Summary: Not all Voldemort’s victims were on the side of right.
Over a year has passed since the Battle of Hogwarts. Families grieve, but their dead are remembered with honour.
For Draco Malfoy it has been a year of nothing. Merely existing, he is bound tightly to his past as if enveloped in a shroud, unwilling to accept help. It takes a chance encounter on a cobbled street to jerk him into the realisation that he cannot go on like this. A chance encounter with the one person who has most cause to hate him.
But shrouds, however tightly bound, unravel.
A huge thank you to Natalie (hestiajones) who put her laminated canon card in jeopardy by beta'ing this fic and being very supportive all the way through.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don't mistake us. I just like taking the odd liberty (ahem) with her characters (and pairings)
Nominated for two QSQ's in Best Non-Canon Romance and also Best Post Hogwarts story for 2011. Thank you.
you write wonderful stories. i am looking forward to reading more . i think that draco's characterization is awesome; although he seems a little OOC, you justified it nicely by making him being surprised at his own OOC-ness. Trauma does change people, and I look forward to more description on how Draco changed in the next chapters =)
And Ron is very in-character. His reaction to Hermione's exaggerated article is simply Ron. I was brought back to GoF, where his envy made me turn his back to Harry; and now he allowed his jealousy (?) to let him turn away from Hermione.
Again, I look forward to more =)
P/S - i love most of your stories. am waiting for an update to "High" too! =D
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. Yes, I agree about the OOC'ness of Draco. My excuse is that it's a year after the battle and he's at utter breaking point. This becomes clearer in the next chapter. He is aware of acting OOC as well - hee hee. Glad you thought Ron was good. I adore him but can't believe he could ever get over that jealous streak he has. You may have to wait a while for Hugh, but it'll get finished. ~Carole~
i really like your description of draco and the chicken soup. it was very malfoy to push away anything muggle-made... yet he just hesitated a moment and continued eating, repeating the phrase "it's good". somehow i feel like it hints at so much more (or maybe i just think too much) - like his acceptance for muggleborn and hermione and his willingness to change.
and i hope hermione will be okay soon! i can't believe ron moved on so quickly. sighs.
Author's Response: Oh, hmmm, keep reading ... that's all I'll say about a certain Weasley - ha ha. Thank you for reading and also picking up on the Chicken Soup ref and the fact that he hesitated. he's not there yet - is he? I think Hermione enjoyed that moment. Thanks again ~Carole~
Summary: There are certain indispensable rules in the house of Black. You must stick with purebloods. You must disdain Muggles. You must keep up decorum at all times. You must show off your magic. You must appear to be a lady so a good pureblood boy will want to marry you.
Author's Response: Thank you!
Summary: *”Not if he thought I was the spy, Peter,” said Lupin. “I assume that’s why you didn’t tell me, Sirius?” he said casually over Pettigrew’s head.
“Forgive me, Remus,” said Black.
“Not at all, Padfoot, old friend,” said Lupin, who was now rolling up his sleeves. “And will you, in turn, forgive me for thinking you were the spy?”
“Of course,” said Black, and the ghost of a grin flitted across his gaunt face…*
Those words, spoken between two old friends, lead one to wonder why two friends could have ever suspected each other of being a traitor. What could have happened once they left school to make them distrust each other?
**Quote is directly from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Chapter 19 – The Servant of Lord Voldemort - page 273
Everything you recognize belongs to J. K. Rowling. I am just thankful to be able to play in her world for a little while.
This story is dedicated to Carole. She gave me the prompt to inspire my muse again and without her, I think my muse would still be in hiding. Carole, thank you for bring back the voices in my head. And your invaluable Brit-picking.
I must also thank Bine for doing a quick and valuable beta job for me on this. Muse wasn’t interested in making sure it was all correct, she just wanted to write.
Nice. The ending seems a little rushed, but it's a good story. Love the biscuit loving baby Harry~
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. The next chapter picks up from Remus' departure from Remus' perspective. What fifteen month old baby doesn't love a sweet?
Summary: I was eleven years old when I first heard about Hogwarts, but my faith told me everything about that school was evil. This is the story of how I reconciled my religion with the truth about what I am.
oooo... this is an interesting start. very intriguing.
1) for the awesome story, i'm totally hooked. a boggart to reveal to michelle that she's a witch! her fevered response to it, snape's curt tone..... you wrote it very nicely. i am curious though; why did amanda and snape disappear? to go to greenhouse 4 while michelle was in greenhouse 3?
2) very quick updates. i have never seen a story get updated so quickly! i'm loving it!
thanks and keep up the good work! love your writing~
Author's Response: 1) That is indeed why they disappeared. :) 2) I have the first eleven chapters written and posted on FFN. I regret to say that my updates will inevitably slow down once the already-finished chapters are posted.
After being hit squarely in the chest by Molly Weasley at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bellatrix Lestrange wakes up lost and bewildered. A victim of the little-understood Bebitched Curse, she is transported through space and time to the ultimate gated community in a sunny climate. The people around her seem to possess an uncanny knowledge of the world she left behind, but none of them can work magic. Worst of all, she herself seems to be turning into a Squib. As she struggles to find her place among the very people she most despises, Bella slowly realizes that a land which reveres the magical world learns to work it own brand of magic.
Come join Bella in her voyage of self-discovery and social commentary. The Muggle world may never be the same.
genius! the reactions of the people around there were on the dot- i know i will do that if i met "bella" in the theme park. will you make bella venture out of hogwarts and hogsmeade and into other parts of the park? i would love to see bella encounter a dinosaur =p
Author's Response: Thanks for the warm praise! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying my take on Bella’s tribulations. Her horizons will definitely be expanded in the next act and she won’t be too happy about having to reshuffle her view of reality.
Considering how many ferocious creatures Voldemort’s been courting, Bella might not be as perturbed by a close meeting with a dinosaur as you would think. I can just imagine her commenting that they were “the result of a hopelessly moronic Muggle breeding program that had turned a majestic dragon into a cumbersome land-bound beast and robbed it of its incendiary capabilities. No wonder the creature she encountered was surly and short-tempered.”
Summary: The seven women who loved Ron Weasley.
this is so sweet and sad.
Author's Response: Thanks!b
Summary: Percy Weasley meets Penelope Clearwater.
fits percy well. very nice. =)
Summary: Hermione finally realizes Harry was right about Draco all along.
this is awesome. i think that draco might opt for cigar rather than cigarettes - only coz he seems like the kind of guy who will opt for "high-class". it's also slightly weird how hermione recognizes the brand immediately, but beyond that - awesome. very well written. the final part where she appeals to him was poignant, as well as ending the story with "Obliviate!". very nice.
Author's Response: I did consider using cigars instead of cigarettes but he's a teenager and I didn't see him running around with cigars while trying to fix the cabinet. I did choose a brand of cigarettes that is considered high-class. Also, let's just say that Hermione recognized it 'cause her father smokes or something inanely similar to that. Lol. Thanks for reviewing!
Summary: The Boy Who Lived discovers that he may not have escaped the Final Battle unscathed after all.
this is so so so sad =((( i'd like you to know that i rarely cry, but this was so moving that i cried. a big part of ginny died with harry, right? i find the use of the second-person perspective oddly apt. maybe it's just in my twisted mind, but i think ginny stopped being herself when harry turned all fragmented due to that spell. =(( i was reading the notebook today, and there was an element that echoed with this story (alzheimer's), but this was so much sadder. brilliantly written, but oh so sad! ='(
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. It is sad, I know. I always sort of thought Harry wouldn't survive the seventh book. He did, but there had to have been consequences. This was one of them, and possibly the worst. I'm glad you liked the second person POV, since it just came to me like that and had to be that way. Thanks again for the review, I really appreciate it! *hands over tissues* ~Gina :)
Summary: It is Christmas Eve 1998, and the Magical World is shakily celebrating the first Christmas since Voldemort’s defeat.
For one, though, there is no reason to celebrate. Draco Malfoy sits alone in his room refusing to join his parents as they try to regain their social standing.
He does not want to see another Christmas, but he reckons without a redoubtable figure from his past.
My name is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff, and this story has been written for prompt four of the Great Hall Christmas Challenge over at the MNFF Beta Boards.
Thank you to Natalie for a quick beta job on this – anything to get her away from Rabelais, I guess.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don’t confuse us.
The scene with Narcissa made my heart drop. It is very touching~
Author's Response: Thank you. He does love him mum after all. ~Carole~
Summary: If you knew that the consequence of doing the right thing might be torture, or even death, would you still do it?
This story was inspired by something Neville said in passing. “…And then Michael Corner went and got caught releasing a first year they’d [the Carrows] chained up, and they tortured him pretty badly…”
This is the untold tale of an unsung hero: Michael Corner.
i would like to have a "like" button to push a hundred times. this is very well written, and you did a good job in making filch humane =)
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it so much. I am flattered that you think it well written. And Filch... Filch needed to show that he wasn't a soul-less vegetable sometime. No one ever seems to consider what Filch's reaction to the Carrow's regime at Hogwarts was.
Thanks for reading! And for reviewing!!
Summary: It's Christmas Eve, 1998, and Harry Potter is throwing a pity party. You could argue that Harry Potter is more justified than most in throwing such a party. Severus Snape, however, would be inclined to disagree with you.
I am LilyLunaPotter of Hufflepuff submitting to Prompt Four of the 2010 Great Hall Christmas Challenge.
while the ghost of christmas is a much used topic, i find your choice of ghost to be very cool. no one can be as terse and no-nonsense as snape. and i love your choice of memories. i'm waiting for the next chapters! =D
Author's Response: Thank you! The ghost of Christmas idea is actually part of the prompt on the forums for this challenge, but the idea to use Snape was mine. I'm glad you like it! ~LiLu
Summary: Draco Malfoy pushes Neville Longbottom a step too far. AU.
brilliant. absolutely brilliant =D
Summary: A woman of society, Astoria Malfoy nee Greengrass, has been brutally murdered - is it the money, revenge, or mindless rage? Any of those motives would automatically result in suspecting her husband.
Chief Investigator of Manslaughter Squad, Auror Potter is personally in charge of the investigation, but it is Ginevra Weasley, a rookie Auror of Morality Guard, who brings in the man Potter is looking for – Draco Malfoy. (Character death is for the murders, nothing really tragic will happen to the main characters and 'professors' rating is for violence in the epilogue, nothing more sinister.)
i don't like the idea of draco killing his wife, but this story is very intriguing. keep writing please!
Lily Evans is pretty, intelligent, vivacious… and accused of murder. James Potter is privileged, arrogant, and conceited… and her best chance at avoiding Azkaban. If only he wasn’t convinced of her guilt.
With a war looming in the background and evil slowly seeping into the wizarding world, seven years of secrets unravel, and two very different people find themselves caught up in a battle against privilege, intolerance, and greed.
But even in the darkness, and even in the despair, there is still friendship, and love, and hope.
i like your writing style =) the way you ended your chapter is very powerful.
Author's Response: Thanks! I hope you continue to enjoy the story.
Summary: How would you react if everything you had always believed impossible turned up in the centre of your family?
A series of one-shots narrated by Muggles whose sibling, lover or child turned out to be a wizard.
damn. how many times have i heard people saying that Harry Potter is Satanic? you hit the nail on the head alright. awesome story.
Author's Response: I wonder how many of those people have read Deathly Hallows? It isn't exactly a subtle or hidden message...
It was the worst news a father could receive: his son was marrying his worst enemy's daughter.
But for Draco Malfoy, being in the role of the reasonable parent was in itself a debacle as he tried to make the best of a bad situation. But when circumstances forced him to spend more time than he ever cared to with the most irritating Mudblood on the planet, he constantly questioned his sanity, as well as that of his son.
However, Draco might have come to realise that things change, as well as people. Is Hermione Granger Weasley the mad bint he remembered, or were they both a little different this time around?
This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance.
This story has also been nominated for a 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Humour Story.
happy birthday elene! =)
story's fabulous, and i can't wait to read the next chapter!
Author's Response: The next installment should be up either later today or early tomorrow. The birthday girl eagerly awaits. :D
It was going to happen eventually: Oliver Wood had to retire. But when the decision was made for him, he allowed himself to be tricked into grooming his replacement. However, coaching proved to be a completely different animal, especially when the untried and unbridled Roxanne Weasley pushed his limits every step of the way.
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance.
happy birthday carole~!
Author's Response: Message sent. :)