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Real name: Pooja
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Hello!

I'm Pooja, a twenty-two year-old Indian. I'm a die-hard fan of Harry Potter, a Shahid Kapoor Varun Dhawan lover, and very proud Hufflepuff.

I'm in Med college now, and I stay away from home. I really hope to continue writing even after I become a doctor. :)

I'm fond of reading, singing and six years ago, I discovered my fondness for fanfiction writing too. I'm much better now than I was when I came here, but I still think there's much room for improvement as far as my writing is concerned.

My all-time OTP is Ron/Hermione. I love this couple to death, even with my limited number of stories about them.

I am slowly starting to try stuff I've never tried writing before. I find that I quite enjoy writing slash these days.

Anyway, here are some of my stories, sorted out for you:

SERIES

I've got two series out here. The first one is a trio era series (though the sequel to the first novel is OC based) and the second one is next-gen. Here's some information about these:

1. TRIO ERA (PRE-DH)

Ha! I don't have a name for this one. I think I should come up with one soon, though. This series is COMPLETE.

Killer Instincts: Complete, with H/G and R/Hr as the primary ships.

Where Are You? Complete. This is the sequel to KI but it only follows my OCs from Killer Instincts-- Daisy, Chris, Cheryl and Pari. Yes, it's a completely OC based story.

Companion fics (one-shots, all featuring Anurag Krishnan):
a. Mum's the World (pre-WAY)
b. Face Value (pre-WAY)
c. At the End of the Tunnel (post-WAY)

2. TRIO ERA SERIES (POST-DH)
This is a recent series of mine and it complies with DH, as opposed to the Killer Instincts series.

Plum Cake: This takes place during DH. It's Hermione's birthday in 1997, and the trio is camping.

Ready or Not: H/G + R/Hr, and I'm currently writing this fic. It's going to be novel-length. It's a romantic mystery. :)

Lilttle Angel Wings R/Hr story, depicting their marital problems. Complete.

3. YEARS FIVE AND SIX: SCORPIUS MALFOY, ROSE WEASLEY AND ALBUS POTTER

Black With a Hint of Red A mystery novella which was written for a challenge. I must say, I'm rather proud of this one!

Transcendent Affection: The sequel to BWHR, with a few other twists. This is a mystery too.

4. ROSE AND SCORPIUS SERIES

His Hero: Rose/Scorpius one-shot.

I Know Why You Smile: Scorpius and Rose encounter some relationship problems. (Scorpius/ Rose and Scorpius/Victoire)

CHAPTERED STORIES

Coup de grace: Incomplete, on an indefinite hiatus but I don't think I'd label it 'ababdoned' YET.

When the Rose Fell: I'm co-authoring this with my sis, Nadia/majestic_ginny. It's a Scorose. :)

ONE-SHOTS

There are some really old ones here and that is not what I write like now. :p

Trio Era:

Plum Cake (R/Hr)

A Stolen Kiss (Cedric/Penelope)

It's Called Sweet Vengeance (R/Hr)

The Champion (Cedric Diggory)

Flawed (Padma/OC)

The Crush (Seamus/Lavender)

Inside Out (Padma/Penelope)

Older fics--

Inanity Over a Hairstyle (Ginny)

Next-Gen

Battered Heart (Hugo/OC)

Testimony (Scorpius/Hugo)

His Hero (Scorpius/Rose)

Cold Feet (Scorpius/ Hugo)

Eastern Dawn Stars (Scorpius/ OC)

The Maimed Reflection (Albus Potter)

Miscellaneous:

Mum's the World (Anurag Krishnan-- my OC)

Sapphires (Various Pairings)

Rubies (Sequel to Sapphires, various pairings)

Princess (written for an OC challenge, Dark/Angst)

Face Value (Sequel to 'Mum's the World, Anurag Krishnan, other pairings

At the End of the Tunnel (Anurag Krishnan, spoils Where Are You?)

POETRY

Now, I haven't got very good stuff here. My best is 'While He Leaves'. The rest probably aren't even poetry with the haphazardly fashion that they've been written in. Anyway--

While He Leaves (R/Hr)

Fun in the Romantic Rain (R/Hr)






Other stuff:

Trailer for Killer Instincts by the wonderful lunaselenia! --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dDGfpRiw6U



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The Soul Thief by hestiajones
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 16]

Summary:

We consider each other, two shattered entities unexpectedly brought together, their homes within easy reach yet far removed. “Hello,” I say. The gesture is almost comical. I just greeted myself.

“How was it?” she asks. Her chest falls and rises visibly, rapidly. I stare at it. It’s my heart there, pounding.

My answer is a single, inadequate word.

*

This is hestiajones of Hufflepuff writing for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion at the beta forums. My chosen pairing is Dominique Weasley/Maude Barthes (OC).

I'd like to thank Jess for gently nudging me to write for this challenge, Croll for her never-ending support, and the SBBCers for their valuable input in the discussions. This plot bunny wouldn't have been possible without some of the debates and theories we've been focussing on in February. Thanks also to Pooja for being the most helpful doctor-in-making, and for being my mosquito-swatting soulmate.



Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Mental Disorders, Self Injury, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Violence

Word count: 15640 Chapters: 7 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/21/13 Updated: 02/24/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/01/13 Title: Chapter 3: The Suture

This chapter is very interesting. It was nice to get to know the background of your characters. And, ha, Dominique's first love was called Lakshmi? Wow! I wonder if the problem was that being a lesbian is so frowned upon in India (though, I hope, by that time, people will be more liberal with their thoughts here).

What I do notice here is that Mags and Dominique seem to have been depressed at some point in their lives. I feel it's got a lot to do with whatever is going on here, but I shall read further to find out.

I love, love, LOVE Hermione in this chapter. She's perfectly characterised, and is being her bossy, know-it-all self again, ha. Also, the details you have provided about your minor characters are lovely. The tiny facts and the little things really make them more believable and alive.

I feel terrible for Fleur and Maudie now, and I do hope that Dominique gets better soon. And meep! Mags knows about the wizarding world! :O

Author's Response: Oh, that had very little to do with India's stance on homosexuality, but rather with my canon version of Padma Patil, who's her mother. :x She's had some really bad experience - Parvati dies in the general canon of which this Dominique is a part of - and Padma's sees Lakshmi's attraction as an example of delinquency. I can't explain too much EEP!

YAY for the Hermione compliment!!!!! And also for my minor characters :)

 
Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/01/13 Title: Chapter 4: The Book

NO! THAT'S how Andrew died! Nooo, I was starting to like him!

Well done on the Fleur-Maudie interaction. And hmm, the plot thickens. So Mags got the book from Andrew. How did he get it though? Unless he's a wizard? But why would he go to a Muggle school then? So many questions...

Why do I feel that Andrew Carlton will make all the sense? Hmm. Maybe it's just my own high suspicion index (I think that's what it's called). And I loved reading Dom's back-story. Her and Maudie's meeting was very interesting!

Moving on to the next chapter...

Author's Response: I am not going to lie. I've written a few death scenes, but this one has moved me the most. :(

 
Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/01/13 Title: Chapter 5: The Curse

NOOO! Mags is so evil! I hope she doesn't succeed. I hope Harry and Hermione get there on time with Maudie D:.

This was such a thrilling chapter. It's all coming together beautifully now... and I wonder how they'll sort this out now.

If Mags dies, then Dom will die will her, and the real Mags will live as Dom. This is scary. And vile. She shouldn't do that to someone who saved her!

You have a very gripping style of writing and I'm so immersed in this, it's difficult to put my thoughts forward coherently. I'm just shocked, excited and eager all at the same time.

I feel sorry for Andrew. :(

Author's Response: <33333

 
Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/01/13 Title: Chapter 6: The Release

This was delicious. It was so thrilling in the beginning, and touching towards the end. You made me feel worse for Andrew. :(

I didn't expect Maudie to take his shape, though (that was Maudie, wasn't it?) It was so gripping, the way Mags finally reunited her own body and soul. I didn't expect that -- at least, I thought that some physical magic might be involved.

I can imagine how enjoyable this chapter was to write. I love writing the chapter that resolves everything too. It's amazing that you're so clear with your characters, and your writing is so defined, that you don't need to name who is talking, when you write in first person.

Wow. This was an amazing story. I still have no words for the brilliance of it, and the richness of the plot. I couldn't produce something like this, even if I tried (and even then, the only proper thriller I have on here is like 26 chapters long, and I'm pretty sure that 7 installments wouldn't have solved anything).

Author's Response: Originally, Mags was supposed to unite body and soul with a lot of physical magic, but as the story progressed on the doc, I began to feel that Mags's real problem is truly psychological. Her biggest problem is her inability to face her guilt surrounding Andrew's murder. She's almost blocked them for her consciousness, which is why Dom couldn't access them easily. It's only when Mags starts feeling better about herself (though, really, as Dom, who's more guilt-free), that her defence goes down.

But the subconscious is always there; nothing is completely forgotten, and her blatant refusal to see that part of her past is no way to recover or hide. Though I didn't get a chance to touch that part due to word count constraints, when Dom's body murmurs Andrew's name in the ward, it's a signal of the persistence of that night's memory, the irremovable presence of her guilt. When she's forced to face Andrew, it's her hatred of her own guilt that makes her torture him. She hates him by association. But Mags is not totally gone yet. Once that hatred has been exorcised, she is given another chance. I thought that was a less dramatic, but more significant method :) This is again a part that I cracked my head over, and I want to thank you for raising the point.

Thank you, once again, for your lovely and supportive comments! <3

 
Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/01/13 Title: Chapter 7: Epilogue

What a fitting end to the story. I'm glad the matter has resolved itself; that Mags is learning to cope with who she is.

Mike going to jail made me grin. Good. That's exactly what should happen. I hope you follow up with a story about Mags though (I'm always very intrigued by OCs, ha) and I am looking forward to read the rest of your fics.

Sorry if I wasn't coherent most of the time. I was squeeing and gasping throughout.

It was a wonderful ride, and I'm glad to have read this. Thank you so very much! :)

Oh, and before I forget, you know how I told you I have an OC called Daisy/Margaret? Well, in the fic concerning her, her best friend is Andrew. He gets killed (stabbed) and she knows how it happened, but she won't tell anyone. In the end, she tells Harry about the murderer (but this is not nearly as well written as your fic. This stuff is six years old, and I was a baccha, hahaha. :D

Author's Response: I couldn't NOT have Mike sent to jail; there are enough rl criminals on loose. The fanfic one's gotta be served justice. And ha ha ha! More parallel with flist fics! :D You, Croll and I should co-write The Mags and Andrew Thief ha ha ha ha. Thank you, my lovely, for all the loveliness! :) I was worried this ficwas going to fade away, but yours and Croll's support have kept it afloat. ~ Natalie

 

Summary: Past Featured StoryEveryone gets picked on at school here and there; Albus Potter knew that. But when the situation with his own personal bully took a nasty turn, Albus found himself in a situation that was spiralling out of his control. Did his desperate effort to regain his peace of mind bring his world down around his ears?


This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.


Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Mental Disorders, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Slash, Substance Abuse

Word count: 5753 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/21/13 Updated: 02/21/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 02/23/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hey Jess!

I must warn you, this is not going to be very SPEW-y, because it gave me a lot of feels as I read, and also because the message you were trying to send across through this really touched me.

Anyway, I was waiting to read this ever since that fantastic LoveNote for Ellie. I didn't guess that it was you, but it was so well written, I'd decided to find out and prod the person towards completing this.

I like how this fic is so different, and well thought-out, and how you have managed to make it a wonderful piece about bullying, which just seems to be getting worse as time passes. I can certainly see it happening in the next-generation in a worse way than what it was during Harry’s time at Hogwarts (when I was in school, bullying was stealing lunch money. My brother, however, has classmates who isolate one boy a day so they can kick him in the place it hurts the most). And the overall consequences of the bullying are so sad, I was left feeling rather terrible for Albus towards the end.

I loved Albus's character. I always love the various ways in which he's portrayed, but your Al blew me over. He's so sweet, as usual, but also, his weaknesses are clearly defined-- with the stealing and all, but I guess that comes with addiction. I also liked that he was closer to Ginny. That’s not an angle that we see very often, because of the epilogue, but I completely agree with you. I think Ginny would have been better with Albus, as compared to Harry. Mostly because Albus would always find a need to meet his dad’s expectations (whether they’re very high or not). There would be a certain pressure upon him because he’s Harry Potter’s son, and this, I think, could have been properly balanced out by Ginny.

I rather liked Scorpius too. He had a tinge of Draco, I think, but he’s kinder. I’m glad he took up some of the punishment too. :) Also, the fact that he felt guilty enough to come back and actually apologise to Albus was a nice addition. Now that has left me wondering is anything ever happened between the two of them later on. I hope it did!

The Hogsmeade scene, which I can recognise as the original lovenote, is very well written. I loved the “stiffy against my thigh” dialogue -- probably because it sounded so typical of teenagers. The kiss was well written too, and Scorpius noticing the colour of Albus’s eyes made me grin.

The writing style, oh Queen, is as flawless as you. You have such an engaging, interesting way of presenting your work! Nothing is ever awkward, and the whole story was so smooth. I also loved the amount of research you seem to have conducted upon the potion. I certainly wouldn’t find that interesting as a task, and I realise it would have taken you a lot of patience too.

This is such a lovely story, Jess! I wish I could make this into a full-fledged SPEW review, but I think I’m just too excited and happy to read this. But wow! What a fabulous story! Thank you for expanding on this! :D *hugsss*

Author's Response:

I really wanted to do this review justice by having an epic response, but I regret to inform you that after several attempts, that is a pretty much failed venture. This shall be me flailing about you flailing. :D

I think you picked up a lot of how I wanted Al to be portrayed in this story. The kid we saw in the epilogue was scared of disappointing anyone or being not good enough, so I thought that could be interpreted as a boy who keeps to himself to avoid letting down friends by not being enough. Of course, we both know that's nonsense and that he has a lot to offer, but when he can purport himself as if nothing is wrong, hardly anyone will notice that he's struggling with self esteem on the inside. Add a douchebag bully who insults a very private part of his life, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

Now, the dream sequence was a bit tricky, and Soraya and I did quibble over it a bit. The issue we both had is if this first taste of kissing someone of the preferred gender could elicit the sort of dreams that Al was having. However, since teenage boys have those sorts of dreams on their own, I thought it would be plausible given the proper stimulus. Add a helping of shame on Albus's part because he felt dirty and sullied after Scorpius's little bet, and you have a kid looking desperately for a way to put it from his mind.

The prolonged dreams were actually the result of Albus self-medicating, and when he stopped self-medicating, he started to have withdrawal symptoms (which, with valerian, can manifest as delusions in males...not sure why with females). And naturally, he couldn't ask anyone for help, since he'd already started stealing from the potions cupboard. And being in the medical field, I'm sure you've learned about drug-seeking behaviour and the things people will do to get a fix.

Scorpius, for the lack of a better term, is a typical, stupid teenager. He is self-centred and doesn't think about his actions much before he does them. I bet that, in his mind, he convinced himself that Albus would laugh that Hogsmeade incident off and that nothing bad would happen other than fulfilling a bet and winning ten galleons. He probably had no idea how cruel his actions were until he saw the result of them. Sure, he didn't put the potion into Al's hands, but he might as well have done. He had a boy who was pretty much okay with his sexuality be ashamed of how his body reacts to sexual stimulae, which is an almost unforgivable thing to do to a young man struggling to figure out who he is.

Even if the readers could've dealt with having no closure between Scorpius and Albus, I felt like I couldn't let that stand. Albus isn't Harry, and Scorpius isn't Draco. While both are influences, I felt like they were both different enough people to where they would need to react in ways contradictory to how their fathers would've done. That's why I needed Ginny to be the parent Al connected with the most. He requires flexibility and support, which are two things that, given his life experiences, Harry probably couldn't give as well as Ginny. Ginny is a survivor, and Al needed that kind of support to deal with this. whole mess. Plus, I'm proud of myself for being nice to her, as she's high on the list of my least favourite characters.

Thank youuuuu for the squees about my writing. I do have to say that Soraya and her magic beta-ly highlighter had a good bit to do with that. She knows my foibles and how to point them out, so I get the chance to work on those and refine things. I'm not much of a dialogue person, but I'm glad that it felt right to you as a reader.

Thank you for the lovely review, for which you must never apologise. Reviews like this one are rare breeds on most sites, and most authors would give their left boob to get one. :) Thanks for stopping in, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

~Jess

 

Stop and Stare by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Victoire Weasley was his muse, his love, his everything, so when Teddy Lupin found himself alone with nothing but a goodbye and an insult of a Dear John letter, he was lost. Songs didn't sound like they used to, and nothing but getting that back mattered.

Would Teddy find his beat again, either in the strings of his guitar or inside himself?


This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.


Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 2432 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/24/13 Updated: 02/24/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 05/15/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hey Jess!

I meant to review this long ago, and am glad to be finally doing it, because I have to let you know that I absolutely loved this story. It was beautiful in the drabble form, as such, and the expanded version is even better. I am so glad you decided to make this a fic!

The thing that struck me first was how the story revolved along the lyrics ” or how the lyrics revolved around Teddy’s life. It was sad, and I really sympathised with him for the way Victoire behaved, and I was really, really hoping that she’d get back. But the lyrics, especially the second and third verses are really sad, and they reflect Teddy’s depression at Victoire leaving him.

I loved how the characters were so well defined. Teddy is very dedicated and loving, which was mostly why I sympathised with him more than I did with Victoire. And he seemed to melt with her around too, no matter how angry he was, which shows how much he loved Vic. He was also very adamant on keeping his song in the set, despite band members not agreeing to it. I think that goes on to show that he really wants to hold on to Victoire, despite his anger for her.

Victoire, on the other hand was ambitious and assertive. She knew how to get Teddy to listen to her, and she is aware of the effect she has on him. I won’t say I’m fond of her as a character, due to this, but I definitely loved these thoughtful edges that you’ve given to her character, because it makes her all the more imaginable and realistic.

All this aside, there’s the narrative, which is gripping and descriptive. You have a crystal-clear style of writing. You painted a portrait, and I could picture it all. Plus, I liked the tone of your writing. The entire story, the whole narrative seemed to reflect Teddy’s mood entirely. The setting was good too, I enjoyed the musical theme ” I haven’t actually read anything like this, and it felt very unique to me.

The chemistry between Teddy and Victoire is very well written. The attraction between them at first is very palpable. Even when they argue, and even when they’re just being romantic with each other. But then, I thought the couple shared more of a sexual attraction, than love. It might have been due to the smut too, but these were the thoughts that crossed my mind the first time. This line in particular is very clear about the way Teddy feels for Victoire: But damn it all, he still wanted her. But then again, there is evidence that he genuinely loves her. Maybe Victoire lusts for Teddy, but Teddy loves her in turn? Hmm. That aside, though, I love that Teddy’s hair changes colour whenever Victoire is with him.

The shower smut was very well done too! I remember it was a candy heart on the original LoveNote, and I’m so glad you used it, because it wrapped things up very well. I’m really glad that Teddy didn’t forgive Victoire all that easily, but was ready to talk to her anyway. Again, it shows how dedicated he is to her.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed reading this, Jess! Thank you for writing the drabble, and then expanding it. It is wonderful. :)

Pooja

 

A Feckload of Regrets by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Sometimes Seamus Finnigan felt his life was feckload of regrets. Some were small regrets, like lending Nev his quill when he knew he'd lose it. But some were bigger, like believing his mam over Harry ... or encouraging Dean to go for it with Ginny Weasley.

But as long as no one saw his regrets, he could bury them under a smile and pretend they'd never happened.

Couldn't he?

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling.

This is Equinox Chick and this is my fifth entry into the Great Hall Cotillion Challenge thingy.

Thank you, Natalie, (hestiajones) for an on the hoof beta job.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 5716 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/27/13 Updated: 02/27/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 06/16/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hey Carole!

I’ve wanted to check this one out for a while -- because in all honesty, I think I’ve secretly shipped Seamus and Dean for a long time now. It’s just that I haven’t seen many Seamus or Dean-centric stories, which is why this intrigued me when you took up the challenge.

I really enjoyed this fic, I must say. It had humour and angst, darkness and a bit of romance, and everything was mixed in the right proportion. I loved how you got into Seamus’s mind to write this, his Irish mind at that, ha, because rarely have I seen characterisation in the narrative, rather than action and dialogue. So this was new and wonderful for me.

I loved how you began the fic with Seamus’s regrets, and explained how he usually tried to hide his real emotions and regrets behind laughter. And then the chronological run-through of his regrets was very well done too. I loved how subtle it was -- how he only regretted persuading Dean to go out with Ginny, without thinking of the real reason behind it. Because here, you haven’t suddenly made them a couple in the end. It’s like, both Seamus and Dean know, deep inside, how they feel for each other, but have just been ignoring it all the while.

Then you went on to describe Seamus’s family life, which is quite an unexplored topic. At least, I’ve never read of it in fanfiction, and it was interesting to read about him. Also, I did not think that he was likely to be Sorted into Hufflepuff, but you‘re right. He was loyal to his mother, loyal to his family, and that would most definitely qualify him to be a Hufflepuff. Also, it explains why at first, he didn’t believe Harry, and chose to go with what his mother had said.

This brings me to the next point: Seamus and Dean getting to talk about whether or not they believed in what Harry had said. I think this scene was important, very important. Dean believes in Harry’s words, and Seamus doesn’t, but when they talk about it. Seamus screwed up his face as he thought about it, but there wasn’t much to say. Much as he’d love to have someone on his side, he preferred Dean watching his back, and he wasn’t letting anything get between that. Seamus, as you have described until now, is fiercely loyal to his family. He has gone against Harry and Ron, and is not talking to Neville. But then the fierceness reduces when it comes to one person: Dean. I think this was a perfect place to subtly hint at what was happening later (though I already knew, because of the warnings, and the fact that this was written for the Cotillion).

So basically, I think the relationship between your two characters was well described. I loved the leg-pulling, and the friendly exchanges. Even when they advanced from mere friendship in the end, nothing was overdone: they were still the same; only more physical than they had been before, because they took their friendship a step further. However, you didn’t leave out the slight tension between them, and I was enjoying all of it, unresolved, and resolved.

I enjoyed the scene before Dumbledore’s funeral, with Seamus finally letting his guard down. Dean’s awkwardness worried me for a bit, but I think all he needed was the months away from his best mate to figure out what he felt for him. However, I felt a sadness at the fact that they were separated for months before they could figure out what they felt for each other. It was cruel, but it was necessary.

I loved it when you got to the battle. Finally, all the emotions were getting sorted, and then the relief that they’d both survived it. The kiss at the end was very well written, and I bet Harry was unaware of what was going on in his dorm when he stumbled into it, ha! But I was glad that the relationship got closure, that Seamus and Dean finally figured out what was going on between them.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this story. It was amazing, I must say, and it had me grinning and frowning all through, and secretly celebrating when they got together. It was a character study of Seamus, on the whole, that I enjoyed, and I think, for the glimpses of Dean that we got, he was written perfectly too. The plot is very good, and the writing was captivating. Great work, Carole, and all the best for the Cotillion!

Pooja

Author's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review and I must apologise for taking so long to respond, but I was too blown away to think of an adequate response. I did love writing this story because I think I love the bromance of Seamus and Dean so much. I hope it shows, really, that they're friends far more than lovers - ha ha. I wonder how this would pan out long term, but hope they'd always have each other in some form. Thank you again ~Carole

 

Lovely Rita by Equinox Chick
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: 'I know things about Ludo Bagman that would make your hair curl.' Rita Skeeter had told Hermione. But what did she know?

This is Equinox Chick writing her last entry for the Cotillion.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but Rita's remark has always intrigued me.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 1906 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/01/13 Updated: 03/01/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/02/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Carole!

I absolutely adored this piece! At first, I did wonder why Rita Skeeter had an accent and everything, but it was interesting how the story unwound. I didn't trust her, of course, I knew she was digging around for news.

Now that I re-read, I can see that all the advances she made on Ludo was intentional, ha! And what she said in GoF made me wonder too, and I'm glad this story puts some of those questions to rest. :)

I loved Bagman’s characterisation. I could pretty much recognise him from the books. Rita turned into her old self towards the end, and she amused me quite a bit!

This doesn’t look last minute at all. It’s short and sweet, and doesn’t feel rushed. You are very gifted, Carole, I couldn’t produse something as awesome in the last moment, no matter how hard I tried. There is perhaps a typo here or there, but the story is really good on its own. I love your writing style too. :)

Sorry, this isn’t much of a review… but I really enjoyed this fic! I was wondering how you’d get these two together, so it was a satisfying read.

Good luck with the cotillion! :)

Author's Response: Thank youuuuuu! I will go through and get rid of the typos. This story was my sixth entry so I'm not putting it in to be judged, but I liked the thrill of getting it completed. I did have half of the story already written as it was a drabble I wrote but never used anywhere, so I expanded and added around 1k, so it wasn't that last minute. Glad you enjoyed it, anyway. ~Carole

 

To Harry by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary: On the fifth anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall worries about the fate of the boy who saved them all.

Categories: Milestone Celebrations Genre: Warnings: Mental Disorders, Mild Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 1684 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/18/13 Updated: 03/18/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 04/15/13 Title: Chapter 1: To Harry

Hey Gina,

I read this fic a while ago, but was unable to formulate a fully coherent review without sounding like a fangirl, so I’ve been taking my time composing this. However, I hope that my thoughts come out in the form of a proper review this time. :)

I must say, I like the concept of this story very, very much. It’s so different. I’ve never seen this version of Harry after the war, and hence, I may never have considered this a possible scenario. However, after reading your story, I can see why Harry would be in this state of mind. I can visualise his obsession towards catching all the Death Eaters and his infatuation to staying busy and working harder and harder. It’s just something Harry would do, and this is very good characterisation of him. Also, you managed to gain my sympathy for Harry without using Harry’s point of view to reflect his mental state. I think this is one of the things about the story that makes it brilliant.

Speaking of characterisation: I loved how every major and minor character in this story is kept in character. You have fleshed them all out crystal-clear and it’s so compliant with the book that it doesn’t seem like fanfiction at all. Minerva, Aberforth, and like I’ve mentioned above, Harry, take the cake here. Minerva’s concern for Harry is very like her, and Aberforth -- I really liked him, because he’s so positive. He seems uncaring, but, like Minerva observes, he really seems to care. So, honestly, I think one of your major strengths here is your characterisation and character development. It’s simply amazing.

I think this fic teaches us a good lesson too -- that all of us have our bad days, and those moments where we can’t seem to go on; but we finally do pick ourselves up and walk on. This cast a very bright light on the dark, bleak path that the story was taking until then. Also, we all know that Harry survived any such rough patches after the war, at least until Albus went to Hogwarts, yet, I couldn’t help but feel sad and anxious for him, just as Minerva and the others felt. This is another strength of your writing style -- it’s so powerful, that you have managed to manipulate the moods of the readers as well, despite them knowing how this all ends.

I think the one uplifting line in this fic is very powerful too. "Then so what if he needs to lie down and rest a bit," snapped Aberforth. "He's earned it. But mark my word: Potter will get up. It was the one thing in this world my brother was most sure of." This line just acted like a buoy -- it pulled me from the depths of despair, and I found myself smiling, because it’s so full of hope and positivity. It’s such a lovely line, and I’m so glad that it came.

Another brilliant thing about this story is how Harry is the main character here, without really being in the scene that you’ve portrayed. It could be tedious to just have characters refer to your main character of the story without him or her physically being there, as it becomes difficult to connect with one character from another character’s thought process, without the inclusion of dialogue, if that makes any sense. But here, it seemed like Harry was physically part of the scene, and not just a passive character. Also, there isn’t much dialogue in this story at all, and that struck me as very different and appealing. I think it added to the feel of the story.

All-in-all, this is a gem of a story, and I’m glad I read it. Your stories, especially your Marauder ones have been on my reading list for ages, and I promise to act upon this list soon, as soon as I control a certain addiction that you know well about. To sum it up, I think you’re a wonderful, powerful writer, and that you have a very strong grasp on characterisation. Your writing style is unique -- fantastic, even, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of this piece. So yes, I really, really adored this story. :)

Great job!

Pooja

 

Summary: Past Featured Story

On the day that Teddy Lupin begins his new life with Victoire Weasley, his bride, Lily Potter's heart breaks.


This story was submitted for the Milestone Celebrations competition and was voted into 1st Place. Thank you so much for your support!

This story has also been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.



Categories: Milestone Celebrations Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 3269 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/20/13 Updated: 03/20/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 03/20/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

EEP, my review got deleted by mistake. It's a good thing I always copy the text once before submitting, heh.

Anyway, Jess, I was determined to make this one SPEW-ly. However, I find that I'm flailing again, and possibly crying a little bit this time, because this is so beautiful, I hardly have words, which is why this is going to be a very haphazard review.

I noticed this when we did the LoveNotes, and well, I won’t lie, all your drabbles there deserve to be fics, because they’re all incredibly amazing. This was very sad as a drabble, and though this isn’t sad as a fic, it is very touching.

The first thing that struck me here is how you've taken up a scenario that almost everyone on this planet is bound to experience. First crushes can be awful. Well, there are always the lucky people, but I certainly wasn't one of them, and this got those terrible, but sweet memories back. I do, however, feel worse for Lily Luna here because it must have been terrible watching her first *love* get married, much less fall for someone else. It is such a hopeless situation, and I think her emotions are so well written, starting from the beginning, where you’ve compared the discomfort she experienced at the tightening of her dress to the pain that she’s experiencing because Teddy is getting married. The thoughts were also fantastically drawn out -- especially in that part where Victoire is hugging Lily, and she in turn is struggling with the single thought that she doesn’t want Teddy and Victoire to get married.

Teddy and Lily’s relationship is so sweet. His nickname for her, ‘Ladybug’, is adorable, and I also loved the fact that he can make her smile with such ease. The part of the story that takes place at the swing was my favourite. I loved that Teddy knew where Lily had gone, and that he followed her there. The whole conversation after that was lovely -- with Teddy explaining to Lily how he felt about her, and how he loved her very much, but in a different way. And then, at first, I didn’t understand why Teddy would kiss Lily, because it didn’t make sense to me that he would tell her that she was his goddaughter, and then kiss her, but then I realised what you were getting at when Lily pulled away. I guess the kiss explained more to Lily than any talk would have. She realised that this wasn’t meant to be, and that Teddy was right about her being able to find someone else.

I loved the characterisation too -- Teddy was sweet and understanding, and I loved that he didn’t kick up a fuss, or freak out much when he found out what Lily felt. Also, I think in the part with his point of view, you’ve actually shown the difference between his love for Lily, and his love for Victoire. I loved that. I could actually clearly make out how he felt woman. The moods during his time alone with Lily, and then Victoire are similar, and yet drastically different. And Teddy mentions to Lily that she will meet a man who will see her as the only woman in the world, and then, we actually see that in the end, Teddy has eyes only for Victoire -- he’s regarding her as the only woman in the world. That shows how much he loves Victoire too. Lily is determined and sensitive, and very loving, and I’m sure, after this, that she’ll find someone else. Maybe a sequel? :D

My beta had once explained to me the importance of actions in a story. She told me that it helps the reader build a rapport with the characters, and I see good use of these actions here -- especially when Teddy was pushing Lily while she was on the swing, Your writing style is awesome, and the words you’ve used are perfect for an emotional bonding with the characters.

This was lovely, Jess! The 3000-word piece of pizza cheese I wrote just an hour ago now looks useless in comparison. Hehe. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you! :)

 

Summary: Harry, Ron and Hermione are on a trip in America. Or are they? It's April Fools' Day, and they might just be the victim of one cosmic prank pulled by a red-headed man and a ghost.

For my flist, and for you.

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Substance Abuse

Word count: 1062 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/31/13 Updated: 03/31/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 04/02/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, you know, I couldn't review yesterday because of Peeves, but OMG!

I want to make this SPEW-ly -- so badly, but all I can say is WOOOOOWWWWWWW!

I mean, I've never seen such a fic ever before! Can it get any better? SERIOUSLY!

Agh, it's definitely lost any SPEW-liness, but yeah, this is really awesome, Nat, keep up the good work. Gah, I wish there were more stories like this!

Just... wow. :D

Author's Response: YAYAYAY! This must means all my medical references were correct! :D Glad you liked it and thanks for reviewingggg!

 

Home by The_Real_Hermione
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: She sticks her tongue out and catches a snowflake on it. She feels like a child again. Then she remembers that she is only seventeen, barely out of childhood. When was she last a child? Before she had to grow up and fight and suffer and worry and grieve and feel so old, so tired, as though there is nothing left that this world can offer her.

Ginny tries to face her first Christmas since the war, without Fred, without the usual joy, having lost many of her friends, but most importantly without Harry.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity

Word count: 2644 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/14/13 Updated: 04/14/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 04/15/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hello!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve read something that’s purely Harry and Ginny. My username sure seems to depict otherwise, but I haven’t read much of these two in a while, though I have written some of it. When I came across your story, I decided that this was a pairing I missed, and I realised that I really wanted to read your piece. I’m glad I did.

The first thing that struck me here was the bright mood that your story starts with, and the sudden darkness that seems to pool in a few words later. The transition is smooth and natural, and I loved the memories that Ginny has of her brothers, and then, I was sad at how they are just memories now. Fred’s death and the war have brought finality to it all ” it doesn’t look like those moments will ever come back ” and they won’t, because something is missing here. This line, in particular, depicts what I mean: It will be worse, even, than during the war, when at least there was the hope of future, untainted Christmases.

Ginny’s pain and grief are palpable to me. I think the moods and the character interactions here, and finally, Ginny’s thought process were handled with a lot of expertise. In the beginning, it looks as though Ginny is just grieving for Fred, but this clears up later when she thinks about how Ron and Hermione seem to have a perfectly normal relationship, which, at the moment, Ginny can’t have with Harry. It’s really lovely how that portion starts with the war, and then everything Ginny has seen, and then her brother ” her best friend, as you have mentioned before (which, I must say, really made me smile, because I agree with you on that) and her girl best friend, Hermione. It finally wanders to Harry, and remains with Harry after that.

I think Harry’s behaviour after the war is very realistic. He has this need to save everyone, hence making his characterisation perfect in this story. I see how you’ve brought forward a more controlled, less adolescent version of Harry from book five, and I approve of it. Also, I can see Ron writing long letters to Hermione, although, I’m quite sure they aren’t very eloquent or well- expressed! But this point made me adore your characterisation, because yes, I can see him do that. Then there’s Ginny herself. I must admit, I’m not very fond of her from the books because of her Suefication, and have found it difficult to write her without hating her, or making my readers hate her. I’m sure you’ve faced this too, and I must applaud you for the way you have put her forward ” completely compliant with her characterisation from the books, and yet perfectly likeable.

I was glad when Ginny decided to go to Harry’s office herself. The talk between her and Harry was very well written, and I liked that Harry was calm at first, before flaring up a little later on. But most importantly, I was happy that Ginny was angry enough to let Harry know that she was in love with him, or I’m sure Harry would have never realised anything on his own. After that, I think it was very good of Harry to come back to Ginny, and to confess his own love for her. All of this brought the story back to a positive note, and I’m very glad you decided to end it like this.

To sum it up, I adored your characterisation, and your vivid descriptions. I also enjoyed how the story switched moods. It was expertly done. I’m definitely glad that I chose to read this story. Harry and Ginny have never been my favourite pairing, but I love them, and this story did them justice. It was romantic and happy and sad, all at the same time, and it was a joy to read it. Well done! :)

Pooja

Author's Response: Hi Pooja, Thank you thank you thank you for this lovely review!! It pretty much made my day :). I'm glad you liked the juxtaposition of happiness and bleakness. I was trying to blend the normal feelings of lost childhood/innocence with the devastation of the war - because some of Ginny's memories would be over forever even without the war (does that make sense?) And generally I find juxtaposition of the good times is the best way of showing the sadness. I'm glad Ginny's grief came across - I always thought of her as someone who doesn't show a lot of grief and pain, but who feels it strongly underneath. I'm also glad you liked the progression of her thoughts - at this point her (lack of) relationship with Harry is very tied up with the war, and I think she would have been going through so much, that a lot of her feelings sort of mix together. She can't think of Harry and not of Fred, if that makes any sense. And I've always thought Ginny and Ron would have been really close - while they have their fair share of arguments, it usually comes from care for each other. Yay you liked Harry's behaviour - I know a few people would disagree with my portrayal of him. To me, Harry likes to fix things, and he doesn't know how to fix the loss and trauma of his friends, but he does know how to start fixing the wizarding world, so that's what he does. And once he starts isolating himself, it's easier to keep going like that. But underneath he knows what he's lost, and so I think that's why he changes so quickly when Ginny comes to see him. As for Ron, I think he does a lot of growing up in DH, and I think he would feel so lucky to be with Hermione after liking her for years, that he would try really hard - but I think you're right, his letters wouldn't be that eloquent. But I don't think Hermione would care. I'm glad you liked my Ginny, I've never really written her before, and she's not really one of my favourite characters. I don't really like her at all in the movies, but in the books she's quite feisty and strong, so I wanted to take that and show her vulnerability as well. I think Ginny had to go to Harry's office - through most of their relationship, Ginny's really the one who takes the lead. Sure, Harry kisses her in HBP, but I always felt like Ginny knew a lot more what was going on than Harry did. They're not the most "romantic" couple to write, and knowing both their personalities, I liked that Ginny told Harry she loved him almost out of frustration and anger, because somehow that fits in their relationship for me. Anyway, thank you sooo much for leaving such a detailed review, with so many lovely comments. I'm really glad you liked this story so much :). ~Katrina

 

Turn to Stone by iLuna17
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Past Featured StoryOne summer's night in Hogwarts, two statues are given one night to be human.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2771 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/07/13 Updated: 08/12/13


Reviewer: Ginny Weasley Potter Signed
Date: 08/16/13 Title: Chapter 1: (let's take a better look beyond a storybook)

Hey, Ellie!

I saw a few days ago that you had posted this, and was intrigued, but when I read the summary before opening the link to the story today, I was even more intrigued. The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever read such a story, or even such a concept before. It was so poignant, sweet and magical. I really, really enjoyed it.

Let me begin with the writing style. Your whole method ” all your sentence structures, and everything, they resonated with a magical sensation inside me. I’m repeating myself, I know, but there is something surreal and transcendent about the way you’ve handled this. I’ve read a few of your stories, and you tend to lean more heavily on emotion, but this was full of description. You concentrated on creating an atmosphere ” a premise for wonder. It was almost poetic, and it didn’t have much dialogue, so it was rather silent, and yet the story spoke about a lot.

Your descriptive writing was lovely too. The way you’ve written about the statues, stating every feature, expressing everything about them, I could imagine it all. When they transformed to humans, especially, I was very fond of how you wrote. It starts at the very tips of her fingers; they soften and gain human wrinkles as they darkenThis would be my favourite line in the entire story, because I saw it ” her skin darkening, the creases along her palm forming, the tiny lines on her skin making themselves evident, clothes and hair falling loose… it was a majestically written portion, really. I can’t see her, I don’t know what she looks like, but her description made her look beautiful, and by now, just like the male statue, I was also eager to have a glance at this woman.

The male statue, on that account, was wonderfully written. His feelings and thoughts have been well-expressed, and I loved how they always seemed to circle the other statue. Also, I love how much both the statues (and I shall call them Colin and Luna, since that’s what they named themselves later on) seemed to observe everything around them. But I reckon that’s what a statue could do, after all. The naming was also apt ” poignant, because the statues would never find out what happened to Colin Creevey. I’m not surprised that Luna spoke to her namesake, and I find that single line a wonderful way to express Luna Lovegood’s character.

The romantic overtones in the story were subtle and well-done. I enjoyed how it all lay on how much Colin and Luna observed each other. I loved reading about the wonderfulness of feeling grass for the first time and looking at the stars. The kiss too was coming and was well-placed. It was sweet and sexy, and I loved that particular moment.

Of course, I was very sad when Colin and Luna had to go back to being statues, but I liked the lesson we learned from this story. The whole Harry Potter series stresses on how death is an essential once we get life, and this one proves it. I loved how you expressed that eternity seems lovely when you look at it from the pained eyes of having watched death, but in actuality, it is better that we are the way we are.

Your story gave me a lot to think about, and my day is ending on a very bittersweet, positive note. I definitely loved this, and will be keeping it in mind for the QSQs next year. Lovely story. Well done! :)

Pooja

Author's Response: Pooja!!!!! I honestly haven't been able to respond to this review because I haven't been able to find words. I know it was an honestly weird idea, and I'm glad I didn't scare you off, lol.

I'm thrilled that you loved the writing style. I was definitely trying to write more descriptively, because the piece felt more of doing than saying, and for me that's always been a challenge. THe moment you mention, when 'Luna' starts to change - that was the most vivid moment I could see in my head when writing it, and I'm amazed that it carried over. Also, I wanted to stay more away from dialogue simply because I wasn't sure exactly how much they knew, how much they would be able to talk about. I had to think about what it would be reasonable for them to hear about in everyday conversation of Hogwart's students, what they could connect words and ideas to, and by that reasoning I had to take 'stars' out of their language.

In my head, these statues were made either just as or right after Hogwarts was. They've only ever 'seen' that one corner of the castle, and after a thousand years (literally) of only having that limited range of vision, I felt he would know every detail like the back of his hand. When I decided they were going to name themselves, and that they would be Hogwart's students' names, only two recognizable characters came to mind. Colin, because he was always a bit of a loner and would love the opportunity to photograph them, and Luna, because she would read into their stance. I feel like she would talk to the statues, and so Colin and Luna became their names. :)

The romance was because I honestly couldn't picture two people who've been stuck with each other for such a long time, without knowing who the other is, who wouldn't fall in love with each other. He spent so much time just staring at her, memorizing every detail, and she could only wonder what he looked like. I'm also glad you enjoyed the kiss. :) And as much as I would love to, I couldn't keep them human forever, because they weren't. I think that art and humans are envious of each other; humans because they want to be that immortalized beauty, that no one will forget and it will never die, but the art because they want to feel like the humans do, and don't want to be stuck there forever. It just seemed to fit, and I'm glad that that point made it's way across.

Honestly, I'm sitting here grinning like an idiot at this review. I am so unbelievably glad that you enjoyed it, and just thank you for reading and leaving such an amazing review.

Ellie

 
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