Harry waits for someone to meet him at Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve. This is a story about growing up, moving on and remembering your past without taking it with you.
H/Hr friendship with a bit of H/G
Very nice story! You're right, that moment that Harry and Hermione shared when he visited his parents' graves for the first time was incredibly tender, and really quite special, I can understand him not wanting to share that with anyone else, at least not at first. Good old Teddy, he barely made it into the books, but he's a great character in the fandom, particularly when it comes to getting Harry to open up!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) He doesn't even really appear in the books apart from a couple of mentions and a photo and yet everyone loves him - what else did you expect from the son of Lupin and Tonks though? Glad you enjoyed the story :)
This is Acacia Carter of Hufflepuff writing for the first third of the Character Triathalon, for the "missing moment" prompt.
Many thanks to Jess for the lightning-fast beta.
I really love this! The start of the DA's resistance is such a frequently done subject, but this is a really strong, evocative rendition. I particularly liked your descriptions of the effects of the Cruciatus curse - I almost felt that I was in pain myself!
I know I'm a bit late on this, but I love it! I agree with you, this is really when Ron starts to grow up - he shows so much more maturity after he returns to Harry and Hermione (and particularly after he destroys the locket) so there was clearly some missing moment of growth for him. Thanks for not making Ron whiny, he's really a good guy with his big heart in the right place, he just was the last of the three of them to grow up!
Author's Response: It's never too late to leave a review, thanks.
Ron does, occasionally, whinge and complain. At least he's man enough to try to put things write after he's made a mistake. If something is his fault, he'll admit it, unlike a certain whining Slytherin.He was the last to grow up, but he did a lot of growing up in DH.
Joint winner of Best Post-Hogwarts One-Shot at the 2012 Quicksilver Quill Awards
I. LOVE. THIS. STORY. Seriously, this is wonderful. I don't think there's anyone who hasn't imagined their own funeral, so this really rings true in that respect. I love how you captured the twins' relationship, particularly their joie de vivre - I've read a lot of stories that have George turn into a zombie, essentially, for months after Fred's death. I like your take on it much better: he's terribly, unspeakably sad, but life goes on, complete with tricks and "hitches". Well done indeed!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) I'm glad you enjoyed it! You're right about that. Mine has a full on parade with elephants and stuff. Shame I won't be able to attend really... Yeah, he obviously isn't going to go back to normal straight away but I thought saying goodbye might help. Tricks? No, they all happened by themselves, I swear...
The end of the world comes not from the hand of Lord Voldemort, but an incurable disease. When Britain falls, those that are left must keep on running.
And never stop.
Winner of the 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Alternate Universe!
This is excellent! A Quicksilver Quill Award very well deserved! I think it's incredibly creative to put these magical characters from a world we know so well into a zombie apocalypse that they don't understand themselves, and revealing it to us in reverse is genius. That darn Snorcack, and Luna as Patient 0 is brilliant! The only thing missing is I'd love to know what happens in your world between September 14, 2000 and June 19, 2012. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! This was very difficult to get right, especially since I'm not usually one for zombies, but it's so amazing to receive such positive feedback :) A lot of people want to know what happens in between but I'm not sure if I will expand it much or write a separate fic as I kind of like the mystery. It's another way in which to show how cut off and vulnerable the characters are. I did really enjoy writing this world, though, so I might write some drabbles set in the same universe eventually. Anyway, thanks for the lovely review!
Wonderful, plain and simple. Yet another great addition to your opus, which is like a telescope slowly coming into focus - you've given us bits and pieces all along the life-spans of the main characters, and it's a joy to follow along as you fill the gaps in!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
I really can’t believe how small a part Hermione’s parents have played in my stories, it wasn’t until I wrote this that I realised how little I’d written about them. They will be making a lot more appearances in other stories about Hermione’s pregnancy.-N-
I love so many things about this story! First of all, I think the Notts are really interesting, and your take on them is so unique - a family of largely self-interested yet disinterested players. I think your integration of the Arthurian legends inspired by the "Noble and Most Ancient House of Black" is brilliant and terrifically original, and I love how you've integrated the concept of the Knights of the Round Table being the founders of the most powerful pureblooded British wizarding familys from the Badly-Fitting Coat into this story. And finally, I think your idea of turning Azkaban over to the goblins is astoundingly good. Bravissimo!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
As you can probably guess, I needed some more background information on the Notts for a different story, and this was the result. The Arthurian legends are a mess of contradictions and a lot of the knights are very unpleasant.The Azkaban idea is an old one, but I like it, too.
Great! Your Luna is among the best out there (after the real thing, of course). You even managed to make her seem almost reasonable compared to Bersten. Well done, very entertaining!
Author's Response: Thank you. Luna is always very reasonable, it’s simply often difficult to follow her reasoning. :-D -N-
Fun! I'd call your first foray into true next-generation a success. Characterizations are great, as usual - Lavender is Lavender, no matter how much older she is, and Al bears a lot of resemblance to Harry I think, which from the Epilogue struck me as the case.
Author's Response: Thanks. Lavender is going to enjoy herself, and Al is going to have a lot of problems. I agree with your assessment of Al, he seems very much like his father. -N-
Wow, really really interesting! This is different from a lot of your work, but still fits well into your expanded-upon-canon world, and meets your high standard of quality.
I love the concept of Tom exploring various means towards immortality from a young age, hopefully we'll get a chance to see some more? Also, it seems to me that you've mentioned Camelia in a story before, I think maybe Strangers though I'm not positive. It wouldn't surprise me if she'd already been woven into one of your plots!
Thanks for the review.
This story came about from a (long ago) conversation about what alternatives to Horcruxes young Tom might have considered, and also from a desire on my part to have a vampire who isn't a sensitive and caring soul.
Cameli appeared in one chapter of "The Hufflepuff" and got a namecheck in Strangers.-N-
This is just wonderful! I had read it first on FF.net, but it seems that you've made some slight alterations for the posting here, all for the better. It's stories like these that remind me why you're my favorite fanfic author, without a close second. You've created a canon-compliant world so complex that ALL of the characters, JKR's and your own OCs, have complete lives that unfold in your stories. It's simply remarkable. I look forward to more of whatever you have coming next!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
As is often the case, I was unhappy with a part of the story. When my beta, Soraya, read it, she spotted exactly what it was that has been niggling me, so I rewrote and sent it back to her.Canon-compliant is the only thing I can write, or read. Next, Hunters and Prey.
This. Is. BRILLIANT! I absolutely love it! There really isn't enough trio friendship fluff out there, and you write for them so effortlessly, the banter feels so genuine and spot-on to their characters. Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) Trio friendship fluff is some of the fluffiest fluff to ever fluff. The more the merrier I reckon!
I tend not to read much Marauder Era stuff, but this one caught my eye, and I'm really glad it did! I think this is a really great story, and the characterizations are wonderful. Even though I know that James and Lily end up together, I think you've done a masterful job of leaving we the readers in suspense about what will happen to them! I'm new to your works, but after reading this I plan to check out your other stuff!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you decided to give this a chance and really appreciate your comments. I've actually written quite a bit of ME - particularly James and Lily - so I do hope you find something that interests you on my author's page if you stop by. I'm glad you liked the suspense, I've been called on it with this pair, lol. Thanks so much for reading and for leaving such a lovely review!! ~Gina :)
I think this is a really nice piece. I'm not 100% sure that the canon non-compliance was totally necessary, but you're right in that it didn't distract that much. I have to applaud you on your Harry and Ginny characterizations, they're great! Really genuine and I think you nailed their dynamic. Well done, I'm eager for more!
Author's Response: Thank you for the feedback! I agree, I didn't need to deviate from canon, but I can never seem to write Fred dead, no matter how little it affects the plot and half of this was written on autopilot so I didn't realise I'd done it again until I finished. That aside, I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm thrilled you think I got the characterizations down so well. I am hoping to write more in this version of their future, but I'm currently working on something that is more than a touch AU, so it may not be posted here. Its great to know you want to read more, though, and there will be some up at some point :) Thanks again.
I don't normally like reading AU, but this story intrigued me, and I'm so glad I gave it a try! Really, really interesting! Can't wait to see what comes next!
Author's Response: I don't normally like reading AU either, mainly because a bunch of the stories have outlandish premises and change the personalities of characters for no apparent reason. But I decided to write this because I often wonder what would *likely* happen if Lord Voldemort had gained power from the perspective of a "default supporter" of the Dark Lord. Thank you for your review! I have a new chapter waiting to be validated as I write this and I am working on the third chapter (coming soon I hope).
Malfoy is so wretched that I almost feel sorry for him. Almost.
This is great, but I find myself wanting more recognition by Malfoy that his previously held conceptions about Ron and Hermione (and really everyone he had been aligned against at Hogwarts) were so wrong. I want to see him squirm more. I want to see the painful realization that the people he baited and tormented for so many years are so much better and stronger than he is. I feel like Malfoy is a character screaming for catharsis.
How many more chapters of this are you anticipating?
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) At this point in the story he is a bit pitiable. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Yeah, it is difficult because it has been less than 3 weeks since the end of the war. You can see Draco almost coming to that conclusion but he hasn't got there yet. It's going to be a long road, but I can see him walking it. There is only one more chapter of this (I'll let you decide if that is a good or bad thing).
Nice! I always enjoy reading my favorite authors' take on the days after the battle, and dealing with George is such fertile ground. I like how you've written Ginny, though I have a hard time with her and Harry not mending things up straight away. Its probably more realistic, however, for thee to be unresolved tension and angst. I can't wait to read the rest of this story and your future stories! You're becoming one of my favorite authors on this site!
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing! Oh wow, thank you! I never think I spend enough time on here for people to remember me so I'm unbelievably flattered :) Post-DH George is a minefield - he's sad, yes, but he still has to be George. I always thought Ginny would be angry with Harry after the war. More of that comes up later in this fic though. Hope you enjoy the rest of this!
A real New Year's treat, two updates in one day!
This is really beautiful and heartwarming. It's so full of hope and the promise of the return to a new normal.
I have one request: you MUST write what happens between Harry and Ginny out in the garden!! Throw a Harry/Ginny shipper a bone!
Question for you: do you have a mapped out timeline for your post-epilogue canon, including your missing moments material? I'd love to know what you think happens when, but I suppose that's the journey you're taking now, that I will happily follow!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing this as well! Haha, a bone may be thrown. I do have an idea for a H/G oneshot, but I make no solid promises. I have a lot of the big moments in the Weasley-centric characters (especially a certain couple) and Draco mapped out and will probably cover most of it in fics eventually. Thank you for tagging along :)
This is probably one of my favorite things of yours that I've read yet. It's so completely heartbreaking and touching at the same time - the juxtaposition of Hermione shutting out her father just as she lets Ron in (pardon the pun). It's so refreshing to see a Hermione who is not ok with what happened to her, who is having a hard time dealing with it, and an even harder time communicating about it. She's not weeping because she's sad to have upset her parents, she's emotionally compromised to the point where she can barely communicate about what's happened to her. Very well done, as usual!
Author's Response: Thank you! It was probably one of my favourites to write, even though it was a bit angsty. I refuse to pardon a pun that I giggled at. I've always thought it would be more than just bad dreams for her. This whole fic is just me trying to show that everyone is different in some way after what happened. Hermione seems like she would be too strong for her own good but it would just make things worse. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it!
This is really very touching. I think Percy's place in the Weasley family is so interesting, because he really doesn't fit in much at all, but I like the thought that the newer more mature Ron would reach out and help. Bravo, up to your usual high standard!
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing :) Yeah, he is almost the least-Weasley of the Weasleys in a way. Still, he was always a Weasley at heart so I hoped the family accepted him back after the war.