Oh Gina, your eye for detail never cease to amaze me! You know, I was eleven when i read Philosopher's Stone and i had struggled to reconcile JKR's vivid description of Albus Dumbledore's dressing sense and the fact that he enjoys tenpin bowling! Needless to say, i came up with quite a few entertaining mental images. :) But, i never, ever dreamed about mixing in the Room of Requirement! Genius, i must say! Thank you so much for writing this fic. ~nini
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading this fic! Wow, I wrote this so long ago, it always amazes me when someone digs up these first stories from my author's page. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I remember enjoying the chance to really work in those little canon details, like the tenpin bowling. Thanks again for reading - I really appreciate the lovely review! ~Gina :)
"James Sirius Potter, it is the judgment of the Wizengamot that you have been found guilty. You knowingly, in possession of sound mind and body, used the Cruciatus Curse and the Killing Curse in the intentional torture and murder of one Gregory Goyle the Third."
James Potter was going to Azkaban for the rest of his natural life, and his whole family was in shambles. His wife and child have fled the country, his sister was missing, and his parents were a wreck. However, James knew that he had larger problems: his guilt was coming more and more in question.
Though he knew that James was withholding information about the circumstances of the murder of which he had been found guilty, Harry had secrets of his own; however, even he could not handle this torrent of trouble alone. Can Harry trust his darkest confidences to anyone? Even family?Â
How will the Potter clan stop the downward spiral into pain and disaster, and can they recover what they've lost?
This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Next-Generation Story.
I DID IT! I FINALLY finished this humongous, novel-sized, epic monster-story!!!! (Yay!) The sense of achievement i feel right now must be NOTHING compared to what you must have felt when you finished writing it.
I've been reading a few reviews, and OMG-IS-THIS-YOUR-FIRST-FANFIC?!!! How long did it take to write this??? More importantly, how old were you when you had the plot charted out? (Forgive my overuse of capitals, but at this point, I-CAN'T-HELP-IT!!!!)
Amazing, amazing story. The twists and turns, the complexity of the plot rivalled that of the Da Vinci Code AND the PoA!!!
Although, it gets a bit depressing in the end. Being a faithful Harry/Ginny shipper, I couldn't (still can't) get over their split. Why did they do it? And, why did Harry BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN???? (with Katie's body INSIDE?)Is it because he couldn't stand the memories(Ginny, and the events of this story)? Or is it something else?
Katie and Draco....*sigh* All i can say is, interesting pairing. I like how they got together (sort of) but the way they ended was, again, depressing, but realistic, i have to admit.
I reaaallllyyy don't want to sound harsh, but I was quite surprised (and disappointed) by the lack of attention Ron and Hermione have gotten, considering the fact that the Trio have been through so much together and, by now, they should be sharing a lot more than what has been portrayed in this story. But then, as it has been stressed so much in this story, Harry is a 'man of many secrets'!
It also seemed weird that Harry wasn't really a confiding husband to Ginny, but then, he can't be expected to be the 'perfect person' everyone wants him to be. Actually, I love the fact that all your characters are extremely REAL, and noone, not even Harry is perfect. Everyone has their dark moments. The best one was when James felt like attacking Albus in their argument - it was poignant, that inspite of Harry's best efforts, Azbakan did leave its scars.
And, the diary - it was exactly the thing Harry would do, even though (or, because) it is stupid and self-sacrificing.
I absolutely LOVE the interaction between Harry and Draco - the grudging respect, the hidden gratitude, the disguised concern and the witty banter!
You also have dealt with all the possible sensitive social issues with admirable maturity. Very few people are able to do that, as I am sure you know.
Well, I'll try to explain the long (and the probably incoherent) review. I wanted to read the story in as continuous a manner as possible, so i decided to leave a review at the very end. :)And, anyway, this story DESERVES realllly long, raving gushing reviews :) As for the incoherence, the roller-coaster-plot doesn't leave you capable of anything more than THIS. :)
Lastly, I have a few ideas for some missing moments one-shots for this story, so, if it's not a problem, should i mail you or send a PM?
Yes, this was my very first fan fiction. Actually, it was the first creative thing that I'd written since I was, er... fifteen or sixteen. I started this last year in late September and wrote all the way up to the last chapter in February. I really dragged my feet on the Epilogue, trying to think of exactly how I wanted it to end, but nothing was coming out. Finally, I just sucked it up and cranked it out. In May. >.>
In all honesty, I didn't feel much of anything when I finished it. I was actually sort of relieved that I was able to stick to it, because if someone had asked me two years ago if I was capable of writing a book the same length of Goblet of Fire, I would've laughed in their face. Now, I know I can do it.
Katie and Draco have a story of their own, and it is a long (see: convoluted) one. This story merely brushes the surface of not only their past romance, but the changes that Draco had endured after the war and his eventual peacemaking with Harry. Likewise, there is more to how Katie and Oliver got together and how Katie settled for the man she loved but not wholly as she did with Draco. There is also a bunch of backstory as to why Harry and Ginny aren't exactly a model couple, stemming from several events in their past.
The Ron and Hermione thing was something commonly brought up, and while I do have my reasons, in retrospect, I would probably have changed it. You see, Hermione is employed by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and is pretty high up on the ladder, so with Harry doing things that may or may not have been illegal, he didn't feel comfortable putting her in the situation of having to tell her superiors about what he was doing in essentially trying to cover up a murder And he couldn't very well tell Ron and not Hermione; you know how well THAT would go over.
As for the plot, I had the major events outlined in my head, and the minor ones just came as they came. My brain is very plot-oriented and chock-full of drama and violence, so this sort of story is the fruit of my imagination. The actual concept came to me in a dream, where the very first line of the story, with James being sentenced to life in Azkaban, just kept playing in my head. I built a premise around that, and then started writing. I started and never looked back.
I would love to hear your ideas for accompanying one-shots. I have three already: Eye of the Beholder, which shows the events in the life of Nick Barnaby that embittered him to Harry; All the Time in the World, which shows one large stumbling block in Harry's life that causes things between him and Ginny to become tense; and About Last Night, which shows the events that inspired the dream which made James smile in the earlier chapters, during his first night at Azkaban.
For what it's worth, I think this is actually one of my most poorly-written stories, so if you like this, then the rest of my author page sighs in relief. :)
Thank you so much for reading, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. It was so much fun to write, and I think it's an original plot and one that hasn't been done before. Yay!
Is the fact that Harry did not look a day above thirty on his fiftieth birthday related to the fact that Harry's hair turned gray when James started using the diary? Does the diary make sure Harry's body doesn't age, only his soul does? Why does James writing in it have anything to do with this? Isn't all of this a bit like Lord of the Rings? So many questions... but, it's been a gripping story so far. I guess I'll just read on, then. :)
Hehe, I've never read Lord of the Rings; I couldn't get past page 6, 'cause it was kind of boring.
The magic behind the diary is that Harry was his usual self until James started using the diary. Harry linked his living soul, as he would of course never do what was encessary to make it a Horcrux, to the diary, but each time James wrote in it, part of his soul was sucked out and into the diary. The diary required magic for it to work the way James saw it work (him writing and the book answering), and it was sort of battery operated by Harry's magic/soul. That's also what caused the aging (which Harry didn't know would happen).
I hope that helps/clarifies things. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of the story!
I have never read such a convincing and true-to-the-book portrayal of Harry. Especially when it's HIS point-of-view. Especially when there are so few of them on MNFF which are readable. Thank you so much for writing this.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. This is not my first attempt at first-person-Harry (that was “It Takes Two”) but it is always a tricky thing to get right, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that we’re almost in his head for seven books. I’m glad that you think I got it right -N-
Lily Evans is pretty, intelligent, vivacious… and accused of murder. James Potter is privileged, arrogant, and conceited… and her best chance at avoiding Azkaban. If only he wasn’t convinced of her guilt.
With a war looming in the background and evil slowly seeping into the wizarding world, seven years of secrets unravel, and two very different people find themselves caught up in a battle against privilege, intolerance, and greed.
But even in the darkness, and even in the despair, there is still friendship, and love, and hope.
Was that Bellatrix Lestrange?
Author's Response: You'll find out eventually...
Well, i loved the fact that, for a change, the damsel in distress saved herself as well as the knight in shining armour! :)
"I watched to see how she would handle him; I knew she could, considering they way she'd handled me through the years, but I was ready to jump in if I needed to." This was a thouroughly refreshing change in James' "I'll save you, Lily!!!" character, and it showed more of James' maturity than any of the other "James-has-transformed-so-let's-get-married" fanfics. I liked that a LOT.
Author's Response: Thank you! I really do think James must have changed for Lily to accept him. This was one of those ways, I suppose. I'm so glad you enjoyed him in this piece. I really appreciate the compliments. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
"Our first kiss was thanks to a love potion, and our second was while you were nodding off." That was hilarious! (and sad, but they made up for it in the end, didn't they?)
So, at the risk of sounding pushy, can i ask a question, if you don't mind, now that the story is over? What was it that Lily smelled in Amortentia in the Potions class?
Author's Response: First, a belated thank-you for the review!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. However, I must confess that whatever Lily smelled is a secret...mostly because I'm not really sure what it was. But she definitely smelled something in class, and then recognized part of it as James in the corridor. Sorry I can't give you a better answer! But seeing as J/L is my OTP, perhaps someday I'll write another scene with it! ;) Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Oh, and i'm sorry i forgot to mention a few more things i liked about the chapter. It was good to see Lily taking charge of the relationship, instead of James doing all the begging and pleading. And, I loved the part about the Chamber of Secrets being a myth, and James trying not to blab anything about the Marauders' Map. I absolutely love how you slip in tiny things like these into natural, normal dialogue without making it sound forced. Although I haven't tried writing anything like this, I can imagine it isn't easy. Hope to read something equally enjoyable in 'Remembering Lily.' :)
Author's Response: Ooh, thanks again! I'm glad you like the little details. I'm always so excited when it even occurs to me to work them in, then really happy when it works, and thrilled when someone actually notices it!! And yes, I think the trend has been to see more of James taking the initiative in fanfic, which is why I like to make Lily a bit more assertive sometimes. I do hope you read Remembering Lily, although I think it's quite different from a more traditional story like this. Thanks again for the lovely reviews. I do appreciate them, long as it's taken me to respond!! ~Gina :)
I have always loved your characterisation, whether it is James/Lily, or just about any other character. I also like the fact that your fics are completely believable, and just FIT into canon - it's almost as if they are the other half of the actual story - if you know what i mean. Your stories are immensely fun to read - i think I've read all of them. Each one has an amazing plot - and believe me, every time i read one, i'm like- "Wow, i've never thought of that!" or "That could've happened, you know..."
Just to satisfy my curiosity, what was it that Lily smelled when she stopped and stepped away from James?
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much! I am so happy to know you have read and enjoyed so many of my stories! I am totally a canon girl at heart, so I really appreciate your comment about fitting into canon. Sure, I occasionally try out a "what if?" scenario, but for the most part, I try to write something that could indeed have happened in JKR's Potterverse. It is so gratifying to hear that I may have succeeded. I'm glad you enjoyed this story! I would love to answer your question, but I may need the answer later on, after all. I'm glad you picked up on what was going on, though, since it was from James's POV, after all, and I don't think he did. Thank you again for the lovely review. I do hope you enjoy the rest of this story! ~Gina :)
Is it just me, or does Professor Wenlock reeeeeeealllly remind anyone of Professor Trelawney from Divination?
Author's Response: Ha ha! Maybe a little! But really, I'm picturing him as far more of a hippie. He's not nearly as clueless as poor Trelawney, he's just colorful. I hope you liked him and his music. ;) ~Gina :)