Hello, I'm Hermione_Rocks, though you may call me Anna, or D.E, or Mrs. Snape . . . whatever flies your kite. I'm a high school student who is hopelessly obsessed with many things, such as Harry Potter, musicals (current favorite is Sweeney Todd), books/reading, various Internet web-sites, and food.
As you can probably tell, I have an incurable love for writing fan-fiction. Would I do better to be working on original fiction? Probably. But at the moment, I just want to have fun with writing. One day I hope to be published, but I'm really not in any rush. Right now, I just want to enjoy all this. :)
I hope you find something you'd like to read while you're here, and please leave a review to let me know your thoughts. I'm always looking for feedback, good or bad.
Oh my Salazar, I remember when this was being discussed on the forums! :D I adored this story; it was so cute and awkward. Severus explaining the facts of life. . .priceless.
One tiny nit-pick: Suddenly, clasping a hand over hear mouth, Selina realized to her horror she had spoken her thoughts aloud.
This should be clasping a hand over her mouth. Otherwise, loved it, excellent job! :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I based this fic off ideas from that discussion, so I\'m glad to know I got the basic idea right! And I appreciate the nitpick, I\'ll try to get on that as soon as I can.
Oh my gosh, that was a beautiful Sevy poem! Lovely job!
*sniffles* I'm not going to cry, I'm not going to cry . . .
Wow. I just absolutely loved this. It's nice to think that Harry went back to Severus' body afterwards and finally had some closure with him. A very sweet piece. Amazing job, Elle. I just have one nit-pick:
And all I can do is hope your afterlife is more peaceful and rewording than the one you lived here.
I think it should be rewarding, not rewording. :)
Author's Response: Rewording...shakes head
Thanks for the review. I\'m glad you liked it. I think it was important for both Harry and Draco to have some closure with Severus, although I don\'t think this was the way they were meant to get it. Poor Sevy should have lived.
Aha, it's his sister. I figured Chrissy had to be either his mom or sibling when you mentioned the blonde hair. ;)
Anyway, this was really good. I liked how Chrissy interogated Harry, and convinced the council that Lucius was not guilty based on that he had already suffered.
Although, I do find it hard to believe that Lucius never murdered a single person as a Death Eater. Was he really being honest there? :s But nice work anyhow.
Author's Response: The blonde hair is a bit of a give-away I suppose, but I couldn\'t make her a redhead!
And that was about the only reason I could come up with for him being released. I really wracked my poor little brain trying to think of something more fitting. But I\'m glad to hear it\'s going over all right.
And yes, he was lying. I assume he has murdered before. But since no one could prove it, he could easily lie.
Thanks for another lovely review! *huggles*
*is so happy for you that this finally got through*
*flees before Phia hits her for this pointless review* :D
Author's Response: Hit you? Hit YOU? Never! Thanks for leaving that review, gave me warm fuzzies. I love being able to rely on getting at least one review for my fics!
*dances* Yes, it's up! I really did love this fic, you did such a great job characterizing Sevy. And even though the last few lines are very AU and out-there, it certainly makes the story unique. :D
Author's Response: Thankyou so much! Now, next mission: Who Knew! I think I may just do what you did with LoaA and make it AU. But, I should let you know that I have a Challenge submission that needs beta\'ing! And a Romeo/Juliet bunny hopping around! No rest for you, my dear! Love Phia
Aww, poor Severus. I really enjoyed this, and I'm not even that much of a fan of Severus/Lily. It was so short, yet you packed so much raw emotion into it. Great job.
*squee* Okay, so I'm a little late getting here, but, I did make it eventually!
Anyway, you already know how much I love you and your story, so I won't repeat myself there. I just wanted to say good luck again in the contest, and I'm so happy that you got the three chapters in on time. :D
Author's Response: Thanks Anna! Thankyou for everything you did, I wouldn\'t have had a chance of even getting the chapters accepted if it wasn\'t for you. As it is, I can say without having an inflated head that I think I just about hold my own in this category! Wouldn\'t a third place be nice...
Your summary drew me in immediately. Man journal. I love it. XD That's a name of pure gold, right there, it's just brilliant. I really enjoyed seeing Peter writing about that, it was entertaining.
But what I liked even more about this fic was how you started with such an amusing premise and turned it into something so much more serious. Even the secrets started out being amusing, but as he continued writing about each of the secrets, we saw how much pain and bitterness there was in this boy.
Great job conveying both humor and darkness into such a short fic, I really enjoyed it. So, in conclusion, nice fic -- oh, and Happy Birthday! :D
Aww, Evie, that was lovely! I never would have predicted that the person who comes to call is someone who will take the 'old man' onto the next life. Beautiful job, and good luck in the challenge! :D
Author's Response: Thank you Anna!! :D
Love it. Wonderful words, wonderful flow, everything. Great job.
Author's Response: Glad you like it, thanks for the review!
Yes! Angela made it through the queue! :D
*does happy dance*
Author's Response: Yay! *Joins in happy dance* *huggles Anna back* *is ashamed at the number of asterisks* thankyou for everything, Anna!
I love your potrayal of a young Aberforth. It's very similar to the older man he grows to be while still retaining some younger qualities. That can be very hard to do, but you're pulling it off fabulously so far. I love how he writes. "As thin as . . . a really thin thing." That is my new favorite similie. =] Anyway, I'll be watching for a new chapter!
Author's Response: Thank you! Updates soon hopefully!
Aww. Heart-breaking and beautiful. I've always thought that Dumbledore really sees socks in the mirror too, and that there was a deeper meaning behind it. In my opinion, he doesn't ever lie directly to Harry.
And the idea behind the socks that you showed in this fic . . . it fit as well as . . . well, it fit as well as a pair of cozy, uneven wool socks. =] Great job.
Oh, that was beautiful. I don't read a lot of founder-era stories on the whole, but I truly enjoyed yours. I liked your ideas on where the four came from . . . it was a little different than what I usually see, but still believable. And I loved that Helga owned a pub -- it's absolutely perfect. =]
Having Salazar leave Hogwarts not only because of the Muggleborns coming to the school, but because Rowena was a Muggleborn, was an idea I'd never seen before. I'm not sure if I agree with it -- I'd imagined all the founders being pureblood . . . but evem if Rowena was a Muggleborn, then I would think (or at least hope) that by the time she and Salazar are wed and have a child, he would love her for who she was already. Still, it's definitely an interesting thought.
Another aspect I thought was unique -- and this one I also liked a good deal -- was how afraid they were to talk of the fact that they had magic powers freely. It makes so much sense, when I think about it, what with all the witch persecution going on in that time, but I'd never thought of it before!
One slight nit-pick -- watch your then/thans. I can't remember specific places now, but there were several spots that you used a 'then' instead of a 'than'. Otherwise, I really liked the fic --nice work! :D
Author's Response: Thank you. You obviously read carefully and I am super-happy you enjoyed it. :) And yes-- you caught my chronic mistake: then vs. than. I always say 'then'... always. Awful habit. Everyone from my mother to my chemistry teacher has tried to cure me of it. All to no avail. Sigh. I'll have to remember to tell my betas to look for that in particular! *squishes* ~Fauna
Hmm. Interesting story, love. To be honest, I'm not really sure what to think of this fic. Your writing style was, as always, brilliant. You bring such tone and life to all your stories, it's great. But the actual premise behind this one was hard for me to reall . . . get into.
I gathered that the family was Salazar and Rowena, along with little Helena. That's who it seemed to be at least, with all the comments about the school and such. It was a little strange, having their story told from the point of view of an anonymous ghost. I mean, I know that the ghost kept pointing the blame to himself, that he was the reason this little family fell apart -- but it didn't seem like the ghost did any demolishing or destroying. The family seemed like it collapsed on its own; Rowena and Salazar were arguing because they disagreed, not because of what the ghost did. The ghost was just there. Or was that your intent? To have this narrator who blames himself, yet in reality he couldn't be more separated from the problems? What I'm trying to say is that all the pieces of your story didn't seem to fit together. You had this ghost, and then you had this family, and I didn't see how they were really 'linked' apart from the fact that the ghost was 'observing'.
Well, you have definitely given me something to think about. Thanks for a nice read, even if I don't think I entirely "grasped" the fic, haha.
Author's Response: The family was Salazar and Rowena and Helena. As for how the ghost fits in...remember how in the poetry I showed you a while ago, some of the poems personified time, in a way? Well, I sort of imagined the ghost being time...in some weird, more personified form *knows this isn\'t making any sense*. And when I said that he made it harder for Salazar to build the castle, I used that as a way to start a series of event (caused by his stress about finishing the castle) that led to his leaving his family. Even though the ideas about blood was the main reason according to canon, I imagined that that also happened after these events caused by the ghost took place. So although a lot of what the ghost did was observe the family, he had also led to parent\'s divorce.\r\n\r\nAnywho, thanks for the review! I don\'t know how much sense this makes, so let me know if you want more clarification :).
No, I'm not going to end my review at that. :P I did enjoy this though. The rhyme scheme was simple, but sweet; it definitely seemed like it was written from a young child's perspective. There isn't a lot of fan-fic about Harry while he was in Muggle school, and this was a nice glimpse into his younger years. Thanks for a nice read. :)
Author's Response: I\'m glad you liked it!
Aww. That was sweet. And I'm not a Ted/Andromeda fan at all, really, but this was a nice story. Short and sweet. I happen to sort of like Rabastan for my own strange reasons . . . but your characterization of him here was definitely plausible. Anyhow, nice work. :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much :) I quite like Rabastan as a character, but not so much as a person. I've always pictured him as someone that would be very creepy! I'm writing a follow up to this story at the moment, too. Thanks for reading and leaving a review. ~ Cassie
Aww . . . now you're starting to make me just as confused as Molly. I don't know what to think.
Wait . . . what am I saying? This is Lockhart, fraud extraordinare, who only cares about his hair and his pictures . . . I don't care what happens to him . . . *sigh* Oh, but you're making him so human. This is frustrating. I guess the only solution is to keep reading, eh? :)
Hmm . . . I don't know . . . would Molly really leave everything behind just to be with Lockhart? Putting aside my personal Arthur/Molly bias, I don't really think that she would be able to leave her family. Like she said to Gilderoy, she's bounded and obligated to them. I can't see her up and leaving . . . then again, there was that mysterious letter at the end of this chapter, so perhaps all my ramblings here are pointless (wouldn't be the first time!). :P
In any case, this was a beautiful chapter. Poor Gilderoy, completely blighted by love. Poor Arthur, who loves his wife but also just wants her to be happy . . .