I'm a 26-year-old engineer who has become "obsessed" (that's the word my wife uses, anyway) with Harry Potter. Of course, she also accused me of being in love with Ginny Weasley once, so.... *shrug*
I write (and read) stories like the ones on this site as a way of escaping from the real world for a while.
Currently, I'm working on two chaptered stories (see below), which I update just as fast as the amazingly awesome Moderators will let me. I know I get frustrated when it takes forever for a story I'm reading to get updated, so I try to avoid giving other people that same frustration. :D
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My good friend Abby created a second banner for A Stolen Past, and it was too good not to post. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure!
Oh, I really hope Ron's plan worked to set them free. He needs to be the one to come up with the brilliant plan once in a while.
I also wanted to tell you that I'm very impressed with how much your writing has improved over the course of this story. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Aw! Thanks I\'ve been working so hard to do well and improve. I never stop writing, so it\'s good to hear that the hard work paid off. Thanks for being a devoted reader! Naomi
Hooray! They're on their way out! I thought Bella's empty promises and then her rage when she couldn't find Harry and Ginny were very appropriate. I'm interested to see what happens next.
Author's Response: Thanks. I thought that Bella should at least be upset when her plans don\'t go right...but that\'s about to change. I can\'t wait for the next chapter to be ready for you guys. You\'re the best. Thanks for reading! Naomi
Noooo! Bella is so evil! Well, I guess that goes without saying, but still. I wonder how Harry and Ginny are going to get out of this one. They ARE going to get out of it, right? RIGHT??? ;-)
Author's Response: Not saying anything. You will see though. I\'m glad you like it!!!! Naomi
Hey there! I just wanted to say that I liked the chapter, and I'm on my way to read the next one.
Very sweet. I hope you update again soon, because I really want to know what happens with the rock thingy, and what's going on with Harry and Ginny.
Author's Response: Thanks you! I will try to hurry up and write the next chapter. But I\'m afraid it won\'t be until after Thanksgiving....but don\'t give up on me please!
Just want to let you know I'm still reading. I see a new chapter is in the queue, and I await it anxiously.
Author's Response: Thanks for still reading. I need good critism. Your awesome for being patient with me! Thanks!
I just discovered this story a few days ago, and I have to say it's really got my attention. I've noticed that your writing really seems to improve as the story progresses, so congratulations for that. I really want to know what happens next, and I was so glad to see that a new chapter had been submitted. Please update frequently from here on out. Pretty please?
Author's Response: Thank you for your nice compliments. I\'m working harder to try and be more descriptive and make the characters more realistic. I\'m glad that you can see improvement. I just added my newest chapter. I hope that you enjoy it! And I promise to update more frequently....that is if classes and work permits! ;) Naomi
Oh, I see! Now Ron and Hermione are going to be able to rescue Harry (I hope). Then they can all go get Ginny away from Bellatrix. :-)
Author's Response: Sounds like a good idea to me too! lol! Naomi
Yay! I just love happy endings, and they don't get much happier than that. Thanks for sticking with this story 'til the end. It's been great.
Author's Response: Happy endings are nice, aren't they? I'm glad you enjoyed it!
As Ron would say, "Brilliant!" I have thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I too will be sad to see it end. Don't think that means we don't want you to post the last chapter, though! You've really done an amazing job with this story (and the previous one). I anxiously await the conclusion...
Author's Response: lol - yay! I'll take Brilliant! Oh, yes, the last chapter is coming. I'm glad you liked it!
Just a tip: McGonagall only has one 'n'. I noticed in your note that you had two, so that might be the misspelling they're talking about.
On a happier note, I was really glad to see you had submitted a new chapter (I had basically given up on this as yet another abandoned story). Don't get discouraged, and keep writing!
Author's Response: i cannot believe that after i made such a huge fuss, i spell it wrong in the note! talk about silly! watch for new chapters soon!
Hooray! Finally a chapter that didn't make me want to hit the computer screen. Actually, the last one was good too, I was just disappointed that Mauricio hadn't hit Ginny. It's not that I think he would really do that, I just had this really funny picture in my head of Harry storming over to Mauricio's apartment to curse him, only to find that Ginny had turned him into a giant banana slug before she left. I know it's extremely random, but that's what I really wanted to see.
This chapter, though... it was great. I, like Harry loved the fact that he kept coming out on top in the sidebar, but I'm more glad that Harry and Ginny seem to be Harry and Ginny again. Here's hoping that Paris treats them well, and that The Letter will resurface soon. Cheers!
Sorry, didn't do it for me. I'm not saying ginny and Hermione wouldn't ever look at other guys, but they're just not the type that would actually sit down and make a list. Hermione, for one, would be appalled at anyone who would objectify people in that way. Ginny... let's just say that if she actually married Harry, she'd probably be a little more sensitive to how he would feel if he were to find out about this little list.
Don't get me wrong -- I really like your story overall, but Ginny and Hermione are just a little too OOC in this chapter. The hotties list, or whatever it is, may be something that most girls do, but Hermione and Ginny aren't most girls. The beginning was very good, though -- the discussion of the life-debt. Very believable.
Please update soon. I apologize now if I offended you with any of the above. That's just how I feel.
Author's Response: Don\'t worry- I\'m not offended! I\'m glad that you actually took the time to point out justifiable reasons as to WHY you find them to be OOC. Sorry to say, I can\'t change it, and really even if I could I wouldn\'t, but I\'m glad you still told me how you felt! Don\'t worry- there\'s lots more to come, and hopefully I can redeem myself. Please keep reviewing!
Ooooooooooooooh, I want to keep reading! That's always my reaction when I come to the end of one of your chapters, though. I still really want to see what happens with Riddle's Apprenticeship, and I'm looking forward to Isobel being reunited with the parents she doesn't remember. I know life is busy, but pleeeeeeeease update soon.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review dear. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
Hooray! It's always nice to see a new chapter up, and, as usual, you've done an excellent job. I'm going to assume that the lie Dumbledore told to Sirius was that James already knew, is that right? That's what I gathered from the conversation with Melinda, anyway.
I'm dying to know what Dumbledore's plan is, and what happened to Snape. Oh, and Fred and George (I almost forgot). Keep up the excellent work, but please try to update more often. You're killin' us!
Author's Response: You have excellent reading comprehension. Yes, the lie Albus told was about how much James knew. Plans, and updates all around next chapter. It\'s a good 10000 words. :D
I'm new to this site, but I've read quite a few fics so far. I haven't been too impressed by most of the AU fics, but I really think this one is good. I think you've got a great concept here, and I'm glad you're not abandoning it. Looking forward to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks so much. I hope you find some more excellent AU's and continue to enjoy your stay her at MuggleNet. It is a fun site. Thanks for the kind review.
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Another great chapter. I'm glad you didn't drag out Lily's transformation -- the suspense would have been too much. It was heartwarming to see her and James together again, but I agree that she really should give him all the details soon. I guess now she's got something big in common with Remus (being a cursed being who transforms against their will).
I'm still thinking that Riddle will pick Harry as his heir. (BTW, am I correct in assuming that immortality comes hand-in-hand with sterility?) Perhaps Harry becoming Riddle's heir will make him a Parselmouth, etc., just as Voldemort's failed AK did in the books. Hmmm... I do think it would be cool if the heir-making process gave Harry his lightning-bolt scar (it's just so weird to think of him without it).
I'm extremely excited to see what happens next. I want the Potters reunited, darn it! Ok, enough of that. Dumbledore takes his sweet time, but sometimes that's the only way to do it. I think he probably had Sirius locked up to prevent him spilling the beans about the kids being alive.
Keep up the excellent writing, and PLEASE update soon.
Author's Response: Hurting Lily is probably the worst thing that happened serendipitously. It made me feel like a bad person doing that to her.
Riddle\'s choice will be a major plot point and i can\'t say more.
If you\'re still reading, reunions are on the horizon.
CHAPTER 14 IS UP! CHAPTER 15 IS IN QUEUE!
Draco Malfoy is friends with Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys, and is dating Luna Lovegood. Charlie is falling for a dragon. Before I started reading this story, I would have said this was impossible to pull off without some serious OOC-ness. Thanks for proving me wrong. Somehow, you've managed all of this while still making it believable, and I salute you for it.
As for this chapter, I think you did a really good job. Ron's right -- Ginny is sort of filling in for Hermione. I can't wait until they go after Lucius, although I would kind of like to see Morgan roast him instead. Maybe she can get Fenrir. :) Keep up the good work. We're all anxiously anticipating the next chapter.
Author's Response: Wow! Your compliments are the best type an author likes to hear. I really appreciate them :) And I won\'t say how, but you have hit the nail right on the head about something.
I have a BAD feeling about this.... If the Death Eaters were trying to strip Harry of his ability to love, then I can only think of two possibilities:
1) They might have been trying to kill Ginny in order to throw Harry into an irreversible depression. If that was there plan, though, the light would have been green, right?
2) This is the one that realls makes me uneasy. They could have cast some sort of spell at Harry that was intended to remove his ability to love, but it hit Ginny instead. So when she recovers from her physical injuries, she won't be in love with Harry anymore. Oh, I REALLY hope that's not what happened.
Please update soon; we're dying to know what happens next!
Author's Response: Only time will tell.......but i will say that one of those is partially right......but which one?
This was a great chapter; I'm so excited. I can't wait to see the rescue of the Thompsons, and I really hope more of the (good) witches and wizards can get their powers back. I still wonder what Harry has to do, though, and what Snape has to do, for that matter.
Keep up the good work, and please update soon.