This story is amazing. I've read it three times now (I only just got an account, or I would have reviewed it before) and it still affects me every time. Even this third reading I teared up five times-more than I ever have for even the real Harry Potter books! I do wish you would update thoug-on your author page you promised never to give this one up, "even if it takes me five years. Hopefully it won't, but I won't abandon the story." It's been 4.5 years since you started-5 months left! ;) Sorry to ramble-I know you have tons of reviews begging for updates, but I can't help but hope that one of these days a review will convince you that this story is worth finishing. Thanks!
Author's Response: Thank you! Believe it or not, I've been working on this story recently, and I should have another chapter written for you soon. Life has just gotten far more in the way than I thought it would, and I'm not good at keeping up with chaptered fics. But don't worry - I WILL finish this one. And I'll post a new chapter soon.
Yay! You really did update-and this chapter was almost worth the wait! (I say almost in hopes that it will dissuade you from taking this long again ;)) I love how well you managed to balance the humor and the sentimental moments in which Harry realizes how little time he has left with his parents. James' line about the "bloody bird" is hilarious, as is his painstaking efforts to carve the turkey well while everyone laughs at him-I could really picture it, and started laughing out loud as a read that scene. I'm excited to see where you take the "Lizzy"/Remus storyline, as well as the Ron/hermione one. I personally, rather than believing that in non-canon stories like this, they first kiss and immediately they realize they're madly in love, instead they even turn more awkward before finally figuring things out and getting together (does this make sense?) However, no matter what angle you go at their story from, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for upholding your promise-this was a wonderful chapter and I can't wait for more!
Author's Response: I'm glad you like it so much - I think DH and Kerichi's Lover's Moon series have inspired me, so I finally got off my ass and finished this bit. I've started on the next chapter, though it'll probably take a bit, as I'm working a lot and school starts next week, but I'll do my best! On another note, I'm teaching two college-level classes on the Harry Potter series this semester! I'm so excited :-). That should help take care of my writer's block.
Yay!!! You're right-you're being so much better about updating! I really love this story and this chapter is no exception! I especially love what you've done with Tonks and Lupin, and it makes me wonder whether their kiss will change something about their future (current?) relationship or if it won't affect the future at all. Also, I'd love to see more of the Harry/Ginny and Harry/Lily/James scenes. scenes-the intensity yet heartwarming nature of those scenes is what drew me to this story in the first place! I also think you write Harry as I picture him-gentlemanly, caring, and a tad bit awkward. As is, though, this story is wonderful! No matter what you plan to do with it, I plan to stick with this story till the end-especially now that you've essentially cofirmed that there will be an end! Thanks for all your hard work, and I can't wait to see what you do with the next chapter!
PS-I hope your Harry Potter classes are goig well! I'm so jealous-I wish I could be a part of a Harry Potter class. What do you teach in said classes?
Author's Response: I'm planning on doing more with H/G and Harry and his parents in the next chapter - I wanted to start tying up all the love knots so that everyone can have the Christmas they want and be happy. PS - the HP classes are going beautifully! They're going to have their second exam (on CoS) this week, and then we'll be starting on PoA. For that one, we're going to watch the movie and go into elements of film and popular culture. So far we've covered the heroic cycle, types of heroes, archetypes, themes of prejudice, WWII influences, parallels between Harry and Voldemort, the theme of choice, and Harry's Christ-like traits and tendencies.
I really like this story so far! It's really interesting how you've made Lee Jordan's daughter so different from him-it makes me wonder who he married (maybe I'll find out in a later chapter?). I'm a big fan of canon, and mainly only read canon stories. I'm not sure how I feel about bellatrix still being alive, but I'm interested to see where you're taking it. I'm also a huge Scorose shipper, so I love that you have them in the same house-even thought they're only 11, it's a step in the right direction ;) I guess I just I've to keep reading to find out what happens!
Author's Response: Yes you do find out who Lee married, and Nina's character is investigated a bit more in-depth. She holds a very complicated part in the story, my wish is that I do her justice! Bellatrix is one of those characters who is better off dead - which is why she makes a perfect baddie for this story. And it's never too early to start with Scorose! Thanks for reviewing!
Wow. Just-wow. I love it! I've always cringed when I see a Dramione story, and before now, I've refused to read them. I think it's safe to say that you've officially converted me. I really think you've captured both of their personalities well, and I really like how you started it as a canon R/Hr and gradually shifted it to a Draco/Hr story. I agree that I think it's unrealistic to believe that Ron and hermione stayed together all those years-I mean, I love them together, and I totally agree with jkr's decision to keep romione a couple, but, honestly, I think this would also be a very plausible ending! Draco has the perfect amount of deviousness, but I liked how you gradually worked his charming side into the mix. I don't know how I feel about the idea of Ron getting back together with lavender, but I guess he needs someone! I just have one Brit-picky thing (which isn't really fair of me as I'm not from britain-this just bothered me a bit). In chapter 20, about 3/4 of the way through, it says "the weather was warm for a March day in Scotland, reaching close to sixty-five degrees." They use celsius, so sixty-five degrees there is not warm, it's hot-in fact, it's 149 degrees f! I really do enjoy this story, and I can't wait to read "More Wandless Magic"! :)
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story and I thank you for your thoughtful review! I am not British, although I tried really hard to make the story sound less American. I did read that the UK is about 50/50 with Farenheit and Celsius, but that might be wrong. I'll go back and fix that to not use degrees at all (and thus avoid the issue). Thanks again for your excellent and encouraging feedback! Jenny
This story is great! Sorry I haven't reviewed until now, but I just found this story this morning and have spent my day reading it...yay lazy days :) Please keep this story up-I like that it's fairly canon, but with a twist, and really enjoy reading it. I just have one nit-picky correction for this chapter-about a third if the way in, It says "I saw Luna and Harry leave, looking for something in Gryffindor Tower." In Deathly Hallows they actually go to Ravenclaw's common room. Sorry about being nit-picky, an keep up the great work!
Author's Response: Oh, right! I kind of wrote that chapter at like, two in the morning, but thanks for telling me! I'm incredibly nit-picky myself, since I reread the sixth and seventh HP books about five times to make the story work. I'm glad it's summer too... but after June's over, I'm going to be pretty busy. Lucky I have a laptop and a hotel with wireless, huh? Thanks for the review! :)
Ohmygoodness. I'm blown away. Here I am convinced that "the Healer" is Parvati and that it's too obvious...boy, was I wrong! I did NOT see that ending coming. I know you've gotten mixed reviews on the pace of the third chapter, but I have to say, I think it was perfect. If anything along the lines of this story were to happen in real life, I don't think the Healer (trying so hard not to say his/her name in case people ignore your warning and jump right to the reviews) would just wait around like...well, like Voldemort every time he duels Harry (haha)! I think this story was beautifully written and definitely kept me guessing the whole time. Well done-you definitely deserved that QSQ award!!
Author's Response: Hahaha! One thing I find ridiculous about villains in general is when they spend so much time talking. You're right about Voldemort. What. An. Idiot. Although the third chapter has the longest scene in the story, it doesn't actually take much time - it's the memories which add to the word count. So, thank you for mentioning that. :) And thanks for the lovely review!
I love this story! I only just discovered it but it's beautifully done. Both Tristan and Effie are written very well. They have the perfect combination of kindness and mysteriousness that can be so hard to describe, but you pulled it off very well. The mysterious sides to each of them are definitely there and leave me desperate for more information, but you've balanced it well enough that I can't decide whether I trust them or not! I love your Albus, Rose, James, and Persephone, hate your Scorpius (in a good way! Haha), and am excited to learn more about everyone and everything! Well done and keep it up!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for you kind review! You'll find out more about both Tristan and Effie's backgrounds in later chapters and hopefully I'll maintain the mystery for a bit. Haha, Scorpius, in this story, is a character I love to hate. You'll see, as the story progresses, that he's always on the verge of nearly being nice but then remembers himself in time to be nasty. Thanks for the review! I hope you keep enjoying reading :)
Ginny Weasley is extremely excited for her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and knows that it will be wonderful. She has all of her supplies, her books, and most importantly, a wand.
But is she ready for the twist Tom Riddle will send her way?
This story is an alternate Chamber of Secrets from Ginny's point-of-view, with some very interesting changes that could affect her whole life.
Very cute! I think you've got 11-year-old Ginny down to a tee! She definitely has the perfect level of childish traits (asking her diary for advice, being embarrassed to even say anything in Harry's presence, yet being resentful when the opportunity to say something to him is taken away), yet she is mature enough to balance out these childish traits (worrying about her family's finances, recognizing Harry's discomfort when forced to be photographed). My one nit-picky thing is at the very beginning of this chapter when Ginny writes, "We didn't have any other wands for me to use other than Ron's old broken one, so mum and dad said I could get a new one!" Ron breaks his wand when the Whomping Willow when he and Harry arrive at Hogwarts in CoS. So, unless he broke another wand before his first year at Hogwarts (which I doubt, as wizards typically get their first wand right before Hogwarts), he hasn broken a wand yet at this point in the story. Otherwise, this story's great, the plot is a wonderful idea, and I can't wait for later chapters when Ginny's tale differs from that of the trio-thus far we've seen an alternate view of the same scenes we see in CoS, but after arriving at Hogwarts, you don't see her much in the book. I'm excited to see your take on what she's doing behind-the-scenes. Or, at least what really happens with the diary! Well done-keep up the great work!
Author's Response: Ah! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and pointing out that mistake... *shuns mother for not paying closer attention when reading the books* I've got to fix that... ~Manda
I love it!! Your Hermione, Fleur, Ron, etc. were all beautifully written; I really think you captured the essence of each of them quite nicely. The one part I thought was a bit...strange...was the bit about Charlie telling Ron to man up or he (Charlie) would ask out Hermione himself. According to JKR, Charlie left Hogwarts the year before the trio arrived, meaning he was probably 18 by the time they started. This makes him a full seven years older than Hermione, who I'm guessing is still 18-19 in this story-a 25-26 year old with an 18-19 year old just doesn't seem to fit into JKR's world. But then again, Tonks and Lupin are the perfect counter to my argument. Ah, well... Otherwise, I really adored this story. It would be great if you made it into a kind of micro-mini series, writing a story about Ginny/Harry preparing themselves for the first time. Ginny is often written as confident and bold, with Harry being...not timid, persay, but somewhat more cautious then Ginny. I think you could go a whole multitude of directions with this type of story-you could stick with their fanfiction attributes or use the opportunity to show Ginny's quieter, more girly, or somewhat less brave side. Even if you keep this as a solo story, though, I truly think it's great. Perfect balance of fluff/content-well done!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words!! As I mentioned in my response below, I only meant the Charlie line as a joke between brothers--he wouldn't actually have made a move on Hermione--but I guess I didn't make that clear enough. Thanks also for your suggestions. Right now I am fixated on Ron/Hermione (I relate to Hermione far more than Ginny), but I probably should start exploring some other relationships.