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Lovely Rita by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: 'I know things about Ludo Bagman that would make your hair curl.' Rita Skeeter had told Hermione. But what did she know?

This is Equinox Chick writing her last entry for the Cotillion.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but Rita's remark has always intrigued me.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/10/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Good, as far as it goes. I felt that it needed to go a bit farther, maybe, and I'm not sure about Rita's motives. If she just wanst to get information from him, why does she choose to sleep with him? And if that's what she giving in exchange for the info, why did she threaten him?

Author's Response: Rita wanted information about Rookwood who was the person in the trials Harry saw in the Pensieve, that Ludo was accused of handling messages for. Basically she would have revealed his penchant for uniforms and Muggles in The Prophet if he didn;t co-operate. She slept with him because she wanted sex, and found the arragement mutually beneficial.

You're right though, this didn't explore deeply and could have said a lot more, but I was scrabbling for a deadline and finished it with around 5 minutes to spare before the comp closed. No excuse, really, and I'd delete, but the story and concept make me laugh. Thanks for the review. I have written far far far better stories, so I'd hate you to think this is typical. ~Carole~

Rosie by SilverDoe_IsoBell

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Have you ever thought about how you are perceived by those around you? You may think that you blend in or that you seem intelligent when speaking to your peers, but how can we ever truly know what we are like if we never see for ourselves?
It all started that day in Charms, but grew into so much more... (A Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy one-shot)
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 10/31/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I liked this story and the characters. I felt that I got to know them by the end. One thing, though-- the Charms teacher seems to have changed from female to male. Good story, anyway. I look forward to reading more of yours.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the comment!

The Mirror of Erised by beth1191

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Severus Snape's thoughts when he looks in the Mirror of Erised. One-shot.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/09/14 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This story shows us what I think is an accurate reflection of Snape's deepest longings. Of course the Lily in the mirror looks the way he dreamed she would, and says the things he dreamed she would say. I wasn't sure why she asks him "Don't you love me?" the second time, as if she expected him to do something, like step into the mirror with her. He could have easily wasted away gazing at Lily, but in the end he was very harshly realistic about the truth of her feelings. That's what kept him from going mad, but it also shows why he is still so bitter. Well done.

Smile by Anarane

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: That smile has haunted Nymphadora Tonks since the battle against her aunt in the Department of Mysteries. But there is another, much warmer smile that has also caught her attention.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/09/14 Title: Chapter 1: Waking Up

This is a good beginning to what promises to be a good romance fic. It seems plausible that Tonka would end up at St. Mungo's with the memory of Bellatrix' cruel smile. You described her shock and anguish very well. It also seemed so natural for her to cry in Remus' arms and for him to comfort her. I look forward to reading more and seeing how their relationship developed.

With a Slammed Door and a Loud Crack by 1000timesingoldenink

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: He does not speak of it afterward, and the few who are fool enough to ask once certainly never make that mistake again.

This is the buried memory of an evening close to a century ago.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/30/14 Title: Chapter 1: 1908

Okay, so this must be Armando Dippet, I presume? And Ron's great aunt Muriel, maybe? I liked the story and the dialogue, but it seemed to end so soon and somewhat abruptly. With a loud crack? Like a house elf disapparating? I was left wishing there were a bit more, but if you were writing for a competition, you might have had a length limit to stick to.

The Observer Effect by Squibstress

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Minerva is a watcher. Mostly, she watches Severus. She sees through a glass, darkly.

Not a pairing fic, but contains brief Minerva/Severus, Minerva/Elphinstone.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/31/14 Title: Chapter 1: The Observer Effect

Great observations. I enjoyed this story even more than Four Christmases. It was good to see Minerva get intrigued and obsessed with Snape. Appropriate, too, that as much as she watched him and thought about him, even as she had a physical relationship with him, she never really got to know him. I like your descriptions and the way that Minerva thinks, and what you reveal about her. Very good.

Author's Response: Sorry to be so late in responding. I don't seem to be getting my notifications consistently. Thanks for reading this strange little tale. I wanted to do a "darker" Minerva than we normally see--glad you enjoyed it!

Kill It Before It Dies by Nagini Riddle

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Lily isn't a third year yet, so getting to spend Halloween at Hogsmeade is against the rules. But so is hunting in the Forbidden Forest. What has Lily gotten herself into?

Title is borrowed from the tv series Charmed.

Written for the Terrible Two-Shot Challenge, prompt Ferocious Beasts and How to Avoid Them. This entry took third place!
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 10/30/13 Title: Chapter 1: Halloween Plans

Curious. I also wonder how James became Lily's brother.

Author's Response: Well, this is a next-gen story, so James is Lily's sister. :) Thanks for reading!

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 10/31/13 Title: Chapter 2: Hell Breaks Loose

Good, scary adventure. I'm still confused about why James is Lily's older brother in this story, but I liked the story otherwise. Good luck with the challenge.

Author's Response: Thank you! :)

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 10/31/13 Title: Chapter 1: Halloween Plans

Ah, I get it now: This is Harry's daughter Lily and son James. Maybe I would have realized it sooner if had known who Scorpius was. I wonder why Harry would give his cloak to James already?

Author's Response: Well, James is in his fifth year, so I assume that Harry would have given James the cloak by then because Harry had it when he was in school. :)

Four Christmases by Squibstress

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Minerva attempts to teach Severus Occlumency and perhaps something more.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/31/14 Title: Chapter 1: Four Christmases

Well, that was quite interesting and enjoyable. Though I found it curious that Minerva would be teaching Snape occlumency after Voldemort was gone, I accepted it and the memories that were shown. She understood something about him, without knowing the whole story, and tried to make him see that he was in denial. It didn't work. He remained in denial because that's what he preferred, and I think it was correct and true to his character. Well done.

Author's Response: Sorry to be so late in responding--I don't seem to be getting notifications reliably. Thanks for the kind words--Snape is a fascinating fellow to explore. I figured Albus knew Voldemort would return, so he asked Minerva to teach Snape (who would, of course, be an excellent student.) Thanks for reading!

Sanguini, the Vampire by teh tarik

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

Vampirism is the persistence and the perpetuity of the body, a madness of the mind, a gradual separation of the the two; one ages and one stagnates.

Sanguini, the vampire.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/23/15 Title: Chapter 1: A Revisionist Narrative of the English Vampire

I enjoyed this story. I liked how it was told in the first person, Sanguini telling us what he remembered and how he felt. There weren't that many Twilight references, I didn't think. But it made me feel that I understood this character and sympathized with him.

Exotic Matter by Squibstress

Rated: Professors •

When Hermione is asked to update the National Dictionary of Wizarding Biography, she discovers some surprising things about her favourite professor. An angsty, nerdy time-travel romance. [Minerva/Severus; Hermione/Ron]

Warning/s: Abuse of theoretical physics; wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff; background infidelity; mention of child death.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 12/01/13 Title: Chapter 1: Part I

Good story. I've never thought of Severus and Minerva together, but in this story it worked. I thought he would ask her to let him use the Time-Turner to go back and save Lily. Too bad he killed himself, it would have been nice for Hermione to see him again.

Author's Response: I think of them together all the time, LOL. I'm glad you think it worked here. Thanks for reading.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/27/13 Title: Chapter 1: Part I

Good look at Hermione and Minerva at different points in their lives. Hermione must look great at 62 to flirt with much younger men. Makes sense about the Time-Turner-- Minerva must have given it to Hermione without any Ministry approval.

Author's Response: Thanks. I always suspected that witches and wizards age somewhat differently than Muggles (thinking of Dumbledore, Bathilda Bagshot and Griselda Marchbanks and their preternaturally long lives), so I suspect a 62-year-old Hermione might look younger than one expects. And of course, there are young men who are anxious the reap the benefits of having an older woman as a paramour, LOL! Yes, the Time-Turner business has always bugged me, so this was my way of rectifying the situation. Thanks for reading.

A Light in the Gap by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: When Harry woke that first morning in Grimmauld Place, he wondered if Ron and Hermione had fallen asleep holding hands. This fic provides a possible answer to that question. A missing moment from Deathly Hallows.

This story received a QSQ in 2014 for Best Canon Romance ~ Thank you!
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/02/14 Title: Chapter 1: A Light in the Gap

Very nice. I really liked it. Good atmosphere, and accurate portrayal of Ron and Hermione.

Author's Response: Thanks. I'm glad you liked it, and I appreciate you taking the time to review.

Bliss by foolondahill17

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: “So, what do you do now?” “…Mostly Order business. I should ask Albus to increase me to full-time wage.” He thanked Merlin Severus had grace enough not to say “Oh, is that what you call being unemployed?” A newly inducted Order member is coming over and it’s not the grizzled, spell-happy Witch Remus imagined. Remus and Tonks first meet and sparks fly -- almost literally
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 04/05/15 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This could almost be a lost chapter of OotP. Very true to the characters, including their dialogue. Well done.

Author's Response: Sorry it took me so long to respond to this. Thank you for reading this fic and taking the time to review! Every reader and comment means so much to me.

The Fickle Finger of Felix by Al Clark

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: A great wizard develops a dependency on a "curious little potion" that might have dangerous side effects.

I'm not saying that this is how it happened, but we wouldn't know that it didn't happen this way, would we?

(The latest update, on the afternoon of 25 September 2014, fixed a few small errors and addressed one or two other issues. The overall story line remains the same as the original version.)

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/30/15 Title: Chapter 1: The Fickle Finger of Felix

Good one. So you found a way of explaining a lot of little things that you thought didn't make much sense otherwise. But it's hard to consider anyone who puts on a cursed ring or gets attacked by a snake lucky. Of course, in the case of the ring, it was the horcrux talking. Sure, it could've happened that way. The only thing I completely disagreed with was Snape's final thoughts. He wasn't thinking about Harry being the chosen one or anything like that. He just wanted to look into Lily's eyes as he was dying.

Tiny Animals by Oregonian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: It's Harry's final Christmas at the house on Privet Drive, and an unexpected guest arrives at dinnertime, but nothing can change the terrible dynamics inside these walls, and the miracle is still seven months away.

Co-winner of the 2015 Quicksilver Quill Award, Best General Story

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 04/01/15 Title: Chapter 1: Tiny Animals

Aww, poor Harry. That was a very good story. I could easily imagine a scene just like that in Sorcerer's Stone.

Author's Response: Thanks for reading and commenting, Linda. Nice to hear from you again. I'm glad you thought it was good. I guess it's not hard to write about Harry's life with the Dursleys before his eleventh birthday--there's only one way that any story could turn out. Vicki

Somebody Like You by Kerichi

Rated: 6th-7th Years •

In 1988, after tea leaves predict romance, Severus Snape makes a mocking wish on a falling star, speaking the words aloud to make sure they never come true.

Another star falls.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 07/19/15 Title: Chapter 14: The Return

I have been enjoying this story so far, but I'm a bit confused now. If the diary was her mother's, how come Lorelei acts like she had the fling with a selkie? Maybe I missed something. I'll go back and look at some earlier chapters again. Thanks for updating so quickly. That should mean that I wouldn't forget stuff in the story, but it looks like I did, anyway.

Author's Response: Thank you for enjoying the story and for bringing that up! I'll go back and edit to make it plain that the boy was a selkie from her father's clan, but he wasn't Tynan before she explained the memory. I've got all this head canon that sometimes actually needs to be on the page instead of untold back story. ;)

Possibility by The Ravenclaw Sheerio

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Dudley Dursley doesn't know anything about Cho Chang other than the fact that she's a witch and she looks terribly sad. Cho Chang doesn't know anything about Dudley Dursley other than the fact that he's a Muggle, he's standing next to Harry Potter, and he is watching her. A chance meeting between these two very different people may change their lives and their views on the world. AU because the Weasleys dropped Harry off in his sixth year, not the Dursleys. Cho/Dudley.
Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 07/21/15 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice story. I liked seeing that there might be more to Dudley than we had imagined. In the books we only see him from Harry's point of view. It was good that both Dudley and Cho seemed open to the idea of liking each other.

Only One by Oregonian

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Today Draco and Astoria Malfoy are putting their son Scorpius on the Hogwarts Express for the first time. It's a bittersweet day for Draco, who has kept a life-altering secret for the last eleven years. The tendrils of the Second Wizarding War have reached farther than he would have ever foretold.

Written for the 2017 Nineteen Years Later Ficathon

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/20/17 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

I liked this story. There was a lot of detail in Draco's experience with Muggle medicine, and I liked seeing his reactions and feelings about it all. It was nice to see him as a loving husband and father, doing his best to raise his son well. Then finally we see him on the platform, knowing what he was thinking and feeling. It was good.

Author's Response: Thank your for your review. We really needed a story about Draco that led from the beginning of the post-war period to the moment on the train platform, and this story was my take on that period of his life. Doubtless other writers have a different take on what led up to this moment and what Draco's state of mind was -- he could have gone in several different directions, but I like to think that he made the best of what was the rest of his life, difficult though that was.