I am a huge Harry Potter fanatic, and I love writing anything. I currently have two complete stories (The Gentleman He Used to Be and The Victory of the Lions), but I've got many works in progress or beta-ing. Here are some of my HP stats:
Favorite book: The Deathly Hallows (which else?)
Least favorite book: The Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite movie: The Order of the Phoenix
Least favorite movie: The Chamber of Secrets
Favorite main character: Hermione
Favorite supporting character: Umbridge (that's what made OotP such a good movie)
Favorite canon ship: Ron/Hermione (they were MEANT FOR EACH OTHER!
Least favorite canon ship: Bill/Fleur
Favorite non-canon ship: Remus/James
Least favorite non-canon ship: Hermione/Snape (really?)
Favorite category: Next Generation
Least favorite category: Humor (so many "humor" fics really just aren't funny)
Describe who you are as a writer / your writing style:
I write to become a better writer, and because I love it. Words are my passion, but I don't consider myself to 'spin' or 'weave' them. I like exploring tone, reactions, and characterization. I enjoy writing about children because you can get away with a lot of far-out ideas that would never occur to an adult.
What to expect from me:
I write for fun, and for the love, not for any other benefits. I'm not usually a serious writing, although I enjoy a fair amount of drama. I occasionally take a turn for the dark side, but for the most part, I like to keep it light: family, friendship, adventure, that sort of thing!
Name areas of writing in which you excel:
I write for the plot, not the miniscule details. You'll never find that so-and-so did whatever-he-ddid because of whatever-he-found was in wherever-it-was in chapter whichever-it-was. Once I write something, I move on, and I don't end up relating chapter one to the epilogue very much. In a way, I suppose this could also be called my biggest writing weakness.
What type of stories do you prefer to write:
I like any story that I can churn out, as long as I really feel a sense of ownership. I love the feeling after I've spent a good two or three hours on the keyboard. My hands are hot, my brain is fried, and my document is riddled with mistakes, but the story is the best. I wish I could write a super-long fic, but as was previously mentioned, these require a lot of attention to small details. I may just have something in mind, though.
What type of stories do you dislike:
I like canon-compliant stories, because I often learn new things about the books, but it's not good to be so canon that it's basically copied from the books. If I read a fic that has loads of ideas from JK Rowling without an original spin on them, I get bored and frustrated. I like a bit of adventure and exploration on the writer's part, because that makes a fic memorable.
"James Sirius Potter, it is the judgment of the Wizengamot that you have been found guilty. You knowingly, in possession of sound mind and body, used the Cruciatus Curse and the Killing Curse in the intentional torture and murder of one Gregory Goyle the Third."
James Potter was going to Azkaban for the rest of his natural life, and his whole family was in shambles. His wife and child have fled the country, his sister was missing, and his parents were a wreck. However, James knew that he had larger problems: his guilt was coming more and more in question.
Though he knew that James was withholding information about the circumstances of the murder of which he had been found guilty, Harry had secrets of his own; however, even he could not handle this torrent of trouble alone. Can Harry trust his darkest confidences to anyone? Even family?
How will the Potter clan stop the downward spiral into pain and disaster, and can they recover what they've lost?
This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Next-Generation Story.
Seriously good, although I hope we get to see why he did it... Oh wait, of course we will! That's why it's in there!
Yes, you will indeed find out James's secrets in later chapters, plus a whole lot of other stuff, so stay tuned. Drama ahoy! Enjoy the rest of the story. It was my first ever on MNFF. :)
OMG, so I figured it out. Goyle raped Lily, which is why James killed him. Is that right? Hee, I love how you call him 'Diary Dad', and I like the whole idea, although the ending of this chapter bothered me. Urgh, James is gonna end up killing his dad by using the diary. OMG yes.
Is it wrong that your angst over this simultaneously warms my heart and amuses me? It probably is, but that's how I roll. I will not, of course, be confirming or denying any of your theories, as you will find out all in good time. What happened between Lily, James, and Greg will be revealed in due course in about six or so chapters, so hang in there. :)
Thanks for reading and for reviewing!
OH MY GOSH! I just had like a major breakthrough moment. My jaw dropped, and I was all like, "GREGORY!!!" I think my previous theory about the rape may be incorrect because of his comment a few paragraphs before the end, but then maybe that's just a one-sided Slytherin view, hmmm??? VE SHALL SEE!!!
Annnnd there it is.
You're getting a lot closer to the set up of the end game. By now, if I don't suck as a storyteller, you should be having a lot of wild theories as to where this is going, how it'll shake out, and more importantly, how we got here. All will be revealed in time, my friend. <3
Thanks again for reading/reviewing.
Okay, I'm really sorry that I had to leave a review for this, I tried to contact you directly but for some reason there was an Error, so! I would appreciate it loads if you could please help me (by the way, I do love the story!) I love to write Next Generation stories, and I wrote a Sorting Hat Song to go with one, but I don't know how to format it so that it looks like a seperate poem within the story. Am I explaining this well? I'm sure you know what they look like in the books, and I just need it to look like that in my story, but I don't know how to do that with MNFF's formatting rules. Can you please help me? Thank you!
Summary: Love is real. Love is pain. Pain is real. That is what Albus Dumbledore knows.
Wow, I love it. I liked the bit at Godric's Hollow with Albus and Gellert, but I'm really glad that you added the parts at the funeral with Severus, that really added feeling, and showed the bond between Albus and Severus.
Author's Response: Thank you!
“You and I, we'll be young forever!” *
After a long, interesting, sweltering summer the Marauders are back for their sixth year, and they feel as though their teenage lives have only just begun.
James has been pursuing Lily for years, and he sure as hell isn't going to give up now. Sirius might actually be falling in love (though of course that can't be possible, can it?), and Remus is struggling with problems in his own family. Meanwhile, Peter has to decide how much worth he can put on friends who he will never live up to. And then there's Lily Evans, a girl who's starting to fall for the very man she swore not to. Diana McKinnon, her best friend, keeps finding herself staring at a certain grey-eyed Gryffindor, even though every piece of logic she has tells her that he's trouble.
But even though there's the looming danger of NEWTs, pranks, oily Slytherins, and physical education, a much bigger problem has presented itself. The Marauders' sixteen-year-old world isn't the safe place it used to be. There are rumors of danger and dark magic throughout the school, and of a powerful dark wizard named Voldemort. The Gryffindor sixth years have to decide where their true allegiances lie and how much they are willing to sacrifice for a war that seems impossible to win.
*Title and quote taken from the lyrics of Katy Perry's summer hit Teenage Dream.
Note 3/26: Ok guys so I know that I haven't updated in forever, but I promise I'll finish the story! I'm struggling with some stuff, but hang in there, I haven't forgotten.
Lots and lots and lots of love, Olivia
This is really good so far, I liked the beginning though. It made me laugh when you said he grabbed some jewlery! Great work!! :D
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked the beginning; I wrote it such a long time ago that I think my writing style has changed. :)
Summary: Nolan Greco (OC) stepped on a tooth. That's right, a tooth. That's the reason he moved to Scotland, the reason he's going to Hogwarts, and the reason he's a Werewolf. The new professor is supposedly going to make this year easier for him - being around another of his kind and all - but with a bad first impression, Nolan isn't so sure.
Cool idea, and very well written, although I do wish that you'd elaborated a bit more as to why Adam killed himself (maybe a side story *puppy dog eyes*). Please update soon!
Even the jubilance of a Quidditch Cup could become taxing on Percy's nerves, but it seemed almost cruel when he couldn't even take a shower in peace, despite it being well after midnight.
Driven out of his own dorm and to the prefects' bathroom that he scarcely ever visits, Percy finds that the room hadn't yet been vacated by its prior occupant.
Mmm, certainly an odd and unexpected romance. I'd like to use the word awkward, actually. Then again, I don't see Percy as a romantic much at all. It really worked, and I thought it had a very satisfying ending. I want to see more!
Holy random story, Batman!
Though it isn't my best work, I do have a soft spot for this story. Oliver is one of my favourite characters, and Percy is just an awkward git, hehe. However, as weird and awkward their encounter was, I am glad that it left you wanting to know more about them. I suppose, in my head, nothing came of it, but I believe they definitely remained friends.
Thanks for the visit!
Summary: There were blind spots in his mind. They said he might recover the lost memories; they also said there was a high possibility he might not. Along came a girl, and everything changed.Warning: This story is originally rated Professors, for the bunch of warning tags applicable to it. The rating has been changed temporarily only because we're having some technical problem with stories that have higher ratings. So, please click at your own discretion. This story is written for ToBeOrNot..../Jess, my close friend and one of the most gifted writers I know. O Believer of Rarepairs, this is my fluff-free, dark and angsty present for you.
Wow.. I cannot tell you how amazing that was.... I must look like an idiot, my mouth hanging wide open and my shoulders hunched, staring at my computer for the last half hour... That was absolutely incredible. Brilliant!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review :)
Summary: It's difficult to not be depressed when leaving a hospital, even if Neville's been doing it all his life. Tea with an old friend might well be a small comfort, especially since he's in a unique position to understand.
Note: due to a site glitch, I have reduced the rating of this story to 3rd-5th years. This is still a 6th-7th years-rated fic. Read at your own discretion.
Wow, this was one of the first fanfiction stories I ever read, and when I saw your name in the most recent box, I was like, "I remember you!" So I came here and found this, and I have to say that it is still awesome. It really is plausible, and the characterization is amazing. I always knew which one was Neville and which one was Harry, and even though it was a non-canon pair, I could still feel that it was them, not some fanfiction rip off. Thanks.
Summary: For Narcissa Malfoy, things have always been black and white. Her life plotted out with no room for change. But as she kneels next to the not-so-dead body of Harry Potter, she has to choose between what is right and what is easy.
And its not as easy a choice as it used to be.
That was truly amazing -- it felt just like I always imagined Narcissa; there was not a trace of OoCB -- and oh my god, I was gripping my computer and my knuckles were turning white. I saw and though that it would be boring, short, and shallow -- no, that was probably one of the best short stories I've ever read in my life! Just brilliant!
Author's Response: Oh wow, thank you! I'm really glad you liked it! :D
Summary: '...Benjy Fenwick, he copped it too, we only ever found bits of him ...'
At school Sirius knew Fenwick didn't like him. Following him around, or docking points, he was always in his face and trying to piss him off. Years later they are paired up on a mission for the Order. Can they overcome their mutual loathing and work together?
This is Equinox Chick from the Badger Sett writing her ... um ... seventh entry for the Inaugural Great Hall Cotillion. One more may kill me, but I shall give it a go.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. That should be obvious.
Thank you, Nat, for setting the pace and Alex for joining in. Our padded cells await us on March 1st.
Wow, I loved the structure. It was a fantastic read!! The ending was a little dissatisfying, but in a good way. It let me hungry for more; anticipating a sequel. Oh well... Hee :)
Author's Response: Um, well, Benjy's dead, so I can't write a sequel. I agree there was a certain dissatisfaction in the ending but that was deliberate because Sirius is a complex person and doesn't lend himself to happy endings (well, not in this story, anyway). Thank you for reviewing. ~Carole~
Summary: Life at Hogwarts is all but cheerful under the Carrows' reign. One of the changes that hurts the students worst, some even worse than torture, is the ban on Quidditch. Dumbledore's Army wouldn't be themselves, though, if they didn't find a way to bring some life back to the castle, even if it only lasts a couple of hours. But can even the best of matches wipe away mistrust and resentment?
This story was written by the Incaff Military Athletic Division for the 2011 Quidditch World Cup on the Beta Boards. It won, too! Our alternate was hestiajones.
Many thanks to the referees, who set this wonderfully inspiring prompt that gave us weeks of drabbling-frenzied fun. The prompt for this match was:
"One Last Match: When Harry was on his extended camping trip, I don’t think his thoughts extended much to Quidditch, but for those at Hogwarts it did. Under the new regime, however, the sport was banned. For the pupils at Hogwarts, this became a focal point of rebellion. They decide to play one last match, an inter-house match, in the spirit of Dumbledore’s Army. The two teams will not be from one house but a mixture."
Wow, that was really well-written and engaging. I loved the switching from past to present, that worked amazingly well. This was such a beautifully written story! The end was slightly dissatisfying, though, as I don't think Neville would be the type to "do" anything.
Summary: Summer. Sunshine. A hero. And gone. And she cries the rain. Nominated for the 2012 QSQ Awards.
Wow, that was amazing. It was so tenderly written that I found myself sympathizing for her even though I had no clue who she was or who he was until the end. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much.
Summary: It was the last time he would see them both, though he did not know it at the time. Instead, Remus Lupin shares a tender moment with Lily Potter and says goodbye to James, promising to fight until the very end.
Wow, I love how much voice you manage to instill within each of the characters here. It makes it that much more believable. It was pretty cute when Remus was drunk, but the tone shift is smooth, and suddenly it's serious. A great read!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, since it felt a bit different for me. So happy the shift worked for you as well. I really appreciate the lovely review - thank you!! ~Gina :)
Summary: Neville Longbottom's first year at Hogwarts is shown here in letters to his formidable grandmother.
This story was nominated for a Quicksilver Award 2012: Best General Story!
Hee hee I always thought Neville was cute in the books... Is this like just for first year, because I think you should definitely continue this all the way through. It was very well done, and I liked how all of the letters said something important, not just a bunch of junk that nobody cares about. It was like reading a summary of Philosipher's Stone from Neville's POV. Ha, great job!
Summary: Spring, 1979: When both their love and their lives are tested by Dark magic, James Potter and Lily Evans must defy Voldemort for the first of more confrontations to come during the first Wizarding War.
Winner, Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Marauder Era story
Oh my gosh, why must it conclude? This was wicked cool, and I like how Dumbledore suddenly appears to give his sage advise like he normally does. Hee hee, gotta love Dumbledore!!!
Author's Response: I love writing Dumbledore like this. He's really quite cool, for all his faults. I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks so much for reviewing! ~Gina :)
EEEEEEEEE!!!! This was such a cute story!! Aww, I love the ending as well, I was thinking, "Alright, how is she gonna explain this one?", but it worked out perfectly!!!!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the end, it took some working out but I'm pleased with it. I really appreciate the reviews, thank you!! ~Gina :)
This is my favorite chapter so far!! It's much less confusing, because I read the other three a couple of weeks ago, and I got confused when Lily was narrating, thinking it was James, but now I have no problems with it because of the break. I liked it when Severus said 'pity'. I thought, "Does that mean pity she's trying to kill him or pity she hasn't killed him yet?"
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter and things were a bit clearer. When Severus said 'pity' I was imagining him meaning 'pity she hadn't killed him' but it could be a bit of both. He can be both supportive and cruel. Thanks again, hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Summary: Lily Luna Potter's letters home during her first week at Hogwarts. Letters come from Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Bill and Fleur, and George Angelina and Roxanne.
Wow, this is so cool!! Please do more!!
Author's Response: Thanks! I do have several WIP, one of which is a letter fic, but not anytime soon :)