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Calliope and Thalia and Their Inspiration by lucilla_pauie

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 215 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Callie and Lia, a Gryffindor and a Slytherin. A lady and a tomboy. Two opposite souls. Two sisters. Separated at birth by circumstances they are determined to discover... and undo. Yes, after being reunited, the siblings plan to reunite their parents as well. Let’s see them accomplish House Unity, too!

“It’s our rule not to dredge up past things, remember?”

This rule is about to be broken.

~Inspired by a worldwide beloved film.


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/06/11 Title: Chapter 15: Getting cosy

I found this yesterday and read it straight through. It's absolutely fantastic! Fred, George and Albus in particular are so spot on I wonder if you aren't JKR herself indulging in the world of fanfiction! Ha! Really, your story is so wonderful, and I hope to see an update soon!

Author's Response: So glad! A new reader! Thank you so much, aaaaaand I've updated! :D



My Troubled Tyrant by Belledeg

Rated: Professors • 526 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Keedie Dante has experienced many amazing things during her time at Hogwarts, including the hushed up drama that was the Chamber of Secrets. However, with two overachieving friends and a headmaster who does not even know she exists, Keedie feels that perhaps her seventh year will not be too spectacular. However, Dumbeldore sees her potential as a writer and enrols her in a simple writing course. Here, she meets the mysterious and terrifying Tom Riddle and they instantly get under one another's skin. She is drawn to his dark determination towards some unknown goal and he is fascinated by her, in every way. However, Tom's friends do not approve of Keedie and her unconventional ways and Keedie has many people trying to keep her away from the dark young man as well. Something inside tells Keedie that she can make him better, but even he assures her that this is an impossible task. But she's not one to give up easily...

"He is a dark one, Keedie. Try not to let him consume you entirely."

This story has the characters Albus Dumbledore, Armando Dippet, Moaning Myrtle, Rubeus Hagrid, Aaron Dante, Harry Potter, Ebony Abbott, Minerva McGonagall, Melena Creevey, Ollivander, Gregor Holmwood, Horace Slughorn and, of course, Tom Riddle and Keedie Dante...enjoy!

Winner of "Best Romance Between Other Characters" and nominated for "Best Female OC" in the 2009 Quicksilver Quill Awards
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/25/11 Title: Chapter 18: Same Mistake

Just finished Chapter 18. Oh my goodness. I get so wrapped up in each chapter that they take me forever to read, and I will have to log back into the site before I can continue on!

First I have to say that I am sorry I did not read this sooner. Silly me thought there was no way Tom Riddle could be accurately portrayed romantically. Not possible, right? So wrong.

You have done such a fantastic job fleshing him out yet keeping him true to his original intentions. I absolutely love his brooding, obsessive nature. And I laughed out loud at the image of his invisible self kicking Greg around.

You've done fantastically, and I am so glad it is finished because I don't believe I'd have the patience to wait! So excuse me while I spend another late night with Keedie and Tom! :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much, I'm thrilled you decided to read this story :D



Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/25/11 Title: Chapter 19: You Belong to Me

Oh goodness, here I am reviewing yet again. You are making me like Tom Riddle way too much. It is very unnatural. Haha! I love the intensity of this chapter! Perhaps I'm going to have to review after every one at this point!

I love the cliffie at the end. Very 'Riddle saves the day'. In a good way, of course. Also, I'm sure I enjoy it so much because I can simply click 'Next' and see what happens! ;)

Author's Response: Thanks so much, do keep reviewing and I hope you enjoy until the end



Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/26/11 Title: Chapter 28: The Epilogue--My Immortal

Oh you are a horrible, terrible person!

I'm kidding, of course. It was fantastic. So great. I never thought fan fiction would evoke such emotion from me! Is it absolutely silly for me to hate Tom Riddle less now? Bravo. You're brilliant!

Author's Response: Thank you, so glad you finished and renjoyed the work :D



Strangers at Drakeshaugh by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 335 Reviews
Summary:
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
and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 04/27/12 Title: Chapter 15: Arrivals

I believe someone mentioned in an earlier review being set back in their prep for finals week. I would have to agree. My future O Chem grade does not thank you! I, however, do - because this story is my absolute favorite.

Author's Response: Thanks you.
I really enjoy writing this, and I’ll continue to update as regularly as possible. Good luck with your exams.
-N-



Not All Gold Glisters by hogwartsbookworm

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: Alexander Jameson has spent his last two years at the Cairo Auror office riding a desk. When a case finally comes along that the Head feels he is suited for, he jumps at the chance to take it. Now he must solve a murder, figure out the significance of the murdered man’s missing ring, and keep the only witness to the death safe. But those things turn out to be much more difficult than he expected when they are combined with the added task of safe-guarding his heart.

This is hogwartsbookworm of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #2.

The title is a rewording of a quote from Shakespeare's Merchant of Vencie.

Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/28/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Interesting start! Love the detail, I had a very clear picture in my head as I read along. :)

Author's Response: Thanks!



Juxtaposition by sas__x

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 11 Reviews
Summary:

Where you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold**

Follow Lily Potter as she struggles through her OWL year. She pulls pranks, brings down the queen bee of her year and tries to cope with her past, but will a certain Malfoy distract her? From different worlds, they were never meant to be. Lily/Scorpius.

**Dire Straits- Romeo and Juliet lyrics.


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 06/26/11 Title: Chapter 1: You can fall for pretty strangers

I am intrigued! Great start, I like your writing style and the character personalities. And I do enjoy Scorpius/Lily. Can't wait for your next update.

Author's Response: Thank you, I put a lot of work into my characters so it means a lot. The next update will be very soon.



A Phoenix Cries by XenaTwin

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Dumbledore's thoughts just before his death.

A Phoenix Cries has been nominated for the Best Poetry Quicksilver Quill award. Thanks so much for the nomination!
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 07/27/11 Title: Chapter 1: A Phoenix Cries

I usually don't read the poetry on MNFF, but your summary caught my eye. Lovely job. I think you cauptured the sorrow and the resolve and the hope all so well. My particular favorite:

It shaped my life, my one mistake. One tragic day left such lasting ache. But it was long ago, an aging loss. I'll see her when the veil I cross.

Hope you continue to post more!

Author's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. Yes, I was going exactly for all of that... Dumbledore's pain, and his resolve in his plan, and most of all his undieing hope. The end especially I wanted to feel like Fawke's song inspired, both melancholy and hopeful.

I'm glad you liked that verse. I wanted the poem, like the book did, to show Dumbledore as flawed and human, and to mention his pain regarding Ariana. It would be interesting to see him meet her again in the "beyond place".

I will definitely post more. More are in fact already in queue, so be sure to look for them :)



Always by XenaTwin

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: Snape remembering Lily... his love, his mistakes, his pain, and his promise.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 07/29/11 Title: Chapter 1: Always

I have to say, I was glad to see more poetry posted by you. I love the style of this one. It makes my heart ache for Snape. The chapter on his memories was by far the best in Deathly Hallows. Actually, it was probably my favorite chapter in the entire series. Keep up the great writing!

Author's Response: It means so much to hear that you look forward to my work. I am glad you liked this one, it was a new style for me. And I agree totally that Snape's memories were the highlight of the series.



Azkaban by XenaTwin

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: Sirius' POV after the death of Lily and James, and his incarceration.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 08/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: Azkaban

Another one! This gave me chills. I love Sirius...forever loyal to his friends. This was great.

Author's Response: Thank you :) Yes, Sirius is a fabulous character, and couldn't have been played better by Gary Oldman. He was simply superb in the role, amazingly transitioning from crazed lunatic to sexy role model in what seemed like the blink of an eye, which both being entirely believable. Of course the makeup artists have to take some credit for that, but it still took immense skill to pull off the acting and Gary Oldman might be one of the rare few who could do it so well. Perfect casting there.



The Healer's Heart by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 46 Reviews
Summary:

Daphne Greengrass had until her twenty-first birthday to pick a husband, or her parents would choose one for her. With only months to go before the deadline, she found herself with a perfect suitor in Theodore Nott.

But when a freak pregnancy landed her in the care of cranky Healer-in-Training Michael Corner, Daphne started to realise that things she thought she knew were slowly being turned upside-down. And what she thought she knew about Michael Corner began to dissolve into something different entirely.


This story has been nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Non-Canon Romance and Best Post-Hogwarts Story.


This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story.


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/18/12 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I almost did not click this, because I just really have no feelings in regard to Michael Corner, but the way you've written him has me very intrigued.

Great job so far, I'm looking forward to the next chapter. - AG

Author's Response:

Well, hello!

I make it a point to make people care about characters who are otherwise a nonentity. Everyone has a story to tell, and the ones no one else takes are the ones I want the most. Somehow, I end up with Ravenclaws and Slytherins a lot, but their stories can be fascinating in their own right. I'm glad you have thus far found this one interesting. Thank you for reading!

~Jess



Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 05/23/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, I am loving the speedy updates! And Michael's grumpy disposition. I solemnly swear to never judge a character before their story ever again! :) ~ AG

Author's Response:

I'm glad I could change your mind about Michael. He's always been a bit of a dark one in canon, as both Harry and Ron found him a bit 'creepy'. He's even cast in the films as 'creepy boy'. It's hard to preserve that but still make him a protagonist, but I think the gruff Healer mantle works for him.

The updates will continue to be speedy (new one tomorrow). The story is finished and just waiting to be posted. Hopefully you will continue to have your expectations turned upside-down. Much Stuff will Happen later in the fic, so here's hoping you will keep liking what you see. :)

~Jess



How to be Beautiful by BrokenPromise

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 9 Reviews
Summary:

Narcissa Black and Lucius Malfoy were put on earth for each other: the most perfect soulmate the other could find. But life wasn’t going to make it easy for them…

This is a story of young love, stubbornness, misunderstanding and forgiveness. This is the story of them.

I have upped the rating for later chapters. However, most warnings are for milder instances.


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 04/06/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: My infatuation with a certain Prefect

Liking this a lot so far. You've pulled me from my trio / next gen comfort zones, and are giving me a new perspective on characters I normally dislike. Great job, I am looking forward to future chapters!

--AG

Author's Response: I'm really glad you like this, especially as it's not something you would normally read. I should be back with more soon, so watch this space! Thanks for the review!



The Walnut Tree by Equinox Chick

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 35 Reviews
Summary: When Charity Burbage became the Muggle Studies professor, she was looking for a new life, safe in the enclave of Hogwarts.

She certainly wasn't looking for love.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the Second Great Hall Cotillion.

Thank you, Natalie, (hestiajones) for an on the hoof beta job.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 03/09/13 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Chasing Dreams

Alsdjflajijfa baahhh! I don't even know how to convey what I am thinking into words right now, so please excuse the discombobulated review to follow.

I do tend to stray from teacherstudent relationships, as I find them either unrealistic or cringe-worthy. You have turned the whole concept on its head.

Oliver is wonderful. You've given him such a real maturity through his goal of taking care of his mother, that his outbursts and hotheadedness regarding Quidditch aren't irksome to me at all the way I sometimes find them to be in the books (Whoops -- is it a sin to say Oliver Wood worked my nerves a bit?)

You've written Charity with such understandable vulnerability that it is easy to see her begin to harbor a crush for Oliver. Though I have to admit that I briefly championed a Remus/Charity twist.

In short, this was wonderful. You have so much intricacy crammed into five parts that I feel I just read a novel's worth of information! I even felt like I learned from her Muggle Studies class! Great job, yet again.

--AG

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm glad you didn't find the student/teacher concept to be too icky because it's one of the reasons I tend to shy away from it. (That and they always seem to involve Snape). Charity/Remus is something i've thought about in the past and there's a chapter in one of my chaptereds where they become close.

Oh, I do like Oliver, but I agree he's so obsessed in the books with Quidditch that sometimes I want to shake him. But I now have fairly secure canon for his motivations which involves his parents, and so I suppose I like him a lot more now - ha.

Thank you again for the lovely review. ~Carole~



To Harry by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 8 Reviews
Summary: On the fifth anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall worries about the fate of the boy who saved them all.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 03/19/13 Title: Chapter 1: To Harry

Ah, it hurt my heart, but this was very good. Very plausible for Harry to end up this way. Everyone was so true to character. I especially enjoyed Aberforth uncharacteristically imparting wisdom while still referring to Albus as a 'righteous arsehole'. Ha-- it was very Aberforthy of him.

Very well done. And while it was sad, I also believe that Harry will always stand up again, so the end left me optimistic.That's always a good thing. :)

--AG

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! Yes, it's a bit sad, but then the end did what it was supposed to do, which was leave things a bit optimistic and hopeful. Glad you liked Aberforth, he's always fun to write. ;) But I'm glad you found it plausible, since a lot for post-war Harrys carry on just fine, or end up even worse. Hopefully I found a believable balance. Thank you so much for reading this, I appreciate the review! ~Gina :)



Girl Beneath the Stars by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 10 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary:

On the day that Teddy Lupin begins his new life with Victoire Weasley, his bride, Lily Potter's heart breaks.


This story was submitted for the Milestone Celebrations competition and was voted into 1st Place. Thank you so much for your support!

This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 03/20/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ugh - reliving the pain of my first unrequited love right now. Very well done. I love the relationship you've given Teddy and Lily, and the way you show how much love he has for her, even if it isn't the kind she is hoping for. I really enjoyed reading this.

--AG

Author's Response:

I think we've all been there, although it makes it more awkward when it's someone who not only feels the same way, but is in a place in life where they never will (happily married to someone else, for instance). I wanted things to still be good between them, but I think both of them know that something's been lost that they won't get back because of this. Lily was perfectly willing to never tell him, but he had to go and insist. :(

Anyway, thanks for reading. :)

~Jess



Troth by Northumbrian

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 9 Reviews
Summary: Fame and infamy are closely related. Reputations are not always what they seem. Lavender Brown has a lot of explaining to do.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 04/13/13 Title: Chapter 1: Troth

I just love your writing style. Your words are always thoughtfully chosen and beautifully strung together. I really enjoy the post-Hogwarts Lavender you've created, and appreciate that she is a flawed yet intelligent young woman rather than just an older version of the giggly, 'Won Won' simpering teenager. This small snippet from her adult life was a very interesting read, and I'd like to see more in future! My favorite thing in fanfic is when a story can make me care about a character in a way that the books wouldn't allow, and this story did just that. Very good.

--AG

Author's Response: Thank you. I hope that there is still an element of the giggly teen in her, although I've put her through a lot. Despite the fact that I can guarantee that my Lavender stories get a lot less reads than some of my other stuff, I'll keep writing about her. -N-



How We Ended Up Here by WrenWinterSong

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy share a long and complicated relationship. But two years after they leave Hogwarts, they must face all of their history inside an interrogation room in front of a crowd of Aurors. Scorpius sits on one side, arrested for the murder of Rose's cousin. Rose sits on the other, the last resort at getting the truth of what happened from Scorpius. But telling the Aurors why she knows he's innocent would break her promise to Scorpius to keep his secrets. Their relationship may not survive the day, but with all of their lives in danger, no one may survive at all.
Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 06/19/16 Title: Chapter 2: i want to hear how your heart sings

Oh man, I am so intrigued. Fantastic writing style. Two chapters in and you have such complex, developed characters. I NEED to know more. Cannot wait for your updates!



Ripple from a Stone by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: Grief causes people to behave in ways they never imagined. This is a story about trying to make it right again.

George/Angelina


Reviewer: Verita Serum Signed
Date: 06/11/16 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

I am always interested in the writing of post-Fred George. Yours seemed very honest and true to character, that he could still find those moments of humor in the midst of life long grief. I liked this very much :)

Author's Response: I , too, love post-Fred George. There's so much potential there, and finding it in the grief is a tempting challenge, I think. At the risk of being completely obnoxious, I invite you to check out my other George fic, No Contest. No romance, but it's how I see him, I guess. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a review. I'm glad you liked it.