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: With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lavender Brown is seized with panic when she discovers her friends have a surprise party planned. Having declared herself permanantly thirty-nine, she does the only thing a grown woman can do when confronted with her age -- she does a runner. Apparating to King's Cross, she ends up on a train where she's surprised to meet a face from the past.
Will she confront her past and face up to her age? More importantly, will she return in time for the champagne?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff, and this is my entry for the Bookbasilisk 'Life Begins at Forty' challenge.
Thank you very much to Heather (MorganRay), Rose (Russia Snow) and Alyssa (Harry4lif) for their help in beta'ing this tale. Yes, three betas - I am greedy.
Nicely done! You took some minor characters, added depth to their characterization, and told an interesting story at the same time. My only quibble is your attributing farsightedness to "old age." That's mostly because I passed forty over a decade ago and I'm still firmly middle-aged.
Author's Response: It was tongue-in-cheek, having just been issued with my own pair of glasses and was feeling my age as I wrote - ha ha. Thanks for the review
Between the Snoring and the Seemingly Imminent Death by A H
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 16]
Summary: Between the Snoring and the Seemingly Imminent Death is a short one-shot inspired by the passage in Deathly Hallows in which Harry awakes on the first morning in Grimmauld Place, noticing that perhaps Ron and Hermione's hands had been together during the night. This story--for I shall spare you the unnecessarily long title again--is about what happened during that night, when Ron and Hermione know that the next few months of their lives are not going to be easy, for the moments that are under the most pressure are undoubtedly the ones we most feel confessions are necessary.
When the only quibbles are over the spelling of a street and the number of a house (you moved them to #2 at the start of the piece), you know someone's done a fine job.
In short, I loved it!
Summary: In any man who dies there dies with him,
his first snow and kiss and fight . . .
Not people die but worlds die in them
~Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "People"
His twin is dead, and as far as George can see, the whole world might as well have died, too. In other words, this is the story of how George Weasley grieved in seven steps. *one-shot*
The "official" stages don't matter; what matters is you told an amazing story that tugged at the heart of this old truck driver. Congrats!
Now for some serious criticism:
Really, it was a great story with no weaknesses I could see, and I'm very picky! I've lost most of my relatives, some far too young, and I went through similar stages, insulted people, shut myself off from them, and finally learned to live again. And to risk love again.
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I'm glad you think the "official" stages irrelevant, as I do and you enjoyed this and thought it realistic. Pulling on heartstrings is always something I strive for in my writing :)
PoA era: Severus Snape takes a thoughtful stroll down Diagon Alley at the start of the Christmas holidays, but it soon turns into a quite a harrowing ordeal for our favourite Potions Master... UK English. Contains some dark humour. You have been warned!
Characters: Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Percy Weasley and (very) minor OC's.
I'm also uncertain as to Snape's knowledge of the Marauder's Animagus forms, but I do think you scored a bull's-eye on his character!
yeah, I slipped up there, didn't I? *shakes head in irritation at herself*.
At least his characterisation seems to be closer to pat than I'd hoped for (phew). Glad you enjoyed.
Thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty ;)
A trip to the Ministry of Magic in the Summer of 1988 leads to an unexpected meeting and a shocking revelation for the Hogwarts' headmaster. UK English.
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Neville Longbottom, Great Uncle Algie (whatever-his-last-name-is).
This was both funny and heart-warming. What on earth will you do for an encore?
I'm SO pleased that you liked it! It seemed high time that Algie got a telling off for being so irresponsible and Albus Dumbledore was just the right wizard to deliver it! As for my encore...I have a few ideas! Hope you like them too!
Thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty :)
One formidable Longbottom grandmother and two mischievous Weasley twins teach Rita Skeeter a very public lesson...
UK English, canon ish , humour.
That was hysterical! I hope you can find other stories for my favorite matriarch with an odd taste in hats.
Hello (again) Trucker!
Well I AM flattered that you read all three of my stories! That's a lovely compliment in and of itself :)
As a matter of fact, I do have another Augusta fic - well, she's a supporting character (but she seems to be stealing the show). It's a Harry Potter/LOTR crossover and, yep, she's kicking up a storm in Middle Earth.
Sounds bonkers, eh?
But I have so much fun writing her chapters, I can't begin to tell you!
Unfortunately, I can't post it here because they don't allow crossovers, but it is on fanfiction dot net under the name 'Kara's Aunty' (as opposed to 'KarasAunty' here), so if you fancy reading a REALLY unusual HP/LOTR crossover, you'll have to pop over there.
Thanks again for R & R-ing,
Summary: This fic is a series of missing moments from the time H/R&H were at Shell Cottage, beginning immediately after they Disapparated from Malfoy Manor. JKR shows us what was going on with Harry, but this is my version of what could have happened with Ron and Hermione after one of the most emotional/disturbing events in the entire series.
UPDATED June 2010 When I first wrote this fic, I didn't know what a beta reader was, and frankly, it showed. Thanks so much to Natalie for helping me polish this up and make it more readable. Thanks also to both Julia and Carole, whose helpful comments in the review section allowed me to make some much-needed corrections during the rewrite. I would love to know what you think ~ reviews are very much appreciated!
This was nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Canon Romance.
That was your first HP fanfic? Wow! The only errors I could see were in failing to capitalize a few Wizarding terms. You told a great story and hit your characterizations well.
Author's Response: You must send me a pm or something and let me know what terms, or it will drive me insane. I've recently started rereading the whole series, so I'm sure I will come across them, but maybe not for some time. Help a girl out and let me know what I need to capitalize. ;) I'm so glad you liked the story and thought the characterization was good. Thanks so much for reading and taking time to leave a review. I appreciate it.
Summary: I hadn't seen him since I was eleven, but he had a rather distinct look about him. It was hard, after all, to forget that black hair that stuck up in the back and the bright green eyes behind those glasses. And the scar — I had always thought it neat to have a scar shaped like a lightening bolt.
Jane Martin sees the odd, quiet boy she went to primary school with years ago in a jewellery shop and she's shocked to see how much things have changed for the boy with taped glasses and baggy clothes. *one-shot*
It's a good thing I'm already taking my meds for diabetes! This was almost impossibly cute and fluffy... which I like sometimes... and this is one of them.
Author's Response: Thanks! I like angst a lot, but sometimes its good just to have a sweet, fluffy read ;) I'm glad you liked this one.
Summary: Years after the events of "Deathly Hallows," Ron has an important question to ask Hermione. Can he ask it? What will she say?
This story was atypical of the proposal stories I've read lately -- it has good characterizations, was well-paced, and rang true emotionally. Well Done!
Author's Response: Thank you! I was trying to get away from a lot of the archetypes of romantic fiction and root the story more in the characters. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Summary: George can't believe his eyes. Fred is back. Fred didn't die. Fred is using his razor because his keeps trying to shave off his eyebrows. But how did this happen? And why does everyone think George is mental? And – Merlin's star-spangled britches, is that DUMBLEDORE?
As much as reality may hurt, it's still better than waking up from a dream world where the rules are uncertain and hearts can be broken yet again...
Author's Response: Thanks for your review! :)
Elijah Macmillan was working over late...again. Mister Blotts charged him with the onerous task of cleaning out the hated 'Rejected' room of the print shop, and judging by the amount of files waiting to be sorted, it was going to be a while.
However, amidst his dusty tribulations, Elijah happened upon a rather remarkable artifact. in the form of outtakes from the Gilderoy Lockhart bestseller, Year with the Yeti. Curiosity overtakes the overworked young man, and in the course of reading these excerpts, he finds a new perspective on one of the modern era's most misunderstood individuals.
In most fiction we have the liberty of b&w characters, with clear-cut heroes and villains. You've told a great little story by adding some depth to someone most of us reviled without considering how he became who and what he was in COS. Thanks for the great read!
That's the true beauty of the universe that JKR has built for us - the gift of hope in every character (except ol' Moldy Voldy). No one is just that big a git to the point that that there is not a redeeming quality. Lockhart, for all of his many, many, many personality flaws, was never really a villain so much as a misguided character. All of us have good in us, no matter how hard some may hide it. I simply delved into what I saw as his soul and tried to bring some of it out; I knew it was there, and I also knew that he, as a character, deserved to have his story told.
Thank you so much for the review; they're like candy, chocolate, and a variety of other pleasant things for us authors. I'm so glad you liked it. :-)
Summary: After his recklessness leads to a savage attack on someone he loves, Teddy Lupin sets off on a quest to discover a black unicorn.
The black unicorn is reputed to have magical healing properties.
The black unicorn could be Lily Potter’s only chance of a future.
The black unicorn, he is told, does not exist.
But Teddy is not alone in believing in the animal. Backed by the Scamanders, he travels across three continents in search of a myth, all the while aware that he’s following in his mother’s footsteps.
I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in Round 8 of The Gauntlet.
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. I doubt that shocks anyone.
You're going onto my favorite authors' list.
Author's Response: Thank you. I hope you enjoy the rest of my scribblings.
Albus Potter was dying.
As his brother's body was ravaged by an insanely rare disease, James Potter set out on an incredible journey in search of a mythical creature that everyone was sure was extinct, because if he did not, the cure for Albus's disease could not be concocted and he would die a slow, painful death.
If the journey in itself was not strange enough, James encountered a legendary figure, who agreed to guide him through his quest through many lands.
This is ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor of Ravenclaw House, and this is my Submission to the Eighth Round of the Gauntlet. This entry placed second overall.
Excellent story so far, but I'm confused by the following sentence:
The barman led him to his rental, left him with a, and Apparated back downstairs.
Author's Response: Ah, thanks for the heads up about the typo. It happens (too often, I'm afraid). It should be 'left him with a key.' I'll get that fixed, and thank you so much for reading.
Summary: Narcissa finds herself in the middle of a flower field with a stranger, but things aren't as they seem.
I am eternalangel of Ravenclaw and this is my final for the Winter Character Exploration class
A strangely beautiful piece. You had one minor error--cherubim is a noun; the adjective form is cherubic.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for my first review and for catching that mistake. I really appreciate it since sometimes I miss the little errors!
Summary: It is Christmas time again for everyone in the Wizarding World, but it is the first time that many will spend the holiday season without a member of their families: a child.
Molly Weasley is asked to speak to those mothers coping with the death of their children, who are part of an organisation called H.O.M.E. (Hospice for Orphaned Mothers of England).
Molly comes with a simple and amazing request: to smile.
This is IckleRonnieX of Gryffindor writing for the H.O.M.E prompt in the Winter Snows challenge at the Beta Boards
A million thanks to my beta, Apurva (DracoGurlFurever), because she helped so much.
George's joke was lame; his timing was perfect. Nice story, with a moderate hanky factor.
Author's Response: Hi, Trucker! Oh, gods, George's story was one of the lamest things I've ever written. (I think it shows my lack of creativity and sense of humour) Oh well... :p I'm happy you thought the story was nice! And thanks for leaving a review! It was very lovely of you! -Ronnie Xxx
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 17]
Summary: Aberforth Dumbledore was once infamous throughout the land for casting Inappropriate Charms on goats. He never responded to the claims, never gave his side of the story and lived with an odd reputation for decades.
But now he wants to set the record straight before Rita Skeeter has a chance to twist things furthur awry.
This is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Stirring category for the Winter Snows 09 competition on the MNFF Beta Boards.
I am not JK Rowling. Does that honestly surprise anyone!
This story won the 2010 QSQ Best Humour Fic - I'm still in shock.
Thank you to Hannah (coolh5000) for beta'ing this fic.
Of course Fudge would jump to the wrong conclusion...
Author's Response: Yes, but then Aberforth didn't dispute anything...
Author's Response: Yes, but then Aberforth didn't dispute anything...
Of course not... the truth was worse than the fool's assumption, at least as far as Azkaban time is concerned.
Thanks for writing another great piece.
Author's Response: Thanks again ~Carole~
Summary: Jonathan Towerborne may not be the best Auror, or even the most liked… but he gets the job done. Now, after years working for the Ministry, he finds himself the prime suspect of a crime he didn’t commit. Confused and on the run, Towerborne must now search for answers to the who’s and why’s of the mystery behind his framing. Answers that may lead him to the highest places within the Ministry itself.
I loved it! All it needs is a little polishing of the minor details, like using "un-phased" when you mean "unfazed" or "between one of the homes" which doesn't work because "between" requires two homes to make any sense.. .
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Good catches on those corrections, too. They've been changed accordingly. Look-out for a follow-up in Towerborne's adventures. -JBS
Summary: The seven men who loved Hermione Granger.
Extremely well done! You've almost made me fall in love with her, too.
Author's Response: Thank you! :)
Summary: James and Lily Potter have died, but that doesn't mean Harry is alone. They're still watching over him, and they don't intend on stopping any time soon. *one-shot*
Wow!!!!!!!!!! What an emotional roller coaster you created.
Author's Response: Thanks! I did cover a lot of emotions, didn't I? I'm glad you liked it!