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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Yay! I was so happy to see an update. I'm dying to see our heroes go kick some vampire a- uh, butt. Your story's still great. Please update quickly.
Yay! I'm so glad the good guys got their powers back. I really hope Harry doesn't go and do something stupid, though. Please tell me we'll get some vampire whippin' in the next chapter (or vampire stakin' or whatever it is you do with vampires).
I've been reading this story since the beginning, and you've honestly made me mad a few times, but your writing is good enough and your plot intriguing enough that I've stayed. Let me tell you, my patience is paying off: I love this story again! Please update soon.
Oooooooh, I'm on the edge of my seat. I'm really glad Ginny didn't end up getting captured again, but I'm dying to know what just happened with Dumbledore's portrait and Prof. McGonagall. Please update soon!
*wow guys...i'm so sorry i havent updated in a while. im not going to make excuses other than say that my computer with the story on it broke--so i'm rewriting the last few chapters. SORRY FOR THE DELAY AND THANK YOU TO ALL MY LOYAL READERS!*
YAY!!! I had seriously given up on this story ever being completed, so you probably won't be surprised when I tell you I did a double-take when I saw it on the "Most Recent" list. I was so happy I had to re-read the whole thing immediately.
Yay! (Again.) They're back together -- it's enough to bring a smile to any face. Thank you so much for updating, and I look forward to seeing how it ends. I'm glad you've got your computer problems taken care of.
I have to say that I was surprised when I read that you're just starting your junior year of high school. You're a very good writer, and I had somehow pictured you as being older. Congratulations.
This is a very interesting story, and I've enjoyed the twists and turns along the way. I must admit that my reaction to Aberforth having had the locket for so long was similar to many others who have reviewed: why wouldn't he have told Albus about it?
Upon further reflection, however, I realized that Dumbledore didn't know that the locket was the Horcrux in the cave by the sea. He could conceivably have known that his brother had the locket, but thought that something else (the cup, perhaps) was in the cave. Then, when he saw it was the locket, he didn't want to tell Harry it had been a waste until they were safely back at school, but he never got the chance. You'd still have to explain why he was waiting to destroy the locket (I'm not sure what to suggest here, as all that's required is tossing it into a fire), but it would at least explain why he bothered going to the cave. Just a suggestion; feel free to use it or not as you see fit.
Anyway, this is a great story, and I hope real life doesn't make the gaps between submissions too unbearably long.
I like the angle you're taking with this story. Not many things would convince Harry to go back to Hogwarts after the events in HBP, but if it were Dumbledore's last request.... After the incident with Draco being disguised as Ron, I found myself wondering if it was really Hermione that Harry was sharing his plans with. I guess I'll have to wait for the next chapter (I hope it's coming soon)!
Author's Response: Thank you for your review!
Yay! Ron and Hermione, finally together again... how sweet. I was sure before that Snape was going to turn out to be a "good guy" after all, but I'm really interested to see how you explain why he killed Dumbledore. The story's still going great; please update again soon!
Author's Response: Hey thanks - and I think you\'re a new reviewer, right? Happy that you wrote a li\'l something, I really appreciate it. I am working on the next chapter right now, and I promise it won\'t be a whole month til I update. That\'s very unusual for me!! Thanks for reading, and reviewing! ;-)
Perfect: they finally find each other, and it's in detention. I actually found myself getting frustrated with all the times Harry and Ginny had almost had the chance to look one another in the eye, but let the opportunity pass (like when he saw her heading for the library).
I wonder what they'll do now that they've really 'found' each other. They seem to have forgotten about Filch for the moment, so it could be... interesting. What I really wonder is how Filch will react to whatever it is they do.
Still enjoying your story. Keep up the excellent work. I can't wait for the conclusion!
Let me start by saying I'm still enjoying the story. Dumbledore being the creator of the bottle really surprised me, although I guess it shouldn't have. I had actually been thinking it might have been made by Fred and George, but then I guess it would have had to blow up or something.
I think you portrayed Malfoy just right. Underneath it all he's a chicken, but he works hard to act tough. His comment about Ginny was absolutely perfect; it even made me want to deck him.
Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to chapter 4.
Very sweet story; the conclusion was worth the wait. I'm not sure I can see Ginny as a Spice Girls fan, but that part definitely made me laugh (which is what I think you were going for). :D If only ALL detentions were like this one...
Author's Response: Yeah, I don't really think she would be either, but you know how their songs are; they get stuck in your head and stay.... forever. I don't even like them, yet, I know all the words. I was pretty much trying to get something British that would be funny and happened in the 90's, and my being like 8 pretty much left little to choose from. I'm glad that you thought it was funny though, that's what I was trying to do.
I'm glad to see that chapter 2 has been posted! The only frustrating thing about fan fiction sites is that you have to wait for the next chapter. :) I am really enjoying your story, even though I'm usually not very into romance fics, so kudos to you.
I liked the way you portray Harry's distraction; it's funny, but still realistic enough that your readers can relate to it.
I also really like that Harry's new perspective is causing him to notice feelings that he already had -- the message in the bottle didn't make him fall in love, it just made him start to realize it.
Author's Response: Yeah, I know about the waiting thing, it drives me crazy. Thanks so much for the review. All the things you said were exactly what I was going for, so I'm glad that it made sense to you.
Hooray, a new chapter! Excellent work, as usual. I thought the swarm of badgers was equally appropriate and creative. This is one of a very few stories that almost makes me jump up and down when I see that a new chapter has been validated. Keep up the good work, and update soon!
Author's Response: The next chapter was submitted almost instantly. I\'m glad you liked the badgers, I thought they were fun. Thanks for reviewing!
Nooooooooo! Harry can't really be dead... can he? I refuse to believe it! He's going to pull through somehow, and Fawkes is too. Please update ASAP, before we all die of nerves!
Author's Response: Wait and see, I\'m updating tomorrow so it should be up soon.
I thought this chapter was great! I actually laughed out loud at a couple of parts. Thanks for the frequent updates, and keep up the good work!
Author's Response: I'm really glad you liked it, even enough to laugh out loud. I really did have fun writing it, though I didn't like it anywhere near as much as most of the rest of the book. Still, I couldn't take it out, and now I'm glad I didn't.
First of all, thank you for the frequent updates. I think you did a really good job of making the new living arrangements believable. Usually when people want to create this type of living arrangement, they just do it, usually with a very short (and lame) explanation. The fact that Harry is a teacher gives a completely logical reason for him to have his own quarters, and his blindness would make it very difficult for him to live alone. Although I don't think McGonagall is the type to encourage two girls and two boys to live together like this, you've done a good job of making it convincing. Especially with the alarm spells, I could see her allowing this, given the special circumstances.
Author's Response: Thanks! I was trying for believability, and it is a hard thing to do. I wanted them all away from Gryffindor tower, but I needed a good way to do it, and this worked out. Hopefully the frequent updates will continue like this all the way to the end!
Yay, Harry lives! Not that I ever doubted it, really. That battle was pretty cool, I must say.
I do hope that Harry will get his sight back at some point, but don't worry -- you won't lose me if he doesn't. And I'm glad you said you won't kill off Harry or Ginny. I've read a lot of great stories only to be disappointed when those two don't get to live happily ever after.
Keep up the excellent work, and please continue with the frequent updates. Oh, and I think most of us understood that you were asking for help with the summary, not the story itself.
Author's Response: Thank you, I really hope I was clear enough that I was just talking about the summary. Almost everything is written at this point. As to Harry and his sight, everyone will have to wait and see; I hope everyone is happy with where it goes.
Hmmm... it's been a while since I read this chapter, and no one else has reviewed it yet. I hope you don't get the impression that no one is reading, because I would be VERY disappointed if you were to abandon this story. I'm hooked; don't let me down.
I really enjoyed this chapter, especially the part with Harry and Ginny getting back together. I remember wanting to beat Harry over the head when he broke up with her in HBP, so it's good to see I'm not the only one who thinks he may have made a mistake. I think the Legillimency was a nice touch, too. It would be important for each of them to know the other really was serious. I do hope you explain (at some point) how Harry was able to do it.
Keep up the good writing, and please update soon!
Very nice chapter. I think you did a very good job of capturing Harry's reaction to having killed someone - he's definitely not the type of person to revel in that knowledge.
Oh, and thanks for the frequent updates recently; keep 'em coming!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing. To be fair, all praise for the recent updates goes to Mugglenet and the moderaters; I always have the next chapter in the queue as soon as the last one is approved, and they have been doing a great job at getting them in quickly the last few times.
So is Luna a seer then? That's the only explanation I could think of anyway. My one big confusion is why everyone is taking this prophecy so seriously if they think it came from Lord Voldemort. I mean, they don't really think he'd possess Petunia just to tell them something that would help them win the war, do they?
Other than that little confusion (which you might explain a little later on, anyway), I think your story is excellent. I eagerly await your next chapter. Oh, and I agree with your beta: it's time for Harry and Ginny to sneak off for a little alone time. ;)
Author's Response: So, Luna\'s not really a seer. She got a bit of a different gift. It\'s similar, however for the purposes of explanation. Which, I promise will be delved into more in chapter 14, which I just got back from my Beta. Hopefully, you\'ve noticed that they aren\'t giving too much thought to the \'new\' Prophecy, just enough to remind you of it from time to time. I don\'t think, in my humble opinion, that Voldemort was trying to possess Petunia, I think it was an unfortunate side effect of whatever he was doing at the time, compounded by the bond that Petunia was forming with Harry and the others. I am so glad that you like the direction in which the story is heading, it has deviated a bit from the original plan... Not too much, though. And, I have to agree with you too. It has been way too long until Harry and Ginny got some alone time. I promise, it\'s coming. Just not too fast.
'The Warrior will fall'? Please don't let that mean Ginny's going to snuff it. *Sends angry e-mail to Khrys' muse* I really am intrigued by this story, and I hope the next chapter gets validated soon. Please, please, please let Harry and Ginny live happily ever after at the end! :D
Author's Response: Thanks for your input. I have it on good authority, having received a cc\'ed copy of your angry email, that the muse has decided to take pity on Ginny. That\'s all I can say for now.