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Loneliness by VivienneNimue

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 1 Reviews
Summary: This is the story of Tom Marvolo Riddle. It is a tale of Love, loss, betrayal and murder. This is why the man they call Voldemort became what he is today.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/15/07 Title: Chapter 1: How it all began

Wow, powerful ending - having Merope know she was going to die built up to it nicely.

One thing, Then everything went black as my last breathe escaped my body. That 'breathe' should be 'breath.'

Looks like the next chapter will be from Tom's POV, right? Can't wait to see what happens. =)

Author's Response: Thanks, I haven\'t updated at all yet, but I am planning on doing so soon. So Keep an eye out!

A Woman Scorned by Hypatia

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 20 Reviews
Summary: She offered him her love and he rejected her. She had been willing to offer him anything but he destroyed all that she held dear. However, a daughter of the house of Black does not sit idly by, wallowing in self-pity. No, she bides her time and strikes when he is weakest.

Nominated for the 2007 Quicksilver Quills Best History/Mystery Story!
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 10/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: What's in a Name?

This is really great! The plot is so original, and from the first flashback you had me hooked.

I loved the way you wove in all the characters from the Black family tree, and I can't say I blame Regina for not wanting to be called Walburga.

One of my favorite parts was when Tom and Regina were figuring out I am Lord Voldemort. We already knew he started using it at school, but it was interesting to see how he could have come up with it.

Great first chapter! =)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I\'m really glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your thoughtful review!

Never Ordinary by harrypotterfangirl21

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 21 Reviews
Summary: Tom Marvolo Riddle hated the ordinary. He never thought of himself as “normal”, and didn’t want to be remembered as such. Normality was for other people, Tom had decided, he was destined for greatness. And he would go to any lengths to achieve those means…

A partial account of Tom’s life at the orphanage he so hated, showcasing the most important events of his childhood.

Nominated twice for Best General Story in the 2007 QSQs!
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 09/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: A Good Day

Interesting first chapter! I almost never see fics about Tom’s childhood, so this is definitely very original. I’m intrigued. =)

First of all, I loved how you characterized Tom! I think you kept him very close to what we saw of him acting like in the books, as well as adding your own spin to his character. In the beginning I even felt sorry for him – something I don’t normally do. He seemed like just a little boy who wanted someone to notice him. The sympathy didn’t last long though, as the story subtly shifts from making you feel sorry for Tom, to being able to see how creepy he can be, especially when he kills the rabbit. The way you wrote that scene, and also the ending line, were very powerful; I nearly had shivers.

This line also really stood out to me - No one ever remembered Tom. Not yet, anyway. I really liked that sentence, and I think it foreshadows very well what type of person Riddle’s going to become. It also fits with the title about him never wanting to be ordinary, even when he’s so young.

I also liked how you slipped in the characters we saw in HBP. It was nice to see Mrs. Cole and Billy get a personality, and I’m interested to see how their characters will play into the storyline.

Great job!

Author's Response: Thank you for the great review! ^_^ I do almost feel sorry for Tom in the beginning when everyone forgets him and nobody likes him, but as soon as he killed that rabbit I lost all of my sympathy. Thanks again for the review! (It made me smile!)

Six Roses by Vindictus Viridian

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 27 Reviews
Summary: Lillian Howell, sixth year Ravenclaw, is one of Hogwarts' entrants in the Triwizard tournament. She travels to Durmstrang to face conundrums, explore new friendships, and dare that biggest mystery of all -- boys!
This was an entry in the Triwizard challenge by Vindictus Viridian of Ravenclaw House. Everything and a hamster Animagus may occur within these screens.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 08/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ooh, we meet some boys. =) Lillian is such a great character so far, and I can't wait to see what the tasks are.

Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 08/06/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Yay! I just finished A Different Sort of Peace / Happy Christmas, so I was wondering if we'd see Lillian (and the Christmas baby) again. I'm very intrigued so far, and can't wait to see what happens next! Loved the McGonagall bit, by the way. =)

Shades of Black by megan_lupin

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: Sirius Black: A son, a brother; a friend, a Marauder; a prisoner, a fugitive, a godfather. Many roles were played by Sirius, most veiled with tragedy or loss ... But even in dark night skies, there are stars that shine bright.

A short story collection dedicated to Padfoot.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 09/07/07 Title: Chapter 1: Part I: Didn't Do It

Wow, this was really great. I’m looking forward to the next chapters. =) I really love Sirius fics, and the ones that explore his childhood are so interesting.

I think you wrote all the characters spot-on. Each young character fit their older personality very well. Bella’s ability to lie and manipulate was perfect, and Narcissa’s readiness to go along with what others say was great too.

My favorite part, though, was the ending. I thought the repetition of the I didn’t do it was chilling.

A few things –

I did notice the absence of Andromeda. Bella’s twelve, so I’d assume it’s not because she’s at Hogwarts, because Bella would be there too. It’s not a big thing, but even an offhand comment about why Andromeda isn’t there – maybe she doesn’t want to play with her younger cousins – would be a nice addition.

“Regulus,” interrupted Mrs Black, not even bothering to spear Sirius another glance… Do you mean ‘spare’ rather than ‘spear’?

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this; it seemed like a missing moment from canon.

- Melissa =)

Author's Response: Well, firstly, thank you for the review, Melissa. Yeah, Sirius-centric stories are the best, as far as I'm concerned, and his childhood is an interesting thing to explore. There's so little that's really *known*, but there's enough to sort of piece a general picture together, I think.

Ah, young!Bella is *so* much fun to write - so it's good to hear she seemed IC.

As for Andromeda's absence ... I hadn't really thought of that, of figuring out why she wasn't there - hmm? (And yes, I *did* mean 'spare'. Should really go back and fix that.


Ubi Amor, Ibi Dolor by Hermione_Rocks

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 4 Reviews
Summary: Long before Lucius and Narcissa were wed, he was engaged to another: Narcissa's elder sister, Andromeda. This is the story of how Lucius Malfoy and Andromeda Black's relationship fell apart -- the story of how Andromeda didn't run away from her family because she was in love with a Muggleborn, but because she was in love with a pureblood she knew she could never realistically be in a relationship with.

Ubi Amor, Ibi Dolor is Latin for: Where there is love, there is pain. DH Spoilers and Sexual Situations are both VERY minor, but just in case.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/15/07 Title: Chapter 1: Differences

Well, since you had me all intrigued with your one-shot, I thought I'd pop on over here and see what prompted it. I'm glad I did, too. =) This is such an interesting idea - that Andromeda and Lucius had a relationship. I don't think I've ever read anything like it before.

I like Andromeda's character a lot so far, and poor her, falling into the fountain. The little bit we saw of Cissy was good too - I've always thought they would've been friends.


Author's Response: Glad you\'re enjoying this, I had entirely too much fun with this story while writing. :) And yes, Andy is a little klutzy -- Tonks had to get her clumsiness from somewhere, yes? *giggles* Thanks for another review!

Ashes by Nadia Malfoy

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 2 Reviews
Summary: She doesn't run. She can't run. She doesn't have anywhere to run to.

She is just a part of the wall.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/15/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, the ending was a surprise. I wasn't sure who was telling the story. Anyway, I really liked this. It was very different and original, and some of the lines were just so chilling. The bit about the bird being caught was - I don't know if lovely is the right word - haunting or fitting, I think. Great job.

Author's Response: Sorry it\'s taken me so long to respond! I\'m glad you were surprised by the ending -- I was sort of going for the shock factor. I\'m not quite sure where the idea came from for this story, but I was feeling sort of down when I wrote it -- looking back, it seems very dark. Glad you liked it! ~Nadia

The Marauderbury Tales by erikthephantom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 10 Reviews
Summary: A loving rip-off of Chaucer's great Canterbury Tales, the Marauders are here the merry travelers, set out on a mysterious training exercise by Mad-Eye Moody. Read as they struggle to survive without magic and enjoy as they attempt to entertain each other with magically enhanced story-telling.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/29/07 Title: Chapter 2: The Potter's Tale

Haha, loved James's story! This idea is so creative, and the rhymes at the beginning are great, too.

Hope you update soon - I want to know who's next! :D

The Mattering Report File: Sirius Black by dancingwithneville

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 8 Reviews
Summary: Sirius Black left behind a journal leaving important evidence about his life but will Head Mattering accept this and will the Wizarding world finally know the truth about the pure blood who had gone mad?
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/15/07 Title: Chapter 1: Part One The First Entry

This is really interesting so far! I love the switches between Head Mattering and the journal entries. Can't wait to see where this goes from here. =)

Author's Response: Thank you! I just sent off the second chapter to my wonderful Beta reader so I\'m hoping to have the next chapter before December 1st...no promises but I will try!

A Little More Time by Pallas

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 436 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Was it possible to save two lives in the past without altering history? Was it possible to give his parents a future twenty years after they had supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so...
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 10/27/07 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: Watching

Wow, this is so great! I love the plot and the way you've written all the characters. Can't wait until your next update. =)

As Shadows Fall by FullofLife

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

—T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men" (1925)

‘My name’s Sirius,’ he said. ‘Sirius Black. I killed my wife.’

The Dark Lord’s hold over the British Empire has grown, his armies now stronger and more numerous than ever. The mere mention of his name strikes terror into the heart of witches and wizards all over the world. Shadows are beginning to fall, hope beginning to fade. Albus Dumbledore is doing his best to muster his own army. Unbeknownst to all, a Prophecy is about to be made – one that will change the course of the future forever.

Yet in some places, small joys can be found, in the midst of heartbreak. Sirius Black is mourning for his dead wife, when he meets a young girl, just out of Hogwarts. Will he allow her into his life? Will she allow him into hers?

Marauder-Era. Sirius/OC, James/Lily, Peter/OC. Warning will be changed along the course of the story.

Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 10/28/07 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Well, you’ve got my attention! =D

It was a really good start. Your narrator seems very interesting, and Sirius was intriguingly mysterious. I can’t wait to see where you’re going with the plot.

One thing - in this paragraph:

‘You see, I’m a murder,’ he said, smiling slightly at the look I was giving him, as he got to his feet and dusted off his robes.

‘A murderer?’ I said, amazed. He looked nothing like a murder. Murders didn’t have straight noses and aristocratic good-looks — they had club feet!

You ‘murder’ instead of ‘murderer’ a couple of times. Just a minor thing.

Great job - I’ll be looking for your next update! =)

Author's Response: Thanks so much for picking out the mistakes! I fixed them. :) And thanks for the review, glad you liked the chapter.

Love & Misery: The Trials of Truth and Lies by lullaby BANG

Rated: Professors • 30 Reviews
Summary: You’re holding her heart in the palm of your hand. Squeeze it slightly, and you’re killing her; let it go, and she’s lost all hope.

For Sirius and Clarimonde, it wasn’t cliché the day they ran into each other, it was fate. What becomes more surprising is that Clarimonde is a Slytherin, something which Sirius has detested since his emergence in the world. But something kept them together, and it wasn’t just their hate for Regulus that bound them together, it was what they knew, and truly (and in a cliché sense), the love they felt for each other. But what happens when the Slytherin side of Clarimonde shows through? What happens when Sirius bashes everything her house stands for? What happens when Clarimonde is being taunted by demons that won’t let her go? Can their relationship last even when she thinks its cliché, and he thinks its fate, even though it has transpired into this crazy little thing called love?
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/13/07 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter Three: One Sided

Yay, yay, yay! It's up! I love this chapter.

You're wonderful. =)

Author's Response: And I just sent you a PM about this. Ha. It\'s finally up! Yay time to celebrate!

Trying to Pretend by Hermione_Rocks

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: What was supposed to be a calm dinner date ends up being much more emotional and rocky for both Lucius Malfoy and Andromeda Black.

Takes place sometime during Chapter Two of Ubi Amor, Ibi Dolor, but will still probably make sense if you haven't read UAIB first.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 11/15/07 Title: Chapter 1: Trying to Pretend

Well, I haven't read your chaptered story, but this made sense. And, I'll definitely be checking out said chaptered story in a few moments. =) Anyway, I really liked this. I loved the dialogue between Andromeda and Lucius - you could see they cared for each other, but also the differences that will (most likely) cause problems between them. Great job!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review! :D I love this pairing, and it\'s nice to know I might be persuading others . . . or at least spreading the idea. ;)

A Little Lighter Than Black by kritchen

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 62 Reviews
Summary: From the ancient and noble house of Black to the obscurity of being Muggleborn, seventh year just promised to be another school year, although their last. Andromeda is testing her boundaries and the limits placed upon her. She's rebelling a bit from the ideals that she was brought up with. Ted is just living in the moment, still trying to decide what he wants to be. Fighting with habitual messiness and lack of organization, the cheerful, happy-go-lucky Hufflepuff soon finds himself in the midst of something he hadn't expected. Two unlikely characters, a spark of life, and the awkwardness of repeated encounters leads to more than they expected out of their seventh year.

I'm sorry for the long wait for the next chapter. It's finally finished. I graduated high school in 2010 and then entered college. It was quite a stressful time and quite the transition. I also lost the chapter once when my computer crashed. I had struggled with it for so long (writer's block) and when it was almost done, there it went into technological oblivion. I was so frustrated, I couldn't bring myself to try rewriting it until recently.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/30/07 Title: Chapter 1: Curiosity Killed The Cat

Yay for tiny Andromeda/Ted moments! I loved all their glances and smiles - it was very cute. :)

Anyway, you've done a great job of fleshing out Ted's character so far. All of his quirks makes him seem like a real person, and his narration is very easy to read. And I really like that he and Aveline seem comfortable around each other; it makes it believable that they're best friends.

Well, now I'm off to the next chapter. I want to see if Ted's about to find himself in a bit of trouble... *clicks* :)

Author's Response: Lol. Thanks for all the compliments. I tried my best to get across both flaws and strengths, as well as relationships. :] I\'m glad you\'re enjoying this so far.

Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/30/07 Title: Chapter 2: Jealousy Becomes Him

It was a little bit of a surprise when it's Andromeda narrating this chapter, but I really liked the change. It's cool to see both her and Ted's point of view and what they think about each other.

I really like the way you write Andromeda, too. Her descriptions of life at home and of her life at Hogwarts seem like they could be canon. Her "relationship" with Raphael, who seems like the biggest jerk ;), is an interesting twist, and I'm excited to see what's going to happen with him next. That last line looks pretty promising.

I'm very much enjoying this story so far! :)

Author's Response: Haha. Well when I began thinking about writing this, I realized I didn\'t want to write in third person. I almost always write in first person anyways. However, I couldn\'t see writing from just one point of view. Andromeda kept popping up and stating her views so I let her have it. :] I rather thought throwing Raphael in was cliche but I was willing to take the risk. I rather saw her family setting her up early on in life like they did in the old days with royal families.

Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/31/07 Title: Chapter 3: Damsels in Distress and Knights-In-Shining-Armor

Go Ted! I kept waiting for him to get up and take out Raphael, and I was very happy that when he punched him. :)

I love that Sirius gave Andromeda the star pin, and her comment about him was sad and sweet at the same time.

Update soon, please! I want to see if Ted ends up with that reward kiss. :)

Author's Response: These are the best comments. It\'s awesome to see how well the readers are connecting with the characters. :] I\'ve sent the fourth chapter to my betas but I fear they\'re both on vacation. So as soon as I get that back and make the changes, you can expect a new chapter. :]

Matarse by Colores

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 3 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: The green light is the most powerful light of all. Many lives have been lost to the curse of the green light. One man on Halloween is about to learn what happens to those that try to control the green light.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 02/09/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow, that was great! The writing style was something I really haven't seen before, and the originality of it made it very interesting to read.

That one symbolizes death, death, the absence of life, death, the loss of life, death, the loss of light as one is consumed by eternal darkness. This line in particular is so haunting; it was one of my favorites. I loved the way you repeated death throughout the sentence.

One thing I noticed: He watched it pass through James Potters’ body... Your apostrophe should be in between the 'r' and the 's.' But that's just a minor thing.

Oh, and Matarse - is that Spanish for 'to kill oneself'? My translation could be off, but in any case, the title caught my attention!

Great job! :)

Driving Lessons by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 15 Reviews
Summary: “Parked all right, then?” Ron asked Harry. “I did. Hermione didn’t believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I’d have to Confund the examiner. “No I didn’t,” said Hermione. “I had complete faith in you.”
- DH P604, UK Edition

The story of how Ron learned to drive.
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/29/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Poor, poor Ron – I can definitely relate. Reading this brought back memories of when I learned to drive, and my dad made snide remarks about grandmas walking faster than my car. (I was a bit too cautious.) :D

Anyway, I thought you did a wonderful job with keeping everyone in character. Ron was hilarious and Hermione was spot-on. The very last line was great – and very sneaky of Ron. But this had to be my favorite line: “Oh it doesn’t matter,” said Hermione enthusiastically, ignoring his swearing. “I can help you – it’ll be just like when we were at school – I can make a timetable and help you make notes, just like old times.” Absolutely perfect. :) Oh, and the bit about Harry and Ginny teasing Ron about his lessons was a great detail to add.

Am I right in guessing the title comes from the movie that Rupert Grint is in called Driving Lessons? Regardless, I thought it fit nicely!

This was such a fun one-shot to read, and it definitely brightened my night. :D

- Melissa

The Darkness and the Light by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 153 Reviews Past Featured Story

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?


Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 01/07/11 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 10 - Unfurling

Ah, I had a bunch to catch up on! Anyway, this is just getting better and better! I can't wait to see what happens next. :)

Author's Response:

*hugs my ex-moddie*

I'm glad to see you are still following the story. That makes me mucho happy, I have to admit. It's about 2/3 done, and as you can see, the big stuff is very close to happening. Stay tuned. :D