Just a 'filthy bibliophile'. Yet..... :)
It was heatbreaking.....reading Lily and James's last moments....and Sirius's greif.... We can totally connect to James's hatred of being locked up....like Harry and Sirius's in HP5.
I wish you had included something about the prophecy line..."born to parents who have thrice defied him...."
I love the title for what it is.....and am sooo glad it's not "The beginning of the end" or something along those lines.....LOVE THIS FANFIC.....!!!!!!
When Regulus steps into the cave by the sea, he knows it is a mission that could very well be the end of him, but it is in something he has lost that he finds the strength to do what is right and not what is easy.
This story was nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angst.
Regulus is so intense and melancholy and true..... I adore him....!!!
I always pictured Regulus as being not too dissimilar to Sirius, only with different passions and priorities. They merely think in different ways, but in the end, I believe that, deep down, they weren't so very different in terms of basic morality.
Thanks for reading and reviewing. :) Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but the notification emails for MNFF seem to have stopped working.
That was a truly touching, Hufflepuf-fy story. :) However, there is an error that I think you should rectify. It is mentioned in HP 6 that Hannah Abbott was pulled out of a Herbology class and told that her mother was found dead. This means that she had got an OWL in herbology, since Hogwarts students are required to clear their OWLs to continue with 6th year NEWT studies.
Author's Response: Glad you liked it, and thank you for pointing that out! When I was considering which subjects she would receive an owl in, I thought I remembered her breaking down during a Herbology class in 5th year, sobbing that she was "too stupid to take OWLs" or something like that...so I decided against Herbology. However, I had forgotten the detail you mention. I have fixed it in the story; I replaced Care of Magical Creatures, which I was having second thoughts about because of how Harry and Ron say in the 6th book they don't think anyone from their year would continue to NEWT level. I do like my stories to be correct canon-wise... :)
A truly beautiful, wonderful story. Tonks sounded so desperately like Lily in her last seconds. It showed how much she cared about her son even as she came rushing to the battle to be with Remus. I think that was my favorite part. Charlie Weasley wasn't at Hogwarts for the initial part of the Battle though. You might want to change that. Again, a lovely story! :)
Author's Response: Thank you, and thanks for reading! I wanted to write Tonks's death, but I didn't want it to be a d/a...so I wrote her last thoughts as full of boundless love and hope, instead of fear. Also, thanks for catching the Charlie Weasley thing. I'm guessing that is interview canon, of which I am woefully ignorant.
It was a beautiful coincidence/chance that this fic happened to grab my attention just as I was about to head to the search menu to look for a Draco/Harry pairing. I couldn't have had a better first non-canon story! It was truly beautiful! Initially, the 'neck prickling' business was quite cliche, but I adored how it worked out in the dialogue. And Harry, Vampire and death though he maybe, definitely would have to get thoda drunk! The last conversation also was touching! Indeed, the deceit was wrenched away... =) Thnx for the awesome story!
Author's Response: Wow! Thank you!. Not gonna lie, I was seriously about to delete this because there are parts I'm honestly not happy about (neck prickling isn't one of them, mind you - ha ha - I know it's a cliche, but it is something that happened to me which is why I used it) But your review has made me smile again. I did need Harry to get a little drunk, otherwise he'd have been more in control and would have stayed in the armchair - ha - and Draco wouldn't have been able to get close. The vampire costume was something I only decided on because I was thinking about the make up disguising him a little, but it also seemed to fit with them flying in the air. Draco was a pirate because as part of the challenge I had to include ten words and pirate was one of them.
Sorry, I'm rambling. Thank you very much for the review and I am pleased you liked the story. You might find some other non canon pairings to interest you as well, so happy hunting! ~Carole~
Sorry about the spammy review, I tend to slip into Hindi. :( Thoda translates to 'a little'.
Author's Response: OHHHH, thank you for the translation. ~Carole~
That was a very enjoyable story! Haha, I certainly don't think 'Harmony' can work out either! ;)
However, I think there's a little too much explation in Ginny's dialouge at times. Hermione seemed quite hyper too, especially when she runs to kiss Ron immediately after Harry's attempt.
The part that made me happiest was Ginny's potion though! Red and Gold! They do complement each other beautifully! ^o^ Looking forward to reading more of your stories! :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
This story has been sitting around, half complete, for a very long time, and to be honest, I think that when I took aonther look at it, I've rushed it.I think it meeds more work, and you may have spotted why, thank you.
The colour of the potion seemed narural to me. After all, we know that they are all different.-N-
This story made my day! Beautiful! :D
Author's Response: Aww, and this review just made my day! Thank youuu! :-)
Wow, she's being selfish! I hope Al lets her know that! Looking forward to the next chapter(s)...
Author's Response: Haha, she is, but she has her reasons :) thank you for reviewing, and I hopryou enjoy the next chapter(s) :D
Ooooh, you had me there for a minute...! What with Hermione's attitude and the five year wait, I panicked right alongside Ron. So phew! And the Ministry wizard was very annoying!
Really enjoyable series! Hope to read more soon! :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
Hermione is, as always, planning ahead. This time for the fact she'll be going on maternity leave. And she's suffering physically. Ron is merely suffering from the usual male helplessness brought on by a combination of Hermione's suffering and the fact he can't do anything about it.-N-
That was short but awfully sweet! I absolutely loved your representation of the Weasleys finding solace. Teddy was adorable. George seeking out Ginny was very natural too. I've always felt that those two grew closer after the war. Arthur's keen observations were delightful to read, though I wish you would've taken him back to Molly. Loved the fic! Please do write more...
So my 1st review got deleted for some reason, I'm gonna try again,
That was a truly touching story! Its easy to understand that Harry to can succumb to his "inner demons'. But that doesn't make it easy to accept. :( So, I love how you've given him a chance of recovery and got Minerva to help him. I mean, in such stories are generally written from Harry's friends' POV. But here, Minerva is not only believable in their role but also necessary to the story. All the same, I wish we'd have seen more of Ron or Ginny! :P Aberforth Dumbledore was amazing, with his quips of philosophy put forward in his typical brash manner! I loved Hagrid's comment about the Dumbledore brothers too. Hehe, I wonder what Aberforth thought of that! ;)
Best of Luck with the challenge! :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review - and for taking time to leave it again! I appreciate your comment about the POV - I couldn't imagine telling this story from Harry's point of view, and I wanted something different than writing about his friends watching him go through this. Harry has lost so many mentors McGonagall seemed a good choice for him to go to when he needed help, and using her POV and setting the scene with the other professors seemed to make the situation for Harry both more distant and more devastating. Thank you so much for reading this, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
Reviewing this story is my pleasure! :)
So there, Remus. He thinks things over way to much at times. But aaaaawww! He more than made up for it with "I think I could even fall in love with you."
Author's Response: Thank you for the review! I'm so glad you are still enjoying it. Glad you liked that line, too. It is a bit sentimental but hey, we all need a little romance now and then. ;) Thanks again for reading! ~Gina :)
As for Charity, she's just cool, I think. She Makes the story sparkle, if that makes any sense. Then again, I wish we'd have some back story on her. Ah well, its 'Almost', isn't it? *sigh*
It will be the Anti-Dementor lessons next, right? Damn, I'm already worrying about how they'll cut into their time together. Owed to your amazing skills.
Heading to your Author Page to check out more! ;)
Keep up the good work! :)
Sorry about the 2 part review.... it just won't show up in 1 part.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm glad you like Charity. I'm really glad she sparkles. :) I don't write many minor characters or OCs so that's good to know. Who knows, maybe someday I can do more with her now that I've got her started - give her that backstory, or more. As this is a story more about Remus and Charity, I don't think we'll see much of Harry and his lessons, sorry. I hope you find something to your liking on my author's page. There's quite a bit to wade through, lol. Thanks again for all the reviews, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
Ooooh, interesting chapter! I bet Charity reminds Remus of Lily. Haha, I love that she can put Snape in his place! :P I just can't like him, especially in the third book. *sigh*
I hope Remus and Charity go together all the way. Is Tonks going to come in? I hope you get a happy ending for them, though it can't be for long. *sob*
I've been reading POA again and this fic accompanies it beautifully. Please do update soon!
PS: Happy Birthday to the lovely EquinoxChick! :D
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! You are exactly right that Charity reminds Remus of Lily! Yay! I agree on Snape, that's for sure. As for Tonks, no, she is not a part of this story, sorry! And I reread loads of PoA for this too, so hopefully I'll get my canon facts right! So glad you enjoyed it - thanks again! ~Gina :)
Yay! They got together! :D Please don't make it just a one-night stand! It would break Charity's heart, and mine too.... :/
Of course, Remus would be beating himself up! Charity is amazing, especially for almost losing her temper with him. He sure needed it. I wish we could know more about Charity though.
Looking forward to the next chapter! :)
PS: What did happen with Rosmerta? Is it another fic? ;)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! Next chapter is up, so you'll find some of your answers there. As for Rosmerta, haha - I wrote a fic about Remus and Rosmerta but as it takes place at the same time, I wouldn't say that in this story there was anything...really. Hee hee, just a coy hint. Who knows, maybe? ;) Thanks again for the lovely reviews! ~Gina :)