Penname: ElspethBates [Contact]
Real name: Debbie
Member Since: 11/08/04
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I am a Navy Mom and still have a teenage daugher still in high school. When my kids were younger they told me repeatedly that I had to read the HP books. I resisted till I took them to see the first movie. I've been a fan since that day! I've read and re-read the books and can't wait for the next one!

Thanks for taking the time to read my stories! I hope you enjoy them!
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Love and Quidditch by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 59]


"I'm no Ravenclaw, but I finally learnt to take no for an answer." When James stops asking Lily out, she tells him that's not Quidditch!

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1325 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
11/17/05 Updated: 11/17/05

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 12/02/05 Title: Chapter 1: Love and Quidditch

Hello again my friend! I have just one little thing that kinda bugs me about this story... James was a Seeker.. not a chaser. Otherwise I love the fact that Lily ended up persuing James!

Author's Response: I think the films are responsible for a lot of confusion. James was playing with a snitch in the memory, but the books don't mention his position and Jo said he was a Chaser. I think her whole point is Harry is not James. Remember Ron talking nonstop about the game, running his hand through his hair, showing off for Hufflepuff girls when they were sitting by the lake and Harry smiling because Ron reminded him of his dad?


Once in a Blue Moon by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 301]

Summary: Tonks is rich in family and friends, but the wages of a new Auror keep her short of funds. A side job brings something into her life money can't buy.


*Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance- Canon.*


Categories: Remus/Tonks Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 67909 Chapters: 20 Completed: Yes
11/21/05 Updated: 12/21/05

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 12/02/05 Title: Chapter 4: Kiss the Moon

Yup... this is just as good the second time around! All that anticipation and angst... snogging "just to keep from blowing the cover" Yummy!

Author's Response: Elspeth, you rock! A great reviewer on one site, fabulous, on two sites? Priceless! ^_^


Kissing Harry by Kerichi
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 56]


A kiss is not just a kiss. After a disastrous Valentine's date with Cho, Harry finds himself alone with Luna and discovers what a kiss should be. Humour and Romance in a story that started with canon and went What If?


Categories: Harry/Other Character Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1912 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
11/28/05 Updated: 11/28/05

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 12/02/05 Title: Chapter 1: Kissing Harry

It's been a while since I've read anything so light, sweet, and innocent as this story! Glad to see you posting here and Congratulations on being a featured writer on the main page! I'm proud of you!

Author's Response: Aren't you the sweetest person ever! Thanks so much! ^_^


Bruno Schmidt by Leahr
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary: Have you ever read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander? If you have, you just might remember a small paragraph under Erklings, where we learned of a young boy named Bruno Schmidt. No longer relegated merely to a glancing mention, this is his story.

Bruno Schmidt lived in Karstbaum, a small town in Europe which conceals many secrets. Magic in Karstbaum is always kept completely under wraps in all circumstances, although no one seems to know why. Bruno's life is about to change, more than he ever thought possible. Will Bruno's bravery get him safely through all the obstacles he will soon face? I have begun- wait with patience.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 7801 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
12/04/05 Updated: 06/14/06

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 01/30/06 Title: Chapter 1: Feeding the Chickens

Interesting story idea. The only thing I'd really actively change is to work on your spells at bit more. You can always go to a English/foreign language dictionary online and try to come up with something a bit more interesting than Repairio Foreheadio. For instance, "resituo frons" means the same thing as the spell you wrote... it's just in Latin. Other than that you are attempting something completely new and interesting. Keep up the good work.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, I'm very happy to get one! About the spell issue, in my bio I ask not to be criticized for that. Since I speak several languages quasi-fleuntly, I don't worry about making spells non-English. As I explained there (which I wrote a long time ago, anticipating this issue), the magic in Karstbaum is very skewed. The fact that the spell is like that shows how magic, when confined to indivduals who never went to school and who are unable to do magic beyond what is contained in one dusty old (innaccurate) book, becomes warped. How did it get that way? Bruno will hopefully discover this- because the problem is worse than it seems at first...I'm giving too much away here. As JKR says, "shockingly indiscreet." Thanks for your suggestion, though. Do you speak Latin? Or where did you get that from? Please keep reviewing!

Author's Response: I moved part of this to an author's note. Thanks.


A Tale of Two Matchmakers by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 1387]

Summary: Romance for three couples when Blaise and Luna use Shakespearean styled matchmaking to hook up Ginny and Draco. There's Much Ado about...something!

Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance-Non Canon 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010 mods changed the rules (they got tired of the same fics being nominated ^_~) so no more QQ hopes, but that's okay. No proof is needed that Draco/Ginny = love.  

* Written before the HBP, this tale presents an alternate sixth year in which Dumbledore lives, Draco is more than a foil to Harry, and Blaise Zabini is a girl. I hope readers who ship Draco/Ginny will enjoy the story which includes dancing with faeries, Celtic and Norse mythology, school holidays in London and Spain, and loads of fantasy and romance. "Is this a kissing book?" (to quote the Princess Bride) Yes, it is. *

(Warnings were added for safety, due to brief allusions in later chapters, not graphic content.)


Categories: Draco/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 312843 Chapters: 52 Completed: Yes
01/06/06 Updated: 03/25/07

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 04/04/06 Title: Chapter 8: Dancing with Faeries

How wonderful, dancing with faeries! I just love Puck, he's such a cutie. Draco in miniature, you could put him in your pocket and keep him with you always!

I do have to say I loved it when Puck took Luna's necklace. She's really wonderfully portrayed in your story too! I always knew there was a reason she was in Ravenclaw even if she does seem a bit 'off' in the books. There must be an inner core of intelligence and spirit that isn't evident on the surface. I believe you've captured her perfectly!

Perhaps your Blaise is a good influence on Luna, and will get her to show that inner Ravenclaw intelligence instead of her usual dottiness displayed in the books!! hehe I love it! 10/10

Author's Response: *sniffs happily* Aren't you the most encouraging person! Thanks so much for liking the faeries and Luna, too. I see her 'dottiness' as part of her personality but also partly for effect. There's no mention of her in the first four books...why not? Maybe because she was quietly eccentric, but didn't decide to "play up" her "loony" reputation until she wanted to be noticed by Harry Potter. Negative attention is still attention! I've known girls who would rather be laughed at than ignored. To be known as crazy, but like Cap'n Jack Sparrow, say "But you have heard of me." :D I think Luna needs someone who appreciates her unique personality and ideas. Is that Harry? Maybe...and maybe not... Thanks for the 10- right back atcha! ^_^

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 03/02/06 Title: Chapter 6: Oh gods, a Gusher

BLOODY-BOLLOCKY-SELFISH-TWO-FACED-PIGGY PATSY LMAO I loved the gusher... what a Unique idea!

Author's Response: Hey, thanks for enjoying the gusher- it was absolutely fabulous to write, lol. :D

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 03/02/06 Title: Chapter 6: Oh gods, a Gusher

BLOODY-BOLLOCKY-SELFISH-TWO-FACED-PIGGY PATSY LMAO I loved the gusher... what a Unique idea!

Author's Response: Do I mind hearing a compliment again? Heck no! ^_^

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 01/18/06 Title: Chapter 1: Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I have to tell you that reading this post was like visiting old friends! This is the story that hooked me into being a Kerichi fan! I'm so glad to have been reminded of it! For everyone out there that is reading and/or reviewing this story for the first time, let me tell ya, You Are In For A TREAT!

Author's Response: Yay for fabulous reviewers on multiple sites! ^_^ I hope that other readers, once into the story, will agree that Blaise as a girl adds intriguing depth to the Blaise-as-Draco's-best-mate characterization, and get hooked on the other pairings as well as the central Draco/Ginny storyline. Thanks for taking the time to review, seeing it made my day!

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 02/01/06 Title: Chapter 3: Getting Girly and Green Eyed

How fun! Your Blaise is delightful. Although purists might want to argue that Jo said Blaise is a boy. You put your story in AU. Reading AU stories is like taking a fantasy ride. Everyone knows that dragons and unicorns aren't real... but for a few minutes we can believe. Your Blaise is young, discovering her femininity (after *looking* like a boy for years) and she's having fun. Terry sounds like a dream! Having Luna be sharp as a tack under that misty exterior is wonderful. Ginny ranting and raving to herself if no one else is listening is cute and quite believable. I pull out my wand, *swish & flick* 10/10!

Author's Response: Can writers give reviewers a 10? You deserve dozens of roses instead of mere stars for being such an encouraging person, and my "misty exterior" is from being genuinely touched. Thanks you! ^_^

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 02/17/06 Title: Chapter 4: A Kiss, A Dance

I've been waiting and waiting for this to be approved on the Queue! I just love a good Tango... You paint the most vivid pictures with your words!

Author's Response: Merci! Of course, when you start with Malfoy, the words just flow, lol. ^_^

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 03/28/06 Title: Chapter 7: Black Knight

Woohoo for Crabbe and Goyle not being complete idiots... LOL and yay for Terry promising not to let Blaise down again! Draco was sexy as always... can't wait for more!

Author's Response: I feel so guilt stricken for making beloved readers wait for chapters. If I had a magic wand, I'd go, I'd post at least twice a week. :D Isn't it nice to know that Draco only gets sexier? ^_~ Thanks for being so fab!

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 02/27/06 Title: Chapter 5: Protesting Too Much and Testing Potions

My friend, this is one of my favorite stories and this chapter is one of the most fun to read! Verisimilitude Potion is something every mother needs! And I love the way you portray Dobby... I can see him in my minds eye acting just the way you describe! Your stories take me to where they are... which is exactly what I like a story to do!!

Author's Response: Muchas Gracias! Eres muy amable! You are very kind indeed to be such an encouraging person. Making characters and scenes 'real' is something I try hard to do and for you to say so is exactly what I like! :D

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 01/26/06 Title: Chapter 2: Let's Get it Started

This story is really better.... it's a bit easier to read now that you have gotten out that red pen of yours! Thank you so much for the dedication! Reading your stories is always a pleasure, and re-reading them is like getting together with old friends.

Author's Response: Ah, the joys of editing, lol. I've had a crash course in proper dialogue formatting thanks to Magnificent Mod, Magical Maeve, and I'm more than happy to use what I've learnt to make a story easier and more enjoyable to read! Thanks for the amazing encouragement! ^_^


Paying the Price by hearyoume
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 95]

Summary: After failing to complete the task given to him by Voldemort, Draco turns to the Order for help- and becomes a member. During his seventh year at Hogwarts, he must tell no one of his true loyalties. However, when he and Ginny are forced to spend two weeks of detention together, she begins to catch on. It seems he hasn't fooled her, but will Draco be able to fool the most powerful Dark wizard in the world? If so, at what price?

Chapter 15 has been validated

Categories: Draco/Ginny Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 36132 Chapters: 15 Completed: No
01/15/06 Updated: 08/21/06

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 06/06/06 Title: Chapter 11: Hopes and Fears

Excellent story... You have fleshed this out very well and I'm really enjoying it. I'll be back for the next chapter!

Author's Response: Well I\'m happy you think that, and I look forward to hearing your opinion on future chapters. Thanks for reviewing (:


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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 02/07/06 Title: None

Good Start, I like what you've come up with so far. The first thing most people do is to have Harry and Ginny jump back together... that would be very nice in a fairy tail but if you are trying to keep to cannon... it's not the way I picture things happening. Keep up the good work!

Author's Response: Thanks for reading (and reviewing! thank you, thank you!). I know it's kind of off to a slow start. I wasn't going to write anything more than the opening pages (as per the competition) but my daughter has been urging me to write more. I've been inspired to do just that by reading your work, as a matter of fact. Time for the action to begin!

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 03/14/06 Title: None

Once again you've done an exceptionally fine job! It seems like you have your story plotted out and you are taking it right where you want it to go and your readers are in for an enjoyable ride... keep it up! I can't wait to see where you take us next!

Author's Response: I hope I can give my READER an enjoyable ride. ha ha! Thanks very much for reading and reviewing.


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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 04/10/06 Title: None

Excellent chapter! So much angst. It makes you wonder why Ron is so bent on self-destruction, and why Harry allowed himself to be pulled away from Ginny... There's a lot of potention for a wonderful story! I'm off to read the next chapter!

Author's Response: Thanks ^_^ I'm really glad you liked it. I hope the story lives up to your hopes. but the fourth chaper has been rejected about three times now, I'm losing hope!

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 04/10/06 Title: None

This just keeps getting better. I know the Sorting hat belonged to Godric Gryffindor... I can't wait to see what you come up with from here!

Author's Response: Well that's the bit I'm currently sturggling with. What happens with the hat is, in my opinion. a little stupid now. When I wrote it it seemed fine, but now there are so many problems that it just doesn't seem right. But I can't think of anything else to write! Anyway, thanks for taking the time to review. I love reviews ^_^

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 03/15/06 Title: None

I found your story today and have to tell you that I think you have a good thing going here. Your characters are well rounded and interesting. I can see you are laying the groundwork for a nicely involved story. I'll be back for more!

Author's Response: Thankyou so much! I love people who come back and read more =D I'm glad you liked the story, and I hope the rest of the story lives up to your expectations. I just read one of your stories, and now I'm off to review! Thanks for taking the time to review mine =D


Semi Charmed Life by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 333]


Within the Marauder band of Merry Men, Sirius is the dashing Will Scarlet. Seventh year, his goal is not to rob the rich, but to help poor Robin woo Maid Lily, avoid sermons from Friar Moony, aid a rat in need, and win the love of a fair lady.

Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance- Non Canon.

*Chapter 30 is 'To Be Loved'*

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 104697 Chapters: 30 Completed: Yes
05/10/06 Updated: 01/26/07

Reviewer: ElspethBates Signed
Date: 05/10/06 Title: Chapter 1: The Wild One

I can already tell this one's gonna be fan-bloody-tastic! I can't wait to see what you've come up with next!

Author's Response: Thanks for being a fab encourager. Were you a cheerleader, by any chance? :D Bet you were ace if so! ^_^

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