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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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The Seventh Horcrux by Melindaleo

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: The hunt for the Horcruxes begins. Harry has to decide who to trust as he moves closer to fulfilling his destiny. Will he be able to find and destroy all the Horcruxes? And at what price? Will he be able to find the strength within himself – the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not – in order to succeed in vanquishing Voldemort? And…can he do it and still get the girl? Join Harry and his faithful friends on their quest to finally defeat a Dark Lord.
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 11/03/06 Title: Chapter 36: The Power He Knows Not

Well, what can I say? It's been an awesome ride. I've been following your story for quite some time now, and it's sad to see it end. (Sorry for not reviewing as often as I should have -- I tend to print out a chapter at a time and read while I'm walking to school, but then I forget to log back in and review.)

While I tend to think the intimacy ought to have been put off until they were married, I think you made it realistic and handled it in about the best way possible (i.e. you let us know what happened, but didn't go into "gory detail"). This is definitely one of those times when I can say, "Well, I might not put that into one of my own stories, but if I was going to, I hope I'd be able to handle it this maturely." I think you portrayed that part of the chapter in a very tasteful/non-offensive way. So good job. :)

Oh, one more thing. I think the way you've handled Draco is fantastic. Most of the stories I've come across where he ended up helping the "good guys" have him either (a) become an exemplary fellow and best friends with the Trio, or (b) go right back to being an insufferable git as soon as Voldemort's out of the way. I feel like your characterization of Draco, and his relationship with the other characters, has been excellent.

Once again, thanks for the wonderful ride, and I anxiously look forward to the epilogue. Cheers!

Author's Response: Oh, thanks so much! I debated long and hard over what to do about Harry and Ginny, but my gut just insisted this was right for them. Originally, I\'d thought about it before the final battle, but I wanted it to be a beginning, not an end. So, I thought it worked for THIS story. :)

Worth Fighting For by SunDevil05

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Ginny finds out just what it is that Harry is fighting for.
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 03/29/06 Title: Chapter 1: Worth Fighting For

I thought this story was really sweet, and I just couldn't bear to see it here with no reviews. Unfortunately, I have a sinking suspicion that happy moments between Harry and Ginny will be rare in book 7, but I can still hope for sweet times like these.

To Rekindle the Flame by hopelesslyhopeful

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: The eight year War has been over for almost three years and members of the Order and their families are slowly slipping back into normal lifestyles; all except Ginny. Every day she lives with deep regret for turning from Harry and her guilt increases as no one knows if he is alive or dead. A story about the journey one must take to get back the things missed the most.

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 05/26/06 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 3 Restoring Hope

Another very good chapter. I'm looking forward to the next one -- I can't wait to see Mrs. Weasley's reaction.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I really hope you do like Mrs. Weasley\'s reaction...I think it\'s very true to character ;)

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 10/07/06 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 12 Hogsmeade

Yay, the chapter was approved! I have to admit, I'm getting really antsy for them to locate Harry and go charging off to the rescue. I know these take time, but still... I'm really interested to see what happens when they contact Draco, not to mention find out what Pansy's up to and who the stranger in the pub was. Ohhh, so many questions. Please update soon -- I need more!

Author's Response: i know i\'m dragging out the whole rescue thing and it\'s not totally for purpose of torture...really! but, i will say that things are going to fly into ultra speed in the next few chapters and i hope that will satisfy...

I'll Be There for You by HG4evur

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: It's after the final battle. Many have died. A Marriage Act has been placed upon the wizarding world. Harry's got his eye in on a certain red-head!
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 05/26/06 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

This is such a creative story idea; I'm fascinated by it. Please update soon -- we're all dying to find out what happens next.

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 05/03/07 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Wow, I had totally given up hope of this story ever being continued. I'm glad you proved me wrong. :-) This was a very cute chapter -- nice and fluffy. The interaction between Harry and Ginny in the park seemed a bit rushed, but other than that, well done. Dumbledore was pretty mean at the end there; he really needs to just tell them. Well, thanks for updating, and I hope to see another chapter here soon!

The First Letter by GWeaz

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Everyone knows that Lily hated James. That is, until a special bottle worked its magic on them. When Lily is distraught from the death of her parents she can't imagine life without them. She finds a letter in a bottle that gives her strength to go on. Who was this boy that wrote to her? Could there possibly be someone out there that loved her so deeply?

This is the prequel to my other story, Message in a Bottle. It isn't essential that you read that one first, but it might be helpful.

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 10/24/06 Title: Chapter 7: Transifiguration

Hooray! I was so happy to see an update that I had to read it right away. This chapter is yet another fun read, and I really like the interaction between the characters. I'm glad you've made the "relationship" between James and Lily believable for eleven-year-olds (i.e. James making jokes). Of course, if Lily were to respond as though she fancied him, James would probably bolt at this point, as he would have no idea what to do next (my opinion, anyway). But I'm still really enjoying this story, and I hope to see another update soon.

Author's Response: I\'m glad that you approve. Thanks so much for the great review. Sorry I can\'t update more often, I would love to, but I just haven\'t got all that much time since school started up again... :(

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 10/03/06 Title: Chapter 6: Moonlight

I really like the way you introduced James and Remus' relationship in this chapter -- it showed that James really is a good guy at heart, even if he might have a big head at times. I was so glad you updated; I was starting to get worried. I followed Message in a Bottle all the way through as you were writing it, and I loved it -- same goes for this one. Keep it up, and please update soon!

Author's Response: Yay! I am so glad to hear from you. I really am very sorry about the long wait, but the beginning of senior year pretty much blew up in my face. I will try to be more regular in my updates from now on. I\'m glad that you liked this chapter and thought that it was fitting for the boys. Anyway, thanks for the review!

Dark Heart by Igo Retla

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: After the defeat of Tom Riddle, once known as "Lord Voldemort", Harry Potter, "The Chosen One", settled down to a long and happy life. But not all was to remain as pleasant as he might have hoped.
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 11/29/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

*shudder* Okay, that was just... sad, actually. It made me want to cry. Poor Harry. Poor Hermione. Poor everybody. The sad thing is, I think Ron may have gotten the best part of this deal. I enjoyed it, in a sick and twisted sort of way.

Your descriptions were very good -- clear, but not overly graphic. I also really liked your creativity, not only with the shocker of who the villian is, but also with the rather gruesome idea of her preserving the bodies of her victims. You know, now I think about it, the way I started this review really sums it all up. *shudder*

Author's Response: I\'ve always found psychological impact more important than raw gore. I don\'t think that I\'ll ever do \"graphic\" in that manner. Thanks for stopping by!

The Dark Lord's Blog by Schmerg_The_Impaler

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: What does Lord Voldemort do in his spare time? Well, that's an excellent question. Who would have known that the Dark Lord has a blog? (He also has a loyal following of readers, most of whom are Death Eaters and who post their comments.) Voldemort dispenses advice on everything from murder methods to germ protection to Power Rangers to shoes, and gives an account of the life of an evil overlord. But is he posting too much personal information online? And will Harry read it and find out more about the Dark Lord than Voldemort ever intended? Read and see.

WARNING: Extremely OOC behaviour from almost all.

RUNNER-UP in the 2007 Quicksilver Quills Awards for Best Humour fic! Also nominated like 21 times, because apparently my readers are as insane as I am!

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 12/05/06 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: I Sold My Soul on eBay

A fitting end to a hilarious tale. I especially liked the reference to the cannibal in Azkaban (yes, I have seen your little movie on the forums). It's so sad to see this story end. I hope you start posting a new one soon.

Author's Response: Heehee, thanks, nuw! The cannibal guy came from a dream that I once had about book seven, where there\'s a scene that has Lucius getting bullied in jail...

The Way Home by RoxyMarie

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Three months have passed since the last time Harry Potter was seen. This is the story of a young man trying to find his way home.
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 11/15/06 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: A Stray

Yay! I can't wait for Harry to get back to Ginny and stick it to Snape, Malfoy and Wormtail. Please update soon!

Author's Response: Soon. Thanks for the review.

The Auror's Duty by Aelan Greenleaf

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Harry Potter was presumed killed in the Final Battle years ago, and those he left behind moved on, slowly picking up the pieces of the lives that had been shattered by the Second War. However, over a decade after the defeat of evil, a young boy is captured by a desperate man in the search of revenge. Auror Ginny Weasley is assigned to find and rescue Alex Ryerson from the cluches of evil and runs into his muggle father, whose emerald eyes are heartbreakingly familiar.

It seems that secrets cannot stay safe forever...

part ten in queue as of sept. 29th!

[post-hogwarts, Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione]
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 01/26/07 Title: Chapter 8: Interlude: The Boy-Who-Left

*Gasp!* Could it be that we were right and Alex isn't really Harry's son after all? But who is this woman who showed up on his doorstep? Was the baby Alex? Argh, I just want to read more, but I know I have to wait. Please update soon!

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 01/12/07 Title: Chapter 7: The Ministry of Magic

Very good chapter, and yet... frustrating. *sigh* Still no answers, although I suppose that's the point, isn't it? ;-) It's good to see Harry and Ron reconciled so easily, and I'm glad the four are all working together. Of course, I still REALLY want to know what's going on with Harry -- what happened to prevent him from coming back? But I trust you to tell us when the time is right. Please update soon!

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 01/10/07 Title: Chapter 6: Many Questions and Few Answers

I've been of the same mind as saveginny_506 for some time now -- doubting that Harry is REALLY Alex's father. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on my part. On the other hand, I have this little theory that's probably waaaaaaaaay off, but you might get a laugh out of it:

I think Alex was a case similar to Tom Riddle's (nobody wanted him, so he was headed for a Muggle orphanage), and Harry somehow found out about him and decided to take him in to keep history from repeating itself. Okay, maybe not.

Anyway, I think you're doing a great job with this story. Like everyone else, I'm a bit frustrated by the lack of answers, but I trust you'll reveal everything at the proper time. Keep up the good work!


Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 10/12/06 Title: None

Very nice beginning - it grabbed my attention right away. Please update soon; we're all dying to see what happens next!

Author's Response: Thanks, I\'m glad you like it. Chapter 2: The Arrival is in the Queue, so it should be up soon!

When Darkness Did Surround Us by MagEd

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: 2007 QSQ Awards Runner-up for Best Post-Hogwarts

Petunia Dursley is enjoying dinner with her family when someone starts pounding on the door. Ready to tell them off for being so rude and refusing to leave when they didn't answer at first, Petunia opens the door to have a baby shoved into her arms and told she is his only family. Years after the great Harry Potter defeated Voldemort, Death Eaters have risen to power and taken over Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, and even the Ministry of Magic. Their marriages announced invalid, their children in danger and their lives hanging by a thread, the heroes of the war with Voldemort must once again take a stand against evil.

H/G and R/Hr

(pre-Deathly Hallows)


*Quote from The Epilogue*

Suddenly Harry was kissing her as if he couldn’t resist the temptation. There was a kind of frenzy to the kiss at first, a kind of desperate need, but it melted into something soft and sweet and gentle, a promise of a future when kisses would never be limited. When they broke apart he rested his forehead on hers, sprinkling a few affectionate butterfly kisses across her face. “I love you,” he murmured.
Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 12/02/06 Title: Chapter 5: The Mudblood Camp

Another wonderfully-written, yet sad, chapter. You're doing an excellent job with this story, and although I'm sure we're all screaming for the "good guys" to immediately go kick some butt, I hope you don't rush through things. Keep up the excellent work, and please give us another chapter soon.

Author's Response: Thanks. As much as I too want the Death Eaters spat on, the story has a lot more problems about to come up. The next chapter will focus back on Petunia and James and I hope to have it written soon. Thanks for the review.

An Unclear Past by Winged Artemis

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: It's years after the trio is out of Hogwarts, Harry's found all of the Horcruxes, Voldemort's dying slowly and the Death Eaters are receding. All of the trio are married, and life is swell. But with one last flourish, Voldemort attacks Harry and Ron. The two defeat Voldemort, but lose their memories of their past since their first year, along with You-Know-Who, leaving Hermione, Ginny, the Weasleys and Harry and Ron's kids help nurse them back to sanity.

Author's Note: The Violence is mild in the first and fourth chapter, there is a bit, so I added a Violence warning. It's not graphic, though.

Currently on hiatus. See profile for more information.

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 11/02/06 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter One - Returning Home

Just wanted to say I'm liking your story so far. I think it's well-written, and I agree with everyone else that it's just so... SAD right now. I'm glad to hear that things will get fluffy later on.

Please update soon; we HAVE to know what happens. And I'm really interested to see how you bring Harry back from the brink of death and Ron back to life. You ARE going to, right? :D

Author's Response: Kill Harry and Ron? ::passes out:: In your dreams, my friend! Haha. Yeah, they\'ll be back...Just wait and see. I\'m going slow with Chapter Two because I\'m writing two other fics at the same time. But thanks for the review, and I might just go and work on that now.... ;-)

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 12/08/06 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter Three - Dreams and Reality

Yay! They're alive! Well, now we know what happened (more or less, anyway). I'm interested to see what happens next.

Author's Response: Oh, yay! Thank you! nad I\'m gload you liked it... it was a blearghish chapter to right. :-)

Author's Response: ...I hate typos. ::sighs::

A Different Road II: Influence of a Diary by black_ink

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: [Year 2: Complete] Its Harry’s second year as a Slytherin, and the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. The Heir of Slytherin is out there somewhere, having students petrified left and right, and by the end of the year someone will die from Slytherin’s horrible beast. But this time, Harry's the one with Riddle's diary.

How will Harry’s years at Hogwarts turn out, now that he's a Slytherin? Will he turn to the Dark Arts and be a follower of Voldemort? Or will he kill Voldemort, or die trying, after he learns of the prophecy? Will Harry's choices lead him down a different road? Follow and you will see...

“What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it, dull to the contemporary who reads it, invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.” –Ellen Terry

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 11/19/06 Title: Chapter 3: Old Photographs

Hmmm.... I'm still enjoying the story, although I wish the updates were more frequent. Then again, you could update every day and it wouldn't be enough for me, so don't take it to heart.

I especially enjoyed the parts with Dobby and with the snake, although I too am somewhat disturbed by Harry's reference to Voldemort as "The Dark Lord."

I do have one question, though (which I'm sure you've already considered and won't actually answer right now, but which I'm going to ask anyway): Will Ginny Weasley be smitten with Harry the way she was in CoS? If she is, that could prove interesting indeed. I mean, what would Percy and the twins think of their baby sister pining after a Slytherin? I'm sure you've already thought of this and either discarded or embraced the idea, but I thought I'd put it out there anyway, since I'd personally like to see some of the characters' reactions.

Anyway, congrats on another great chapter, and I hope to see the next one soon!

Author's Response: I always send the next chapter to the queue about five or six days after the previous one, but they aren\'t validated until a week later. Nothing I can do about that, but I\'m sorry.

Someone else mentioned that, too, about him referring as the Dark Lord. Is there something in that? Maybe, maybe not.

I actually have not really thought about who is going to be with. I have no person in mind later, like 5th year, which will make some problems between him and Draco. With Ginny, I’m actually not sure. But there’s something that happens in the 3rd year, which will definitely discard the idea. I’m not telling you what though.

Thank you very much!! I’ll be putting the next chapter into the queue quicker this time! ~Sara

Reviewer: nuw255 Signed
Date: 12/02/06 Title: Chapter 5: Unexpected Offering

This whole thing with Draco and his parents is really sad. I have a friend whose family is sort of like that: they seem perfectly fine when there's company, but they're at each other's throats when they're alone.

I was happy to see Ron's response to Harry's letter. He's clearly not thrilled, but he's willing to accept his friend despite his faults. Very refreshing after so often seeing Ron depicted as a hothead who never considers trying to temper his reactions.

What does Draco want? Probably something to do with his father. Ultimately, he wants his father's love, but I think he'd settle for his father's respect and acceptance.

Yet again, you have given us a wonderful chapter. I can't wait to see what Harry decides to do with the Hand of Glory. Dying to see what happens next.

Author's Response: I have something like that with my father and that\'s how I pictured the relationship between Draco and his father.

I pictured Ron\'s reaction as anger when he first read it at the Burrow, but didn\'t want to seem angry when he wrote back. Ron didn\'t want to seem angry because he still wants Harry to come over, and lets just say that he thought Harry wouldn\'t if he knew Ron was angry with him.

I too think Draco wants that. He hates his father when he\'s alone with him, but when someone says something against his father, Draco will defend Mr. Malfoy.

Thank you very much!! The Hand of Glory will come in handy!! ~Sara