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I'm Rachel. I love love love Harry Potter. I have randomly been writing fan fiction since Deathly Hallows came out, but didn't really start for real until this year. My favorite ship is Lily/James, but I love the relationship between Sirius and Remus- not in a romantic way, but the friendship between them.

Currently working on a chaptered Marauder fic as well as a series of letters between Sirius and Remus.

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Things Aren't Always Black and White by padfootsgirl1981

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
2009 QSQs: Runner-up: Best Romance - Other Character Story

Add together one ladies' man, one Quidditch player, one werewolf, and one soon-to-be traitor. Then, mix in one imaginative idiot, one fiery redhead, one clever Ravenclaw, and one blonde artist. Stir counterclockwise until trouble occurs, and you are dealing with one of the best-loved group of friends in Hogwarts history. Follow the story of the four Marauders and four equally troublesome girls. See them deal with their first encounters of love, sorrow, heartache… and Death Eaters. How will these future Order members cope with the ordeals that life throws at them? Will love blossom in what was once thought a highly unlikely place? What do you do when the person you care about most in the world doesn’t seem to notice you at all? Will a well-kept secret shatter the foundations of a seven-year friendship? Follow the lives of these friends through their last year at school to the dramatic final battle with Lord Voldemort two decades later.

Warnings are for later chapters, and any sexual situations are very minor.

Chapter Twenty Two: "The Snakes Strike" is in the queue. Excerpt:

Perfume filled his nostrils as Emma walked passed and Rosier’s gaze lingered on her bare, pale legs as the group headed outdoors. “Don’t you just love summer?” he inquired of Regulus, a hungry sneer lighting his face.

“This is ridiculous,” Regulus announced in a furious whisper, “we’re never going to get them alone!”

“Have faith, Black,” commanded Rosier smoothly. “Girls are well renowned for their desire for girly chats. I’m sure they’ll slip off the shackles of their chaperones soon enough.”

Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 12/06/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - The Gathering

My friend told me I had to read this story and she was right! This is now one of my favorite Marauder era fictions. Keep it up, and please update soon (though I'm sure University keeps you very busy)

The Letter by Cassandras Cross

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: DH SPOILERS! Harry is so consumed with his career as an Auror that he loses touch with Ginny and their children until a letter arrives to help him remember what really matters. But is something sinister waiting out there to take it all away? An escape from Azkaban, the first in twenty years, stirs up Harry's worst fears from the past as those he loves are threatened.

Romance, mystery, and drama combine to make this a story you won't soon forget! Set one year before DH epilogue. Completely canon compliant. All reviews receive responses.

THE EPILOGUE IS UP! I don't know whether to laugh or cry as this story comes to an end, and Harry finally figures out where it's really at. (Thanks again to the amazing mods for your rapid-fire response!)
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 12/20/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I loved this. It was very well written. The bit about the way Ted could transform seemed a bit Twilightish, like the way Jacob and clan could transform, but it made sense. Nice job!

All Hallows by Magical Maeve

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The Next generation go trick or treating in Ottery St Catchpole - with some embarassing results! Written for the Slytherin Halloween fic echxange on the Beta Boards.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 01/24/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very cute. My only question is how old is Victoire supposed to be? She's at least a sixth year in the epilogue, though more likely a seventh year. Was she there to look after the kids since she was the older cousin? Otherwise well written, though how did Rose meet Rupert? Did she go to the Muggle school?

A Proper Goodbye by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: On Christmas Day of Teddy Lupin's seventh year at Hogwarts, his godfather gives him a present he will never forget - the chance to meet his parents.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 01/02/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very sweet. I think it is realistic Harry would use the stone so Teddy could see his parents. Harry was the only person who understood what Teddy has gone through his entire life. Harry was always stronger when he got those brief glimpses of his parents and it helped him understand things better after. He needed to hear them say they were proud and that they loved him instead of having other people tell him.

I think you did a spectacular job of portraying Teddy's emotions and the dialogue with Remus and Tonks was spot on. They sounded parent like but still the characters we loved from the books. Great job!

Eyes Wide Open by sorrow_of_severus

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Dandelion Dursley is heartbroken to leave her mother and beloved grandfather, Dudley, to start her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does she know that she will blossom in her training as a witch, discovering that she has a highly rare magical talent. She will also befriend The Forgotten Ones: Lily Luna Potter, Albus Severus Potter, and Hugo Weasley.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 12/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

So, I find this a very interesting story. I have a few problems with it, but they did not prevent me from enjoying it. So I guess "problems" isn't the right word. But here are my thoughts, most of which you can do nothing about considering how far you are into the story, but I would love to hear what your thinking was.

-It seems a little forced for it to be Dudley's granddaughter. I mean it did require two teenage pregnancies so his granddaughter was at school at the same time as the next-generation kids. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but like I said it just seems forced. Obviously there is nothing you can do now, but it is just something to think about with future stories.

-Would Vernon and Petunia have let Dudley and his daughter live with them? We know they loved their son, but they loved their reputation more.

-Like everyone has said, would Dudley become a mini-Vernon. I liked the part about the owls, I could see that happening, but I thought he might be a bit more accepting of magic. Might still get nervous around Hagrid though if they ever meet again...

-So good things now! Dandelion is a great character and I can't wait to see how you develop her. This is a very original story and I really enjoyed reading it. Sorry for this being long, but I do have one more thing. I recall J.K Rowling saying that Dudley would never have a magical kid because Vernon's DNA would stamp out any magical Evans DNA. However, we don't know who Dandelion's father is- so it would be interesting if it was a wizard and she was actually half-blood. I don't know how that would even fit in or how she would find out, but it would be interesting.

Just Another Golden Day by Apollonious

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: During a picnic with her beau, a young woman is forced to relive memories that she thought were long dead.

This is Apollonious of Hufflepuff House with my entry for the Character Clinic One-Shot Triathalon.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 01/24/11 Title: Chapter 1: Just Another Golden Day

a very well written story, however i do highly doubt Tom Riddle would have had a girlfriend. He had no real friends, so a girlfriend just seems not to fit. But otherwise a very good and interesting story.

Deer by AidaLuthien

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Today, the seventh-year N.E.W.T. Defense Against the Dark Arts class learns the Patronus Charm.

Severus Snape hasn't talked to Lily Evans in two years. Will that change today?
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 12/21/10 Title: Chapter 1: Shapes

Yes! I'm so happy it's up! I love one-shots that are just the narrators thoughts, so when i read this earlier I loved it. I see you reworked the bit about the patronus shape, it makes much more sense now. I love it!

Broom Ride by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

Join the crowd for some wintery fun with a Quidditch-ized version of the Christmas classic song, 'Sleigh Ride'.

Merry Christmas to everyone at MuggleNet Fan Fiction!

Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 12/25/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Yes! This is perfect! The words fit almost perfectly with the tune, there are only a few parts where I either have to say the word slowly or quickly to make it fit. Otherwise I love it!

Author's Response:

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Honestly, after listening to this song a dozen times, I can divulge that the parts to which you're referring, the dodgy bits, were the same parts in the original lyrics that didn't seem to fit in with the song, either. I just hoped for the best and this is what came out, hehe.

Thanks for reading and reviewing. Have a good night/day/daypart in which you currently dwell!


Strangers at Drakeshaugh by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.

Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?

Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 07/02/11 Title: Chapter 7: Wet Afternoon

I love this, I think this a creative way to show Ginny and Harry post-Hogwarts. I honestly at this point only have praise for the story, the characterizations are great and I love seeing Harry, Ginny and the kids interacting with muggles and from a muggle perspective. Just great, can't wait for more!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Next: more Polly; more confusing comments by James, and a barbeque! How very mundane (apart from Polly, of course). -N-

One Last Run by Gmariam

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: As his relationship with Lily Evans picks up, James is forced to confront an equally important bond with one of his best friends and the future they face together.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 07/03/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

I saw this and thought it could be interesting, since I've actually been starting to feel some tension between James and Sirius recently. I like how it felt like it could be possible, since it didn't change any James/Lily stuff. The point that it started because they were alone so often stuck out to me because I've been toying with the idea myself. While I was thinking maybe just a few kisses, I really liked where you took it. The characterizations were great, and it made me love Sirius even more.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and even better, found it actually possible. I wanted it to fit in with both canon and character and writing this has sort of made me a bit of a James/Sirius person now. I could see it and could see it being very hard and sad for them. Thanks for reading this, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)

Orphans of the Storm by Equinox Chick

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: On the run for nine months, Dean spent his time deliberately not thinking of his friends as he struggled to survive, but he could not control his thoughts at night.

In his final year, Seamus longed for release from the daily torture of the Carrows' regime.

In her room, Parvati had made a list of all the things she wished to do if she survived, but wasn’t sure she could carry it through.

After the Battle, the three of them relax by the lake.

Who knew their thoughts had been so intertwined?

Disclaimer: I am no JKR, JFK, J-Lo or whatever initials are famous.

Jess (ToBeOrNotToHaveTheLongestUserNameOnTheBoard), this is for you. Happy Birthday, mate.

Ta, lots, Gina, for the speedy beta job and Emma for the Irish help.
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 07/03/11 Title: Chapter 1: Orphans of the Storm

Wow! I found this in the Puff review circle and thought to myself, I always love what Carole writes and I really should try genres other than Marauder. It was worth it! I'm not usually someone who reads trio era because I find that many people have trouble with characterizations and there is a lot less wiggle room, so it is stiff. However, this was not the case with your story. I liked that they were characters everyone recognizes and even had minor roles in the books, but not major enough that you couldn't have some fun with their characters. It was beautifully written. Everything flowed together really well, none of the events of the story seemed out of place or random.

I'm supposed to suggest something to improve on, so the one thing I felt was slightly lacking is the guilt Parvati had about Lavender. The piece you had was really strong, but it seemed like it was dropped rather quickly. However, it did make sense in the timing and because it was a one-shot I understand why the guilt was not brought back up. Overall I really loved this story, and in many ways would have liked this to develop into a chaptered fic because there were so many great things to explore. Great job!

Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review. I sort of agree with you about the guilt, but in my canon, Lavender has someone else with her (You'll need to read Lavender, blur - A Gryffindor true to find out - hee hee) so doesn't need Parvati at that moment. The girls' relationship and Parvati, Seamus and Deans' relationship is explored even more in a mystery I've just completed called 'The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too.' I might write some more about them, but time is my biggest issue.

Thank you again for the review. It's much appreciated. ~Carole~

Peace and Quiet by Simply Being

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a life time.”*

In search of some peace and quiet, The Gryffindor boys are reunited after the Final Battle.

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, page 749, American edition

Nominated for Best General Story in the Quicksilver Quills 2011!
Reviewer: rachelnotrach Signed
Date: 07/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

That was a sweet and simple story. I think you got a lot of the characterizations right, though I actually don't know if Ron would have left his family so easily. They had just lost Fred and they were together for the first time in months. However, despite that one little bit, it was beautiful. I loved the simplicity, and how each returned to their proper place after such a horrible year/event. Well written!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I see your point about Ron, but I was hoping to emphasize that he was a bit sick of his mum's endless hug ;) Anyway, glad you enjoyed and thanks again!