Way 2 go, Sparx: 21+ reviews fo a chapter that hasn't even been validated yet. Now "that" is impressive, by any reckoning !!!!! P.S. Hurry up, please, Validators !!
Excellent, Sarakiel, never lost the faith with your story ... always kept checking to see if you'd make a (welcome) return one day! I've read hundreds of fan-fic's on here but this remains one of my very favourites and the fact that you're back and gonna keep it going brought a great big smile to my face. Cool cliff-hanger, by the way; you really have all the elements set up for some cracking chapters ... I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for updates, now !!!
Loving this story !!! One of the very best on the site; it's good to see someone building on JKR's masterpiece but not being afraid to create their own exciting and intruiging mythos. Please don't keep us all waiting for your next installment !!!
Still really enjoying this story, Sarakiel. Wish more authors on here had the confidence the realise that you can include a bit of humour and still keep the storyline dark and intruiging. Laughed out loud at the thought of the queen abdicating for King Ronald Weasley ... Long Live The King !!!
My take on how events may pan out in book seven. Spoilers from all previous HP books.
The events of the previous year have brought home to Harry the realization of what has to be done, and the knowledge that it must be done alone. Now as he sets off on his final quest, making new acquaintances along the way, he must bring all his knowledge and skill to bear in his effort to destroy Lord Voldemort. But will it be enough, or is there something that he has missed which might prove to be his undoing?
Nice to see you making a return with this fic ! Had read it months ago but really thought you'd abandoned it. It's really good writing: intruiging, well-plotted and absorbing; keep up the good work and I think you'll soon have people back reading again ...
Author's Response: Don\'t worry I have no intention of abandoning it. Just had to take time off for some other stuff. But I\'m back now and hope to update regularly. Enjoy the story and do let me know how you like the way it develops.
I usually check out the featured fic's but I don't usually get drawn into any of them as I have with this one; it's absorbing stuff, Jordan! You have created a realistically layered character in Tabby Potter - we, as your readers, feel the vulnerability and sheer awkwardness of being the age that she is, but at the same time you've embued her with a certain feistiness and strength of personailty that make her, believably, the daughter of Harry and Ginny. Love the whole 'vampire' element you've introduced into the storyline with Nikki; hope this becomes integral to the plot, or - at the very least - makes for a substantial sub-plot. There are some nice little mysteries bubbling through, already; I know I'm quite intrigued to ascertain the identity of Decimus' mother, although I'm certainly theorising! Anyhow, I've really enjoyed your story thus far; I will be keeping my eyes peeled for updates; look forward to reading and reviewing again in the near future!
Author's Response: Well, thank you! I\'m glad you\'re enjoying it so much and can relate to Tabby so well. The vampire thing will play an important part later on in the story, yes.
Great story Khrys; I've really followed this one keenly. Just wanted to congratulate you on such an original ending. It's a really innovative idea and brought far more resolution that most authors manage! Definately follow this up; I'm sure all your fans want more of the same from you !!!
Author's Response: Innovative? Really?!? That\'s super. I thought everyone would throw rotten food at me, since it was set in the afterlife! Now that I have the painting done (and hours worth of removing paint from my hands and hair) I shall be able to finish up my Charlie and Cordi stories so that I might start on the sequel. One thing at a time, and Charlie and Cordi have been waiting for a long while to, uh, get together.
Just read your story, so far, Phoenix 86, and wanted so say how much I am enjoying it ! It's great so find an author, on here, who is willing to really develop some mystery and intrigue in their stories. Also, I'm really enjoying all the subplots - Ron's "assignment" has really got me wondering !!! Anyhow, keep up the good work; I'll be impatiently awaiting your next update ; )
Author's Response: that\'s pretty much the reaction was hoping for about Ron. thanks for the review.
Bloody Hell: brought a tear to my eye did that last chapter !!! I'm pretty well read, by anyones' standards, and I've got to say that this final part of your fic is beautifully written. Read 100's of the fic's on this site and your rendering of the emotions in this story leave everyone else far, far behind; really is in a different league, this story. Please, please keep writing: the ability to make your readers emote, as you have done here, is all too rare !!!
Author's Response: Thank you very much. You know, I keep getting told I\'m great at writing emotionally. Funny thing is that it\'s not that hard, really. I feel the emotions as I write them, and it\'s just a matter of putting what I feel on paper. The downside to that is that it\'s incredibly hard for me to write something sorrowful when I\'m really happy. But anyway, I do intend to keep writing. If you truly enjoyed this story, I do so encourage you to read the two prelude stories, Right Here, and One Good Day, the side story, Everybody Does it, and the sequel, Epilogues Part II: The Eighth Year. Hopefully those fics continue to meet your standards. Thank you.
Fabulous ! One of the best battle scenes I've ever read on here, nuw; I think only JKR's DD Vs LV battle has impressed me more. Your interpretation of Aberforth truly kicks arse, by the way. Sorry I've been lazy in reviewing this fic; I think it's quickly being recognised as one of the best, on here, for a very long time. Keep up the great work - you have a "lot" of loyal fans eagerly awaiting your updates ...
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I really enjoy writing this, and it means a lot to know so many people enjoy reading it as well.
Excellent story, nuw; one of the best fic's on here for ages. Thought I'd better review, at last, and noticed previous reviewer's comments. I believe the scene they are referring to is at the lake where Harry's sectumsempra and incarcerous hexes hit several of the inferi at once. Anyhows ... great story, really enjoying every chapter (& well done for updating so quickly!) - keep up the good work !!!
Author's Response: Thank you for the review and for answering my question. I\'d honestly forgotten about that part, and I\'m probably going to have to take it into account at some point. Although I guess I did earlier in the story without even realizing it. Back when Ginny got captured by the Death Eaters, Harry hit several Aurors with one Impediment Jinx so he could go interrogate one of the Death Eaters and find out where they had taken her. I hadn\'t realized that was canon when I wrote it, but apparently it is! Thanks again!
"Harry?" she began, and felt his head nod at the back of her head. "Do you think it'll always be this hard between us?"
I gave the dirtiest lol at that line ... Well done ! Really hard ... er ... "difficult" to write a scene like that and you have managed it admirably !
Author's Response: God I was so worried about that line. Bot bits really where we\'re forced to take an indirect look at um how excited harry is, and I really almost didn\'t put them in, but I had to. Glad you enjoyed it.
Ahhhh ... Well done again, Grimmrook !!! I really do enjoy your writing and this has been a truly engrossing story, featuring all the traits I am coming to expect from your work: darkly intruiging narrative, terrific emotional interplay and a great balance between the story you are telling and the lives of the characters living it out. I, as one of many, I suspect, will be greatly looking forward to reading part 3. Hope you've had a great Christmas; have an even better New Year !!!
Author's Response: Rock on! Thanks so much. Yeah, what better way to ring in the new year than with an all new story, yeah? I\'m about half way through the prologue, and depending on how things go, I may even fly solo on it, skipping betas completely. I don\'t know, we\'ll see. Yeah, I think Part II really has become my defining story, and really, I can\'t complain. I still don\'t think it\'s my writing at its best, but I think there is a lot of good solid writing in it, and I definitely can\'t complain about the attention it has garnered for me. I think something interesting you mention is the juxtaposition you point out between the stories and the characters. Vivid characters make a story. That is to say, well, JKR for instance. Her book sales can be attributed to one single aspect of her writing, and that is the development of such colorful and rich characters. In an interview that Gregory Maguire did (author of Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Son of a Witch, and several others) he points out that before JKR, children\'s fiction has been plagued with two dimensional characters and sterile themes, and this makes sense because as a whole, wetry and protect and limit our children from what is available to them, but somewhere along the line, a publisher took a risk on a book that went beyond the safe fare of young readers, and it really just changed the landscape of that particular area of writing. But the whole point is that characters make the story. You can have the most fantastic plot imaginable, but no one is going to care if they don\'t care about the characters acting out that plot, so I think that has always been a central focus in my writing, and I think if you look carefully, you can see it. I take my plot, and I know in general what is going to happen, but then I take that timeline, and I pick out scenes and I just show the readers those choice selections from the plot. I think part II is probably the best example of this because I remember so many times writing, \"blah blah and blah happened, okay, from here on out, the characters take over.\" So yeah, very good insight there. Okay, think I\'ve rambled on long enough, thank you so much, happy new year, and can\'t wait to see you for part III.
A fan of The Silmarillion eh ... Didn't think I'd be reading a story where that perticular knife came to the fore again; Beren certainly weilded it to good effect in the depths of Angband !
Author's Response: LOL! But don\'t tell anyone, they don\'t allow crossovers here at MNFF. I\'ve always thought Tolkien\'s mythology blended in beautifully with the HP universe.
Brilliant chapter, sand-dollar !!! The tension is just about unbearable; I'm loving every last line. Also, well done for the rapid updates - makes a pleasant change to actually read a story on here without having 2 wait a month between every chapter !!!
Loving this one sand_dollar; first story I've read on here (& I've read a LOT of them) which is offering so many realistic possibilities as to how Book 7 might actually go. Keep up the sterling work, you have a new fan in me but I reckon there are plenty of us hooked on this one now, and we'll be impatiently waiting on every chapter !!!
Oh, excellent twists, sand_dollar !!! Wasn't expecting Frank Longbottom ot be getting in on the act. Seriously enjoying this; keep up the good work 8 )
Thanks for the excellent story, sand-dollar. Enjoyed it at every step of the way; definately one of the most strongly plotted narratives on here. You def deserve a break but I will keep an eye out for any future stories you post here !
Woaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!! Fantastic stuff, sand-dollar; more of the same A.S.A.P. please !!!
Another terrific chapter, sand_dollar. It's all building up nicely now ...