Hmm... Let's see... What might the HPFF world want to know about me?
Well, I'm a happy teenager (I know, rare) who enjoys writing. For a long time, I would write often, but never completed anything as I would be bored by my characters and/or plots. Then I started reading HPFF, and got hooked... So I started writing my own fan fics as a "writing exercise." I absolutely adore all of JKR's characters, and I am all about the characters! (Character studies are kind of my thing.)
Fun fact: my all-time favorite HP character is Ginny Weasley. Luna is up there on the list, as well as James Potter Sr. James has become one of my favorites through a lot of fan fiction reading; the person fans have made him become is someone I would easily fall in love with!
As well as writing, Iove art. Um... Yeah I actually go to school for art. I do drawing and painting, preferring a normal graphite pencil to anything else. I have started getting into Harry Potter fan art, switching between doing realistic character studies and doing contour line drawings filled in with colored pencil (much less realistic, but no less fun!)
Another overwhelming passion of mine is horseback riding, strangely enough. I've been riding for years, and I currently compete, train a wee bit, teach lessons to kids, and scoop a heck of a lot of manure! I love it, I'd never trade it for anything, and my penname is actually the registered name of my last lease horse :)
So, that's just about me, and I hope you enjoy my fics. Keep in mind that I've never actually taken a writing class before, and all that I've learned is from books and online tips, haha!
Summary: Al and Rose contemplate how to say those three little words.
This was cute... but do you realize that Rose and Al are cousins? As in, blood relatives? So as much as I love the idea of the story, I couldn't get over the weirdness of that. Sorry. Good job, though!
Author's Response: Yes, I do know they're cousins, and because they're cousins, I got the feeling they were really good friends, seeing how Albus was fretting about not finding them in the Epilouge of DH. I was thinking, after seventeen years of friendship, it might have grown to be a bit more.
Summary: A poem chronicling the famous Battle of Hogwarts.Many thanks to Jezza and Cazza for their suggestions. This poem placed third in the Battle Challenge at Poetry Anyone?
Ooooh, this was really good! You didn't seem to make things too metaphorical to the point of cheesiness, but you use eloquent language so that it sounded like legit poetry and not some ten year old rhyming basic words ;) Well done!
Author's Response: Lol! Love this review to bits. Thanks, and I am sorry for being a twat and replying so late. I genuinely forgot to do it.
Summary: An older Harry Potter takes his son Albus to see Professor Snape's portrait at Hogwarts seventeen years after the conclusion of the Deathly Hallows
This was very well-written, and I enjoyed the dialogue between Albus and Snape, but I never understood why Harry took Albus to Hogwarts. Surely their long journey was for more than just a short, pointless chat between a portrait of Snape and Harry's son? What was the reason?
Author's Response: That you for your compliment on the writing. As for the reason, I thought Harry introducing his son to Professor Snape was reason enough. Harry brings his son to meet his namesake, a man who put himself in danger for years to protect a boy in honor of his mother's memory. The only thing I feel I need to explain is why Harry too so long.
He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!
I keep reading this story, because you are a good writer and have developed a good story. The thing is, I'm starting to get really tired of Lily and James fighting all the time. At first it made sense, but now I'm feeling as emotionally exhausted as they are. I'm also very confused about Sirius, and why he was over-the-top-creepin' on Lily and James while they made out. I hope all that gets explained soon, because I love Sirius' character usually.
Summary: Lavender Brown: gossip, fashion queen, boy crazy. But she also weaves bracelets from thread. Bracelets that let her forget gossip, that make her fashionable, and that save her from the pain of boys... and everything else.
Wow! This was fantastic. I really enjoyed reading from Lavender's point of view. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you.
There's something Lily's been waiting to hear since Harry said his first word.
Written in anticipation for Deathly Hallows, part two.
Nominated for the 2011 Best Dark/Angsty QSQ. Thank you, Maple!
Wow! This was brilliant. I almost started crying, and I got shivers! Absolutely beautiful!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
Summary: Sirius, Remus, and Harry share memories and stories as they read through letters the Marauders and friends wrote to their future selves while at school.
Nice! I really enjoyed this one. I'm always a little wary when people write fics that are set during the trio's Hogwarts years, because I'm afraid they'll express the characters all wrong, but you did it really well. Can't wait for the next one, so don't take too long!
Author's Response: Thank you!! Yeah, I don't write fanfiction for the trio years, really. The only reason I write fanfiction is to figure out what happened in certain holes in the story, and I just don't find those as compelling for some reason... anyway, I wrote this for a prompt a long time ago where a character had to write a letter to their future self, and I ended up writing a whole slew of letters, and then I thought of a reason they would have written them... and it ended up beginning during the trio years. I tried my best to make the writing as much like the books as possible! This story has been finished for a while and I'm uploading as fast as they will let me. I'm currently working hard on a full length prequel series from this universe. You can find more info on my blog, the link is on my profile. Let me know if you're interested! Anyway, thanks for reading, and look out for more :) Laurel
Summary: This is Luna Lovegood’s sixth year at Hogwarts. Three of the few people she considers her friends are off saving the world, and the school is in ruins with its new management. The world is looking bleak to everyone, even this usually happy-go-lucky girl. The bit of hope that remains in their hearts is the club of students who are still willing to fight for what they believe in, Dumbledore’s army. This is where Luna finds comfort, and where she finds that she’s lost something. No, this time it isn’t her shoes, it’s her heart, and even Luna can see that it wasn’t the nargles.
You have a beautiful idea of what goes on in Luna's head. Please keep writing and updating!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I like to think of myself as being a little (very minorly unfortunately) like Luna, so I use that to help me get a grasp on what I imagine her mind is like. I definitely plan on continuing to write and update here, and wonderful comments like this definitely convince me that I have made the right choice in doing so!
Summary: What if, on that fateful October night, it was not Lily's sacrifice that saved Harry, but James' sacrifice that saved them both? What if Lily is left to pick up the broken pieces of her life after its been shattered into a million pieces? Who would be there to rescue her? Who would get her through the night? This is a story of loss, of pain, of hopelessness, and ultimately, of healing.
After much deliberation and input from all you guys who have read thus far, I have officially decided to continue this story. It was initially supposed to be a one-shot, but I've decided I already have too much of my heart invested in it to quit now. :) Second chapter in progress. Thanks, all! Advice and reviews are still very welcome!
I liked it a lot! I actually felt a lot of emotion while I read about Lily losing James, mostly because I adore James' character and I'm writing my own Lily/James chaptered fic, and I could really understand why she felt so much pain.
My only real complaint was the ending. I wish the last line wasn't "she had finally found her way home," because she'd found her way home before James' death. So essentially, she completely lost her home but had found a path that, in time, might lead her to a new home, but I don't think that realizing she had friends and a son would be enough to make a widowed woman who'd watched the love of her life be murdered feel like she'd "found her way home."
In any case, I would love for you to continue with this story, given that you stay as canon and realistic as possible. (I hate fics that are AU because of a dead character still being alive, but then all JKR's rules for magic and Harry's protection are disregarded!) Good luck!
Author's Response: James has always been a favorite of mine as well. I always was fascinated and overjoyed by his transformation from an arrogant prat to a self-sacrificing, strong young man. I do understand your complaint about the ending, and looking back, I agree. I have decided to continue the story, and am currently working on the second chapter. Any suggestions or advice would be welcome! Thanks!
Summary: Some letters are mundane: generic form letters which arrive with monotonous regularity. Other letters are life changing.
Some letters can be both.
Very nice! What an interesting perspective! You pulled it off well.
Author's Response: Thank you. -N-
Summary: James and Harry are dead; killed by Voldemort. Lily was spared. Grief-stricken, but determined, she sets out to avenge their deaths. Everyone that played a part must suffer: their traitorous secret-keeper, the Dark Lord himselfâ€¦ But what Lily didnâ€™t count on was that her childhood friend - who insists on joining her on her quest - is also partly to blame.
Oh interesting! I never really realized that it would have been so possible for Dumbledore to unite the Hallows in this cirmcumstance. I wish it had been more of a struggle for him to find the ring; Voldemort would have lots of protection over it. Otherwise, well done.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I wanted to explore this, the whole Master of Death concept, and it will return, though much, much later on. Yes, that's a good point about the ring being too easily obtained... Thanks again, I'm glad you like it so far :)
Summary: Hermione and Ginny want revenge for a prank that Harry and Ron pulled on them, and Hermione thinks she has the perfect idea...
This story includes a dollop of love potion, a sprinkling of cheesy romantic cliches, and a generous splash of incredibly embarassing memories for Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Aaaaaawkward. Well done.
Summary: Draco Malfoy -avid Death Eater, proud and eager to be of use to the Dark Lord. Or desperate boy willing to do anything to save his family from dishonour and his father from death? Perhaps both.
What if there'd been another way? What if the road he's taking could diverge and lead him on a different journey? His path is set, he thinks... but then he collides with an insignificant girl and his world changes.
This story is for Julia (the opaleye) whose poetical skill with words leaves me breathless. It is also her 21st birthday. Apologies that I didn't use your fabulous alternate title 'An Act of Selecting or Making A Decision When Faced With Two or More Possibilities?'
Disclaimer: Much as I'd love to be JK Rowling, I'm not :(
Thank you Kara for beta'ing this and minna for mentioning the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken,' from which I've taken some lines.
** indicates lines taken from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
Ooooh, excellent start! Keep writing :)
Author's Response: Thank you very much. The story is finished, apart from a bit of tweaking, so hopefully you'll like the rest of it. ~Carole~
Summary: Did you ever wonder what happened in the last match of Harry Potter's sixth year? Find out from Ginny Weasley's point of view.
Hey guys. Even though it kills me to post this, I just don't have enough time to write. Until I can find enough time, this story is going to be "completed." Once I get a few minutes, I'll be sure to continue it. Thanks!
Well written, but I felt like it was paced too fast. I read the story thinking there would be some climactic, cheesy, or in other words "plot" to the story that we didn't already know, and was a little disappointed. It's cute, for sure, but nothing we couldn't have thought up for ourselves. If you had drawn it out a little longer, used a bit more imagery and taken a deeper look into Ginny's mind, this would have been a much stronger story.
Keep it up, though!
Author's Response: Sorry, haha! I need to work on details, that's my main problem--I can give somthing bones, but I have problems filling in the flesh. Thank you!
Summary: Scorpius Malfoy and Roxanne Weasley share gumdrops over three Christmas encounters. Eight years later, Roxanne does not remember anything except the gumdrops.
Really sweet story! I secretly wish you'd used Rose Weasley--she is from the books, and she is kind of the usual match for Scorpius in the fanfiction world, but I totally understand if you didn't want to conform! Very good anyway :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Yes, I know Rose is often paired with Scorpius because they are in the same year and that makes it interesting, given how Ron and Draco might react. I sort of like Scorpius/Lily myself. But I wrote Scorpius/Roxanne for another story and decided to explore them a bit more here. I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks again for the review!! ~Gina :)
Summary: Ted was a Muggle-born. Andromeda was a pure-blood from one of the greatest Wizarding families in history. Until she married him. We know them as the parents of Nymphadora Tonks. This is a story where an unlikely couple succumbs to the most powerful spell of all.
This is a cute, sweet start to a promising story. However, you could really take it to the next level if you improve the sophistication of your writing. You use very basic, simple, generic sentences and descriptions for things. Kind of study the writing style of successful authors and pick up on the details on their writing. Little things, like instead of saying "She ran up to Ted and gave him a tight hug," you could phrase it more like, "She bounded across the room and flung her arms around his waist." The second sentences expresses more specific imagery, and will capture a reader a little more. Does that make sense?
Please don't take this review in a negative way! I really like the beginning to this story, and I wish you the best of luck!
Author's Response: I get that. Every author is different, and practicing by writing fan fiction gives me room to grow. For the most part, I'm definitely not poetic, though. It's something I've been working on, and it's hard for me to really tap into. But I'm glad you still liked the story :)
Over fifty brave souls perished during the fight that took down You-Know-Whoâ€™s regime. However, not all of the victims of the clash that ended just this morning set foot on the grounds of Hogwarts last night. Numerous family members and friends will be spending these next weeks not celebrating, but planning funerals while raking up the pieces of their lives and wondering where they are supposed to go from here.
One boy was lost and alone -- looking for a lifeline, crying for help. But is anyone listening?
This story was nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Dark/Angst Story and Best General Story.
Hmm... as much as I liked this story, I have one major hesitation. I really think Harry would have replied to every letter. I really do. I think that if an unknown person was sending him letters that were so full of despair and depression, Harry would have done anything he could to write back, no matter how busy he was at work. It takes five minutes to write a letter, surely Harry hasn't been on his feet every second of every day for months!
Otherwise, well done.
If that's what you choose to believe, then that's your prerogative. However, when one looks at Harry, one of the things he hated the most was people telling him how good a job he did and how much of a hero he was when so many people were hurt or had died and went largely unacknowledged. This would disgust him, I reckon. My theory is that he would start reading all of these letters out of a sense of duty, but after a while, he would become overwhelmed by the borderline hero worship of people treating him like their saviour when he really doesn't believe he's worthy of such treatment. Then he might just let a few slide and then a few more until he puts off reading them to the point when he has to make himself do it.
You might agree, you might not, but this is how I see it. And just as a note, he wouldn't know what was in the letters if he wasn't reading them, so he would never have known that someone was in such dire need of guidance. All in all, Harry was always a bit short-sided when it came to stuff like this, so there's nothing to say that he might not have let something like this happen unintentionally.
In the end, you are more than free to make your own interpretation on how Harry adjusts to life after the battle and how he deals with the things that happen; this is merely my own view based on what I know of Harry over the course of the seven books. Anyway, thank you for reading and letting me know what you think. :)