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.
Summary: As she gets ready for the Yule Ball at Hogwarts, Fleur Delacour studies herself in the mirror.
She looks perfect.
She always does.
But there's a vague dissatisfaction beginning to grow inside Fleur, a nagging feeling that being perfect will not make her happy.
**indicates a line taken directly from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, chapter 23, The Yule Ball.
Thank you Emma (Amortentia x) for beta'ing this story. Thanks also to other members of MNFF- especially Natalie, who listened on AIM when I was pulling out my hair.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I doubt that surprises you.
This is a really interesting exploration of Fleur's character, and I was hoping you would lead into an idea of how she and Bill began to get together. Very nice piece!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for reading and reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. I find Fleur fascinating.
Summary: Bill Weasley was the coolest, the most accomplished, and in many ways, the wisest among the Weasley siblings. But he also got something which no other Weasley did – a cursed letter sent by a mysterious pen-pal that made his ears shrivel up. This is the story behind that unfortunate incident.
This is hestiajones of Hufflepuff writing for the final task of the Winter Character Exploration Class over at the beta-boards.
Thanks to two BRILLIANT GIRLS who made this one-shot possible – Jess (ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor), who took care of all the technical errors and saved me from besmirching the Portuguese language, and Carole (Equinox Chick) who rescued me with her feedback on the writing and also with Briticisms.
DISCLAIMER So not J.K.Rowling.
Hi Natalie. I found this little gem of a story hiding on the second page of your author page, and I could not resist. It claimed to feature Bill Weasley, after all, whom I love and adore.
What a wonderful look into his younger life. It was strange to see the twins at such a young age and Bill & Charlie at Hogwarts, but in a good way. I love this family so much, and all the interaction was really pleasing and believable.
I love what you said about Bill seeming to understand Ron especially, and I agree so much. It works beautifully to imagine them struggling in similar ways regarding the family's financial struggles. Ron hated this, but adored his parents... and your Bill did as well. Nice connection.
But the best thing you did here was to give Molly a reason for being so mistrusting of Fleur once she came onto the scene. I must say in the books, the only reason I could ever come up with for MOlly not liking her is just pure old-fashioned jealousy. Or maybe a milder form of it... but she feels somehow threatened by Fleur. And Molly is so strong and independent that it's hard for me to think she would be easily intimidated, even by someone as beautfiul as Fleur was. Anyway. I like that she has this past negative experience with a foreign woman who seemed to have broken Bill's heart. This was just a brilliant addition, and just the sort of thing to make me feel like this could be canon.
I liked it so much. Bill Weasley, second only to his baby brother in my books. :)
Author's Response: Lori!
This story is something I worked so hard on, but you know how it gets here. Lol. I'm glad you liked it enough to leave a review. :)
It was interesting to write about the Weasleys, who are my favourite family. I was happy to see that you caught on both the parallel between Bill and Ron, and Molly disliking Fleur for reasons other than just the old-fashioned jealousy. Molly is so much more than that!
Thanks for this present, Lori! It made my day to see you reviewing my less-read fics. :D
Summary: On the morning of Christmas Day, 2000, Hermione Granger (soon-to-be-Weasley) wakes up from a delightful dream to find herself in a bathroom at Grimmauld Place.
As various Weasleys queue up to tell her all about her behaviour the night before at Aunt Muriel's birthday party, Hermione is in a state of shock.
She knows she didn't drink anything stronger than Butterbeer. So why was she wearing a toga and teaching everyone how to perform Greek dancing?
And what, in the name of Merlin, was she doing with George?
This is Equinox Chick and this is my entry for the extra credit challenge 'In Vino Veritas' for the Winter Snows 09 competition over at the MNFF beta boards.
Thank you to Apurva for beta'ing this tale in time. Thanks also to various people on AIM for telling me to get on with this (Jess, Natalie, Hannah, Russia, Kara, BB)
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. She would never have written anything quite so daft.
Claimer: I have disgraced myself wearing a toga before now.
What a fun read! I was nervous as first, as I have a hard time picturing things going down as it seemed they had... so glad you had a sensible solution for poor Hermione. That was good fun!
Author's Response: Thank you, Lori. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Mmm, I couldn't make Hermione too out of character - she's still hermione after all. Mind you, will she be quite so enthusiastic about books ever again .... (Yes, probably) ~Carole~
Five years separate two kisses and two girls, a redhead, and a blonde. A lot can change in five years.I am Northumbrian from Ravenclaw House, and this is my entry for the February Love challenge in the Great Hall - category First Love - at the MNFF beta boards.
Neil, I really love this! I knew it was Neville pretty early on because the characterization was so spot-on. What a great voice you gave him. I loved the memory sections and all his thoughts regarding the different girls and even his reaction to the guys as well.
This is my second favorite story of yours, as nothing could top After Breakfast for me. :)
Good luck with the challenge. I started something for that prompt, but... I'm not the best with deadlines.
Author's Response: Thanks. The summary gave me a lot of trouble (and itís only a couple of sentences). How do I pique the readers interest without telling them who the narrator is? I was a little surprised how easy it was to write Neville. I may even get a second challenge story in within the deadline (thanks to some fast and excellent Beta work) but it may not be accepted as I think Iíve broken the rules. )-: I find writing to order harder than meeting a deadline. -N-
Summary: Black daughters are born and raised to marry wealthy pureblood wizards, but Andromeda broke all the rules. This is the story of why, how and when she fell in love with the man she defied traditions for.
This is hestiajones of Hufflepuff writing for the February Challenge - Forbidden Love. And AHEM! It won the fisrt place. ;)
Many thanks to Apurva (DracoGurlFurever) for her quick and excellent work, and also to Bine luinrina for her patience. Plus, I am not J.K.Rowling. *sigh*
Natalie, this is wonderful! I enjoyed it so much, and this is not a pairing I've even read before (in fanfic, obviously) that I can recall. I like the structure, that you bookended the backstory with the present... really nice.
I think my favorite parts are the scene at the train station where he sees through her and knows how upset she is. Even though I knew he was going to stay, it was still a great moment when he showed up in the Great Hall.
I also loved this line: He understood me before I had become clear to myself.
I enjoyed reading this very much. Thanks!
Author's Response: LORI!
Sigh. I'm sorry for the confusion, but I think you're talking about the scene at Hogwarts grounds. My fault. That said, that is my favourite part of the fic too! I'm seriously happy you liked my Ted/Andromeda. I love that pair and I really wanted to do justice to their infamous elopement!
Thank you so much for the review. It really cheered me up .
Summary: Seamus Finnigan only asked Lavender Brown to the Yule Ball because he was pretty sure Angelina Johnson would say no. They'd have a drink, a dance, and a laugh - that's all. Dean might be after a snog from a girl, but Seamus wasn't bothered.
But then Lavender appeared in the common room, in a swirl of a dress, and he was lost.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the February Love Challenge - category First Love - over at the Great Hall on MNFF beta boards.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Is anyone shocked by that announcement?
I need to thank Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this fic and being generally amazing and VERY supportive whilst I wrote this.
Thanks also to Emma (Amortentia x) for filling me in on Irish boyspeak.
Finally, the title for this story is a tweaked line from Eternity by William Blake.
I really enjoyed this Carole... totally believable and canon-compliant. Loved it, especially the surprise ending. It's nice to think you could end up with such a substantial friendship from first love. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you, Lori. I like them remaining friends, but then I think that particular year group would all remain friends given the DA and life under the Carrows. ~Carole~
Summary: Even as a grown woman, Parvati Patil still has a small box that holds her memories. A fraction of the countless letters she received from her best friend (and copies of the letters she sent her) and notes passed between them at school are in there too - and even a page of the diary she hardly ever used.
One part of those old letters are the only reminder of Parvati's first love; a love never openly admitted to, and a love never requited.
This is Karaley Dargen of Gryffindor writing for the Great Hall February Month of Love Challenge, First Love Prompt
Hahaha, this was a lot of fun. I sort of closed my eyes and picked a Kara fic to check out for your birthday. I like Lavender, and this is nice because you almost NEVER seen anything with her that predates HBP. We know she and Parvati are close, and this is so how it would be... the notes an the letters. I kept getting nervous that a professor was going to confiscate their notes. That happened a lot in my school days, and I would have been terrified to reveal so much in note. Haha. (But I'm not a Gryff either.)I like your choice to make Parvati really like Harry before he asked her. I never had considered that, and it adds something to the whole thing. Glad she isn't too crushed and gets over him quickly. This was a fun read, Kara. Whether it's something light like this or a mystery spanning 15 chapters, you know how to deliver the goods. I enjoyed it. Writing aside, you are easily one of my favorite people I've met online. Thanks for always being so fabulous ~ Happy Birthday!
Summary: Victoire and Teddy are at that awkward stage. They're not adults yet, but they'll jinx you if you refer to them as "one of the kids." Victoire, especially, is sick of all her little cousins at the Annual Weasley Family reunion, so when Teddy finally shows up, the two of them escape out into the garden as fast as possible.
Hello, banner-sketcher extraordinaire. :) I really enjoyed this. I never thought about how things may have gotten started between these two... but it's interesting since they would have been essentially family. I like your take on it a lot.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Lori! I love it when I see familiar faces on MNFF. ;) I'm glad you liked it. I know you're one who appreciates the canon and also the what-could-have-happened. Look for more from me in the future. :)
Summary: Rolanda Hooch thought her first year teaching (when she had to control Bellatrix Black) would always be her worst year. But then she'd hadn't met a messy-haired Gryffindor, his equally cocksure friend, and a red-haired witch with a penchant for revenge.
Sometimes she wished she'd never taken the job at Hogwarts.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for the I Challenge Thee Challenge held in Fiction Junction over at the MNFF beta boards.
I accepted a challenge by Karaley Dargen which was
Write about James I. first flying lesson. It does not go well.
Thank you to Lexi (Harry Rulz) for beta'ing this fic for me.
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. If that honestly surprises you then perhaps you should check into the Priory.
This was a fun read, Carole. :) And I, too, like it from her point of view... nice snippet of conversation between her and McGonagal. I love the thought of Slughorn not speaking to her since the Sorting. Nice.
Author's Response: Thank you, Lori. I'm glad you liked the McG/Hooch conversation. I'm sure Horace would have been apoplectic when Sirius walked towards the Gryff side - ha ha. ~Carole~
Summary: Summary: There are many forms of love and many ways in which love can ambush the unwary. First sight can surprise us.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for the February Month of Love prompt, Surprise Love.
I like this one, Neil, and I think it was a great choice to use parental love for "love at first sight" even if it doesn't work with the challenge. Harry and Ginny were both characterized well and fun to read. Good job!
Author's Response: Thanks. This was fun to write, though itís certainly not a love story in the traditional sense. -N-
At the end of seventh year, Scorpius and Rose anticipate the end of waiting.
I've never reviewed poetry, but like your first reviewer, I just love all your stuff. This is no exception. Enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Poems are just different kinds of stories, and I'm thankful you love my stuff and read this one! I'm feeling the Scorpius and Rose vibe and soon will be able to write. Talk about anticipation. I might have to put on my mom's old Carly Simon album that has the song of the same name. :D
Summary: The seven men who loved Hermione Granger.
Oh. My. I completely love this. Love, love, LOVE. I found myself getting choked up more than once, and that is saying something for me. I usually think Ron is my favorite character, but lately I've been on a bit of a Hermione kick. I fee like she gets the short end of the stick in so much fanfic, but maybe I've just been stumbling onto the wrong stories lately. You've highlighted everything wonderful about her, all the things that make her such a great heroine in the books. She's got flaws, but they are completely overshadowed by how fiercely she loves and perseveres.
I enjoyed every perspective, but I especially loved Arthur, Hugo, and (of course) Ron. Ron's part was incredibly romantic, and still somehow, believable.
Really, really wonderful read. And I would be all over reading similar fics for other characters.
I am a fan of yours. :) At this point, I think I would read anything if your name was on it.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I feel like Hermione gets the most attention in fanfiction when it concerns Hermione/Draco, which I have never liked -- I'm Hermione/Ron to the end! I'm glad you liked this and thought it properly captured Hermione :)
Summary: James and Lily Potter have died, but that doesn't mean Harry is alone. They're still watching over him, and they don't intend on stopping any time soon. *one-shot*
I'm running out of adjectives, so I will just say how much I enjoyed this. I haven't read a lot of James/Lily (though I always mean to)... I so loved them in this. What a comforting thought, to know how they watched over him.
Really good title, too. Even before I saw that you wrote this, the title caught my attention.
Author's Response: I'm really attached to that title, so I'm glad you liked it and it caught your attention! Thanks for the review! I love James and Lily, so it's always good to know that I can write something people who don't always go for James/Lily read and enjoy :)
Summary: Hermione waits behind a window. She is waiting for the world to come alive again.
Nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Canon Romance.
The mother ship is definitely calling you home, Julia. Ron/Hermione is where you belong... hehe. (Hey, I couldn't resist, as they are my OTP) I love how you wrote them both, but particularly Hermione in the waiting and the description of all she was feeling and not feeling. Grief is hard to articulate, and you've really found the words here. Your prose gives you up as a poet, for sure. I love the language...
"But there was an insurmountable grief that hung heavy on her chest, as if each breath were full of lead, as if each smile were black and dead. "
I could quote a lot more, but I'd end up cutting and pasting too much.
I will admit it's always hard for me to imagine their first time happening this quickly, just because they are both so awkward. But you've written it beautifully, and I loved it. Please consider writing more with this pairing!
Author's Response: Oh thank you, Lori! That means a lot coming from you since I absolutely adore Scenes from Shell Cottage. To be honest, I'm not really sure that Ron and Hermione would have their first time so soon either. You are right that they are both awkward but I had this plot bunny hopping around and I thought that Ron would be in such an emotional and vulnerable place at that moment that it could happen. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I really enjoyed writing this pairing (which surprised me as I tend to write non-canon pairings) so I'm sure you will see more of them from me in the future! Julia XD
Summary: He had been meandering though the distance for ages, unsure of what she would say in the final moment.
Song lyrics taken from U2’s The Sweetest Thing. And I am not J.K.Rowling.
Well, I must say I'm shocked to learn I can enjoy a romance story this much without it being about R/Hr... crazy! ;) I loved this so much. There are too many wonderful parts to mention each one, but I especially liked his little speech to her, followed by his reaction in the silence... thinking he might die.
I also loved that it didn't try to go anywhere dramatic after he asked her; that he just couldn't really say anything, so they went to their next class. I really loved it, Natalie. Nice job.
Oh, and if you really wrote this in 2.5 hours... dude, that is seriously impressive. :)
Author's Response: Lori!!!
Your review was a pleasant surprise because I know your love for R/Hr. I can say I should be proud of myself if you enjoyed this that much.
Oh! The ending...yes, my endings are often like that. Here, especially, I wanted to make things sound as normal as possible because in RL, fireworks don't explode when someone tells you they love you. :D Thanks for the review!
Summary: He was standing on the London Bridge, lost and forgotten. In retrospect, she probably should have left him, but she extended a helping hand. They met once a year, just once a year. He revealed his secrets and laughed at her strict demeanour. She saw it simply as sharing a drink. Perhaps he saw something more.
This is Kuri (Okiblossom) of Ravenclaw with an entry for Madam Promfrey’s One-Shot Triathlon: Major Character. Prompt: Lost Love .
This one is dedicated to PadfootPatronus, who planted Leo’s voice in my head.
Please Read & Review. Thanks for reading. Got this far? Why not review? Any comments are appreciated.
I really enjoyed this, Kuri. I think McGonagall is a fascinating character, and have often pondered what kind of relationships she had been involved in. This was a very nice read, and well written. My favorite section:
"Professor McGonagall studied the Headmaster’s face. Although he seemed calm, she felt as though something had happened. She glanced around the room, checking to make sure she had not forgotten anything. She waved her wand over the box of mice and they vanished into thin air. She did not need them until next lesson. The third-years would be covering Animagi. An allusion of a cat and mouse occurred to her, but she could not recall all of the words. Most people considered this rude behaviour in the presence of a powerful wizard, but she found it easier to pass the awkward silences with small tasks until he was ready to speak."
This paragraph hit me as amost eerie... how our minds go on working even when we know the worst news is likely upon us. Great job.
Author's Response: Lori, You read this and liked it? I'm flattered, really. I'm glad that you think McGonagall is more than a strict old bitty. (Yeah, bitty, what that?) You wouldn't believe the whole ime I was writing this I was thinking, "This is not going to work. Are you kidding me? She's OOC." If I even managed to keep to that by a tenth (and again I don't believe I did in many places. I'm glad you thought so,) that's amazing. This paragraph? Now that I read over it, you're right. It does have a creepy feel to it. I wasn't even going there. Cool. How did that happen? I'm glad I was able to make a connection. Thanks for the revuew.
Summary: They say when one door closes, another opens. Sirius Black hopes the saying is true because this time, he just will not give in to his mother’s demands.
This is mudbloodproud of Hufflepuff writing for the I Challenge Thee challenge for February in the Fiction Junction on the Beta Forums.
I do not own anything you recognize in this story. It belongs to J.K. Rowling.
I liked this a lot. It's easy to drop Sirius into the side of the Order and Regulas into the Death Eater camp and be done with it... but things are rarely that simple. I like that there is some ambiguity here about what might happen with Regulus... that Sirius, at least, has not given up hope that he will see the light.
I also loved that Mrs. Potter didn't even know Sirius was moving in... that he was confident enough because of the relationship he already had with that family to know he would be welcome. At least he has that, considering what he is leaving.
I love thinking about the "what ifs" in the back story. Thank you for this!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I know from RL, things are never black and white (no pun intended). There are always two sides and often the truth is somewhere in the middle. Thanks again. Terri
Summary: James Potter had asked her before for a date, several times, although not always for himself. Now, as Lily Evans gazes at her reflection in the mirror, she wonders why he keeps asking her and just why she's finally said yes.
I am Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this story has been written for the first round of the Character Clinic Triathlon over at the MNFF beta boards. Prompt: First Kiss.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so don't get them riled by confusing us.
Thank you very much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this fic for me. I need to also add that Natalie may be a Hufflepuff, but she does not have fluffy hair and in no way resembles the Hestia Jones that appears in this story. Finally, you may recognise some OC's from my fic Lions of Gryffindor. This isn't exactly 'caron' compliant with that story, but it kinda fits ... in parts ... sort of.
My fellow puffs are going to get me all into this James/Lily thing! I really enjoyed this... the fact that she might have said yes to so many of the "askings" was really nice.
I'm becoming a real fan of your stories, Carole, and am hoping to find some time soon to read Lions of Gryffindor.
Author's Response: Thank you, Lori. Awww, I'm glad that Nat and I are getting you into James/Lily and I hope you do get around to reading Lions. It's very ... um ... Maraudery. *hugs her Marauders tightly* ~Carole~
Summary: The seven men who loved Ginny Weasley.
This was really an enjoyable read. I think Ginny must be so hard to write: this character study should be required reading for those trying to write her! :) I loved it all, especially Arthur and Albus. Your Albus sort of reminded me of his Uncle Ron, struggling to live up to the success of those around him.
I am a huge Hermione fan, and I assure you the other piece was in NO way disappointing... I adored it.
Can't wait for whoever gets to be next.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Ginny is hard to write, I agree -- it's so good to know you think I wrote her well! :) I think in writing about the "next generation" I tend to combine characteristics of the characters we know and love, so I'm not surprised you saw a little Ron peaking through Albus's scene.
WINNER of the BEST GENERAL story – Quicksilver Quills Awards 2010. In the weeks and months after their eldest brother’s wedding Fred and George Weasley continued to run their business. Two decent honest and respectable businessmen, they had no involvement at all in any illicit conduct. They certainly didn’t get involved in any anti-Voldemort activities. Definitely not. No. Not them. Never. They wouldn’t. Honestly.
Hats off to you, Neil. This one is just brilliant! You have captured their voices perfectly, and they are so difficult to write well. How did you do that? Another thing I want to commend you on: when push comes to evil, the twins stop laughing in the books. I really like Fred's words with Verity in the cell and her hugging him, and especially in Room 13, how he gets furious when Justin asks if Verity is Muggleborn... that is just right.
Really enjoying this, and anxious for the next chapter. Thanks too, for sticking with canon, and letting us know where we are exactly in relation to the timeline of DH.
Author's Response: Thank you. This story took me a while to get right. Whatever else it is, it isnít humour (drama with a lot of bad jokes is the category I came up with Ė post-Hogwarts is where it ended up). I am so glad that you think that I got their voices right. The story grew from a couple of sentences in Grave Days when I suggested that the DA members too old (or too Muggle-born) to be at school would somehow organise themselves. Sticking with canon the only thing I can do. This is a sgort prologue, Busy Day, epilogue, and thatís your lot. The story of Fred and George, resistance fighters and magical graffiti artists who are always ready to make pompous people look foolish is almost done. And no-one has spotted my Doctor Who in-joke!