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The Lions of Gryffindor by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: It is June 1976 and The Marauders are at the top of their game. From the outside they look to have everything.But appearances, as the saying goes, can be deceptive.

James is discovering that not everything in life is his for the taking. Sirius knows he will have to defy his formidable family. Remus lives in constant fear of his life beyond Hogwarts. As for Peter... Well, Peter is struggling to live up to his friends.

The ties of friendship are strong, but war is raging and with a dark power rising those ties will inevitably fray.

Added to the mix is an adversary called Severus Snape, some lost House Points, a prank or two and a whole lot of Lily.

This is a Marauder tale.

This is a story of what made them special.

This is a story of why it started to go wrong for The Lions of Gryffindor.

OH MY GOOD GODRIC! Lions of Gryffindor won the 2009 QSQ for Best Marauders' Era Story. Amazed and incredibly grateful to those who nominated, judged and have beta'd this fic. THANK YOU.

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Trick or Treat!
3. She clicks on her mouse and swipes her wand;
Some stories go up, and some stories are gone.
Stories of her own? Why, she has plenty!
Fewer than one-hundred, but far more than twenty.

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 12/04/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Turning Point

This is my third review for the same chapter, it's never going to lose its magic (pun fully intended)! Please don't lose interest. An amazing Christmas present would be to discover there was a new chapter, paragraph or line! Please update if you get a chance. Thank you, from an avid fan.

Author's Response: UGHH, I am so sorry. I really should devote more time and effort into Lions but it just seems to have got very unwieldy. I'm trying to think of a way to hurry the pace along, and then I get very distracted by other things (sigh). I will make a concerted effort in the New Year to get some chapters written. How about that? Seriously, I do love writing this story because I love the Marauders, so I won;t give up on it.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding ~Carole~

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 12/01/11 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 - Puzzles

This website and Lions of Gryffindor have MADE my life. Your OC's, characterisation and story are wow. I just read all 21 chapters in one sitting! Keep up the good work :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much. There are lots of amazing stories on this site, so I hope you settle in and find some others to read. (I've got quite a few more - hee.) I will keep writing this, but progress is a bit slow as I tend to work on a lot of other things as well., Thank you, again ~Carole~

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 04/14/12 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 - Out in the Open

It was over before it even began. This story brings me such joy! You have really created a believable multi-arc story without compromising any character depth. I await the next instalment with anticipation - hope the wait isn't too long this time.

Author's Response: The next chapter is written, but needs editing and tweaking. Thank you very much for the review and thanks so much for sticking with the story. It has certainly grown since my original idea for a one shot - ha!


Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 07/31/12 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 -Battlescars

The narrative continues to unfold beautifully, as do all of the characters. You've really made them your own. I MUST know what happens next. It's cruel you've instilled this desperation in me and are delaying updating this fantastic piece of fiction! I implore you! Update! Pretty please :) Excellent work!

Author's Response: Sorry, I am just so lazy and evil and I really should update this more often because I do love writing it. Thanks for sticking with me. ~Carole~

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 04/29/12 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 -Battlescars

No brilliant is exactly correct! This chapter was riveting. So fast paced, I tore through it. I'm going to miss this as much as Potter when it's finished. I might have to read it over again.

Author's Response: Thank you very for much for such a lovely review and I'm glad you liked the chapter as I was worried it might be a bit too fast paced. The next will, by necessity, be slower, just so you know. ~Carole~

What Would You Do? by ron lover

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story

WINNER! in the 2010 QSQ for best Canon Romance story. Thank you so much!

I take a deep breath so my voice won’t shake.

“What would you do if we died tomorrow?”

He takes a step away from me, but still keeps me in his arms. “What?”

“What would you do if you knew that we died tomorrow?”

“What kind of question is that?”

“Don’t give me that, James. You know that we are going to die soon. There is no point in pretending that we aren’t.”

James and Lily have a conversation two days before Halloween.

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 06/06/12 Title: Chapter 1: What Would You Do?

Heartbreakingly beautiful! Excellent work

Author's Response: Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite stories that I made. Thank you for reviewing. :)

Raindrops by Gmariam

Rated: 6th-7th Years •

He returned with a quiet sadness and a surprising new responsibility to keep him focused. She returned with a misplaced bitterness and the matching position that forced them to work with one another. Yet fear, resentment, and stubborn arrogance kept pushing them apart, even when they were meant to be together.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill for Best Canon Romance. Thank you!!

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 12/13/11 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter Twenty-Seven

You had me on the edge of my metaphorical seat! Even though I KNOW how this ends, bravo, simply fantastic - it will be bittersweet when you post the last chapter :(

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 11/02/11 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two

I've been hanging off your every word, and am frustrated I can't open any chapters at the moment!

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 11/06/11 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two

What a story!! I love your development of Lily's friendships with the marauders, it feels like a well rounded story, not just a romance!!!

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 11/29/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter One

I don't remember what I used to do before I was obsessively waiting for the next chapter, or what I'll do when it's over. Your story is so riveting and I love that James has this hurt and insecurity we're beginning to scratch the surface of. Simply marvellous work, keep it up Gina!

October, 1981 by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: The beginning of the end: ten short scenes from October, 1981.
Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 06/08/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End

Beautiful, so raw and human. A proper tragedy, what a tragedy!

Author's Response: Thank you for the review! When you really stop and think about just what might have really happened to this people during the first war--particularly the last months--it can be unbelievably tragic. I'm glad I captured a bit of that here. I still want to know more from JKR though. :) Thanks again for the review! ~Gina :)

Today Is Victory Day by Maple_and_PheonixFeather

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Victory Day. A day of celebration and remembrance . For Lily, it is also a day of confusion and sadness. She wants to understand in a world that knows no terror. This year, she'll discover exactly what Victory Day means to her.

Winner of the 2012 Next-Gen QSQ Award
Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 04/28/12 Title: Chapter 1: Victory Day

I've been reading this reviews and would like to say the story was great and I like that it is called Victory Day. It reminds me of Victoire Weasley.

Author's Response: Thanks for reading :) And I'm glad you like the title

The Healer's Heart by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years •

Daphne Greengrass had until her twenty-first birthday to pick a husband, or her parents would choose one for her. With only months to go before the deadline, she found herself with a perfect suitor in Theodore Nott.

But when a freak pregnancy landed her in the care of cranky Healer-in-Training Michael Corner, Daphne started to realise that things she thought she knew were slowly being turned upside-down. And what she thought she knew about Michael Corner began to dissolve into something different entirely.

This story has been nominated for two 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Non-Canon Romance and Best Post-Hogwarts Story.

This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story.

Reviewer: BlueClaw Signed
Date: 06/06/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is absolutely brilliant! I've just read the whole story in one sitting. I puzzle at Darius and Kingsley being together, can't wait to read what happens there!

Being a gushy romantic fool I ship Michael/Daphne to the ends of time. The build-up and culmination of their relationship was superbly executed and satisfying to me as a reader.

I especially like how many peripheral characters have had a look-in. Your Post-Hogwarts world is so believeable, it has all the angst and traces of suffering we'd expect in the aftermath of the war. Your exploration of societal issues is Rowling-inspired! Keep up the excellent work.

Author's Response:

First off, may I just say that your review is very well executed? I lead a group of reviewers over on the forums, so I'm sort of in the business. You touch on several things but do so articulately and seamlessly. I thought it warranted some appreciation. :D

I freely admit that I was crushing on both Theo and Michael as I wrote this fic. They are just so real in my head from previous plots of mine that haven't quite made it on a page yet, so they sort of poured into the story from that. It was a lot of fun to write these characters, and I feel like, after spending so much time with them in my imagination, I know them better than I know a lot of real people, hehe.

I'm glad that the romance didn't overshadow the other things I wanted to portray in the story. After the war, I think a lot of things about the way the magical nation was run would be revealed as broken and out-moded. Everything from health care to how the displaced Muggle-borns were taken care of would've avalanched into a smouldering pile of 'where do we go from here'. One of the things I look for as a reader in Post-Hogwarts stories is that these issues are approached, and that the characters involved realise these things are happening. I'm immensely happy that you believe that I've done well, because this category is the one on the archives that means the most to me as a writer, as it's the genre in which a majority of my work takes place.

Thank you again for your lovely review, and enjoy the rest of the story. ♥