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First Sight by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 17 Reviews
Summary: Summary: There are many forms of love and many ways in which love can ambush the unwary. First sight can surprise us.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for the February Month of Love prompt, Surprise Love.
Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 08/14/13 Title: Chapter 1: First Sight

Reading this story makes me think you are one happy Dad yourself. I loved how Harry starts to tear up.
To add to the baby poo discussion in the reviews, I think the very first one would be the blackish meconium.
One question about the line "I will go and nurse my son." -- Does that mean he will give him a bottle? I thought another of your stories had Ginny breastfeeding?

Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
I’m certainly a proud dad, although there are times my kids drive me crazy. It was a blackish green, there is a lot of first hand experience in this story. I used nurse as: transitive verb – to hold somebody, especially a child, affectionately or protectively in your arms. If it’s confusing (and given the many ways the word can be used it probably is) I can change it. Cradle?
-N-



Strangers at Drakeshaugh by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 335 Reviews
Summary:
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.

Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?

Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011
and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 03/02/15 Title: Chapter 23: Stranger at Drakeshaugh

Two questions about the stranger:
- Why did she walk rather than apparate?
- Is she the same young woman who failed the Auror practical in record time (Harry encounters at the Ministry in chapter 20)?
I love this story! Hope you can update soon.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Two answers:
Good question, I know the answer, and I'll probably tell you in the next chapter.
It might be.
I hope to update in a week or two.
-N-



Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 08/14/13 Title: Chapter 19: Waxing Gibbous

I love this story! Do you have kids the same ages as the Henry/James and their siblings? The way they act, the routines, the dialogue are all spot-on.
I re-read this story occasionally to help my mommy-brain remember the details.
One aspect of your writing that I look forward to is the very specific details about food (my favorite), swimming, locations, motorcycles, etc. This really helps get to know the characters in a very natural way and teaches about places I don't know much about.
One strength of your writing is the continuity among the many stories you have written. For example, the swimming that families in Strangers do regularly shows up later in James and Me. It's very well done and I thank you for taking the time to write (especially if you have little ones who also take up much of your time).
I look forward to more of your stories, especially this one and the George and Angelina ones.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
Do I? No. Did I, yes. Times arrow continues its flight, and even my youngest is older that James.
The best thing I did was to set this story in an area I’m very familiar with, it saves so much research. And despite the fact that I sold my motorbike when the kids were born, I still have fond memories.
The continuity is everything and, along with family commitments, it’s one of the main reasons I’m so slow. You won’t see much more of George and Angelina until long after I finish Hunters and Prey, they will appear in the sequel to that story.
-N-



Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 05/07/14 Title: Chapter 21: Tragedy

Loved the dialogue explaining Teddy on the train and Ginny trying to explain her talking mirror.

One thing I would like to do is to see the places in the story that are real. I am going to use google maps to get a view of the places you are describing / the ones that you say are real. (Not a stalker -- just need a "vacation" without expense) Do you think that will work?

Mother's Day in USA is this weekend -- maybe a good time to complete this story that features many mothers.

Author's Response:
Thanks for the review.

As I’ve said, Alwinton, Harbottle, and the Drake Stone are all real. I walked up to the Drake Stone, and on to Harbottle Lough in early March. However, you need to lose a large farmhouse, and move Harbottle Wood about half a mile north to create the hollow in which Drakeshaugh nestles. Perhaps the potters have magically hidden it since I started writing :-D. Drakeshaugh is almost entirely imaginary, as is the Charlton’s Lintzgarth, although you’ll see some houses similar to Lintzgarth in the area.

-N-



Epithalamium by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 79 Reviews
Summary: Weddings don't just happen you know! They need planning.
Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 05/06/14 Title: Chapter 7: Seventy-one Days: Repondez S'il Vous Plait

Just when I thought you had covered stories for everyone you bring out Ernie. Loved the nervousness conveyed in the story and the imagery from your writing.

Author's Response: Thanks
Ernie will reappear in later chapters. You’ll be seeing more of Susan. too.
-N-



James and Me by Northumbrian

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 59 Reviews
Summary:
Annabel is having a bad day. Her sudden and unexpected meeting with a face from her past is unlikely to improve matters.

This was Northumbrian of Ravenclaw House writing for Round Three of the 2012 Character Triathlon. This is now a longer chaptered story.

Nominated for: Best Original Character (Chaptered) story (for the narrator, Annabel) and Best Next Generation Story - Quicksilver Quills 2013

Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 01/16/16 Title: Chapter 6: Peverell?

I am very excited this story was updated. I just finished re-reading it a couple of weeks ago.
As always, I enjoy the detail in your stories. I am thinking you may be working for the tourist board to get people to come visit UK. The descriptions of the trip are really engaging. This is another story where I use Google map to see the places you are talking about. I feel like you are providing me a guided tour!
I like the way you are writing about Annie and James interactions. It just seems so realistic since everything is not fall-into-place-perfect from the get-go for this couple. That being said, although the mean trick he played was bad, I felt that her removing her arms from his waist at the end of the chapter seemed a bit much. It seems that it was a childhood prank gone wrong and he has clearly shown himself to be a nice guy. Isn't it time to let it go?
One question -- are the songs they sing traditional songs kids would sing?

Author's Response: Thanks.
Sometimes I wonder whether I overdo things in trying to "paint the place" with my descriptions, but I’ve read stories where Harry and Ginny live in a house with a porch and rocking chair and a white picket fence, . I’ve never seen such a thing. Plus I’m interested in British legends and fairy stories so using real places (yes, Little John’s grave really does exist, as does Peveril Castle) is something I can’t resist.
The song “The Lambton Worm” is a traditional rhyme from the north east of England, so Annie would certainly know it. The monstrous creature which swallows small children alive is local folklore. Penshaw Hill exists, and there’s an oddly conical hill in the village of Fatfield which was supposedly made when the worm curled up and died. My Dad told me that the worm's bones were in it. He wouldn't lie, would he?



Friends and Foes by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 60 Reviews
Summary: It took Harry and his friends years to discover who killed Colin Creevey. Ginny and Luna's classmate is the only person whose killer remains free. It is 2001, and the search has been ongoing for a year. Will the killer ever be brought to justice?
Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 08/14/14 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: A Surrey Start

I was thrilled to see this update and really love the way you provide the backstory for your original characters while telling the stories featuring HP characters
One thing I did not get about this chapter ways why did Harry and Hermione not provide more information about magical world since they both lived muggle and had to learn about the magical world.
I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter (of FaF or anything else you write)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
Hermione didn’t want to say anything, Harry was simply answering Bobbie’s questions. Besides, they have both been in the magical world for ten years.



M.I.T.: Entente Cordiale by Northumbrian

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 39 Reviews
Summary: A strange and seemingly inexplicable death in London's West End brings an unlikely collection of individuals together. Can Aurors Creevey and Cresswell, and Detective Chief Inspector Wood make any sense of the crime?
Reviewer: Sannah Signed
Date: 11/27/14 Title: Chapter 3: On the Case

Great story so far!
What do you mean "Susan has left us"
Did I miss something in one of your stories or is that yet to be written?

Author's Response: Thanks you.
You haven't missed anything. Susan's story is complicated, and I've barely scratched the surface of it.
-N-