Hey all! I'm Ellie (age fifteen) and I generally write Next Gen fanfiction. I currently have a few stories underway, and my updating should be semi-frequent, as I always have poetry I can post.
Real Life Bio:I have been playing violin for eleven years (currently working on Symphonie Espagnole by Eduard Lalo), I run cross country,and participate in Science Olympiad and ROV (remote operated vehicle). I'm a huge Broadway geek, though my singing skills are best left to the privacy of the shower.
Other Series/Books I love: Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, The Odyssey, Shakespeare, anything by John Green, Divergent trilogy, TMI and TID, and more I won't begin to mention.
Favorite Pairings: Rose/Scorpius, Teddy/Lily Luna, James/Lily, Albus/Rose, Louis/Lily, James II/Lucy, but I'm open to anything.
Category I mostly write in: I'm a D/A writer as well as Next Gen.
Chased by Daylight: This was written for Maple_and_PheonixFeather, and is my Leddy. It's been nominated for best NG story in the QSQ's.
Humbling Prejudice: Nominated in the 2013 QSQ awards for Post-Hogwarts and NCR, this story features Eloise/Cormac, a pair I was dared to write. Contains heavy literary references.
Waltz of Treachery: A short, sassy Helgazar.
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow: My Albus/Rose, written for the 2013 Cotillion. It's heavily based around the June Rebellion in 1832.
Remember the Slytherins: Working on it.
Yellow Knit Hat & Finding Neverland: My James II/Lucy pieces. The first is not a real relationship (they do not even kiss), but it evolves into Finding Neverland.
Human Debris: This was nominated for best D/A in the 2013 QSQ's, and is a very dark piece based around Albus Potter.
421 Hours: For all of those who enjoyed All That's Left, I have a companion piece. Look for it within the month.
Poetry: I'll post a new poem periodically. (most likely when I have writer's block for RTS or are having it beta-d)
Different Perspectives: From the Beginning to the End by phoenix_tearPatronus
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]
This is crazy717 (Abi) of Gryffindor house writing for the final in the MWPP class on the Beta Boards.
Hey, Abi! I am here to see your final for the amazing MWPP class. (assuming you do not know this already)
I really liked this one-shot. I think it gives a different insight into the Marauders, especially Peter and his sorting. I honestly would have never have thought to have his dad be a Slytherin.
I also really loved how you portrayed Snape and his bitterness, especially in the last bit. My favorite quote would have to be from him. This one:
It should have been me. I was always there for her, I've always loved her. It should have been me.
I felt that it was perfect. It shows his feelings for her, yet it acknowledges that it isn't possible. But the thing that strikes me the most is the raw emotion in that quote. I found it simply . . . magical.
I also really enjoyed your progression of Lily's character, if that makes sense. I think you portrayed the journey from starry-eyed eleven-year-old to a strong, brilliant witch very well.
I did notice that the Sorting Hat was slightly choppy, when addressing the Marauders, Snape, and Lily. I find the hat extremely difficult to write, but I believe he's too. . . rushed, I believe the word is. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed the piece.
I really love the ending of the piece. I thought Lily's silent prayer to Severus was unique, and I really liked the twist. Even after they parted ways, she knew she could still trust him with something as important as her only son. The ending was perfect, Abi!
The class was amazing and I hope you had as much fun as I had.
Author's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review =) I hated writing the sorting, I couldn't get the hat right so yes I think you are correct in saying they were a bit rushed! I don't know why I always thought of Peters dad as a Slytherin, it's just something I've always had in my head. I had so much fun in class, our take overs were amazing and the discussions we had as a whole class were brilliant, we will definitely have to take another class together at some point =) ~Abi~
Alice Longbottom has lost so much, but a Christmas day that she strives to remember may be the worst.
All that Alice can remember is that it was her son’s first Christmas.
Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill.
This is Padfoot11333 of Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall-iday Challenge-Prompt 1: A Christmas to Forget.Since it was the only story in its category, it couldn't win first place, but it did win 5 bonus points for excellence, which I am very proud of =)
Wow. This is amazing, Lily.
I really like the feeling at the end. The emotion is so strong, I almost took a step back. I also really liked your characterization of Alice. Albeit I feel her frustration could be a bit stronger, I think you captured her right. I thought the entire idea, especially with the Droobles was really clever, Lily.
I'm sorry this isn't an amazing review, but I'm supposed to be doing a major report. Good job, and good luck in the contest!
Author's Response: YAYY Ellie...you reviewed! :) And this totally is an amazing review, ha ha ha...I'm jumping up and down in my seat from SQUEEdom because you loved this. I was really nervous about it! Lily xxx
You and Al, you were best friends until the end. It didn't matter that you were a Gryffindor and he was a Slytherin. It just didn't matter.
This is an (albeit super tiny) Christmas present for the fabulous Ellllieeee, an amazingly awesome person who is one of my very best friends here on MNFF. I super-duper hope that this proves your mindset about Slytherins, Ellie. Mostly because it was really hard to write Albus-flavoured Next-Gen, and you better appreciate it! Merry Christmas!
Oh my gosh. You're amazing, Lily! Thank you so much.
I love how you did this. The Script is perfect for this kind of thing, and each song fit it well. This is the best present I have ever gotten.
I love how you told it from Rose's POV. It made it even stronger than it would have been from Al. I love how you added in the bullying bit; wouldn't it make sense that Slytherin become the new Gryffindor or Hufflepuff after the war? Anyways. . . thank you so much. My favorite part would have had to be this.
That was the worst that you’ve ever felt in your entire life. Leaving Al with Scorpius Malfoy and some other sons and daughters of Death Eaters. Leaving him alone.
But then you saw him smile. You didn’t know how this could be possible, you didn’t know how he could possibly be happy. But Al, he smiled. So maybe Slytherin wasn’t bad after all.
I feel that this captures Al perfectly. He had tried so hard not to be in Slytherin, yet there he was. (Did you know his initials, ASP, spell out a type of snake?)
Thank you so much. :) Now I wish I had something for you. :( Who knows? Maybe I will. You're the best friend ever, Lily, for doing this. I currently have a really bad cold, and this just made my day. :)
This definitely captured Slytherin right.
Author's Response: Hee hee. Now you know what your surprise is, right? :D Actually I did The Script because Danny O'Donoghue is a sex monster (that sounded really weird but I'm not going to take it out lol). And Boyce Avenue because you like them. I'm so glad you like it! Forever Hufflepuff (and your twin), Lily xxx
Summary: Victory Day. A day of celebration and remembrance . For Lily, it is also a day of confusion and sadness. She wants to understand in a world that knows no terror. This year, she'll discover exactly what Victory Day means to her.
Winner of the 2012 Next-Gen QSQ Award
I really loved this piece. It was sweet with a little fluff, yet there was just a touch of darkness swirled in with it. I thought your characterization of Lily was great: her confusion, the way she thought about things, it all fit what I believe Lily would be like. Also, the slight simplicity and sometimes bluntness really adds to Lily's character, in my opinion. I also thought the subtle touch of Lily/Scorpius was nice. I’m an avid Rose/Scorpius believer, but I have to say this is one of my exceptions. It really added to her character, as well as showed the difference between the war and then. (Her being a Potter, him being a Malfoy)
I thought the ending was very powerful, especially the third paragraph from the end. The emotion is so raw and powerful, and I think it sums up the war (and life) perfectly. All things lose meaning with time, which is quite sad, and I think this piece portrayed a unique and different angle about how the next generation views ‘Victory Day’. What you, or rather Lily, says is true: wars previously thought have simply become pages in a history textbook; the emotion and suffering behind them becomes lost in time.
I do have to say, though, some of the large paragraphs made it a little hard to digest. When I read, I tend to skim over the larger paragraphs, and I think it would be a good idea to break up some of them, particularly the third paragraph from last. I do wonder why you call the day 'Victory Day'. The term reminds me slightly of the Giver, but I think that all in all it works with the story. It seems slightly awkward, but it could just be me. Apart from those small things, this piece was lovely, powerful, and magical.
The last few sentences are the most magical, and are definitely my favorite. Lily realizes that they should not focus on the sadness of the event, but instead be thankful. It brings a sense of closure to the battle, and I think I will remember these sentences forever, regarding any war or struggle:
They did not die so that the next generation would feel sadness. They died so that we could feel joy, love, and freedom. They died so that we might be able to enjoy life. Today is Victory Day. Today, I celebrate.
Also, the memorial for the people who fought and Lily’s reaction to it remind me a bit of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C. I’m not sure if you know of it, being that I forget whether you’re American or British, but it is a tomb in Arlington National Cemetery that honors all of those who died and whose bodies were never found, or they simply went MIA. When Lily talks of the nameless faces, I can’t help but think of this, and how the day honors them.
All in all, I really loved this piece. I thought it was thoughtful, deep, well thought-out, and carried a great message, whether it was intended or not. If you write anything pertaining to this piece or decide to expand it, I would love to read it.
Author's Response: Hello, Ellie! I am really glad you liked it, and thanks for the wonderful review! Breaking up the paragraphs has actually been on my to do list, as someone else pointed it out, too. I am very happy I was able to make you think of something else, because that is what I believe stories are supposed to do: touch the reader. -Maple
It’s New Year’s Eve, and it’s the Potters’ turn to host this year’s party. Lily Luna Potter, however, has no idea that they are trying to set her up with a certain someone, despite the fact that Lily already has that certain someone, though her family doesn't know that...
This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw, writing for the Great Hall-iday Challenge 2011, Prompt Three -- Operation: Mistletoe.
In all honesty, when I first read this piece, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the idea of Loulily. But by the end … I couldn’t imagine it any other way. You handled the pairing in a delicate and careful manner, and it was quite entrancing.
One of the things I especially loved about the piece was your characterization of Lily. I loved how she wasn’t perfect and self confident, she had insecurities just like everyone else, which made her seem very real to me. She also had just the right mix of anger, love, and confusion. Lily obviously feels something she’s never felt before in Louis, but I’m also glad you showed her confusion, and how she was still not sure whether or not what they had was *right*. You showed her constant struggle, how she wants to proudly say she’s found ‘the one’, and her belief her relationship with Louis isn’t as squicky as people make it out to be, but also you displayed her fear at what everyone will say. And her fight with Louis … you managed to show just the right amount of anger and annoyance. I just love ‘your’ Lily; she has so many complex emotions swirling around inside, just like any normal girl. :)
As for Louis, I thought he was simply sweet. He’s the one to tell Lily she’s beautiful, which I know from reading Broken Glass she didn’t really believe before, and the one to listen and generally be her ‘Prince Charming’. I especially enjoyed the bit with the mascara, it gave his character more of a depth, adding sadness to his already complex state of mind. One thing I didn’t really like, though, was his sort of ashamedness at his relationship with Lily, and how it took someone telling him it was okay for his relationship with Lily for it to be okay to tell everyone with him. (as confusing as that sounds) I think you made up for it at the end, though, with his cute paragraph about wanting to be able to ‘show’ Lily off.
I *did* have a bit of a nitpick where Roxy and Harry were concerned, however. I think they would have known something was wrong, because generally people don’t ask to talk in private, even if it sounded casual, unless there was something they didn’t want anyone to know. Also, the Weasleys are kind of a nosy bunch, and I think Roxy would have known Lily was seeing someone, since she scorned all attempts to fix her up with someone. Other than that, though, the piece was simply stunning.
As hard as it to choose with this piece, my favorite part of the piece had to be the ending. Even though the cliffhanger makes me want to beg you to write everyone’s reactions, I think it brought a nice sense of closure to the piece. It solved the argument, and brought ease to both of their minds. Plus, they’re just so, well, perfect, it makes the idea of them being cousins seem abstract, and the idea that they’re lovers realistic. They have their fights, but in the end, they’re okay. And that’s what I love about this piece.. :)
All in all, Soraya, it was just beautiful. It wasn’t *right*, persay, but it was delicate and just stunning. There are many ways to characterize both Lily and Louis, but I really enjoyed your versions; they had a great blend and complexity to each of them. You also managed to capture what I think a good relationship would be, in a sort of weird way, yet it was realistic. They fought, but it didn’t destroy them. Please tell me if you decide to post more Loulily; I would love to read it. :)
Keep it up!
Author's Response: Ellieeeeeeeee! Thank you so much for such a lovely review.I'm really happy with the reception this story's got, even if it's not my best.
I think there's a lot of me in Lily. Weird, I know, but for some reason, subconsciously of course, there's a lot of my personality and insecurities in Lily. For example, I have a lot of issues with my weight, which is also something that Lily has a problem with. Also -- like Lily, I'm very indecisive, as you can probably tell, lol. And yes, she is a normal girl -- or as normal as you can get :)
I love Louis. As a character, I think he's rather underdeveloped here, but I've written a lot about him in OF, and I love him so much that I want to marry him. Seriously. Hehehehehe. And the thing about the mascara was just something I found rather funny -- basically, in a story of Alex’s (I’ve forgotten which one), a male character is kind of fond of makeup, and I thought the idea of a guy doing someone’s makeup was sweet, hence why I included it. I know it’s a bit-- random, but yeah.
I see what you mean about your crit, but I think what’s important to understand is that Louis isn’t ashamed of their relationship. He isn’t. From way back, he accepted the fact that he was in love with his cousin (if you’ve read Broken Glass, you will have seen this quite clearly) and that isn’t the issue here. He’s just worried about how everyone will judge him. It’s just him being self-conscious more than anything, but I’m glad, anyway, that you liked the bit at the end :) He does want to show everyone that he loves Lily; he’s just scared, really.
Yeah, they probably would have guessed something, but it’s unlikely they would have all known exactly what was going on. Roxy, for example, would have been completely clueless, lol, especially as she was drunk. Harry probably did guess something, and if I ever do write a follow-up to this, after my exams, you’ll see what everyone’s reactions are then.
I’m really pleased and flattered that you liked this story so much. Really, it means a lot, especially since this pairing has become my OTP. And if you’re interested, I’m planning on converting this to OF, but the storyline will be, of course, rather different. If you want to know more, and even read an excerpt of this OF that I speak of, you can join the hunting_down community at Livejournal. Alex set it up for any budding OF authors on her flist, and I’m sure she’ll let you join. Even if you don’t write OF yourself, you can always comment on other people’s (Jamie’s recently put hers up, and Kara’s posted too), and my excerpt is also begging for comments at the moment, so I’d love to know what you think of it.
Well, I think that’s it. Thank you, once again, for leaving me such a lovely review, and again, I’m so glad you enjoyed this and even thought it was stunning. It means a lot.
Summary: Every time Hannah and Luna meet, they are attracted to each other in ways they both know they shouldn’t be. And every time, Luna leaves the scene with the taste of pomegranates on her breath.
This is Padfoot11333 of Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall Cotillion-this story has been done for ages, and I sent it to Jess during the Great Queue Outage, but I’m just now posting it here.
Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award.
Wow, Lily. I know how much trouble writing this piece has been for you, but I have to say it was very good. :) You did a great job of keeping it canon, and I loved the touch of Neville/Luna in there as well. I'm a big fan of that particular ship, and I think it added to the idea of Hannah and Luna’s romance: it's not right, it's not proper, but it's what happened. (If that makes any sense) Also, it connects Hannah and Luna, because the one thing they have in common is Neville. It was a clever idea of how to bring the two together, and carried out well.
One of the things I loved the most about this one shot would be the pomegranate and the story of Persephone. I thought it was brilliant how you made the pomegranate basically a symbol of their romance, and how Luna tastes it even when it’s not there. I also thought you portrayed Luna and Hannah correctly and elegantly; I know it must be hard to live in Luna's head, and something about their relationship in the story, (friends to the kiss to the last meeting) the whole development seemed . . . natural. It wasn’t rushed, (which I know I have a tendency to do) but it wasn’t too drawn out, either. Great job on that, Lily. :)
Another thing that was really great about this piece was the romance itself. It was little tastes here and there, and though it was the center of the story, it didn’t overbear the plot.
I do have to say though, as much as I enjoyed this, I did find the ending a little rushed. You suddenly went from their, for lack of a better word, rendez-vous, to the end, and Luna moving on. I think you could add a little in between, maybe even a sentence or two to smooth over the transition.
On a smaller note: I don't know if you noticed, but those weird question mark symbols have made a re-appearence in your stories, and sometimes it's easy to tell what is supposed to be there, but other times it made it a little more confusing.
As for the plot . . . I thought it was original and very well-thought out. As I said before, the progress in the relationship seems very natural, and I love how they know it’s wrong, and that it has to come to an end. It made the story very . . . bittersweet, which is one of my favorite kinds of fics to read.
Overall, I really enjoyed this piece. It's the romance that never had a chance, and I found that intriguing. Keep it up, Lily! :)
Ellie, thank you so so so much for the lovely SPEWly review :) I love recieving them and honestly, I've been waiting for this one since you said you were going to write it.
I did spend a lot of time complaining about this one, didn't I? Writing femmeslash was a jump into new terrain for me (oh my gosh, you should read my Sirius/Peter, it's awful) I wanted to keep it canon, although I could have gone the total non canon route and put Neville and Luna together.......hahaha. The connection between Hannah and Luna via Neville is what sparked the idea for writing this story along with the Cotillion, and I'm glad you found it realistic.
Writing the pomegranete-y stuff was a lot of fun too. I really compared it to the story of Persephone and a potential title for this story was "The Forbidden Fruit" because I thought it was just a great symbol of their romance. It wasn't allowed and it wasn't proper, but they were just stuck with it anyway.
Thank you so much for saying I portrayed Luna correctly, I had some serious issues with that. She may be odd but she isn't stupid, and I think a lot of people misportray her as such. (Is that even a word, misportray?)
I'm also glad you said the relationship wasn't rushed. Soraya (my beta for this story) and I struggled over that because she thought it wasn't enough to give their relationship backstanding in just three short scenes, so I'm glad that worked out :)
Speaking of rushedness, I completely understand what you mean about the ending. I have this awful tendency to go to this shortish epilogue thing and no transition in between. And no beta can fix it. Gah.
Thank you for the pick about the question marky stuff, I love hyphens far too much. And re plot: I think the plot made the story readable at least for me. I love bittersweet stuff, too, btw, and although I was under the impression that I can't write them, at least you managed to attempt to prove me wrong.
Thank you again for the lovely review (and making me type an incredibly long response, with a lot of paragraph dialogue tags, and possibly the longest I've ever done, and I didn't even address all the things in your review!!!) Hugs, twin.
Summary: Lily has always been one to chase the wrong person, so what happens when a new Quidditch coach comes along?
Hello, SPEW Buddy. :)
I thought this was an interesting piece. The idea of student/teacher is incredibly hard to do realistically, but I think you handled it really well. The way you characterized Lily and Cormac made it seem almost natural, given the situation, and I really liked how the style was mostly dialogue; it let us see the characters flesh themselves out, slowly become more and more three dimensional, than just telling about them. It gave the story a nice progression, which I loved.
One of the most interesting things, for me, was this characterization of Lily. I’ve seen you do many versions of her, but this truly surprised me. At the beginning, she seemed rather silly and naïve, fancying the older professors, but it was interesting to see just how far she went to get the bloke she wanted. She’s quite cunning and tricky, and I love how her intentions aren’t quite so pure as they may have seemed at the beginning. Almost everything she does - from purposely stoking his pride to listening to his stories and advice - is all because she wants to be with him, and I really liked that character flaw. She’s bold and reckless like her mother, yes, but there’s also that tricky side that controls her for most of the story. I do wonder how she blatantly ignored everything her father said, though, because it was slightly odd how she continued (for lack of a better word) seducing Cormac, even though so many people were against it. I especially loved how Professor Longbottom has to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t go for the professors. It’s just what Lily fancied, and I love how he tried to control her, though it failed. On that note, I also really adored Emma, who was struggling between being a supportive friend and the voice of reason. Lily needs a best friend like that. :)
Onto Cormac. Having just written a piece about him myself, I know how hard he is to portray as a good person, but still in character. I think you did that brilliantly here; we still see his arrogance (especially about Quidditch), and how he really is quite self-centered. He helps Gryffindor out with the match purely because of Lily, and that was the moment he truly became real, for me. I do think that at points he was a little too dramatically cocky, especially when he went on about Lily’s father. I think she would have had some reply to that, and he would know to watch is tongue, if only a little bit. But, he is compassionate and helpful to Lily, even though (rather like Lily) he has an ulterior motive. Cormac does know his place, though, and I liked how there had to be a tipping point for him to take the plunge with Lily.
I normally avoid student/teacher like the plague, simply because of how sexual it can turn (and you know how easy it is to make me blush), but you avoided that here, and I liked it. It’s not innocent by any means - the entire thing, in fact, is based on ulterior motives and tricks - but I really liked that. Their wanting to be in a relationship, but having everyone standing in their way made it really realistic, and their determination to be in a relationship managed to show all of their character flaws. Lily’s desire for what she cannot have, Cormac’s need for a well-fed ego. I think the fact that their relationship began with a drunken kiss states most of it.
My favourite part of the piece was the ending, because it was resolved, yet unresolved. Lily finally gets the bloke, but there’s something off. I don’t know if it’s how she words it at the end, or how the kiss went, but it feels very open-ended, and I like that. It gives me the idea that maybe we don’t want to know what happens next. It kind of reminds me of something they talk about in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, how not everything can end in neat little boxes tied up with bows. I am really intrigued by this idea, and I think you did a great job with it.
Overall, I just found this piece interesting. It was the perfect mix of cuteness mixed with tricky undertones, and I really want to know how their relationship will pan out, especially with Harry. If you ever decide to write a sequel, I would gladly read it.
After Remus transforms, in the muddled mess of twisted time and quick movements, in the space between Albania and the islands, how do Sirius and Peter pick up the pieces?
This is Padfoot11333 of Hufflepuff making a very obvious attempt to suck up to one of the judges of the Great Hall Cotillion…while at the same time, writing for it.
You better pray that
Someone’s listening now
And doesn't wanna watch you drown
'Cause when you lie like
The devil himself
No angel’s gonna hear your
Cry for help!
I really enjoyed this piece. I liked how Sirius and Peter were not *in* a relationship, but it was still the premise of the story. Even before he confirms it, you can tell what Peter's feelings for Sirius are, and how he regrets 'messing it up'. But I really liked how in the story Sirius didn't feel the same way, making the gap between them even greater than in canon. I've never read this pairing before, but I think you did a really good job with it. I also thought how you showed both of their minds really helped the story, and it avoided the bias that can come when it's only told from one person's POV.
One of my favorite parts of this piece was your characterization of Sirius. He was furious at Peter for what he did, but I really loved how he couldn't bring himself to hurt Peter. I think it showed a side J.K. didn't really explore; she always had him as bitter and unforgiving, but that never sat right with me. This is why I really liked the last part, where he said he couldn't hate Peter. It seemed like exactly something Sirius would say/feel, and I think you really captured the essence of Sirius with that. Really great job on him, Lily.
Another aspect I really liked about the piece (and Sirius) was how Sirius described Peter, especially in this bit:
He shook those thoughts away and reminded himself that the person he thought was just a scared little boy had murdered James and Lily Potter and countless others by helping Voldemort, blaming him in the process. He knew that even if Peter had been a good person once, now he was just a coward.
To me, this is just the essence of Peter. He was underestimated, even by his best friends, and later Sirius and Remus (and probably James and Lily) regretted that. You can sense Sirius's guilt about that, and the undertone that maybe, just maybe, the rest of the Marauders payed even a little closer attention, things would have gone differently. And to me that was one of the best aspects of the piece . . . the guilt behind the hatred.
That being said, though, I thought the characterization of Peter at the end didn't really fit him, for me. If Peter was terrified of Sirius, and what he could do, and also terrified because he loved him, would he have the courage to say that he *did* feel that way? I know he was a Gryffindor, but from what I've seen of Peter . . . it didn't really fit him for me. In canon, Peter was terrified of Sirius, (especially in PoA) and stuttered when talking about the simplest of things (although at the time Sirius *was* trying to kill him- much like in yours ) so to me it seems unlikely that he would be brave enough to admit what he did, especially in the sticky situation he was in.
Otherwise, though, it was a really brilliant and unique piece. I had never thought about a possible meeting between Peter and Sirius after PoA, and I found the piece in general intriguing. The whole premise of it: from the idea of the relationship to the meeting I mentioned earlier really spurred my thoughts.
Great job, Lily. Good luck in the Cotillion!
Ellie, you need to spread the SPEWly love out more. You review me every month, I swear.
Seriously, though, I heart you for leaving a review. This story was underreviewed (to say the freaking least!) and I appreciate you taking the time to SPEW-bomb it.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this, because I was unsure about it. I didn't know if it was romantic or canon or, let's face it, freaking GOOD enough. So thank you for settling my nerves. I also appreciate the crit--sigh, I hate Peter. Does that show in the characterisation?
Thanks for the review, Ellie :)
Until near twelve the strange girl all at once
Guilt-stricken halts, pales, clings to the prince
As amid the hectic music and cocktail talk
She hears the caustic ticking of the clock.*
The students at Hogwarts have left for their Christmas holidays, but in the castle, a celebration of a betrothal is taking place. However, one woman watches the couple, waiting for midnight.
*Taken from the poem Cinderella by Sylvia Plath.
This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Cotillion challenge.ZOMG. This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Same-Sex Pairing. Thank you!
Hey, Soraya. :)
I'm very, very, sorry this has taken so long, and probably isn't very SPEW-worthy, but I'm finally reviewing your fic.
I really love the idea of the story. How it's a story of goodbye, and not too fluffy. :) You used the poem and theme extremely well, and it provided a great background for the story. I thought it fight the theme perfectly, so amazing job!
I also love how you never downright say Helga or Rowena's names until the end. The piece has a sense of mystery behind it, even though you can infer who they are, it again adds to the piece.
I honestly don't see anything it. At the beginning I thought it was Helga/Salazar or some other combination of male/female, but somehow I'm glad it isn't. (though I'm not a *huge* fan of same-sex yet) And again, it adds to the whole whole "goodbye, and it isn't right, and it isn't a happily ever after" that I love. It's not picture-perfect, and I really like how you show that. Not just in this, but in your other pieces, especially in the Highway of Regret. I read that, and I loved it.
Anways, I should digress. Another thing I love is the endings to your pieces. They're always so simple, but magical. The last line of this was stunning (Even after she has wounded you so, you simply surrender to her touch, albeit with the knowledge that it is your last time together.)
I'm sorry if this has been too fan-girlish, but I honestly couldn't find anything noteworthy to constructfully criticize you on.
Thanks for being an amazing SPEW buddy!
Author's Response: Hi Ellie :)
I'm so glad you liked this. Yes, it's a story of goodbye, but I do think it's rather plotless compared to some of my other stories, so I'm glad you think otherwise. This actually started off as a piece of coursework for GCSE English -- we had to take a poem and turn it into a story, or a newspaper article, or some other medium. I got ten out of ten for it, which is nice, too :)
To be honest, I have Deathlex to thank about not mentioning Rowena or Helga's names until later on. Originally, both Rowena and Helga's names appeared in the summary, but Deathlex said it would work better by beginning ambiguously and then finding out. She was clearly right, which is one of the many reasons that I heart her and that she's an excellent beta. :D I see what you mean re pairings, but if you do get into SSP, trust me when I say it's addictive, lol.
And you've read The Highway of Regret? I didn't know that... that story is definitely my least reviewed, and I'm not too fond of it, but I will agree with you re the ending of it (mostly because it ends with Loulily, lol). I had no idea you've read any of my work, Ellie, so if you ever have the time, do drop by and review -- though this is me just being review-hungry, hehe.
I'm so glad you liked the ending of it, too. I struggled with that; I originally added another paragraph, but Deathlex said it worked fine without it, so I'm happy you thought so too. And thank you. I don't always end things happily, but I tend to leave endings open so you can judge for yourself what will happen with a pairing. I'm so flattered that you think they're magical -- I shall take that as a very high compliment.
Thank you for reviewing, and I hope to see more reviews from you soon!
Summary: I've got a tight grip on reality
All Ellie has ever wanted do in life is be a journalist. But her dream is put in jeopardy when she has to secure an interview with the one person who refuses to be interviewed: Harry Potter. Her only chance at getting the story is to befriend a very eager young man, who also happens to have the last name Potter. Hello! I can't believe no one's reviewed . . . Summary: Rose and Scorpius both really like cherries. Hi, Gemma Hawk. :) Summary: Cedric Diggory is far from perfect. This poem received third place in The Sharp Challenge over on the Mugglenet Fanfiction Beta Boards. Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award. Lily, there is a reason this took third in the challenge. It is pure beauty. The imagery is so perfect, and he's so perfect on the outside . . . yet no one knows what's really going on on the inside. (If that makes any sense) Oh my, thank you so much for this fab review *squishes*. I'm glad you liked the bits in the parentheses, because that was something I was really unsure about. For this poem, I really tried to concentrate on imagery. At this point, I had only written my Petunia Dursley poem, in which I tried to concentrate on the actual style of Iain Sharp's poem. I wanted to convey a bigger message in this poem, so I'm glad you liked it. I did have fun in D.C.....and with my hot viola, yo. Thanks for the review! Lily xxx Summary: Fleur Delacour is but a trinket; but can't she be something more? To be honest, when I first saw this entered in the challenge, I was seriously debating not even bothering posting. :) Summary: The Prefects' bathroom is one of the many privileges available to Lily Evans and James Potter in their final year at Hogwarts. They certainly take full advantage of it in good times and bad. However, in the bad times, they find themselves needing the retreat it provides more than ever. Hello. :) Summary: James flies for lots of reasons, but rarely does he take to the skies for the sheer freedom it brings. But after a disturbing lesson, there’s nowhere else he thinks to go but up. Hello, Megan. :D Summary: After a month of promising, I’m finally giving you the SPEW review this piece deserves, Alex. :) Summary: Lily has always had a picture in her head of her future -- a wistful, far-too-good-to-be-true image of happiness and sunshine and flowers, of her and James walking off into the sunset, unencumbered by the darkness within the most evil of people who walked this earth. Wow, Soraya. This really was a stunner. :) Summary:
The end of the world comes not from the hand of Lord Voldemort, but an incurable disease. When Britain falls, those that are left must keep on running.
And never stop.
Winner of the 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Alternate Universe!
Wow, Julia, this really was a stunner. :) Summary: 'Even in a castle this huge, with as many cousins as I have there’s always someone with a map to come and scoop me out of my tear-stained reverie in a dark corner.' Molly Weasley Jr cannot leave Hogwarts, for she cannot leave her best friend behind. This was originally written for the Illustration for Inspiration challenge over in the Great Hall, however it wasn't long enough and I didn't have time to rework it in order to post it in time to qualify. The title is inspired by the Chicago song 'If You Leave Me Now'.
I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this, Fenella! Summary: Here in the dark Albus realises just how much Rose means to him -- and how much he doesn’t mean to her. This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw writing for Round Two of Madam Alex’s Character Clinic Triathlon. Hi, Soraya. :)
Date: 04/08/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 (A Straight Face)
First of all, I love Ellie's name. (It it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact I go by Ellie . . .) But I also love her character. She's the perfect mix of sweet and snarky, and she seems really, well, real.
We don't see much of Al, but I'm already getting the idea that he's a nice bloke. What house was he in at Hogwarts?
However, I'm pretty sure Ellie is going to muck things up for him, considering I'm pretty sure she'll end up using him. (After she falls in love with him? :D)
I have to say, though, I thought that after the scene in the office he'd come in like 'The Devil Wears Prada' and save her by talking to his dad, though. I'm glad it didn't, because now I can look forward to more chapters!
Please update soon; I love it! :)
Author's Response: Ahhh thank you so much for taking the time to review! I've always loved the name Ellie so I'm glad my character and first reviewer share it! :)) And no worries you will definitely see more of Al in the next chapter, and he was placed in Gryffindor just like his father. -Emma
Word count: 5027 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published: 03/28/12 Updated: 04/09/12
Date: 04/28/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Cherry Tree
I really enjoyed this piece. I thought it was original and unique, and was told in a very interesting way. It switched POV’s, which gave both of the characters a chance to say what they’re thinking, and you split it into parts, and each one has such a different tone. It started with Rose picking cherries, indifferent about Scorpius, but by the sixth they’re together. I really liked how you did that. :)
Speaking of cherries, I loved how symbolic the cherry tree was, and the cherries themselves. At the beginning Rose described the perfect cherry, and then the perfect cherry became Scorpius. Brilliant foreshadow. :) The tree also represented more, I think, because it was a meeting place for them, but also a sort of sanctuary, a plcace that was detached from their completely different worlds. And Scorpius’s wasn’t so nice …
I also loved how, though the cherry tree was the main connection between Rose and Scorpius, there was more. They were both destined for Ravenclaw, but both of them did the exact same thing and overruled the hat, but with different houses. Both of their parents fight, although Scorpius’s a bit more severely. I also liked how you made them neighbors, though that may be a tad unlikely considering Draco and Ron’s … history, and difference in social status.
Also, there was something I thought was a little strange. You tend to use capitals during sentences, and while sometimes I thought it added a nice emphasis, other times I was wondering why it was used. Maybe italics might work better?
But, one of my favorite parts of the story had to be how Rose and Scorpius had their own personality, instead of modeling them almost exactly like their parents, as I’ve seen in other fics. I love how Rose was slightly reckless and bold, (she did technically steal the cherries, after all) but also sweet and had that kind of quiet intelligence about her. I thought her reaction to the kiss and her fear of life away form the cherry tree was perfect. All teenagers are scared, and it was almost like a summer romance. When school come around, everything would change. Brilliant job on Rose. :)
I was also very pleasantly surprised by Scorpius’s character. He, too, had a quiet demeanor, but I love how the anger was almost bubbling under the surface. He’s frustrated, but (according to Rose) that never shows at school. For a teenage boy, that, too, hit the nail on the head. I’d never really seen that type of Scorpius before, and love it. He really was the perfect cherry. Sweet, but with a hint of bitterness.
Overall, this was a beautiful piece, very refreshing and unique. Your characters developed brilliantly, and now I suddenly find myself wanting cherries. :) There were a lot of ties that bound them together, which really helped make the story very real for me. Just a beautiful job. It was very three-dimensional and realistic, from the characters to the general feel. Please let me know if you plan on writing any more, even if it’s not Rose/Scorpius.
Keep it up!
Date: 04/20/12 Title: Chapter 1: he is cedric.
I also loved how the bits in the parentheses worked. It gave it a slightly darker feel, and I loved that. :) (You know me)
Overall, just beautiful. Beautiful imagery, beautiful last stanza, beautiful poem. I'm extremely jealous.
Have fun in D.C.!
My entry for the Sharp Challenge at Poetry Anyone over in the forums
Date: 04/27/12 Title: Chapter 1: Trinket
It's amazing, Envy. I love how you described what J.K. characterized her for much of the books: the pretty face. I think it's very real, and you described her perfectly.All the things are beautiful, but not necessarily substantial.
I'm speechless. (And I can't believe no one else reviewed!) Can't wait to see more poetry from you!
Author's Response: Wow... wow... wow! Goodness! Ellie, you have made my day! I'm very humbled, and I can't stop smiling! I never expected such an amazing response. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your words have won me over :)
Date: 06/07/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Prefects' Bathroom
First off, I have to commend you on the style of the story. It was very unique, and a risky move, but I loved it. The reader could tell easily what was happening even though there was no narration, and I feel the style really fit what was going on. It gave the reader a lot of chances to infer, per say, especially with those time lapses in the bathroom. * winks *
I also love the dynamic between Lily and James. The bickering at the beginning, their rather … spontaneous decisions, and how they immediately pull their emotions together after they hear about James’s mum really said a lot about their relationship. They could be light-hearted and exchange wits, but they also survived through rougher patches. I especially loved that one line from James, where he says he feels helpless. That added another layer to James’s character for me, a deeper one that made him seem even more real.
Speaking of characterization, you did a great job with both of them. James was light-hearted, like J.K.’s James, but, as I said before, I really liked how he reacted to hearing about his mother, and the lines he says aloud, and how they weren’t just in his head. Many times, it seems that James doesn’t show weakness or fear, or readily admit it, and I’m glad that yours did. It made him more complex, for me.
Lily really did shine for me, though. I haven’t really seen her portrayed that way before, so sarcastic and teasing. Often, even in canon, we see her as more of a strict, studious person. I really liked your version, though, because it really fit well with the situation. She knew when to be teasing, but also how to comfort. I loved her reactions, and how you could tell how just by her dialogue when she was struggling, and when she was calm and collected. Brilliant job on her. :)
That being said, though, with the particular format some of the emotions seemed a little … blurred sometimes. I sometimes had some trouble figuring out what each character was feeling, or what they might have looked like saying it, because it * was * merely dialogue. The place it really stood out to me was the second bit to the end. I can’t tell whether James is frustrated, sad, or just angry. Otherwise, though, I really enjoyed the format. It was refreshing, and gave the chance for Lily and James’s quick-witted exchanges.
Overall, I really enjoyed the piece. I loved how you didn’t have to say ‘and then their lips met’, or something of the sort, to know that Lily and James were kissing. I know that I struggle with writing lines like the example, so I loved how you left it up to the reader to figure out what Lily and James were doing. And as I said before, I loved Lily and James’s characters and dynamics, and if you write more of these two, I would love to read it. Keep it up! :)
Author's Response: Oh, Ellie, you have just made my day! I'm guessing that this is a SPEW review (the first one I have received!) If it's not it really should be, because it is just awesome.
You seem to have understood everything that I wanted to convey, which is a huge relief. The style is very risky. Everything made sense in my head, but it was hard to tell if other people would get it without the use of legilimency :p I'm glad you thought that it was unique, but actually, if you want a real master class in this style, you'd be better off reading something by Gina (see her review below).
I am so relieved that you like my characterisation. It's one of my biggest worries when writing, so it means a lot when people are so complimentary. I think that James would ditch a lot of the bravado when he was alone with Lily. That's partially what this setting represented to him: privacy. He could be open when he was in there with Lily because they could predict when they would be interrupted for the most part.
I think that my Lily is often a little sarkier than people would expect. After her death, people were bound to deify her slightly, so we won't have got a rounded picture of her in canon. I like to add more depth to her, and I think that if she had been the angelic type, something might have been lacking in her relationship with James, the prankster extraordinaire.
I'm pretty useless at writing smut too (although I'm doing some for the current GH challenge. Eeek!) so it was quite a relief to be able to do it all by implication. I'm glad I kept it clear enough for you to understand. Sometimes it's nice to be able to imagine things for yourself.
I know what you mean about that second last section. Gina suggested that I expand some of those fragments, and I think that that particular one could really use some clarification. I think he's feeling pretty despondent at that point, and is looking for something he could do to help. I don't think he would deal well with feeling powerless, and he's looking for a way out of that. I need to tweak things to make that more clear.
Thank you so much for the amazing review. I didn't expect to get such a good response for this fic, but I am so glad that I took a chance on it now.
This is noblefate of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Illustration for Inspiration challenge.
Word count: 1608 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published: 06/04/12 Updated: 06/11/12
Date: 08/15/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Truth Will Set You Free
I really liked this piece. It made me think a lot about James as a character, and how he would cope with learning about the history of his family. But even though this was really only about James, it made me think a lot about the other characters, simply from the little bit you mentioned about them.
But first, I have to say that the piece fit Jess’s drawing perfectly, especially at the end. I could just feel James’s need for escape, and how flying fit that need. It also brought a sense of closure to the piece; with the writing alone, I felt that James was still angry, but with the picture, it made James seem more accepting of his father and the history more, to me.
I wasn’t sure about the way James, and all of the others, found out about their history, though. Other children at Hogwarts would know, and they would probably find out before their seventh year, either from strangers or from their own older cousins who had to listen to the lecture. Also, it didn’t really seem likely that Harry could hide it from his children until they are seventeen. As you said, he has odd scars, and wouldn’t they, as children, ask about them? And all of the Potter children are named after people who were very famous in the war; I think they might ask about them, too. I also believe that their parents would want to tell them themselves. It would hurt more to have to hear about it from someone else, as Teddy showed in the fic.
While I wasn’t sure about that, one thing that was undoubtedly amazing about this piece was the characterization. James had so many layers; he wasn’t just the slightly obnoxious boy from the epilogue. He was thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and still managed to bear resemblance to the short glimpse we have of him. I believe you said it perfectly when you said his siblings expected him to be the bully and the hero. More often than not, in fics we see James not having really matured from when he was twelve or thirteen, only the bully. But here, he is a real person. He could be loud like the Weasleys are known for, but he was also quiet and withdrawn sometimes. He could taunt and tease his siblings but also show that he really cared about them. Also, even in the very short glimpses, we can see a lot about the other characters, and how they dealt with things. Teddy especially, and how he sent Harry a howler after learning about his parents.
All in all, this was a great piece. It was unique both in the idea and the characterization, and very well executed. The ending had a great sense of closure, and it fit the picture brilliantly. If you ever write more of James Sirius, let me know. :) Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for that lovely review! I'm glad you liked the story. I see too many pieces about James where he's just a mini-Marauder (and not the matured father we see of James I but the berk we see of James I when he hangs Snape upside-down). I feel like there's so much more to him than that. I've seen a lot of different takes on how the Next-Gen kids find out about the roles their parents played in the war, and I'm not sure there is a right take on that. My dad fought in Vietnam, but while I knew he served, I was in my late 20s before he talked about his experience. I see Harry, in particular, that way. He never wanted to take credit for what he did, he never really liked it or gloated about it, so while I think his kids would know he was in the war, they don't know how big his role was. We see this in the epilogue where the kids wonder why everyone on the platform is staring at Harry, and Ron chimes in that it's him they stare at because he's famous. I just extended that a bit; if Harry lets his kids learn about the war, and their family's role, from others and at school, then he can clear any misconceptions up and sort of take off the "rose-colored glasses" view that outsiders most certainly have. I hadn't considered more James Sirius stories, but it's something to think about. There's something about the Next-Gen kids that's intriguing. Thanks again for the wonderful, insightful review. ~ Megan
“I am real. And if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t let you wake up.”
The Ravenclaw boy and the mad, quiet Slytherin girl.
Inspired by the Taylor Swift and Civil Wars song Safe and Sound.
This is a slightly belated birthday present for the wonderful Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeGryffindor. She is someone I feel very lucky to call a friend, and hope she has a fantastic year.
Nominated for the 2012 Best Non-Canon Romance and Best Dark/Angsty Quicksilver Quills.
Date: 07/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: One-shot
This piece was just beautifully dark. I loved how well it fit the song. I love Safe and Sound, and you managed to capture the mood and style perfectly without ever using the lyrics directly. I saw Terry as the voice (perspective?) in the song because, in the end, he just wanted to protect Tracey, and I could just picture them in the Owlery during the chorus of the song, which I was listening to when I typed this. I did love how you used the title at the very end; it brought closure to the song. Well done with that.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was the ship. It was unique, using two minor characters, and even then you put a twist on it. As I said before, the story fit the song well, (or was it the other way around?) and I really liked how you developed Terry and Tracey’s relationship. It evolved easily; there were no sudden changes. From merely students in the same school, to meeting, to some sort of friendship, to more; it just flowed effortlessly. I personally struggle with the development of relationships, so I loved reading this. The romance, for lack of a better word, was just stunning. Brilliant job. :)
Another thing that made this piece so phenomenal was the characterization. Though we didn’t know much about Terry from the books, I think you wrote him really well. The reader could tell he was a Ravenclaw by the way he was able to read Tracey, but he was so much deeper. I loved how fiercely loyal and protective you made him of Tracey, and how he interacted with her. He didn’t treat her as though she was a small child; Tracey was still an equal to Terry, though he knew what was going on with her. Overall, just a great job, but Tracey really stole the show.
It was a sensitive topic, bringing in mental disorders, but I thought you handled it delicately and beautifully. I loved how you showed Tracey in the beginning, before the reader knew exactly what was wrong. Soft and delicate, as though she was a second away from breaking. From there, you revealed how true the initial impression was. It was hard to comment on her character, because of her mental state, but I think you did an amazing job, balancing her mental problems with the moments the other part of her shone through. One of the best moments, for me, was when she was talking to Terry after he confronted her about the cuts on her arm. It showed how loyal she was to him, and I really liked that. (Not that she cut herself, but how it showed how she felt about Terry).
There was one thing I did have a slight nitpick with, though. I enjoyed Terry’s background, talking about the divorce, but I felt it kind of cluttered up the piece a bit sometimes. The story could definitely survive without it, and it kind of seemed a little … much sometimes.
Other than that, though, I really just loved this piece. And though it is almost impossible to choose my favorite part, it had to be the ending. As I said in the first bit, I could just picture them in the Owlery, and it was the moment that connected with the song the most. It was also just beautiful. Terry, who was always slightly unsure in the piece until then, finally realized what was clear. The last paragraph was just … beautiful. It also brought the dark piece to a sweet ending. That everything would be okay for them, because the reader knew Harry would win. :) It was just perfect. If Soraya hadn’t beaten me to the punch, I would have nominated it for the QSQs. I really hope it wins. If you ever decide to write more of their story … I’ll definitely read it. Brilliant job!
Of course, of course she should have known that things weren’t going to be that simple.
This is babewithbrains of Ravenclaw entering the first round of Madam Alex’s Character Clinic Triathlon: Major Characters.
ZOMG. This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Canon Romance. Thank you!
Date: 07/11/12 Title: Chapter 1: Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion
I am hardly reigning in my fangirling right now. I loved the dynamic between Lily and James, how it isn't a little fairytale, and the Shakespeare ... gah. I can't believe I hadn't read this yet. I really don't have anything constructive to say right now, so I apologize for that. This is just ... gah.
Just ... amazing. That's all I can say. :)
Author's Response: Ellie, thank you so much for the review! It really isn't half as good as you say it is, but I'm flattered all the same. And yeah, teh whole point is that it's far, far from fairytale or anything, but they're still sweet together as a couple :) Fangirling is always good, lol, even though I don't deserve it! I'm glad you liked the Shakespeare -- my sister introduced me to it. Thank you lots.
Date: 07/02/12 Title: Chapter 1: Today we heard that someone left this earth.
I read the initial drabble, and I loved how this was an extension on that. I recognized lines here and there that I liked when I read the drabble, but when you put them into the piece it was just amazing.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about this piece was the format. You started off with the wondering of Rose, slightly light-hearted, and ended with the wondering of Luna, who had no reason not to be light-hearted, and with all of the darkness in between, which I thought balanced the entire thing out nicely, as well as gave it closure. The timeline was also well chosen; I thought telling the story backwards told it better than it would have forward. (I read it again backwards) It added to the mystery of what exactly was going on, and I loved how you didn’t know how it all started until the end.
Another thing that I loved had to be the characterization. Despite being set in a (very) alternate universe, all of the characters were spot on. I especially enjoyed Draco; you captured his cynicism and sense of irony very well. Because the books end before this piece would have happened, we don’t get to see Draco post-war, but comparing this to what canon probably would be, I think Draco was perfect. He seemed like the type to have that dark humour, especially from how J.K. portrayed him in the series. I also thought you were extremely canon with all of your other characters, which is a major feat considering how AU the story was. Hermione was also especially well done with her intuition, and how she figured out what was going one before anyone else, and also Ron and how he coped with the loss and the struggle. I think captured Ron best in this line: Ron has never felt so tired in his life. I think that sums up perfectly how he would deal with grief. Brilliant job on all of them. :)
There were a few places that I was a little confused, though, specifically when Ron shoots Harry in the head. I believed what you were implying earlier in the section was that Harry was turned into one of them, a zombie, but it took me a few times reading it to be exactly sure. And then, I was confused as to why Hermione would be happy to see him. Did she not see? Or was she just happy he was back? Was she hallucinating? Another spot of slight confusion was at the very end. This was probably just me being thick, but I was confused as to what the animal, as it probably wasn’t a Snorkack, was. Was it the first zombie? Was it Luna who started the entire problem; whatever creature it was infected her with the zombie disease? After reading that again a few times, I thought the last question was what it was. It might be something you might consider clarifying a bit, though.
Otherwise, I really loved this fic. It drew me in immediately, and even though it was very AU, if it weren’t for the small bit about the zombie apocalypse, I think it could have fit very well into canon. This was mainly because of your stellar characterization. Also, the format made the reader think, made me wonder, just as Rose and Luna had, and I really loved that connection (though I might be reading into it a bit too much). Speaking of Rose, I loved how you kept the same name from canon, and showed a meaning behind it. The roses at Malfoy Manor were the first beautiful thing Ron and Hermione had seen in a while, and that was why they named their daughter Rose. (though I’m probably reading into it too much again)
It was just stunning. And if it wasn’t already nominated for the QSQ’s, I would go and nominate it myself. :) Brilliant job, Julia!
Author's Response: Hi Ellie! Thank you so much for this review! Sorry for not responding sooner :O It's great to see that many of you really liked the structure of working backwards. I might have to reread it the other way like you did just to see how different it would be. Also, thank you for your lovely words about the characterisation. I had a lot of fun writing Draco's section hehehe! Hm, those bits you were confused about weren't mean to be terribly complex so sorry about that. When Harry is shot, yes, he has become a zombie. Hermione knows this. She's smiling because now they can give him a proper ending. During that section, I mention that the 'wait is over' for them because not knowing what happened to him was so painful. At least now they have closure. At the end, it is a Snorkack. I mention some made-up mythology (Xeno talks about how ancient texts say the Snorcack have healing powers which he misinterpreted) in there regarding the Snorkack which should allude to what really happened. And yes, the bite is what gave Luna the disease. The problem is, it would take the reader out of the moment if I suddenly started getting technical. I like to leave things a little vague and make the reader work it out for themselves. But I really am sorry that confused you! Again, thanks for the lovely review!
Nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill in the Next Generation category.
Date: 07/11/12 Title: Chapter 1: I Never Can Say Goodbye
This is simply amazing. It's beautiful, in the dark sort of way. I think that what you say is very true; the students spend so much of their time there, it becomes home. And the bit about Felicity ... it explained Molly's mood.
What I loved was how you made Molly much like her namesake. Most of the time people have her as more like Percy, but I liked how made her more motherly.
Just, wow. The end is heartbreaking. Great job, and if you decided to write a companion piece ... please tell me, or post in the CR. :) Brilliant job!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Originally this was going to be written as an ode to Hogwarts, with Molly reflecting on how much the school had given her, however this little plot bunny hopped into my head and it stuck! I think Felicity's death fuelled Molly's dependency on the school even further, and I hope the concept of 'why would you want to leave?' came across. I wanted to make Molly a more motherly figure as I felt it worked better with her state of mind, as like she says 'it's easier to look after someone else than yourself'. Molly Weasley Snr's biggest fear was the loss of those she held closest to her heart, so Molly Jnr's protectiveness towards her cousins is understandable considering she's already lost the person she loved the most. I think I will have to write a companion piece, as much for myself as for everyone else! Thank you thank you thank you for the lovely review Ellie, and I will be sure to let you know if I do start writing more of Molls! Fenella x
In these lonely hours
I will lay down my heart
And I’ll feel the power
That you won’t
--I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
:) This story has been nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation.
This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation. Thank you again! ♥
Date: 08/09/12 Title: Chapter 1: I Will Lay Down My Heart
This was certainly an interesting piece. I had never really thought of Albus/Rose, even if it was one-sided, but you definitely pulled it off, and handled it believably and sensitively.
Cousin pairings are sensitive topics that can be hard to write believably, but here I found it more plausible than I sometimes have with your Loulily. When Albus keeps telling himself that it is wrong, that he shouldn’t feel this way, it really made it seem real to me. There would be confusion along with the love, and I really liked how Albus kept questioning himself. But there were places in the piece where the descriptions of their physicality seemed a little intense to me, especially at the end. You went into so much detail, from where their hands were to what exactly they’re doing. I was torn; it was written so beautifully, but reading it felt awkward. It was almost like I was intruding on a private moment, that I shouldn’t have been there. However, it could just be me; you know I’m bad at writing this kind of thing. Overall, though, you handled the pairing gracefully and delicately.
Another thing that was interesting about this piece was the characterization. Even though it was told through Albus’s eyes, you managed to make the person he loves hateable. That in and of itself was quite a feat; generally loves tend to be put on a pedestal in the eyes of the lover. With Rose, however, we, and Albus, were aware of all of her faults. She was using Albus because she was lonely, and you made it clear that there was no love for him in Rose, yet she still, for lack of a better phrase, leads him on. Great job on Rose; she was very different from any other Rose I have seen.
Albus was intriguing as well. His monologues made me want to hug him, to be honest. He knew exactly how Rose felt, but he was still drawn to her. And Albus hated himself for it. You captured his pain and feelings so accurately, it was almost real. However, I didn’t really know who Albus was apart from the fact that he liked flying and loved Rose. There wasn’t much to him outside of their relationship. I didn’t really get a sense of his personality, apart from the fact that he tends to beat himself up. Even if you add in a few words, showing how he reacts to something Rose says, could say a lot. I’d like to see more of Albus, though. This version was very interesting. :)
One thing I thought was beautiful about this piece was how descriptive you were. Everything from flying to the more intimate bits were extremely vivid and in depth; you didn’t skate over anything. I could tell you put a lot of time into the descriptions, and it definitely paid off. The word choices were just so perfect in places. It made the entire piece seem real. Though sometimes, as I said before, I wasn’t sure if you should have been so in depth, the writing itself was beautiful.
Overall, this was a very intriguing piece. Albus/Rose is an interesting ship idea, and I would love to read more of it from you. Great job, Soraya! :)
Author's Response: Ellieeeeee!
Eeeep, sorry I didn’t get a chance to respond to this sooner. This was a fantabulous review, so thank you very much. I’m really glad you thought the cousin pairing, even if it was one-sided, believable and sensitively handled. I think it’s important to address certain issues as issues and not just ignore it, so I hope I was able to do so.
Hmm, I think the whole cousin thing is a bit taboo, but the reason Albus kept telling himself it wasn’t right was because he didn’t know if Rose returned his feelings. And, ha, I’ve giggled with you already about the whole smut thing, but I know it’s partly because you’re not into that kind of thing, lol. I do like writing smut, lolol, but I very much doubt I will ever cross the 6th-7th/Professors line, tbh. That said, this is definitely my smuttiest, and probably the smuttiest I will ever write, so I get why you were squeamish. I’m glad, though, that you thought I handled gracefully and delicately -- that means a lot. :)
I’m glad you liked Rose’s characterisation -- haha, Rose is a bit of a byotch, yes. I see what you mean about Albus. He wasn’t as developed, I agree, but that was mostly because the whole story was about his relationship with Rose and less about him, if that makes sense. I do think I could’ve developed him more, but this story did kind of drive me insane, lol, so I just wanted to submit it. O.o Anyway, I might add some more details later on, so ta for that tip.
I usually suck at description, so it means a lot to me that you liked it :) I think one of the reasons this was more visual was because I live in East London and spend quite a bit of time in Whitechapel, which is where, in my head canon, Rose lives. And hehehehehehe, I know, it did get a bit much at times. I hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable, eep.
It means so much to me, Ellie, that you enjoyed reading this. I apologise for taking an age to reply to this, though it was because of your review’s general fabulousness as well as the fact that it’s only been in the last couple of days that I’ve been online for longer than half an hour at most without getting interrupted or having to do other things. /excuses
Thank youuuuuu for the wonderful, amazingtastic review, Ellie. :)
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