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What�s a 41-year-old mother of three doing writing Harry Potter fan fiction? If you�re here reading my bio, then you probably already know. It doesn�t matter how young or old we are; we�re all here because Harry Potter inspires us to write, to read, and to learn more about Rowling�s world and the people and creatures who inhabit it.

My true immersion into HP fandom came with the discovery of Mugglenet and Mugglenet fan fiction. Before long, I was hooked, visiting almost daily for updates on my favorite authors, to search for new favorites, and more recently to seek writing advice and fellowship over at the Beta forums. Finally, inspired by my rereading of HBP, I decided to offer my own interpretations of various characters and events.

None of us makes any money writing fan fiction, but it�s amazingly satisfying all the same. I�d like to think, moreover, that with each new offering I have validated my writing skills improve a little more. In any case, I�ll keep writing and hopefully so will you, and together we will fill the spaces between and around the action depicted in Rowling�s celebrated series!

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My ships: Albus/Minerva, Remus/Tonks, Severus/Narcissa, Severus/grown-up Hermione, Severus/grown-up Luna, Severus/various OC�s: Clancy, Maeve, Patricia (see LariLee�s A Right Bastard)

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A Cold Christmas Warmed. by Magical Maeve

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 8 Reviews
Summary: Severus Snape has a heart of ice. But a certain female OC has melted it. This is about my OTP of Severus/Maeve. Aww the Christmas lurve. :-) I have no idea why Christmas has driven me to poetry. T'is scary indeed.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 01/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: A Cold Christmas Warmed.

Oh, this one's even better than the other I just read by you (though I am admittedly prejudiced in favor of a certain Potions Master). I especially love this line: "But for Severus Snape the way was blocked / By a barrier of his own design." I can't help but feel that this is why so many of us are drawn to this character; he seems always to punish himself, to hold himself aloof--we just can't help ask, what if? What if someone could make him forgive himself, what if that cold heart started to thaw? Anyway, I can't really comment on the poetry aspect except to say that it sounded beautiful read aloud.

Author's Response: Thank you so much! And yes, I think it\'s his very aloofness that does draw people to his character. There is something attractive about powerful, quiet men.

The River by snarkyroxy

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 4 Reviews
Summary: She couldn't see his face, but there was something forlorn about the lone boy, almost the same age as she, who sat on the opposite bank with his head in his hands.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 01/28/06 Title: Chapter 1: The River

Hi, Snarky! Nice to see MN didnt give you the attitude of another site, which we can call unworthy-of-being-mentioned. O.k. so looking at this story again, Im completely convinced that FA must be moderated by complete morons. I guess thats why I like MN and SH! Ive had a mod here misunderstand my story (God knows they probably read a ton of stories, so I can totally sympathize with an occasional misreading), but she was more than willing to review my submission when I pointed out the misunderstanding.

Anyway, I do love this story and am glad youre thinking sequel! As you know (and as FA should have known), Snape is completely and immediately recognizable. The image of him standing at the river, skipping stones really appeals to me; its no wonder the girl cant help but return for another glimpse of this mysterious figure. He has that effect on the rest of us, too!

You present Lily with a bit more subtlety, of course, but I like that. When we do realize who she is later on, it makes it all the more effective. Here is the possibility for friendship, a possibility untainted by words such as mudblood and pureblood, one even untainted by names of any sort. Its just an inquisitive, red-haired, green-eyed girl fascinated by a lonely, downtrodden, black-eyed boy. I think this moment of pure potential is simply lovely.

Author's Response: Thanks, Luna! I'm very impressed with this site so far and feel very welcome. I'm looking forward to exploring the potential of their friendship further - as you say, untainted by prejudices, for now. :P

The Chamber of Clocks by snarkyroxy

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: None of them would be any use if one wanted to tell the time. The passing of the hours meant nothing in this room.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 03/30/06 Title: Chapter 1: The Chamber of Clocks

Ive been reading so many chessmaster!Dumbledore stories that Id forgotten what it felt like to sympathize with Dumbledore. You reminded me of my sympathy with that first paragraph in the line, Normally the sweets were proffered to others by the elderly wizard as a gesture of comfort, a reminder of childhood, innocence and safety. What a burden it must be to carry the weight of the wizarding world on your shoulders. I pity him here and, while (and after) reading your story, I can picture him sitting alone in his room full of clocks agonizing over each loss and feeling that it was his own personal failure. Your DD is the fatherly figure I came to love while reading the books.

And Snape: I am impressed by how well you capture the relationship between the two of them, with DD realizing how trapped Snape must feel, how alone. It helps us to understand as well. I love how you show us the vulnerable side of Snapethe one searching for absolution, but never even coming close to finding itno matter what he sacrifices of himself in the process. A lovely story!

Pure & Proud by SeaIsleWitch

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 268 Reviews
Summary: Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson were destined to share a privileged life until the devastating circumstances of their sixth year at Hogwarts tore them apart. Five years later, they separately strive to come to terms with the past and proceed with a life they did not expectalone. Pure & Proud is presented through alternating chapters of Draco's brooding journal and Pansy's idiosyncratic diary.

~ Pansy Parkinson is written by Sea Isle Witch ~ Twenty-two year old Pansy seemingly has everything a young witch could desire; yet she struggles to build a life for herself independent of her pure-blood family's expectations and without her one true love. From the pages of her private diary, Miss Parkinson shares a prcis of the past five years and then gives us a glimpse of her current challenges.

~ Draco Malfoy is written by Desslok and Sea Isle Witch ~ After spending a year on the run and then a year in Azkaban, Draco Malfoy was expelled from England by the Ministry of Magic. He spent the last three years travelling the Continent until he realised it was time to come home. Mr Malfoy discloses his journey back from exile, beginning with a statement to the Ministry of Magic in November of 2002. Complete!
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 03/25/06 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter Five: Pansy Parkinson - A Beautiful Witch Needed

Im delighted to have finally had the opportunity to read this story, and already Im looking forward to the rest of it! Along with the overall back and forth format, which works quite well, I really like the first person point of view. Youve captured the voices of these two characters so well. I couldnt help but chuckle at Dracos letter of appeal when he very bluntly states, You will find that I am no foe of England. Unless, that is, it has become a crime to dislike that arrogant, spoiled git Harry Potter. If so, I suspect I shall ever remain in exile. He is so unashamedly himself hereno apologies and no mincing words for his own good. I cant help but like the guy (even knowing he thinks me nothing more than an antlol).

And Pansy! She is every bit Dracos match, self-confident and as assertive as a witch can be. The scene with the assistants was particularly telling. How appropriate that she decides on two assistants just because she can; would that we could all be so honest in our self-indulgence! But she also is a woman with feelings, which you show so well in her dealings with Viktor. For example, the following line just kills me: If I ever see her, I will send a very nasty hex her way. How sweet of her to feel offended for her friend. This is definitely the woman Draco needs in his corner!

Author's Response: Lunafish: Thank you for your kind words! I love writing dialogue for Draco, both his inner voice (monologue, I suppose) and his conversations with others. I love the way he speaks, especially the snarkiness. :) He strikes me as someone who has learned to be brutally honest with himself, as a survival technique, because everyone around him is so used to lying. - Desslok

Hello, Lunafish! Thanks for giving this story a try! I'm happy you think the format is working. When Draco and Pansy begin to interact, you will see both sides of the encounter. *rubs hands evilly * She's always been Draco's perfect match, just look back through the canon bits and you'll see what I mean. (or my 'essay') She is everything you described, and I'm gratified that all of that is coming through in the story. Her character will be further revealed as the story progresses. And yes, Pansy is the sort of witch you'd want in your corner, and never as an enemy! Thanks for the amazing review, and I hope you'll continue to read! - SIW

Panacea by deanine

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 30 Reviews
Summary: A post-Hogwarts oneshot with Harry and Luna in an established relationship. It's a little fluffy and a little funny. This is a guilty pleasure, that will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth. Follows Disengaged.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 03/30/06 Title: Chapter 1: Panacea

Unlike most people, upon making this realization, Luna didn't rush from the room grabbing the things she would need for the day. Instead, she went to the kitchen and poured herself another cup of tea. If she was going to be three minutes late no matter what, she might as well enjoy her morning and be an hour late.

This passage reminds me why I like Luna so much, and you do a terrific job capturing her oddity, while still showing her as the young woman shes become rather than the awkward child we meet in the books. And, despite my reservations when I started reading the story, she and Harry make sense as you write them. I can understand the appeal completely when you explain, She brought balance into his life, a light fluffy ray of eccentric joy that brightened his days. But he had loved Ginny too. That love had flared brightly before it consumed itself and died. Ginny is vivacious and full of life, but after all Harry has been through and still seems to be going through as an Auror, perhaps he needs a bit of quiet, sometimes ethereal happiness. I got an especially nice laugh out of Lunas seduction scene; its so perfect that her idea of experimentation in the bedroom is an Amazonian purification ritual! And her response to Harrys proposalSure, but I'll need to get dresseddefinitely had me laughing out loud.

HmmmI cant find much to quibble with. For a moment, I did want to take issue with her working at The Daily Prophet, but you put my confusion to rest when you explained how Lunas father wanted her to learn the ropes before working at their family's prestigious paperan excellent way of putting it, by the way. Of course Luna and her father view the Quibbler in this way, but its so funny to hear it said! (And its even funnier that Luna thinks that being fired from the other paper is perhaps better experience than working there!)

So I can only make one recommendation. I suggest replacing the question mark with an end-stop in the following sentence: Maybe he would fire her?

The Herm-Own-Ninny Manouevre by the nutty imp

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 15 Reviews
Summary: In love and in Quidditch, being the first to catch the Snitch does matter. Yet it does not necessarily mean a win.
Pairing: Hermione/Viktor
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 03/24/06 Title: Chapter 1: Challenge # 5 (Valentine's Challenge)

Nutty, what a pleasure it is to visit one of your stories again! I usually associate you with all those humor stories I love, but this romance between Viktor & Hermione really touched me. I especially enjoyed seeing Hermione basking in the attention she so rarely receives, and the part where she confides in Ginny did such a nice job showing how normal Hermione really isshes experiencing the same giddiness that any girl would feel at receiving such attention from a famous and, it turns out, sweet boy.

Youve characterized Viktor in a pretty intriguing way as well. Although I like him confiding in his friend as I like that Hermione confides in Ginny, I think the thing that affected me most about your Viktor was how self-contained he is. Youve made him more than the dumb jock that he could so easily pass for and youve done it using evidence from the texts to back up your characterization. Its so easy to forget Viktors moment at the beginning of book 4, but thanks to you I see how important that moment is to understanding him. The repetition of on his own terms really gives me a sense of how impressive this young man really is. No wonder Hermione is able to maintain a friendship with him.

I also like that you give Viktor a better reason to like Hermione than just her being uninterested in him; that seems to me such a shallow reason to like someone. Instead, he seems to like her because he can have an intelligent conversation with her; its nice to see Viktor himself being studious rather than just mooning over Hermione as she studies. Now looking at the new movie, Im disappointed in the way theyve characterized him as not being loquacious because, as Hermione claims, hes more a physical being. Thank you for giving us a truly rounded character rather than the card-board cut-out of the movie!

Author's Response: Neta!! :) Well Stan's hot in the movie *snicker* so I'll take that card-board cut-out *L* (kidding)

*L* Romance is new to me too ... I just had to churn something for a challenge. It's great to try out new genres though :) I'd like to try again sometime.

I did notice that in the books Viktors usually sits sullenly by the shadows, or corners and does talk much even to the other champions. Thus he must be the silent and anti-social type :)

Thanks for the review Neta! always a pleasure to hear from you. :)

Spider Web by songbook99

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 55 Reviews
Summary: Hermione shows Mr Weasley how to use a Muggle computer. Confusion about spider webs, and what a mouse really is, ensues.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 04/09/06 Title: Chapter 1: Spider Web

Hi, K! Sorry it took so long to get over here, but Im glad I finally made it because I really enjoyed this story. Mr. Weasley fascination for all things Muggle offers a wealth of humor, and you did a good job taking advantage of that. Its funny how much we take for granted these days; I remember how it was when I first went back to school in the mid-90s, though: I couldnt believe how far the computer industry had come. Luckily, my college offered a beginning computer course that started with (seriously) how to turn on the computer. Arthur & companys amazement here reminds me so much of what I felt during those first few classes. And who better to teach them about computers than Hermione? Even Harry probably doesnt know what hes missing since Dudley certainly doesnt share.

I also liked the storys organization. The dialogue was a nice way to pull the reader right into the story, while the narrative does an excellent job of giving us the background details of how they ended up in this situation. Then you (and Hermione) demonstrate the kind of hands-on teaching that inspires pupils and gives them confidence to continue learning on their own. She demonstrates, but then lets Mr. W. experiment on his own. How funny that theyve found Mugglenet! I like the idea that Rowling has somehow tapped into this secret world and is sharing it with the rest of us, but the inhabitants of that world (aside from the diligent researchers like Hermione) have no idea that their lives are on display. I hope theyre not too squicked out by all the stuff we write about themlol!

Finally, you wrap things up nicelyby not wrapping them up. As Arthur looks back longingly, you leave us with the distinct impression that Arthur is now hooked. I see him pursuing this new interest every chance he gets, and wouldnt be surprised if he started up a site of his own before long. In other words, your story leaves us with the impression that life goes on in the world youve created. Well done, you!

Author's Response: Hey, N! I\'m so sorry that I haven\'t responded before now. I made a pretty horrible buddy this time and I feel bad about that. Your review is absolutely fantastic. I\'m so glad you enjoyed reading this and liked the ending. The fact that you picked up on the open-endedness of the end of the story really makes me happy. I left it that way so people could draw their own conclusions about what Arthur would do now that he\'s had a taste of the internet. I really appreciate your review and was delighted to get it! :)

Voices That Linger In Dusty Old Photographs by The Half Blood Prince

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 13 Reviews
Summary: A short character-study exploring Remus' feelings in the days after Hallowe'en 1981.

(The world is strange; strange and old and sometimes dead, but mostly, it is living.)

Story discussed in the DADA class on mugglenet's fan fiction forums.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 06/20/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, this is really beautiful and poetic. I love how you alternate between the "voices" in the photographs and the thoughts going through Remus' head. Your story really makes me sad for him; it gives us so much insight into how lonely, empty, and utterly lost he must have felt after losing all his friends in a single night. I'm so glad you decided to share this with us!

Author's Response: I\'m utterly surprised you managed to understand it was the \"voices\" from the photgraphs that spoke, taunted him in the opening. I didn\'t believe many would catch that association between the title and the photographs and the cursive parts. I\'m also so glad you liked it - and the feeling you was left with in the end, that was the feeling I wished for - that feeling of of loss and emptiness as you understand how hollow he must have been that night. Thank you, Neta! =)

Fair Exchanges by fawkes_07

Rated: Professors • 659 Reviews
Summary: Hermione wants to learn Occlumency, but Snape isn't known for doing favors out of sheer kindness. Both may learn something unexpected before it's all over...

This is a Book Five canon fic, hopefully fun and poignant. Enjoy.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 09/27/06 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Reckoning

Wow! I've fallen in love with this story! There's so much humor and tenderness, and you've done such an excellent job with building the relationship between your two protagonists. You know, although the idea of Snape being swayed into the deal by bedtime stories originally struck me as utterly farcical, it now doesn't seem so outlandish. The man obviously has issues, but who's to say he's not aware of them and able to deal with them to some extent himself? If so, how appropriate that he'd say yes to this deal. In any case, I really like how you write Severus Snape (and Hermione, too).

Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, it was kind of a stretch for me too, when I had the idea, until I got the notion that Snape wouldn\'t necessarily agree to it because he wanted bedtime stories, but because he hoped like CRAZY that if Hermione learned Occlumency, she\'d teach it to Harry. And realistically, it would start growing on him really quick. I have lifelong insomnia and the only thing that can knock me out is a few pages of Faulkner. It\'s addictive, lemme tell ya.

Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 10/16/06 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13: Snape's Worst Week

Oh, these last three chapters just blew me away. The passion between them is so real it hurts, but you handle it with such restraint. Although I love seeing some of Snape's defenses crumbling, it wouldn't be him if he didn't maintain at least that last bit of control. You write Snape very well; I can believe it's him. And Hermione--it's such a pleasure to see her just as strong and passionate as, and perhaps even more sensible than her would be lover. I can't imagine how you'll work all this out, but I do look forward to the rest of the story!

Author's Response: Awesome! Thanks! Well, there\'s lots to come yet...

You Pluck a Magnolia, Just for Me by The Half Blood Prince

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: How Molly and Arthur met.
Reviewer: lunafish Signed
Date: 05/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, James, this is just lovely! You always amaze me with your mastery of the language. I hope you're submitting your non-HP work to poetry journals!

Author's Response: NETA! I\'m back now and guess what I found. A review, by you. You\'ve made my day, so thank you. :D *hugs*

Author's Response: Oh, and yes, I do send. And ust recently an editor contact me and asked if I\'d they could publish one of my poems. The issue will be out in September. :)