Penname: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor [Contact]
Real name: Jessica
Member Since: 08/29/09
Beta-reader: Yes
Status: Administrator

I am a recent member of the Harry Potter fandom, but I have always had a passion for the written word, and I hope to fulfill it here. I live in a relatively boring corner of Idaho, and I like Kokanee and a good book!

So, I suppose you're wondering what's up with my username. Even if you're not, this is how that happened. No, I was not aspiring to be a Gryffindor. I can't think of any house to which I would belong less than Gryffindor, in fact. It was a moment of clarity that I got while I was battling with myself about whether I should want to be Sorted into Gryffindor to be like Harry or to be Sorted elsewhere and follow my own path. I thought it to be much like the contemplative scene in Hamlet when he weighed taking his own life. I'm not trying to be melodramatic. That's simply is what popped into my head when I was trying to sign up to leave a review. :D

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A Night of Love by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: A night to forget everything else; a night to remember.

Dedicated to Harry/Ginny.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 124 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
04/04/10 Updated: 04/15/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 04/15/10 Title: Chapter 1: A Night to Remember

Aww, you already know that I love this poem, but I know how much reviews kick ass, so I'm going to exalt you anyway.

Long, tapered fingers,
Undulating velvet skin,
Poetry of motion -
And rough. 

Yay to sex references! It just seemed to fit the bill for a first-time encounter, with the exploration and the halting advances that speak of trying something - or someone - new.

The language is so very pretty. You get the most out of every syllable and really make them work for your end, which is to convey passion and waiting and loving. 

It's also seeming like it was meant to be shortly after the battle. As much as JKR would probably want Ginny to be a 'wait until she's married' girl, when the shit hits the fan, in the end, simple pleasures - or complex ones, for that matter - mean so much more. Why wait when you can't even be sure that you're going to live to finally experience it?

Anyway, enough rambling from me. Beautiful work, as usual, and I'll see you in like five seconds!


Author's Response: This review made me giggle so much. Lol. YES! This takes place not long after the Battle because...well, they are in love and over-age. :P Ahhh...we would never know what JKR intended for Ginny. Her girls seem like the type who elope very young. Haha!

Ah, this was one of those poems which came easily to me. (Perhaps because it is smut.) I am so glad it turned out well, and that even you, a staunch Harmony, liked it. :D GO SMUT!

Thank you so much for the review, Jess. Talk to ya tom!


Memories Are Not Enough by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Harry finally arrives at Godric Hollow, but memories are all he finds.

This was written for the Magic in Music Challenge in Poetry Anyone, and it came SECOND. My chosen piece was Harry and Hermione by Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack).

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 109 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
04/15/10 Updated: 04/23/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 04/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: Mere Memories

I freaking fail at reviewing poetry, but I will endeavour to articulate myself in an adequate fashion. :D

The imagery and the emotion in this poem are so powerful, and it really makes me feel for Harry that he can kind of remember being there, but it's just never enough. It was the happiest time of his life, and he can't even freaking remember it. It's almost twisted how it works, and the pure feeling you've poured into it is so poignant. 

Very well done, my friend. I can't remember how you placed in this (you should modify your summary to say so), but it is seriously awesometastic.

I heart you, as usua;, 


Author's Response: Hey you!

I do feel a lot for Harry. That scene was one of the saddest in the series. How would it be, going to your home and not remembering enough? :-(

Thanks for the review.



Bare by Northumbrian
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 13]

All I ever wanted to do was fit in and be normal. I wanted friends, a nice boy, marriage and kids, the usual stuff. It wasn’t much to hope for.

Fighting a war can leave scars, and you can't always hide them.

This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for the Madam Pomfrey One-Shot Triathlon - Round Two: Minor Canon Characters, Prompt 1 (encounter with a mythical creature).

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 4648 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
04/21/10 Updated: 05/05/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 06/30/10 Title: Chapter 1: Bare

Hello, and good day to you, Neil!

I should be ashamed of myself, but this is actually the first story of yours that I’ve read on the archives. It’s really a shame, I must say, because you really are very good. When I’m on my next fic hunt, I shall most definitely look you up.

This is a very fascinating character portrait. You’ve taken Lavender, who we only know as a silly girl who fangirls Trelawney and likes Ron far too much for her own good, and given her a life and a body and an existence. Sure, it’s a tragic and unenviable existence, but I can’t help but admire her attitude. She knows that her moral fibre is not quite intact, and I think that’s what I like about her the most. She gives a damn, yet she doesn’t. I know it sounds contradictory, but it’s really the only way I can think to say it.

I, too, ship a tragic Seamus/Lavender, so I greatly appreciate how you built her reactions to the weddings of not only her friends, but her former boyfriend, as well. It was a bit of a twist to find out that she dumped him, not the other way around. I would be very interested to know why she did that. That is, of course, unless you’ve already got a story about that or a plot bunny waiting in the wings. If that’s the case, then I can’t wait to find out.

Your portrayal of Harry is interesting. One of the things that we noticed about Harry is that, when he’s focussed on something (or someone), he rarely thinks of anything else. As you said, he is observant, and one would have to be to qualify as Head Auror, but his focus on Ginny is very in-character. I consider myself very in tune with Harry as a character, so when I read your story, I get a very good feel for the person that I know to be him from it.

I find it interesting that you called the random Muggle bloke either ‘Dave’ or ‘name might be Dave’. It really shows Lavender’s worldliness. She understands that most words are only that, and more often than not, not much truth can be found within them. It makes her soul seem very old, though she is actually young in body. I think this is also a damned good characterisation bit on your part.

Another brilliant aspect is the almost robotic way that Lavender references her potions. She mentions carrying contraceptive potion and hangover potion like it was old hat, which adds to her sad, party girl exterior. Just the casual way she thinks of these things makes me feel bad for her and what she’s allowed herself to become.

In terms of style, I think the use of present tense, while okay, probably wasn’t necessary. I do think that first person is a must in this case, due to the intimate nature of the portrait of Lavender, but there were times that I just could not wrap my head around the present tense. By no means does it detract from the wow factor of the story (it won the CC Triathlon for a very good reason), but I’m not in love with it, either.

I found one small error in spelling. It’s a common mistake, but since you’re a ‘Claw and all, I figured you’d probably rather know than not.

It is a wonderfully strange bathroom, slate grey tiled walls, floor and ceiling. It is lit by over a dozen discrete spotlights in the ceiling.

You’ll be wanting to use ‘discreet’ here. ‘Discreet’ means ‘judicious in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature’. ‘Discrete’ means ‘apart or detached from others; separate; distinct’.

Well, anyway, back to the fun part. I really enjoyed this story and this look into a character’s inner self, and I’ve always been curious about her. I’m really glad I picked this story for my review, and I hope that I get a chance to review for you again. You are a wonderful writer, and your prose flows very well, making it great for a late night read (which this is, at least for those of us this side of the pond).

Take care and happy writing!


Author's Response: Jess Thanks for the review Lavender is a Gryffindor. She may be a bit silly and boy-obsessed (though I think that her ignoring Ron and her comments about washing facilities in DH show a more mature and mischievous side to her character) but she’s brave and determined, too. My take on Seamus/Lavender is (or will be when I finally get around to writing it) Ron/Lavender in reverse. He’s keen, she wants to end it. I’m working on a Battle of Hogwarts one-shot which will expand on this. Harry – in my storyline (all of my stories are interrelated) the events of this chapter take place on the same day as the events of First Sight, a Harry/Ginny story. Lavender is 24 years old at this point, is that young, or old? My Dad would say very young, a fourteen-year-old would disagree. I was trying to make Lavender a little unlikeable, but also sympathetic. This story spurred me to write a sequel of sorts (Moon) for the OC part of the challenge. It was written in haste, and I think that it shows so I’m currently rewriting it. I’ve now written several first person present tense stories. I find them easier to write than first person past tense, though I know that not everyone likes to read them. I should really try my hand at a first person past tense tale. Discrete/discreet – oops, I’ll change that. Thanks for the helpful and constructive review. I hope to hear what you think about some of my other stories Neil


Acorns by Equinox Chick
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Bill Weasley is overjoyed when Fleur tells him she's pregnant. As the eldest of a large family, he can't wait to be a dad. But as the baby grows, a small seed of fear grows too. Bill is scared and he's not sure who to turn to.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. That shouldn't come as a huge surprise.

Thank you to Hannah (coolh5000) for beta'ing this fic and to Natalie (hestiajones) for letting me play with Bill for a while.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for Round Two (Minor Characters) of Madam Pomfrey's Character Clinic Triathlon.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2764 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
04/29/10 Updated: 04/29/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 04/29/10 Title: Chapter 1: Acorns

Hello, and good afternoon, Madam Carole! I’m glad I got first dibs on reviewing and reading. It makes me feel exclusive and all.

All of that aside, I really love character driven pieces, and this one is a gem. Everyone usually turns to poor, single Charlie for the angsty post-battle characterisations, but I love that, even though Bill is happy, he has very real and very legitimate concerns about both himself and fatherhood.

Fleur, as you have characterised her, is just about perfect. Even the way you wrote her accent, I could just…hear it, and that’s fantastic. You could just tell that she was the same woman who loved Bill because of his scars from Greyback, not in spite of them. She cares about Bill so much. For example:

“I am seven months pregnant. Ze risk from ze Floo is minimal. And I do not intend staying ‘ere, when zere is a party at ze Burrow. Besides, ‘Arry is bringing leetle Teddy, and I know you want to see ‘im again.”

Her main reason for wanting to go to The Burrow is because she knows that Bill wants to see Teddy. As you mentioned in the piece, she is not as selfish as she sometimes sounds in both canon and fanon. I really like that you made us all see the Fleur that Bill fell in love with, not the one that made Molly and Ginny call her Phlegm.

When Teddy was scared by Bill, it was definitely a lip wobble moment. His favourite nephew (well, at that point, his only nephew) was afraid of him, and I don’t think there are many feelings in the world worse than that one. I can sooooo see him grumbling under his breath for a beer. I would probably have done the same thing. It was such a small detail, but it was so humanising. It adds to the overwhelmingly believable nature of this piece.

Your Molly was a complete win. She was being so very Mum the whole time, from worrying about Teddy wanting a fang earring to just knowing that her son was troubled. It seems like she was perfect to me, the way you built her character. In particular, this was excellent:

Molly snorted. “All children are scared of their parents.” She smirked at him. “Especially their mothers. How do you think I kept you lot in line? Although, it didn’t quite work with the twins ... or that sister of yours. And I never did get you to cut your-”

It’s just so seamless and perfect, the way she slips into mother mode (I believe you know what I mean by that). One thought about the kids brings a veritable avalanche of thoughts and observations about all the rest of them. I can just tell that she was doing this, in part, to put him at ease a bit. I also think that she knew what was wrong the whole time, and that she brought Teddy for the specific purpose of alleviating that ill feeling of Bill’s.

And then there’s Bill. He’s just so very real and three dimensional, from the very beginning and his desire to have a big family, up until the end, when he’s worried about scaring his own child with his scars. Now, we didn’t get to meet Bill very much in the books, but your portrayal feels so very right, especially with the concept of this story and the events that take place in it.

The part where I felt that you captured Bill the best was when he was drinking the Firewhiskey before bed.

“Merlin, Charlie, where the hell are you when I need to talk?” He rubbed at his eyes and drained the glass. His hand reached across to the bottle, but something stopped him. He couldn’t get drunk in case Fleur went into labour. Whatever his fears, he had to be there for her. Taking a deep breath, Bill walked out of the room to join his wife.

I’ve always pictured him as responsible and wanting to be there for everyone, especially for Fleur. When he really would rather drown his concerns with proverbial beer goggles, he does not, because he realises that it is his duty to be ready for Fleur when she really needs him. That reminds me so much of Bill, who transferred from his ultra-cool dream job of a curse breaker in Egypt to do a desk job, just so he could fight for the Order and protect his family. It’s very Bill, and sometimes details like these are what separate a good fic from a great one.

This story read, top to bottom, so very well. I could read it aloud, and it just rolls off the tongue. Your overall style, as always is superb in this aspect. You capture conversation and narrative so well and so realistically. I could search all day to find something odd or not good about the way you’ve written this, and I wouldn’t find anything. I know you consider this much too fluffy, but to be honest, it’s not half as fluffy as you think it is. It’s very real and poignant, and it’s a complete success of characterisation. I’m not even going to say that it’s ‘in my opinion’, because it just IS that good, whether you think so or not.

Your canon facts are, of course, impeccable. I know we chatted on AIM about the timeline of Victoire’s birth in relation to Teddy’s age, and as usual, you were right on the money. I guess I don’t really think of those two very often, as I tend to go for the younger Next-Gen characters, but you’ve made me think of Bill and Fleur in a way that I had not. Is that not the point of character pieces, to make the reader think of the protagonist in a new light?

There is one thing about which I am curious. If Fleur is seven and a half months pregnant and there is a party at the Burrow, then what was the party for? If Victoire was born on 2 May, was three days late, and the timeline was a month and a half before that, it would put the date as about March 14, give or take a few days. Are there any British only holidays in that area, or was it someone’s birthday. It’s too early for Easter (which is the Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox), too early for Teddy’s birthday, and I doubt St. Patrick’s day is on the list of celebrated holidays for the wizarding community. Perhaps you could enlighten me. My curiosity won’t shut up until I either know or just make up an answer.

Anyway, in closing, I really admire how much care you took with this piece and making it believable and powerful in that real life, this could happen type way. It’s got that quality to it that just makes me believe that it really did happen this way, and you used your normal Jedi mind trick insight into the Potterverse and made it work so wonderfully.

Adieu for now, and this was a great read. I hope you’re proud of it, because it’s really quite nice.

VERY sincerely, 


Author's Response: Reason for party is because the Weasleys like having parties - ha ha. No, the reason was that it was a get together to celebrate Teddy coming back from his trip with Andromeda. Well, that's what I had in mind. I should clarify that, perhaps. Thank you so much for the review. I'm particularly pleased that you picked up on Bill being responsible and not getting blind drunk when he wanted to. He has fears, but he's ultimately a responsible guy and he loves his wife so would not have got steaming. OH, and how I dithered over who he was going to talk to. It was nearly Ron ... I mean RON! What the Montezuma was I on when I thought that? Molly should have been obvious ... and I do like the old battleaxe. Thanks again ~Carole~



There is a memory; a lake and a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine. There is a boat drifting off into the distance.


This is a companion piece to The Colour of Distance.

I strongly advise you to read that first.

Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 2650 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
04/29/10 Updated: 04/29/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 11/22/10 Title: Chapter 1: And the embers never fade in your city by the lake.


You know, I've read this story on three previous occasions with the full intent of leaving you a proper review, but each and every time, I've been smote of my ability to properly articulate.

There is just something about your writing, Jules. Something in your words and rhythm and style and writer's soul that robs me of my ability to speak in any other language but squee. I mean seriously, I apologise in advance that you will probably never get a SPEW review from me because of this, but I can't help it. You simply stun me.

Iwill admit that I died a little inside when Hermione refused Harry's advances. I wanted to cry and rant and scream at her through my computer screen to give in, to be wrong, to be an unfaithful wretch. I suppose it's a by-product of our mutual delusion and your fantastic ability, but it was cruel of you to torture her so and, vicariously, me as well. I just... gah. Amazing. You'd think, after all my failed attempts, that I could speak properly and tell you everything that was amazing about this story, but I'm far too ridiculously in love with it to do so. 

Wonderful work, lady, and have a lovely evening!


Author's Response: Hehe and here I was thinking that you didn't like this fic XD I admit that I also died a little when writing this. It felt like a betrayal but for the universe that the fic is set in, it seemed inevitable. I couldn't think of any other satisfactory way to end it. The way the two came together in The Colour of Distance was far too... flawed, I guess, for any happiness to come from it. They love each other and yet they also love other people. I'm obsessed with guilt. I have to blame that on a high-school English assignment on literary themes. I chose guilt and ever since then it seems to creep into everything I write. It's just fascinating how people deal with guilt and the way I see Harry and Hermione dealing with it turned into this. Anyway, thank you so much for the review! It means so much to me that you enjoyed this. And I don't mind not receiving a SPEW review from you because you're awesome anyway :)


Breaking Rules by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 12]



How easy it was to break them.

All it took was a smile, a few good conversations, and some daredevilry on your part to take risks and do the impossible.

A birthday present for my e-bestie Jess (ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor), who always manages to make me laugh without even trying. Happy Birthday, love!

DISCLAIMER: Not J.K.Rowling. All characters belong to her.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 1196 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/01/10 Updated: 06/02/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 06/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: For Her.


You're the bestest e-bestie on the whole planet. Rose/Scorpius = heart heart heart.

I lurve you, Hestia the Bestia! That has a nice ring ot it, doesn't it?



Author's Response: Hahah! Was it too fluffy for you? :P I debated Harmony for a while, but as I'd already done one for you, I switched to Scorose.

Glad you liked it.


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 06/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: For Her.

Oh, and Carole, I don't mind birthday wishes on the review page. You can, by all means, beat me to it. Long day at work, plus a nap right'd have had to wait forever. lol


Summary: Draco Malfoy stood in front of the mirror and studied his reflection closely. Flicking some invisible dust off his shoulder, Draco was satisfied. He knew he looked the part; it was just that the guests didn’t know which part he was playing.

Draco Malfoy is about to get married. The wedding has been planned for months, a union between the class of the Malfoys and the new money of his bride. His parents are delighted.

But Draco, possibly for the first time in his life, is about to defy them.

I am Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry in The Weddings Challenge - category Surprise Wedding - in the Great Hall Challenge.

Thank you so much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story in record time.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I'd love to be, but alas, she has far more talent.

Categories: Draco/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 4258 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/01/10 Updated: 06/01/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/16/10 Title: Chapter 1: Runaway Specials.

Ah, a Malfoy/Greengrass wedding... though yours is far less crude than mine. I've had this on 'Teh List of Doom' for a while now, and when I saw that you'd recommended it in the Drastoria thread in FJ, I decided to follow the link etc.

I will admit, my lips were twitching in amusement in the beginning, mostly because I already knew that Daphne was going to be the jilted bride. I just love how the 'sorry you won't get your wedding, but enjoy the party anyway' part went down. Draco was just so... almost smug as it was happening, because he was the ONLY one in the whole building (including his desired marital partner) who had any inkling that this would happen.

The wedding ceremony itself was great. I liked all the little details about a Celebrant (I must look into that, btw) and the tradition of holding the wedding at the bride's family home. It adds a lovely air of 'yeah, this sounds like how it should happen'.

I already knew about the impromptu wedding participants in Hogsmeade, so there was no surprise there, but it still managed to strike me as ultra-ridiculous from Draco's POV. Only he could have the sort of rotten luck it would take for one to have Hagrid and Mundungus as witnesses, not to mention Filch officiating. I did however love love love Hagrid, being the sort of papa bear making sure that nothing seedy was going on and that they really just wanted to be married.

All in all, charming story, and I'm glad I followed the yellow brick road and clicked the link. Ta for now, dear.


This review was brought to you by the Ravenclaw Order of the House Elves. :D

Author's Response: Ravenclaw have and Order of House Elves - how sweeeeeeeeet! I hope you pay them. *frowns*

Jess, thank you very much for the review. It was, as you said, a ridiculous situation for Draco to be in, and I'm glad you enjoyed Draco's discomfort. We write very different Astoria's but I think our Draco remains the same - snarky little s*** that he is. I think once I'd decided they'd flee to the Hog's Head, the next ridiculous step to Filch and Hagrid was a given. Just the worst wedding possible, but he gets his girl. And Daphne gets Goldstein - hee hee.

Thanks for reviewing ~Carole~


The Clarion Call by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: A poem written in honour of those who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, May 2nd, 1998.

This poem won the Last Line Standing Challenge at Poetry Anyone. :) It also won a QSQ for Best Poetry. Thanks to Carole (Equinox Chick) for beta-ing this.

DISCLAIMER: Not J.K.Rowling, though I wish I was. Haha!

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 145 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/01/10 Updated: 06/06/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 11/01/10 Title: Chapter 1: For the Heroes of Hogwarts

Congratulations, you QSQ winner, you!

I could have sworn I reviewed this story already, but as I apparently haven’t, it gives me an opportunity to extol this poems many, many virtues in a more coherent fashion, as this will be about the… sixth(?) time I’ve read it.

As I participated in the same challenge, it is more amazing to me that you were able to take that seemingly vacant slew of words and craft something that could possibly eclipse Burns’s original version of the poem. The language is just so very gorgeous and descriptive without falling over the edge of melodrama, and that is so very you.

For instance:

All those different paths
Must cross, for it is too costly to shun
Your brothers and sisters; hold them to your breast,
Let all house rivalry be done.

This is just…wow. It’s so beautiful and poignant, yet it is also straight to the point, showing your second-person subject that it is either fight with your friends or become the enemy. It so resembles the spirit of the DA and how it knows no social boundaries. So very well done.

And this:

But run and hide, and you would have err’d -
In times of war, a privilege you cannot have;
So, do not fear! There is time still –
Shed blood now for love; and you, tomorrow shall easily forgive.

Insert-squee-phrase-here. I love how this stanza tells the subject that the choice is either fight with the certain chance of death or be damned by the future. That takes the stanza that I first highlighted and says, “Yeah, I was suggesting, but now I’m just telling you.” It conveys the urgency and the necessity of fighting for the side of good so very well. Go you for taking such simple words and packing so much heavy meaning into them.

There really isn’t much to be said about the structure of the poem, as it was basically dictated to you by the nature of the challenge, but it works very well with the length that this poem would require. Even the words from the Burns poem seemed to fall into your lap. There is so much that is innately perfect about this piece, from the flow to the title to the word choice that negates the need for a thesaurus. It is almost as if the subject’s conscience is talking.

I can’t say enough good things about this poem, and it did truly deserve to win a QSQ. I believe in it, or I never would have nominated it. You, Miss Nataladita, have such a gift for poetry, and this stands as a monument to the legacy that you are slowly building on your author page.

It is truly a privilege to be able to read your work on a regular basis, old and new. Take care, and happy writing.


Author's Response: *kicks self*


Sorry for being the epitome of tardiness. >.< Will it be better if I say I was blown away by the awesomeness of the review that I went into shock? ; )

Bet you can see through my oiliness, though. : (

That was one hell of a challenge, wasnt it? I basically wrote this poem in a sort of desperation for (a) five points, and (b) just the fact that I love PA challenges. I wasnt very confident at first, but it was Carole who convinced me to post it.

What I really mean to say is, it is still a pleasant surprise when people tell me that they love it. I put my bet on I Am Shame for the QSQ as well, but it seems you were right. :D You prophetic QSQ nominator, you! (I, on the other hand, seem to have pained quite a number of people with my nominations.)

Im so happy you caught the gist of whatever I was trying to imply in this poem. That is the highest reward any writer would ever get. Really fantastic review made, and though Im saying this so late, it made me go nuts with the happies when I first read it. Still does.



A Birthday Kiss by Liandrin
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: Ginny had seen him at the bar, laughing with his mates. She didn’t even know that he was capable of laughter, or having mates.

Dedicated to Draco Malfoy, since it’s his birthday today (June 5th)! ^^ Happy 30th!

Categories: Draco/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 1399 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/05/10 Updated: 06/08/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 06/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: A Birthday Kiss

Ah, so the mystery of the 8 ball us revealed. She just would get a spell like that from Gred and Forge (lolz).

I really like how Draco acted. He was normal for him, but just abnormal enough to show that intoxication makes him do things that he would never normally contemplate in his dizziest daydreams. You kiss Ginny. Or even want to kiss Ginny.

Very nice, and I'm glad you decided to post the full version of this drabble, because it just shows so much more than the 500 word version.



Author's Response: Jess, I told you it'd be rubbish, but it was better than my drabble.

I think my creativity and my weak attempts at dialogue and prose are spiralling down the drain! Lol. I find it funny that this one-shot has more reviews than The Hunt, and I don't even like this one-shot. It's funny how the stories you often love never get the love you want them to receive. (Gah, I'm not making any sense this aft').

I am happy that I didn't write Draco OOC. Of course he had to be drunk in order to want to kiss Ginny! Lol!

Thanks for the review, Jess.




The Charm of Deception by Gmariam
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. ~Oscar Wilde
A bitter look back at two lovers and a marriage of responsibility and duty.
This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw and I am writing for the Great Hall Wedding Challenge, Surprise Wedding Prompt.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Strong Profanity

Word count: 2019 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/06/10 Updated: 06/06/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot


Your lack of emails saddens me, so I decided to pop in and knock a story off my reading list. 

You know, I can't even properly describe just how much Lucius's view of marriage in this story reflects my own. I know we both shall forever disagree on this, but I basically think all the same stuff that he does in the beginning.

That being said, I really do like the voice of Lucius in this. Though I'm not sure I buy him marrying his preggo mistress instead of dumping her or worse, I do feel like his cynicism was proper for who he would be after DH. I'm sure not a whole lot would feel warm and fuzzy after everything, including marriage and fatherhood. We do know that Draco revered his father, but we never really saw that reciprocal side of Lucius until they were desperately seeking out Draco during the Battle. I don't think that part is really reflected in your story as is, but in the context of it being a few years later, maybe it wouldn't have to.

Anyway, I shall spare you the rambling and get back to my ultra crappy Ravenclaw drabbles. I shall see you soon (I hope). Heart


Author's Response: HAHA! I can't believe this story is on your reading list. Now it has two reviews. I wrote this in the middle of my the James/Lily entry that just about put me under. I think we had some good late night conversations around that time. I really needed a break from fluff. I'm glad you thought the voice turned out well. I was particularly pleased with it myself. Regardless of whether this might have actually happened, I tried to write something bitter and somewhat snarky enough to at least make it plausible. It was sort of fun. I can't see Lucius giving any warm fuzzies away, so I certainly avoided any of that, even if we saw him racing after Draco in DH; for all we know, he was just scared silly of the Dark Lord or following his wife, after all. Hm, interesting idea. Anyway. Thanks for reading this odd little thing, I appreciate the review! I shall read your Ravenclaw drabbles soon! ~Gina :)


Through The Veil by the opaleye
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]


It didn’t seem possible. He had been standing before her merely five minutes ago, but now he was gone. She stared up at the empty archway. He had mentioned voices, but there was no sound. Someone was holding her, pulling her arm, calling for her to run, but she couldn’t move. Where had he gone? Where had Sirius gone? Why weren’t they coming back?

Ginny thinks back to that fateful night in the Department of Mysteries—the night she lost Harry Potter.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Substance Abuse, Suicide

Word count: 1176 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/14/10 Updated: 06/14/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 11/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: That night seemed so long ago.

I remember this from its original state. In that one, weren't they in Spain? I would be curious to know the reason behind the change, unless I'm being barmy and it was Greece all along.

I love how you use colour to add life and substance to a fic.  It's like your keys are paints and your fingers are the brush, casting their vivid slashes across the page to spin a story worth knowing. One thing is for certain, and it is that you got your thousand words' worth out of this picture. The emotions in it are simply stunning.

Well done, you. :D


Author's Response: Okay, I just noticed your reviews! I'm still getting no automatic notifications from MNFF so I wasn't ignoring you! Anyway, yes, originally in the SBBC drabble they were in Spain but when I was doing the re-write I changed it to Greece. The point for them being in another country was to hide from Voldemort's forces in Britain. Spain just seemed far too close for that. Greece is a lot further away and so it suited my reasoning for the setting much better. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Jess!


By the Duck Pond by jenny b
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a girl called Anna Samuels. She was a red-haired Muggle-born with a penchant for dancing and ducks, and according to Albus Potter, she was the most beautiful girl in the world.

This is the story that Albus wouldn't tell Rose; the story of what happened at Teddy and Victoire's wedding reception.

The Potters had always had a thing for redheads, after all.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 3550 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/16/10 Updated: 06/16/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 06/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw, this is lovely. :D

I love the idea that they snuck out for a stroll in the moonlight and ended up lip locking. I love Albus, so I love when Albus is in love. Anna is such a delicious character, not to mention a perfect bestie for Rose. To me, she's the culmination of everything that Albus wants to be but isn't. I think that's why they're such a wonderful pair. 

I'd leave a better review, but at the moment, I'm reading on borrowed time. Awesome story, Queen O' SPEW, and I can't wait to delve into A Moment, A Love. 




Memento Mori by Liandrin
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 18]

Summary: Past Featured StoryI suspect Potter always imagined himself dying honourably in battle or saving some poor sod’s soul. He didn’t. And for that I was smugly appreciative.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 3140 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
07/12/10 Updated: 07/17/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Memento Mori

Ooh, I can't believe that I almost forgot to read this! I simply adore the simple, unadulterated perfection of Draco. You've seen him in so many states and so many ways, but being dead is a new one. Harry is enigmatic, but it just seems more so because of his natural inability to explain things. He always was bollocks at that. :

I simply adore everything about this story, and the ending left me with the impression that you could at any time keep it going to show some of Draco's choices and paths. It would be fascinating to see where he goes from there.

All in all, very good story, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it to read. Heart heart heart,


Author's Response: *grins* Thank you for such a gushing review. ^_^ I do feel that this story is somehow incomplete, in the sense that I could add to it, like you suggested. If I ever get the inspiration, I might turn this into a short chaptered fic. It would be interesting to see the choices Draco makes--and who he meets along the way (Snape, Lucius, Dumbledore, etc). I am thinking about doing a Harry/Snape companion piece to this: Harry's first experience with death...and Snape. Lol. So many plot bunnies! Well, I know that if I do intend to pursue them or expand on this one, I have you and Gina to turn to for guidance. ^.^

Thank you again. ^_^



I Am Shame by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: The war is over and people are rebuilding their life, happy and sad and grateful. But what about Draco?

Written for the End of an Era Challenge at PA (WON FIRST PLACE! YIPPIE!), and nominated for a QSQ for Best Poetry. :D Thanks!

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 184 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
07/25/10 Updated: 07/30/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/30/10 Title: Chapter 1: I Am Shame

Oh, lordy, I love this poem. I think I told you that, but I'll gush again, just because this was your first read/review. :D

I think that this bit is my favourite:

You and he and she and I
Will always remember
I was His servant.

It just expounds the finality of what he had done and that there was no taking back that tattoo on his arm. The last stanza, in general, was wonderful, but those lines were ultra-fantastic.

I really like how you rehashed all of the horrible things that he had seen while under Voldemort's thumb, plus what had come from that. 

In the first stanza, when you say 'A mask
Blown asunder.' it just makes me think of how Draco's life had been such a delicately crafted ruse of making others think that he was in control, that he was strong and well-connected. Of course, it was nearly all lies, especially considering the toll that the war and servitude to the Dark Lord took on the entire Malfoy family. Then again, I shall not weep for Lucius, as he did steal Legolas's hair. That's just not right. :D

Anyway, lovely poem, and I'm excited to review first. I heart you, milady, and I hope your weekend without internet isn't too long a wait. I shall miss you!

Hearts and stuff,


Author's Response: "Then again, I shall not weep for Lucius, as he did steal Legolas's hair. That's just not right. :D"

*lapses into a fit of the cackles*

Thank you for such a detailed, delicious review, Jess. Whatever you said was what I intended to convey, and hoped for the reader to grasp. :) As you know, I didn't go away during the weekend. >.> But yay for the R&R again.



Waking by the opaleye
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Past Featured Story

He cannot bring himself to think the name. There is a glimpse of red. A laugh. A fumbled apology. A friendship.

How a death may change a life or two.

Winner of Best Non-Canon Romance in the Quick Silver Quill Awards 2010

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Sexual Situations

Word count: 2380 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
07/27/10 Updated: 07/28/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Waking.

Ooh, I love it when Ron dies, because that means that Hermione is freeeeee. :) (yeah, I'm not morbid or horrible at all)

Seriously, though...luv luv luv. The use of present tense just seems to catapult me into the moment, into what is being felt by Harry. It also gives me a sense of kinship to his situation. It's like I'm there, inside his head, hearing his thoughts, his guilt, and his pain. It's quite an extraordinary experience.

I do have to say that I am a (tiny) bit confused. I'm pretty sure that the girl at first is Hermione, but I'm not certain. She could be Ginny, but I don't know for sure. Perhaps you could enlighten me, or at least point out the obvious so that I may facepalm myself later.

I'm in love with Harmony so very much right now (I've been writing!), so this piece is just a little booster shot to my resolve to get it written and out there.

Completely lovely, as usual. Heart you, Julia Greenleaf. :D

~Jess/Overlord/That Bitch 'Cross the Pond

Author's Response: Thanks, Jess!

The girl is Hermione all the way through - when Ginny is mentioned it is Harry thinking back to their days together during his sixth year. \o/ I hope that isn't too confusing! Her presence all the way through sort of indicates she is the same girl from the beginning. But perhaps I should have made it more clear!

I really love using the present tense. I find it more interesting and more emotive - for my writing style anyway. As you said, it really puts the reader in the moment and when I'm writing I feel like I AM the character - in this case, Harry. Again, thanks so much for the review :)

Julia/Middle Earthling/Elven queen/ummmm, the nerd from the bottom of the world XD


Before I Forget by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Sometimes, the visions are mere flickers “ hazy and muddled. Sometimes, their clarity shakes me out of the limbo. But I’m always sure it is him I see.

I’d have loved to tell you the whole story, but you see, I cannot remember much of it.

Thanks to Kara (Karaley Dargen) for her wonderful beta-ness. :) And Carole (Equinox Chick) for 'Warwick'. ;)

DISCLAIMER: Everyone/everything you recognise immediately belongs to J.K.Rowling. However, the first names of the Death Eaters (except the main characters) aren't canon. The pairing, of course, is mine.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Mental Disorders, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 6754 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
08/05/10 Updated: 04/27/11

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 08/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Love

Yay, the Slash of Doom is finally here!

First off, I will admit that I may or may not have raised a brow at the pairing. It just seemed so very random. However, after reading the story and the scenarios and circumstances that you put forth, it just makes so much sense to me.

Now, I’m guessing that these ruminations of a love past are taking place during Rabastan’s stint in Azkaban. Do correct me if I’m wrong. That would explain to me why he’s having trouble remembering—because of the Dementors.

Your characterisation of Rabastan is phenomenal. You have taken a character that I didn’t give a crap about a half an hour ago and brought him to life. Now, he’s a clear picture of darkness, calculation, and a prototypical Death Eater. Just the way you portray his thoughts and emotions was very vivid and poignant. I felt like I was going on this journey of self-discovery and uncertainty about things along with him.

Regulus is different than I had always imagined. I normally had pictured him as a boy so eager to distance himself from Sirius that he was sucked into a life that he didn’t fully know until it swallowed him. This is quite different. You show him as cunning, cold, and brooding. He knew exactly what he was getting into. He wanted it. It will be interesting to see how you deal with that aspect of him once you get to the Horcrux part. I’m sure you have something deliciously ebil planned.

Snape is an interesting character here. He’s a very minor character so far, but you have him nonchalantly breaking up fights. He does have that air of being like that, which might come into play later in the story. I do wonder if he’s going to play a larger role down the line.  

One part in particular did fascinate me, and that was this:

“Very. I expect Evan would be jealous if he heard.”

“Why so?”

“Are you seriously asking me?”

“No. I’m rather thankful he is too inebriated to come after us. Over-eager and a terrible conversationalist.”

So, did Rosier have a thing for Rabastan, or am I reading this wrong? If this is the case, then it just adds that much more to the differences between Rabastan and Regulus. Rabastan had no idea, but Regulus, ever sharp-witted, was surprised that Rabastan was so clueless. If there is a bit of unrequited Evan/Rabastan, I would be interested in seeing a bit more on it, or at least hear your side of the story at some point. I’m sure it all has a backstory in your head.

The meeting in the locker room was astounding. Regulus was just so calm and collected, whereas Rabastan was addled and on fire within. They make the perfect match of opposites. Just the way that Regulus listed all the things that Rabastan had thought no one else had known was great, and it was even a bit charming to watch Rabastan’s reaction. He was confused, hurt, and alarmed all at once, which lent him the aura of a little boy who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and was not doing very well in denying it.

Rabastan’s feeling of dominance and comeuppance during the kiss was interesting. It wasn’t a kiss of love and lighter emotions at first; it was payback and passion and subjugation. This is what Regulus meant about the real Rabastan, and this was him. From there, Rabastan got to discover a new part of himself that he probably would never have met otherwise. He became familiar with what it was like to show tenderness and affection, and it was profound to him. That is one of the things that I adore when I read any kind of stories, and that is the feeling of awe and wonder when one has learnt of some sort of personal truth.

All in all, this is a great start to your epic chaptered fic. It’s a story of love, of hate, of longing, of anger, and of all sorts of passions. You captured your characters well, and both they and their stories really came to life. I can’t wait to read more, and I do hope you plan on updating regularly.

/update monster moment

Take care, O Hestia the Bestia, and I look forward to chatting with you later!


P.S.—I have a minor thing to point out that you might want to fix. In this part:

It wasn’t long before I realised how much I had begun looking forward to those rendezvous.

The word ‘rendezvous’ is French, and it would properly be pluralised as ‘rendezvoux’. That’s it. :D

Author's Response: Is that what I think it is? A SPREVIEW? *flails*

Ha! I am so happy I managed to convince you. :) Yes, it does seem random, doesnt it? But thats what I like about it. Its a challenge trying to pull it off, and Im happy you think it is working. As for when this story is writtenahhhI cant dwell much on that now. : (

Writing Rabastan is fun, but tricky. I want him to be cunning, ruthless, and yet nave and vulnerable, too. I didnt want to create a sad hero because he is a Death Eater, and a Lestrange, and he was part of the group who tortured the Longbottoms. He also took part in both wars. Writing him as a tragic hero would take absolute brilliance, but would that be clich as well? I think that is one of the common fanon trends. What I wanted to write was a realistic, unapologetically Slytherin Rabastan, and to hear that you thought Id achieved that made me glow. Not dazzle. ;)

As for Regulus, I believe him to be a confused personality. In my version, there is a part of him which is exactly like what you described: the boy who rebelled against his rebelling brother. There is another part of him which is not so reckless: he must have been pretty intelligent, cunning and daring himself to do what he did as his final act of redemption. Also, I feel his relationship with his older brother is very complicated, and thats how I want to portray it.

Snape ahh! What a fun character to write. Hehe! I think Voldemort always valued Snape; Voldemort doesnt seem the kind of person to forgive any random Death Eater who pined after a Mudblood. We see Snape as a petty bully when confronted by the Marauders, and Harrys mates and Gryffindors. But I think he was different with the Death Eaters. They seem to admire and respect him, and they do it grudgingly. I do have a few plans for him. *rubs palms*

Youre right. Rosier did have a thing for Rabastan, but Rabastan being the generally apathetic person he was, he tended to ignore the other boy. And this love triangle will have a huge part to play in the coming chapters.

Oh! Your praise of my locker room incident makes me do a He got off! He got off! dance. That scene was so difficult for me to write, not necessarily because of the sex (you know how easily those scenes come to me *cackle*) but how their interaction builds up to the moment. You also felt exactly what I wanted the readers to feel, so YAY for me.

I intend to finish this story, Jess, I do! Lol. Seriously. : ) Thanks for the FANTASTIC review and encouragement and the Frenchpick!



Promises by Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak x
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: Past Featured StoryPromises.

In the Battle of Hogwarts, Tonks has nothing left but promises to keep.

I'll be back. I promise.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 2431 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
08/07/10 Updated: 08/08/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 08/09/10 Title: Chapter 1: Promises

Lol @ your chapter notes. :D

This was an interesting portrait of a hidden moment in time. I really like how her mind beats that solid tattoo of 'don't die, don't die'. It really lends desperation to the story. You know how I feel about second person PPOV, and I'm still not sure about it here, but you at least have the gift of being able to remove the repetitiveness from it that makes it intolerable in lesser hands. 

Very sweet story, my dear, and a very good return to the Most Recent list. 

Love you bunches!


Author's Response: Jessssss *squeeshes*

Thanks so much for the review! I do see what you mean about the POV, but you know me, I can't help but write things in 2nd person these days :P

Glad you enjoyed it! Loves you too :)



The Seven Potters by Gmariam
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 21]

Summary: Past Featured StoryHarry is about to leave the Burrow for the final time when his six doppelgangers give him something to think about. Set during book seven and based on the chapter of the same name, but having little to do with it, really.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill award for Best Humour story.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 1888 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
08/09/10 Updated: 08/09/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 08/10/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Seven Potters


This was so freaking funny. I don't think I have words for just how funny. I think my favourite part was when they were trying to figure out who RAB was, and AngstyHarry misspelt. It was truly a beverage-thru-nose moment. I think I probably spent the entire story laughing. Maybe, even if the Audiofics are on hiatus for a few months, perhaps Madam Caroledemort could record it for you just because. It would be so freaking funny to listen to this madness.

A+++, Twin!!!



Author's Response: Triple A-plus - wow, thanks! I'm glad you found it so funny! Thanks for helping me decide on the Harrys to use. I had fun with this and am really glad it turned out as well as it did. It would be sort of amusing to hear read aloud, I think. We shall see. Thanks for reading it, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)


Out Of My Life by xxbabewithbrainsxx
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary: What if Harry didn't break up with Ginny so stoically? My own version of Harry and Ginny's break-up, from Ginny's POV. One-shot.

By the way, I'm not JK Rowling. No surprises there. The only payment I'm getting is reviews! Speaking of which, all reviews will receive a reply!

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 1171 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
08/11/10 Updated: 08/13/10

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hmm, this is an interesting scenario. Had this particular scene not been cemented into canon as something else, it would be completely believable to me. In fact, I had to peruse HBP just to make sure that it was like I remembered it and not thus, so I'd say that you posited a very nice scenario.

I really like tweaking canon to make it better, because there are points, no matter how much we adore the Potterverse as JKR has created it, that certain moments lack luster and the 'wow' they were meant to have. For instance, I thought Harry/Ginny was a stupid idea becuase it just didn't make sense because Harry spent more time pining for Cho freaking Chang than he did for Ginny, and they were supposed to have this great, forever kind of love from that? That's why, even as a Harmony shipper (only in certain situations, as I do believe in Ron/Hermione), I enjoy reading some Harry/Ginny, because good writers fill in those gaps and make the romance make sense. I'm not biased against any ship, really, save for Dramione and Snamione, because 

Your writing is very good, and your grammar/flow/word choice is well done. It's very easy to read and I didn't find any mistakes at all, which is refreshing (and with the amount of reading I know you do, you already know that). 

That's it for now, so I hope this review brightens yoru day as much as yours did for me. Have a lovely afternoon/evening/whatever would be appropriate for your time zone.


Author's Response: Well, actually it's morning down my end :D I'm really chuffed you read one of my stories, being one of my favourite authors on MNFF and a big name on here too. To be honest, this was just a bit of musing and God knows how it got on paper (or computer screen) because now, when I look back on it, I don't know what to think. I know what you mean about Potterverse. JKR said so herself that she's not all that at writing romance. But I do think that H/G made sense because Ginny spend so much time pining for Harry and he was just too stupid to see it. It was only when he kind of realised that she was a girl that he actually started to ntoice her. The fact that you're not a H/G shipper yet still read my story and didn't find any mistakes at all amazes me, because I'm sure that there are loads of mistakes in there. And I don't mind Dramione, just Snamione because I HATE Snape regardless of what he's done. At least Draco's good looking :) Thank you for your lovely review. It made my day! ~Soraya~

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