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!
Great chapter! But *gasp!* Ginny's either under the Imperius Curse or (more likely) under the effect of some potion. She seemed fine until the tea, and what was it that Lily saw her putting in there? Anyway, can't wait to see how Arthur's plan pans out, and I also can't wait to see Dick get what he deserves.
Author's Response: Thanks, yes, something is being done to Ginny . . . hopefully you\'ll find out soon enough. Thanks for the review!
Oooooh! I loved the ramming Dick with the antlers bit. Nice. Great chapter; I can't wait to see what Harry does to Dick. And I really hope Ginny doesn't decide to act stupid about the situation. Anyway, good luck with everything that's going on, and please try to update soon.
Author's Response: I did particularly enjoy having Harry use his antlers! Thanks for the review.
Harry's punches = GOOD
Dick = BAD
I loved Sirius' reaction to Harry's attack on Dick -- it was classic! Still waiting on that explanation for Ginny's behavior, though. On the other hand, I was very glad to see the old, forceful Ginny starting to shine through. Can we see some Bat-Bogeys attacking Dick's face soon, please? Please?
I'm intensely curious about why Ginny hasn't dumped him yet. It's more than obvious that he's a $#@% (insert your favorite expletive), and this chapter made it sound like she's trying to run him off (even if her efforts have been a little pathetic so far). But why hasn't she just thrown him out of her house and her life?
Argh. Still enjoying the story, and still looking forward to that explanation. Please update soon!
Author's Response: Lily is starting to get really annoyed at her mother as well, and the next chapter, as I said, will have her talking to both Dick (about why he hasn\'t gotten a clue yet) and her mother (about why SHE has gotten a clue yet!) Thanks for the review, I\'m glad you like it!
*wipes tear* That was so sad, yet so brutally realistic. If only she knew who he really was and that he would probably save her life one day. If only all of them knew....
Author's Response: It is indeed brutal. Sadly, that\'s life :( If they all had known, I\'m sure they would have deserted Dudley and gang and followed after Harry. But they didn\'t know, and neither did Harry. . . Darn those Dursleys!
Loved this chapter, especially the part where Dumbledore climbed up to the top of a tree. That was hilarious! Anyway, I'm excited to see where this story goes, and I hope you update soon.
P.S. I'm also anxiously awaiting updates to An Unclear Past. I'm an impatient bugger, aren't I? :)
Author's Response: I know. I put that Dumbledore-in-a-tree thing up as a joke to give my beta a laugh, and my beta said, \"were you kidding? i think you should leave that in the story!\" so i did. the third chapter to AUP is in the queue, so no worries there. you aren\'t annoying, i\'m glad to see people liking my stories, so no problemo at all! so many thanks for your review!!!
*sniff* It's so sad! I wonder what's up with Ginny. But I really wonder how Harry's going to get out of this predicament. Update soon!
Yet another very good chapter. It's starting to feel like we're getting somewhere, and yet we still don't really know anything yet. You've got me anxiously waiting for more!
Yay! They found him! And they didn't all hex each other on sight! I feel really bad for Ginny, though -- that would be really hard to deal with. I hope Harry gets his memory back eventually. Please update again soon!
Dear, sweet Rita... what would we do without her? This is a nice chapter, and I agree with RC that it's better than the last one. Don't get me wrong -- I absolutely love Ginny and I think the last chapter needed to be there, it just wasn't nearly as entertaining as this one. As always, I'm interested to see what happens next, and to eventually find out who has done this to poor Harry! Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Thanks. I\'m glad you like this chapter, because I had the most fun writing it out of any of my other chapters. Anyway, thanks so much for reviewing!
Nice chapter. My only complaint would be the Dursleys' using the word "magic." They usually refuse to actually say the word, replacing it instead with "weirdness" or "unnaturalness" or something similar. Other than that, though, it was very good. I'm still interested to see what in the world is going on. Oh, and the portable swamp in the parlor was great. :-)
Oooh, the plot thickens. Hopefully, a new chapter gets posted soon, because I'm really curious about what happens next.
Author's Response: I\'m just as anxious as you for my next chapter to be posted. I glad that your curious about Harry, and I hope you\'ll be satisfied with the answers provided in the next few chapters. Thanks for Reviewing!!!
Very nice. Poor Harry; we really do abuse him, don't we? Is there a significance to the fact that the math teacher is a lot like McGonagall and also happens to be named Minerva? Also, the name Trevor McKinnon... Any relation to Marlene McKinnon?
Come to think of it, all the names and descriptions of people seem familiar (with the exception of Buddy, anyway). Ms. Minerva is obvious. Trevor is Neville's toad. McKinnon is the last name of a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. Theodore is the first name of a Slytherin in Harry's year (Nott). Is it possible that none of this is real, and Harry is actually dreaming? Interesting thought.
Oh, and just so you know, I'm not worried about you copying A Stolen Past. I could tell right away that the stories are totally different. Good luck with this; I look forward to your next update. :)
Author's Response: I\'m so glad that you like it! I\'m really glad you noticed the familiar names (I did do this on purpose). Also, I\'m glad that you recognize that my fic is going in a totally different direction than A Stolen Past (which was an incredible story, by the way). I didn\'t realize how similar they were until after I perfected my first chapter. Thanks for reviewing!! ~Malika
Brilliantly funny, as usual, Schmergo. Sorry, I really don't have anything constructive to say, other than great job!
Author's Response: Thanks so much, er, Harry Potter. I\'m glad you thought it was funny... I wrote it in about half an hour, so I was worried people wouldn\'t enjoy it.
Hi Moony! Just thought I'd drop in and tell you how great your story is and how happy I am to see it getting re-posted so quickly. Yay!
And she's right, Rivah: there are plenty of twists ahead. ;-)
Author's Response: NUW! Yay! Thanks a lot; I am quite happy it is getting reposted so quickly too. Some people have gotten confused so I am glad to be back up and running again. And see, Rivah, I have a witness! Oh, witness, the banner is still going to be up with chapter nine. Thanks so much and thanks for reviewing! ~Moony
You are so evil, Miss Moony. Seriously, though, I'm really interested to see what you have planned for this story. Is it going to be dark and dreary with a sick, twisted, and sad ending? Or will Harry's innate goodness finally win out, turning him back to the good side? Hopefully, Rivah and I have managed to turn you into enough of a romantic that it will be the latter. ;-)
Great chapter, even though it is dark and twisted and all that. You really do hate Dumby, don't you? He just seems so... powerless, indecisive, and stupid in this story! But, based on what you've said about him before, I think that's your intent. Anyway, keep up the good work and update soon!
Author's Response: Evil, NuwNuw? Why, whatever do you mean? *evil grin replaced by innocent teenaged girl smile* Honestly, me? Nah. ; ) *sighs* You haven\'t been listening. I already said that there will be a fairly happy ending! (plus a sequel. actually, two at the mo\'. SPOILER ALERT!) Yeah, you and Rivah have worked some muggle magic on my psyche. Thanks a lot and no, that is not sarcasm. : ) Dumby... well, I read OOTP 6 times and I studied his character a lot after I started this story. It just seems to be what he would do in this situation. He would want to get as much information as possible before just storming in because they would have to succeed on the first try. That\'s the way I see it anyway. I hate him, yes, but trust me when I say that I would not let that get in the way of how I write him in a story. Except the humor one that I am planning *more evil laughter*. Thanks a bunch and I hope I will have the time to update soon... ~Miss Moony
Well, well, well, Moony; you've managed to do it again. "What have I managed to do again?" you ask? Simple: you've managed to make Harry STUPID! ;-)
All joking aside, though, this chapter was quite well done. I still think the Order really botched things at the beginning, but that's to be expected or there wouldn't be a story (plus, the way things came about was perfectly believable, even if it did make me want to wring pretty much everybody's neck).
I have this sinking feeling that Harry didn't really have a flashback about using the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix -- Voldemort was planting the memory in his mind via Legilimency. I could be wrong, but it sure seems awfully convenient, especially when nothing his friends said at the beginning sparked any sort of memories.
Anyway, I just wanted to say Good Job, Moony! Very enjoyable chapter, and I hope you're able to post the next one soon.
Author's Response: Well, well, well, Nuw; you\'ve managed to do it again. \"What have I managed to do again?\" you ask? Simple: you\'ve managed to make me laugh so hard that people thought I was crazy! ; p Okay, on the serious note, thanks!! Yeah, I would have wanted to wring their necks too, but as I know how this is going to end, I don\'t think you will have to. ^_^ Voldy planted that there? You sure? Hee, well, that is a very good theory. You\'ll see if you were right or not in the next chapter unless I am mistaken. ; ) Thanks bunches and I hope to get the next ne up soon and get that Muse for chapter thirteen to get back from vacation! ; p ~Miss Moony
Hello, Miss Moony! I just checked my e-mail, and lo and behold I find a new chapter of CC. Hooray! It's very satisfying to see that Harry appears to have his memory back now, although I've always thought it would be funny to have it return when he's fighting side by side with Voldy. Then he could just turn on his supposed master in the middle of the battle and practice his Unforgivables. :-) But I'm really glad to see him back in the hands of the good guys. And did I see the word sequel in one of your review responses? I hope so!
Author's Response: NUW!!!!!!!! Hihi! Thanks so much for reviewing, I was hoping you would. (see how much I enjoy having your input?) Actually, that would really have been incredibly funny... Why didn\'t I think of it? ;D I\'m so glad you liked it!!!! Thanks for reviewing and take care! ~Miss Moony^^
Hey, Moony! Glad to see a new chapter up. It was kinda short, but it got the job done. I'm mostly glad that Peter's gone, but it's sort of an empty victory since Voldy was the one to do the deed. But I guess revenge is always that way, isn't it? Anyhow, I'm very interested to see what will happen at this raid on Gringotts, and what Ron and Ginny will do with their newly-discovered information.
Author's Response: Hi, Nuw!! Yeah, I hated myself when I saw how short it would be, so hopefully the next one will make up for it. I guess that is how revenge goes... Darn ; ) You\'ll find all that out in the next chapter, so thanks muchly, as always!!! ~Miss Moony
Nooooooooooooooo!!! *sigh* I'm pathetic. I made the freakin' banner, so I obviously knew what Harry was going to choose, but still.... Gah! Now that we're to this point, though, I REALLY want to see what's going to happen. After all, in a way, this is where the story really begins. Keep up the good work, and please update soon!
Author's Response: Nuw! No, you aren\'t pathetic. I will be the same way with the new fic that someone is planning. ; ) I was actually on my way to get the banner up (I couldn\'t wait anymore!) when I saw that I had 7 new reviews. Wow! So check back in a little bit. And it is where the story begins, isn\'t it? Hehehe. Long way to go until this is over. : D Thanks a lot and see you (sorta...) soon! ~Moony
Aaaaaaaaargh! *sigh* Okay, before I start to rant, let me say that this was a very well-written chapter, and I enjoyed it very much. I can't complain too badly about what Harry is doing, since I'm planning some things that are at least this hard on the readers for one of my own stories.
Okay, now I'll rant. You're being STUPID, Harry! STOP IT! *deep breath* All right, now what's it going to take to make him realize that he was with his real friends at the beginning and Voldemort's the one who has been lying to him? I mean, seriously.... It's good to see that he's questioning things, but he really needs to ENTERTAIN those thoughts instead of pushing them aside. STUPID HARRY! GRRRR!!!
Okay, that last paragraph was directed more at your main character than at you, since I know that you already know all that stuff. Oh, I did want to comment on how much I like your Snape, though. He's very in-character, but he's also a good guy, which is quite difficult to pull off (although you have a bit more leeway since this is pre-HBP). Take care, and I hope to see chapter 13 soon. Oh, and thanks for the dedication! :-)
Author's Response: Yay! Nuw! Thanks a lot, it took a while to get this one finished because of how many references I had to use, so I am really glad you liked it. And don\'t worry; we will forgive you for what you do in that story. Well, I make no promises with Abby, but... ; ) Rant time! Hahaha, breathe Nuw^^ What\'s it going to take... Hehe you REALLY don\'t want to know. Those are good signs, yeah, but when has canon!Harry ever been one of the greatest thinkers? XD I figured that it wasn\'t pointed at me, though it was entertaining all the same! And you DO like Snape? Ok, that is good. I didn\'t want him to seem OOC because of actually showing the Greasy Git\'s feelings. That makes me feel loads better! Hehe that leeway. Don\'t loopholes rock? Thanks a bunch, chapter thirteen will be along as soon as I can, and you are very welcome!!! ~Miss Moony
Author's Response: GASP! You are my 100th review!!! *tosses confetti* Yay!!!!!! That is one more than the story had before the fun fiasco! *dances* Thanks double!