I am old. Older than Jo. Not quite as old as Voldemort.
In fact, I am exactly Marauder-aged. Which might be why I don't read much Marauder-era. Can't compete with Lily....
PoA era: Severus Snape takes a thoughtful stroll down Diagon Alley at the start of the Christmas holidays, but it soon turns into a quite a harrowing ordeal for our favourite Potions Master... UK English. Contains some dark humour. You have been warned!
Characters: Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Percy Weasley and (very) minor OC's.
Well, I'd say you've made him snarky enough, all right. A regular Scrooge, in fact. I love the way he managed to give the boys a punishment in front of Molly. I really don't think he'd get away with using that potion on Granger, or that he would try - I may be naive, but I think that would be beneath him.
Besides, she'd only resort to throwing her hand higher in the air and scribbling her answers on notepaper...surely he must know that...
glad you enjoyed Snape's sarky wit! And also the twins' punishment - that seems to be going down quite well with readers, so I'll need to thank my muse for that!
I see your point about him not using the potion on Hermione - but I don't necessarily agree with it. After all, he spent years picking on Harry, not to mention his consistent, outrageous and completely inexplicable bullying of Neville. If he can act with such unfounded hostility against a child, I really don't think using a (relatively harmless) potion on a student who irritates him is beneath him.
However, take heart - I don't believe he would have concocted the potion just to use it on poor Hermione. Testing its effectiveness on her would merely have been an added bonus... *chuckle*
Thanks very much for R & R-ing, m'dear,
Kara's Aunty ;)
Why on earth is Cho at the wedding?
Author's Response: Harry Invited her, they are friends, why wouldn't she be?
Very nice. I think you've got Harry's shyer side down, and I like the things you have Janie remembering from primary school days. She's a very good OC. And obviously she needs a husband. Have you considered marrying her off to one of the unattached wizards... Hmm...let's think... who's available? Makes a difference if you are canon-compliant with epi or not... *wanders off thinking of how you could do this...*
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I'm glad you liked Janie -- there's always a fine line when it comes to OCs. And as for who she could be married off to . . . hmm. . . . ;)
I am absolutely wracking my brain trying to figure out who this prefect is. Have we met him, do we know him.... He always seems ot be there for Neville? Always knows his name? What am I missing here....
Author's Response: I'm so sorry! I didn't realise people were confused about my character... Well, first of all she's a girl (I know I didn't make that apparent, but that's because I'm planning another one with this character which reveals her more feminine side). Second,she's not a character in the books; I searched all through the books and internet and I couldn't find who were the other prefects with Percy in Harry's second year, so I made one up! And third, she's not really an individual as such, but she's more like the personification of the average disadvantaged person; being a Slytherin, she's been judged as unapproachable and, well, bitchy, by others without them even interacting with her, but her true self still prevails because she chose to rise above all those preconceptions and be who she really is. Which is exactly why she cares for Neville so much; she can see his potential to be great, even if he doesn't. OK, well I hope that helped! If you have anymore questions, don't hesitate to ask!
Author's Response: Thanks! That's what I was trying for!
Rose used a blank journal to list practical information about the boy she intended to bring home for holiday and pass off as her boyfriend: Scorpius’ favourite colour, his favourite food. As their pretend relationship became real, the entries became longer and more intimate. And then one day—to her horror—she misplaced the journal.
Cute. I like this couple.
Author's Response: Ta, thanks! One day, I aim to make you love them. It's my Evita complex, lol. *hums You Must Love Me* :D
Nominated in the 2010 QSQ Awards for Best General Story.
Well, that explains a few things... except why the ministry wizards couldn't catch up with an 11 year old boy...
Now THAT is another untold story!
Author's Response: Haha, yes, that is another untold story! I guess they just could not be bothered. I mean a young boy going on about how he was terrorised by a witch is hardly a security threat in my opinion. I think they would probably be more interested in catching the witch quite frankly. Thanks for the review!!!
NEveille's grandmother does seem a bit out of character, but perhaps having Neville demonstrate what a terrific and brave wizard he is took some of the need to be stern off her? Anyway, so far an interesting view of a character not seen as much as we might have liked. I LOVE that she has named her vulture...they are pretty big birds, too, I 'd imagine the hat would wiggle...
I am not so sure about George. The fight with Percy, yes. Being as self-aware as you have him? In my experience, men will do almost anything to stay out of the company of their own emotions. Seems a little too self-analytical, but then, pranksters can have hidden depths...
waiting for next chapter...
Hmm. Augusta a bit out of character? Not really. After all, we know her mainly from Nev's pov, and other than that, she only has a couple of (rather brief) lines. JKR did say that underneath her overbearing manner, she has a heart of gold, so I like to portray that side of her, too. You are quite right about Nev's influence: now that the Second Wizarding War (with Voldemort anyway) is over, I like to think that she may be letting her hair down a bit and be more apt to show her softer side, because she is secure in his achievements and needn't fear the loss of him to Death Eaters as she did her son and daughter-in-law.
And I'm delighted that you liked Augusta naming her hat so much! It does seem so very like her, somehow (eccentric, but endearing)!!
As for George, well, I have to disagree with you there :( How could he help but be aware, with the amount of grief and pain that's consuming him? It's the only force that drives him at the moment. Fred is gone and he is struggling not only with that loss, but with his own identity. He's trying to relate to the world as simply George, when it used to be Fred and George. How can any of us know how we would cope in a situation like that? Grief isn't textbook, it's individual. We don't all react the same. This story is just (like all fanfic) one theory, amidst many, of how he may have coped. But the story isn't over yet, so I hope it can convince you that his reactions may not be so very ooc :)
Thanks for R & R-ing,
Kara's Aunty :)
Has he told no one? Clarisse is a ghost, right?
Yes, very different from your usual style, and I have to say you do deliver the dark and the angst!
Author's Response: A very belated thank you, dear! I really appreciate you stopping by to read the story. Did you happen to see Sandy's banner around that inspired it? I'm glad I could stretch myself enough to deliver some dark and angst, I don't do that often and it's important to be able to write out of the box, I think. Thanks again!! ~Gina :)
"He'd rather trade with another his life than trade with them his September..."
*flails from the perfection of this line*
Wow! You packed a great deal into this! I think he more likely left his money to Sirius because Sirius had guts than because Sirius had no problem with Muggleborns, but maybe that was what you meant...
Author's Response: Thank you! I meant both- that Sirius had no problem with Muggle-borns and had the guts to say so to his family and the world, whereas Alphard did not. Still glad you enjoyed it :)
Luna Lovegood takes a trip into the village near her home with her mother, expecting only to enjoy the afternoon and a pleasant walk. Instead, she sees a Frankenstiln, stumbles upon a potential egging, and learns the grave truth about wicked witches.
On October 31, 1989, Luna Lovegood learns the truth about the strange Muggle holiday called Halloween.
This is ahattab33 of Hufflepuff writing for the Halloween Challenge, Halloween Explained prompt.
Very interesting,in part because Luna seems more "normal" for her age here. It makes you wonder just what losing her mother did to/for her.
YEA! *Throws confetti!* I had a very distinct picture in my head of Luna before her mother's death, as well as a mother for Luna that was much more down to earth that one might imagine (hence the name Judy). Emma (my beta) very gently pointed out that my one-shot did not afford room to explore this for this challenge, so I will probably write something centered around her mother in the future. But the idea was that her mother's death had an effect not only on Luna but on her father as well...my original also had him toned down some.
I'm not sure if you thought I accomplished this here in this piece or if she was simply a little OOC, but if it made you wonder of the effect her mother's death had on her...mission accomplished. :)
Thank you very very much for the read and the review.
SOOO disappointed...I was rather hoping for a good shag on the bar or something. Ah, well....
Author's Response: Now, now, Thea. That would be a Professors rated fic. Mind you, I think Sirius was rather hoping for a good shag on the bar as well. He should take Rosmerta out one day. *evil plot bunny approacheth and we know what bunnies like to do* Thank you ~Carole~
Hm...How would she necessarily know?
And...oh, Remus, we would really all prefer you as Harry's dad, even if maybe he did need some idiot genes to do what he did...
Author's Response: Well, let's just say without detail, she is only 6 weeks pregnant, and the last full moon was 8 weeks ago. Enough said. Thanks for your thoughts. My ebil muses had fun with this. Terri
Very interesting so far.
Author's Response: Thank you :) I hope you like the rest, too.
And than kyou for posting this right now - I have to say that I have had a hell o fa day and needed a decent fic or two to survive...
Author's Response: Sorry about your day, Thea. Hopefully things will improve today. Glad this went some small way to helping you survive. Oh, and credit to Terri, it was her banner that provided the inspiration. ~Carole~
Oh, poor Aberforth! And how exactly like Fudge, showing up at the worst possible time. Really, you have to wonder where he put the front half of the horse...
Author's Response: Typical Fudge 'Tch!' Glad you liked the stroy, I had fun writing it, ~Carole~
Oh, come on now, if you're going to ship these two, even for a joke, you really ought to make love win out in the end...
And really, wouldn't he hate James as much as he did for marrying Lily if he HAD been in love with him? Not that I ship these two. Ultimately, I end up shipping Severus and an OC no one has heard about yet, but still, logically, this could work. And not even a kiss...
Author's Response: Believe me, I thought of having them kiss, but my fingers just wouldn't type the words. Egad! (Plus, I'm sure someone we both know has a smutty version festering in her mind.)
Yeah, that's Snape. A bit jealous and possessive. He'd definitely have hated James later on, even if he knew he had had his part to play in their break-up.
Thanks for the review. It gave me a laugh. :D
I loved this!
Sorry, I've tried to write you more than this, but Carole really said it all.
I fully support this ship because I am positive Sirius was hot for James, but, being a hormone driven teenager, would have settled for Peter in the meantime.
Now, twistie twistie if you are willing to go AU - what if this love blossoms, has an ennobling affect on Peter, and keeps him out of Voldemort's clutches....
Or what if Peter succumbed because, originally, he somehow thought he was protecting Sirius?
See, you made me think! Good on you!
Author's Response: Oooh, wow, thank you! Wahey, another deluded - I mean dedicated - follower :P
Hooray for making people think! That's always a good thing :D
Thanks for your lovely review - I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this fic (: