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Hey everyone! MadMar here with an update. (Like anyone cares...)

1-17-06

I have had two stories go up in the last month. A parody to the myth of Narcissus, and the promised story of my OC, Kathryn.

Currently in queue, I have a Lucius fic, which will be the prequel to a later, post-war story.

Also, I am a PI Accredited Beta Reader, so feel free to send me your stuff via forum PM.

12-19-06

My latest fanfic is in queue! w00t! I'm excited, because it explains better my OC,. Kathryn Carothru and why she and Snape are no longer friends and it gives insight as to her life at home and.... *shuts up* That's all I've got to say.

11-9-06

Well, my first fairy tale is up for your viewing pleasure. It's the wizarding version of Sleeping Beauty and I am rather proud.

Also, I've got a few more stories I simply must write and send into queue. So, until then....

That's my bio-update. I'm out!

-MadMar

I write for the fun of it, though I do secretly aspire that people will enjoy my writing enough to review. I guess it's not so secret now.
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Amortentia by Cruciatus Love
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 160]

Summary: Merope Gaunt has what seems like a flawless plan to get Tom Riddle to love her. She has everything worked out to the very last drop of Amortentia in his glass each morning. Watch as a country called Romania and a celebration of love takes it's effect on this 'perfect love.'

Written as a Term Challenge: Holidays Abroad submission for Slytherin.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 10936 Chapters: 7 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/22/06 Updated: 05/16/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 02/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love the way you opened your story. From the little we know of Voldemort's parents, they seem to be in character. My only bone to pick is that Amortenia has a "mother of pearl sheen" and (correct me if I'm wrong) would be white, not silver. Other than that, I found this story very good and "Favorite List" worthy.

Author's Response: Double review?

 
Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 02/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love the way you opened your story. From the little we know of Voldemort's parents, they seem to be in character. My only bone to pick is that Amortenia has a "mother of pearl sheen" and (correct me if I'm wrong) would be white, not silver. Other than that, I found this story very good and "Favorite List" worthy.

Author's Response: Triple review?

 
Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 02/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love the way you opened your story. From the little we know of Voldemort's parents, they seem to be in character. My only bone to pick is that Amortenia has a "mother of pearl sheen" and (correct me if I'm wrong) would be white, not silver. Other than that, I found this story very good and "Favorite List" worthy.

Author's Response: Four reviews. Wow.

 
Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 02/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love the way you opened your story. From the little we know of Voldemort's parents, they seem to be in character. My only bone to pick is that Amortenia has a "mother of pearl sheen" and (correct me if I'm wrong) would be white, not silver. Other than that, I found this story very good and "Favorite List" worthy.

Author's Response: Five.

 
Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 02/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I love the way you opened your story. From the little we know of Voldemort's parents, they seem to be in character. My only bone to pick is that Amortenia has a "mother of pearl sheen" and (correct me if I'm wrong) would be white, not silver. Other than that, I found this story very good and "Favorite List" worthy.

Author's Response: Six of the same reviews. Heh. You must have really liked it.

 

Secrets by GringottsVault711
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 24]

Summary: Ron's guardian angel comforts his grief with secrets of hope and love. Written for my dear Patrick, aka TheVanishingAct

Categories: Ron/Other Character Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 982 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/20/06 Updated: 03/20/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 03/18/07 Title: Chapter 1: Secrets

Though eloquently written, when I first read this, I thought the guardian angel was Luna Lovegood as she’s described as being blonde with “ethereal eyes”. And her character’s wisdom, too, made her seem very much like Luna. Ron’s reaction, I thought, confirmed this belief. “he prepares himself for another theory worthy of a tabloid magazine,” you say, which makes me think of the Quibbler. Upon reading the reviews to this story, I was glad to know I was not alone in this connection. But then, I thought some more. Perhaps this angel is not Luna. Perhaps it is just that—an angel. Although she sounds very similar to Luna, you also say that “This angel is made of light, she is luminous, but she walks and moves like a woman.” That makes me wonder if she is only taking the form of Luna to comfort Ron with familiarity. If so, you’ve done brilliantly at creating a non-human OC. If it is just Luna, you’ve captured her well. 

I also see that Ron has matured differently. He’s embittered by war, which is to be expected. But I thought that Ron Weasley, the happy, fun boy we see in the series could survive it without becoming depressed. It was interesting to see a different side of Ron—the often forgotten serious side. I think that he is in-character, although you wouldn’t naturally expect him to give up on life. Ron is a fighter (not in a bad way). He will stand up for those he loves and he can deal with hardship. The loss of loved ones will make him sad, but I honestly think he’d move on after a time of mourning. Your ending gives me hope that Ron will carry on.

Thank you for a wonderful read!

-Cassie


Author's Response: Yes, it is Luna. ;) If it weren\'t, I wouldn\'t have made so many clear allusions to her character. Thanks for the review, dear.

 

A Butterfly's Wings by pen11
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: A late night meeting between the two Black brothers will affect the outcome of the war in ways neither of them intend. One-shot.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1421 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/05/06 Updated: 04/05/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 12/02/06 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

I liked this side of Sirius; both rash and angry, but also forgiving and loving. You could truly tell that they were brothers, in their hearts, despite all the animosity that had come between them. I found it touching that Regulus-- RAB -- came to Sirius before his mission. I felt it to be a bittersweet ending for him, asking forgiveness, and getting it, before he died.

As to Sirius' characterization, I found it to be in character, one-hundred percent. The initial rage, the threat. The discussion, the advice and the forgiveness. All perfectly Sirius. In this one-shot, you managed to capture broody Sirius, without making him Angsty!Sirius. I loved how he was able to express emotion-- love and sympathy-- toward his brother. If only he had been able to show the same to Severus in Order of the Pheonix.

Very good story, I adored the narrative and imagery.

Author's Response: Oh wow!! Someone is still reading this! *does happy dance, then gets herself under control* Thank you so much for your very kind comments, they have made my morning. Personally, I\'m not sure whether I would have wanted Sirius to forgive Snape - but I suppose if he had he might still be alive, which would be a plus.

 

A Faithful Death Eater by Gemma Hawk
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: The Dark Lord will return, and I will be given power beyond my wildest dreams, beyond anything I have ever hoped or wished for. That is why I hold out. Because I know that my Lord will come and save me, rescue me from this hell. I know it as surely as I sit here, curled up in a corner of my cell, trying to keep warm. They can torture me in any way they want, but I will never betray my destiny- rejoining with the Dark Lord.







Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1255 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/19/06 Updated: 04/21/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 12/02/06 Title: Chapter 1: Oneshot

I love how you captured Bella's character, her delusion, that she is beloved by Voldemort. That no matter the things he has made her do, the punishments she has endured because of her loyalty to him, she still wants to be considered his "most faithful Death Eater". It is hard to take anything she says too seriously, as we, the readers, know that she suffers both from insanity and cognative dissonace. And yet, despite this knowledge, you were able to write from Bellatrix's point of view well enough to show why she thinks she is lucid.

And that, is the mark of an excellent storyteller.

Author's Response: Oh! Thank you so much! This is so great and makes me smile. An exellent storyteller... thanks! :)

 

Understanding Eyes by whittyleah
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: Minerva McGonagall feels alone. She is overworked and in need of a friend...and she finds one in the last place she would have thought to look.

One-shot response to Gryffindor challenge made my Marauder by Midnight.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1111 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/03/06 Updated: 06/08/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 06/08/06 Title: Chapter 1: One-shot

Wittyleah,

This is genius! When I saw that someone had taken Bethany's onorthodox challenge I freaked out. My first thoughts were, "Ew. Mutant witch/cat kittens!" But you pulled off a beautiful tale of friendship and companionship. I applaud you.

-MadMar

Author's Response: Thank you! I tried to keep romance and kittens out of it. Thank you for the nice review!

 

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Rated: [Reviews - ]

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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 01/19/07 Title: None

I believe that your use of the Imperius Curse was treated far too lightly. Although I believe in intent vs. action, Harry is a morally righteous character, it’s unlikely that he’ll use an Unforgivable unless in a dire or stressful situation. It’s not something an action he would take lightly. Look what it took to coax Crucio out of him; the death of two loved ones. And even then, he wasn’t able to produce a curse. That, I think is because the Cruciatus Curse is a curse of sadism and pure hatred. I believe that the desire for stability and control may be one that Harry may feel and may be able to produce an Imperius Curse, however feeble. Still, it’s not a curse he would use on one of his best friends (Ron) to hook him up with another friend (Hermione). That’s too trivial of an occasion for Harry to use such a powerful spell. I think it would have worked better if you built up to that point in which Harry uses the curse.

Secondly, I find that Harry was not the only one to take the Imperius Curse lightly. Ron didn’t resist, which seems unlike him. He’s a strong, feisty boy. And it’s also unlikely that perceptive Hermione would suddenly become deaf to Harry’s muttered curse. Even though you describe her as eyeing Harry suspiciously, I don’t think she’d take his thumbs-up as normal or acceptable. Lastly, I find the description of the curse somewhat lacking. It may have been more pertinent for you, as an author, to describe in greater detail, how Ron is feeling about surrendering control to Harry, or what he’s currently thinking of Harry. Ron is human and it is unlikely for him to take his mind being controlled as lightly as it was “a position he didn't particularly enjoy.” It would probably more painful or worrying than that. The experience of even a remotely innocent Imperius is devastating. Please refer to Moody’s first lesson with Harry and company. As you can see from that, it is a little more than unpleasant.

I hope you understand that I am simply trying to help you, as this began as a promising R/Hr story, but ended with something to be desired.

 

Percy's Revenge by Marauder by Midnight
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 15]

Summary: Percival Ignatius Weasley has finally achieved his dream of sitting in the Minister's chair. But at what cost? His first task? Finally do what's right: correcting mistakes.

Post-Hogwarts.

A snippet one-shot related to my Draco/Luna story Hidden.

A one-shot part of the Gryffindor Joint Fic Project exploring the darker sides of a Gryffindor.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 1468 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/21/06 Updated: 07/21/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 07/21/06 Title: Chapter 1: Percy's Revenge

Beth,

Awesome story. I was so sad to hear of all the deaths in the Weasley family, although I anticipate at least one.

Your portrayal of Percy is dead on. It's scary how chilling that is. Gives me goosebumps. His decree was so... Ministry-like; I can see a decree like that popping up in Wizarding future (potentially book seven). And, although Percy Weasley is not my favorite character, this story was amazing.

MadMar

 
Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 07/21/06 Title: Chapter 1: Percy's Revenge

Beth,

Awesome story. I was so sad to hear of all the deaths in the Weasley family, although I anticipate at least one.

Your portrayal of Percy is dead on. It's scary how chilling that is. Gives me goosebumps. His decree was so... Ministry-like; I can see a decree like that popping up in Wizarding future (potentially book seven). And, although Percy Weasley is not my favorite character, this story was amazing.

MadMar

Author's Response: Eep Percy really is a scary character, isn\'t he? Thanks for the (two) reviews! Hopefully, my story won\'t come true. I don\'t think I can stand all those deaths or decrees...Thanks so much!

 

Somebody Beside Me by guiding ray of sunlight
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: When Kayla's father passes away, all she needs is a loving person beside her.



A One-shot submittion for the Gryffendor July Challenge- A Banner for Thee.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 922 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/23/06 Updated: 07/23/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 08/02/06 Title: Chapter 1: Somebody Beside Me

What an amazing piece of work! As this is a one-shot I will not ask for more, but what I would like to say is this:

Your characterization was beautiful. Kayla nor Ben was too "perfect" but, rather, they were perfect for eachother. I loved how sweet Ben is... I wish I could find a guy like him!

I also find myself able to relate to Kayla's loss... I lost my grandfather and felt just as hopeless. You captured Kayla's desolation and despair perfectly... She remained human.

Thank you for a wonderful story.

MadMar

Author's Response: Thanks! I\'m sorry for your loss :( Hope you find someone like Ben someday!

 

Black Raindrops by Periwinkle
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: She can stare, talk, and think but she cannot feel. She can hear, taste, and smell but she cannot feel. She wants to feel. She wants to feel pain or sadness or hurt, something other than her one emotion. She can only hate.


Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1006 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/26/06 Updated: 08/03/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 01/30/07 Title: Chapter 1: One Shot

I really loved how you captured Ginny’s emotion in this story; how you depict her heart breaking because of Harry’s death so well. You say “she hadn't known that it would turn out this way. She had no idea. She thought she would get over him but it never happened. Her thoughts would often stray to him, but that's all they do. That's all she does. She does not speak of him nor does she seek him out.” Which I think shows a side of Ginny—and her love for Harry—that many authors forget. Ginny will wait for Harry, even for eternity. She never fully got over him after Chamber of Secrets. Many authors assume that because she apparently “moved on” by Order of the Phoenix, that Ginny will remain one-hundred percent strong and find another man. Your story, however, is a good argument to that viewpoint. He’s rejected her once before, then again in Half-blood Prince. His death is bound to be even more devastating because it’s just one more thing that robs Ginny of happiness. Whether they never truly got back together before he died or if they did is not important. I love that you showed Ginny’s despair, and yet, her devotion to Harry.

 

Egypt by ProfessorFlitwick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 15]

Summary: Lesson one in Slian Martreb's class on the MNFF Beta Forums.

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 5612 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
10/16/06 Updated: 10/16/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 10/22/06 Title: Chapter 1: Newt Level

Very interesting lesson, Professor! I never really knew about the different cults in Ancient Egypt-- those were things I thought were more associated with later civilizations. Nor did I know that much about the priests and priestesses of Egypt.

I'm looking forward to the next lesson!

-MadMar

 

A Happy Hogwarts Hanukah by Darth Sirius
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 44]

Summary: Why should Hogwarts celebrate Christmas every year?

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1009 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/18/06 Updated: 10/25/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 12/19/06 Title: Chapter 1: A Happy Hogwarts Hanukah

Although I adored the exchange between Ron and Hermione, and the idea of Hogwarts multiculturalism, I felt that your plot was too rushed. I understand that sometimes, in a humor fic, an author finds it necessary to hurry along a series of random events, however, I think your end punchline, so to speak, about the oil would have been more potent were you to slow the story's pace slightly, as to keep readers from scratching their heads in confusion.

Hope I helped!

 

Greece by ProfessorFlitwick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Written for Professor Martreb's course 'World Wide Wizarding and the Mysteries of Mythology' on the Beta Forums. Lesson Two

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2169 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
10/30/06 Updated: 10/30/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 11/01/06 Title: Chapter 2: The Olympians

Although I've heard most of this, I was suprised to learn that Posideon once desired Demeter; that was a new bit of information.

Speaking of new information, there is a version of Athena's birth that states that she was the daughter of Zeus and a nymph (I forget the name). The nymph predicted that the child would be a boy and overthrow Zeus. Reasonably scared, Zeus swallowed his pregnant mistress whole. A few days later, he complained of a headache and out came Athena.

Not that different, but still.... I don't believe that even the gods could produce a child alone.

 

Position Vacant by bajab
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 27]

Summary: Minerva has trouble finding a new DADA professor, so holds interviews for the position.

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 3764 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/01/06 Updated: 11/04/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 12/19/06 Title: Chapter 1: The DADA Interviews

I absolutely adored this story; the entire thing was beautifully written and hysterically funny.

I best liked the situational irony at the end.

“Did she accept invitation to zee ‘vedding or not?" /“Kind of,” he said, smiling to himself. “Kind of.”

Hilarious, utterly awesome.

My only question is why Minerva did not offer the HoH position to Bill, who was, in fact, a Gryffindor.


Author's Response: Maybe it slipped her stressed out mind, at the time?

 

Sit Down Potter by Starmom
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 45]

Summary: We love writing stories about our favorite characters in our favorite universe. But what do those characters DO when we're taking a break, suffering from writer's block or abandon a story? A 'behind the scenes' look with a lot of cliches.


Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 4404 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/27/06 Updated: 12/05/06


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 12/19/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Absolutely hilarious! I love the idea that characters have lives outside of the books and fanfics. How ever, I felt that the characters were acting a tad too promiscuous. I understand that it was part of the pun, however, it threw me for a loop with the Sybil/Severus scene.
All in all, an excellent story.

Author's Response: [i]How ever, I felt that the characters were acting a tad too promiscuous[/i] Yes, well... given the infinite pairings in fandom with some interesting...couplings... it seemed to be the way to describe it! The Sybil/Severus scene is best understood in context of Anna\'s brilliant fic Jewel of the Nile. It was my \'homage\' to her.

 

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Rated: [Reviews - ]

Summary:

Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Madame Marauder Signed
Date: 03/08/07 Title: None

This seems like the beginnings of a wonderful story. I like how the romance is subtle, but the attraction is definately there. Cedric/Cho is a very elusive canon ship and I'm glad to see something is being done with it. However, I'd like to point out that in Cho's third year, she didn't play Quidditch-- otherwise she'd have played against Harry. That's not something we saw in the books until PoA. Just something you may want to keep in mind while writing of Cho's Quidditch career.

 
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