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I'm a thirtysomething mom of 3 who uses HP as an escape. I'm thoroughly addicted. I've got strong opinions on characterization, and I've become an ardent H/G fan since Order of the Phoenix.

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Finally Home by Weasley Mom

Summary: This story starts during the summer between Harry's fifth and sixth year. It follows his journey from the skinny, guilt-ridden Boy Who Lived to the Man Who Would Defeat Voldemort. Some H/G and R/Hr romance. Chapter 50 is up!!!! STORY COMPLETE!!! Written pre-HBP. This story no longer follows cannon.
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Date: 04/04/05 Title: Chapter 33: The One Not Chosen

I liked the scene with Harry and Neville, and personally, I'm glad Harry blew up at him. This is not something you'd wish for to gain attention. While I don't think Neville's parents being attacked had anything to do with the prophecy, I did like Harry's honest confustion in answering the question. Nice work.

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Date: 09/28/05 Title: Chapter 48: To the Rescue

I liked the hospital wng scene. I loved the image of Remus carrying Harry out of those tunnels - how fitting. I'm looking forwrd to the big battle ahead.

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Date: 08/17/05 Title: Chapter 46: Not Quite Right

I hope you haven't given up on this one now that HBP is out - you left us on a terrible cliffy, and this story is really worth continuing.

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Date: 09/11/05 Title: Chapter 47: On a Burning Day

I'm SO glad to see you back. Great chapter. I LOVED Remus in this one, and what a fitting end to that rat. What about the silver burns to his arm, though? They weren't mentioned again. I thought silver killed a werewolf? You did Snape perfectly, doing what was necessary, but snarky as ever. I loved that. I also loved to see Remus's concern for Harry. It's so nice to see someone putting him first for a change.

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Date: 10/11/05 Title: Chapter 49: Fall of the Phoenix

Great chapter! Great, fitting end to DD as well. Poor Harry, losing him again, though. I cheered for Ron and his speech in this one. It was nice to see the caring side of Remus, I was disappointed in him in HBP.

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Date: 04/16/05 Title: Chapter 35: Cry Havoc!

Okay, since your title is Weasley Mom, I'm feeling reasonably comfortable that she'll be okay. Gulp. I'm shocked that DD allowed Harry to go, particulary since he was already injured. I'm kind of disappointed in him. He had to realize the DEs would turn on Harry as soon as they realized he was there - he is the #1 target. Why?

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Date: 07/10/05 Title: Chapter 46: Not Quite Right

OUCH! Major cliffy there, but a good one! I loved Remus's discomfort at the thought of having to give Harry "the talk". I think Harry would have mentioned Sirius giving him the talk if it were true, but wouldn't that be a hoot? Wouldn't you just love to really THAT? LOL.

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Date: 04/07/05 Title: Chapter 34: Memories and Motorcycles

Uh, oh. Poor Harry, what is Voldemort doing now? I was struck by the scene at Hagrid's cabin and how surreal that must have been for Harry. The Dursleys never even allowed him to ask questions about his parents, and we know there are no photos of a young Harry in their house. It must have felt so strange to hear those stories. Nice...but strange. Kind of bittersweet.

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Date: 03/16/05 Title: Chapter 3: Last Wishes

Sniff. That one was painful to read, but wonderfully done. Bravo.

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Date: 03/16/05 Title: Chapter 5: Call Me Remus

You're right about Remus and Harry needing to get to know each other; they really don't all that well. So many fandom writers automatically pair them together, and I'm not so sure that JKR will do that. Good on you.

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Date: 03/22/05 Title: Chapter 31: Gazing at the Moon

It took me a while to get back to this story, but I'm so glad that I did. Wonderfully evocative images of Harry's childhood, and I'm happy to see the sorrow from the adults. Someone SHOULD have stood up and took notice. It's nice to see them doing so now.

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Date: 03/16/05 Title: Chapter 7: Prophecy Revealed

I really don't think that's how it will happen, but it was wonderfully touching and emotional to see it that way. I loved him finally getting to break down in Mrs. Weasley's arms. I think if he'd had the chance to do that at the end of GoF, he'd have been less angry in OotP. I'm of the opinion that his personality in Book 5 was exactly what it should have been given what he's gone through, and I get really defensive when he's criticized for it. Nice job with the emotions in this chapter. I enjoyed it.

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Date: 03/16/05 Title: Chapter 8: Friends of a Hero

I really liked this change of pace, seeing things from other POVs for a change. I have a huge weakness for protective Weasleys, and this chapter gave that to me in force. Thank you! It's nice to see Harry finally having people in his corner.

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Date: 06/08/05 Title: Chapter 44: Out of the Blue

I really liked this chapter - and the return of evil Malfoy! I love authors who don't try and turn him all sappy and leave him as a bad guy. Harry's emotional lashing out was brilliant. I had to blink my eyes to clear them, and I loved the support of the Weasleys. I'm glad Ginny went with Harry, and I can't really blame her for being angry for getting yelled at. Still, I didn't like her refusal to accept his apology in private. She was the one who chose to confront him about going in front of everyone. If she didn't want the audience for his response, she should have chosen a private moment to tell him. That goes both ways.

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Date: 10/24/05 Title: Chapter 50: Arising from the Ashes

What a wonderful ride this has been! I really enjoyed it. DDs funeral was a very fitting end, and Harry's words brought tears to my eyes. Snape remained a horrible git right to the end - just the way I like it. I'm glad Harry did have the chance to express his greif, and the bit with Ginny in the shower was a hoot. It was so nice to see Harry returning with the Weasleys for a change. I hope you do right a sequel and let us all know when it's up.

Author's Response: For those interested.... the sequel has been submitted and is awaiting approval. It is called From the Ashes and will be found in the general category. It should (I hope) be up soon.

Author's Response: The sequel is up!!!!

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Date: 03/26/05 Title: Chapter 32: The D.A.

A MIL like Mrs. Black??? Poor you! Good chapter, I like seeing Harry take control at the DA, but still keep his vulnerability. The way you write him makes him come across as very sweet, I like it. I hope Neville doesn't give him too much of a hard time. I'm glad Ginny is there to be in his corner.

A Promise Kept by Huskers

Summary: Harry just coming to terms with the death of Sirius on the train ride home, can't deal with the new attacks on his friends. Ginny, bound by her love won't give up on him.
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Date: 03/22/05 Title: Chapter 1: A Promise Kept

I enjoyed this. I loved the image of Harry and Ginny's stubborn personalities battling it out with each other. The idea of Harry throwing Ginny over his shoulder to forcefully remove her is a hoot. The only thing I felt was kind of off was Harry. He's stubborn and brooding and tends to pull away, but he's neither cruel or callous. In fact, I think he feels so intently that it goes against his nature to be callous. That seemed off to me, but otherwise, it was quite enjoyable. LOL about you changing Ginny's eye color and then trying to say she's a Metamorphmagus. That's a hoot.

Author's Response: I agree that Harry being crel and callous is against his nature, that is why he can't pull it off when Ginny stands up to him. The Metamorphmagus, hey I had to try and find a way to justify it. Thankfully, JKR provided me with an answer.


Reviewer: Melindaleo Signed
Date: 07/29/05 Title: None

Good for you for picking up on that. I think HBP showed us that free choice is definitely involved, although to me, it still seemed like Voldemort was holding all the cards. I liked the talk between Harry and Lupin here. I always see Lupin as so much more reserved than Sirius and I don't think they can ever have the same kind of relationship that so many fics like to give them. This was nice.

Author's Response: I like whole idea of choice and self-fulfilling 'prophesies'. JKR really did do the entire theme justice by explaining her ideas about that in HBP - I though it was very satisfying. I agree with you, Lupin isn't Sirius. Nobody will ever be able to replace him. I don't think Harry will readily let himself think of anyone fulfilling that parental role ever again, at least not complete with the same sort of unreserved dependance. I'd like to think that Lupin does really care about Harry (more than what we saw evidence for in HBP), but I think he's got his own burdens and insecurities to deal with that make him an equally damaged person. Thanks for you comments.

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Date: 07/29/05 Title: None

Giggle. I loved Charles and Ron's reaction - very funny. I was so pleased to see an honest h/g moment, as well. She's so much better with him than Hermione. That girl SO gets on my nerves. I hope it's Ginny he'll open up to eventually - obviously his bottled emotions are starting to leak out. I really liked how the jerking motion of the train brought out the crash memories for Harry. Nicely done.

Author's Response: Thanks! I found Hermione in HBP really annoying (and I LIKE Hermione's character and am not against H/Hr ships), so I'm just going to overlook Hr HBP and continue to fly with Hr OoTP. You'll see what Ginny thinks of Harry soon enough because it's obvious that Harry is still orbiting Pluto when it comes to G-I-R-L-S. I don't think Harry realizes what a catch he is (I guess having people trying to kill you left, right, and center would be a bit distracting)...

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Date: 07/29/05 Title: None

Oh, you can't be held responsible for contradicting HBP, since this was started before. My red flags went up because it seemed to contradict previous canon. I really don't believe Harry can do Dark Magic. We saw in the Dept. of Mysteries, when Harry was beside himself with grief and anger, and still unable to pull off the spell. None of the Order used Dark Magic while they were battling, and even in PS/SS McGonagall commented that DD was too noble to use the same powers as Voldemort. I think Harry has that same nobility. He's the Light's answer to the Dark, and there is no way the Dark can be stronger - easier maybe, but not stronger. That's how I'm seeing it, anyway.

Author's Response: Melindaleo, Thanks for your review. Your opinions about Dark Magic are interesting. I think what you are saying about Harry's inability (thus far) or refusal to use Dark Magic (potentially in the future) makes sense with where it seems like JKR is leading us with her opposing light and dark, Harry and Tom themes. However, I like to think in a 'grey scale' don't really see Light and Dark Magic as competely separate entities. I'm inclined to think that Harry just MIGHT pull some Dark Magic out of his pocket if he was desperate enough. What makes Dark Magic 'dark' in the first place? Is the the magic itself or is it what it's used for?