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: The war changed a lot of people, and he was one of them. What he didn't know was that she was going to bring him back on Christmas Eve.Thanks to Carole for reading this over, and to Cinderella Angelina for her prompt for the Badgery Secret Santa swap. Thanks also to Lea for the perfume. DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling.
I loved it! Wonderful story, Natalie. I am once again in awe of your ability to tell the minor characters' stories. Mandy Brocklehurst? Never heard of her, and now I love her. And what a beautiful job you've done of humanizing Ernie. He was a bit of a prat in the books, but he's so damaged here one can't help but feel sympathy for him.
The dialogue was great, and their lovemaking as a form of healing was perfectly done. But my favorite part? The mirror. Not only its wisecracks, but how you started and ended with it, and took us on a journey in between. Really well structured.
Fabulous story, dear. *hugs* ~Gina :)
Author's Response: You remember how difficult I found the prompt at first, don’t you? Ernie…is such a perfect picture of ‘unromantic’ that I had to dedicate a few angry AIM statuses to him. SO – I am relieved and happy to know you liked how I wrote him here. You’re one of those people whose opinion I value because you never shy away from criticism. : ) The mirror was my favourite part, too!
Summary: A poem for Harry/Hermione.Thanks to Jess for encouraging me to publish this. I wrote this, not J.K.Rowling; she doesn't ship Harmony. :P
Lovely poem! I love the structure of this poem, Natalie. And the language is very beautiful, just flowing off the tongue with easy simplicity. The one word I didn't understand was the 'But' toward the end. It seems like it should be contrasting something, only I don't see the contrast, if that makes sense. Really, though, that's just a nitpick from a clueless free-verse reader, because I still love it! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Ahhh...The 'but' part. All I can say in my defence is that I took my poetic license to create a contrast where it wasn't really needed. :P
Summary: Severus Snape fell off his broom the first time he tried to fly. He had no natural talent, not like the loathsome Potter, and couldn't really see the point at all in Quidditch.
But then he saw Lily watching a certain Chaser play and suddenly flying becomes very important.
I am not JK Rowling and I know nothing about flying on a broomstick. This is all made up.
Thank you Natalie (thelastolympian) for beta'ing this story in its original form a whole year ago.
Aww, isn't that last line sad? Because we know what happened after O.W.L.s, and he never got the chance to show her.
Very nice look into Snape's teenage character, Carole! It's all so perfectly balanced - his relationship with Lily, her relationship with James, Snape's drive and ambition. I really liked how he internalized flying - it wasn't just about beating Potter or showing Lily, but he grew to like it. I could see that. He obviously appreciated the journey of hard work, which seems very in character for a potions professor.
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. Yes, I thought the last line was sad too - poor Snivellus. I did want to make the story more than just his obsession with Lily because I think that's overplayed and he was far more than just that. Glad you enjoyed the story. ~Carole~
Summary: A poem about Draco Malfoy and his steady downward path to Death Eater-dom.
Caught on the slide, he can't help remembering the words of Professor Dumbledore.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, Dylan Thomas or Sylvia Plath. But I'd like their talent.
I'd also like Julia's (theopaleye) talent with words. She is a poet extraordinaire who always sets us incredibly tough challenges on the boards for Poetry, Anyone?
This is very cool! I had not idea what a villanelle was but it's fascinating. Your two repeating lines are very powerful, most especially in the final stanza. You sure are crushing on Draco. ;) What was neat about this was how his relationship with Dumbledore was contrasted with his relationship to Voldemort. Almost makes me feel bad for him. ;) Lovely job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Gina. I have to admit that I found this very hard and this was about the sixth attempt. I do seem to be crushing on Mr Malfoy at the moment, but originally I started writing about Ron and being attacked by the brains. Draco just lends himself to dark poetry. Thanks again ~Carole~
Summary: Hermione and Lavender weren't particular friends. It was true they shared a dormitory, but for much of their school time they lived parallel and separate lives. Then Lavender helped Hermione get ready for the Yule Ball and that set off a chain of events that left both girls confused.
This story was inspired by a suggestion from Gina (Gmariam) and a drabble written for Natalie (hestiajones). This story is in no way 'caron -compliant' with Lavender, blue - a Gryffindor true.
Thank you Natalie for beta'ing this story.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, her lawyers agree, so don't confuse us. Lawyers for Miss Brown and Miss Granger were unavailable for comment.
Carole! I once again can't believe you took this pairing of all the suggestions we gave you. It's really fascinating, though, so I'm glad you did. Well done and super original.
I think, though, that there is a bit too much dialogue at the beginning.
Haha! Just kidding! ;)
Actually, I really liked the beginning. Starting it as a fun makeup session seemed so age-appropriate and was a perfect set-up for their accidental kiss. You know I love dialogue. :)
One thing that surprised me was that I was sort of rooting for . . . Seamus. You make him such a decent, likable guy. I felt sort of bad that Lavender wasn't completely into him. Nice job with him.
Hermione was well done also, especially after events at the MoM. I really liked that you used Lavender's point of view, though. That was the right choice, as opposed to Hermione. Great job with Lavender.
Here is what I found so fascinating: the whole set-up for the end. The second kiss, the summer writing, the rejection. And then the last line: "You wouldn't want another witch snapping him up." OH! Brutal! I mean - what an awesome twist on Ron/Lavender - it was all revenge on Hermione! That was very, very cool, and perfectly done. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you! Mmm, I felt sorry for Seamus, but it did spark off a whole new idea about him ... hee hee. Gina, I'm glad you enjoyed the story and the random pairing, and I hope you can understand how essential> the dialogue is to this story. I thought about using Hermione's POV for some parts, but it didn;t seem to work as well as Lavender's probably because I can't write Hermione very well. Thanks for reading and reviewing ~Carole~
Summary: Happy endings? What are happy endings? They saved the world for the future, and the kids are here. Life, meanwhile, just goes on.DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling. I just wish she would hurry up and publish The Scottish Book.
Hi Natalie! What a neat idea, to explore all the Next-Generation kids this way. It will be interesting to see how their perceptions of each other play out. For example, Lucy gives her opinion of all her cousins, so it will be fun to see if their stories line up with that perception. Fun idea: you could take it anywhere. Are you planning on using the same day for all of them?
I already love Albus. Just the idea of him being kind to the cousin who doesn't fit in melts my heart. You mentioned something about Lucy not being very likable on LS, but I think it's more than she remains fairly enigmatic. She's not unlikable. She's unique. There are several things she says or does that make me go, Why? Now, it's probably not the scope of this piece to answer that question every time, but I would like a bit more depth to answer some of them.
I saw the kiss conversation and have to admit I did find it confusing as to whether she really did kiss him or not It could be made a little clearer that she is imagining it. Plus, I might have liked the details on her relationship/feelings with Albus to come before that to make it less out of the blue.
I LOVED the bits on Dominque and really hope you follow up on that in other chapters. And the idea of Hugo following Uncle Charlie into dragonry is great too!
Nice start, Natalie! Good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yes! I’m planning for everything to happen on the same day. :D I’ve already finished Hugo, but I’m debating if I should post him later on, and do Fred’s first.
I like it! What I really like is how this chapter also nods back to your other fics. I can guess who Hugo is seeing, and no, I don't think Hermione is prepared. ;)
I thought you handled Hugo's talk well. Of course Hermione would be accepting, she just seems like that sort of person. You keep referring to how Fleur reacted and how Dominique left, so I hope you write more of that (not necessarily this story, of course, but sometime.)
I did notice one technical thing: a few times you used the word 'got' and it seemed a bit awkward. For example, "Today, I really got to talk to her." I think "Today, I really NEED to talk to her." might sound better. Also, "I should have just done this before she got a chance to speak." I hear "I should have just done this before she HAD a chance to speak." But then, I still use 'gotten' sometimes and I know that drives Carole nuts. ;)
Well done, Natalie. Keep up with this one! Who's next??
Author's Response: *saunters in late ungracefully*
You know, I quite like this! I wrote a James/Sirius story myself back in October (did not post it) and there is something about it that really intrigues me. I find it very believable and even a bit romantic. But I get ahead of myself. :)
First of all, I loved the beginning. You painted a very dark and dramatic picture of the night Sirius runs away. His desperation and defeat is palpatable. You added an interesting twist with Sirius being worried about James's reaction about the Whomping Willow incident. At least, I assume that is what you are referring to. I love stories that delve into that, because it had to have been traumatic for the Marauders. I thought it added another sad layer to his situation. I do wonder about the timeline though: in DH, Lily is still speaking to Snape about the Whomping Willow incident, and the incident in Snape's Worst Memory appears to happen later. James and Sirius don't seem angry at each other in Snape's Worst memory, which is at O.W.L.s, so it seems odd that now over the summer James is mad at Sirius about the Whomping Willow incident.
That said, I'm perfectly happy accepting this how it is because I like how you used its effect on Sirius. It always seemed odd to me anyway that something so deadly would happen at the Whomping Willow, and then James and Sirius go and pick on Snape afterward at the lake. So I'm curious to hear your take on the timeline. :)
I love that James just instinctively seemed to know something had happened and took Sirius in. I thought their talk was great - really, I'm impressed to read dialogue in second person! And their kiss was well done. I didn't give Lily a second though. ;)
The second person narrative - come on, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it, right? - really grabbed me. I really liked reading it this way and thought you did a great job with it.
The last line was brilliant. This is a great look at Sirius running away as well as a lovely James/Sirius moment - nice job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I agree, James/Sirius is very intriguing! er, honestly, with regards to the timeline, I didn't remember the order of events correctly. >.> I don't have a copy of DH available atm and it didn't occur to me that I was wrong and I wasn't really thinking that much about it when I was writing . . . so, yeah. I'm glad you liked the second person aspect! I love writing in second person. I think it's really hard to find a way to tell a story so that it needs to be in second person and I love the challenge, but I know some people don't particularly like to read second person. Thank you so much for this review! It's got me grinning like a mad woman. :D <3Mere
Summary: Tom did love once; it just wasn't meant to last.This poem placed third in the February Apples and Oranges Challenge at Poetry Anyone. Features Tom Riddle/A Woman You All Know. DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling. She wouldn't write this silliness.
I have to admit, when I read this on the boards, I wasn't sure who the woman was. I think I know now, and I think you've hit on a fascinating pairing. There is a great story in this poem, if that makes sense. Are you going to do more with the whole one-night-of-stolen-memories idea?
I really like the flow of the poem, but I wonder if there is just a bit too much repetition. I usually love repetition, but it might overwhelm the poem here.
Otherwise, you totally nailed Tom Riddle and like I said - fascinating story! Good luck in the challenge! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: I...completely forgot I had reviews to respond to. *fail*
On the day of Draco Malfoy's post-war trial for the conspiracy to murder Albus Dumbledore, one Harry James Potter offered to give testimony. But what did Draco's oldest enemy have to say about the boy who had caused him nothing but grief for seven years?
This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best General Story.
Hey Twin. I'm making my way through the Recents list tonight and quite liked your piece. You chose a really interesting moment to touch on, and I think you hit on exactly the right thing: that Draco finally started to question right and wrong that night on the Tower. What's interesting is that Harry--and as we know from canon, the Wizengamot--decided that Draco should not be punished for what he did in order to continue the change that began that night. That's a fascinating way to look at the justice system. I don't think I would have voted for Draco if I was on the Wizengamot. Consequences are consequences. They should have all gone to prison. I liked that your broke Draco a little--arrogant little twit--and kept Harry's edge. I wouldn't want Harry to go all soft in this moment, because like he pointed out, Draco was NOT a good person. He did loads of bad stuff besides join the Dark Lord.
Anyway - that's rambly. Like I said, I think you did a very good job with this moment. My only concrit would be that at times it felt a bit unfocused. It seemed to float between an omniscient point of view to being more focused on Draco at the beginning and Harry at the end. I would only suggest sticking to one point of view to make it more effective.
All right, time to keep reading and writing. And an unofficial welcome to the prolific list! ~Gina :)
I'm so not surprised that it felt unfocused, considering the time of day itw as when I wrote it (i.e. 2am). I took an old drabble and expanded it, which was originally omnisient, which is probably how that happened. I would go back and re-read it, but I cba at the moment, lol.
I really wanted Harry to get his measure of revenge on Draco, because we KNOW that he has it in him to be just as petty, but he's disguising it as doing something nice. It's almost like the boardroom scene in teh movie Liar, Liar where Jim Carrey's character insults his boss very crassly and they all laughed. Well, I laughed. Oh, I laughed ebilly.
Lovely visit, Twin, and great review!
Summary: Looking forward to a romantic Valentine's Day with his fiancee, Ginny Weasley, Harry finds himself caught up in a truly hideous case with Romilda Vane from the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Department.
Seven men have been accused of inappropriate behaviour with the same girl, and Romilda is sure she knows who is to blame. Is it simple Muggle-baiting, or does the witch concerned have her talons flexed towards an unsuspecting eighth victim?
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. This is far, far too silly to have come from her quill.
Happy Valentine's Day to all the readers and writers on MNFF.
Ha, that's cute! Great idea with the charmed perfume, and especially in using Romilda. She got her Harry after all. I was glad Seamus came in and stopped it, though...but then happy to see Harry let Draco get his Valentine, lol. I think you worked out the end just right, the last line was brilliant. Happy Valentine's Day!
Author's Response: Do you think I should save Draco? Hmm, not sure. Glad you enjoyed the story even though it was pretty silly. I had to save Harry from Romilda or my canon card would have been revoked indefinitely. Thank you for the review; I do appreciate it ~Carole~
Summary: Writer’s block is to stress as Dragon Pox is to sickness. And banter is to romance as Draco is to Ginny. Or something like that. I dunno. Put down something witty and then tell everyone I wrote it.
Lia, I read this ages ago on my iPod and kept meaning to come back and review. Sorry about that! This was such a fun read. It was so incredibly original, from the story to the format. I loved Draco in this more than anything, and Theo was great as well. You really bring Ginny to life well. I guess I don't have as strong an image of her adult self in my head to really say whether she is in character or not, but I like the spunk you always give her.
I particularly liked the many twists in this last chapter, from Ginny wandering out to the lake to the source of the dragonpox to her realizing perhaps that kiss was real after all. That last one was the best, and really set up the last scene as they snogged away. Very sweet.
Great story, Lia! I really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Oh, Gina, no need to apologise, you sweetheart. ^_~ I'm really happy that you enjoyed both the format and the storyline of this little fic of mine. Writing double narratives that break the fourth wall can really be a hit or miss in most cases. Luckily, mine was, for the most part, a hit. ^_~ Draco was especially fun to write in this - as I tend to focus on him more than anyone usually - because I got to show his more human side while keeping him "Draco". He doesn't fall in love with Ginny or vice versa, which is why this wasn't in the Draco/Ginny section. Hehe. I did, however, hint at the possibility of a kiss. I'm just a little scamp, and a closet romantic at heart, I guess. Needless to say, I'm so very glad that you read and reviewed this, as your reviews always bring a goofy smile to my face. Thank you, Gina. ^_^ ~Lia
I truly envy your ability to write so visually. I could just picture the scene at the Quidditch pitch so perfectly, it was amazing. The short interjections of the author were highly amusing. I look forward to seeing how Draco and Ginny fare in quarantine. ;)
Great job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Gina. You are far too kind. I hope you like the rest of the story, as the last chapters are finally posted. ^_^
This is wonderful! I hope you get more reviews! It's devilishly clever, for one, and so well written. There are so many different things going on - the bit with the Author, the story at Hogwarts, Draco's tale, Ginny's Tale, THEO - that it could be overwhelming, but it's woven together so well. As always, your Draco/Ginny dialogue is brilliant fun to read.
I like this last bit at the end that hints at the prompt setup. What an original way to attack it. Looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Aww, thank you, Gina. ^^ I had a lot of fun time writing this. Needless to say, I relate quite a lot with Author - don't we all? :P And Theo... yeah, I had to include Theo 'cause he's my new favourite character. ^_^
Summary: How would you react if everything you had always believed impossible turned up in the centre of your family?
A series of one-shots narrated by Muggles whose sibling, lover or child turned out to be a wizard.
That was fascinating! Very well done. Your chapter notes definitely got my attention and I'm very glad I read this particular one-shot. You tackled a tough subject in the Potterverse in such a unique but totally believable way. You've not only written a good story, but also made a very pointed commentary on how HP is often perceived by others. The end in particular was very clever. Great job!
Author's Response: Dear Gina, I am so glad I attracted your attention! That penultimate paragraph was the whole point of the story (as well as the whole point of Harry Potter). I did wonder whether it was fair game to refer to "Deathly Hallows" in an in-universe setting; it was only after I'd finished writing that I remembered that "Deathly Hallows" doesn't exist in Lucy's world, so Anna can talk about it as a hypothetical. Thank you for telling me the story wasn't too didactic. And if you ever meet one of Pastor Evald's gang, be sure to insist they read "Deathly Hallows" before you they enter the discussion. Thank you so much for writing in, GhV
Summary: Now that Susan has left Hogwarts for good, her mother thinks it’s time that she reconnected with the Muggle relatives whom she has neglected since she started school. Susan decides that her favorite cousin from her childhood, Georgy, is the best place to start.
At first, Susan is nervous and uncertain, but things begin to seem the same as ever, even though it’s been years since the two girls have met up. However, there are still many things that Georgy doesn’t know about Susan’s life.
For once, Susan decides to tell the truth.
Minna, I really liked this, it was very sweet! I love the idea of a witch being able to confide in a non-witch. I mean, when it comes to family, they couldn't have all been keeping secrets from their Muggle relatives, could they? That would be too hard.
I'm guessing Susan's mum recognized that Susan needed to reconnect with her cousin. I really liked Georgy. For some reason, I had been under the impression that Georgy was a male cousin, and for some reason the name seemed ridiculous. But it fit perfectly for this character. She comes alive almost immediately and the name fits perfectly.
Did you think about adding a mention of Amelia Bones, Susan's aunt? I know she was probably on the other side of the family, but the mysterious circumstances of her death probably would have been known. Just curious.
I was worried for a moment that Susan was going to tell her all these things and Georgy was going to brush it off as another make-up story. But this line:
"I can still read you like a book, stupid. You weren’t lying."
was perfect. That line made me smile.
Lovely story, Minna! I'm so glad it's worked out for you!
Author's Response: Hey, Gina! Thanks for reading and reveiwing. =) As for your comments: I figure you can tell relatives and spouses about magic because otherwise things might be too odd/hard. And Georgy is totally fun. She just kind of popped up and was like "I'm gonna steal the show, k?" And - I dunno, I don't know of any of my cousins' aunts or uncles or grandparents on the other side of their family, so it never occurred to me. And since mostly Susan's dad's side of the family doesn't know about magic, I doubt they'd know about the circumstances of Amelia's death. As for Georgy's line - she still knows Susan well enough, and it'd be a slap in the face if she still disbelieved Susan after she told that story. So - yay for happy endings? Lol. Thanks again for your review. =D
Summary: After being shamed for his role in the war, Draco Malfoy doesn't see anything but prison on the horizon. However, when help arrives in the form of a longtime enemy, he can't help but be a little lost about how he's supposed to feel about it.
I think it's pretty amazing you've written not one, but three sonnets that string together and tell an actual story. That it's about Harry and Draco is even more amazing. Did I believe in the ship? Hmm. I think I preferred them at a certain club. ;)
All jokes aside, I thought the form of this poem was great, and the rhythm almost always spot on. There were a few places where I tripped but reading it again I don't know that my initial suggestions would work better so I'm not going to make any, sorry, lol.
Draco's character really came out as remorseful and bitter. The only thing that seemed off was when he 'let my show the strange new feelings stirring in my mind.' I can see it, but only if it's wrenched out of him in some fiery confrontation. But then you beat him down in the last couplet, and I thought that was quite the appropriate ending for him. Heh heh.
Really good poem, twin. You've got a knack for sonnets and rare pairs! ~Gina :)
I don't know if 300-something words would ever sell me on a ship, but those ever dreaded 'between the lines' connotations are necessary. The line in question was said by Draco via 'beer goggles'. You notice the difference between the way he thinks of Harry after the hearing and how it changes as they work their way down to the bottom of the bottle. That's why it seems a bit off and Draco gets all flowery. :D
Honestly, I set out to write ONE sonnet, but I didn't even believe in these two after the first one, so I decided to add another one for more emphasis. That, er, didn't cut it, so three it was. Yay for Drarry and their eventual Witches 'n' B!tches encounter!!!
Heart you, Twin!
Summary: After working late one Christmas Eve and missing yet another day out with his godson, Harry finds himself realising that perhaps he can't do it all and is forced to make an important choice.
Very nice! Sad, but then this really happens to a lot of people. I love that it was Andromeda who pointed it all out to Harry, that was well-done. I think you really picked up on why Harry would be so focused on work, and the idea of Harry taking some time off to be with his children was brilliant. Good for him! And lovely story! ~Gina :)
Nominated for Best Poem in the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards
Oh, that's lovely! The title is gorgeous, and the poem itself is beautiful. Great job with the rhymes, and the repeating lines were perfect. Congrats on the win!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thankee kindly, Gina. I'm glad you liked how it came together. =)
Summary: Ron and Hermione make New Year's Resolutions.This was originally written for a drabble challenge of the same name, where resolutions must be made and... well, I'll let you see for yourself. A fluffy little one-shot.
Thanks to Natalie for her mad, QSQ-winning beta skills
That was adorable! I loved the end, the subtle little implication Ron made. Too funny! And I really liked this line:
"as tall as Hermionally possible"
I doubt it's a real word but it's hilarious, lol.
Very cute - you picked the perfect resolutions for both of them, of course. And of course they were destined to fail. Now maybe Hermione should try cooking. ;)
Lovely job, Lori! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hey, Gina! I actually sat with my finger over the "backspace" key, thinking about changing "Hermionally" because I was afraid the mods wouldn't go for it. But I got lucky! :) Hehe. I definitely think Hermione should try cooking next... much easier than letting up on Ron. Thanks, as always, for the read and review, friend! ~ Lori