I'm a truck driver who was introduced to Harry Potter by my daughter in 1999. The books are fantastic, the movies are some of the best made, and the fanfic is better than that I've read in Star Trek, Buffy, and even the Xena universes.
BTW, the Sorting Hat put me exactly where I belong, in Gryffindor.
Summary: Ever since the war ended, Theodore Nott has found little solace in anything, save for his Firewhiskey purchases. Due to happenings and circumstances, he runs into the most unlikely people and places, ones that may just be able to help him as he trundles along through life.
This is a story of pain, loss, regret, bitterness. This is a story of joy, laughter, forgiveness, hope. It's a story of second glances, second considerations, second chances. And first chances too. Curriculum Vitae is Latin for: The course of one’s life.
This story was the overall winner of the '07/'08 Winter Tales Challenge. It also took the 2009 QSQ award for Best Post-Hogwarts Chaptered story. I am as stunned as I am grateful. Thank you.
I especially enjoyed your story, especially the characterizations. I think you got Cho just right, someone who grew up a bit late because she had been stuck in "drama queen" mode too long as a teenager. Nott was good; the parallels between the DEs and the Nazis have been overdone, but you gave us an insight to those who sat on the sidelines and did nothing. Truly, that can be nearly as bad a crime, to have avoided caring about people and letting bad things happen. It requires such a lack of compassion...
So, thanks for a story that will, I hope, make people think about the opportunities they have each day to make a difference. Those who do step forward to help strangers, to lend a hand, to speak up for those who can't... they are angels.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. All of the characters in this story were new to me, I\'d never written them before, but I had fun toying around with all of them, and I\'m glad you enjoyed reading about them. And I hope the story makes people think too -- that is what any writer dreams of, creating something that will make a difference to even one individual. Anyway, thanks again for reviewing!
Summary: "That was no hurricane," said Fudge miserably.
"Excuse me!" barked the Prime Minister, now positively stamping up and down. "Trees uprooted, roofs ripped off, lampposts bent, horrible injuries-"
"It was the Death Eaters," said Fudge. "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's followers. And... and we suspect giant involvement."
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter One: The Other Minister
Sergeant Archer Price lives a rather humdrum existence at his Army base in Somerset, in the West Country. However, all of that changes when he and his unit are summoned to respond to a very strange and violent… hurricane?
But freak hurricanes are only the beginning of Archer’s problems, for soon his life gets very complicated…
This is an amazing story that held my interest from the first to the last word! I'd never read anything like it before, never wondered what it would be like to be for a Muggle to be caught up in a magical war. Thanks for writing it so well!
Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to read and review my first fanfic, kind sir.
Every so often when I read the Harry Potter series, I wondered who would win in a battle between Wizards and Muggles. You can clearly see what I think about the probable outcome of such a fight in this story!
I hope this isn\'t too much of a disappointment, but this is most likely the only Muggle-Vs.-Wizard-Epic-Battle-Story (a new genre I made up!) I\'ll write. A friend of mine wanted me to write a sequel to it, but what happens to Archer at the end quite unfortunately rules out that possibility.
At least Archer will be happy in Australia. Fewer freak hurricanes there!
Tim the Enchanter
Summary: Before finding out he was a wizard, Christmas was just another day for the Dursleys to treat Harry like something that had been dumped on their doorstep. Then he hears a beautiful old story that stays with him through the difficult years that follow, and learns the true meaning of Christmas when he finally hears the bells ring.
Pre-Hogwarts and post-DH. Continues themes from 'The Letter.'
Completely canon compliant. Reviews welcome and all receive responses.
Wow! This story brought back so many memories from my own life, with the births of my 4 daughters. I agree that, as you had Arthur say, "children have a way of surviving most of our mistakes. I think they can forgive a lot when whatever you do is done with love." None of us are perfect parents, but we do get by well enough as long as we remember that love is the key.
Thanks for a very touching story!
Author's Response: If parents were required to be perfect, no child would survive. But of course Harry, being Harry, would worry about it. Thank goodness he had Arthur to offer advice and set an example. I\'m so glad you enjoyed the story and that it brought back tender memories for you. It was a pleasure to write and, as always, your review is deeply appreciated. Happy holidays!
Summary: A young Minerva McGonagall reluctantly finds the Christmas spirit with her aunt after a very long winter.
Written by LuthAn of Gryffindor for the Winter Tales Challenge, The Holly and the Ivy prompt.
Wow! What an inspired bit of writing you've done... I'd love to see more bits and pieces of Minerva's story.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I found her surprisingly fun to write, if you can believe it! That tight-lipped smile really grew on me, so maybe there is more in the offing? Anyway, very glad you liked it, and thanks for the review!
Summary: Harry hears another prophecy from an unexpected source and its contents will change the course of the war whether he wants it to or not.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I have to cheer at your version of the final battle. Except for a few word-choice errors (a few homonyms chosen wrongly), that was a perfect 10.
I read somewhere that the worst thing about going insane is that somewhere, in some corner of the mind, a sane fragment may be left behind, a mute witness to the rest of the mind's aberrant thoughts and behaviors, unable to intervene, to stop the wrongness.
Another author opined that if one were to witness the evil that one had done while insane (assuming it led to Bella's sort of evil), if the person recovered his sanity, he would be driven to kill himself.
Summary: Ron makes mistakes. He loses his way and drifts off path. But he always fixes it. Coming home on Christmas Eve, he hopes this will be the same. But will Hermione forgive him? Can Rose?
I am kask of Slytherin for the ' Winter's Tales: By The Fireside' prompt.
As a father of four daughters, I know what you mean about being a daughter's biggest fan. Well done.
Author's Response: Thanks! I\'m glad you could relate! :D
Summary: Remus Lupin has excellent hearing and he's only come across one thing that he never wants to hear again.
This was written for the SBBC Summer Swap. I have Preethi's wonderful prompt.
What a disturbingly funny tale you told!
Author's Response: Why, thank you.
Summary: In the dark the mind has no distractions. It is free to wander, to dream, to fret and to lose grip on reality. For months, Luna Lovegood and the wandmaker Mr. Ollivander have sat in their dark cell in the Malfoy’s basement awaiting their final fates.
How they deal with the fear and each other will have a major affect on both of them for the rest of their lives.
This is one of the most powerful and moving stories I've ever read. My only complaint is that the last chapter needs a lot of minor edits.
Really Wicked: Stephen Schwartz's Wicked Gone Potter by Schmerg_The_Impaler
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 79]
Summary: It's another spoof by Schmerg_The_Impaler!
This time, it's "Wicked," by Stephen Schwartz, remodeled to tell the story of Voldemort's life!
I also have spoofs of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and High School Musical on my profile, if anyone would care to read.
Fantastic! You've only a few minor spelling errors ("taught" where you meant "taut"), but you certainly made good use of the songs from my personal favorite musical. And while I'd be glad to sing for you, I'm sure your head would explode from pain. My lovely daughter sings much better than I.
Author's Response: Whoopsies, I\'m seriously always making these huge typos... it\'s my trademark, I guess. The mods are very kind to put my stories through the queue! Thanks so much!
Summary: “Lord Voldemort has never had a friend, nor do I believe that he has ever wanted one.”
-Dumbledore, HBP, ch. 13
Dumbledore was rarely wrong, only once did Lord Voldemort desire a friend. It started out as only a game…
First place winner in the Color of Love Challenge.
Nominated for Best Romance Between Other Characters in the 2008 QSQs!
Excellent! You've convinced me that Tom did have a few normal thoughts in his head before he went down that dark road to full-fledged psychosis. I doubt anyone is evil when first born; I believe people become evil (wicked) step by step, until they no longer can have normal feelings for others. Great job of showing what that might be like!
Summary: The halls of Hogwarts have haunted Ron’s dreams for eleven years. Now that it’s finally the summer before his first year at Hogwarts, he can hardly wait for his letter to arrive. What could anyone possibly say to dampen such good spirits? Enter Fred and George Weasley.
I am The Scribbler of Slytherin and this is my final exam for my Humor class.
Having been the oldest child, I never experienced this sort of hazing. Administered it, yes; received it, no.
Author's Response: Oh, so you\'re one of THOSE kids.... Ha, ha! Just kidding. I was the youngest child in my family, but my sibs weren\'t nearly as bad as in this story. Thank heaven for that!
Summary: Muggles and Wizards alike have legends of Faerie, some grim and shadowed, some bright and beautiful. It is a twilight land between light and dark, where love and sorrow intertwine with enchantment. Twenty one years after the fall of the Dark Lord, a girl walks out of the legend and brings a very old magic to Hogwarts.
Winner of the 2008 Quicksilver Quills Best Romance Between Other Characters.
So, I read the story in one sitting... I have a bad habit of not reading anyone's incomplete stories until I find one they've completed... and I loved it!
And I wouldn't be surprised if the Black King turns out to be someone we all know and love.
Author's Response: Goodness, how perceptive of you! I have an idea of who the Black King is, and the plot bunny for that one is hoping along nicely.
Thank you for the review! I know what you mean about incomplete stories, I like being able to read the whole thing, because what if the author NEVER completes it, and then you are in limbo forever!
Summary: If you're reading this it means that I, Harry James Potter, have died while trying to defeat Voldemort.
Since reading DH, I've believed that Harry WAS dead for a few seconds, that the curse had killed both Harry and the bit of Voldie he was carrying. Harry made the choice to come back and finish his tasks, to live for his friends. Nice to see you had similar thoughts.
Author's Response: What I actually was getting at in the end note was if anyone thought Harry in my story was really dead because I managed to trick a couple people into thinking it. But, I think that Harry did \'die\' in a way for a second but he came back from the dead. (Kind of like Jesus was really dead but then came back) Sorry if that\'s kind of a cheesy comparrison but that\'s how i interperat it.
Summary: When the sixth-year class at the Hardscrabble Creek School of Magical Arts are taken out into the wilderness for a Vision Quest, each student is supposed to have one thing in mind to ask for guidence for. But Adam Wyatt had only one thing on his mind: the Triwizard Tournament, and the fact that by being invited to participate, his school will become the first country outside of Europe allowed to compete. Although Adam doesn't trust any of is classmates to make it through the tournament without disgracing themselves, he doesn't feel confident that he'll make it out alive.
But out on the prairie one night, with a sprained ankle and no wand, Adam receieves a much needed perspective check in the form of a young bison.
I am OliveOil_Med of Ravenclaw, and this is my entry for the Earth Challange
1st Place Winner of the Earth Challange!
Excellent story, but it has a lot typos and mistaken word choices:
"...Magical Arts will me invited to participate..."
should be "be invited"
"in harms way"
should be "in harm's way"
"Adam ran his wand hand threw the brittle plants..."
should be "through the brittle plants..."
"The chose to close in one at a time..."
should be "They chose..."
and so on. Please reread your story slowly, and I'm sure you'll find all of the errors. I find that reading a story out loud improves my self-editing.
Author's Response: Thank you. Typos have always been a weakness of mine, but hope I am getting better.
Summary: It is the morning of Bill Weasley’s wedding to Fleur Delacour. In the early morning silence of the Burrow,
Bill looks back over his life and the recent events that brought him to this new chapter in his life.
Great story, just a little coding prolem in this cahpter:
about your [i]condition[/i]?
I believe you should have used the less than and greater than symbols to bracket the italics code.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. I fixed the coding error. I don't know how it got by me. Thank you for pointing it out. Terri
Summary: Teddy Lupin is miserable. He has just become accustomed to James' arrival and now there are two more babies on the way! What happens, when Harry and Ginny lose sight of him in the street? Who s he going to meet?
What a lovely story! It's great to see that the adults were able to overcome their prejudices and be gracious. I believe the magic of literature, which you've caught here, is showing us how we can grow and learn new things.
Author's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. I\'ll admit that I feel very flattered that you think so highly of my work. And yeah, it feels good to write about adults who can overcome their prejudices.
Summary: This is tribute to the four famous pranksters of Hogwarts. This is a one-shot that has their final moments in life.They all are different, yet all the same. They were united but still divided until they found each other once more in death. They were brothers, they were friends, they are the Marauders of Gryffindor. I present to you: Masters Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs in their final performance...
OK, here's a bit that needs improving:
But none’s shock could match my own as I looked at the evil hand. I watched with pure fear as they began to make their way to my throat.
Make that "no one's shock" and "as the fingers began to make their way" and it will be easier to understand.
On the whole, I liked it. A lot!
Author's Response: Thank you for your review, I\'ll change that right away!
Summary: Odd creatures, nature, and people were what she loved. She was made fun of, shunned, and misunderstood by many. She grew and learned with each year she lived.
These are the essential moments in the life of Luna Lovegood.
Except for a typo "not quiet registering that Harry just insulted them" a perfect little vignette. I loved it!
Author's Response: Thanks for pointing out the typo *goes to fix it*, and thanks for the review! I\'m really glad that you liked it :)
Summary: Time is the magic that transforms the words and deeds of mortals to myth and fable. Who were the Hogwarts Four? Who were the people behind the legends? This is the story of the monk and maven, healer and hero who lived and dreamed and built a school in years long gone.
It may interest you to know that the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith said that verse was better translated as "Thou shalt not suffer a murderer to live."
Author's Response: That is interesting. The original Hebrew would be, of course, the best source - and I happen to know several people who speak it, so I may ask for translation. I am sure that the Talmud offers some discussion on the passage, but I didn't dig that deep!