harry as well.
I liked it a lot! Thanks!
Author's Response: Thank you. I like George and Angelina and get annoyed when people say they shouldn't have got married, so I'm pleased to find another fan. OOH, this was written ages ago. I think it may have been my first oneshot. Wow, I feel as if I've been here forever. Thanks agaain and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. ~Carole~
It was like a wizard tale. The clever Slytherin helps a hag who later repays the debt. Except that Rose Weasley wasn't a hag, and Scorpius didn't expect to call in the favour.
*Winner of the 2010 Next Generation QSQ award*
I love this line: "Dimples are for nice boys, not Slytherins." Very good line.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for liking that! Even liberal-minded Gryffindor girls can be guilty of judging by stereotypes. :)
Well, I finished this at last, and wanted to post just once more and let you know how much I enjoyed it. I loved how fiesty Ron and Hermione are (just as I imagine), but I unexpectedly find myself drawn to your characterization of Draco. It's very good, and very believable.
Thanks for including the road map to all the one-shots you wrote from different perspectives... I enjoyed those very much as well. One question: when Scorpious reentered, was Rose shaking because Draco had told her what happened with her parents in the drawing room? I was very interested in that, as I've drabbled a bit on the idea myself... what it must have been like when she learned what exactly went down, particularly if she cares for Scorpious, and even more particularly if she is at Malfoy Manor when that bomb is dropped. Just curious about how you envisioned it.
Thanks again for the great read. I'll be making my way through the rest of your stuff eventually. :)
Thank you for reading the story and telling me your thoughts and reactions in reviews! One of the many great things about fan fiction is you can write one shots from other characters' point of views to post along with the main story. That doesn't mean every reader will look them up, but I'm happy that you did, and that you like Draco's characterization!
I think it was a shock for Rose to find out what happened in the drawing room, that she could nod her understanding and not become angry--the person who hurt her mother is long dead, Draco's sincerely regretful, and her mother isn't holding a grudge against Scorpius about it--but while they sat calmly drinking tea, reaction set it, and Rose shook.
Is that how you imagined it, too? Do you have the drabble posted?
Summary: On their first reconnaissance mission together Remus and Tonks escape from the Death Eaters thanks to her remarkable quick-thinking. Decamping to a Muggle pub Remus discovers she’s not as confident as he’d assumed. He’s always felt like the outsider – but perhaps he’s not alone?
The song featured in this one shot is Let's Dance by David Bowie.
I'm not JK Rowling - don't say you're surprised.
Carole, I just found this by way of the shiny new Hufflepuff library. I'm so glad I did, too. I had never considered Tonks' childhood, that she might have to be hidden or contained because of her abilities. Is any of this background in canon, or did you work it all out? I assume the latter, and I find it plausible, and frankly, quite brilliant. What an interesting way to connect Tonks' experience to Remus'. His werewolf arguments would hold little merit to her in these circumstances.
I also liked how she pressed him after his initial rejection. "I just want to know why the hell not?" And then again when she says it's only a dance and a kiss... it seems very like canon for her to not think ahead and be more reckless about the implications while Remus is overanalytical and worried.
I enjoyed this very much. Was this your first Remus/Tonks?
Author's Response: Hi Lori, Yes, it was my first Remus/Tonks. It inspired Apparently Asleep and this was supposed to slip seamlessly into that fic, but AA ttok on a whole new life. Tonks' background isn't canon, but I got to thinking that Metamorphmagi were unable to control themselves as babies, so what on earth would they be like as two year olds in a tantrum?! The views of Narcisa and Bellatrix on a metamorphmagus in the family, I also made up. I honestly have no idea whether they'd think it contamination or not, but I explore this much furthur in Apparently Asleep. Thanks for the review ~Carole~
Summary: When Lavender Brown returns to Hogwarts for her seventh year, she knows things will be hard. Professor Dumbledoreâ€™s death has scared everybody, and with her Muggle-born mother in hiding, she makes a promise to her father to stay safe.
But to stay safe she must ignore her instincts and turn her back on her friends.
This is a Lavender Brown/Blaise Zabini story, but also concerns that last year at Hogwarts when the Trio were a'hunting Horcruxes.
Thank you to Laura (bookofsecrets) and Terri (mudbloodproud) for beta'ing the first chapter, Alyssa (Harry4lif) for the second and Emma (Amortentia x) for taking over the reins. And Natalie for the last chapter.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I doubt that surprises anyone.
This story won the 2010 QSQ for Best Chaptered Non-Canon Romance. Thank you to everyone who nominated, appreciated and judged.
ATTENTION: Because of prissy glitch on the archive, stories with a rating about 3rd-5th cannot be read. I have lowered the rating to enable access, but the content remains the same. This is a PROFESSORS rated fic. Read at your own discretion - the sexual situations warning is there for a reason.
Oh. My. Word. I can't even begin to express how much I loved reading this. My favorite thing in the world is a missing moments story, and even though this relationship is technical not canon... it SHOULD be! ;) And it could have been!
Your timeline is amazing... how you kept everything up with what we know was going on outside of Hogwarts with everyone else. I love every character, even Draco (God help me). I love the way you characterized him after Easter. The most sickening thing to me every time I read that chapter of DH is the thought of him sitting in that room holding his bloody wand while that happens to Hermione. I do not believe he was unaffected by it, either. He would have been different after, and I love what Blaise said to him and how he got sick.
Every time your narrative bumped up against the true canon timeline, I felt a little cheer rising up inside. Like when they knew they were still alive after Easter, and when it was announced that they escaped on a dragon... and the cheers in the RoR? I was just thinking, "Hell, yeah, they did escape on a dragon!" I love how this news empowered them. And we know that it did, but you wrote it so well.
The only thing that caused me even a moment's hesitation was Hannah's presence... as I thought she did not return to Hogwarts (after her mum died 6th year) until the final battle. But I may have that wrong. It's a small thing anyway, and I loved the interest brewing between her and Neville in this.
I don't really know what else to say... this is just wonderful! Can't wait for more!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for reading and giving me such a lovely review. I adored writing this fic and fitting it into the timeline was a personal triumph. Hannah back at Hogwarts? Well she was certainly at the Battle and I'm pretty sure she'd have had to return to Hogwarts because attendence was compulsory (especially as she was a pure-blood), so that's why I included her. Oh, and I shudder over Draco when Hermione's getting crucio'd. It must have affected him even if he didn't like her. There's one last chapter. It's with my beta, so hopefully it will be up soon. Thank you again ~Carole~
It's official. Malfoy has murdered sleep.
*A Ron pov outtake to Our Little Secret.*
This is wonderful. I'm halfway through Our Little Secret, and took a break to come over and spend some time with my favorite character. You write him wonderfully, and am so glad you've got him as a softie under the gruff reactions. I generally steer away from Scorpious/Rose fanfic because so often Ron is portrayed as an unreasonable father who holds his hands over his ears while trustworthy people try to teach him sense. But you have written Rowling's Ron, whom I quite adore.
Can't wait to read the rest of OLS... maybe tonight!
I heart you for liking Ron! When he's portrayed as stupid (when it's shown in the books he's brilliant at chess) or unable to temper his initial knee-jerk reaction to Slytherins with willingness (however reluctant!) to judge a person on individual merit, I get very put out.
So I thank you on many levels. :)
Summary: Ron and Hermione have always had a special connection. But mix in a fake French girl, a handful of dares, a cup of Hogsmeade trips, half a pound of Malfoy, and a pinch of detentions, there is definitely some trouble to be anticipated.
A look into Ron and Hermione's fifth-year minds to experience the spazzness and crazyism in first person.
Disclaimer: Sadly, I am not J. K. Rowling. I'm not even famous. Heck, I only have one story up on Mugglenet. But I'm still glad I can walk into J. K.'s world. And tap-dance back out again.
Additional warnings: May contain fluff, excessive randomness (AU), and minor plot twists!
I would also appreciate if NikkiSue/Nicole could mod this for me :]
My how Hermione's life sucks. How many times must she endure this? ;) I'm having fun reading this story, but cannot deny I hope you right this situation in a hurry. Or I'm going to dump Ron myself. And that is saying something.
Author's Response: Maybe a little more. But she might get some revenge of her own..... And I think right now EVERYONE wants to dump Ron theirselves....(: --Maddy
Summary: Harper Riley is one of the most gifted young witches of her generation. However, since the traumatic events of the Battle of Hogwarts, she has not spoken a single word. Her Muggle parents were killed, along with her two wizarding brothers, and she is on the run from her squib guardian, a sinful and harsh man with a strong hatred of magic.
Harry Potter is recently married and settled, however, his life seems to take on another dramatic turn when he and Ginny find Harper. Her refusal to speak makes things a lot harder for them to discover how to help her. Luckily, Harry knows someone who owes him a favour. Someone who he and Ginny may not like, but they trust. Someone whose profession is to help those who suffer from the Battle of Hogwarts, no matter their story…
If anyone can get her talking again, it’s Blaise.
"I don't want to forget that night...but I don't want to remember it either."
A Blaise Zabini/Original Character romance
This story has the characters: Blaise Zabini, Harper Riley, Jimmy Peakes, Harry Potter, Ginny Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley, Isabella Zabini, Draco Malfoy, Dennis Creevey, Leonard Wilkes, Theodore Nott and Minerva McGonagall plus many more.
Oh dear. Please let there be a reversal charm for the memory thing. Very upsetting development. Loved the snail thing though, and the freeing of Bilbo. MORE!
Author's Response: More soon, I promise. :D
Just discovered this, and I really like it so far. Which is saying something, because I don't read a lot of continuing stories, especially not ones with non-canon characters as main characters. But I believe you've hooked me. :)
My favorite line from ch one: Time was a great healer, but not a perfect one.
Good stuff here.
Author's Response: Thank you. I'm glad you took a chance on this story. Also, you left the 100th review. Thanks again! :D
Summary: “Guilt brings people together. It’s a takes one to know one type thing.”
James Potter has always been a spoiled, arrogant, lazy show-off. When he enters his final year at Hogwarts School, he’s Head Boy . . . and he’s still a spoiled, arrogant, lazy, show-off. But because of that terrible summer, he’s also guilt-ridden.
Lily Evans has always been a self-righteous, impatient, temperamental know-it-all. When she begins her last year at Hogwarts, she’s Head Girl . . . and still a self-righteous, impatient, temperamental know-it-all. But the first night back — and the murder that takes the entire school by surprise — leave her guilt-ridden as well.
With the darkness that’s surrounding the Wizarding world slowly seeping, at long last, onto the grounds of Hogwarts and into the lives of James Potter and Lily Evans, what comes next?
I don't know if I've ever taken time to leave a review or not, but I have so been enjoying this story. I get very excited when I see it has been updated. Nice chapter. I had a feeling when Lily saw Lenore on the map, and was very glad to see James and Sirius go with her... can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: I don't think you ever have -- but thank you so much for reviewing now! I'm glad you're enjoying the story. I actually wrote Lily finding Lenore by herself and James finding her with Lenore, but that was way too much like Jilly's death, and I think this works much better. :)
I am still really loving this fic, and as it draws to the climax, I'm getting bummed that it will eventually be finished. :( What a brilliant way to have Rosier torture James... it was just awful to see Lily that way. I'm glad it wasn't Grace... that just did not seem right somehow. Wow, James and Voldemort... I can't wait to see what happens next.
Just FYI, a couple of times I think you had the wrong name, and it was just briefly jolting. First...
"No!" Jilly cried. "No, no, I never meant for any of this to happen! I never . . ."
I think you meant to write, Grace cried, right?
And then the same thing later...
"I lied," said Regulus, not looking his brother in the eye.
Regulus smiled. "Regulus," he said smoothly, "knows where his loyalty lies."
I assumed it was actually Rosier who smiled and made this comment.
Hope you dont' mind me pointing those out... I've made similar mistakes when editing and would truly want someone to tell me about it so I could fix it.
Enjoying this so much... you remain one of my very favorite authors on this site.
Author's Response: Haha, those would be pretty jolting. I actually mixed up Regulus and Rosier a good dozen times and I had hoped I'd caught all of them when I read through before submitting, but apparently not -- thanks very much for pointing them out! I definitely don't mind. I'm glad you like the story and consider me one of your favourite authors on the site -- that's such high praise! Having Grace be the killer definitely wouldn't have made much sense. And, oh, writing Lily act like that was much harder than I'd thought . . . it was definitely all kinds of intense and awful. Thanks for the review :) The next chapter should be up soon.
Oh, I meant to tell you the first time that I definitely did not skip the memory. I love the way you have written them, and I LOVE that Lily is the one who saved Cassie. And I LOVE that James actually fainted... totally believable in that situation, once he got to safety and it all hit him. I thought the placement of the memory after Grace's admission was just perfect, too... a gigantic moment followed by incredibly dramatic past-event, followed by the next thing, which is the worst of all. Wow.
Author's Response: Thank you! I was afraid people would think the memory boring and find the actual events in the here and now much more interesting -- I'm glad you thought it worked well in the flow of the story and that you liked how Lily was the one to save Lily; I've been waiting to reveal that twist! :)
What to say. I've enjoyed this so much, and am relieved to learn there is still an epilogue coming, so that it doesn't have to end quite yet. I don't think I've ever felt so personally invested in a story that did not include R/Hr, but I have seriously been checking and checking for updates on this.
I admit I felt utterly conflicted when Sirius asked Lily to keep Regulus out of it. He's a murderer, of course, but you wrote this so beautifully I felt like I was right there in the room with them all each time it was discussed. And in the end, I'm glad she didn't say anything. She did understand, after all, because of Snape. And eventually, Regulus did come around, and it would be easy to imagine this whole thing as canon and say this bit of grace shown to him by Sirius and his friends played a role in turning him back. (Apologies for that exhausting sentence.)
James and Lily--I just love them. It took so much for them to come together, and I just loved every bit of it, every obstacle. I knew she had to be strong enough to throw off the curse, and with him crying just before that... ah! I loved it!
When they came out in the trees... you won't believe this, but I swear I knew it was going to be the Forest of Dean. It just HAD to be! What a great connection to Harry, that they, too, found refuge there, and it was chosen by Hermione for a similar reason. Lovely, lovely touch. And what an amazing scene there between James and Lily, easily my favorite of this entire story.
This is a great paragraph:
"James pulled off the cloak. Lily cried that night, too."
So simple--two short sentences. But it communicated so well that the moment after Jill's killer walked out of the room, it became a safe place again, a place to cry, a place to heal. Really nice.
Others have already gone on about the ending with Sirius... it broke my heart. It seems right that he just completely lost it. He's not a stone, and he couldn't have gone on that way, just holding it all in forever. And it makes perfect sense for it to come out as rage at first, for him to have to be nearly forced to actually let himself feel the weight of it... I felt a little choked up myself. Also, the tension you created between Lily and Sirius kind of niggled me... I wanted that to work out. I wanted Sirius to get over it. So even though you may or may not be advancing that in the epilogue, the resolution of it is foreshadowed here... and I imagine him really beginning to trust her after sharing this moment.
Whew! I'm chatty, huh? Love it, love it, love it. I will have a moment of silence when this fic is truly over. You are a wonderful writer.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you very much! I'm so glad that I could make you love a story as much as you do this even though it isn't about your OTP! It does seem wrong that the murder that really began the story goes unpunished, but I really think that Regulus had to have more motivations for turning and sacrificing his life then what Kreacher went through (although that's certainly something!) And of course it had to be the Forest of Dean! ;) As for Lily and James . . . the best part of epic Lily/James stories, imo, is looking at the first few chapters and then the last few chapters and seeing how they always come so far (or should, if the story's good!) I'm glad you liked them in this. And Sirius -- oh, Sirius -- I really love him, but I never feel comfortable writing him. I definitely think that the final scene sets up their future friendship. And, yes, please, be as chatty as you like :)
I really like this story, Minna. The "break-up" with Snape is something I've wondered about so many times... how did Lily get from trusting him as she did when they were younger to that moment when he can't be a part of her life any longer. I like your imagining of that transition here. It works very well, that the "Mudblood" comment wasn't what started it, but what was essentially the proverbial "last straw." And for him to go so far as to call her that, it confirms all the doubts that had been forming over the months (years?) prior.I liked the friendship between Lily and Mary. Most girls I know occasionally need to "dump" on another girlfriend, whether its information or just help processing something that's happened. I thought this was very real. Wonderful ending, too, having her tell him to call her Lily. Just pitch-perfect, and full of hope for their relationship. Love him looking guilty too. I do enjoy James/Lily! :D This was lovely, and I'm glad I found it. I wanted to review something as a little birthday gift for you, and the summary caught my attention. Sorry it's nearly a week late though! Hope it was a happy one!
Summary: After the Wedding comes the reception. Once the guests are greeted and seated, the meal is served, the Wedding Breakfast.
After breakfast? The speeches.
I'm so glad you reviewed my piece, because otherwise I surely never would have found this. I too prefer stories that make sense with the canon. This was wonderful. I would like to imagine that this is precisely how this wedding may have occured. Thanks!
Author's Response: Thanks (-: I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Fluff, pure and simlpe.