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: "You did not come here to play chess."
On New Year's Eve, Minerva McGonagall finds herself without the usual distractions of students and staff. She decides there is only one way to solve the puzzle before her, and that she will have to take a rather large chance.
This was a submission for the Redemption Challenge and contains huge howling unavoidable HBP spoilers.
McGonagall and Snape are my favourite characters after Dumbledore, so I've enjoyed this tremendously. I liked the chess game idea very much. Your writing style is very sophisticated. Ma favourite line: “If such a bond existed, Potter and I should now be not merely bonded, but conjoined – which would suit neither of us.” So Snape! *hehe*
Author's Response: In fact, I'm not sure which of them would be unhappier with that situation -- and you pulled the bunny line right out of the story. I had that and the chess game, and it grew from there. Thanks for reviewing!
A kiss is not just a kiss. After a disastrous Valentine's date with Cho, Harry finds himself alone with Luna and discovers what a kiss should be. Humour and Romance in a story that started with canon and went What If?
A very interesting story. Very 'twisty'. I liked the way it got out that Luna was only acting. And Harry with his tendency to 'save people'. You could always rely on that. Luna is the best. I also liked that you let us on what Cho was thinking. Good job.
Author's Response: Thank you! I don't know why Jo went from strongly hinting Harry/Luna at the end of OotP (she was the only one he could talk to about Sirius, she made him feel better) to having him be squirmy embarrassed to be around her and out of the blue rivited to the way Ginny's hair was "dancing" (conga, samba, disco?) but I still hope the HBP text influenced Harry in a similar manner to Riddle's diary, and he won't turn out to be a silly boy, after all, sigh.
Summary: Always he had been there. To cry, and to bear witness. He survived them all. Two centuries after the final battle, a solitary figure searches for solace in all that remains of his past; the shattered memories of yesteryears.
Hi! This was such a moving story. It *actually* brought me to tears at the ends. You've captured Dobby's spirit very well, and it's really an original idea you have here. I like the style you are writing, it's very sophisticated, but doesn't give the impression that you are trying hard, the story has a nice 'flow'. Your words at the beginning are very descriptive. I also like the new headmaster in your story, he is a very good character. Thank you for sharing this story with us!
Summary: The cats at Hogwarts have a world that only they know and understand. They have a part to play in the final year at Hogwarts. Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris have a major part to play when a spell meant for Harry gets them instead.
This story has not been abandoned. Due to having my Daughter, I have not had time to update it, but I do plan on continueing this in the near future.
Very interesting so far and very refreshing to have things see through someone/something else's eyes. Can't wait to read more. There were some orthographic mistakes, you might want to go back and correct them. But thad doesn't mean that I couldn't enjoy your story. I liked the way you paralleled the cats' world with the humans'. That Slytherin cats look down on half-bloods. It was a good read and I will come back to read on.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad that you are enjoying the story. Sorry about the spelling mistakes, I do my best, but that is one of my weak points. I do acknowledge that failing in my writing. I hope that you keep enjoying my story!
Summary: For Winter Snows Challenge 6, "Angels." Kristine has been alone for the holidays for years now, so how will she handle a small boy showing up at her door?
I liked your story, although I cannot imagine the Dursleys let him out caroling, unless Dudley hoped Harry could get some sweets and than he can take them away. ;-) But it was very well written, maybe your description lacked a bit of flow (this happens to me sometimes too ;-() but overall a sweet story.
Summary: Cedric Diggory was a promising young man, with his whole life before him, until he was murdered by the evil Lord Voldemort's servant Wormtail. The tragic end of such an exquisite young wizard. Or was it the end? Journey with Cedric through death. Where will he go? Who will he meet? Read this story to find out! Please review!!!
It was a really nice read. I liked the idea to look at that scene from a very different point of view.
There were some spelling mistakes (and one missing word, I think), but that didn't bothered me too much. The transitions were a bit of problem, but I think otherwise it was a very good fic.
You have definitely captured Cedric's spirit and I liked your fic, and that comes from a HP fan who doesn't really like Cedric.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! It's good to hear what people think of my story, for I am a first time writer and I want to know how my stories are(from reader's point of view). Keep on reading (and writing of course!)
Summary: It is argued that the most minuscule of occurrences can shape the course of history irrevocably. Butterflies flapping their wings overzealously, missing a train/forcing open the sliding doors of a train and catching it/getting your finger stuck in the sliding doors of a train as you attempt to force them open and having to run alongside it for the duration of the journey as an alternative to having it ripped off…and other such minutiae. Thus it was that, on a cold, wet night seventeen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog’s Head Inn, that Severus Snape made his (skid)mark. The History of the Potterverse is now at stake, and it remains for Lily Potter (with a little help from Lupin) to sort it all out. BE YE WARNED - this story contains pants. Underpants. (This story is intended as a bit of light-hearted fun and should be read as such, even if it is rather OOC!) Final chapter is up! Gather round, my children, and witness the astonishing finale!
Hi, fellow Ravenclaw!
I think this story was pretty entertaining, although I don't read many humour fanfics (because they lack humour and then it doesn't make sense, you see), but you made me laugh.
Best lines for me:
Snape remembered his old headmaster’s devotion to these garments and allowed himself a vindictive leer.
Socks. Oh, Dumbledore! *tears*
The pants, however, had been the worst.
Simple line, but that was where I have laughed the best.
and was heard to mutter a word that made the infant Hermione, many miles away, say “Ron!” in a reproving voice. It was the beginning of a lifelong habit.
All in all a very good start and Snape isn't that OOC.
Author's Response: Thanks a lot! Well I had to say it was OOC because there are lots of warnings about it dotted around the site and I didn't want to be killed, be it by hard-core Snape fans or by anybody else! Yay Ravenclaw, and thanks for revieving x
Haha! Pantomancy! Really liked that idea, but not the imagery, I guess. Dumbledore wearing Snape's pants? Ughh...
Anyways, good chapter, with some hilarious ideas and lines. I have to tell that I quite liked the idea of Dumbledore's of imposing membership fee. Clever! And the sentence: "The reader is now to be spared any snivelling answer given by James Potter because it is at this point that Albus Dumbledore, with no thought for the already strained nerves of Lily Potter and the likelihood of her reaction to a sudden intrusion being both swift and brutal, apparates inside their godforsaken hovel." is simply hilarious!
Author's Response: Thanking ye! Yes, it is a rather nasty idea...
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A very interesting beginning I might say. I liked the magic Lily accidentally used, I mean the levitating part, the other one didn't sound that believable, but hey, you are the writer you know what's going on. I liked how you described Petunia and Lily's parents, they are all very plausible. Keep up the good writing, you have a nice 'flow' in your story.
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Hi! I really enjoyed this story, Charlie is one of my favourite characters.
Angie is such a good character, she really sounds believable. I liked your descriptions, and that for example you wrote what Angie wore but not how she exactly looked. That leaves space for the imagination.
I also liked the dialogues between Charlie and Angie. Her calling him a magician was brilliant! It was just right to demonstrate how different Muggles and Wizards are.
In a one-shot you've just created this whole person and it is a hard to thing to do, but you've succeeded.
Thanks for sharing this little story with us.
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! Ennalee wanted non-major characters... so... Angie just seemed like the perfect outdoorsy type for Charlie ;) I'm glad you liked her!
Summary: Death can stop your breath. But what can it do to love?
Wow, this was beautiful! So full of emotions! You have pictured Fleur very well, and I like the last sequence very much. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Author's Response: Thanks a million, joanna, dear. Glad you liked it! :)
Summary: Written for the Holidays Abroad term challange by AshNight of Ravenclaw.
Time turns; clocks tick; people grow up and live their own lives. Within the Parkinson family a small gold chain is passed through the generations, linking those who have struggled with those who are. In the midst of sorrow, a chain of hope keeps the family strong. Time turns; clocks tick and Pansy Parkinson is about to receive the necklace.
A billion hugs to Thor, my fantastic beta. Don't worry, it'll work this time!
This is a very promising beginning. Can't wait to find out how Pansy gets involved.
You have described the scene and the mood in a very interesting way. I liked how the siblings interacted.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you so very much. I really tried to set the whole mood in the prologue. As for the siblings, I take it from my own experiences with my younger sister. It's supprising that we get along so well yet we're complete opposites. But, thank you so very much for reading and reviewing!
Summary: Taking place after HBP. Professor Snape has been found to be a spy and He-who-must-not-be-named has imprisoned him in an enchanted cottage, until he can find a use for the Potions Master.
Well, I really enjoyed this chapter, Tina. And to tell the truth, I don't mind the cliffhangers... *giggles*
I really liked that you used Peter as the impostor, Bellatrix had been the too obvious choice.
The newly made up spell is ingenious, even if it's really-really bad. I think that's the kind if thing Voldemort would use, or Bellatrix, in this case.
Well done, and I'm patiently waiting for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Oh joanna, I am so happy that you are enjoying my story. It is so nice to have those I chat with giving me feedback on my writing. I am glad that at least someone enjoys my cliffies. Peter was a tough choice. I originally had Voldy going in there himself, but then I was talked out of it, and I am glad that I was. Voldy would have put a lot more tension into the plot, tension that I didn\'t need at this point. I also didn\'t want to over-use Bellatrix. I realize that currently I have Bellatrix as Voldemort\'s right hand gal, so I figured she would be staying close to home and not going in and taking out frustrations on poor Hermione. My handy dandy Latin-English online dictionary is a haven of nastiness when it comes to spells. I just take the one that sounds the best and think how it would work. This one needed to be something that would incapacitate and be visual. Your patience is appreciated, working on Chapter 9 now. ~woo
Just dropping in to leave a review. I really like this story and the setting is wonderful. Snape in a cottage... with Hermione.
Anyways, keep up the good work, you really write in a way that makes your readers ask for more.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review Joanna. I have been going through a period where I wasn\'t sure my writing was up to snuff. I have been reading so many other wonderful stories, I was beginning to feel completely inadequate. Having said that, I have completed my move (pretty much) and Chapter Six is on the way. Thanks again!
This was just wonderful! I really am begging for more.
Both characters were right on spot and their thoughts were so easy to relate to (even if I've never been in such a situation, thank God).
I found Bellatrix' interest in the state of Snape's hair intriguing and thought and thought why she would want it clean.
Bellatrix emphasized the last and then smirked as if she had an amusing secret that she was dying to tell someone but could not.
This sentence made me then realize what they were planning. And it's so Bellatrix!
And what a cliffhanger again! Poor-poor Hermione, will she realize that it's only a substitute?
Although I really pity Hermione, somehow I feel more commpassion for our Severus. (The Snape-fan in me, I'm sure :).
Author's Response: joanna, I am so glad that you are enjoying my story, and feel that my characterisation is good as I always worry about that. I can\'t wait for you to read the first part of Chapter Eight, you are going to love it, love it I say. Ok now that I have really messed with your head. I will go. But don\'t worry, I am a Snape fanatic too. muuuhahahaha
Oh poor-poor Severus! How will he be ever able to convince Hermione that he is no agent for Voldie? *anticipates next chapter with anxiety*
I really liked this chapter, although I was sad that they didn't talk that much. However, watching each other is almost as good if not better than speaking.
There were several great moments in this chapter. Hermione's table filled with food was hilarious, I just kept seeing that in my mind's eye. And the chase and gripping of arm scene was really my favourite. It's a really good stand to go on from.
Oh and Voldie reprimanding Bella... It was really-really well in character, for both of them.
But poor-poor Severus. He is taken away from Hermione. *cries*
Author's Response: Yes, sometimes silence can be more enjoyable than incessant chattering (to quote my dear Severus). I think I am ready now to branch out and include other characters. I am glad that the Voldemort/Bellatrix scene worked out so well. I really had a fun time with my brit-picker over Hermione\'s meal. Apparently I had a whole bunch of food on that table that the British just do not eat. So we had a lot of back and forth, give and take on that one. It was quite fun. I also enjoyed the chase. I like putting a bit of action into a story, and when you are trapped in a small house running from room to room is about the best you can do. Getting thirsty for some lemonaide? I know I am.
Challenge: The Journalism Challenge
Challenge number: 3; Interview
Summary: Ginny Weasley has emerged from the Chamber of Secrets with a new knowledge of life. Gemma sets out to discover her story.
I can't believe that only Lys commented on this. It was really great! I read the challenge and I think that this is a fantastic response.
You have shown us that reporters are people too, they have feelings and they can be out there to get to know the people and people's stories. Not everyone of them needs to be Rita Skeeter (and I think that she started out like that, she was interested in people).
I was really touched by the end.
“I want to leave him behind,” she murmured.
This was very powerful, I think. And Ginny's remark that she could see where Gemma kept her brain, well, it was brilliant to say in this situation.
Author's Response: Thank you! Well, yes, I\'m a journalist, and I\'m not evil! Well, not all the time. I\'m glad you liked it.. and I think Ginny would identify Gemma\'s brain to assure herself she could trust her. Thanks for reviewing and picking up on all of that!
Summary: Salazar Slytherin is old and weary, but still working his own brand of magic. He finds himself in a tavern in the northern town of Alnwick, reflecting on what was, and on what could have been.
I really like the childhood you worked out for Salazar. It was very original and to place it into Afghanistan was really creative and unique. Your description of Kabul was fantastic, the imagery took me right there, to the middle of the city; I heard the shouts, I smelled the spices and the scents of the Orient.
Even at this age, Salazar wanted power.
This was a very powerful sentence at that place of the story.
When he realised what the slave traders wanted to do with him, his thoughts were right on spot for the future Salazar Slytherin. They were going to put him with those people, those battered, half-people...
This is a really great fic!
The Naughty Penguin Society
Author's Response: I loved writing about Kabul, and it seems to have shown. Glad you enjoyed it, you naughty penguin you!
Summary: The war is done and a young girl finds herself in what will be her home for the next seven years. What she meets there will amaze, astound and...confuse?
Everything gets thrown around. Pillows, cheese, turnips,” he said, ticking them off on his fingers. “Pizza, marshmallows, Muggles that are charmed to find their way in here... *coughBushcough*
And I say, finally, Slian! It has been such a good writing, it was a shame it didn't went up sooner. ;)
But, now it's up for everyone's reading pleasure, and I think it's really a pleasure. Especially, reading Luna!
She gaped. “But you're-you're-“
Luna looked down at herself, her wide eyes bright. “Yes. I do suppose I am. I am here, after all. So I must be.” You have to like this exchange! It's completely Luna! And the Cootie Conspiracy! Hilarious!
One of these days we shall convince *coughblackmailcough* poultry to let us have another one of those, what do you say?
It did go up sooner. It went up ages ago into general, I was told it had to go into humor. Put it in humor, then deanine found a plot hole. Urgh. I\'m glad it\'s finally up too. And that could be my absolutly favorite bit in the whole thing. Thanks for reviewing!
Summary: Peter Pettigrew meddles with things he probably shouldn't, and Severus and Hermione take tea together.
This is a little alternate universe off-shoot of my Daughter of Light series, provoked by a very naughty PM from Jenna this morning. There are scenes of a sexual nature - you have been warned. This will probably be a few chapters in length.
Wow, Jan! I already said that when I commented on that old drabble that you should really write more Hermione/Snape. Even though I have the feeling that they won't last you could convert someone to the "dark side" with this masterpiece of emotions!
I read the first part last week and now the second chapter. I really like how you described Severus' and Maeve's reactions to the new situation. And although I'm a Hermione/Severus shipper, I hope that he and Maeve come together again. They are meant to be (like Hermione and Severus)!
I really liked the second chapter, but I'm also curious about Peter. What did he put in that tea? And how will Remus go on?
Very interesting, masterfully written, and I beg for more;). And the fact that YOU are writing this adds to the entertainment factor!