I'm Maddie. I'm 16 and from New York.
To anyone who received an email regarding A Secondhand Life,
It's the first and last. I'm not pestering for reviews, I just thought that after such a long time, I'd go back and see if anyone who at one point showed interest was willing to come back and read more.
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It won second place in the Hufflepuff common room. Christmas-themed, post-DH, rated G. Features Albus, James, and Harry.
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Ginny is awesome. And I agree with you on Floo Powder. It certainly makes sense that anyone can use it, if they know how to. Nice chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks! I\'m glad you agree. :-)
I like Jared. He does all the things wizards should do but are never shown doing in the books, like shrinking things to carry them around everywhere you go. Great chapter!
Author's Response: Thank you; I\'m glad you enjoyed it.
Ouch. Poor Ginny. Very nice chapter.
Author's Response: Yeah, Harry\'s a right prat at this point. I feel very bad for Ginny every time I go back and read it. :-(
Harry's dream is very intersting. Foreshadowing? I'll just have to read on. Nice characterization on Ron running off with the dinner plate. Magical myths are very creative. Awesome chapter!
Author's Response: Thank you! Harry\'s dream will be quite significant later on. You\'ll find out exactly why in the chapter called \"Harry\'s Secret Plan.\" :-)
Aww, the fluff makes me feel really happy. Like, I've been having a really rough day and your story is making me feel better. I know the warning is character death, and it will get darker in the next chapter, but for now, thanks for making me feel a little better with good old Harry/Ginny fluff.
That was so sad. But so good! Kudos to you for a good story!!
Author's Response: thanks so much!
Woah, now this is a MUCH better idea than having Harry become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher....
Author's Response: Er... Um... hehehe thanks for the review
Author's Response: Thank you muchly, I appreciate it.
Hmmm....that is a surprise. And surprisingly (lol) I liked it that you made Harry a teacher as well. And not for everyone, just the first and second years. Good chapter.
Author's Response: Yeah, I was hoping that would be a well received twist, though I started to worry in your review of the first chapter. Glad everything turned out okay. Thanks for the review.
Aww, that was a nice chapter. You did a very good job on inserting plot twists and emotions that correctly fit the story line. I don't read much fanfiction, so I don't know if there's much of this out there, but I've never read a fanfiction with Colin and Luna. It fits very nicely and was sweet. Hopefully Harry will get himself out of trouble before the end of the story. I'll be a little sad to know the last chapter is coming up, but I look forward to the next sequal. Brilliant work, Grimmrook.
Author's Response: Hehehe. You know I was hoping people would like that I put Colin and Luna together. Tha t was something that was down from the very beginning. Yeah, I just posted the last chapter, and it\'s kinda bittersweet. Thanks for the review.
Oooh, some serious turmoil going on. Nice chapter. It is very much appreciated that you are a consisten updater. =]
Author's Response: Eep. Um, yeah. about that... I\'m just glad you didn\'t start reading while I was on hiatus. Wasn\'t very consistent then. But I\'m back, and I\'m hoping to get Part II wrapped up within the next month because I\'m seriously itching to start on part III. That\'s going to be totally different than anything I\'ve written thus far, and I\'m really hoping it\'ll be a blast. Thank you kindly, and you can e-mail hpmaniac666 regarding when chapter seven will be up... man she is so gonna kill me.
I always say "Oh snap, this is the best chapter ever!" and I just have to say it again now, because this story just keeps getting better and better. Where to begin on the list of things I absolutely loved? Quidditch, Rathius, emotions put so amazingly into play -- well done. Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: hehehe. Oh snap. You know, looking back on it, I really liked writing this chapter. It was hard work, true, and sometimes very frustrating, but in the end, also very rewarding as I look back and think, okay, this was a pretty good piece of work. Thank you.
I'm getting this totally happy-sad feeling that I always get at the end of a really good book, because this piece of writing you've created is more than a fanfiction. It is so well thought out, with a distinctive style. You think about the reader, and really work hard to make the story great. I especially enjoyed reading the comparison of Ginny's pursuit of Harry to her chase of the train back in book one. It reminded me that Ginny and Harry have known each other so long, and they've been through a lot. The ending fit very nicely with the cliche style, as you explained. The series is also very interesting becasue the categories vary; you go from romance, to dark/angsty, to romance again, jump to mystery/adventure, and then back to dark/angsty. It keeps things moving along and yet new and exciting. I don't know what much else to say, and you're probably bored reading this, so I'l finish. Congratulations on such a successful story -- you've definitely earned it -- and good luck writing the next installment. I look forward to reading it.
Author's Response: thank you ever so much, I really don\'t know what to say. I think when I realized that the British school system wouldn\'t really allow for the original ending I had in mind, that\'s when I decided to do all the stuff with the chasing of the train imagery. I thin it\'s fitting though because they\'re all at a certain juncture in their life, and whatnot, so you know there you go. As for changing the style, look, the best stories, the best novels and movies, don\'t pigeon hole themselves to a single genre, they play around a little because whatever you are making your audience sit through, they need breaks. If it\'s a comedy, they need something serious to remember there is a plot going on. If it\'s a drama, it helps move things along to laugh a little, etc. It\'s been a roller coaster, writing this, but I\'m glad I did it, and I really can\'t wait to get to work in earnest on the last part of the trilogy. Thanks for everything, and I\'ll see you at Part III: The Nightshades.
Woah, fuzzbuckets much? But it was still an amazing chapter. I skipped over most of the previous chapter and just read the ending after a long time of not reading, but I got right into it. Adding Cho to the mix was a great twist. Great job.
Author's Response: er fuzzbuckets? Thank you so much, yeah, I think I had more planned for cho originally, but well, you\'ll see. thank you.
Nice chapter. There was a lot going on, and I really liked it. Just pointing out, you spelled Demelza incorrectly. It has an "e" not an "i". Also, when Rathius says "victory dance" you forgot to put an end quotation. I'm looking forward to more!! =]
Author's Response: Thank you so much, and I think I fixed both problems, thanks for that. now I just have to go back and fix the extra spacing in paragraphs that happens every time I try to edit here. Meh. Thanks a lot and can\'t wait to get chapter five to you.
Nice chapter. I keep forgetting that this is part of an ongoing series, and bringing Harry and Ginny to the graveyard reminded me of what's already happened. Looking forward to chapter eight!
Author's Response: Aw, thank you. Yeah, occasionally I need to remind myself that we\'re looking at a full on series, not just stand alone stories, so I\'ll do some symbolism and stuff. Thanks for the review.
Ooh, cliffhanger!! Interesting chapter. I liked the fight scene between Ginny and Harry. It showed Ginny's and Harry's personalities well. I did notice that you have a habit of capitalizing words that should stay lowercase. "...The staff,” he continued as he motioned towards his own, “Is in some ways like a wand..." "Is" should not be capital in this case. Other than that, great chapter!
Author's Response: Grammar first because my system has started to fail me after oh so long. I say this because someone actually sent me an e-mail review from another site for something similar. That being the damned if you do, damned if you don\'t nature of fanfiction. The fact is this, I know these things, however, I post on four different sites, all of which use different formatting rules and bases for standard english (between American English, and English English... Don\'t start with me Charlotte). Plus there are formatting rules and such, and what I have done is kind of bastardized my style to accompany the finicky nature of fanfic moderators. For instance, this particular error you point out is done as such on purpose because when i went to get One Good Day posted on another site, the moderator had said something to the effect of my grammar was flawless except that I DIDN\'T capitalize the first word of every bit of dialogue. This along with rules about closing quotation marks at the end of speeches, and how many characters are allowed to speak in each paragraph. I\'ve adapted to minimize the hassle on me in getting my stories approved. Though I do appreciate the vigilance. Now for the rest. This cliffhanger, as those select few who have read beyond this chapter will attest, is nothing compared to the one you have waiting for you at the end of chapter six mwuhahahahahaha. Happily, we go through chapter seven without a cliffie. Then I have one planned at the end of Chapter 8 (which is also, incidentally, the chapter I rated this thing R for), and one at the end of Chapter 9, and I think one at the end of Chapter 10. Basically, I gotta admit, I beginning to like cliffhangers, they keep readers coming back for more. Anyway, thanks for th review.
Haha, a very original idea. I liked it especially the potatoes part, and the patting on the head. "Dunno. A reflex or something." Those parts had me laughing. Kudos to you!!
That was sweet.
Haha, when I read that they woke up together, I was like, "Ew. Nasty. Please let JKR have enough sense to never make this actual canon!" And then I read on, and it's freaking hilarious. Loved it. Kudos to you!!
Author's Response: I may be depraved, but I\'m not THAT depraved. *snicker* I\'m glad you liked it. Isn\'t Snapey so sneaky? <3 Thanks for the review! : )