Summary: While walking by the lake Harry discovers an ordinary bottle floating in the water with something extraordinary inside it; a letter from an unnamed Hogwart's student that will change Harry's life. The magic of the bottle makes it so only those with true love in their hearts can open it. As always, please leave a review
The First Letter, the Lily/James prequel is now on the site.
AWWWW This is the best fic ever!! So cute! I'm looking forward to reading the others!! :p
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I am sure that I do not deserve such an awesome compliment, but it is greatly appreciated none the less.
Summary: This one is about our good friend Severus Snape. For obvious reasons, he’s hasn’t been feeling too delightful lately, and his thoughts throw him into a spiral of fear and guilt.
Came across this on the main page...congrats on being runnerup for QSQs! This poem deserves it :)
I'm not very good at poetry critique...but I think that the rhyming and imagery in this is fantastic. The intro sets the scene really well and the ghostly, sinister atmosphere is maintained throughout the poem.
I love the rhyming couplets in italics, they enhance the 'fear' element really well.
A great poem. Well done!!
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I\'m glad you enjoyed the poem, always good to hear. Don\'t worry, no one\'s good at critiquing poetry.
Summary: Hermione and Draco - an unlikely pair - go from intense dislike to true love in this story.
This is a short but very good first chapter!
Summary: Merope Gaunt has what seems like a flawless plan to get Tom Riddle to love her. She has everything worked out to the very last drop of Amortentia in his glass each morning. Watch as a country called Romania and a celebration of love takes it's effect on this 'perfect love.'
Written as a Term Challenge: Holidays Abroad submission for Slytherin.
A very well written prologue to a story, well done! I really liked the characterisations of both Merope and Tom, especially your portrayal of Tom as a slightly snobbish sarcastic person. I think this worked extremely well as a contrast to the change in his personality after taking the potion.
One of my favourite sections was the use of 'One gulp down.'...'Two gulps down.'...'Three gulps and... '
This was extremely effective in keeping the reader's attention and expressing the anxiety of Merope herself.
A great prologue... *goes off to read next chapter* :)
Author's Response: Have fun with the enxt chapter and thanks for the review!
Again, fantastic characterisation. The use of Tom's 'pre-potion' morning mood was very effective in showing just how much Merope was relying on the potion, and also how fragile the marriage was, should a single mistake be made.
Going to Romania is a lovely twist to the story. I like the descriptions of the mountains and the scenery, which are also a good way of laying out the romantic atmosphere Merope is trying to create.
Overall a great chapter! I especially loved the line: [i]Amortentia so far had been her dearest friend. It helped her get her greatest desire, but sometimes it also felt as if it was tearing her apart. [/i]
I think it basically sums everything up.
Author's Response: Thanks for picking out that line; I also especially like the way I compare things. I\'m glad you like it.
An excellent ending to the chapter. The story is progressing very smoothly and the ending of this chapter further increases the sense of forboding that I'm sure I'm not alone in starting to feel!!
I'm liking the characterisation more and more with every chapter! Merope's character is understandable as she is feeling both protectiveness and guilt towards her husband.
I also like the descriptions of the amulets, and the way that Tom wants to make one for his wife. Its interesting to see these things from a slightly different perspective...a great idea!
Anyhoo... *will go r & r next chapter!*
Author's Response: Thanks, I love my Tom and Merope as well. They\'re both just such great characters, and I\'m glad you like them. Thanks for the review!
Aww I almost feel sorry for Merope, she's so convinced that things are going to work out when we can see/know that it won't.. *sob*
I like the way that Tom's character has subtly changed, even without the potion. He is no longer violent and cold, just grumpy. I think that this works quite well, in leaving us to guess that maybe the potion has a more lasting effect than we thought?
I also like the way that everything in this story seems to 'knit' together, in that the timing of Valentine's day coincides and works well with the fact that this is also the day that Tom loves Merope the least.
A tiny bit that I'm not quite sure of the meaning of:
"Merope cleaned up, and put away the dishes as she normally did, but noticed the new expression on Tom’s face as he watched her. It was not an expression of love or admiration, but one of contempt. Maybe he was happy here after all?"
This seems to me to be a contradiction, as if he feels contempt for her he cannot be happy? Don't know if its just me being slow today....ignore that...
Author's Response: I\'m glad that you noticed the slow chanrge in Tom, as I tried to make it slow so that it didn\'t jump out at you but was still noticable. Thanks for the review!
*shakes head* Its sad, its tragic, but we knew it was going to happen.... and your descriptions and characters were exactly right again!! Well done!!
I like the way that Tom's character changes again, expressing his anger and contempt at being hookwinked.
Just a quick typo in the last paragraph..."he took once last glace" should be glance. :)
Author's Response: I think I\'ve gotten that correction a million time so far, but I never manage to change it. But thanks for the review!
The description in this chapter, especially of the weather and the snowdrops is absolutely gorgeous, as well as being appropriate to the situation, and a pleasure to read.
I like the way that you have furthered the impact that an absence of magic has on her. The language barriers are also very realistic.
A teeny (kind of) nitpick...the day before this, Merope was having massive morning sickness pregnancy problems, and she seems to be absolutely fine..just thought that might be a bit unrealistic, though obviously her throwing up doesn't really match the sad-yet-descriptive mood of this chapter...just thought I'd point it out anyway...
*goes off to read next one*
Author's Response: Pfft, yeah. I added in the sickness to ease into the pregnancy thing, and then once that was over I srot of dropped it. Whoops. Hehe. But thanks for the great review!
A fantastic ending to a very moving chapter and a great story. *sniff*
Once again, I'll pile on the praises for your characterisations of these two people!! I like the fact that Tom and Merope meet again. Although this Tom, who gives Merope money, isn't the angry, violent Tom that we know, the gesture nevertheless works, as it shows how much people can change...I also like the portrayal of Sara, showing that maybe she does have a heart!
The alternating scenes of orphanage/Merope's past worked very well in keeping the pace of the story flowing and constant. I love the way that little things that you have added in tie in with little bits of canon.
Overall, a great fic! You're a really talented writer! I'm off to read some of your other fics now! *grin*
Author's Response: Thanks for all your compliments; you\'re a great reviewer! And yes, I have an odd love for switching back and forth between past and preasent. You\'ll see that in other fics as well.
Summary: Lemon Drops is a short story about a young muggle woman working at Biddle's Sweetshop in Little Whinging. Late one night, on the very day that Harry Potter became "the boy who lived," she recieves a strange customer...
Reviews are welcomed and valued!!
First of all, congrats on being nominated in QSQs! I came across this fic there so thought I'd check it out.
This is beautifully written. I love the way that you have taken a simple aspect of the canon and elaborated on it in such an interesting way.
The use of first person in this works really well, and Tiffany's descriptions of post-war London are fascinating to read about from the "muggle" point of view.
The ending in particular, was very well written. I think that you have summerised Dumbledore's manner and the way that he affects others, exactly right!
Author's Response: Crazy Purple Harry Potter Freak, thank you and thank you again! Gosh, I don\'t know what to say, the news that I was nominated in QSQ\'s didn\'t reach me until I read your review. I\'m speechless!
Summary: Before beginning his final quest for the Horcruxes, Harry makes one last stop to close one last door: Number 12 Grimmauld Place
Wow! This is really well written. I like the idea of the portrait; though does this mean that Sirius could come back, like in Fate? You should expand this!!!
Summary: This was written for magicalmaddie331 of Hufflepuff House for the Valentine's Day Covert Cupid Poetry Exchange.
Harry wonders just how he can send a Valentine's Day greeting to Ginny without raising suspicion.
Awww thats so adorably cute!! Such a sweet little one-shot, well done!!
Author's Response: Oh! Thank you so much!!!
Summary: Warnings: the following poems may contain sarcasm, witty repartee, little black dresses, and Inter-Office Unity events.
That was very different to anything else that I've read! Very refreshing too! I love the way that it starts off my allowing us to believe that the two of them actually hate each other. My favourite part is –
"Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Poetry is annoying,
And so are you."
It seems so childish and yet so “Malfoy” at the same time. Great poem! I’ll be sure to check out your other stuff!
Author's Response: Thanks! As a devoted D/Hr shipper, I think I had more fun writing this than just about anything else- I love it when they bicker like six year olds. *grins sheepishly* And that really is my favorite part too. Thanks again!
Summary: Viktor Krum is getting ready for his Quidditch game the next day when he receives an urgent owl from Hermione. He drops everything to go to her, but was it worth it?
Written for the Valentine Challenge, February 2006
Aww thats really nice! This is the first Hermione/Krum thing I've read and its really good!
Author's Response: I\'m really glad you liked it; I have one more work in progress that you might like to view sometime - Intriguing. this one is handy, though, and thank you for the review.
Yay! Thanks for updating so soon! Can't wait to read this chapter....*squee!!!*
Author's Response: dont thank me, thank my beta! *squee*
*hopes chapter is validated sooon...* :D
Don't know why reading that chapter title just made me go (in my head, obviously) "Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes, Don't want to be a richer man...Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes"
*wanders off humming*
Author's Response: LMFAO!! I am so trying not to laugh out loud. Its gone midnight, the parents are trying to sleep... Anyway. I hope it gets up too! I have two beautiful betas who do wonders with my obsession with commas, so *hopefully* this chapter isn\'t in too bad.
This is the first of your work that I've read and I'm so glad I stopped to read it!
This first chapter sounds really promising, and I can't wait to read the rest!
It sounds like a really good intro, and I really enjoyed the way that you've portrayed each character. It's very JK-ish! Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: WOW! Thank you! JK-ish? i dont know about that but thanks!!!! *Squee*
Cool chapter yet again...will go read the rest. I hope we find out more about Voldemort and the Order in the next chapter!
Author's Response: thank you!
I really like this version of the story! I hope it continues this way! :D
I'm really glad that Harry has told Remus now, and I also think that you've gotten Remus' character spot on. I loved the bit where Harry saw that Remus had confidence in him..awww
One of my fave lines in this chappy has got to be 'he looked strangely like a red headed, freckled fish out of water' ...made me laugh!!
There was just a little bit near the start where they are having breakfast that I thought got a bit to repetitive...but the rest of it was great! :D (and I love the idea of Bill's present..)
Author's Response: I think I came up with that line when I was on a suger high or something....lol. I have to admit I had loads of help with all the preasents, so that was all me.