I love Harry Potter fan fiction, because it allows my imagination to run free!
I probably could be doing something more productive, but since I love to read and write, and hope to be an author one day, this doesn't seem like a whole waste of time!!!!
I love this site so much. It really let's me challenge my mind and see things in a whole new light.
Go fan fiction!!!!!
EDIT: I am a poetry nut! So watch out for all my poetry and you can even check some of my poetry out on Poetry Anyone? in the Beta Forums, if you are able to get an account. :) Also watch out if you write poetry, too! I am sure to review it, and possibly leave behind a critique!
Summary: As Harry and Ginny eagerly await the birth of their first child and their new lives as parents, Harry discovers that before he can move forward, he must take a journey into his past and revisit what has never been put to rest. He learns the truth of the poetic line "The child is father to the man."
This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story.
This is such a different story from what I usually read, but I rather enjoyed it, and I was very curious to find out what the dreams meant. But, I should have seen it coming that the baby was Harry, since I know that in dreams, everyone represents something about the dreamer. And it all makes sense, really. :) I thought the tender moments with Ginny were very sweet and I was glad that this wasn't really a romance.
I suppose the only thing that threw me off was the occasional language, because the warnings didn't mention anything at all, not even Abuse, so I think it may be a good idea to put in those warnings, but keep the ratings as First years. This way, other people will know what to expect, because while I may not be affected much by reading about abuse, someone else might be. Just a side note.
Anyways, I did enjoy the story! Thank you for taking the time to write it and let others share in the magic of writing.
Author's Response: Hmm. Interesting point you make about the warnings. I had always considered this story to be fairly academic (which is why Ron said, in Chapter 10, "You had to stop being so intellectual about it..."). I think that some of the people who read it may have had some personal connection with abusive situations, but the story seemed so mild and retrospective (no actual abuse is occurring in the story), that I did not think there was any danger in the story. Still, you are probably right. Actually, I'm glad you didn't see it coming as to what the dreams meant, because that was supposed to be a surprise in Chapter 10. And I'm glad that you thought that the scenes with Ginny were successful. One of my goals with this story was to develop Harry's and Ginny's relationship a little more, because it was not as well-developed in the 7 books as I would have liked, and I wanted to show her as a more mature person. Thanks so much for the review!
Summary: And such is the madness of the woman who so craves the approval of her Lord.
A Bellatrix Lestrange poem.
Okay, why didn't I see this???? I must have been overly stressed and busy, because this should have caught my eye right away!
Wow, is all I can really say. This is a great sonnet, and is far better than my attempts. *chuckles* And I love how you interpreted the "prompt" given to us. :) You are a true genius with poetry.
My only complaint? I must see more! I want to read more! And also hear your thoughts, too. I'm not psychic, either...
Great job, Jess. I look forward to all your poetry, past, present, and future.
Summary: Sirius's sorting.
Hi! I just wanted to say first off that I commend you for delving into the mysterious world that is poetry. :P
I have to agree with Carole- I liked how this started off, because I really could sense the anticipation. I think, though, that you could play around with structure. You seem to have all the dialogue stay as one line, but I think by breaking them up so they stay the same length as the other lines would not only make the overall visual more appealing, but it would also help emphasize certain points of your poem.
As for ideas? I don't know what you like and don't like, but I think it would be interesting to see you write about insignificant things and make them have more importance, like nifflers or perhaps a certain spell that has some glory to it, like "expelliarmus." But keep writing! It really helps to do so if you want to improve. :)
P.S. I wouldn't mind some reviews from you!
Author's Response: Nagini- Thanks for the review, I really appreciate it! The mysterious world of HP poetry has opened its doors. :P I'll try the out the visual appeal idea- constructive criticism FTW! I've got another idea, and I'm working on it, but I'll give your idea a go when life doesn't tie me down. Thanks again for the review! :D (I'll be around at your work in a mo. :D I've read some of your poems before, but I can't remember whether I've left you a review.)
Slide on in and kick off your shoes. Celestina’s Songbook is back! Here are the hits of the summer season, brought to you by the authors of MNFF.
Yay!!!!! :) I think we should all give a big virtual hug to Jess, who worked for over ten hours on submitting this alone. I don't think we appreciate the hard work she did enough. So thank you Jess!!!! And here are some virtual cookies, too, for your hard work. :)
As for everyone else, great job! I can hardly wait for the next songbook challenge...
~NAGINI, who will now go and review each individual one instead of all of them at once... :P
Author's Response: yes, it's fabulous. well done everyone for being fabulous and amazing and writing so fabulously fabulous.
I loved this so much, and I could really hear the rhythm of it in my head. What a great way to really get down on some summer fun. Gimme three steps... ;]
Great job, minna. I love your work.
Wow. I this computer let me use exclamation points, it would be all over this. ;] You incorporated the wizarding world really well in this song, and while parts of it were cheesy, I really enjoyed reading it and imagining Ginny singing it. ;] Cheers.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I had fun writing this, not least because it meant I could keep listening to the song - ha ha.
Such wit. ;] I especially liked the end when you wrote [fade out]. It made me chuckle. Great job, fellow poet. We overcame the challenge. Mwahahahahaha.
Author's Response: Haha, thanks Nagini :) The challenge was good fun, although I'm not quite sure why you're cackling quite so ebilly...
Summary: Today is Lily's last day. Everyone she knows will soon be gone. Menkes had finally won, and she had lost.
Goodness! How could she face her death that way? This really hit me. My own brother died almost five years ago, but it wasn't in this manner. He died of natural causes during his sleep, almost like Lily here, but I didn't know he was going to die. I don't know what I would have done if I had known...
Thanks for the story. I guess it shows that death is going to come and instead of fearing it so much, we really should learn to just live out our lives and then embrace death. I noticed that same theme in Deathly Hallows, and I'm glad you capture it.
Katie Bell fought hard to build a relationship with a difficult and reclusive Draco Malfoy, despite their dire past, but she felt like she was losing him more the closer they came to their wedding date. However, when Draco manages to strand himself far in the past with his newly-discovered Temporal Displacement Potion, Katie follows him back, only to find more than she bargained for.
She found the truth.
This is ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor of Ravenclaw, writing for the Ninth Round of the Gauntlet.
Gah, you have done so well with the prompts so far! I actually did not have to suspend my belief, Jess. :) I think the only thing I was skeptical of was the people burning Draco, because they normally didn't go after men for witchcraft, but I think it worked in this case so there was a sense of danger. Overall, I really enjoyed it! I was do excited to see this, and as I read, I tried to catch the prompts given to us. I was thrilled when she drank the potion, and equally impressed with how you incorporated the second prompt. I eagerly await the next chapter... :) In the meantime, would you mind reading my story and reviewing? It is sadly misrepresented with its zero reviews... :(
Great job Jess!
Sorry for the epically late response!
Actually, they weren't burning Draco for being a witch; rather, he was caught stealing. Normally, they'd chop a hand, but if he tried to use magic at all to free himself, they very well might've tried burning him at the stake.
This story is weird. I still don't know if I'll ever be happy with it, and I'm pretty sure my Gauntlet fic from two years ago was better than this, but I had fun writing Draco and Katie, who are one of my OTPs. Thankfully, the endgame that I had planned for the story from the outset was more or less intact. When you know where you're going, it tends to be easier to get there.
Usually, I make it a policy not to review challenge fics I'm judging or stories I mod, but if I do happen to find the time, I will do my best to check out the competition!
Thanks for the visit!
Hello! :) Before I say how fantastic this is, I want to point out that in your eighth paragraph, you wrote that they put the skin out in the sun to "try," instead of "dry." you may want to fix that. Also, I wasn't sure on your spelling of "maneuver" right after Draco and Katie escape Aelbert. Just an observation...
Anyways, I love it! The relationship feels so real, and I want to steal it so badly! Maybe my next piece will feature Draco/Katie... :) Great job! I can't wait to see what happens next. Keep it coming! ~Nagini
Formalities first: I fixed the typo you pointed out, and the spelling in question is the British English spelling of 'maneuver'. Just weird, I guess. :)
Anyway, yayayayay at Draco/Katie shipping! Julia was happy when I told her (she's my Draco/Katie partner in crime). I fully endorse any Katico fic ventures, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of the story.
Oh, Jess. :) Character death doesn't bother me one bit! I have to say that Draco is just having a horrible life, isn't he? Too bad he didn't get a child.
I have to say, this was a brilliant story! It makes my story seem weak in comparison. But don't worry about me. I like reading these stories that blow me away.
Good luck, Jess!
And here we are again!
To be honest, I'm surprised anyone can follow this story, let alone find it blown-away material. However, I am glad you found enjoyment in it - certainly more than I found in writing it with all those beastly prompts. Anyway, I'm sure the end wasn't shocking, but I think if you felt anything like me, you kind of wished upon a star that it wasn't going to turn out that way. In this case, my author's prerogative was overridden by the laws of time and causality.
Thanks for reading. Good luck with your own entry, as well!
Summary: When Scorpius is staying with the Potters in Potter Manor, he suddenly disappears. It's up to Lily to find him and take them back to the right time. But what (or who) will she discover there? This is Lost_Robin of Ravenclaw writing for the Gauntlet Round 9.
Nice job! :) I am loving these gauntlet stories. Good luck on the challenge! ~Nagini, a fellow challenger
Author's Response: Thank you! Good luck to you too. -K
This is Hokey from Slytherin submitting for Round 9 of the Gauntlet.
Her mind was already set. Hermione had never abandoned Harry before, and she wasn’t very well going to start now.
Yay! Another gauntlet entry! :)I really enjoyed reading this and picking out the prompts. Good job! Nice way to incorporate what was given you, and I got to see Harry in a new light. Good luck! ~Nagini, a fellow challenger
P.S. Check out my gauntlet story- The Ghosts That Follow!!! :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I wasn't expecting all prompts to be pictures, so I was quite thrown by that :p Good luck to you, too!!
Summary: Harry's pain and Lily's sacrifice
Wow! What inspired this? It was gorgeous in its simplicity and I liked how they were talking to each other. It seemed almost lullaby-like, and I have to admit that I was touched. Good job. :)
Author's Response: thank u so much :) this is my first piece approved on mugglenet and im so glad someone enjoyed it.
Summary: Thanks, Mum.
A look into the mind of a woman with no identity, no memory, and only the barest ability to feel. Nominated for a 2013 QSQ.
Wow! I really enjoyed this! :) I actually thought that you were brilliant by leaving out capitalization and punctuation and just letting thoughts stream together, some not making any sense. Very poignant and the meloncholic tone really grabbed me. Great job! :) Don't hesitate to write some more poetry...
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked my poem! I have always loved free verse; it's very good for conveying meaning, and it can sound nice too, if you make it flow right. I was actually not sure how I felt about the nonsensical-ness of my poem--it would make more sense if I had put commas in four or five places (but the mod wouldn't let me), or if I had added long spaces between words, instead of commas (but the site won't show them!) So it's really nice to hear that you think it's good even without that, and that you liked the tone! Adding emotion to the tone was tricky, since the theme of the poem is Alice's inability to understand what emotions and meaning are! As for more poetry--I just posted a new one, and there are several more in the making... :D
Summary: There are stories everywhere. Some reveal themselves to their characters, but most do not.
One story goes like this: Once upon a time, there were two children, a boy and a girl, who were best friends. The boy had grown up in the cold, and he fell in love with the girl’s bright warmth; he cared more about her than anything in the world. Yet fate rejected them, and one day, without meaning to, the boy shattered their friendship forever. He tried to apologize, but it was too late. He had been swallowed back into bitter iciness, while the girl remained in the light of the sun.
Yet the girl does not know all this. She only knows of the turning point in the story, the hurt the boy has caused her, the reason she would not forgive him.
These are Lily’s words to Severus at the turning point in their story.
(It is also, for no apparent reason, a parody of Shakespeare sonnet.)
You llama, you! :) What a fun way to use Shakespeare! Teehee! I really enjoyed it!
I wonder what you think of my own depressing fanfiction poetry.....
To quote my favorite movie: "Yay! I'm a llama again!" (The Emperor's New Groove)
Author's Response: Oh, I only know about llamas from the llama song. (Don't look it up. You'll hate me forever.) My third cousins twice removed (or something) own an alpaca farm, though. Your poetry is nice. I mean, yeah, I'm not always partial to depressing stuff, but I just like how they're written--you use vivid language. I remember one of yours that I really liked, about a person in a portrait... I think I do too much poetry that is very candid/write-like-you-talk, which is why I'm trying to branch out.
Summary: How Ginny feels as she kisses Harry before Bill and Fleur's wedding.
Ah, short and so very Ginny. :) You really captured that Gryffindor within her. I would love to read the original! I hope to see more poetry from you.... *secretly is happy to be reading poetry.*
Summary: When Alice could still remember her mother, she always thought of flowers.
Nominated for Best Poem in the 2013 Quicksilver Quill Awards
Amazing job, minna. :) I am in awe of its beauty, and you have left me speechless.
Summary: Salazar watches his home burn. A prose poem.
I love prose poetry! You did a magnificent job, minna. ;)
Something has changed in Merope Gaunt, a thrumming of insect wings, a pulse kickstarting to life.
Merope is alone. Penniless, undernourished and pregnant - these are the last three trimesters of her life.
I am thoroughly disturbed! But I really enjoyed this dark story. And now I can't get the image of Merope eating matches and dirt out of my head. :) For a more thorough review of this, you will have to see my discussion post on the beta boards... :) But I thought I would let you know that this story was fantastic!
Author's Response: Hiya Nagini!
Wow, thank you so much for this lovely review! ♥ I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that it left an impact on you; that's always what I hope to achieve with my writing :) Merope certainly had one of the more difficult lives, and I can't imagine that she was ever truly happy. And I have read your post in the SBBC! Thank you so much for such an in-depth and detailed discussion, and I'll be sure to answer your TQ for me before the end of the month. Thank you once again! ♥