Penname: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor [Contact]
Real name: Jessica
Member Since: 08/29/09
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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

Any questions or comments about my work? Please shoot me an email at: tobeornottobeagryffindor@mugglenet.com — I'd love to hear from you!


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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
Published:
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 -
Rhythmic,
Halting,
Smooth,
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!

~Jess



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
Published:
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;, 

Jess



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.



Natalie.

 

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

Summary:
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
Published:
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!

Jess


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
Published:
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, 

Jess



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~

 

Summary:

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
Published:
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.

*lipwobbledamnitfieuponeverythingsob*

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!

~Jess



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]

Summary:

Rules.

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
Published:
06/01/10 Updated: 06/02/10


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

*sniff*

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?

*hugs*

Jess



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.



~Natalie.

 
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 away...you'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
Published:
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.

Jess

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
Published:
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.

~Jess



Author's Response: *kicks self*

Jess!

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, wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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.)

I’m 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 I’m saying this so late, it made me go nuts with the happies when I first read it. Still does.


~Natalie

 

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
Published:
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 know...like 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.

Cheers!

~Jess



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.

Cheers!

~Lia

 

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
Published:
06/06/10 Updated: 06/06/10


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

*poke*

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

~Jess



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]

Summary:

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
Published:
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

~Jess



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
Published:
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. 

*hugs*

Jess

 

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
Published:
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,

Jess



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. ^_^

~Lia

 

A Fitting Memorial by h_vic
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: The world changes, but one thing stays the same – every year, a week after the Final Battle, the DA still meet to remember those who fell. For Michael Corner, this means seeing his best friend's girl, which becomes more complicated by the year.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 5655 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/18/10 Updated: 07/26/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/26/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I read this story mainly because I haven't given the minor characters' post-battle lives too much thought. I mean, I've thought about it, but not in the depth of this.

This story is amazing. Seriously, aft to stern, it is just such a heart-wrenching, thrilling ride through the eyes of someone who is more screwed up than any one person should be. There are just too many awesome things about the story to list them individually.

First off, the idea that they all keep meeting, even though most of them don't want to go, just seems fitting. I'm sure it's not unlike yearly memorial services for some war vets in our world. But the idea that they owe it to their comrades to be there would keep them going every year.

I completely get the idea of the initial hate/hurt sex between Michael and Lisa and how it became a sort of addiction. It's just incredible that you could take such a complex set of emotions and write them so well and so believably. It can't be easy to put yourself in the shoes of someone who's been hurt so badly and so deeply to portray it so well.

I do wonder, however, what happened between Anthony and Lisa in the end. Did they get married at all? It owuld be sort of screwed up if they did, what with Michael's child, but I'm assuming they did. I also wonder if Michael ever found someone, or maybe he got back with Lavender.

All in all, this story was a brilliant piece of characterisation and 'what if'.  I feel like this is a legitimate scenario for the 19 years, and it makes me feel a bit closer to characters that would otherwise have never crossed my mind. Thank you for that. :)

Take care and happy writing,

Jess



Author's Response: I do love writing utterly screwed up characters, and Michael is just such a delightful mess here that my evil muse thoroughly enjoyed toying with him. I do love writing the minor characters because there's just so much scope for 'what if'. It's funny, the Michael/Lisa dynamic didn't feel complex to write even though the emotions are such a mess. I guess perhaps it's easy to relate to a situation where you just keep going back to something that's so bad for you because it's human nature to cling on to things, and we've almost all been there in some form at sometime even though the specifics are different, I'd have thought. You know, it had never occurred to me that Lisa and Anthony could end up together, because I just thought of him as the supportive friend who may have had just a little bit of an reciprocated thing for her, but it would be the perfect screwed up ending if they did. Funnily enough, in my mind Michael doesn't end up with Lavender because by the time they have their heart-to-heart, she is with (and stays with) Seamus, not because she's head-over-heels for him or anything but because it's safe and familiar (not that I overthink background that doesn't even appear in the story to much or anything!) Thanks for the lovely review, Jess.

 

The Day Before by h_vic
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: The wheels that set an event in motion start turning long before the moment itself, but for Severus and Lily, it always seemed the day before what the world saw was when things really changed.

Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 3473 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/19/10 Updated: 07/19/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

*lipwobbledamnit*

How sad! How utterly, completely, wonderfully sad! I mean....arghincoherenceisn'tmythingbutgahican'thelpit!!! How do you do that, make me feel like you know canon that isn't technically canon but feels like it and make the rest of us wonder what else you know that we don't?! Does Severus never had an OOC moment in your brain universe? I just feel so much belief in the way you write him in these various scenarios. 

Okay, I suck at this, so I'm gonna shut up now. The out-of-sequence events worked really well, and the fact that you numbered them instead of having to resort to odd progressions in time and italics out the wazoo...very nice. That should alleviate the rampant spamminess that is this review. Actual discussion. Nah, not really. Fail. You win, and Severus isn't a complete bastard. I think Umbridge is my new least-favourite character.

ILY. :D

~Jess



Author's Response: I have a real thing for non-linear stories, but I know that lots of people really dislike them, and this has a fairly odd style to it too, not to mention the present tense, so I'm always a little wary as to how people will take to it, especially as I'm quite fond of it, so I'm so glad you really liked it. Somehow, it felt like the degeneration of their friendship was better shown out of order so that by the time we get to the childhood scene, it feels like it's already doomed when it's barely begun. That you feel like it's unknown canon just made me squee so much. As for whether Severus is ever OOC in my head, it's hard to know because when I write him I don't really feel like I control his characterisation. Someone once described writing Severus as being more like his secretary than a writer, and that feels entirely apt because more than with any other character, I don't feel like I'm telling the story - I'm just taking his dictation. :-/ (yep, writing Severus makes you lose your marbles. I feel the need to do a Severus isn't a complete bastard dance to celebrate your change of heart. :-p Thank you, of course, love.

 

Reinvention by h_vic
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Lavender had seen and done things she hated – they all had – and it changed her, but she needed a little help to stop running from the broken doll she had become.

Categories: Various Pairings Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Suicide

Word count: 991 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/20/10 Updated: 07/20/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/20/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Okay, I'm going to be totally honest. This story was a few things for me: it was weird, it was good, it was interesting, and it was pure fantasy. I'm not really sure what I should say. I liked the portrait of Lavender as a girl who partied and did things that she probably wished she could un-do, and I even liked the idea of her finding peace in safety with someone like Percy. I think what's throwing me off is the idea of Seamus with Cho. It just seems like you picked her to be a random hostess, whereas she probably wasn't the right choice for that. Someone who Lavender knew a bit better probably would suit your purposes more closely, such as her best friend, Parvati, Romilda Vane (who frankly seems the type), or even someone from the class list in Harry's year that was never actually met in the books.

All in all, this was a good story, and despite my reservations about Cho/Seamus as a device, I do like it. This probably wasn't the helpful crit you'd like to receive (I write, too, so I know what that means as an author), but I hope you can get something from this. I like the unique take you have for post-Hogwarts characters, so I'm looking forward to reading more in the future.

Take care and happy writing,

Jess



Author's Response: So finally I have a moment to respond to some reviews. I'll take 'weird' and 'good' and 'interesting' - at least it's not dull or predictable! As you've probably realised by now, my muse goes off on some random and slightly weird little jaunts, particularly post-Hogwarts. As for Cho, in some ways she was a random choice, but then that was part of the point for me that she could be anyone as far as Lavender was concerned, because she probably wasn't the first, and she certainly could be anyone as far as Seamus was concerned, and in other ways she was also a less than random choice, because it all comes back to what we were talking about the other day about Cho being someone who would come out of it all quite damaged, so she was someone I could easily see being a part of the self-destructive lifestyle Lavender and Seamus had fallen into. That said, I can see a definite attraction to using Romilda in that role - I'll have to ponder on whether to change her. Thanks for the review. :o) ~Hannah

 

Lily's Son by h_vic
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: At the start of term feast, Severus Snape watches the first years being Sorted with a little more interest than usual, and a little more regret, as he finds one child’s presence brings back too many memories of a woman he once loved…and betrayed. Even if Severus could forgive Harry Potter for who his father was, forgiving him for who his father was not may be harder.

Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 3480 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/20/10 Updated: 07/20/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/20/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

May I just preface by saying that this story was a brilliant look into Snape’s mind? Because it is—it truly is. Most stories in this category find themselves with an OOC Snape and an even more OOC Lily, who actually loves him. I like that anything resembling that is all a part of Severus’s imagination, and even that ended in hurt and anger—just like the first time.

There are several themes in this story that I truly appreciate in terms of Severus’s characterisation. First off, the fact that you started with his dream, but the dream went awry made me think that you were writing an AU type story. Then I find that it was Sev’s imagination. There are few things that I think Severus Snape ever regretted in his life—possibly only one thing—and that was how things happened with Lily. That remorse even permeated his fantasies, such was its power. Only regret of that magnitude would cause him to dedicate his life to protecting a child that was not even his.

I was a bit surprised when I read that Snape had killed Mary. Usually, in Sev/Lily stories, Snape is characterised as not being a true killer, as a misunderstood, emo, hottie-in-hiding that would never truly hurt anyone (which is why I don’t read this category often, lol). The fact that you retained his personal beliefs and his love for Lily at the same time, it just makes me feel like, “Yes, this is how it happened. This is really Snape.” It takes a lot for me to believe a Snape story, considering he’s not as misunderstood as most would like to believe, but you have me sold on the events of this story. Well and truly sold.

Another thing that rings true about this fic is how reality juxtaposed itself upon fantasy. Something about how the incident by the lake in 5th year overtook what should have been unfettered in his hot!sweaty dreams of Lily and him together is simply wonderful in how pitiful it is. Part of me is happy that he was miserable, because he is a miserable bloke, and Lily’s death was his fault. But the other part of me (I have compassion?! Surely not!) feels bad for him, and I kind of wanted that fantasy to be real for him. I suppose, knowing how the whole story turned out, I want Snape to be happy in a fantasy world that doesn’t include James and Lily’s death. The fact that you have the power to make me question how I feel about Snape, who I consider one of the most unlikable characters to ever touch the pages of Harry Potter, amazes me and makes me a believer in your abilities of characterisation.

The flow of your story is very good, as is the way it reads. Now, I can’t rightly tell whether it is due to your own abilities or because Fresca is such a wonderful beta (and she is), but I’ll just smile and reap the benefits as a reader. The switches between recollection and present were smooth, appropriately timed, and very well-placed. I didn’t feel, when I left a certain scenario, that I was over- or under-informed about the situation. I felt like I knew what you were conveying, what you wanted it to mean to the story, and the normal five-Ws (who, what, when, where, why).

I really don’t know how to describe your diction and word choice other than strong. There are several aspects to the way you write: you write metaphorically, simply, and smoothly. Your sentences don’t end up overlong or too short; they’re just the right length for what you’re saying. That’s so important for flow in a story, and that dimension of prose is so often overlooked. Your angst, due to your style, is not too angsty (which turns into emo), and your love scenes aren’t PWP (porn without plot) or sappy. They’re just the right balance. I hope you know how hard that is to do and how many have tried and failed that very thing in the past. I love the fact that, of all the fics I picked to read, that I chose yours, mainly for that fact.

Well, I’m off now. I really adored this story in just about every way. I cannot, for the life of me, cut through my appreciation of it to find anything I didn’t like. Kudos for that again, because normally there is something that ‘bugs’ me, but there were none of these here.

Take care and happy writing,

~Jess

P.S.—I’ve already recommended your story to an avid Sev/Lily shipper I know.


Author's Response: I feel very proud of myself that I made you feel compassion for Severus! I'll take that as an achievement . :-p I think that actually is one one the hardest and yet most rewarding things about writing him when it works - making stories about him appeal to readers who dislike him. I completely agree that he's far too often written as a 'misunderstood, emo, hottie-in-hiding' (possibly the best description of badly-written!Severus I've ever encountered by the way). I really believe that he killed as a Death Eater and did some other pretty unconscionable things. I think he probably regretted them later at least to some extent, but I think he did them nonetheless. And thank you so much, Jess, for the compliments on my writing style. They put a huge grin on my face.

 

Going Back by h_vic
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: It’s a small town; bad news travels fast.

Spinners End was not somewhere Lily Potter had ever had any intention of returning, but then she’d always tended to put others’ needs above her own, and familiar habits are hard to shake when it comes to old friends.

Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 2026 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/20/10 Updated: 07/21/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Now, I like this kind of Lily/Severus, because it just feels like something that really did happen. The dynamics between Lily and Severus are just amazing. There is the right balance of bile and regret and a bit of something else. They both know that things will never go back to the way they were, but they were indelibly linked via Lily's strange need to be there and Severus's inability to send her away and actually mean it.

Seeing Severus through Lily's eyes is really different. Normally, it's him fawning over her and angsting over being a git and ruining their friendship, even if it wasn't what he wanted between them in the first place. 

Now you've gone and gave me a plot bunny. About Severus sodding Snape. I hope you're happy (haha, revenge on your part, perhaps)!

We will meet again. I'm pretty much banking on it.

~Jess



Author's Response: It's something I really love - the possibility of some form of interaction between the pair of them after the 'Mudblood' incident. This just seemed like a perfect way to do that, because it doesn't change anything - it's just a pocket out of time where Severus needs something only a childhood friend could give him, even if he doesn't recognise it, and Lily's warm heart lets her put aside her own issues in the face of his grief briefly. But then tomorrow, he's still a DE; she's still in the Order; and their lives have to diverge again as if this never happened. I find it interesting writing Severus through Lily's eyes (much more so actually than writing her through his eyes because he has such an idealised view of her that she becomes a little flat), because I think she gives a very honest appraisal of him - she's one of the few people in his life to have thought him worth something and cared for him, but at the same time she's very aware of his flaws too. *tempts your Severus bunny with carrots* Seriously, this is how it happens - I had one bunny, just one, and then Severus never sodding well left; he just took up residence in my head with a cup of coffee and a sneer and started giving dictation and scaring my other plot bunnies away with glares and sarcasm. Thanks, as ever, Jess.

 

The Raven Woman by h_vic
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Ron wakes up alone in an unfamiliar flat with no recollection of the past week of his life and has to attempt to puzzle out who the woman who clearly slunk away in the night was and what occurred between them.

Categories: Ron/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 4859 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/24/10 Updated: 07/26/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/26/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, I love this story, too! If anyone had suggested 30 minutes ago that I would read Ron/Pansy and believe it, I probably would've openly laughed in their face. Now, it actually makes sense.

The details n this story are sensational: Pansy's celeb eccentricities, Ron's reaction to them, and the way each run-in with them made him remember more. It's just so well-crafted, and extraordinarily fascinating. I think my favourite detail of all, though was the llama milk bit. It sounds like one of those gross holistic beauty regimens that a starlet would use, not to mention something that Ron would find daft and unnecessary.

Now, I wonder whether Ron will actually meet up with Pansy. I hope he does (did I just say that?), because it would just seem like a neat ending to such an original story.

Thank you for writing this story and not making Pansy into the stupid cow that most people do. She is a bit...difficult, but that's who she is. I really like what you did with her. 

Take care and happy writing,

Jess



Author's Response: I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and I do love managing to persuade people that the more weird and wonderful ships can work. *evil laugh* There's just something about these two that I could really see working if they could get past the obvious hurdles, and they are a lot of fun to write together, especially given that celeb!Pansy really let me stretch Pansy's spoilt side that would get under Ron's skin at the best of times. I agree though that whilst she's difficult, she's a lot more than that, I think she's actually quite insecure and lonely so she puts on a lot of front, and that's something Ron could relate to. Thanks for yet another lovely review, my dear.

 
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