Summary: It is Christmas Eve 1998, and the Magical World is shakily celebrating the first Christmas since Voldemort’s defeat.
For one, though, there is no reason to celebrate. Draco Malfoy sits alone in his room refusing to join his parents as they try to regain their social standing.
He does not want to see another Christmas, but he reckons without a redoubtable figure from his past.
My name is Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff, and this story has been written for prompt four of the Great Hall Christmas Challenge over at the MNFF Beta Boards.
Thank you to Natalie for a quick beta job on this – anything to get her away from Rabelais, I guess.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don’t confuse us.
Ah! Well, this is quite interesting.
I dare you to keep me from pining over that lost Moody opportunity, though... for a second, I thought Moody might come see Draco...
Author's Response: Hopefully it will become more interesting when I reach Chapter 1. Thanks for reading and reviewing. As for Moody ... why don't you write it? (heh heh heh)
Oh, this is LOVELY. So many twists and unexpected turns, so in character, and yet so fresh. I especially like Astoria, and the hint you leave that Astoria is, for a pure-blood his father would approve, a very normal girl, one who might make him personally happy.
I've been reading right along and haven't always known what to write, so I have not reviewed as I should. This is really a masterful story, Carole. With so many opportunities to be cliched or maudlin or banal you skirted every single one of them. I like how you dealt with the suffering Draco witnessed and his coming to terms with the victims.
One has to wonder if Lucius ever felt badly about what happened to Ginny, and if he did, how if at all, he came to grips with it - I hope you write that one some day. It would not be at all like this. I despise Lucius, but I suspect that if anyone could show me a side of him I could understand at all, it would be you.
Congratulations on a MARVELOUS story.
Author's Response: OH, well, I do plan to write that Ginny/Lucius dilemma (not a pairing I assure you) It should feature in High at some stage, but I did write a drabble for D/A class this year which provided one angle. Thank you very much for the review and I'm glad you liked the story ~Carole~
Summary: It's Christmas Eve, 1998, and Harry Potter is throwing a pity party. You could argue that Harry Potter is more justified than most in throwing such a party. Severus Snape, however, would be inclined to disagree with you.
I am LilyLunaPotter of Hufflepuff submitting to Prompt Four of the 2010 Great Hall Christmas Challenge.
Well, and a stunning story, too. Very nicely done. You get Harry and Snape in one blow... clever, that Lily... -)
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. ~LiLu
Summary: Something odd indeed has happened in the life of Severus Snape. He is a happy, engaged man about to start a new life. Things are, for the first time in his life, perfect.
Or are they? What would happen if Severus Snape found out that his dream existence was nothing but a figment of his imagination? Would he chase after happiness?
Very interesting. I'd like to b more specific but it's 1:38 am and that's the best I can do, for now. Waiting for an update!
Summary: “Do you trust me, Alice?”
After all this strange talk of magic, and wizards, and schools I’ve never heard of, and invisible worlds? I bite my lip. I want, so badly, to say that I trust him. It would have been true up until last night.
I look him in the eyes. I almost think I can see his soul there.
Still holding my hand, he steps forward. I close my eyes and allow him to tug me along.
A Muggle bride's thoughts about her Wizarding groom and the journey that has brought them to this day.
I have to agree, very sweet...
I have also married off a Muggle to a wizard, and it is interesting to see how you've handled the moment of revelation. I just wish it had been less rushed. I'd have liked seeing all this happen more than I liked reading her recalling it, although I did like that.
In my case, I married off Alastor Moody. I'd love to see more of Albus and his bride. I think the problems of Muggles in Wizarding Britain and Wizards in Muggle Britain are very rich areas to explore.
Author's Response: Thank you. I know it was a bit rushed, sorry. This was, originally, supposed to be a drabble, but then it kept getting longer and longer as I wrote it. I had the plot bunny, got it out and submitted it all in the same hour, which is not how I normally write. I agree, Muggle/Wizard relations are very interesting, and fun, areas waiting to be explored.
Summary: Christmas 1976 and Severus Snape sits in his room with only his thoughts to keep him company.
This song/poem is a parody of probably the best (and bitterest) Christmas song in the entire universe. The original, called I Believe in Father Christmas' was by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I strongly recommend that you listen to the original.
I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff, and this is my entry for the Extra Credit in the Great Hall Christmas Challenge.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling or Greg Lake. (I never thought I'd ever type that sentence.) Please don't confuse us.
Very nice job. I can really see a fifteen year old Snape feeling exactly like this. I'd thought he'd taken his mark later, but that's probably based on Chapter 15 of In the Eyes of Others, as I do not believe canon actually gives a particular date.
I find "I gave you my soul; you gave me a ... scarf," particularly heartbreaking. And while she probably did see his interest, I doubt she understood, as a person loved by many people, just what her friendship and love meant to him, a person so isolated and lonely.
You know, as you've written it, you really show what a prick Lily was.
Not that Severus wasn't reading things into the friendship that might or might not have been there. (JKR did apparently say once that if things had been different Lily might have loved him romantically) or that what he said was all right, but really, she GAVE UP on him.
Real Gryffindors do not give up. They throw effort after effort and good money after bad when they've got a "Project" going. "The best way out is always through" is pure Gryff. I think Lily had a very SlytherClaw moment here, and if you look at it a certain way, she ended up paying for it with her life. I mean, what if she had not given up, and Severus had relented just a bit, and somehow he had never ended up being a Death Eater?
Severus may be a _____ (Fill in with word of one's choice) but it is an undeniable fact that the unkindness of other people helped push him in that direction.
Hm...Maybe I need to write another chapter of that Snape!Fluff.
Oh, yeah, great job! Normally I don't read anything like this, but since it was yours I gave it a shot and I am glad I did.
Author's Response: Oh, Now, I disagree. I think Lily had already thrown too much effort at Snape. There are some points where I think you have to give up and I really don't think Snape was worth all the effort - certainly not the way he defended Mulciber and the others. And although he may not have become a DE, how would she have gained? If she'd showed any interest in another man (like James) then Snape would just emotionally blackmail her into chucking anyone decent. Sorry, I just don;t think that either 'love conquers all' or that it was her responsibility to save him. (This is turning into a rant - please excuse me - hee hee) The other thing is that she did pay with her life, but that was partly his fault. He did relay the Prophecu to Voldemort after all, and in my mind I have no doubt he'd have done bog all if Voldy had decided Neville was the threat. (ends rant)
Now, I didn't mean that he got his Dark Mark that night, simply that by the time of the Christmas of year six he'd definitely thrown in his lot with the DE's.
My favourite line is the scarf line - ha ha - scarves are so innocuously awful as a present - if you're a bloke. I think Lily was partially aware of his feelings, but didn't want to encourage them. JKR said that 'she might have grown to think of him romantically, if he hadn't loved the Dark Arts so much' - that's his tragedy. But on the whole, James was hotter (yes, I am that shallow)
Get back to the Snape!fluff - I liked it a lot. ~Carole~
Summary: It is Christmas Eve, 1998.
Fleur sits alone, reading, in her bedroom at Shell Cottage. All around her, the freezing coastal winds carry snow. Suffering from the sorrow of Fred Weasley's death, and convinced that she is an outsider, Fleur is determined not to join the other Weasleys at the Burrow.
That is, until she is rudely awakened by a visiting spirit.
After all, when one cannot see the joy of Christmas, what one needs most is a little vigilance.
This is Apollonious of Hufflepuff House, with my entry for Prompt 4 of the Christmas' Past, Present, and Future Challenge. Enjoy!
I particularly like this chapter, and your characterizations of future! Fleur and Moody. It is very in character for Bill to go find his drunken wife and bring her home...
Well, I just love Moody, and I seldom see him anywhere, so you've got me at hello, pretty much. Although this is the rough side of Moody, and I am interested to see if you show any other side of him...
As for Fleur - she's not really well established in the books, is she? Can't wait to see how you see her...
Summary: Lily Evans is working at St. Mungo’s on Christmas Day when an unexpected patient arrives and changes her holiday plans.
This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw writing for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge, Prompt One.
well, of course!
I have to hand it to you, Gina, I am NOT a James/Lily shipper, and this is the FIRST fic I have ever read that gave me any idea at all why Lily should bother with James.
And of course I loved your Moody moments there...
Excellent, really. Thank you! I fell like I've had an early Christmas present...
Author's Response: Oh Thea, thank you so much! That is high praise indeed coming from a skeptic like you. ;) I'm glad you liked the Moody moments. I had a bit of an issue when I originally took out that chunk of his nose, only to find that it didn't happen for another few years, according to canon. So I gave him his hand injury instead, poor guy. Thank you so much for reading this, I really appreciate it!! Happy Christmas! ~Gina :)
It’s Christmas 1998, but Susan Bones doesn’t feel like celebrating. The loss of both her best friend and her favorite aunt have created wounds that might never heal. But with the help from a most unlikely person, she may be able mend what has broken, and gain a little Christmas spirit as well.
This story is for Gen/Sagen for the Gryffindor Christmas Craziness Secret Swap! Have a wonderful Christmas, Gen!
Oh please, please tell me you are either going to make this longer, or else do a chaptered fic on this pair...
Author's Response: A chaptered fic…hm, that could be a possibility… It's funny because before writing this I wasn't sure how much I liked this pairing, but I'm starting to like Susan and Theo, and I do agree they need more time together. Thank you so much for your review, it made my day! xx Ariana
Summary: At the Yule ball in 1994, Harry watches Mad-Eye Moody clump across the floor with a long-suffering Professor Sinistra. What no one knows, however, is that the dancer is Barty Crouch.
This poem was for a challenge in Poetry Anyone. We had to use music from the films as inspiration for a poem. I chose two pieces from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - the waltz and 'Do the Hippogryff' by The Weird Sisters.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, Jarvis Cocker or any type of musician.
Very nicely done. the first part starts out, at least, sounding like Moody, and the very last part is all Barty, and the transition is very subtle.
If you don't know it's Barty narrating, even "I have my orders, Cannot be entranced" could just be Moody in his vigilance refusing to be sidetracked by a pretty face. But if you do know it's a subtle turning point.
Of course the real pity of the whole thing is that it wasn't Real!Moody, and Elizabeth wasn't there to dance with him...
*ducks and runs*
*ducks back in to say*
The transition of style and meaning makes excellent use of the music, movie, and actual story which the ball goers are unaware of at the time. Beautiful job. And that is my professional opinion.
Author's Response: Thank you, Thea. I agree, that the tragedy is that it wasn't Moody and Elizabeth, but could she have got into Hogwarts? Actually, I have a little backburner story surrounding Barty and his lovely dance partner (the delightfully named Aurora Sinistra). One day I shall invent a timeturner and find time to write it. Thanks again ~Carole~
Summary: On Halloween evening, ten-year-old Teddy Lupin discovers that Muggles know more about the Wizarding folk than he would have suspected. The answers to his questions, however, will come from a very unlikely source.
Won second place in Halloween Drabble Challenge at the beta forums; expanded into a one-shot.
Oh! I love it! I get the sense there is some special reason she's come this Halloween, and that it may be the only time she can, and that makes me want to read more...
Must have been a full moon...
Very nice touch, btw, his not having thought Muggles would know about Halloween. Tell me, are they at Grimmauld Place?
Author's Response: Grimmauld Place- now why have I not thought about that before? Harry would've easily given it to Andromeda and Teddy.. But I think they live downtown, for some reason.. Thanks very much for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed the story :)
Summary: One above, two below. We know the boy's story, what about the girl's? One-Shot about Hermione's torture by Bellatrix.
Very compelling. I've read the other reviews, and I agree with you - in this case, the torture was merely to serve the purpose of getting information - Bella may or may not have enjoyed it as well, but the reason for it was to extract information.
I am also mystified about the part where you have Harry falling on top of her, dead. Is she hallucinating? Have you gone AU? It's not really necessary to do that for impact here, and the rest of the story being canon, I wouldn't go off in that direction without a very specific reason, so I wonder what that was.
Author's Response: Thank you for the questions. Honestly, I'm kind of glad you were "mystified" by the ending. First off, not to put too fine a point on it, but Harry did not fall on top of Hermione. Second, no, I did not go AU. Since the story is from Hermione’s POV, I wanted to convey her deteriorating mental state by leaving the reader with a bit of ambiguity. That said, there is a cue that lets the reader know that Hermione is probably hallucinating. It’s very subtle (perhaps a bit too subtle), but it is there. I do ask the reader to consider a broader definition of the Cruciatus Curse, and I only do so because, at some point, the physical has to impact the psychological for anyone to be defined as "Cruciated". We are never told in the canon why or when the mind begins to unhinge, so I filled in the blank.
Summary: It was the last time for them, though he was yet to know.Disclaimer:I am not J.K.Rowling; the characters and their world belong to her, though. AU because these characters never kissed in canon. If youâ€™ve seen the Deathly Hallows 1 movie, you might be able to understand whatâ€™s going on. ;)
Yes, I liked it! It is EXCELLENT! And thank you, thank you, thank you! I've never been in a story swap, and no one's ever written me a gift story before!
Runs around room in circles feeling all chuffed!
Author's Response: :D :D :D I really had to write the "succumbtion".
This is The Silver Doe from Deathly Hallows, but I felt it should be told from Snape's point of view... let me take you to the wintry Forest of Dean, when a mysterious silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor, and one leads Ron to Harry...
Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters, J. K. Rowling does, and she gets all the money. I just have fun with it.
Very nice portrayal from another point of view.
I do have to say that I don't think Snape has this much self-awareness. I also think he has a lot more anger, and that he may never have come to accept the degree to which he is actually a component in his own miserable life. I think your point that he may be a closet romantic is well taken, but I believe there would probably, in reality, be more complexity.
However, as far as it goes you did a very nice job. I particularly like the details about the ice. And I do love the line where Albus tells Snape that when Snape says always, he means it.
I do believe Snape's heart is a complicated place, and that there is certainly both love and regret in there. I just don't think he's got it as neatly sorted out as this.
Summary: The people in the Burrow learn of Mad-Eye's death, and Tonks reminisces over their time together.
Nice little hint there of why she goes after Lupin...
I like the part you showed. I think this could have been a chaptered fic and showed a little more - it seems a bit short. I am a great Moody lover myself...
Summary: During their third year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends came to know Remus Lupin as a sickly, poor man; a wonderful Defense Against the Dark Arts professor with a sense of humour; a former friend of James Potter; a werewolf, and a redeemed friend of the infamous Sirius Black.
He was a man that everyone had been sad to see leave.
What was this man up to before coming to teach at Hogwarts? How had he become such a good teacher? Why was he looking ill at health all the time? Had he been all alone in life since that fateful night on 1981?
This is his story, beginning six months prior to his coming to Hogwarts, and following him as he strains to make ends meet.
What a cliffie!!!
There are so many things to like about this chapter - the little details of his existence really bring it to life - "Muggle Composer Peter T...," the titles of the magazines he's got lying around, the meager breakfast - it all adds up to a life I can really picture.
As something of a curiosity, btw, the building Daniel Radcliffe bought in NYC is nineteenth century with a room in the basement that can be rented out. All those buildings are pretty much the same, and those basement apartments are down f few steps from street level, sometimes with the door under the stairs up from street level to the first floor. I am now picturing this going on in one of those apartments, and I have to laugh because I think the first thing your OC would have said about the fireplace in NYC would have been, "Wow, working fireplace - you're lucky!" whereas in Britain I am quite sure there are many apartments still without central heat because of the age of the housing stock. So I got a good little laugh at myself in there...
The way he has chosen to work in the Muggle world because it hurts less when he's rejected by Muggles really speaks to me. I see him doing the same thing. It makes good sense, and it is to irretrievably sad that his life is this way.
Just a lovely story. I await your updates breathlessly. Too bad you don't know anyone who could draw you some illustrations for it... :-)
Summary: Charlie isn't a shopkeeper, and minding Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes for his brother bores him witless, until a very familiar saleswoman turns up to irritate him.
Oh - too, too much fun trying to figure out who is at the door!
Author's Response: There are so many tempting possibilities that I can't decide who it is either!
Summary: The war changed a lot of people, and he was one of them. What he didn't know was that she was going to bring him back on Christmas Eve.Thanks to Carole for reading this over, and to Cinderella Angelina for her prompt for the Badgery Secret Santa swap. Thanks also to Lea for the perfume. DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling.
Author's Response: Yay!
Summary: Severus Snape fell off his broom the first time he tried to fly. He had no natural talent, not like the loathsome Potter, and couldn't really see the point at all in Quidditch.
But then he saw Lily watching a certain Chaser play and suddenly flying becomes very important.
I am not JK Rowling and I know nothing about flying on a broomstick. This is all made up.
Thank you Natalie (thelastolympian) for beta'ing this story in its original form a whole year ago.
Oh, SOOO good!
Teary part - "When the Owls are over..."
"He laughed, not the hollow, sardonic cough he was given to uttering, but a joyful, euphoric shout of a laugh."
See, he IS capable of true joy - just not often...
And thank you for not making Lily likeable. She was. And in the sense that she was, she is here. She is exactly the sort of girl I'd probably hate, which is what I've always thought...
Shallow byotch, watching the silly Quidditch playing James as if that made him better than someone else...
Author's Response: We're never going to agree on Lily, are we? Despite you having the same shirt as her, you still don't like her *sigh*. Hmm, I thought she was rather nice, certainly she was the one that helped him off the grass when he fell. I can't blame her for finding the star Chaser attractive when she was 16 - hormones are a dangerous thing. Anyway, thank you for reviewing and I am pleased you enjoyed the story. ~Carole~