That was so sad and beautiful. I think that's exactly what Remus would have thought and felt. Excellent character study, and.. great job, Preethi!!
Author's Response: Oh, thanks for your comments BL. They mean a lot to me. *huggles*
*sniff* That was beautiful! I'm glad you wrote this. I really enjoyed it. It's very very sweet. Really good. Sorry I can't think of anything more. There are no more words. Thanks for this great read.
When Harry’s quest for the horcruxes turns desperate, he leaves the security of his homeland to seek out the advice of an ancient and most unusual Council – one whose allegiance is only to themselves but whose knowledge is so vast it may be his only chance. What Harry discovers there will change everything. Soon, he comes to see that this is all so much bigger than just he and Dark Lord – his role, though pivotal, is terribly minute compared to the challenges the Wizarding World must now face.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, a young witch uncovers the truth about her bloodline. But only when catastrophic events begin to unfold, does she realise her importance in the greater scheme of things...
It is a tale of epic proportions: bringing in the truth behind Slytherin's betrayal, and the choices the Founders had to make to ensure the longevity of their world. Enemies must unite, lines must be crossed, and children must forgo their innocence. And behind it all, fly the Spirits of the Storm, waiting, watching, scheming. Welcome to the greatest epic war the Wizarding World has ever seen.
Chapter 11 is posted.
I've been reading this fic for the past week, reading three or four chapters each day, owing to the pitifully small time I'm allowed on the computer. :) I must say, I really didn't want to stop reading. This is a fascinating story; one of the best fanfictions I've ever read. If only this wasn't fanfiction... it's good enough to be published!
It has everything - mystery, emotion, adventure, suspense, history... everything, and that's what I love about it. Not a single chapter is complicated or boring. I enjoyed every paragraph from the beginning to the end. My favourite chapter was the eighth one- we got to see the trio there. I adore the way you characterize them - Ron is not too flippant as it is war time, and not too serious or romantic; Hermione feels all the right feelings; Harry, who has the biggest role, is acting with just the right amount of responsibility... *sigh*
Your descriptions are just... awesome. Normally, while reading books, I'd skip over some of the longer, detailed passages and read them the second time, but I simply couldn't do that here. Your are just too good to resist! Forgive me, I have absolutely nothing constructive to say. I'd just like to tell you to carry on the magnificent work as usual; and give us greedy readers something to gobble up soon! And... thanks for giving me a very enjoyable week in an otherwise boring summer. Keep it up, Hal! ;)
P.S. Can I just get in one fangirly squeal, then? *squeeee*
Oh, that was hilarious!! One of the subtler humour fics, no doubt..haha... I thought ALL of 'em were well in character, so that surely calls for a round of applause!! Great job on the whole. I love it!
Author's Response: Glad you liked it. I\'m better with subtle humor. Can\'t get big belly laughs, but if I can muster a chuckle than I can accept that. I appreciate the review!
Well, I certainly do hope all that doesn't end this way. :)This is a great AU story - really wild, but still well-written. The grammar was perfect - nothing to distract us from the story. Lily and James were portrayed really well, I only wish we could have seen James's reaction to Harry's waking up as well.
There was something in this story - in the part where Lily tells him where he is, I think, that made me, just for a second, a little angry. It was the first time I've felt angry at her before, and that's not a negative point in this story at all. I thought I felt what Harry was feeling - as though he'd lost something very important too early in his life, had found something completely different which filled, at least partly, the gaps in his life, only to lose his find all over again, and regain what he had lost earlier. Make sense? :) If I were in his position, then together with the joy and sorrow that follows such events, I'm sure I would feel a bit angry. That is such an important part in this story. You described his reaction really well.
He wanted to see something that would reassure him that the life he thought he had led was not all in his head. How true! Anybody in his position would think that - going through battles for life, only to wake up like this! Believe me, I'd turn into a nervous wreck if something like that happened to me. The whole thing was summed up in the last line: So when he stared into the mirror he held in front of him, Harry found himself wanting, for the first time, to have the thing that identified exactly who he was and what he had been through — his lightning-shaped scar How ironical, when he himself could have wished his fate on Neville instead. Lovely imagination. Great job.
Author's Response: Wow! It\'s like an essay! (Lol, I\'m just kidding) I understand what you mean. It\'s heart-wrenching, in a way, for Harry to have been without his parents his whole life, yet found friends and allies that gave him enough support to ease the pain, only to have that ripped away too... I agree, if I were Harry I\'d be just as mixed up. Just the idea that everything I\'ve ever known, everything I\'ve had, and everything I haven\'t had, is a lie, would turn my world upside down. I\'m glad you think I was able to convey his emotions so well! And if there\'s one thing I am 100% happy with, it is that last line. I don\'t mean to toot my own horn (or use such a lame expression, for that matter), but I really think I was able to \"sum it all up\", as you said, and make everything so ironic. I\'m happy you got the full effect of the story! Thank you so SO much for the review. These long ones are rare but I love to read them because I really want to know what exactly you liked/didn\'t like. I appreciate that you took the time and wrote all this. :)
Oh my goodness, this is an excellent story, Noldo. I really, really love it. Like MissWolff, it made me shiver inside. It's very, very good. I'm blathering, I can't think of anything else to say. Great job.
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.
Hi, I really enjoyed this story! I have to say it was a really different and refreshing humor story. It cheered me up when I was feeling a bit down as school is reopening tomorrow. I really liked your style of humor in this fic. I was also impressed with the way you offered an explanation for the OOC-ness, which is rare in humour fics. :)
Just one tiny nit-pick, though. Fenrir is misspelled as Fenir. Great job, though!
I\'m so glad you picked up on that - I always try to give an explanation for any characters who are OOC... and actually, usually a better explanation than in this story ^^
And thanks - I forgot Fenrir was mentioned in this story. Somehow, I\'ve always read \'Fenrir\' as \'Fenir\'. It\'s just like that in my head... I\'ll go fix it, on the double.
Thanks for taking the time to leave this review, and I\'m happy to hear that my little ficlet has cheered you up a bit! Good luck when school starts - I\'ve still got a couple of days left...
Kristin - this story moved me to tears. It was very, very well-written and realistic. I could feel the very emotions Ethan expressed. In a way, I could almost see him writing it, see Beth and his mother reading it. The words he chose are so... fitting, filled with feeling. You've made us readers experience the black atmosphere of war-time. Brilliant.
There is almost nothing to nit-pick. I enjoyed every single line. At the very end, I have to point out a small typo - I am sorry that war has torn from you first husband, than son... - that would have to be 'then'. I give this 10/10. *goes off to have a good cry*
Author's Response: Thank you very much for your comlpiments. I get tierd of hearing about blind patriotism and I just felt that I really had a story to tell. It almost made me cry too because I knew I was going to kill him and I liked him more and more as I wrote... War sucks.
That was fabulous.. I'm truly in love with your work, especially with the wonderful use of present tense. I can't tell you enough how good that was. I particularly loved that excerpt about cricket because I myself am devoted to it, and I had a stitch in my sides, reading Sirius and James's ignorance of it. You've got me totally addicted to your work and I would read and review every one of your stories right now if I didn't have a super important exam to prepare for. I'll be back though! :-) ~bL
Author's Response: :) Cricket is my guilty pleasure, especially watching the Indian team play. Much love for them.
Thank you! :D
That was lovely... Hedwig's comments about Ron made me laugh! I'm sorry if it wasn't meant to be funny though... It was very creative and unique. You seem to specialize in magical animal perspectives! The other one was very good too.. Will you write a Crookshanks one next, then?
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I am quite glad you laughed--this story wasn't meant to be totally serious. I simply had fun writing it, and was glad you had fun reading it. And about Crookshanks--very good guess! I have an idea for that ginger-furred cat, but I first need to post an Argus-Irma fanfic up here that I wrote recently.
Oh, I enjoyed this chapter immensely. I know that most of what was described in it was terrible, but I did, strangely, enjoy it. It was beautifully written. That memory - the one of the Halloween night - was one of the best I have ever read in fanfiction. Harry and James playing hide the teddy bear? James could have just Accio-ed it, but he kept on in the middle of the night for his son's joy. Ohh..
Frankly, I didn't find anything to nit-pick in this chapter. I usually try to... The grammar was perfect and there were no mistakes to distract us from the storyline. I found the mood of the chapter exactly like the previous - nothing too dark, nothing too emotional. It was just right. You're a really talented writer. I can't wait to read more! Update soon, please!
Author's Response: Thank you, Blossomlily! There\'s nothing like a nice long review where people tell you how much they love your work. ;)
I can't believe no one has reviewed this for I really liked it. I enjoyed it a lot, though it seems to be a sort of prologue, an introduction... It was really, really well-written. I liked this line from the story - "Well, maybe, but Adrian wished he knew what had been on the slate before it was wiped off." I loved your choice of words and particularly liked the part where he accidentally says the word 'Merlin'. I thought it was very fitting because you tend not to forget things like that even if you lose your memory because it's involuntary... But I do wonder how James came to lose his memory... Anyhow, I can't wait to read the next chapter.. update please! ~bL
I like it. It's interesting when the story is told from a different POV. I like how you made Fred and George ask Ginny to distract Mrs. Weasley. I do have a suggestion though.. I suggest you bring in more description of the surroundings, or about the speaker's feelings, tone, etc. Otherwise, one might feel there is too much dialogue. But that's just my opinion. A very good job on the whole! :D
Author's Response: Thanks chapter 3 has been sent 2 my beta
My take on how events may pan out in book seven. Spoilers from all previous HP books.
The events of the previous year have brought home to Harry the realization of what has to be done, and the knowledge that it must be done alone. Now as he sets off on his final quest, making new acquaintances along the way, he must bring all his knowledge and skill to bear in his effort to destroy Lord Voldemort. But will it be enough, or is there something that he has missed which might prove to be his undoing?
I think this was the best chapter of all. I liked it a lot! I particularly liked this quote:“Harry, it’s our feelings that make us who we are. You can’t just leave your feelings behind,” she said and much as Harry wanted to agree with her, he knew he couldn’t.
Author's Response: Thanks, and I hope you won't have to wait too long as it is already in queue and should be up in the next couple of days. Let me know what you think of it, its pretty interesting.
I think that was a very good first chapter. Everyone was well in character. I liked Aunt Petunia's new attitude as well.. I don't know if she'd have her sister's photos though.. anyhow, great job! I'm gonna read the next chapter now.
I liked this chapter as well! It was really well written, and I think it was typical of Hermione to give him the present that she did. Again, everybody was in character. But I do think Mrs. Weasley might have fussed a bit more to hear that he'd have to go fetch the rest of the things.. come to think of it, why did he leave his books back? I think he might have brought it to the Burrow.. He wouldn't want to leave anything with the Dursleys.. but that's just my opinion. Maybe you explain that in the next chapter...
Author's Response: Thanks Blossomlily, glad you liked it. About Mrs. Weasley I'd reckon she'd be too tied up with the wedding to really probe too deeply into Harry's life atleast at the moment. And about Harry leaving his books at the Dursleys, he actually hasn't. You'll find out more soon. Hope you enjoyed the third chapter, would love to hear about what you thought of it.
This story had such a musical narrative - I enjoyed every single line. Remus being a musician appeals to me, and that he should be a music teacher makes perfect sense. I completely understand that. :)
I have to admire your narrative skill - not a single line seemed blunt or similar to another - all unique. I loved it. I loved even the lack of dialogue in the first three chapters, because it gives a calm atmosphere to the whole story which blends perfectly with Remus's calm and quiet nature. Splendid.
You're obviously a very talented writer, and I completely loved this story, enough to add this and you to my favourites. Well done! :)
Author's Response: Manju, I don\'t know how to adequately respond to such a lovely review! You wrote so prettily yourself that it seems fanciful that it\'s meant for me. I always feel myself shrinking when confronted with anything particularly kind, especially about narratives. =) When I\'m writing, I\'m so often afraid that I\'ve lost the strain. I am completely flattered that you\'d rate this story as one of your favourites, and even more so that you\'ve listed me as one of your favourite authors. Your wonderful complimentary words come to me on my birthday - part of my creative resolution this year will be to better merit them! =) Thank you so very much!
Written as a Term Challenge: Holidays Abroad submission for Slytherin.
Good beginning! Your portrayal of Merope clears away the cloud of misconception some have (Ok, I have) that she is meek and quiet and frightened like a little mouse. It's quite plain in your fic that those traits are only present when her father is around. Well done on warding away that misconception *slaps forehead*
I like the way Tom Sr. tries to avoid her at first, and the instant reversal of behaviour after drinking the potion was quite fun to read. *grin*
I liked how Merope was still unsure of whether Tom would say 'I do' in the end. It sort of fits her character. And the last line gives a sort of final tone to the prologue, as though everything had now become permanent, and nothing could be done to prevent Voldemort from happening. Well done!
Author's Response: Thanks! I wanted that ending to be somewhat powerful, and I\'m glad it worked for you. Thanks again!
Goodness, the first part of the chapter made me laugh! lol, good work in injecting small doses of subtle humour in what would be an otherwise tense atmosphere. I think you've described the effects of the Love Potion very well in this chapter.
Hm... it makes sense that the potion should wear off in the morning; I liked how you brought in a good detail while describing the effects. As I said before, I really enjoy the logic you bring in while writing the story.
As always, your grammar is perfect. *grins* Also, I liked the ending of this chapter, like the previous one. You don't tell us things directly, but make us figure them out on our own. Loved it! :)
Author's Response: I work hard on my grammar. :) And I\'m glad you liked the ending; that\'s always my favourite part of a story to write. Thanks for the review!
Oh, I love this chapter. Again, it gives us a subtle insight into both their characters, and you know I love seeing that. *grin*.
First, I liked Merope's jealousy. Although the woman Sara, hadn't been trying to flirt with Tom, she wanted to shield him from her. I think it's typical of her.
Second, I liked the sweet, instinctive nature the potion had given to Tom. Gosh, and that lie about the coffee! lol. I must say I liked how he wanted to be romantic, though I knew it wasn't natural, and it's just... so sweet and childlike. Again, I love how you drop clever hints without bluntly telling the reader what's going on.
And the ending!! I can't stop going on about it. You know I like twists, and this was the best. I'm sorry, but it *was* a bit funny to me. How the poor fellow wanted to surprise her at midnight , but because of the lack of potion, forgot all about it. *sigh*
Just one thing to nit-pick, here, and that's just probably a typo:She removed herself from Tom’s embraced, but grabbed...
Author's Response: Whoops, stupid typo! Thanks for the great reveiw, and I hope you enjoy the rest! There are a lot of cut-off endings, as well as twists and turns in this story so I think you\'ll like it.