Summary: She was a girl with dreams in her head. Dreams that people said would come to nothing.
He was a boy with brains to spare. But quiet so no one knew.
Orla Quirke and Stewart Ackerley. Two Ravenclaws with nothing in common except their house.
In their fourth year, everything changed.
This is a birthday present for the wonderful, lovely, amazing Alex (welshdevondragon) who has been a superb friend over the past year (and I hope for many more).
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but my Spag Bol is sublime.
(Note about the warnings. They are a precaution only.)
You take completely peripheral and new characters and make them so real! But it was really really depressing. Wonderful, moving, beautiful and all that, but depressing.
Author's Response: Ah, my love, I tell you I did actually cry a little when i wrote the last set of lines. there was a definite moment when I hated myself because I don't like killing people (apart from Lucius, but I don't like him) , but the story was for my friend Alex (welshdevondragon) who we call DeathLex, and I know she has a penchant for not-such-happy endings. Sorry :( ~Carole~
On November 2nd, Petunia Dursley wakes up to a morning she hates to remember but will never forget.
This is BrokenPromise of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Illustration for Inspiration Challenge 2012
Regrettably, I own neither the world nor the picture from which this fic is inspired. They belong to J K Rowling and Karaley Dargen respectively, and I hope that this is an adequate representation.Character Death for Lily and James only.
Many thanks to Megan/noblefate who betaed this for me so quickly and helpfully!
I really like Petunia's point of view.
Author's Response: I do too. I'm glad you could see the other side of Petunia as well. Thanks for the review!
Summary: In a perfect world, Neville and Hannah's wedding would go off without a hitch. This is not a perfect world.
The postscript is so funny!
Summary: When Draco Malfoy walked into a shop one night looking for help, he found the last person he would have expected: Neville Longbottom. To Neville's surprise, Draco accepted his help. But neither anticipated that one chance meeting would be the beginning of a friendship that would last until the very end.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Post-Hogwarts story
I really like this new Neville.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I haven't written much of him but it's been fun working with him. I hope you enjoy the rest! Thanks for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
Summary: In the aftermath of the battle, Argus does the only thing he can.
Interesting perspective. We've never thought about how the only person unable to lift a wand in self-defence would feel in a castle raging with a wizarding war. I liked that touch about Filch's childhood too.
Author's Response: Thanks. I imagined it as through the eyes of a civilian caught in the middle of a military battle. Thanks for reading!
Harry waits for someone to meet him at Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve. This is a story about growing up, moving on and remembering your past without taking it with you.
H/Hr friendship with a bit of H/G
This is beautiful, but may be it would read better with more dialogues and less summary (Harry remembering what Ginny said, what Teddy said...you do great dialogues, so you should include them) I think the bit about Teddy and Harry meeting the Potters deserve a separate story.
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) Yeah, this was one of my earlier fics *bad excuse alert* so I probably would do things differently if I wrote it now. The Harry and Teddy might get its own story at some point. It's one of those where I want to write it but have fifty other things I want to write as well. Anyway, glad you liked it!
Summary: It is the beginning of seventh year, and Neville has had just about enough of Amycus Carrow.
This is Acacia Carter of Hufflepuff writing for the first third of the Character Triathalon, for the "missing moment" prompt.
Many thanks to Jess for the lightning-fast beta.
Summary: Ron runs away, and runs into a spot of bother.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for Round One of the 2012 Character Triathlon.
Author's Response: Thanks. -N-
Summary: When the sun dies, can the shadow exist?
George had liked Angelina since they were third years sharing blackberries, but Fred had got there first.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling; I just play in her world rather too much.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for Round 1 of the Character Clinic Triathlon - Major Characters.
This is also a (very) delayed birthday present for Lori (Weasley Mom) because I've been wanting to write this for her for absolute ages.
Thank you Kara and Jess for the prompts. I think I got them all in.
YIPPPEEEEEEEEE! Blackberries won the 2013 QSQ for Best Canon Romance. Thank youuuu!!!
Lovely. I like the chcukle and faint whoop in his head.
Author's Response: Thank you. I had to chop some, sadly, but I might rework and add more when the challenge is over. ~Carole~
Summary: This story is a missing moment from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We know Ron and Hermione descend into the Chamber of Secrets in search of basilisk fangs, and we know they succeed. But what exactly happened down there? This story provides a possible answer to that question.This is WeasleyMom of Hufflepuff writing for the Illustration for Inspiration Challenge in the Great Hall. My inspiration was a drawing done by Carole/EquinoxChick, featuring Hermione's hand stabbing the cup with a basilisk fang. Thanks, Carole! You unknowingly pushed me to write something I've had in my head since DH came out. Thrilled to announce this story tied for third place in the challenge! Holy Hufflepuff! This won a 2012 QSQ Award for Best Canon Romance, one-shot! I am thrilled and so, so grateful!
Wow, this is beautiful. A million times better than how the movie showed it. They botched the one thing I was curious about- what the horcrux makes Hermione see.
Author's Response: Yeah, the movie disappointed in that scene, didn't it? I have to learn to like it because it's the only Romione kiss I'm ever gonna see, but still. There was something missing. I'm so glad you thought this worked as a missing moment. Thanks for reading and taking the time to review--I really appreciate it! ~Lori
Summary: Ron and Hermione have some news.
I want to read the third right now.
Loved. Your interactions and reactions are so effortlessly natural.
Author's Response: Thank you. Unfortunately the third is the barest of ideas at the moment, sorry. -N-
Summary: On May 4th, 2012, Petunia Dursley found herself hanging.This is a prose-poem written for the Who Arted? challenge at Poetry Anyone (?). It is based on a sketch done by welshdevondragon/Alex.
I love the May 4th refrain. And thank god she didn't invite Marge.
Summary: What is Gellert Grindelwald. A young man with so many sides.
This poem was written for The Sharp Challenge in Poetry, Anyone? Thank you Julia, for running such fab challenges and being an inspiration.
Disclaimer: JKR? Me? Noooooooooo.
I love the sweet basket lined with glass shards image. As well as the sofa so comfortable and engulfing. Powerful.
Author's Response: Thank you! I had the idea of the basket forst of all and then the rest developed. :) ~Carole~
Summary: Lily Evans is different things to different people.
This poem was originally written for The Sharp Challenge in PA. Thank you Julia, for bringing such inspiration.
Disclaimer: Tis not I who be JK Rowling.
This one's a beauty. As beautiful as the lily.
Author's Response: Thank you. I do love Lily Evans. So brave and loyal. *sigh* Appreciate the review :) ~Carole~
Summary: A love song for Lily from an unusually poetic James Potter.
This poem has been written for the Queen of James/Lily romance, Gina (gmariam) for her birthday.
Disclaimer: JKR, Moi? No, no, a thousand times, no.
Author's Response: That's a bad cough you have there .... Apologises profusely. It is on my list ... somewhere ... Thank you for the reviews. ~Carole~
Summary: It takes sixty years, but Minerva finally comes to understand the truth of George Bernard Shaw's pronouncement on tragedy: "Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it."
Unusual pairing but beautifully done. I loved how you brought out Minerva's conflicted childhood and adult loneliness.
Author's Response: Many thanks for the kind words. I figured there had to be more to this Pottermore business than an 18-year-old broken heart.
Summary: Andromeda Black is not a girl who is reckless. Risks are for the foolhardy, and she is too clever for that. But she hasn't factored Ted Tonks' persistence into the equation of her life.
And Ted wants to teach her how to fly ...
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for Round 2 of the Character Clinic Triathlon - Minor Characters. I chose the Music prompt.
The song that Andromeda listens to in this story is River by Joni Mitchell. It is beautiful.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I am not Joni Mitchell. I am someone who admires both artists greatly.
Ta lotsly to the lovely Natalie (hestiajones) who beta'd this and is a truly fabulous friend.
Thank you for writing this-I've always felt Andromeda was a vastly underutilized character in canon. Please write more. And Regulus too.
Author's Response: OOOh ... Regulus, now you've got me thinking... Hmmm. Thank you very much for the review and glad you enjoyed this. ~Carole~
Theodore Nott, the other Slytherin. Who is this mysterious person who remains in the background. Who are his friends? Whose side is he on? Does anyone know? Does he know?
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for Round Two (Minor Characters) of the 2012 Madam Pomfrey’s One-Shot Character Triathlon.
Useful? Decorative? If I was Araminta I would return from the dead and strangle this man. And I hate how the snatcher gets off the hook.
As for Pansy- well, you get back what you give, i suppose.
A well-written story and of course it accords perfectly with the 'Northumbrian canon"!
The Notts- what do I say? Hated the father from the beginning, and whatever sympathy I had for the son was lost before the end, but very very realistic depictions. And these people hold the key to Arthur's treasure? Oh no!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
Casual sexism, always guaranteed to annoy. :-D However, Thornton Nott is not exactly forward-thinking or progressive. You aren’t supposed to like the Notts, but stories need villains, and Theodore will be making several appearances very soon.The Round Table Knights (and most people reading this won’t know why we’re talking about them) were an unpleasant bunch. The tales are of betrayal, incest, rape, extra-marital affairs and sibling rivalry. I see no reason to make their descendants nice people.
Luna attends the International Symposium on Fantastic Beasts in Sweden. She is looking for proof of the existence of the Crumple-Horned Snorkack. What she finds is something else entirely.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for Round Two (Travel Prompt) of the 2012 Madam Pomfrey’s One-Shot Character Triathlon.
You know, JKR said that Luna eventually gave up on the snorkacks. But never mind that, this story is so cute!
"‘I didn’t this morning,’ she said. ‘Now, I’m not so sure. At the moment I’m waiting for someone to ask me out.’
‘Will you go out with me?’ he asked hastily.
Unable to resist any longer, Luna leaned across the table and kissed him."
Luna is so Luna. And you have to write in more of Rolf in your other sotries (some of which, btw, are in serious needs of updates.)
Stockholm is a beautiful city- I hope you enjoy your trip to Sweden.
Thanks for the review.
I know what JKR said, the key word here is eventually. Perhaps it's rolf who persuades her. Stockholm certainly looks beautiful, but the closest capital city to me will be Copenhagen. I think that you can see it across the Öresund.
Zygosis: the biological process of conjugation; the union of cells or gametes.
Life exists to procreate, to recreating itself, being created by many different methods. Because of that urge to create new life, Auror Albus Potter finds himself in trouble.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw writing for Round Two (Minor Characters: Harry Potter’s birthday) of the 2012 Madam Pomfrey’s One-Shot Character Triathlon.
By Merlin I love your Lavender. Poor, poor Albus!
Hang on, what do you mean, when Harry killed his "first" basilisk?
Author's Response: Thanks.
Lavender is really ideal mother-in-law material, isn't she? :-DWell spotted. That's a story for another day.