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09/30/05




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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In the Eyes of Others by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: Professors • 409 Reviews
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: 05/23/06 Title: Chapter 24: In the Tea Leaves

Petunia seems okay. Actually, she seems quite a bit like me. I hope I never become as bitter as she does. Haha. On a separate note, I loved the blatant foreshadowing here.

Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! I had fun trying to guess what Petunia might have been like pre-Vernon and pre-Dudley, dealing with witches and wizards popping in for tea at odd moments as they turned seventeen. That might be enough to make anyone a little neurotic. As for the blatant foreshadowing -- well, isn\'t that what tea leaves are for? It was the only thing Severus ever got out of the Divination class, though.



Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/05/06 Title: Chapter 5: The Black Feather

Malfoys constantly-surprising attitude towards Snape makes him all the more terrifying. Of course, I can't say I wasn't a little bit terrified of Severus when he killed the ants like that. I felt so bad about Ink, but worse for poor Severus Thats about it. Short chapter, really. Bueno.

Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing. It\'s a rather -- sobering -- chapter, isn\'t it? It\'s interesting that you\'re the first person to mention finding Severus himself a little terrifying at this point.



Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/05/06 Title: Chapter 6: Quidditch in the Rain

I wrote a top-notch review for this chapter and my stupid computer had to go and prevent me form submiting it. So I'm bitter. Sorry, had to complain. Okay, lets see what I said before....This chapter had a lot in it. I agree with Severus that November is a terrible time for sports. Much too cold. His interactions with James are still fascinating, and the traveling cockroach cluster was quite funny. Are he and James all downhill from here? *sigh* I wasn't surprised to see Bella shooting down the crows, but Severus's abiltity to repress emotion astounds me, especially here. I would have completely freaked out (and probably been killed...but of course I wouldn't have had the foresight either). The questions at the end definitely are puzzling. *Walks off staring at the ceiling in a thoughtful manner and runs back to say...* Good chapter! Me gusta.

Author's Response: !Gracias! The computers do that to me sometimes too, but this review does just fine. James... My intuition is that a person who was almost a friend and betrayed that trust is worth a lot more bile than a person who was never a friend in the first place. *Sigh* indeed. Severus represses a lot of emotion, more or less storing things up for more (or less) useful times, and this is a year later, too. He\'s had a lot of time to wall things away. Thanks again for the review, and I\'m very happy to learn that you are staring thoughtfully at your ceiling.



Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/08/06 Title: Chapter 7: In Which Severus Redecorates, and Malfoy's Weakness Is Discovered

That was really funny, especially the way some of the sudents were willing to pay. I'm willing to bet that a lot of the pure-blood Slytherins have no concept of money. The only thing that bothered me... if the ceiling had that spell put on it, wouldn't it just show the dirt, plants, algae, etc that has accumulated on it insted of a lovely view of grindelow and squid? Just a thought. The whole idea of looking up at the lake was a really cool one, though.

Author's Response: Dirt, plants, algae... erm. Does the Great Hall\'s ceiling edit out leaf-drift? Somehow the mud lacks a certain aesthetic appeal, so I\'m going to hand-wave and pretend it\'s part of the roof, although a view of the muck has its own comedic potential, I admit. The very best view, though, is of Malfoy\'s face, and Severus intends to savor every Knut\'s worth of that! Thanks for reviewing again!



A Moment Like This by Wise Owl

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 55 Reviews
Summary:

The prequel to this story Hear Me is officially up.

This a one-shot song fic based on Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of “A Moment Like This!" Ginny has gone back to Hogwarts for her sixth year...but should she really be there at all? As she travels in the Knight Bus she thinks back on every thing thats happened. The question is, what's her final destination? This is a story about her finding her true love and where she belongs.

HBP SPOILERS

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 12/16/05 Title: Chapter 1: A Moment Like This

Holy canole! I love all your fanfics! Although, I think that reviewing your other story has corrupted me. I couldn't help but think about the look on saveginny417's face when Dean kissed Ginny. Haha. But it was a beautiful story, and even though I'm not a fan of songfics... I smiled, and sniffled a little.

Author's Response: OMG it's like all my reviewers crossed over to read this fanfic on the same day! And you all left reviews!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! No one has better reviewers! Ok...I know! You want me to respond to your review!

HAHAHA saveginny417 was a trooper! She allowed Ginny's kiss with Dean because it served the greater good!!! I (also) imagined that she would be rather cross when she knew that Dean was kissing Ginny in place of Harry. Hehe! I love the group dynamic all my reviewers have formed...you build on each others clues...latch onto different aspects of the story...and, most amusingly, you have learned to recognize how your fellow reviewers will react to a scene in a chapter! How fun!!! Oh my, it was difficult to write this song fic. I didn't really know what I was doing...the story was rejected three times I believe! I finally managed to get it right though! I've taken enough of your time...toodles for now...see you in the other fanfic!



Where Laughter Dies by Noldo

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 36 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: In the beginning of the Christmas holidays, Sirius Black runs away from home and will not return for twenty years. A warning for mild language.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 12/27/05 Title: Chapter 1: Where Laughter Dies

Hmmmm...that wasn't too dark. I liked it...a LOT. You have an amazing writing style--very unifque. I am in love with your parentheses. Yes, once again I loved everything about one of your stories.



99 Red Balloons by Seaspray

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 27 Reviews
Summary: ONE SHOT. Luna Lovegood finally realises the answer to a problem that has puzzled her for years. A short songfic about love, loss and letting go. Written for the SQ Songfic challenge.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/13/06 Title: Chapter 1: n/a

This is going in my favorites! The imagery was great! The wording was perfect! I want to give Luna a big hug! I have been reduced to only speaking with exclamation points! Ten out of Ten!



Andantino by Noldo

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: On Andromeda and decisions and loves and regrets. Poetry, peculiar.

No fixed rhyme scheme or meter; jumps to and fro between styles rather erratically.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 12/27/05 Title: Chapter 1: Andantino

This probably sounds lame but...I agree with the other guys, all the way. I don't usually like poetry, but I certainly enjoyed that.



Day of the Spoons by bajab

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 29 Reviews
Summary: Comedy one shot about Hermione and her penchants for the rights of others.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 12/23/05 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter one

BWA-HA-HA!!!!!!!! I was laughing so hard!!! That was so creative! I loved it. Insulting the emotional capacity of a teaspoon...*giggle*. 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author's Response: Nobody ever thinks about the little guy...



My Amortentia by Auror81692

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 77 Reviews
Summary: The night after Ron was poisoned, Hermione must have felt awful. I mean, she hadn't spoken to him in months. So, what if she went to see him? And what do their Amortentia smells have to do with it all?
Reviews are greatly appreciated, good or bad!!!!!!!!

Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: My Amortentia

I don't have much to say about the story, it was pretty good. That meaning it was fluffy and made me smile. But I think you shoud rewrite your summary. It seems a little amature (I hope that is spelled right or I'll sound so hypocritical).

Author's Response: Um, ok, I\'ll take a look....hmm....I didn\'t think it was ametuer...



Mummy's Story by sesiliah

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 58 Reviews
Summary: Seven years after the Second Wizard War, a mother tells her daughter the story of the man she loves, who disappeared after the war ended to save his and his lover’s life. The Wizarding World has settled down again, peace returning to them after the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Written in first person, present tense, from the point of view of a seven year old girl.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/13/06 Title: Chapter 2: To Know Your Name

I am really enjoying the story, although I am mildly upset that Narcissa was named after her grandmother...seeing as what a negative meaning the name has. Nonetheless...it's a pleasent read. Some of the words are a bit large for a small child, but it isn't too bothersome.

Author's Response: Oh! That didn\'t even cross my mind. I\'m not quite as clever as JKR! x.x Yeah, I know Cissy sounds too old to be seven, I\'m trying. ^^\" Thanks for the review!



Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/13/06 Title: Chapter 3: Never Forgot

Me gusta mucho. I have never seen a seven-year-old's revalations written so well. Simple, profound. For her and the reader. Luna makes me smile. I am usually an obsessive canon shipper but I am really enjoying your fic.

Author's Response: I think this is the first review I\'ve gotten saying, \"I love how well you portrayed the seven-year-old!!\" Mostly I just get, \"She sounds too old.\" Thank you for that!! I\'m glad you\'re enjoying it. More up soon!



Fountain of Magical Brethren by bajab

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: The Ministry contracts an aged artist to create a new fountain. Comedy one shot set after HBP.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 02/22/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter one

Artemis isn't just a girl's name. Artemis Fowl is a boy character in a series of books. And a friend of mine has a male cockatoo named Artemis. It is a good wizard's name. The story was nice. At the end there was trouble with the boldface and italics, you could see the symbols. I enjoyed the butter references and Artemis's quirky character. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank you. I have fixed the symbol problem (don't know how it it got validated). I got the name from Artemisia, who was a female an italian artist a few centuries back, and removed the ia to masculine-ise it. Only later did I look it up and find out about the goddess (and Mr Fowl).



Seven by Noldo

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 22 Reviews
Summary: Regulus Black only lasted a week. (HBP spoilers, ahoy.)

Updated 22/01 with the revised, beta-read version. :)
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 07/03/06 Title: Chapter 1: Seven

Wow. It's stories like this that remind me why I'm addicted to fanfiction. I am infinitely jealous of your writing ability. Very, very, very, very good...especially the counting down of the days, and the way Regulus was portrayed as the younger brother.



Honourable Mentions by MNet Competition

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 82 Reviews
Summary: One of the finalists!
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 07/05/06 Title: Chapter 2: Kristine

My favorite!



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Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 02/03/06 Title: None

Hands down one of my favorite one-shots ever. I laughed so hard. The little comments in the parentheses were incredibly funny, as were the little comments that weren't in the parentheses. Three cheers for your story! 10/10!!!

Author's Response: Thankyou! I'm glad you liked it. I do like the fact that it's quite... different. I'm so suprised that people are actually reviewing and don't just think the whole thing too... odd. Whoo!



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Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 02/18/06 Title: None

Alice Longbottom is the coolest person eva'! I like the story so far, hopefully it will pick up a bit in future chapters. Lovely job!

Author's Response: Thanks! I like Alice as well, especially as she hasn't got much attention in the books yet. I'll do my best to add more action to the next chapters.



Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 9 Reviews
Summary: After his task is completed, Draco finds himself left alone to consider his assumptions. He finds interesting reading material to help him along as he frets in an abandoned hovel. This was a Ravenclaw entry for the February Challenges, in the "Love Yourself" category, in which the character had to feel better about himself at the end than at the beginning, and contains some adult themes and HBP spoilers.
Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 06/03/06 Title: Chapter 1: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

*cheers loudly* Awesome family tree, I want one! I was glad to see that I'm left with a teeny-tiny bit of hope for Draco at the end, a bright spot on a otherwise open-ended and rather frightening (for Draco) ending. As always, I loved your writing style...inserting bits of humor ("Goyle had learned respect for books") in an otherwise serious one-shot.

Author's Response: Thanks! For some reason I just can\'t separate the bits of humor from the dark stuff and vice versa. Ah well, anything you\'re stuck with is \"style,\" right? Draco is an interesting character to play with -- he has every reason in the world to grow up awful, but he isn\'t finished yet, so there is a glimmer of hope. Whether he\'d take a different path or not depends on so many little moments, and big ones. He probably will never be anything but arrogant and domineering, but he doesn\'t have to be evil, necessarily. Youngsters at branching points in their paths are interesting characters.



The Second Scar by greywolf

Rated: Professors • 265 Reviews
Summary: "He jests at scars, who never felt a wound." - Romeo and Juliet by Wm. Shakespear






Harry loves Ginny. Ginny loves Harry. Will their love be star-crossed?




Thanks to JKR for 'letting' me borrow her characters. Here's my ideas of what might happen next. Rated R for appropriate sexuality in latter chapters. Post HBP.


















Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 04/07/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Hermione's Counsel

There is no freaking way that Dumbledore had children. He would have been responsible enough to tell Harry anyways. On top of that, Aunt Petunia isn't going to start being nice all of a sudden. Civil? Sure. Suddenly standing up for the magical world (that she hates)? Not right away like that. On top of that, the sentence structure in the very begining of the chapter was a bit too simplistic and the Hermione/Ginny dialogue was a bit unrealistic. Not the way two teenage girls talk, even if one of the girls is Hermione. I have to admit that the end of their conversation was funny however. And the cliffhanger was tempting, although I was distracted by all the things that bugged me earlier on in the chapter.

Author's Response: Sorry I bugged you, that was not my intent. But people do keep secrets for all sorts of reasons,some good, some bad. The reason Dumbledore has not revealed Harry's ancestry will be revealed in future chapters. I agree, Petunia's change is dramatic, but again, people can make dramatic changes, particularly after significant events such as Dumbledore's death. How about Dicken's Ebenezer Scrooge for instance? Also, these ideas are not random; they are essential to my plot line. Lastly, if you just don't like my writing, I'm sorry, I'll try to do better in the future. -greywolf



The Curse of the Toad by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 29 Reviews
Summary: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." --Mother Teresa.

To love James, Lily needs to discover his better side. To earn Lily's love, James needs to fight his own prejudices -- and learn to cope with battle-scarred tomcats, toads, and the sneakier side of his own nature. This was a Ravenclaw entry for February's Challenges -- and it won, by the way.

The SSP warning is because I simply cannot resist sticking Peter and Sirius together at all possible opportunities, even in the background of other higher pursuits. Mild profanity will also occur, a natural side effect of putting James and Severus within shouting distance of each other.



Reviewer: notabanana Signed
Date: 05/31/06 Title: Chapter 5: The Gift

Oh, oh! I have found a typeo! In the fifth paragraph of this chapter, you wrote "out" instead of "put" (*notabanana glows with pride over finding a stupid, nitpicky mistake in Vindictus Viridian's work*). This story rocked. Its a good thing I read In the Eyes of Others first. The little tadpole was so cute! This was a very different perspective than you usually take, and it was a good job too. Woot!

Author's Response: *scurries to fix pesky typo* Thanks! I\'m glad you enjoyed it. I\'d been wondering what on earth would get them together if they were the Lily and James I knew so far, and just had to start writing. I\'ll look forward to the next typo!