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Dear Mrs. Potter... by DaisyMaeEvans
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 202]

Summary: Past Featured StoryProfessor Granger deals with a pair of students who have inherited a knack for trouble...

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1446 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/15/06 Updated: 04/16/06


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 01/08/11 Title: Chapter 1: One Shot

I guess 189 reviews says it all, but too funny!! I rarely find humorous writing I actually find funny, but this was awesome (:

 

Shadows of the Past by Hypatia
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 50]

Summary: Molly Prewett is about to start her third year at Hogwarts and her mischievous brothers are about to begin their first year. Follow Molly and her friends as they learn about life, love, loss and even magic.
Chapter 20 has been posted!

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death

Word count: 69002 Chapters: 22 Completed: No
Published:
09/22/06 Updated: 08/07/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 07/30/11 Title: Chapter 3: All's Fair

I am only on chapter 3, but I just wanted to say that I LOVE this story and so much hope you haven't abandoned it. It's funny, the characters (especially Molly) are brilliant and everything flows so well that I really feel like I'm reading a Potter book again. Wonderful! -abovelevel

 

Summary: A companion piece to the Potter's Pentagon trilogy... it's better if you've read the Potter's Pentagon trilogy, but you don't necessarily have to.

It's five years after Emma Weasley and her chums graduated from Hogwarts. Ted and Ivy are married, Haley is working at Madame Puddifoot's while trying desperately to break into show business, Jordan's doing whatever it is he does, and Emma is an Auror trainee working as a guard at the Chudley Cannons' stadium. The Cannons have actually been doing much better lately, due to their new star Beater, Tyrone Thomas. Unfortunately, Tyrone is Emma's ex-boyfriend. OH, THE AWKWARDNESS.

Follow Emma through her awkward adventures told in her usual insane way, as she experiences angst, hilarity, obnoxiously strange people, misadventures involving a deceptively dashing cad, Haley's wedding, the birth of Ted and Ivy's baby, and her own eventual descent into LURRRVE.

Written for the marvellous Vindictus Viridian's Pride and Prejudice NEWTs class on the Fanfiction Beta Boards, based on Jane Austen's fantastic novel, "Pride and Prejudice.".

Nominated in the 2008 Quicksilver Quills Awards for Best Non-Canon Romance Story! And its lovely (haha) heroine, Emma Weasley, received two nominations for Best Female Original Character, while Haley Potter and Ivy Potter each received one! Thanks so much, guys!

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded

Word count: 122124 Chapters: 17 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/30/08 Updated: 06/04/11


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 06/05/11 Title: Chapter 17: The Big, Fat Epilogue

Awwww I love it! I love that they all have boy names and that Emma and Tyrone are actually happy in their own, kind of twisted way. I love Haley and Wolfie. I REALLY love Anatoly and his "special friend" and his Asian baby, and I didn't even ever really like him in PP. I'm so sad it's over, because I have been reading these forever, but I love that it ended so perfectly. I friended all of them on facebook! Even after what JK has said, somewhere in my mind, this is still part of my Next-Gen canon :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! Yeah, Tyrone wanted all the girls to have really prissy old-fashioned girly names, and Emma wanted them to have tomboyish names, so they compromised and gave them all girly names and unisex nicknames. I felt like I needed to write this epilogue because I hate it when stories just end with couples getting together, without showing anything of their relationship. ANd of course, people as weird as Emma and Tyrone can't have a normal 'happily ever after!' I'm really happy that you like Anatoly's ending, because I'd never planned on including him in the epilogue until I had a dream that he adopted a baby named Ringo Supernova, and so I was like, 'I have to put him in here!' Also because when we last saw him, he was head-over-heels for Haley's husband, and that's just sad. I feel sad that this stuff's over, too, because I was twelve when I invented these characters, and I'm nineteen now. I totally keep forgetting that JK Rowling invented a real Next-Gen bunch... to me, it'll always be these wacky people!

 
Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 01/11/11 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: Me, Me, and Also Meeee

Ahhhh too good. I've never been able to make it through the real P&P, but I'm tempted to try it now. Though I doubt it could be better than Emma's version. Emma is seriously awesome and I'm glad Tyrone is still wearing her down AND that they're both starting to grow up! Very sweet and yet still very...them. I'm still a little sad Haley didn't end up with Vladislav (I always loved him for some reason), but I can't wait to find out what happens with B.C. (:

Author's Response: I say go ahead and watch the *movie* version of P&P with Keira Knightley if you're intrigued but didn't love the book. Jane Austen movies are awesome! I love Vladislav, too... he DOES make a cameo appearance later in the story, though!

 

Edges by DragonDi
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 22]

Summary: Past Featured StoryPeter Pettigrew is dead by his own silver hand. Remus Lupin shares the news with Sirius Black and the Potters and ponders how he feels about it. (Warning: Adult wizards will swear--especially if one has been in prison...)
Originally published: Fiction Alley, Dec. 2007.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 9991 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/08/08 Updated: 06/11/08


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 01/08/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Far and away the best characterization of Remus I have read in a fanfiction -- so very touching and sad and really brings home an issue I have always struggled with: why did Remus and Sirius suspect each other of being the traitor? Obviously, the Marauder's weren't as tight as they all wanted to imagine they were, or if they were, then that was torn away by the war. I liked the imagine of "Sirius couldnt be torn away from James and Remus couldn't be torn away from Lily." I think that also shows how Peter could have ended feeling the outsider and fallen to old Voldy.

Beautiful.

 

Für Das Größere Wohl by Tim the Enchanter
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 70]

Summary: Past Featured StoryDieter Heydrich is a model German boy. He has perfect Aryan complexion, is an exemplary member of the Hitler Youth, and is fanatically loyal to his beloved Führer.

But on his eleventh birthday, Dieter discovers a hidden magical world led by an extraordinary wizard named Gellert Grindelwald…


Nominated for QSQ 2009, Best History/Mystery.
WINNER of QSQ 2009, Best Male Original Character.


Note: As you might have guessed, Für Das Größere Wohl is German, meaning: “For the Greater Good.” Yes, this story is from the perspective of the bad guys.

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 85950 Chapters: 15 Completed: No
Published:
08/18/08 Updated: 01/05/11


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 01/03/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter I: Auf Wiedersehen, Herr Schwalbe

Hello!

I've been slowly reading through this over my winter break and I it's basically making me HATE myself, because I'm starting to sympathise with a little Nazi boy. The past few chapters, I've seriously found myself feeling bad for Dieter, because he it so genuinely confused as to why the "sub-humans" are allowed in the school. It's like, even though it's terrible, you can't help but pity his ignorance. And just the way he talks about his Hans and his mother, it makes him just an ordinary kid...until he starts talking about his beloved Fuhrer.

It is obvious you've worked very hard on this and clearly you've done a great job. Can't wait to read more.

-Claire

 

The Lions of Gryffindor by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 335]

Summary: Past Featured StoryIt is June 1976 and The Marauders are at the top of their game. From the outside they look to have everything.But appearances, as the saying goes, can be deceptive.

James is discovering that not everything in life is his for the taking. Sirius knows he will have to defy his formidable family. Remus lives in constant fear of his life beyond Hogwarts. As for Peter... Well, Peter is struggling to live up to his friends.

The ties of friendship are strong, but war is raging and with a dark power rising those ties will inevitably fray.

Added to the mix is an adversary called Severus Snape, some lost House Points, a prank or two and a whole lot of Lily.

This is a Marauder tale.

This is a story of what made them special.

This is a story of why it started to go wrong for The Lions of Gryffindor.

OH MY GOOD GODRIC! Lions of Gryffindor won the 2009 QSQ for Best Marauders' Era Story. Amazed and incredibly grateful to those who nominated, judged and have beta'd this fic. THANK YOU.

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Trick or Treat!
3. She clicks on her mouse and swipes her wand;
Some stories go up, and some stories are gone.
Stories of her own? Why, she has plenty!
Fewer than one-hundred, but far more than twenty.



Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 110875 Chapters: 23 Completed: No
Published:
09/10/08 Updated: 04/28/12


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 01/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Turning Point

Oh, goodness, this is just so good except for the fact that I want to bonk Lily over the head on account of slimy, slimy Rich! You've done such a good job with this - I especially love the Martha, Mary, Remus and Sirius dynamics. Very exciting turn of events with Sonia, I can't wait to see what Lily and Peter think :)

Author's Response: OH, thank you so much. I'm glad you like Martha and Mary as they've turned up in another few fics of mine. I'm also rather fond of Sonia even though James is obviously meant to be with Lily - hee hee. OH, don;t write off Rich yet. Slimy but ... I will say no more. Thanks again ~Carole~

 

An Outstretched Hand by Equinox Chick
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: September the First, nineteen-sixty-two, is the day Molly Prewett has been looking forward to more than any other day. This is the day she'll join her brothers at Hogwarts. But what if she's not really a witch? What if she can't get through the barrier? What if no one will talk to her? And which House will she be Sorted into?

I am Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff, and this is my entry for the Hufflepuff Back to School Challenge.

Thank you Lexi (Harry_Rulz) for beta'ing this in record time.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, Jasper Fforde, Agatha Christie or even Jane Austen.

The quotation at the beginning of this story is by Ralph Waldo Emerson

** indicates a line taken directly from the Harry Potter series.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 2177 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/20/09 Updated: 09/20/09


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 07/30/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Great job! I was blown away just by the idea behind this story because as interesting as it is to consider, there's no reason that it isn't plausible. I loved your characterization of Molly and her interactions with her family and even young Bellatrix was well done - as much as I would like to imagine so, she probably wasn't an evil, bloodthirsty maniac when she was eleven. I also enjoyed the very salient point you bring up about the Sorting Hat and the state of the Houses, especially during the war(s). Bringing it forward to the past was the perfect way to do that. I don't know what made me click on this story, but I'm very glad I did. -abovelevel

Author's Response: Thank you very much for reading and reviewing. I loved writing this story, and find it a little sad that it doesn't get more reads, but then I get lovely reviews from people like you that make me happy. Thanks again. ~Carole~

 

It Takes Two (a Duet) by Northumbrian
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: A typical day in the lives of Mr and Mrs H J Potter suddenly becomes far from typical when Harry makes a chance discovery.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 6402 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/16/10 Updated: 03/23/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/07/10 Title: Chapter 1: It Takes Two (a Duet)

What a nice way to start my Tuesday morning! This one-shot was a wonderful mix of fluffy H/G and interesting tidbits about the Auror Office and Quidditch training.

For me the strength in this truly was really how well and easily it flowed. Though you jumped between Harry and Ginny's minds, it felt natural and as a reader, I could settle into their different thoughts quickly and logically. In paticular, I think you really got into Harry's thoughts, as Ginny's husband and as a future Dad. Now, I don't know much about parenthood, but I have a feeling that you do, haha.

The Auror I.D. cards were brilliant - what a perfect idea and how magical it seems, yet also technological if that makes sense. It was interesting seeing some characters we already know, as well as the hierarchy of positions. When Harry said he "wished Neville was there" I had to smile and the knot on the tree was a great connection to canon HP.

I liked the scene at Ginny's Quidditch practice a lot - I think this was the part where you reflect Ginny's thoughts the best:

"The girls laugh at me, but I don’t pay them any attention. Why is he here? Has something happened? Is someone hurt?" - I see this as really reflective of, as her Coach said, the changing priorities between a professional athlete, one who is wholly dedicated to the sport and team, and someone who is becoming a wife and mother, someone who in those roles must put family first. I know this is just one small thing, but it really brought that point home for me.

In the scene at the beach, I was surprised Ginny wasn't more suspect of Harry's sudden baby talk. I suppose she had no reason to be, but through the rest of the scenes, she certainly seemed to have an instinct for when "something" was up.

I like the discussion of the names as well...it made me happy to see that Lily and James were Ginny's suggestions - everyone always says Harry "obviously" picked them, but I feel like Ginny would have seen how much it would mean to Harry and would want to do it too. This conversation feels very real to me, when they discuss the "last Potters" and "last Weasleys" and joke about what genders they want.

The end was a great surprise to me as well as Ginny, I imagine. I would so love to hear what kind of talk they had when they got home, but it was a very sweet place to end. The inclusion of Teddy was a good home-run for the "family" themes running throughout and he just sounds so awfully cute.

Anyways, well, that's all from me. I cannot believe this story only has two reviews, I think it's wonderful.

Author's Response:
Thank you for such a lovely review of this much read (but little reviewed) story.

I was a little nervous about switching the point of view through the story, so I’m pleased that you think it feels natural. I will admit that Harry’s thoughts on parenthood do bear a certain similarity to my own.

I’ve given a lot of thought to the Auror Office, and it helps that my stories all follow one future history. Even though the Aurors and Quidditch players are no more than names here, I know the ages and at least some background information about most of them. (For example, Auror Polly Protheroe gets her own chapter in Tales of the Battle.)

As for the names, personally, I think that Molly and Arthur would have been on Ginny’s list, too, but that Percy “bagged” both of them the moment Audrey got pregnant.

I’ll look at the beach scene again, as I was hoping to imply that Ginny’s suspicions about Harry’s motives were eased by his discussion about the parents of the injured Aurors, that it was this aspect of parenthood which he hadn’t considered.

Now it has three reviews, thanks.

It also has two sequels: First Sight, and Sleepless Night.
N

 

I Am Shame by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: The war is over and people are rebuilding their life, happy and sad and grateful. But what about Draco?



Written for the End of an Era Challenge at PA (WON FIRST PLACE! YIPPIE!), and nominated for a QSQ for Best Poetry. :D Thanks!

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 184 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/25/10 Updated: 07/30/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/07/10 Title: Chapter 1: I Am Shame

First off all, this is a truly beautiful poem. It flows easily on a simple read and upon a second, there is a lot to uncover.

The connection between the beginning stanza and ending lines is interesting - how you match the "shard of glass" and the "debris" at the end. I think this really brings the poem together and shows how Draco is "falling apart" in a sense.

The sound repetitions throughout your third stanza (where you describe the various scenes from Draco's time with Voldemort) are very strong and help build the intensity and movement of your poem; I in paticular like "a friend consumed by fire, a monstrous face." I am not, actually, entirely sure of what you were personally referring to there, but I like the way that it can have multiple connotations; anything from Greyback, to his parents, to someone he sees get killed in the Final Battle, even to himself. Adding "a haunted home" was perfect for the last line - it is truly "haunting" how it just hangs on the end there, the 'h' repetition appropriately breathy, almost ghostlike itself.

If you do read these comments, what was your meaning behind "white and excruciating?" I like all the other juxtapositions of color and feeling, but I was not sure what you meant by that. I like your word choice here - as I read the build from cold to treacherous I could really imagine someone saying that, feeling that. The word "vivid" - a very different use of the word here from what most people do, but how fitting; of course it all must have been.

The capitalization of "His," placed with the words "cursed" and "salvation" gives an interesting religious undertone to this stanza. It shows the strange devotion the DEs have to their "Lord" and how, once you have been there, there is really no way to go back.

The back and forth in the last stanza - between the joy of the new world and a hero and the death of a son and then Draco's own shame again - is quick, but I think it works. After all, that's how it is in real war, isn't it? Everything happening at once, and a mix of all these feelings that you can't quite seperate from each other.

Well, I think I've said enough! I'm studying poetry in English right now so I'm in proper poetry-reviewing mood and after reading this, I wanted to share what I thought. It really seems you put a lot of work into this poem and, in my opinion, it paid off

-Claire/abovelevel

Author's Response: Hello Claire!

I am sorry it took me so long to reply. Had exams and stuff. >.> But now that they are over, I can respond with a relaxed mind.

First off, thank you so much for the amazing review! I have to say that it considerably lightened up my dark, exam-stressed mood.

I meant the ‘monstrous face’ to suggest Voldemort, as his facial features are less-than-ideal, but it’s good that it means different things to different people. Draco did have a lot to fear, didn’t he? And, the white in “white and excruciating” signifies pain. I used it because of expressions like “white hot pain”, which I often come across. Plus, there’s something about the intense, blinding reaction to pain which makes me think of a glare of light.

I’m so glad you picked the religious tone in “His”, along with the other words. The Death eaters’ reverene for their “Lord” seems to be such an act of fearsome devotion – he’s almost like a god to them, and as you said, it’s something you can’t back out of.

This poem actually took less effort to write compared to the others on my page, like The Clarion Call and My Black Brother, and I wasn’t quite sure how it would be received. It makes me smile everytime someone says they liked it. Thanks for reading!

~Natalie

 

Holiday Mischief by Liandrin
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: No chestnuts roasting on an open fire; no mistletoe hanging from a doorway, inviting a warm Christmas kiss. Instead, Draco and Ginny’s Christmas Eve is spent sitting on a dirty floor tied to one another - and not in the fun kinky way.

Categories: Draco/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Mild Profanity

Word count: 1816 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/10/10 Updated: 12/11/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/11/10 Title: Chapter 1: Holiday Mischief

I am pretty much as against the D/G ship as you can be; your title, however, really drew me in. I mean, "Holiday Mischief?"

Anyways, I'm glad I read it. I think the best thing about this story is that it makes ideal use of the "Alternate Universe" feature, while keeping both characters honest to themselves. While we don't really know anything about this "AU," there are enough differences to make it interesting. It really leaves you questioning - ie: What happened to Harry? What happened to Voldemort? - but not so much that I was distracted. It was interesting how they were chasing Death Eaters (or some Dark Wizards) and that Draco was an Auror - it doesn't say what year this is, or how old the characters are. Plenty of mystery!

Draco's irritability, sarcasm, dryness (and slight cockiness) were well-played. I like the line "Are you happy? My blood saved us!" I can just imagine him being bitter and whiny about that. Besides that, how he kept calling her "Freckles!" AND how she didn't stop him after the initial protest. Ginny's responsive annoyance and indignance with Draco fit her well.

And then the end:
“Yes,” Ginny responded straight-laced, never averting her eyes from his.
And
“my arse certainly appreciates your efforts.”
And
“Dear Merlin,” the hairy wizard moaned, rolling his eyes for effect. “Would one of you two please Obliviate me?"

Hahahahaha oh my goodness I literally laughed at loud and had to put down my computer. That was just so...i don't know, silly but perfect? It was the right way the lighten the tone. I think, if nothing else, Draco and Ginny would be an equal battle of wits and smirks and you showcased that well.

I'm not sure if I would have liked this so much had it not been AU, but that really made all the difference in giving their characters a chance to develop in slightly different ways that allowed this situation to happen.

In other words, I really like it.
-AboveLevel

Author's Response: Lol, I'm glad you liked it. Thank you so much for such a lovely review. This story really had to be AU because of the challenge - also, I only had twenty minutes to write this, so I think it turned out okay, accordingly. ^_~

To answer some of your questions, in my mind, this AU is Post-Hogwarts and pretty much everything is canon except that Ginny is not dating Harry yet - so this allows some flirting between she and Draco. ^_~ And that's why they're chasing Dark Wizards as opposed to Death Eaters (since Voldie's dead).

I'm also glad that you found Draco and Ginny to be in character. I made Draco a little more sentimental than usual, but I figured it was allowable for the holidays. ^_~

Thank you so much for the review - and Merry Christmas! ^_^

 

Summary:

A night of paperwork, coffee, and burning the midnight oil... it wasn't an unfamiliar occurrence. But add in a minor slip-up and a mistaken potion, and events were sure to take an interesting turn.

 

This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance



Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 2726 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/15/10 Updated: 12/15/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/16/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

HAHAHA! Oh my gosh, I think I'm laughing too hard to leave a proper review, but ahhh this was too funny.

"This product has been specially designed for the safety of both parties. It is only activated by a specific pheromone, which solely comes from pre-existing sexual attraction to prevent unlawful use on unwilling participants."

That was too, too funny. And just the whole situation with the Mary-Kay like party at the beginning and Hermione being the one who didn't even want to use the potion in the first place...

Just perfect.

Author's Response:

Well, the potion was designed to only work for people who are already attracted, kind of like reverse Amortentia, so I just wanted that little seed of true Harmony in there, but also for it to continue being canon compliant, because I didn't want either of them to tell and for it to be their little secret, so to speak.

The end part wasn't even in the original draft, but I had already had to explain to quite a few people about the nature of the potion, mainly its failsafe, so I decided when I posted the story here to add that last bit just for clarification.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and thanks for the review. By the way, you have just completed the first level of being a Ravenclaw House Elf. Fourth Class for you. Now, three more to go! :D

~Jess

 

Summary: Past Featured StoryIt’s been seven months since Cyril Cresswell fought in the battle that saw the end of Voldemort, nine months since he learned that the Snatchers had murdered his father, and a full year since he lost the girl he loved.

Only the girl he loved hasn’t been lost to death like his father. She’s still walking and breathing and living in her parents’ house in Ottery St. Catchpole. She hasn’t spoken to him since Christmas Eve last year. She blames him for what she’s lost.

All of this means that for him, Christmas isn’t all that merry and bright this year. He doesn’t plan on celebrating it at all. But when his father appears as a ghost in his room on Christmas Eve, he’s swept along on a journey that may just change things for the better.

Cyril has been nominated for Best OC in the 2011 Quicksilver Quills awards. =D



Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 11957 Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/17/10 Updated: 03/31/11


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Hello Minna!! I think you've done an excellent job with this so far :) The relationship and dialogue between Cyril and his dad was very well done and probably my favorite thing about this piece - even though we don't know them very well, it feels like we really know their relationship already. Just the natural way they interact is really well done.

In the second chapter, I like how you include a variety of memories instead of just one. The only comment I would make is that I would love to see more of Cyril and Sarah and what exactly happened when they broke up. That was kind of confusing but I assume you will address it later.

Though you included a lot of information, the pacing was good and you didn't drag on with too many details, yet I got a good idea of the mood of each scene. It was brave of you to go with an OC for this challenge but I think it's going well, and I like the scene at the Yule ball and how it fits in with canon - cute detail!!

Can't wait to keep reading!

-Claire
The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves

Author's Response: Hi, Claire. =) It's good to hear I did well with Cyril and Dirk - their relationship is kind of central to Cyril's journey, so I'm glad I wrote them well. With regards to what happened with Cyril and Sarah - I did try to fit it in somehow after I saw this review, but it didn't manage it. I think Sarah was just sad and angry and lashed out at Cyril. Um - I didn't exactly have it planned though. Maybe someday I'll write it, if only so I know. =) Haha - another thing that's nice to hear is that the details didn't drag it down. I always worry about that because I always feel this need to include the details I have. -rolls eyes at self- I also kind of want to yell "But Cyril's not an OC!" because technically he's not (Dirk's sons are mentioned once in the book xD We weren't allowed OCs for the challenge but I often use minor, minor characters and call it good) but for all intents and purposes he is an OC. What can I say, I like doing something outside the usual suspects. =) The Yule Ball scene was fun, too, though I had trouble writing it in a way that wouldn't just reiterate what we got from canon. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing, Claire!

 

Catharsis by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary:

A war had raged; everyone had felt alone and afraid at some point. And when it was over, most people went back to business as usual, but two of those haunted souls found respite from the most unlikely of sources.

After all, who doesn't need a little bit of catharsis?



Categories: Draco/Other Character Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1620 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/17/10 Updated: 12/17/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hello! I think the best part of this is the beginning...it read well and I could imagine it happening. I like the title a lot...I think it really brought together the main point of the piece. As you said it was like a 'dittany' on their should, but it could never have been. I don't honestly think they could have ended up together in the long term, though I wonder if they had any physical connection or if it was more of a mutual need thing.

The sections of text, so to speak, were short, and at some points it felt a little jumpy, but I think that's more of a personal opinion thing. Overall, I really enjoyed this - it brought together two unexpected characters in a way I could respect and even like.

Great work!!
-Claire
The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves

Author's Response:

Hello there, fellow Sprout!

Sometime, you should challenge yourself to put together two unlikely characters and make yourself believe in it. There's something gratifying in turning the impossible into the possible.

Were Draco and Katie ever a 'thing'? In this story, no. I would venture to say that they'd both considered it, but nothing ever came of it because they considered their standing relationship of more importance.

I know it was a bit jumpy, as it was written originally in drabble form. I've actually added to the prior format to alleviate as much of that as possible. What I really wanted, though, was for the beginning to paint a picture of possibilities and to show that idea slowly unravel over time, when that need for atonement and catharsis isn't enough to keep them going.

I'm glad you found the fic plausible. I wasn't going for shippiness so much as strange allies, so that went okay. :D

~Jess

 

Another Chance by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 15]

Summary: Lily Evans is working at St. Mungo’s on Christmas Day when an unexpected patient arrives and changes her holiday plans.


This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge, Prompt One.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 3359 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/18/10 Updated: 12/18/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Another Chance

This is SO CUTE!!!!!! Yikes, normally I don't even bother reading James/Lily, but I'm so glad I read this - it was just so cute and real. James was so earnest it actually managed to show some of his redeeming traits, which I know he must have had.

And it was really just SO CUTE! :D

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you stopped to read a J/L - they're not all bad. ;) I really appreciate you reading this and am glad you found something redeeming in one of my favorite characters. Thanks for the lovely review! ~Gina :)

 

Not Broken by lucca4
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary:

It’s Christmas 1998, but Susan Bones doesn’t feel like celebrating. The loss of both her best friend and her favorite aunt have created wounds that might never heal. But with the help from a most unlikely person, she may be able mend what has broken, and gain a little Christmas spirit as well.

This story is for Gen/Sagen for the Gryffindor Christmas Craziness Secret Swap! Have a wonderful Christmas, Gen!

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations

Word count: 1869 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/21/10 Updated: 12/21/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/23/10 Title: Chapter 1: Not Broken

What a creative idea for a couple!! My favorite part of this was definitely the beginning - I am very intrigued about Susan and Ernie's relationship, and the parts about how she felt more and more lonely but she couldn't be around anyone were very realistic. And the way she felt she was the only one ... You did excellently.

The part with Susan and Theo was very cute, but either it felt a little rushed, or I wish you had just gone on a little more... I don't know I just felt both of gem might have been more hesitant in opening up right away. However, I do like the dynamic you've given them, so I think you should really just continue this :)

Good work!!
-Claire
The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves

Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review! I'm glad you liked them as a couple… this was for a Gryffindor Christmas Swap, so I didn't really come up with the idea myself. And it makes me so happy to see that you liked Susan :). I agree, I think I should/could have put more time into Susan and Theo's relationship…I might start a chaptered fic about them, we'll see. Thanks again for reviewing! xx Ariana

 

Teenage Witch by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: The Yule Ball of 1994 is a hugely exciting time for all the teenage witches at Hogwarts, but for the Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage, it looks to be a depressing time. With the only available wizard the sour Severus Snape, she has no chance of finding a partner. And when Septima Vector informs her that The Weird Sisters are booked to play, Charity's mind becomes a blur. It had been six years since she last saw Myron. And in those six years, he's become a star.

Will Myron Wagtail remember Charity?

And does she want him to?

I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Great Hall Christmas Challenge (prompt 2)

If you've read Mere Wisps of Light, then you'll know that Charity Burbage was very reticent about her Yule Ball romance when talking to Draco. This is why. The stories are linked, but it is not essential to read one to understand the other.

Disclaimer: All the characters mentioned in this fic are the creation of JK Rowling, with the exception of Gerard Bonbon who is my own creation.

The song, Teenage Witch, isn't real, but I'm guessing that Simon Cowell would like me to join his songwriting team.

Finally, thank you very much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story. I owe you so much!

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 4932 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/24/10 Updated: 12/24/10


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 12/24/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ahhhhh gosh so cute, but so sad considering what happens to Charity!!! Geez I like to imagine he would have tried to come look for her later...and if only she had gone to America! I love how you characterize Charity here...she is so very relatable, at least to me, in the way she thinks, it really felt like I could understand her even though it was third person.

Great job and very unique take on the prompt.

-Claire

Author's Response: Thank you very much, Claire. I'm glad you liked the story. It was fun to write although bittersweet because we know what happens to her. ~Carole~

 

Witch Switch by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: When Sirius's plans for Hogsmeade backfire, he ends up taking Lily Evans to Madam Puddifoot's instead, only to find James is not at all happy to see them sharing a tart. And when James's date kisses Sirius, Lily storms off as well, leaving him on the floor covered in chocolate. Yet things are even more complicated than they seem…

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the 2011 Aprils Fools' Day Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 3, Marauder Era.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 4159 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/12/11 Updated: 04/12/11


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 07/31/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

Wonderful! Lily was so hilariously naughty in this and the normally-cool Sirius's reactions were priceless. I knew Lily was up to something, but it was just all the more funny that they were ALL in on it, especially when Sirius thought his friends had forgotten about them. This is exactly how I imagined the Marauders. Great job! :) -abovelevel

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this story, it was a lot of fun to write! I really appreciate the compliment about the Marauders, since they can be tricky - too much or too litte and they just don't work. Thanks again! ~Gina :)

 

Saving Dominique by U-No-Poo
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Dominique Weasley’s life is a mess. At seventeen years of age, she’s in her final year at Hogwarts, and things couldn’t be going any worse. She’s failing most of her NEWT classes, her perfect mother is driving her crazy, she’s practically a magnet for trouble and she hates Felix Thomas with a burning passion.

And now she’s pregnant.



Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 6152 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
04/16/11 Updated: 01/12/12


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 06/05/11 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: A Heart Attack

Oh, I do hope you go on with this!! I think Dominique is a very relatable character so far and I like how you've decided to highlight one of the Next-Gen characters that we don't hear as much about. I will definitely be looking out for updates.

Great first chapter!

-abovelevel (Claire)

Author's Response: Thanks! After a massive break, I'm back and I'm going to post chapters up as much as I can!

 

Heiress of Evil by voldiexx
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 14]

Summary: Whew, those thirteen years were nasty, but Voldemort's back and better than ever. He's got plenty to do, consolidating a power base, punishing traitors, and not letting the haters get him down, but he's spared some time to look over the custody agreement he signed fourteen years ago...

Annabel Curry wanted to spend the summer getting a tan, perfecting her Cheering Charms, and ensnaring Terry Boot. Instead, she's spending it with her dad the mass murderer and his unshaven goons. Oh yeah, and the shower doesn't work, AND NO ONE BUT HER SEEMS TO CARE.

First dates. Sparkly nail polish. Magical plumbing fiascos. Some heartwarming father-daughter moments. And some not-so-heartwarming ones.

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 5004 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
Published:
08/03/11 Updated: 03/30/14


Reviewer: abovelevel Signed
Date: 08/17/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Really really funny! Please keep writing and and I will be looking out for updates. You have a great premise here and I cant wait to see where it goes.

 
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