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. :)
Summary: Albus believed in the greater good. Tom Riddle believed in the right to survive. Aberforth believed that he could save them both.
this story is getting more and more delightful. i wish that albus had stepped in and stopped matthew before tom went overboard, because then at least amy would still like tom. argh. but you hit the nail right on the head with aberforth's analysis of albus: "This moment, you want nothing more than to prove that he is a murderer in making." i like how you make albus begin to see his prejudices and favoritism. i guess even the best of wizards have flaws. great chapter as usual, and i look forward to reading more =)
Author's Response: Hi again! It's great to hear that you're liking the characterisation of Albus. I hope he stays true to form in the coming chapters and doesn't end up sappy! I hope to update soon! Thank you for telling me what you thought of the chapter :)
ooooh this explains every question i had in the previous chapter! again, i think you understand dumbledore's character very well. of course castle albus would take time to research the oddities before acting. excellent characterization again! i am very amused, by the way, by the deference albus gives to castle albus.
p/s- thanks for the clarification about aloysius v alastor~! having abraxas malfoy as a kid in this chapter also helped with putting the timeline you are working with in context. =)
Author's Response: We shall have to see how quickly the deference becomes exasperation and indignation. Albus might be older, but he is still very prone to sulking when things don't go his way...discreetly, of course! It's great to hear that you liked the chapter. I hope you continue to enjoy the rest of it too. re: p/s - my fault! I had sent poor Albus tumbling into a strange timeline and didn't have the good sense to put a short note about the relative age of characters. Sorry if that muddled things.
albus seems a little different, but it's really nice to see him more human. i like your characterization of the young tom riddle a lot. he seems pretty adult every now and then, but i really like it anyway. please continue writing! i look forward to updates! =)
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and talking, Littlewolf! I hope that the characterisations hold true to the plot in the coming chapters and that you will enjoy them too! Updated now :)
Another great chapter! The plot is thickening and things are definitely getting very interesting... Moody and Bode's responses were so hostile! Granted, Tom almost killed Ollivander and speaks Parseltongue, but they had immediate hatred rather than surprise. I don't like Bode already. And while I usually hate/fear snakes, I feel bad for Hero T.T
Thick emotions: very fitting.
Castle Albus seems too aloof and too unconcerned for Aberforth. Did you write him to be still too young and much less wise about the world? How can the great proponent of "love" be so unloving towards his brother? =(( Still, the "lemon drops?" suggestion at the end was 100% in character and super awesome.
Great chapter again =) Little nitpick: unless that Moody is not Mad-Eye Moody, his first name is actually Alastor.
Author's Response: Hey, hello! I'm glad that you liked the chapter :) I'm glad that the lemon-drops suggestion at the end of the chapter works! I've been trying to delineate the characters of Castle Albus and old Albus in the coming chapters and I hope that works... I am not too fond of snakes myself. Ranks right next to frogs in my book. Aloysius is Alastor's Dad :) I was thinking that Alastor (Mad-Eye) might be at school around the same time as Tom Riddle. I'm too sure about Alastor's canon age, though.
Summary: A poem of a bride's thoughts on her wedding day- I'll let you guess who it is!
"when you offered to rescue the house elves, and I knew you’d changed, knew you’d do anything for me; before I kissed you for the first time" - definitely hermione ;) nice poem~
Author's Response: Thank you so much for R & Ring, m'dear! It means a great deal to me.
Summary: Ron decides to leave the Ministry, and the reasons catch Hermione by surprise.
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah that's pretty much sums up my response to this story. i laughed really hard at the "Apparate across Europe Muggle thing". How apt!
and this - "It's the nature of the bureaucracy to consume vast amounts of paper for no reason whatsoever."
Best. Line. Ever!
Author's Response: I am so glad someone liked that line!! It seems true to me, anyway, lol. Thanks so much for the review. I'm really glad you enjoyed this and thrilled you had a few laughs. Thanks for reading!! ~Gina :)
Summary: Sirius loved her more than life itself but never spoke of her. This is why.
AWWWWWWWW. i have goosebumps by the end of the story, in a good way. very very nice!
Author's Response: Exactly what I was going for! Goosebumps for littlewolf :)
Author's Response: Exactly what I was going for! Goosebumps for littlewolf :)
The funeral of Andromeda Tonks was a strange affair, thought Lily Potter. It was hard to understand how so many people could send her off into the next life yet seem to mourn her so little. Or maybe it was just a stark reminder of what it truly meant to die.
But someone understood how she really felt, if only just a little.
This fic is a sort of sequel to one of my other stories, All the Time in the World. It's not necessary to read it, but allusions to events do occur.
And how about a Happy Birthday to Olivia/Apollonious! :D
happy birthday olivia!
this, by the way, is a beautiful story.
Glad you like it, and thank you for both the birthday wish for Olivia and for reading. :D
Summary: "It's really rather tooth and claw. Most things want to bite or sting or kill you," Gloria Greengrass tells Winston Flint, as they walk through the woods together after Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy’s wedding.
Shortly afterwards Gloria is found murdered. As the Auror Fabian Prewett begins to question the suspects, he finds himself asking who would want to kill a fifteen-year-old girl?
This is welshdevondragon of Gryffindor writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt number two
Due to the current MNFF glitch, I have changed the rating to 3rd-5th years BUT this is a 6th-7th years story, and therefore should be read as such.
fabulous. simply fabulous, albeit sad. i love your portrayal of regulus, and bellatrix is rotten to the core. "She did not understand the look of horror, quickly replaced by deep sorrow, on her uncle’s face. He should be pleased that the brat had been disposed of, not upset." is such accurate description of bella. i don't like her, but you did an amazing job with her characterization.
poor gloria, poor winston, but this is such a fantastic story.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you! I don't seem able to write happy stories (sorry) though am trying to. And Regulus has always interested me, so I'm glad you liked him, and thought Bellatrix was completely in character. I've said before that I have far, far too much fun writing her, even though she's evil. Thank you for such a lovely review! Alex
Summary: Key events of "The Resilient" seen through the eyes of Draco Malfoy. One-shot, spoilers abound. Again: do NOT read if you haven't read "The Resilient" yet. You have been warned. :)
you're making me fall in love with draco, wretched as he is, although i'm supposed to dislike ferret-boy. you're an awesome writer. =D
Author's Response: Thank you! All through "Resilient," he was this incomprehensible mess. It was nice to show his side of things here. :)
Summary: As soon as he saw her, Draco knew she was the one. But Astoria wasn't like any girl he had ever met. To get her, he would have to become something beyond who he was. He would have to get his life back in order and change for good.Written as a birthday present for two fierce lawyers of Ronald Weasley - Amanda/ahattab33 and Lori/WeasleyMom. Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. Winner of the 2011 QSQ's Best Canon Romance Story (Chaptered)
the arrogant and the superiority complex of draco never fails to amaze me. but i like that you're making him feel humility. and it's also really funny how he was adamant he didn't want to marry the witch... and then pretty much get infatuated with her the second he sees her. hah! XD XD
i like your portrayal of astoria, partly because i think we need a strong, opinionated woman to help draco find redemption and humility. i look forward to reading more. squueeee? hehe.
Author's Response: I'm amazed when people say they like book-Draco. He's such an arrogant and cowardly little prick. However, redeemed Draco, or redeeming Draco is something I enjoy to write as well as read. If done the right way, of course! It's great to know you're liking Astoria. I hope you'll like her in the later chapters. :) Thanks for the review!
Summary: Once upon a time, a young Hungarian patriot came to Godric's Hollow, where he met Albus Dumbledore. Before Ariana and Nurmengard, before wand and war, there were two boys who loved lemon-drops.
so sad but so beautiful... the part where gellert "surrenders" rather than allow the elder wand kill albus was so poignant and heartbreaking. i'm not typically a fan of same-sex pairing, but i think you just converted me there.
Author's Response: Hello again! I'm very happy to hear from you again. I hadn't intended to do a conversion, my apologies, but isn't it a grand thing to hear anyway? I'm thrilled! Very glad to hear that you liked the story and the part where Gellert surrenders is one of my favourites too.
Summary: As Albus' parents wave him off from Platform nine and three-quarters they are happy in the knowledge that their son's time at Hogwarts will be a far less trying one than their own. However, in due course, Albus will discover that there are those who would wish differently. As Albus and his friends Rose, Frank, Effie, Theron, Xander and the mysterious Tristan make their way through the year they slowly discover who is friend and who is foe and most importantly, that not everyone is as they seem...
i like the direction of this story so far. i hope you update soon! =)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review :) I hope you carry on enjoying it
Summary: Scorpius Malfoy is the Seeker for Slytherin. Not only that, he's the best Seeker at Hogwarts, and it's his catches that win matches. But this year things are different; Albus Potter has switched to Chaser and the new Gryffindor Seeker is his annoying little sister.
This is the story of how one match and one missed catch can change your life.
This story was accidentally deleted, so is being resubmitted ... very very quickly.
SQUEEEEE! High won the Best Next Generation QSQ award. Thank you so much for the everyone who has helped, either by beta'ing or encouraging me.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I'm not sure who I am at the moment, but there must be some Arthur Weasley blood in me.
Thank you Natalie (hestiajones) for doing the vast majority of the beta work on this, and Apurva for work on the early chapters
Squish for Natalie, Jess, Kara and Bob for helping me sort this out.
Due to an archive hissy fit regarding any story with a rating about 3rd-5th, I have temporarily lowered the rating on this story. However, I have NOT changed the content. This story is still a 6th-7th. You click at your own risk.
i'm sorry you lost all your reviews! this is a fantastic story, and i really enjoy it. i like how scorpius gained the approval of andromeda (when she treats everyone else with disdain) - and how it allowed him to interact slightly more with rose and albus. i also love how you allow fred and scorpius bond over an attempt to break rules *grins* it's interesting that scorpius was still so affected by an incident that happened almost ten years ago - i look forward to reading more about this quirk of his, and of course, more development in his relationship with lily =)
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. I was very sad and frustrated to lose all the reviews, but it was my own dumb fault. The incident affects Scorpius because he hadn't remembered it, but what with his grandfather dying, and hearing his last words all the memories of how his granddad wasn't that great are starting to surface.
Thanks again and I hope you stick with the rest of the story ~Carole~
Summary: Summary: A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet
Merope is covered in bruises -- inflicted psychologically, physically and verbally. But to what lengths will she go to escape this?
This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Bannermakers’ Hall Challenge. The banner used was Bruises -- they cover you -- Merope Gaunt, made by the very talented lullaby BANG/Jess.
:D This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angsty. Thank you! ♥
i agree that this story is too good for only two reviews, so i'm going to go out of character and review. i think that your story is brilliant, and i really liked how you used the various definitions of bruise to illustrate your scenes. the final section, heal, where merope decides against killing herself for her baby, was very touching. it's too bad she decided against living after the baby was born; maybe we would've had a nicer tom riddle if she survived.
fantastic story, and you explored the darkness and complexities of the gaunt family well. very nice =)
Author's Response: Hi there! Thank you for your review -- I really appreciate it. Sorry this isn't a longer response but thank you!
Summary: Stuck in the Manor and bored nearly out of his mind, Draco Malfoy hatches a plan of questionable legality to acquire some company.
donkeyfly is awesome! i love donkeyfly already. draco is rather nutty in this story but i love this portrayal. i like the shred of humanity you gave draco when hermione *almost* lost control walking through the manor. it was a beautiful, redeeming moment.
but how did pansy get together with ron? would you write a fic on that (or do you already have one?) i'd like to read it! =D
Author's Response: I've always shipped Pansy/Ron when I ignore canon. I like his hot-headed temper against her icy cold (for lack of a better word...) bitchiness. I think they have a lot of potential for friction, though I have yet to attempt to write them! Maybe someday! So glad you liked this story. Crazy!Draco was such a blast to write, as was Hermione's forced calm. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!!!
Summary: Then I saw Mum and Dad’s faces. It was the first time I had ever seen our father cry. And just like that, my already shattered heart split again. You broke our father, Al. Even Voldemort couldn’t do that. Dad looked like someone had stabbed him in the stomach, then twisted the knife for good measure. He and mum, they raised you, raised you to be strong, and you let them down. You failed them. You were a coward. A coward who broke our father.
that was awesome. it would be fantastic if you could please add a story to explain who killed albus and why, and how they managed to get to albus (in harry's own house no less!). please! thank you!
Author's Response: I kind of like how it is part of the mystery. HE is really powerful, I guess, and I guess even I don't really know. I might try a companion one-shot, or maybe a longer one, I dunno. Thank you so much for the review! Ellie