Summary: When Nymphadora Tonks arrived at the Ministry to save Harry and his friends, she was a young, fearless Auror. Five weeks later she’s a mess. Her once vibrant hair is a drab brown and she can barely smile. Has she lost her nerve? Is it guilt over Sirius’ death? Or is something else happening in her life that has ridden roughshod over her unusual powers?
I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry for Round 7 of The Gauntlet.
Special thanks to Cassie (ms leading) for beta'ing this for me.
Wow, this really is an amazing story! The way you've managed to combine what we knew of Tonks -- the clumsy Auror in HP -- with the complicated background of being in the Black family is really amazing and I couldn't find anything to complain about!
To be honest, I'd completely forgotten that Tonks was injured as well in OOTP, and I love how this becomes the starting point for her new journey. The relationship between Tonks & Sirius in your fanfics is always beautiful *sniff* but the Sirius here is very different from Marauder-era Sirius and I can well imagine he would have cared about Tonks enough to intervene Dumbledore-style in her near-death.
"Proud to be a 'Puff" should be printed on a tee!!
Author's Response: Thank you very much. This was written such a long time ago, so it's doubly wonderful when someone discovers the story and reviews it. ~Carole
Over fifty people died at the Battle of Hogwarts. There are dozens of stories of loss, betrayal, heroism and sacrifice. These are some of those stories.
Nominated for: Best General (Chaptered) story – Quicksilver Quills 2011
Haha, everyone gets to thump Draco!! The coup de gras goes to Ginny however, as always...
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. This is a fairly grim collection of stories, and I wanted to lighten the load. People have accused me of Draco bashing. I have no idea why. ;-D -N-
Wow, clever story! I have a new opinion of Narcissa now...
Author's Response: Thank you. I really enjoyed writing this chapter. -N-
Summary: Dudley Dursley makes a speech to honor the world's most famous wizard.
Aaaauw!! I just love the idea of Dudley actually working things out with Harry afterwards - I love the idea of him having a wizard son in the end, that was just brilliant.
Since the mutter "I don't think you're a waste of space" in book 7, I started to think perhaps, just maybe there was more to Big D than met the eye -- and I loved reading your story, it was a brilliant take on that, and beautiful without being too soppy.
That said, still - tears. But that's a good thing. :)
Summary: In which five children listen (more or less) to a bedtime story.
This was just so sweet and even reminded me a bit of the Beadle the Bard stories.
I thought the dwarf names were genius, and the way the story was told was very powerful - now I feel like taking a nap! Yawn!
The kids' accents were very sweet for me, it contributed to the essence of the story - I'm left with this image of softness, loving & childhood innocence.
The children in the story also aren't all named, and I think that was a good move - letting the fans spot who's who from the Epilogue.
The fairytale approach, the narrative, the blending of HP with the fairytale elements - everything was done masterfully, and I loved it.
Author's Response: Thank you! This was a cotton candy sort of fic, wasn't it? Sweet, innocent, and fluffy...though you wouldn't want to make a (literary) diet of it.