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I am junior at Michigan State University, although my fiction has been lying dormant since I was a junior in high school! My favorite character is Tonks...closely followed by Fred and George. I also like Andromeda a lot, but I'm not sure if she really counts, seeing as she's never actually in the books.

Most of the time I am a die-hard canon shipper, although I grudgingly accept NEARLY anything well written.

Outside the world of Harry Potter I doodle, do TaeKwonDo, and procrastinate professionally. I adore Art History, shopping, sock monkies, Cirque du Solei, lemonade, Chex Mix, sleep, and singing badly.

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I've scored as both a Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw on these quizzes. The mugglenet fanfiction forums (which has the best test I've seen so far) said I was Ravenclaw...so maybe I am. I still like to think of myself as a Hufflepuff. Woo!! Go Duffers!

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Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 11/22/05 Title: None

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this story!!!! I read something similar, but with MM (magic mail instead of email) on a different fanfic website that was really good. So I was really excited to see yours!!!! Its really funny so far...but I thought Malfoy's screename was "Potter's Hoodie" at first, which was confusing (as you might imagine) but I figured it out in the end. You could actually work that into your story as a joke....;-p Really entertaining story. I'm going to keep following this one for sure.

Author's Response: oh goodness, thanks! yeah, the second part here is in moderation que...but I hope to get it up soon! and more after that! thanks for following it!

Author's Response: oh goodness, thanks! yeah, the second part here is in moderation que...but I hope to get it up soon! and more after that! thanks for following it!

Dear Dumby by Oppungo

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: What happens when Dumbledore has his latest "brilliant" idea, to start an advice column, and call it 'Dear Dumby'? Letters from some of our favourite Hogwarts students, some of our not so favourite Hogwarts students, some not even Hogwarts students at all, and, of course, lots of madness!

Pre-HBP for obvious reasons!
Nominee for the Best Humour Award in the Quicksilver Quill Awards! Many thanks to all who voted for it!
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 11/18/05 Title: Chapter 1: The Notice

I don't like the "Dear Dumby" part... It think you could have found a better word. Aside from that this story has great potential. I'm psyched for more.

Author's Response: Well, I'm sorry you didn't really like 'Dear Dumby', but I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks for reviewing!

Ginny's Midnight Drama by Mind_Over_Matter

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

Oh no! Ginny has found her in an emergency situation of dire need. Harry lies before her and Ron and Hermione are long gone. Whatever shall she do? Well, it looks like Ginny is feeling a bit Dramatic.

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 11/18/05 Title: Chapter 1: Wake Up, Harry!

I laughed. It was good fun, not completely brilliant, but good fun. Cute. Really enjoyed it.

Author's Response: It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing, I confess, but I'm glad it holds /some/ merit... ^^ Thanks so much for reviewing!

Author's Response: Ohohohoh - also, I /love/ your username.

The Dialogues of Harry Potter by William of Baskerville

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

What if Harry Potter were written in the style of Plato? What kinds of questions might our intrepid adventurers discuss? The chapters of this story are written by students in a University Freshman class.

In this first dialogue, Harry seeks an answer to the question, "What is Education?"

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 11/13/05 Title: Chapter 1: Zach L. 2005

At first I thought this story was a joke. Now, I'm just confused plain and simple. Is this really for a class? Why is it under "Humor Fics"? What is the meaning of life?

The New Surprise by rache

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •

Hi everyone just to say this story is finished, there will not be any more chapters. Sorry if that wasn't clear beforeb>

Harry and Ginny are married, with a seven-year old daughter. As Ginny finds out she is pregnant with her second child, memories come back to her, good and bad. The war is over, and everyone feels safe. Shouldn’t they? Strange things are happening, mysterious plots are being formed, putting Harry and his loved ones in danger. Everyone knows he will do anything for the people he loves…Especially Ginny.

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 11/22/05 Title: Chapter 1: Strange beginnings

Pretty good. Not much of a plot showing up so far though. I'm trusting it gets better as it goes! :-)

Author's Response: yeah, hopefully you will find it gets better soon...i will try make it more interesting :)

Avoiding Boredom by Madnessisme

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Jimmy Peakes is living in the middle of a war. And yet, he's bored stiff. Demelza Robins thinks the exact opposite. When she walks in on his 'bored monolouge', she has a few things to say ... An entry for the Winter Snows Holiday Challenge. Madnessisme, of Slytherin. Challenge 3: A Kiss For The Ages.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 12/06/05 Title: Chapter 1: Avoiding Boredom

Oh, dear. I'm not very good at finding grammar mistakes, so submitting a review after someone that is can be slightly embarrasing for me. I really liked your story. Jimmy and Demelza (oh dear, I'm not sure if that was spelled correctly) both were extremely realistic characters, as were their reactions to the war and each other. I loved reading your story and it left me smiling...which is definitely a good thing.

Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, you spelled 'Demelza' right. And don't worry, I feel like that all the time when I'm reviewing a story! I'm not a very good reviewer, sadly. I'm glad that it left you smiling. Thanks again!

In the Eyes of Others by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: Professors •
Summary: Severus has never seen the appeal of repetition, particularly of things that ended badly the first time. In his life, he has kept one pet, owned one broom, and had one close friend.

Winner of Mod Quicksilver Quill for Best Novel! Thanks, all!

Rating and warnings do not apply to all chapters; I just didn't want anyone hooked and then shocked.
"What is it?" His mother held out her hand, and he put the letter in it wordlessly. "Are you eleven already?"

His father lowered the newspaper to look at the calendar. "Yesterday. ‘Appy birthday." And that was the end of that.

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/20/06 Title: Chapter 14: What Is Deserved

I'd been waiting for the "Snape's Worst Memory" part for ages...and now I'm about to burst into tears over poor Severus...and I never cry over books.

Author's Response: Aww. Sorry -- er -- good -- er... Well, anyway, I\'m glad to find that he\'s become a sympathetic character for you. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/21/06 Title: Chapter 1: The Letter

After reading that chapter, I now feel hopelessly inadequate as a writer. That was...excellent. It's canon, but still very unique. I love Mrs. Snape's character. You gave the reader a TON of information on Severus and his family in just one chapter. It really makes you think, too. One million and a half out of ten!

Author's Response: *blush* Aw, shucks. I\'m really flattered now, and as always proud of the \"makes you think.\" I\'m glad you\'re enjoying the story so far. See what you got into by reading one little humor fic?

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/21/06 Title: Chapter 2: Soap on the Hogwarts Express

Wow, once again, a lot was put into one little chapter! Sirius was certainly a big meanie-head, if I may say so. But it was done well. Not a I'm'-a-horrible-person meanie-head. Just...Sirius. The comparison of picking up friends to playing jacks was great. And where he wanted to stuff all his problems in the trash bin with thier "feet sticking out". Very funny. I love that Lily has a toad, mostly because it was unexpected. I think that is enough raving for one review. Haha. This chapter is definitely another very large number out of ten!

Author's Response: Lily just had to have a toad. Hagrid said they went out of fashion years ago, but for them to have ever been in fashion, someone like Lily would have had to have one. And it said so much about her, too... Again, thanks for the really nice review!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/22/06 Title: Chapter 3: Sorting

I especially enjoyed Severus having the exact opposite wishes as Harry's at the Sorting. It fit in nicely with him finding Gryffindor the house of "mean-spirited arrogant berks". The counting of seconds at the Sorting seemed just the sort of thing a little Snape would do. Lastly I also liked the pointing out of interesting people at the Slytherin table. It seemed so natural. I'm still uber-impressed with your writing, although a bit apprehensive about all the warnings attached to this story. There were a lot!

Author's Response: For some reason Harry and Severus seem to insist on having similar moments that turn out very differently. Both are independent enough to argue with the Sorting Hat, and a bit mistrustful of it. Both find themselves dropped into a radically different world from their lives at home. Percy points out professors and acts like a large and very pompous watchdog for Harry; Lucius -- well, he\'s Lucius, and that\'s another matter altogether. I\'m glad you\'re enjoying this, and appreciate the feedback! (Yes, lots of warnings. The birthday thing is an unusually light bit for me, and for Severus for that matter.)

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/20/06 Title: Chapter 17: A Bribe of Sorts

I really got a laugh out of the "tea plantation during the rainy season" joke. As usual, Snape's actions and perspectives as an adult are expertly and logically set up while maintaining his role as the hero of the story...hence why this is pretty much one of the best fan fictions ever.

Author's Response: Wow. Totally flattered. He\'s always struck me as a character that would be perfectly logical if we just had all the facts -- which we never will, I\'m sure. He\'s certainly perfectly logical from his own perspective, anyway, and aren\'t we all the hero of our own stories? Thanks for the review. I\'m glad you\'re enjoying the read!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/27/06 Title: Chapter 46: Afterward

Wow, what an ending. I had been suspecting that "Afterward" would include Harry at Hogwarts, and am very pleased that it did. The begining bit with the snake was a bit odd, though. The last line was great. The story was great. Like Kerian said, this story is a masterpeice and like you said much earlier, look what I got into by reading a little one-shot. This deserves a kajillion thumbs up (if that wasn't a number it is now, and a really big one at that). So, what story of yours do you reccomend that I read next? I'm not a big slash fan...so I'm a little hesitant about the "Blue Eyes AnotherWord" series, but I still love your writing!

Author's Response: *tries to remember where you started* Ah, yes, the birthday story. To go back in time, you would want \"Eileen Loves Toby\" and \"Broken Silence.\" \"Amazing and Adaptable...\" has a Severus moment you might enjoy, and it\'s one for all those people who wonder what Severus was thinking when Harry was around, according to me. So is \"Flash of Scarlet.\" More Marauder-era, nonslash, would be \"Curse of the Toad.\" For the relationship of Severus to Draco, \"Discovering the Bible...\" and \"Bedtime.\" [/shameless storypimping]

I agree about the snake scene -- for one thing, it\'s the only time we\'re outside the main point of view -- but it was a quick way to show the man that Severus had grown into without Lily, and that he\'d never dealt with losing her, without wallowing in his own thoughts on the matter. About three seconds before I submitted the chapter, I realized it HAD to be there, so I backed out, wrote it, proofread it, and put it up.

Thank you for all the lovely reviews, especially this last. Happy reading! There\'s plenty there that isn\'t slash at all. The AnotherWord series is purely optional.

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/26/06 Title: Chapter 32: Letters from New Moravia

I love Chicago! The letters are fun and funny (the host family certainly sounds quirky). I especially enjoyed how you only used Snape's letters but still managed to let on what was up with Lily. Thumbs up.

Author's Response: Thanks! As you may have noted from the other reviews, there was some resistance to the trip from the readership. Ah well. He had to pick up \"dream team\" somewhere, and if ever there was a Hogwarts student who would want to spend a little time somewhere else, as far away as possible... Happy reading!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/24/06 Title: Chapter 28: Fear

Just for the record, I think that Hawk was a sort of talent scout for the bad guys. I suppose speculation on a completed story isn't worth much but...

Author's Response: I think you\'re probably speculating correctly, though didn\'t try to get into Hawk\'s head if I could avoid it. And of course he was trying to get whatever the Dark Lord has been trying to get. Speculate if you like; he\'s elsewhere now. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/19/06 Title: Chapter 13: Defensive Moments

I started reading this story more like a novel than a fan ficton, which is perhaps why I was slacking when it came to reviews. This chapter certainly had a lot of crazy stuff in it. The Marauders are being crazy-jerks! I was upset! Your Madam Pomfery is wonderful, she fits in perfectly with the way JKR portrays her. I'm finding the "Dumbledore's Initials" jokes nearly impossible to follow, perhaps because I am simply lacking in Snape's intellect. Hmmmmm... I also like Lily's lines about how everyone "has some good quality or other if you look hard enough". It reminded me a lot of the diary of Anne Frank (which I just finished reading). Will she keep that perspective as the war progresses? I shall see...

Author's Response: Sign of a true geek -- I actually worked out Dumbledore\'s numerology and then that of a couple of vegetables. \"Broccoli\" did seem to work, which is the sort of thing math geeks love and nobody else gets. I\'m glad you like this Pomfrey, and Lily\'s outlook on most of humanity.

The Marauders are indeed being jerks, but they probably feel pretty justified in it from their own perspective. It doesn\'t make them right in the grand scheme of things, necessarily, and of course Severus doesn\'t think much of it. I doubt James ever told the others exactly why he\'s so furious, so the rest of the gang just assumes the worst and behaves accordingly. Boys can be pigheaded when it comes to matters of embarrassment in front of girls.

I certainly don\'t mind if you start reading as though this is a novel! In fact, thanks! That\'s rather flattering. And also thanks for the review. I like seeing where you\'ve gotten to.

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/13/06 Title: Chapter 8: Nonverbal Notes

So if this is kept up, it certainly explains Lily's exceptional potions skill, and perhaps Snape's as well. The "nonverbal notes" were rather clever, the "dialogue" there even more so. They are quite extraordinary students, aren't they?

Author's Response: They are indeed. Bright kids and with a tendency to channel it maybe somewhere not utterly approved while being quite bright enough not to get caught at it too often. It seemed odd to me that every other subject has the possibility of the homework \"Practice,\" but in Potions you are pretty much dropped in the cauldron to see if you sink or swim. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/13/06 Title: Chapter 9: Wands Away

Wow, a lot of set up for Half-Bood Prince here...the experimentation, the "Prince". Not to mention the "no need to call me Sir" comment. And the term "marauders". It was all placed into the plot very nicely, I thought. I love seeing things from inside of Snape's head, its such a different perspective!

Author's Response: Thanks! The \"Sir\" scene in HBP struck me as very odd. Harry overreacts in public to having a wand pointed at him, and gets a detention for it, all perfectly fine, but he also wisecracks that line and what he gets for that seems to be a joke hidden in the detention (which he doesn\'t get.) Only Crabbe the Contemptible has ever needed protective gloves to deal with flobberworms, and every sixth-year student knows that. It made me wonder who else had said that, and to whom. Whenever Severus does not have an immediate comeback for something, we have evidence later that he was probably sifting out six un-Professorish thoughts before saying what he\'s expected to, rather than \"Wish I\'d had an Invisibility Cloak when I was your age...\"

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/13/06 Title: Chapter 8: Nonverbal Notes

So if this is kept up, it certainly explains Lily's exceptional potions skill, and perhaps Snape's as well. The "nonverbal notes" were rather clever, the "dialogue" there even more so. They are quite extraordinary students, aren't they?

Author's Response: Practice always helps, doesn\'t it? Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/30/06 Title: Chapter 4: Getting Along

This was very funny, very good. I especially liked the part where the Slytherins were trying to tuck his father's choice words away for later. That and Malfoy hoping that he could get his room back due to flying mishaps. I found the "bolting" during flying lessons a little confusing, I had to go back and reread. Lastly, I found James's interactions with Severus to be very interesting. It should be fascinating to see how their relationship progresses. All in all, great chapter!

Author's Response: I\'ll ponder the \'bolting\' -- you\'re probably right and it could probably be better. Thanks for the review! (Again! Wow!)

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/13/06 Title: Chapter 10: Levicorpus

You write very entertaining Quidditch games, which always seems like a difficult thing to do. So, bravo! Poor Snape, all bashed up. Was that intentional of James. Anyways, Iiked the way you wrote that last bit, with the crash and Snape's focus on his poor smashed broomstick. And lastly, Huzzah for levicorpus! I was waiting for that to make an appearance!

Author's Response: You know, I\'m still not sure if James was being recklessly indifferent, deliberately dangerous, or just honestly not paying attention to where his rival was right that instant. Thanks for liking the Quidditch games -- I can certainly see why JKR got sick of them, though.