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I'm a former moderator here at Mugglenet Fan Fiction. Now, I'm a paralegal who wishes she had more time for fan fiction. Maybe someday I'll write an alternative, Deathly Hallows compliant, ending to Do Be My Enemy for Friendship's Sake.

I would love to find a Tom Riddle/ OC (or relatively minor non-OC) fan fiction where Tom is NOT OOC (out of character). Let me know if you've read/written one. Otherwise I might have to go back and finish my own. I'd rather just read a good TR/OC than write my own--less effort that way.

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Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/24/06 Title: None

Well, I can't very well read three of your stories (in two days) without leaving a review, can I? Let me get the fangirl stuff out of my system. I loved these stories! I just might have to add Bill/Hermione to my list of favorite ships now. Your writing style is very easy to read and is very entertaining. Gah, loved it!

Healing Auras was my favorite of the stories. My favorite part was when Hermione and Bill were in the pub, drinking together for the first time. Even though he changed quite quickly, it was completely believable. I also loved how the story ended basically the same way it started, except with fairly subtle differences. Mrs. Weasley's thoughts while setting the table was a great way of summing up what had happened in the story.

I really enjoyed The Cabin in the Woods. I don't think there was a very strong plot in it (like there was in Healing Auras), but the story showed the characters so well that it was still very, very enjoyable to read.

What next? I'd love to see a Percy fic. I thought that the end of Cabin was hinting at a possible Percy fic since he's really the only Weasley left who has...shall we say, a lot of room to...be more Weasley-like.

Excellent work! Thanks for the great fan fic!

Croaker by The Savant

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: A day in the life of Edmund Croaker, Unspeakable extraordinaire!
Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/27/05 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

Good job. I thought the beginning and end were quite funny. I ran across your story while searching for "unspeakable" because two of my stories deal with the Department of Mysteries. I wrote a one-shot about Bode, so seeing one about Croaker was fun. Thanks for an entertaining story. I'll have to check out Quirrel sometime. Right now... I'm late for class. Oh snap.

Author's Response: I will now look for your Bode fic and review it.

The Mystery of the Lightning Bond by electronicquillster

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: As Andrea Benning starts her fifth year at Hogwarts alongside The Trio, she has her own daily things to deal with, like a life-altering secret, studying, orchestrating Operation Sophie-Roderick Romance and a crush of her own. When one attends Hogwarts, one can hardly expect things to go as planned.

Fred and George Weasley are really only returning to Hogwarts for the priceless market research, but will there be time for other things as well?

As friendships and romances develop, the students at Hogwarts will also have to deal with the second rise of the evil Lord Voldemort and the terrible toad of a Defense professor - Umbridge.
Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 01/24/06 Title: Chapter 16: Kites and Sackings

Great chapter with great tie-ins to OotP. I like the behind-the-scenes scenes, such as Dumbledore clearing the grounds before going to see some... friends in the forest. Can't wait for the next one to go up!

Author's Response: Thanks, Em. I'm glad you like it. I feel like your one of my more reliable critics, so I'm always glad when you genuinely like what I write.

Author's Response: Thanks, Em. I'm glad you like it. I feel like your one of my more reliable critics, so I'm always glad when you genuinely like what I write.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 05/15/05 Title: Chapter 8: Matches Can Burn

I still love the library. It's sad, but if I were to choose one room in Hogwarts to visit (if I could only pick one, of course), it would be the library, and your description of your version of it gave me another reason for choosing this room. And I'm STILL holding out for Roderick and Sophie. My favorite part, though? The author's responses to reviews. :) What can I say, I like shout-outs to me. Keep updating... so you can get to chapter 10!

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/15/05 Title: Chapter 5: Completely Mental, That One

I still think your writing style is quite good. Good transparency, as one of my professors would put it. I thought that you did a good job with Malfoy's flirting (if one could call it that) techniques. And the reason that he is interested is quite amusing. I'm not sure whether or not I like the fairy. I think it will depend if she plays a part in the plot or not. If she does, then I wouldn't mind her much. If she doesn't, then she seems a little out of place. Though fairies are in the canon books, they don't seem like the types of creatures that would befriend wizards. Ultimately, though, it's your preferences that matter. Keep going! I love the idea of a "behind the scenes" type of story. Especially one containing the missing Gryffindor fifth years.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/15/05 Title: Chapter 5: Completely Mental, That One

Oh, I forgot! I wanted to comment on the comment you made on the number of reads. I'm not really sure what's up with that. Some of my chapters in the middle have less reads than later chapters. If it makes you feel better, your first chapter has more reads than my first chapter! I still don't think that your numbers (of reviews and reads) reflect the quality of the story, especially Chapter 4. Update soon.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 03/22/06 Title: Chapter 19: The Exit

I can't believe that you didn't send this to me before posting it. Or that I didn't figure out that I hadn't read this chapter until yesterday. I think someone's getting a bit too into the Marauder fic and isn't giving LB enough priority... ;-P Good chapter, as usual. Loved the twins exit.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/12/05 Title: Chapter 4: Advice and Boggarts

Brilliant. Your first chapters got my attention enough for me to continue, but your fourth chapter was enough to keep me coming back. Your main character is quite amusing and the supporting characters are very likable. You have Dumbledore's character down to a T and I LOVED the staircase. The fact that this story has not received more feedback than it it has in no way reflects its quality. 10/10... something I've never given a fan fiction on here before. Update soon.

Author's Response: Ha ha! Thanks so much! I'm really glad to hear that you like the story. I'm also really glad that you think I nailed Dumbledore because I was really really worried that I had overdone it...Anyway, thanks for taking the time to review!

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 10/14/05 Title: Chapter 12: Dropping Eaves & Deciphering Reason

Very nice. Glad the mods finally let you post. Of course, you ARE a mod now... can you post your own chapters? Kidding, kidding. Send a shout-out to the second beta for me. ;) 10/10

Author's Response: oh hush. Just because I'm a mod... Oh man. I guess that I could be stealthy and moderate it myself, but I wouldn't consider actually doing it. I need to know that my chapters are up to par, so I need that authentic validation.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 05/03/05 Title: Chapter 6: Complications and Meddlers

Good, as always. But I really want to learn about the lightning bond! Still, though, I completely understand that sometimes you just have to focus on moving relationships along, and this chapter did that nicely. Can't wait for you to update again.

Author's Response: Oh man, dare I tell you that no one's gonna be finding out what the lightning bond is until the epilogue?

Lol. Don't hurt me! Okay, I'll be dropping a lot of major hints along through chapters nine and ten, but yeah.

Thanks for the review and all your support. You rock.


Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/12/05 Title: None

Good start. I think that it would be interesting to read about James and Sirius setting Lupin up. I also am interested in seeing if/ how The Merchant of Venice ties in with the story. However, Sirius suddenly swtiched from being interested in Elisabeth to calling her Lupin's girl. Other than that, good job.

Author's Response: The Merchant of Venice: probabaly won't be a plotline, unless I get a really big idea in my head. I just used it because it was my favorite Shakespeare play. Sirius switched places so quickly because he is surprised and excited that Lupin might find her attractive.

Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! And your story rocks!


Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 10/18/05 Title: None

Good job! I know how much hard work you put into this. Good luck with the next chapter.


Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 11/16/05 Title: None

You've got a good start here. The chapter turned out nicely, I think. I like the references to things that happened at Hogwarts before Dumbledore got there. Can't wait to find out what you've got in store for what Dumbledore went through during school. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Author's Response: Thankies! Working on it at present, should be with you as soon as I get my muse back. It seems to be avoiding me at present...

Clair De Lune by Astrid Skywalker

Rated: 6th-7th Years •

It was full moon when the Dark Lord sealed a part of his soul within a magical amulet, and then broke it in half. One half was left to the faithful werewolves to guard. The other half was tossed into the impenetrable depths of time where no one but him could get it. When the first half has been found, the Order of the Phoenix selects Hermione Granger to go back into the past to search for the missing piece. What is waiting for her is a brutal task that will test her beyond her limits, and an undying love that extends beyond the boundaries of time.


No werewolves were harmed in the making of this story.

Winner of 2007 Quicksilver Quills Awards - Best Non-Canon Romance

Update (9 May): Chapter 17, Burning, is up! Enjoy!

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 05/11/08 Title: Chapter 17: Burning

Lei, I can't even describe how much I love getting e-mails that tell me you've updated your story. I'm not sure what I'm the most excited to read: what happens with the amulet, what happens between Remus and Hermione before she leaves, or what happens between Remus and Hermione after she gets back to the present. I'm also very curious if Hermione will be in the past when the Potters are murdered. Don't tell me--make us all wait until the new chapters come out. :-)

Great chapter! Can't wait for the next update.

Author's Response: Haha, I shall, don\'t worry. ;) I\'m glad you liked it! Thanks so much. =)

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 03/25/08 Title: Chapter 16: Clues

Well, finally. ;-) Now that that's out of my system, just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks for the update and for another job well done. Hope the next chapter comes soon!

Author's Response: Thank you, m\'dear. =)

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 04/22/07 Title: Chapter 15: He's Harry's Dad

I love this story and I hate cliffhangers. So we'd better not have to wait another five months to find out what happens next, Lei!

Thanks for another good chapter.

Author's Response: EM! O.O Where\'ve you been, dude? I\'ve been looking for you all over the place! *latches onto beloved beta*

Remember Cedric Diggory by Roommate of the Quillster

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

You may have heard of a tall, dark and handsome Hufflepuff... Prefect of his house, favored to be the next Head Boy, and Hogwart's champion. I am that champion; I am Cedric Diggory...

And if you think I'm really like that, that's sad. I'm the nice guy. Not boring, nice. Sometimes I get a bit carried away. I think Ed is having a bad influence on me. He's a bit egotistical, but he's one of my best friends anyway. People in Hufflepuff aren't as lame as they're made out to be. My best friend Porter is muggleborn and says some of the craziest things--half of them I've never even heard of! Maybe I should just tell you everything. Then you'd understand.
Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 12/27/05 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Great idea for a story. Perfect name for it. And probably the best place to start. It's sad that it will have to end in the same place it started.... Poor Cedric. :( I'm looking forward to the rest.

Author's Response: Why thank you, my dear! :) It is sad that it will have to end back here... I hope the journey is enjoyable! Let me know what you think--I do value your opinion.

Voice of Truth by Ginny_W

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: *Complete* After years of living on the run for the murder of Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape is captured by Aurors. Hermione must now try to convince Harry of Snape's innocence.

Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 05/13/07 Title: Chapter 8: Tell A Different Story

The only truly bad thing I have to say about this story is that it has shaken my confidence in Snape's guilt. It's quite impressive how well this story is supported by canon--you didn't mess with the canon plot, and the characters are quite in character. Making each chapter contain a canon quote made the story all the more believable (even if it wasn't your idea, you made it work well).

I have to admit that I'm not sure Draco should be supported by Hermione in the way he is in the last chapter. It's believable that Severus could prove that Draco was more innocent than he probably seemed to the Wizarding World, but I find it hard to believe that Hermione would so easily forgive him for everything he did during their years at Hogwarts. True, Draco probably isn't as evil as many other Death Eaters, but that wouldn't make him completely innocent. He did some bad things while trying to protect him mother, but he also did things to Hermione he has no excuse for. All of that said, while I don't think Draco has a role in this story, I think you could make a strong case for him in his own story.

Nice use of flashbacks. I see why you used them--some parts of this story could not have been as vividly spoken by Hermione, at least not to Harry and Ron.

I'm so happy that this was featured. I doubt I'd have found it on my own. (I'll favorite it on the off-chance that it will help other people on this site discover it.) Thanks for the perfect break from studying for finals, Ginny_W!

To Strike With a Vengeance by Roommate of the Quillster

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The first time Sirius broke into the castle wasn't the easy time. Not even close...

Written for joybelle423 as an assignment in Transfiguration, Spring of '07.
Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 07/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when I saw "Roommate of the Quillster" on the left-hand menu, under "Most Recent."

This was a very clever, completely canon-based fic! I loved the Flumes, Crookshanks and, of course, the trick stairs. I don't think there are many wizards who would think of trying to talk pieces of Hogwars into doing things, but I absolutely believe that the Marauders would have been some of the students would would think of it.

The only thing I would have liked to see a little differently is the Fat Lady's response to seeing her favorite student in Hogwarts again. We know she recognized him because she's able to tell everyone who shredded her portrait. I think it would have been interesting to see more of her emotions at seeing her favorite student, who supposedly turned out to be a mass murderer.

I'd love to see more missing scenes with Sirius (or Lupin) in book 3. Maybe a series of one-shots of Sirius's finest moments not covered by canon? :-) Great job, Shanae!

That's What Friends Do by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Sometimes the truth is slick, evasive, and hard to capture. And sometimes it's worth catching all the same.

An entry in the November one-shot challenge, in which Severus must give Lily a homemade present and she must kiss him on the cheek, by Vindictus Viridian of Ravenclaw.
Reviewer: ByMerlinsBeard Signed
Date: 11/26/07 Title: Chapter 1: ----

Lovely story! I can ship Lily/Severus when it's written like this. And you know that's saying something.

Sorry for the lack of constructive criticism. I'd give it to you if I had any. :-)

Author's Response: Hey, stranger! Thanks! You know I have to laugh a bit about SS/LE now that it\'s all canon and stuff, right?