Welcome to my author page!
I am a teacher, musician, reader, and avid Harry Potter fan. I am originally from the Midwest and now live a bit farther south. I am thrilled to be a proud member of RAVENCLAW House and enjoyed being a site moderator for a time as well.
I hope you enjoy the many stories and poems I have written. I am proud of them all and appreciate any feedback you might care to leave (in other words, reviews are love!) I've listed them below with a short description since I know trolling through summaries can be tedious. Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Someday I will categorize my stories by genre. Today is not that day. ;)
Summary: This story of Frank and Alice Longbottom's blossoming relationship at Hogwarts reveals the origins of the gum wrapper mystery that surrounds their time at St. Mungo's.
Lovely story! Great characterization from the very beginning. It was very bittersweet, particularly this part:
"He wanted to remember this moment, this very feeling, even in his old age. For an instant, he saw himself with graying, receding hair, telling the story of his young love, Alice, to his grandchildren. He promised himself he would remember every detail, recite the entire conversation from memory."
Knowing what happens to them later makes this really stand out. Excellent job.
Ooh, I hate to nitpick after my last review, but don't forget to capitalize Muggle as well as Hogwarts classes like Charms and Potions. :D
I've enjoyed your stories, good luck with your writing! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! It really means a lot that you read another one of my stories! Yay! I really wanted to throw in subtle reminders about their future so that the gum wrappers would tie in even better at the end, and I'm so thrilled you picked up on them. Haha, feel free to nitpick. I fixed the capitalization in the other story, and I'll do the same here. In my mind, I just don't think of those things as proper nouns! It's good to remind me. (: Thank you so much for your feedback. It's so sweet and very appreciated. Much more writing to come!
Summary: I suspect Potter always imagined himself dying honourably in battle or saving some poor sod’s soul. He didn’t. And for that I was smugly appreciative.
2010 QSQ Award Winner for Post-Hogwarts Story
Ah, I love how this turned out!! Wonderful job! Really, the tone is just spot-on. You set Draco's tone from the very beginning with the line about a broken nose from Weasley's fist. And then nail it again with the wonderfully sarcastic "'How touching." Writing Harry through Draco's eyes also really solidifies your excellent characterization of Draco.
And at the same time, I think Harry turned out great as well! I know I mentioned this, but you weave subtle action and dialogue together very well, so that as I'm reading I want to move my hands and run my hand through my hair like Harry does. I love Harry's attitude, it seems very much like how he would approach both being deceased and being Draco Malfoy's messenger. :)
Harry and Draco's interaction is so great to read here. I love the irony of it, and how they respond to it. Some great snarky lines, too!
The Latin is lovely, really adding a nice depth to the story. I love the quote from Twain and am so glad you worked in Dumbledore's quote as well!
This is such an original and fun story to read. I think you've done a great job and I really enjoyed working with you on it!
Author's Response: Thnk you so much for the lovely review and your beta help, Gina. ^_^ You really helped me better flesh out Harry, even though we see him through Draco's eyes. I plan on writing the Snape/Harry interaction some time in the future, so I shall be enlisting in your services again! ^^ *hugs*
Lily Evans had a lot of thinking to do, and what better time to do it than the crack of dawn on a Saturday? Not a person in sight...usually. That was, however, until she happened upon a certain group of boys, but without their normal mischief.
Follow Lily as she investigates this awkward run-in with James Potter and his friends.
I love it!! You know I am slightly obsessed with James and Lily right now and this was a lovely look at their relationship through the character of Remus. I am also loving Remus at the moment, and you wrote him so well - so careworn, so sad. Great insight into his character when he said he was not bothered by people hating him, but by people fearing him. I loved how he initially reacted to Lily with anger, but she put him in her place. Now he has another supporter. Lovely! And then the way he helped Lily see James in a slightly different light - very nice! And the dream comment was perfect. Ah, I love a good Marauder story. Was there another Marauder thing you were working on as well? It's good to see you posting again! As always, I loved reading your story! ~Gina :)
Remus and Lily's relationship has been ignored throughout fanfiction, and I don't know why. You'd think, out of all the Marauders, Remus is the one with whom Lily would probably have the most in common. A platonic relationship between them only makes sense, especially if Lily knew how much he had to endure and still put up a brave face. That seems like the type of person that she would like.
And, yes, I have another Marauder bun in the oven. I'm going to finish it as soon as I get my monthly stuff done. Thanks for reviewing, as always, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
The hallmark of Dumbledore's Army was their refusal to give in to the darkness that was slowly but surely emcompassing their world. As long as there was a hope, the DA would live on. This is a warning, an invitation, a promise, to one and all that they will not back down until the battle is won.
This poem placed third in the Last Line Standing Challenge in Poetry Anyone. The last words of each line are from a non-HP poem (Robert Frost, but the name of the poem escapes me), but we were to build a new poem around it.
I like it! Two funny things came to mind while I was reading this. First, it would make a good song. And second, it's so hopeful when so many of your fics are a bit dark and snarky, lol. I love your versatility! And how strong your poems are all the way through. Nice job! ~Gina :)
Hehe, poetry is the one thing that I will actually edit when it gets waffly. In prose, i figure what the heck and keep writing, but poetry sucks far more if it gets rambly. I hope that is what makes it strong start to finish.
I actually meant this to read like a song or anthem of sorts, so yay that this works in that capacity. And it was supposed to be an in your face message to anyone who thought of the DA as just a teenagers' gang. They were in it for good. I'm glad that came across.
Thank you AGAIN for the review. Heart heart heart!
Summary: The war is over and people are rebuilding their life, happy and sad and grateful. But what about Draco?
Written for the End of an Era Challenge at PA (WON FIRST PLACE! YIPPIE!), and nominated for a QSQ for Best Poetry. :D Thanks!
Whoa. I LOVE IT! I usually have a hard time with free verse, but this just nails it! This is fantastic! What did it for me was the repetition of the single lines in the next stanza - I am now naked, Amoung other things, I am now cursed, etc. Setting that as a stand-alone and then going into more detail in the next stanza is briliiant and really details what you were trying to say.
The list of crimes was wonderful, and I love the stanza with the colours. :)
This is very emotional, and no more so than the last four lines. Just, wow. Very powerful. Great, great work. I can't think of anything I would change, it's just a wonderful poem. You are very talented at free verse!
Author's Response: *glomp*
I know you don't enjoy free verse, so I feel it is a huge accomplishment to have you writing such a great review. :D:D Glad you liked the single lines and their repetition; that was something I didn't intend to use because I originally wanted only the last line to be a single line, but I decided to take a risk as it does make you stop, think and be ready for the next stanza. And the colours! Colours are a major part of my poetry; you'll find them in most of the poems I've 'published' till now. :D
Again, thanks for the wonderful review!
Summary: Sidelined by her pregnancy, Lily takes a new job at the Department of Mysteries on Dumbledore's recommendation. Here, she will be confronted with a shocking question: Can God and magic co-exist?
Thanks so much to my awesome Beta: DracoGurlFurever/Apurva!
Ooh, what an absolutely fascinating premise! And it seemed so natural and normal that the DoM would be doing research into the divine. I think they would be researching other things as well, but the idea of finding God is so unique for fanfiction. Great start. Good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks Gina! I appreciate it. I'm trying to update as soon as I can, but classes have started up recently.
He cannot bring himself to think the name. There is a glimpse of red. A laugh. A fumbled apology. A friendship.
How a death may change a life or two.
Winner of Best Non-Canon Romance in the Quick Silver Quill Awards 2010
Julia, your prose is just so beautiful and emotional it's amazing. This piece is like a character study of grief more than a plot-driven, action-packed story, and I wish I could do that. Each word seems so carefully chosen to say and mean exactly what you want it to. And then paints such a stark, vivid picture of Harry going through something so life-changing. I think your use of repetition in particular - words, short phrases - really punctuates what you are trying to convey. Poor Harry. And yet, by the end, with those last words, I sense that he has turned around. The last two words leave the reader with hope - at least, that's how I read it, and I hope that's right!
Really fantastic writing. I hope I can write a Harmony story like this for you and Jess someday. ;)
Author's Response: Wow, Gina, thanks for the lovely review! Hm, a lot of my recent fics have been more character studies than anything else. I like to think about how characters react in different situations and take things from there. I'm glad you enjoy the repetition. I always seem to do it subconsciously and I worry that I go overboard. Luckily, my wonderful betas are there to tone it down! As you noticed, this is really about Harry (and Hermione) working through their grief. It is angsty but I wanted to end it with some glint of hope - that maybe they could get through this, one day, even if for now it more of an acceptance than anything else. But thanks so much for the lovely review. And I hope you write that Harmony one day, oh Canonista Supreme! <3
Harry Potter had seen death - a lot of death. Friends had passed in his lifetime, more so than any one person should ever experience, but how much is too much, even for the Chosen One?
Ron Weasley is dead, leaving behind his wife and his best mate. How can these two cope with their Trio being cut down to two? And when danger lurks in the shadows, can they find the strength to fight for one another?
Ah, the drama. Very good. It's fun to see how the bits you sent me fit in. I thought Harry and Hermione had already hooked up. I'm glad they didn't...yet. It's also fun kowing what's coming, hee hee. You're doing great at keeping the drama fast and furious. Oh, and Hermione was spot on as well. I think it is often that when two people are grieving or upset, one has to step up and set aside their own pain to support the other. Great job! ~Gina :D
To be honest, I have problems keeping Hermione IC at times. That being said, I knew that, from the moment that the particular scene in question played out in my mind, that I had got it right. I be glad that you agree.
It's going to be a while before anything 'like that' happens between Harry and Hermione, as it would be OOC for both of them to jump into it. I plan on torturing them some more. A lot of the reviews that I've received for this story say that it's really sad and heart-wrenching. *claps like a spoilt child*
Thanks for reviewing, Twin. :D
So now the question becomes: Ron or Harry? I have my suspicions, so I can't wait to see if I'm right (again)! That was a good twist, but even more than that, I rather liked seeing George in bad-a** mode, and the bit at the house - the papers, the key - really deepened that part of the plot. Your romance stories are so multi-layered, it's amazing. Not to mention the angst. ;) Great chapter, post soon! ~Gina :)
Hehe, I suppose you'll have to wait and see... but no worries. A good chunk of the upcoming chapters are baby-related, but the darkness is coming! You know I couldn't tell you whether you were right or not when we were chatting, though it seemed pretty obvious. If you can forgive my ebilness. :D
Lovely review, and I miiiiisss you, Twin!
Very cool. You know, it really sort of makes perfect sense for Harry to quit in order to keep Rita off Ron's story. And given Harry's fragile mental state (not to mention Hermione's) I'm not at all surprised that he did. He was remarkably calm about it. The final scene with Hermione was well done as he started to realize the repercussions. I can't wait to see whether it works and Rita stays off the story. I am dreading the Weasley's reaction, though. :(
Argh, the Weasleys. It shall be a 's*** hits the fan' moment, for sure. Rita will be interesting. :)
You killed him! OMG! You go! Bring on the angst! ;)
I tease. :D
Nice start here. It's definitely very intense, and builds to a shocking climax (even though we sort of know it's coming given the category, lol.) Poor Harry, watching his best friend die. This is going to be very interesting, since you've mentioned Harry is dating Ginny and Hermione was with Ron, even if they were fighting. Good luck as you continue!
Haha, I have no problem killing off Ron, 'cause he's a git. :D
Anyway, I had this idea in my head, and it sort of just spilt out on the page...the first time. Then my computer crashed, and I lost it all. This is but a pale reflection of what I had written in the first place, but it'll do. The rest of the story will be as it should have been.
This shall be funness.
Oh Jess, leave it to you to throw another wrench into the story. Awesome twist with Rita. I am truly frightened for what Harry might do. You are definitely taking him to the edge, it seems. Which places a huge burden on Hermione. But then, that's what you've nailed about their characters: Hermione taking care of Harry. Sure, Harry thinks he might be taking care of her after Ron's death, but he's not. He needs her more than she needs him. What's sad is that the Weasleys would have probably taken care of them both if only they'd been open and honest.
Sorry it's not a spew review, but I just want to let you know I'm still reading and enjoying your writing. Good luck with the next bit - try not to be too hard on Harry, now, k? *yeah right* ;)
Lol, now I feel sort of bad about what happens in the next chapter. Hehe. It's with the betasitter right now, and I shall post it as soon as I get it back. I'm glad you like it and enjoy my screwed up mind.
Poor Hermione! I can only imagine how hard it is going back after something like this, and you wrote it well. I'm still waiting for her big breakdown.
The scene with Ginny was actually just as sad, because they were so close to an understanding, and then Ginny went all crazy again and ruined it. I'm not sure if I feel bad for Ginny or not. I guess she is hurting just as much as Harry - possibly more, since she lost her brother AND he dumped her - so she certainly has her reasons for acting this way. I do sort of hope she comes around, though.
Looking forward to seeing Rita! Good luck as you continue!
I don't think that Ginny would have been nearly as hostile if George hadn't told her about Hermione staying the night with Harry. You know he would be rather venomous and lurid with the details. And Ginny, being that she is a bit judgmental, would probably not believe the best in people, especially when she felt betrayed by them. She was just coming around, but Hermione's basic inability to lie well sort of screwed the pooch, so to speak.
Indeed, Harry meeting Rita is coming next. That chapter is going to be daunting. Not as daunting as AU of Doom, but pretty close.
Ooh, nice ending! I can't wait to see how Hermione reacts. That was well done, the dream/not-a-dream. They probably needed it, though. The interview with Rita was also well-played: just enough of Harry staying in control and Harry struggling with it. Rita was spot-on. I wonder if we'll see what she writes? I really just want to see the next chapter and Hermione's reaction!
Keep it up!
Lol, I've been on a smut roll as of late, so it was the natural progression of things. The fallout should be interesting. :D
Thank you for stopping in. Now I have to stop failing epically at my requirements. Ta and good morning!
Nice! Did you plan the parallel to Harry's parents being in hiding during Lily's pregnancy? It's neat. I'm still wondering whose baby it is. You've been nicely enigmatic with the timeline. Hermione would have realized if it was too late to be physically possible as Ron's; what's interesting is that she doesn't remember sleeping with Harry, and that wasn't that long after Ron died, was it? Interesting. Are you going to reveal with the birth? And are you going to give them any happiness whatsoever?!
PS. Nice touch with Teddy - I was wondering about him when he suddenly appeared!
Author's Response: I didn't really parallel anything on purpose; it was just the next natural step, with Harry worrying that Yaxley was going to hurt the people he cares about. I'm enjoying how people are fishing for information about whose baby it is. All will be revealed in due time. :D I am planning on a non-miserable ending, but I can't guarantee anything, because my muse does pretty much what she likes. You know how that works.
The scene at the beginning with Hermione was lovely - Harry knows her so well! And a Burning Curse? Ouch! Harry's guilt is so intense, wow. I feel bad for him, yet I can't help thinking he's a bit of an arse for actually breaking up with Ginny right after Ron dies. That sets up loads of conflict, though. Can't wait to see what's next. ;)
Well, Harry IS an arse, so I'm not surprised he went all noble and 'did her a favor'. It just seems like a Harry thing to do. Glad you like it. The next chapter has a good amount of action in it. :D
~Teh Other Twin
You are the queen of angsty!Harry and I bow to you. You are also the master of unspooling mystery and plot. And you are setting up great death and destruction to come, of this I am certain. And possibly a twist with George. I shall have my kleenex ready. Write fast, twin.
Haha, you have no idea how many people are BEGGING me to tell them who the baby daddy is, but I'm sticking to my guns and not telling. I figured that George isn't entirely the vigilante type, though his general disdain for Harry is real.
Update will come... eventually. However it takes to finish an In the Ashes chapter and write another one for this. :D
James was living the dream. He was the star player on England's 2030 Quidditch World Cup team, and he was showing the world how it was done. That was, of course, until foul play sent his world asunder.
Albus saw his brother's livelihood snatched away in the blink of an eye, but more than that, James was...different. He was cold, angry, and callous - a far cry from the man he was before. Harsh words and even harsher attitudes put them at each other's throats.
Me again. :)
So once again you manage to surprise. Here I am thinking James is really going to get it, and you end up with a sweet and fluffy proposal at the end! Ha! So who is this fiance, Augusta? I liked her spunk at the end.
The beginning was great. I really believed that James was a world-class Quidditch player and that everyone, even Albus, was excited to see him play. The match itself was brilliant, as was the play that got him injured. I wanted a bit more on his injury; I think it would have set up his foul mood a bit more. And then Albus punching him in the face would not have felt a bit rushed. Of course, when you are drabbling, feelng rushed is the name of the game. ;) Just something to think about for non-drabbled stories.
I loved how Harry pretty much threw down the gauntlet and made them sit there and talk. Great little wrestling match! And getting James to finally admit what was wrong and talk about it - especially over a good bottle of Firewhisky - was great. I really felt for him. If I ever write the EoD, my James is also sidelined by a Quidditch injury and goes on to become on Obliviator instead. If I ever write it. ;)
Like I said, the proposal was very romantic, but I liked Augusta's response the best. Glad James wised up to her.
I know you guys are talking about British/American writing in the SBBC and I must say I always notice how natural your use of British vocab and slang is. I know you're American and yet you write the British so easily it's amazing. I am jealous.
As usual, nice to see your Albus/Scorpius dynamic. Nice one-shot! ~Gina :)
Yay! Waiting for your reviews is like waiting on food at a really good restaurant.
I always knew that I wanted James to be an ex-Quidditch player. I wanted him to be a keeper, because he seems like the personal glory type to me, and making him a Seeker, which is the other more solitary position, would have just made him into a cliche. I couldn't do that to him, because I like him too much.
Augusta, while not a real canon character, is Neville and Hannah's daughter, who is three years younger than James. In my story, About Last Night, it marks when James stops thinking of her as another cousin and more like, yeah...she's cute and I like her. Then, she gets him good. Their relationship has had some troubled spots, but I can say that, about two years after this story, they have their first child, Eric. He's a large part of my plot in VoJP (well, him and James both). They really do love one another, but Augusta doesn't have that Gryffindor spirit that Neville had, which causes Albus to not like her in the future.
I thought that knowing about the fall and the resulting injury was sufficient in explaining James's angstiness. I did try to make it clear that Albus didn't know that James was never going to play again until he said so toward the end. Probably could fill that part out more, which I might do later.
I'm glad you liked it, and I think Harry would definitely lay down the Dad law in that situation. I was actually inspired to do the feuding brothers over a holiday mean by the brother duo of Kurt and Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. One year, during the All-Star Race (both gentlemen are very good racers), Kurt wrecked Kyle trying to win, and neither talked to each other for six months. THat was until their grandma sat them down and told them that they would NOT ruin her Thanksgiving. lol
I'm glad you liked it, and you've given me some things to think about.
Summary: A poem written about that famous 'Eat slugs' incident in The Chamber of Secrets.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, or Sylvia Plath.
I like it! I read the original and it seems to me like you did a great job writing something similar in the Potterverse. Plath's poem seems much darker whereas Ron's incident with the slugs is really rather humorous, but that sort of adds to the strange irony of even reading about slugs in poetry at all. I love the occasional rhyme, it makes it feel a bit more quirky and trippy off the tongue. What were the key words? Was Parisian one of them? Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks you. Yes *sigh* parisian was one of them. That was the only one I had real trouble with. The others were Flitwick, thirty, benign and icicle. I enjoyed writing this very much because the original has always fascinated me. ~Carole~
Nominated for Best Poem in the 2011 Quicksilver Quill awards.
Minna, that is cool! It is sort of nightmarish, to be honest - so much repetition of the shadows and the clinging and the fear makes it rather dark and scary. What a mood! Nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you :DD (omg this review is from FOREVER ago how have I not responded before)