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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 Moon and Sun by ritaskeetertobe

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: Lily and Snape complete opposites, as different as night and day... but then again, don't opposites attract?
(this is a metaphorical poem, although you probably guessed that...)
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/22/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Moon and Sun

I loved the day/night and sun/moon metaphors - I think it fits Lily and Sev really well (as the sun and moon, respectively, right?).

And even though this poem doesn't rhyme, I liked that there was still a rhythm to it. While reading, it seemed like every word was chosen carefully and for specific reason. One question - did you mean to end both the second and fourth stanza with the word 'apart'? Just something I was wondering. :)

- Melissa

Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it! And no... I don't think I did! But I wrote it a really long time ago, so I'm not sure! ~margaret

Were you there? by ritaskeetertobe

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 7 Reviews
Summary: Once upon a time, Severus Snape told Lily Evans he loved her. He remembered what she said, so why is she off marrying James Potter?
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/22/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Poor Sev! It makes me want to know why Lily left him. :(

I love the repeated line throughout, and that each stanza had it's own second question. It gave the poem a connected feel, and I felt like I was reading a mini-story, if that makes sense. :)

And, of course, platypuses are absolutely awesome!

Author's Response: I know! I never liked Sev until the last book when we learned about him and Lily! Also, I'm glad you share my love of platypuses! Thanks for reviewing! ~margaret

Remembering the Freak by ritaskeetertobe

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 7 Reviews
Summary: Petunia Dursley didn't think much about Lily. That is, until she found Lily's old diary in her attic...
Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 12/22/08 Title: Chapter 1: Remembering the Freak

Aw, this was so bittersweet!

I loved the way you wove the diary entries between Petunia’s narrative without it feeling forced or distracting – it all flowed very nicely. The last line was brilliant, and something I wish we could’ve seen in canon. I like to think that Petunia eventually saw how wrong she had been about Lily and the wizarding world in general. I thought the title was a great choice as well. When I first started reading, it made me think that Petunia wouldn’t be so repentant because of the ‘freak’ part, but I think it fit really well.

You did a great job conveying mood with your writing, too. This line, in particular, was one of my favorites: She flopped down on her bed and began to sob, mourning the sister she knew she had just lost forever.

Like the other reviewers mentioned, I’d love to see a sequel to this. Maybe about what Petunia does with her decision to give Lily another chance and how it changes the way she acts around everyone. Or what would happen if she and Lily ever met again – in a dream, after Petunia died, etc.

Wonderful story! :)

- Melissa

Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it! I actually based this entire fic around that ending line, which is usually what I do with poems, too. I actually only recently even considered writing a sequel, but as of now I'm pretty sure I will, the question is when. Thanks SO much for reviewing! ~Margaret

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


All the Time in the World by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 24 Reviews

All Teddy Lupin had ever wanted was to be the kind of man his godfather was. He even followed in Harry's footsteps and became an Auror.

Harry wanted nothing more than to be the father that Teddy would never have, but work and obligations always seemed to get in the way. Before he knew it, Teddy was all grown up. How had he missed all those precious moments? He knew he had to make up for it somehow.

After all, they had all the time in the world, right?


This fic WON a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Post-Hogwarts Story

Reviewer: solemnlyswear_x Signed
Date: 09/20/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It should be a requirement that you submit to my categories so I don't miss things like this when they go through the queue. ;)

Anyway, woah.

First off, I loved the pacing of the story. You managed to span a lot time without it seeming jumpy, and you gave your readers a great idea of what Teddy (I can't call him Ted, either, haha) was like. I know we don't see much of him in canon, but it just seemed so fitting that he'd never resent Harry for not always being around.

Let's see. I could go on and on. I thought Harry was spot-on and that using Draco was perfect. That Teddy acted as a double was a clever plot twist, even if it ended up being a tragic one. I'm such a sucker for great last lines, and I think this one fits wonderfully.

So, if you couldn't tell, I thought this was marvelous. :)

- Melissa

Author's Response:

Why thank you, dear. What a lovely thing to wake up to (and yes, I really did wake up at 2pm, because I'm cool like that). :D

For me at least, Teddy always looked at Harry as his dad. Yes, he acknowledged that Remus was his father and he loved hearing about him from Harry, but in my opinion, dads are the ones who show us the way to be. Though he was rather absent at times, when he was there, Harry was good for his godson and Teddy was good for him.

It was a complete bummer killing off a beloved character, but I remember a bunch of reviewers for Vindication of James Potter asking why Teddy wasn't involved in the big plot. I almost didn't have the heart to tell them that this is what I had pictured for him. I think (I really ought to know this for sure, but it's been almost a year) I mentioned him once when Ginny threw Harry's faults in his face, but that was it.

Anyway, that's probably more than you cared to read about my rambliness. Your review was lovely, and you shall see me soon once I exorcise my Katie/Oliver phase from my system.