Hi, I'm CA. I used to be a college student studying (in a loose sense of the word) Genetics and Biotechnology with a minor in Music. Now I'm a part-time secretary with no delusions of grandeur whatsoever.
I am an avid reader. Sometimes I write. Other preferred activities include playing piano, dancing, singing, and generally loving life.
I'm a member of Hufflepuff House. One of those "we'll take the lot" cases more than hard work or loyalty, I'm afraid.
Before I started writing fanfiction seriously, I hated romance. I wouldn't even read it here. Then I discovered Other Pairings and I've unleashed a great power of fluff. I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to drop me a review if you get the notion.
My favorites right now are "We Need All the Allies We Can Get" and "Catchphrase." "Gratification and Justification" has its moments. "Don't Get Caught" is my one featured story.
Summary: A very young Dark wizard returns to his old school with high hopes of obtaining the Defence Against the Dark Arts position. But showing an ugly mark on his arm and explaining how it got there might considerably reduce his chances… A different take on how and why Severus Snape became a spy for Albus Dumbledore, a glimpse into his mind, and a peek at an alternative family history.
I really enjoyed reading this. It was very impressive the way you thought of Snape's argument - the line about Dark Magic being the thing that really separates Muggles from Wizards has been haunting me for some time now. Is that true? It could be ... but I don't know ...
I actually thought Snape was very well represented and that this is very similar (although perhaps not what Jo had in mind) to what I always sort of thought this interview would consist of. The introduction of the sherbet lemon was especially enjoyable and perfect for Dumbledore.
Thanks for a great read!
To be honest, I'm at once curious about what Jo has in mind and dreading it at the same time... I'm so afraid the canon truth might be love-related :(...
Glad you liked my Dumbledore! He's an adorable character and I strive to write him well :). -S
Summary: 6-year-old Sirius Black just wouldn’t listen; he snuck into the family cellar despite being forbiddened to do so... A broken artifact brought about a chain of events that’ll bring us to a different world. Although most of the events stayed the same, his absence brought about some minor changes - now Sirius is in Harry’s time.
This is a story that will reveal what will happen if the most mischievous of the Marauders joins forces with the ever-creative Weasley Twins. This is an epic tale that will reveal the mysterious myths and history of the Most Noble and Ancient House of Blacks. Be mystified, and roll over with laughter, as Sirius bumbled his way through his 1st year at Hogwarts in this alternate tale of the HP tradition.
Well. I don't know how this slipped, but . . .
"Lavender Browned looked to the left and the right"
That might want changing, eh? I wish the boys would listen to Hermione. Sirius' antics, while funny, aren't as funny anymore when he's so mean too. I enjoy the action. Look forward to seeing more ^_^
Author's Response: *lol* OMG! am I original with my mistakes or what *L* ^_^ As for Sirius, thanks for noticing his meanness ... I'm doing that on purpose, as part of his characterization. I want that mean streak to sprout out once in a while (as JK showed - he's a bully) but he also ought to be charismatic enough, that people will still love him despite this faults. Fortunately Harry does not fuel this mean spark of his, as much as James does. ^_^
Hmmm . . . pretty good action sequence. You used "low curse" twice in a row, though. I would change that just so it's not repititious. I saw almost no comma errors this time. Creative idea (I enjoyed Sirius' demonstration almost more than the whole action sequence), but now I want to know what happens next--NOW! But I will wait patiently just like everyone else. have a nice day.
Author's Response: Thanks for noticing... corrected. The next chapter has been validated and the one after that with my beta ^_^ ... I try to update fast regardless of reviews. Thanks for being my first (and only) reviewer on this installment.
I don't know if it's good that you enjoyed my sub-plots over my main plot *L* ... But it's good to know that you had as much fun reading that as I did writing it.
Uh-Oh--You left Orlaith's comments on the bottom there, so everyone knows what's improving and what she had to say about it. Not that that's bad. Anyway, on to my review . . . .
Hah! I loved it! Dumbledore and Moody in perfect control of their situations, hah! Hermione's "reflection" being the kelpie all the time, hah! I had no idea there was anything fishy about that--so much for textual clues. (and so much for a pun. ha, that was a funny one.) I refuse to be nitpicky and tell you any errors that I found, so I've purposely forgotten them already. It clearly got accepted anyway. I can't wait for what Rita Skeeter comes out with. I expect that will be fun.
Oh, I loved this chapter! Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: Whoops ... *L* am such a scatter-brain ... thanks for telling me *lol*
^_^ Guess my clues were too subtle :) so much for the 'Mystery of Hermione's Reflection'.
You still found errors? *L* I can tell you and Lei are already in that 'Beta Frame of mind' ^_^ Thanks for reviewing. :)
I found it! The story ascended out of the depths of the MNFF Archive and I was able, finally, to log in (I always forget that part) and add it to my Favorites list. So you should have a new one, since that's only a couple days old.
I don't know what else to say, but . . . you're funny, miel.
How many more chapters have you got going?
I do enjoy making people laugh -- although lately I've been writing those dark stories ... I really should quit those challenges ... *L* too serious for my own good :)
Author's Response: *squeals* another one who placed this in their favourates! *squeals*
Summary: A Draco / Hermione love poem on how he feels about her. This was requested by 'nightgoddess'. Personally speaking I don't go for this type of pairing. But I tried to keep it canon. ^_^ Feel free to use it, or excerpts of it, on your fic.
Hi, it's me again (that was me, Moonbright, down there.) I feel okay in submitting another review because I'm practically a different person--I didn't even know who you were, I just liked your poem. I still like it. No constructive criticism at this time, amazingly enough! Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: CA *L* Thanks! Not in the mood to nitpick? *grin* know exactly how you feel ... it gets tiring after nitpicking a chapter ^_^ Same to you. ^_^
Summary: A Shakespearean Parody written in a style akin to the original (well almost) featuring Fred and George Weasley
This crazy author was bored ^_^ This is my laughable attempts to massacre some the famous play-wright's most notable lines. ^_^
I had to reread these once I decided I wanted to leave a review. I remember now thinking when I read them it was such a pity that you only had two scenes up. I am very happy that scene 3 is in queue and that this story will continue. With any luck, since it's poetry, it will be validated quickly. I enjoy recognizing the references to Shakespeare. I think I kinda like Shakespeare. Well, um, good job.
Author's Response: *L* I like massacring his lines ... so much like song massacres *snicker* but song parodies aren't allowed here so Shakespeare it is. *grin* You're right about the quick validation @_@ I'm surprised myself. My poems used to take a week or more ... guess the limiting of one chapter a person does help quicken the queue.
Good show, good show! I suppose this means you'll be updating this fairly regularly? I do enjoy the lighter fanfiction every once in a while--yours is always so refreshing! Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: It may mean I might go a bit slower since now I have 3 different fics to update. ^_^ and am thinking of updating that Marauders one as well ... ^_^
Summary: Three years after Voldemort’s first fall, Tonks and Ninette, a metamorphmagus and a dancer, each struggle to find their own identities apart from the deceptions of mirrors. Meanwhile, in the caves underneath Hogwarts, someone may be searching for things better left lost.
I want them to be friends. They're both so unhappy! I also hope you update (I know, weird to say it at the third chapter when you're at six or so, but there's a method to my madness, as I'm sure you'll realize). I think you do really well with Tonks and her clumsiness and all. Well done! You're on my favorites list, you know.
Author's Response: I\'m honored to be one of your favorites. Thank you for your wonderful compliments! As for whether or not they\'ll be friends...you\'ll have to wait and see! ;)
Summary: Patrick Thatcher’s older brother teases him, his mother worries about him, and his father defends him. His family sounds very much like any other, but somehow Patrick’s is far from average.
In Patrick’s world, adults disappear into thin air, owls deliver mail, and the most popular sport in the country is played on broomsticks. Not to mention that every member of his family is, and always has been, a wizard. When your grandfather is a famous American veteran, being a Thatcher isn’t the easiest life to live.
When his acceptance letter to the most prestigious American school of magic arrives addressed to another student, Patrick’s position in his former world begins to take a tumble—right along with the newly elected President of Magic’s approval ratings. With the Wizarding world’s eyes shifting toward a new wizard, can Patrick figure out just why his first year is off to a rocky start?
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s wondrous Harry Potter Series, Patrick Thatcher’s adventures of wizardry in the United States is a tale all its own while still respecting its English origins. Readers are sure to find that the magic across the pond is just as unforgettable.
This is a very intriguing story, and I find that I am enjoying it immensely. So much so, in fact, that I am finding hardly a thing to quibble about. I look forward to seeing more about how America educates her wizards.
Author's Response: I'm really glad you like it. More of this story to come!
Er . . . good job on this chapter. I especially like the tension between Professor Sumpton and Patrick. Anyway . . . oh, you like commas, I can tell. There's one part where it's like "the remaining, two, [somethings like hopefuls maybe]" you don't need either of those commas. A couple little things just like that, I just thought of another one "his robe to flap open, furiously" doesn't need a comma either.
Author's Response: Yeah...I have a problem. "Hi I'm Dean T." "Hi Dean!" I change around sentences so much and place commas everywhere and when I go back I always forget to get rid of unnecessary commas.
Author's Response: Yeah...I have a problem. "Hi I'm Dean T." "Hi Dean!" I change around sentences so much and place commas everywhere and when I go back I always forget to get rid of unnecessary commas.
Summary: Remus Lupin is a man with a tragic past, filled with pain, suffering and sorrow. But it is also a past filled with great adventure, true friendship and…love? Even though the odds were against him, Remus found happiness at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had the Marauders, he was a prefect and his transformations were less horrible, thanks to his Animagi friends. What more could a teenage werewolf want? And how long could his happiness last? Remus and the Marauders prove that in the saddest of lives and darkest of times, there can still be moments of bliss.
Remus centric but with a lot of the other Marauders. This story is a romance, but has almost as much general Marauder era background and side story as romance.
Pre-HBP and DH, so some things from DH will be disregarded, as the warning indicates, but some Spoilers will be incorporated.
This always happens. I was looking for something to read last night and chose the last few chapters of your story. And then today the new chapter went through...I didn't even have to catch up because I'd read it so recently. That happened last time, too.
I love this story. I love it so much I'm not even going to pick out the typos you made. I can't wait for the next chapter...except I can. I will be very patient. I can always just reread old chapters because it's a great story and I get sucked in every time.
I just had to laugh at the ending.
Author's Response: *gasps* TYPOS? *screams* NOOOO! *thinks about looking for typos* *realizes she would never spot them after looking at this chapter all day* *considers hunting down Cinderella Angelina and forcing her to write a SPEW review* *LOL* *is kidding*
:) I am so glad to know you are enjoying my story. It really means a lot to me to know that you would even enjoy rereading old chapters. Of course, I hope you don’t have to wait so long that you would feel the need to, but I can’t promise anything, so I’m glad to know you are patient. ;) And I always love to hear if someone laughs at something, so thanks for that, too. Thank you for reviewing, CA. I really appreciate it. :)
Summary: Dolores Jane Umbridge. Nasty Professor Umbridge. Angered students, was attacked by centaurs. This brief one-shot offers an insight into her life and her last days at Hogwarts via her point of view.
I think you did an excellent job portraying Dolores Jane Umbridge in this story. How she didn't necessarily hate Harry, she just saw him as . . . well, what HermioneDancr said. And how she learned to use her intelligence because she didn't have any looks to help her along . . . and how she got so close to Cornelius Fudge . . . I feel like you covered all the bases. Well done!
Summary: For over two millennia, Wizarding Britain has chosen the Ollivander family to guide them in the selection of their most essential magical tool. Ölvir Ollivander, XVIII, Grand Wand Master, senses the innermost needs of his patrons and matches them with the corresponding wand, which he never forgets. Mr Ollivander tailors his approach to the individual, while dispensing information and giving advice; and finally answering the age old question: “Why did that wand choose me?”
Written for the Spring Faire Festival, Wand Stories was recognized as an Honorable Mention by the Wizengamot at Sycophant Hex.
Written just before HP&HPB was released. I will not be updating the minor canon changes.
First of all, I’d just like to say that this is a very original and well-researched piece of work, and enjoyable to read. You made Ollivander a more real person, with a sense of humor and a good heart.
My favorite part about the Ron story was how funny he was – he couldn’t realize when Ollivander was teasing him and was so quick to judge it was almost sad. But it was still enjoyable. I thought the mention of being allergic to wands was very interesting – makes me wonder how folks like that function at Hogwarts.
I loved the Petunia you created. She was very frightened, but still ladylike and sniffy, the way we know her now. In fact, I think it was this story that prompted me to write a drabble on Petunia fleeing Hogwarts several months ago. Even though I hear Jo has squashed the “magic Petunia” theory, I think what you suggest is quite plausible. The introduction of Muggle liaisons and Beginners’ Wands was a cool thing. I’m amazed at the thought you put into the wand process.
The interchange between Olvir and Neville was very touching. Knowing Neville’s Gran, the poor boy wouldn’t have known much about his grandfather – and I think you made a very good story for him, being an Auror after all, even though he was very into plants. Even though I don’t see Neville being the Auror type, I can imagine that he would be proud of his heritage all the same. The title of this segment, A Gift, is very appropriate.
Another image that has stuck with me through all these months (sorry it took me so long to review, I am very lazy) is that of Sirius rolling his eyes at Severus and getting rebuffed. For some reason I can very easily see that as the beginning of their rather acrimonious relationship. I think, though, that Severus was too polite, even through his thirst for knowledge. I see him in this circumstance being a little more reticent, a little less thankful. But it was fine the way you wrote it, and the information was fascinating.
Just a couple little nitpicky things. There are a few times that you use more commas than necessary. For example, in the paragraph following, the commas in bold are unnecssary: “Ron knew that today it was not a racing broom, but a wand that he would take home. He realized, with a start that this wand might be the first thing he’d ever bought new.” Just something for you to consider in future if you’re too lazy to go in and fix it. I know I would be. *ducks head*
Overall, wonderful job, and I loved the quote you found that’s at the very end. This story was a good mix of information (which Jo might have considered when assigning wands) and characterization and made for an enjoyable read. Thank you and have a nice day! *D*
Summary: Summary : The sequel to Daughter of Light. Maeve has a very bad end to her honeymoon as things come to light about Severus that astound her. Why is her husband so keen to keep Draco Malfoy alive at all costs and can she really get over her loathing of Narcissa Malfoy to work together to save both Severus and Draco from the fate that Voldemort would like to inflict on them? Why is Harry so furtive and will Neville save the day when Maeve’s necklace is returned to her by her father. Oh, and our favourite bad-boy Auror is back!
There has been rather a long break in the writing of the story due to work commitments, but I'm back on the case and hoping to get it finished - if there's anyone left still reading!! :-)
Amazingly enough, I think I may have found a typo. "Why else would be visiting Malfoy Manor when there was no Lucius here?" should probably have a "he" somewhere in there. Of course, it does not affect the chapter, and, as usual, I'm just waiting patiently for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Ooops! *Goes to fix typo*. Next chapter is posted so the wait is over! Thanks for the review. :-)
I liked this chapter--Harry's visit to Godric's Hollow . . . I liked the way you did it. I also like how Draco is being so, I think you used the word "petulant," and now he's going to run away . . . probably not the smartest thing he could do, but I suppose I'll wait and see . . . just like everyone else! I never found out what was wrong with Ron, though. Was he put out because Harry didn't want to hear about Hermione over and over? Or maybe I'm just not a careful enough reader. Anyway, great job again. Seeing that this story is updated brightens my entire day.
Author's Response: Ron was being a jealous boy over his father's attention being on Harry. Ron is getting older and perhaps starting to resent the treatment he gets from his parents while Harry is allowed to get away with murder. (not literally!) And I'm glad it brightens your day... I'm about to update again. :-)
I thought Narcissa was portrayed extremely well. So Maeve is going to be at Grimmauld Place? I imagine some ordeals, or at least some uncomfortable conversations. This was a very intriguing chapter. As always, I look forward to more.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! Grimmauld Place is definately not going to be the welcoming place it once was.
Summary: Lily and James were ment to be! so why did he spend most of his school life trying to convince her of it.
Yep, you've definitely left us on a cliff-hanger. At a cliff-hanger. Anyway, the only problem I have with it (I mentioned it when I betaed) is Sirius' middle name. Otherwise, I'm enjoying it (obviously) and I can't wait for the next chapter.
Summary: A collection of poems featureing your favorite Harry Potter characters as parents and the thoughts going through their head. First one is called A Wondering Father and the character is James thinking while Harry is being born.
I really enjoyed it as a poem. I thought you captured the anxieties of an expectant father really well, although I'm not sure what the first couple lines have to do with being expectant. I do like the internal rhyme guilt/built, it really got me into the rhythm of the poem at once. Troublemaker is one word . . . let's see, what else did I notice? Just a couple little things like that, it was overall very very good!
Summary: This is the story of Tom Riddle at the end of his sixth year when he killed the Riddles. Based on songs from the Wicked soundtrack.
Wow, I really liked it. I love Wicked music, and I thought you did a great job incorporating that into your story. It was a good interpretation of that time period as well, I thought. Great, now I have "Defying Gravity" in my head. Thanks a lot. :)
Author's Response: You're welcome! I thank you lots for reviewing!