Name: Joanna (real name Annamaria)
Age: well, over 25
Birthday: June 30th
Favorite Book: PoA
Favorite Character(s): Dumbledore
Favorite Professor(s): McGonagall and Moody (I know he was an usurper, but still)
Favorite House: Ravenclaw (seeing that I’m one)
Favorite Magical Animal: Blast-Ended Skrewts, only kidding, I kinda like Dragons.
Favorite Weasley: Charlie (or Bill)
Favorite Pet: A Crup would be okay
Favorite Order Member: Kingsley Shacklebolt
Favorite Wizarding Snack: Chocolate Frogs and I don’t know how Cauldron Cakes taste, but I would like to try them
Favorite Fanfiction? Marauder’s Era, I guess, a well written Snape/Hermione or a well written Canon Character/OC
BOOKS & MOVIES
Did you cry when Sirius died? Of course!
What about Dumbledore? I was devastated
All time favorite part? Hermione/Umbridge scene where she tells her that she had already read the entire book. Hilarious!
Do you like the movies as much as the books? Only PoA
Hottest HP actor? Gary Oldman
What scene did they leave out in the movie you wish they hadn't? CoS: When Harry and Ron are not seeing Snape among the teachers and he is standing behind them.
Favorite movie moment? PoA, Harry leaving the Dursleys and meeting Sirius/aka Padfoot/aka THE GRIM!
Least favorite movie moment? The hippogriff ride, that was cheesy and the whole GoF-yule ball scenes
Favorite character in movie? Richard Harris as Dumbledore
Favorite Movie? PoA
Do you think Snape is sexy? Kinda
And for the last question, how has Harry Potter changed your life? Completely
Summary: An Irish witch languishes in the darkness of her family home, confined by her father and circumstances. What will it take to bring her out of this exile? The chance to return to Hogwarts? The opportunity to participate in the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters? Or will it be Severus Snape, a man she did not expect to see again in her lifetime?
This is canon compliant to OoTP but written pre-HBP.
Reviews and constructive criticism are most welcome, and thanks go to Ashwinder who kindly beta read the chapters for me. :-)
So, I'm now addicted to your fic. I was up half the night and was reading the story, while it was still quiet everywhere. And I enjoyed it immensely!
I knew that Roderick would return and I knew that there was some reason why he was talking about those caves. It seemed perfectly well fit that time, but then it got me thinking. They were man-made caves and tunnels. So, now I know it.
It's so sweet that Alice is giving Neville all those wrappers because she wants to protect him. What mothers would do to protect their child!
I'm actually delighted that Neville and Ron play a bigger role in your fic. They are a bit neglected, as you have put it, Ron is always the faithful sidekick of Harry. But now he had his time of glory.
Well, I love Snape, and boy I wish I could be Maeve! *hehe* Anyways, I'll go back to reading this night, when everyone returned to their beds and the streets are quiet. joanna
So, I'm happy because I can finally write up a review. The previous nights I always got that Avada Kedavra sign whenever I clicked the review link.
I'm so glad that I have finally found the time to read your work and can't read fast enough to satisfy my curiousity.
The storytelling is so natural, it flows so smooth that I haven't even noticed that I'm at Chapter 10. Descriptions were always an issue for me, so I envy you really, because you are so talented at them!
I have noticed some spelling mistakes about where and were in the previous chapters and in this one a missing t at the end and we thought, but they are easy to fix and your choice of words and the quality of your fic doesn't suffer from it at all.
I think the story is just getting more and more interesting and can't wait to find out more about Maeve. I like how Harry changed, subtle chapter by chapter, but he matured and it's really good for him. I think that in HBP it was Snape that influenced him, he taunted him, he was picking at him etc. and somehow Harry realized that he shouldn't rise at every occasion. In your fic it's Maeve who has this cooling effect on Harry, and I think it's very plausible. I think that in the books he was influenced by men too much and that that womenly touch was missing. I'm very glad for Harry to have Maeve at his side.
I think we have now three cliffhangers at the end of Chapter 10 (Firenze's words, the laughter and Severus' concern) and I can barely wait to know what they all mean.
As for Maeve, I think she is a wonderful character, but so is her father (as a character, not as a person). And I now can say that I have seen very well written male OC too. Roderick Rampton was hilarious, I hope I can get a glimpse of him once more.
Back to reading,
sincerly yours, joanna
So, that's the end. It was a really enjoyable read and I feel sorry that it came to end. I wish I could have prolonged this.
A very nice ending here, especially with the spider, and a nice hint when Dumbledore smiled at Neville when he mentioned it as a good omen. I like Roderick, more precisely I like to dislike him. But that's just me.
The blue dress was hilarious and it should have been a clue, because Dumbledore said he knew Severus wouldn't wear anything else than black. A clue I missed. *hihi*
Maeve really grew on me and I can barely wait to read the sequel. (Thank Merlin, there is a sequel!)
I really enjoyed all the chapters and your storytelling reminds me of my grandmother who used to tell us old stories when we were lying in our beds in the summer.
The Irish folk myths and tales were so nicely fitted into this story, and I really enjoyed to meet some of the names I've learned about during my studies earlier on this subject.
Thanks for sharing this story with us and for making it so enjoyable. I'm happy for Snape that he found Maeve. And I still envy Maeve a bit!
Summary: A post-Hogwarts H/G fic. Strange circumstances draw Harry and Ginny closer together. But are they in danger? Romance, adventure, Monty Python, and tartan boxer shorts abound. Written pre-OOP.
I really liked this first chapter. Harry's speech was a really good one, and I like the funny bits you have incorporated. Especially this: it's Muggle tradition for the bridesmaids to look like some sort of pastry shop confection. It fits right into the theme of the bride dressing as a meringue. I've never imagined Harry a Quidditch star and Ginny working for the Ministry, but doesn't mean it couldn't be so. Girls chasing Harry after defeating Voldemort would be completely normal, on another note. So you have left us with a cliffhanger and I can wait to read more!
Summary: It's Hermione's 18th birthday, and a bottle of firewhiskey from the twins leads to an evening Harry will never forget...
A sweet little story. I liked the way Ron acted, you kept him in character. Hermione drinking firewhiskey? Well, I couldn't imagine that, but you had a reason but I still think Hermione wouldn't have done that, not even when Ron was picking on her. I liked the little details, like the reference to the singing valentine card. Very funny.
Summary: Remus Lupin has not always had an easy or a happy life, but now after resigning from a job he loved and enjoyed, he's forced to once again sulk on his lonely and bitter existence. Wallowing in his self-pity, Remus ventures into the Hog's Head, only to meet a erudite woman that may just help to disrupt the monotony his life has become. Remus/OC, Post-POA.
Great chapters so far!
Isabelle is a very intriguing character (beginning with her looks, her profession and especially her name!), and I really liked her, although there is still so much I don't know about her.
Anyway, I like her monologue and how you described the homes of the two.
And that parallel with Little Red Riding Hood? From a werewolf? I know you didn't go for the laughing effect, but it did make me laugh out.
Author's Response: It made me chuckle a bit too when I first wrote it, hee.
Thanks for the review!
Summary: Hermione and Snape's respective cures for writer's block turn out better than expected. HG/SS, End of 7th year. Response to the WIKTT writer's block challenge. COMPLETE
It was very entertaining. I liked it a lot.
Summary: “To another year of unchanging routines. New? Unlikely." Challenge Response, Complete, HG/SS.
I liked it. Very much. I had troubles with the last part where Hermione slips in, but after all it is a romance fic. But the picture you've painted of Severus alone in the staff room, toasting alone, drinking alone what so very well written! Thank you for sharing this idea with us!
Summary: After Sirius' death Harry is in his own private world of misery, but with Ginny's love and a plan to bring together his best friends, he is brought back to reality with much more than he expected...
Hi! I've loved your story. I think the slight change in the POVs was a good idea. Anyway, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your idea with us.
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Hi! Like they said it before, it made me cry at the end. It also made me laugh, esp. the names Sirius found for He-Who-Must-Die. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing this story with us.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. You're my 120th! I'm glad you liked it. :)
Summary: Why would Hagrid put a picture of Sirius Black with James and Lily in Harry's Photo album? And who would have sent the picture in the first place?
This was a wonderful one-shot and had so much emotion in it. I really like the idea you presented, I've always wondered from whom Hagrid got THAT picture. I've always thought Dumbledore gave it to him, but you are right, it's most likely that Remus had that one. The one thing I would change (and I'm speaking out of experience) is your summary. It is intriguing, but a bit short on information. But that's only my opinion. Anyway, I liked your story.
Summary: It's the ninth of January and Severus is trying to avoid his birthday but this year it's not going to be spent alone.
This is an offshoot of Harry Potter and the Daughter of Light but it didn't quite fit within the main story so it's a one shot.
That was a beautiful companion to your masterpiece! Those descriptions I've always adored made a shiver run down my spine. I've already said this, but Maeve is such a good character, I really like her.
Author's Response: Thanks, Joanna! I\'ve grown very attahced to Maeve. :-)
Summary: Harry, Ron and Hermione use the time turner so Ron can experience time travel and in doing so, alter a past event, causing their future to be drastically changed.
This was indeed an original story. I bet you have given the possibilities of a defect Time Turner a good amount of thoughts, therefore nothing seemed illogical. And I really enjoyed where you took us!
You have also kept your characters in-character. Especially Dumbledore. I have noticed though some OOC-ness about Hermione. I think she would have reprimanded Ron for kicking a poor Grindylow.
I have noticed some typos, but they weren't disturbing at all. What most disturbed me were the names of AURon and the rest of the AUWeasleys. Naming them after the actors who play Weasley-characters didn't work for me, but it may be only me. Also, I think Myrtle would have been too old for Arthur, but nevertheless it was an interesting twist in the story!
Hermione, we’re not gonna be there long enough to take a breath, let alone alter time… I really liked that sentence. I knew there would be something about that! Anyways, you have a great story here and I would like to congratulate upon finishing such a hard task.
Author's Response: Thanks for your review. I agree that Myrtle was older than Arthur. I estimated 15-20 years his senior. I figured that since witches/wizards seem to have longer life spans it may be in the realm of possibility that they could have hooked up. Sometimes you just have to take blind eye to disturbing facts :)
Summary: Harry, heavy with the summer's grief and his future's burden, begins his final year at Hogwarts. He will hide something from his two best friends, but he isn't the only one keeping secrets; there's a mysterious organization on the rise, and Hogwarts is under fire from the public. The truth about the past will be revealed, while secrets of the present are hidden, and Harry must struggle to find his own sense of morality, all while knowing that his destiny is to kill. SEQUEL to Harry's Sixth Year. This story is PRE-HBP
Hi! I came back. Just to tell you I really enjoy this. The explanation of why Voldemort didn't die sounded a bit confusing at first reading, but then I had to think about it and it made sense. of course, I have read HBP, but this is another way to explain it. I've enjoyed Hermione and Ron so far, and I'm really curious what will happen to the two of them. Siobhan is beginning to look okay, first I didn't like her too much, but now I want to find out more about her. And the prophecy about Snape? Brilliant idea!
I'm very much enjoying your story so far. There is a healthy amount of mix of sadness, love, humour and romance. Just like in the books. I loved the way you described Harry's feelings, and the wedding speeches so far. I liked Charlie's the best. And it's good to see how Harry matured after all those things.
Summary: A companion piece to Snape's Birthday and a little off-shoot of Harry Potter and the Daughter of Light. It helps if you have read Daughter of Light but it's also a stand alone piece if you fancy a bit of spring magic.
Tomorrow is a national holiday, so I decided to keep Severed Soul for that occasion, as I will have nothing to do for two days! But until that I'm reading your companion pieces and I really like them.
Something far more elemental was needed to bring fire and ice together without melting one or freezing the other and now its work was done. That was such a powerful imagery that I got a tingly feeling, after reading it.
I also like how Severus proposed. It was sweet. Well, I've never thought I would use sweet and Severus in one sentence, but look what I had just done! *hihi* Thanks for sharing this with us!
Summary: A few months after Lord Voldemort’s defeat at the hands of baby Potter, Alastor Moody makes a catch – a young man who bears a more than superficial resemblance to one of his colleagues, the dour Stephen Snape.
This is the tale of a hook-nosed man, his wife, and the things they pass down to their son: a story of love and hate, good intentions and bad decisions, black and white, and of making choices. Above all, it is a veritable tragedy of family likeness. An unsentimental and unusual take on Severus Snape's early years.
First of all, I think there is no need to tell you that you are very talented. I liked your way of writing and although I only read the prologue, I assume that this will be a great story! You have a way with words that impresses me very much.
The dialogue between Steve and Moody was right on spot! I really liked Moody's part. So well in character.
And Steve was written so well too! His background, his thoughts, everything.
Particularly liked the line "bewitched his mind and ensnared his senses". *hehe*
Summary: This story follows the Trio, Bill Fleur and Ginny after Hogwarts, Engagements and Marriages... and children. Bill and Fleur's daughter Millie is haunted at Hogwarts by her younger sister. The only “abnormal” thing about this haunting? She was believed dead … but is most definitely alive.
A very intriguing beginning, I must say. You have captured Bill and Fleur and yet show them in another light. These are the changes and everyone goes through them. The story has potential. I wonder what Voldemort will do now. I'll definitely read on.
There are some typos you may want to correct, but otherwise a very promising chapter.
Oh wow, WOW! There must be some good Karma floating my way; three reviews in one morning!
The typos, my biggest mistake. You see, I can't type very well. I don't type looking at the screen. *shruggsies* so i don't see words unfolding like
normal people. Unfortunatley, they usually happen to be words that are accepted by my dictionary on Word *winces* Though, once again, this is JUST the type of review i Need! The last four reviews have been absolutely brilliant... I wonder....
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I have read this prologue some time earlier, and then didn't have the time to read on, but now I have it, so I'm back!
I really liked how you showed us this family. At first, I didn't suspect anything, I even wondered, what's that got to do with Harry Potter? But then everything changed. I think it was when you mentioned that Rhea was 11.
I don't want to drone on before I read all the chapters, but I definitely will, because this Prologue is really-really well written and besides I have read an Excerpt on the "old" Forums, and that was really intriguing.
So, I will be coming back for more. *lol*
Author's Response: *grins* Welcome back, I hope you enjoy it!
Summary: How does Snape spend his birthday? Turns out the Potions master is a wee bit vain about a certain aspect of his appearance.
Hehe, a funny one. And I think Snape is vain. Just not for his looks, but for his brains, but anyway, good story. I like the Snape in your story, and Dumbledore is okay too. And that Snape has this little ritual, fantastic! Maybe you should work on your 'flow' a bit and then I think your writing combined with your sense of humour will bring your forward.