Hi there. Sadie here. :)
Edit: Whoa. I won the QQ Awards?! OH MY GOODNESS! *DIES WITH JOY* Wow! I'm honored, guys, thank you. It was flattering enough just being nominated along with so many other amazing fics. *Bows before other nominees* An extra special thank-you and chocolate kisses to everyone who nominated it, for everyone on the panel who voted for it, and for everyone who continues to support it. You guys are the absolute best readers an author could ever have. *Hugs tightly* Thanks to the MNFF mods for holding the contest and for sending me this beautiful banner as well:
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I'm an English/Political Science major-- sophmore in college. I was a LOTR fan first and foremost, until four years ago when a friend of mine quite literally forced me to read Philosopher's Stone. I'm happy she did, because I can't imagine my life without my beloved Harry.
I'm a bit of a delusional shipper, as it were. Canon does and always will come first, but romance is a personal preference, so really can't be held to the "canon standard." R/Hr + H/G = the monster living under my bed that I've feared since childhood. Every H/Hr story I write is an attempt to slay that monster. ;)
To my "Fifteen Minutes" readers: I'd just like to clarify that I do not believe in suicide. I know this story portrayed it in an almost noble light, but it remains an act of cowardice and selfishness. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and if you experience suicidal thoughts, I beg that you tell someone close to you.
--Avenged Sevenfold: Wow. I can't believe it's been nearly 4 months since my last update. Perhaps, in a response to a review on the upcoming Chapter 15, I'll explain myself. But for now, I'd just like to assure everyone that I'm back in action, and I'll not be leaving you guys hanging. Chapter 15 is now posted.
--Through the Fire: This story is coming along at a painfully slow pace. I do intend on finishing it, but AS is my heart's project and so TtF will be playing second fiddle until AS is complete.
--The Mourning After: This one's undergoing some major construction at the moment, so I've taken it off the site for now. It'll be back in due time.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if the urge strikes you! (My screen name is SecretKeeper87)
I almost didn't review because it seems you have quite a lot of them to be getting on with as it is... but oh well, now you have another! : ) 1) Your story is by far one of my favorites on this site. Which, considering there are currently 1043 of them (and I have probably read them all!) That's saying something. 2) Your plot is original- I can't tell you how much of a relief it was to find this story. There are so many romance fics out there that follow the same plot. And yours is not only original, but there are underlying plots as well. This story was truly a breath of fresh air. 3) All the characters seem very much in character, which is another BRILLIANT quality. It takes talent to adhere to another's characters and stay true to them. I have a feeling Rowling herself would be impressed. 4) You're a great writer, for all the reasons previously listed, but mainly for this one: You are descriptive with detail, yet you do not allow your adjectives to overshadow the rest of your story. Your mix of descriptions and dialog is perfect. Keep it up. My rating for this story is a ten. I always enjoy your updates. Please, once this story finds its end, I sincerely hope you continue to write fics for this site. Talent is always an asset.
Absolutely brilliant! This story has potential to be one of THE best on MuggleNet. Your descriptions were perfect; you didn't spend hours on them, yet you gave sufficient detail. And I LOVED the dialog!! Please update SOON! 10/10
Oh, well done! I loved how smoothly the plot flowed. You made the situation seem so natural, and I thought you did an AMAZING job with keeping the characters IN character. It's quite hard to do when trying to make Ron the git that he was, but you managed beautifully. Lovely ending, as well!
Author's Response: Thank you very much, I love when I'm praised!
Brilliant. The intensity of the chapter more than makes up for its length. I adore your writing style- very powerful. And once again, your descriptions blow me away.
Author's Response: Hehe, grateful you like it. Well, I'm having an inspiration monsoon at the moment, do pray that it doesn't stop raining soon...
Wow. This story is absolutely brilliant. Your descriptions place me in the scene like no other, and you've kept to the characters better than any other story I've read. I'm completely infatuated with this. You have talent to spare, my friend. I really hope you'll update quickly; I'm left on the edge of my seat. 10/10, for sure.
Author's Response: Thanks. And don't worry, you might think I update too quickly...
Oh, very intense chapter. I adore all the insight you give into all three of the main characters. You've really done a fantastic job weaving a dark tone into a "romance fiction". It really makes for a unique story, and as I'm sure to say a million times more, your plot is brilliantly constructed. Though, through all my analysis and mature admiration, I still have a girlish intuition that BEGS to know if/when Harry will be saved! And... will they finally be together?
Author's Response: Thanks for your nice review (yet again)! Well, you see, the plot actually came into play while I was typing up the second chapter, and don't worry, I've still got plenty of surprises for you... As for your intuition that begs to know what'll happen next, that's for me to know and for you to find out! Of course, you might just start getting impatient... And please do inform me then. Otherwise, hehehe....
Absolutely breathtaking. Your style is really something to be admired and envied. You have a talent with words that I've seen in few other authors. Once again, and I'm sure this won't be my last time saying it, but your descriptions are utterly amazing. I've never been able to picture a scene so clearly or feel emotion so heavily. You've kept the plot flowing nicely, and I can't wait to see what happens next. You're right: it's not too shippy, but that makes for a unique story. Hopefully the ship factor will play more of a role later, but as of now it's perfectly fitting. Well done, and thanks for being an inspiration.
Author's Response: Yes, I'd seriously considered moving this onto Dark/Angsty Fics, since it was melancholy-riddened... But then, the whole point of it was... no, I shouldn't be giving it away. And I'm grateful to be appreciated so much so as an inspiration. Well, it would already add more affinity to the profound amount I have for your fanfic...
Well, I feel rather unimportant compared to Vader! Quite the review he left, eh? I do agree with his assessment on this chapter. I love this story, and I check for updates daily. You write very well, and it's always a pleasure to read more and discover how you'll intrigue us next! Harry's letter to Hermione portrated him as slightly OOC, in my humble opinion. Vader touched on that, and I concur. But I admit that, compared to most stories, you're still on track. Besides, who am I to talk? I have a Hr/D story! That's bound to be OOC.
Your style and ability to incorporate emotion far exceeded my expectations. I'm forever reading mediocre fics that always end up disappointing me. You've yet to do so, and I'm just as happy as ever. It was rather heart-wrenching to read, as my feelings went out to both Harry and Hermione. You've done well in setting up the story. You didn't simply plunge into it, but instead eased us along and molded your plot. Great job.
The grammar/spelling freak in me was also happy to see little to no errors. Your sentences flow with ease, making it an absolutely lovely read. I was happy to read the ending, of course! As always, I'll be watching and waiting for more. Don't let the OOC comments get you down- this is still a brilliant story, and I'd be the first to let you know if anything seemed too detrimental to it.
Update quickly!! I'm just hopping with anticipation!
Author's Response: Well, let me start by saying I'm absolutely thrilled that you enjoy this story and I'm so happy that you like my writing as well! Well, I've read a lot of fanfiction before I started writing and I decided that some were better than others. I mean, I've never liked stories that sort of just let things happen without a reason. I'm trying very hard not to do that myself, so it's nice to know I've accomplished a liitle bit. Now, for the OOC part, I think characters develop throughout the years, which is why I put in that little part with the letter. However, I do appreciate all of your comments and they help me improve for later chapters. Again, I want to thank for leaving such a detailed review! They make my day!
I cannot for the life of me understand why no one has reviewed! So in compensation, this shall be a long one. Firstly, REALLY well done!!! I'm extremely impressed with this first chapter! You have a fantastic style that allows the reader to really grasp the scene with your subtle yet thorough descriptions, and yet you know exactly where to draw the line with them so that it's not boring. This is a hard balance, so great job with that! Secondly, and MOST importantly, your characterizations of Harry and Hermione are SPOT ON!! I can't tell you how thrilled I am about this! SOOO many authors have Harry acting too arrogant or too nasty, and Hermione is always too shy or too isolated from everyone else. You seem to really know the characters, and moreover, you know how to write them well. I LOVE how you don't make your hints too obvious. Like: "Something had formed in his stomach, like a knot, but he didn’t understand why."
AHH! It cut off my review! : / Anyway, that line I took from your chapter was great because it let the reader know that something was up, but it wasn't overly obvious like: "Harry's stomach churned uneasily because he was beginning to like Hermione."
Ok, it keeps cutting me off but suffice it to say that the last quote I just put was lame because it doesnt leave anything to the imagination or get the reader emotionally invested in the character's feelings. You havent made this mistake though, so GREAT job with that! Keep up the good characterizations, and update ASAP cause i'll be on the lookout for it!
Author's Response: Oh my Gosh! First review! Firstly, I want to thank so much for reviewing and I'm really glad you liked this first chapter. I'm happy you like the characterization and the way it's subtle, because that's what I was actually striving for. Second chapter is finished and I'll be adding it shortly (hopefully it will be validated). Again, thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
WONDERFUL! I'm really liking this story so far... everyone seems to be relatively In Character, you describe emotion and setting quite well, and I'm always left feeling the need for more! I loved the way this one ended too- "Harry almost fell off his chair." Brilliant way to bring the chapter to a close... highly amusing!! I'm off to read the next one now!
NOOOOOOO! *dies* Oh that was wonderful! Really! My HEART stopped when you said, "And it was right there- right there in the Gryffindor common room- that Harry Potter finally woke up." or something close to that... I fell off my chair! So brilliantly constructed... and while the ending was indeed a cliffie, I enjoyed it very much. I love how Hermione's getting a taste of her own medicine... and that constant, nearly-evil grin of Harry's must be driving her mad. Well done... PLEASE update... well, NOW!
Highly entertaining! The concept is a funny one, particularly to me, as I've witnessed this game played first hand. I thought that, under the circumstances, your characters were decently In Character, actually. A fan fiction is all about placing people from the HP universe in the situations of our choosing. And, seeing as how you chose this situation, you delivered it very well. I think Hermione would be just as hesitant and embarrassed as you portrayed her, and I think Harry would be full of shock, just as you portrayed him. Lavender and such were amusing, and your characterizations of them have added a great dynamic to your plot so far. I think Harry might be slightly more shy about Hermione's (and his) revelation, but nothing is perfect, yet you came darned close to it with staying IC. Your descriptions were great as well... you knew when to elaborate and when to get on with it and let us see what happens. You demonstrated a lovely balance, and your choice of adjectives were spot on and very Rowling-ish. Like I said, quite entertaining. I'm very eager to see what happens next, so do update quickly!!
I agree this is a very decent start. The interaction between Hermione and her parents was quite refreshing and added a bit of realism and insight as well. In fact, the interaction among all the characters was fun to read. This first chapter was well-written and articulate. Keep it up- I'm excited to see where this goes!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review! I've sent in the next chapter but there's been a bit of trouble with it, hopefully it'll be up within a few days.
Aww, very touching! I'm interested to see where you take this.. so far, it seems your story carries a certain emotional aspect to it, which I adore. I have a feeling Malfoy will be playing a larger role. I think that's great, as I love to see a wide variety of character interaction. And even if I'm wrong- still a great job so far. It's evident that you have a decent grasp on the series, so I hope you'll update soon, as I want to know what happens next!
Fantastic! I'm rather enthralled by your story so far. You've done an excellent job of setting up the plot. I enjoyed the background you've put into it... makes for a much more realistic fic. As of now, I can happily comment that your characters are beautifully In Character- something a vast majority of authors don't take the time to do. I adored all the little tid bits you threw in there as well: from the brief flashback of Dobby's first appearance, to your use of Vernon's job as a catalyst. Very well done. Your descriptions and ability to articulate the scene are amazing. You have a sort of Rowling-esque style about you, which, of course, is brilliant. I was easily able to visualize the environment, as well as picture each character's look/physiognomies. Your ending of chapter two was well-constructed! It was certainly effective in leaving me eager for more! I'm quite excited to see where this goes... so far, my assessment is that you're a very capable writer, and that where ever this story leads, it'll be worth watching.
LOL! Oh, brilliant update! The part where Harry thinks Hermione mine as well have commented on flying to the moon made me laugh aloud! That whole scene was particularly amusing. I- like Harry- was rather thrown when she announced her interest in Ron. But it was enjoyable to see his reaction. Romance, indeed! That was quite the awkward yet imminent moment they shared by the lake, huh? Very well-written! Your ending has left me on the edge of my seat, as well! Who is that girl, and what role will she play? Oh dear... do update before I have a heart attack. ; )
Whew! Amazing story so far! Where do I begin? Well, for starters, I loved the chapter title "Sharp-Dressed Man". Funny, clever, and- best of all- a ZZ Top reference. As far as your plot, I find it's moving along well. Personally, I enjoy subtler fictions such as these. They're far more realistic than the all-too-typical, "Harry and Hermione were Head Boy and Girl and suddenly realized their love for each other one day while studying so they decided to snog and left Ron in the dust," etc. Now, for PR purposes, I admit I've read some entertaining fics that have followed a similar plot. But yours is far better. You've taken the time to set up your scene, which really draws the reader in. Also, it forces the reader to be emotionally invested in your story, therefore making it captivating and enthralling. Your descriptions have been brilliant too! Particularly in the most recent chapter, I loved how you described Harry's flying scene. Your style allowed me to visualize everything, and it flowed perfectly so I could feel as if I were on the broom with him, whipping and turning as he did. Great job. Everyone seems to be In Character as well, which is always a HUGE plus! I didn't spot any canon errors, nor spelling/grammar mistakes. You truly have a knack for story-telling, and you've succeeded in capturing my eye (which is difficult, to say the least)! Very, very nice job. I'll remain on the look-out for more updates, and I do hope they come quickly!!
Nice job! This chapter seemed more tansitional than anything. That's wonderful on one hand because it helps keep the plot stable and developed. Though, I myself learned the hard way that too many transitional chapters often times leads to a boring story. Don't worry, it's far from boring! Just a warning in advance. I love that each update is just as well-written as the previous one. You've yet to falter in your quality, so whenever I see a new chapter awaiting me, I have no worries about it disappointing me. : ) You've continued to stay true to Harry's character. He's humble, semi-shy and awkward in certain situations, yet certainly not a push-over. I admit, though, that I was getting scared when I read that they were heading into a nightclub. I thought, Oh no... no no no, Harry and Hermione partying in a teenage nightclub? No... But thankfully, you wrote it fairly well. It wasn't too OOC (though I can't really imagine Harry resorting to a large crowd of muggle teens), and you kept it brief. I think it did help show that Hermione has a slightly lighter side, and that they could have a (partially, at least) normal friendship... you know, minus the evil dark wizards and such, lol. So it did accomplish something. Like I've said before, you do a terrific job balancing out the narration. I enjoy the fact that you spend time describing the scenery, etc. I'm just as excited as ever to see where this goes, to please please please write quickly! : )
Author's Response: You're making me blush with all of these great reviews! I don't why Chapter 8 isn't up yet, it's in queue, but I submitted it at the same time as seven. I really hoped they would be up at the same time, but it's not like I pay the good people at MuggleNet to do this or anything. Anyway, I'm glad you like my story and I appreciate the reviews!