I took my Penname after Eleanor Prewett, a character I created in a fanfic I'm writing. However, I refuse to post it until it is farther along, I don't want anyone to have to wait a long time between updates (that drives me mad!).
I'm also having trouble pushing the action to the main conflict (kidnap, betrayl, and unforgivable curses included). At the moment, they're all lying on the floor asleep and not even for a very good reason. Still, I'm happy with the story so far and, once I've pushed a little farther and settle into a pattern, I'll start posting my chapters.
But just for the general knowledge of anyone who might be wondering, Eleanor will enter Harry's life the summer before sixth year and never really leave it again. And don't worry, she isn't an exchange student. Ellie will be back in America by September 1st though her adventures won't end there. I'll show you her world, but only after her summer with Harry at the Burrow and 12 Grimmauld Place is complete.
Ellie's past is complicated and filled with memories of Mauraders and Order members, even though she's just 16. You'll understand who and what she remembers if you read! Look for her soon!
Goodbye for now!
Summary: An Irish witch languishes in the darkness of her family home, confined by her father and circumstances. What will it take to bring her out of this exile? The chance to return to Hogwarts? The opportunity to participate in the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters? Or will it be Severus Snape, a man she did not expect to see again in her lifetime?
This is canon compliant to OoTP but written pre-HBP.
Reviews and constructive criticism are most welcome, and thanks go to Ashwinder who kindly beta read the chapters for me. :-)
Oh! Poor Alice! Poor Remus!! I thought he might have something for her I had no idea how much he loves her! And Snape! Just what did he think he was going to do, walking into her rooms that late at night. I love how he and Remus both got drunk because of her. (Sweet Revenge! LOL. j/k) Maeve's feelings of yearning and regret and her fantisies about having a family and children is altogether a wonderfully revealing insight into the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of women, both young and old. The reflections by both Snape and Maeve about the kiss (which still makes me giddy at the thought, though Snape reamins creepy and dark to me) were absolutely perfect! And you conveyed such restlessness that I was shifting subconciously in my chair every few moments.
I wonder who the deatheater Snape caught is? Once again I am practically pacing I'm so frightened for them all. OH!!! What is Neville doing at St. Mungo's with Bellatrix?!?! Did she kidnap him? Was he there for some other reason? On his own, maybe? Would he do that? I love how you described him at first as a 'familiar shadow'. Your description of how Alice's mind distantly began to recall her son and Bella is tantalizing and terrifying all at once.
You truely are a wonderful writer. The part where you described people who slept in the castle and people who woke is essentially the calm before the storm, as I see it. It's like how you described it in the second or third chapter, people are quite vulnerable when they sleep- as was Maeve, as was Alice. And Dumbledore was sleeping, being watched over by Fawkes... Ron being watched over by Harry, which is something I can vividly see him doing in my mind's eye. Waking occasionally in the night, staring hard at the darkness where Ron lay until he heard some sound or perecived some familiar movement from him by the pale light of a bright moon.
I love this chapter, as usual, but this may very well be one of my most favorite. Had I read this at night, I doubt I'd be able to sleep. :) Oh, wow. For my own sanity and peace of mind, I beg you to update soon. Please! Wonderful job! This chapter was worth the wait but the waiting is still agonizing! 10. Of course.
Author's Response: This was one of my favourite chapters to write to date and yet it began with me floundering around searching for an angle on it. I always wanted to explore Alice and her state of mind. I don't believe she is completely unknowing and I wanted to show that there is still something there, even though Alice herself can't always quantify what she is experiencing. But she does know Neville and the fact he is special. Thanks again for such a long and thoughtful review...I love hearing that people are finding so many things in my story. :-)
Yes! Thank-you for giving someone so great to Remus! He is so perfectly written in this chapter in every situation! And the dresses were a wonderful idea. I was quite looking forward to 'seeing' ..Snape.. in blue robes but, based on Dumbledore's promise, I don't think that'll happen. Wondeful, wonderful, wonderful first half of the epilogue! I look forward very much to the second half. Oh, and I certainly won't mind if you take a leaf out of Stephen King's book(s)... I expect I'll be looking for new stories by you, and the rest of this little family, even through HBP time. There are two HP worlds, yours and JK's. Best wishes to the happy bride and groom!
I agree with Half_BloodPrince. A quick line slipped in about one of your books (present or future) would be much appreciated! (Sorry, I know I've review a dozen times already). The chapter's even better the second time around!
Author's Response: Well, there is an original fic plotted and as soon as I have finished HPDL I will be moving on to preparing a manuscript so that I can start the nightmare procedure of sending it off to publishers. Maeve will be there (in a slightly different incarnation) along with a male OC and a few other interesting characters. It’s set in Ireland, a little bit of mythology, humour, romance and magic. I’ll keep you posted with any developments and thank you so much for asking!
I've been following this fic with fervor since it first appeared and I think it's probably the most interesting and generally the best fan fic I've ever read. There are so many angles to the characters that they all seem real while still remaining IC. Thanks so much for this fic and all the work you've done on it! Please update very, very soon!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you are finding it interesting, I'm trying to bring lots of different threads into the plot to keep it lively. Next chapter should be ready in a day or so. :-) Keep reading!
In the words of Maeve: “How very epic that sounds.” I've been thinking about this fic quite a bit during my dreary and dismal hours of staring at the clock these past few days (exam week) and something has occurred to me. I have followed this story since the creation of the Mugglenet Fanfiction site. I remember it very clearly: there was an announcement on Mugglenet that their fanfiction site had opened and to please visit. I did and went first to 'General Fics' and found the first three chapters of HP&DoL. I remember now that I think on it, that I couldn't possibly see how anyone could write a convincing romance story involving Severus Snape, which is why I did not join for a while or review. In fact, I joined so I could review to this story and this story alone. Except that this is much more than a story, and you have pulled off the romance in such a way that I have a mental world of Harry Potter devoted to JK, and one to you. I cannot imagine how my perceptions of HP would have been changed, and of the seemingly hopeless people like Severus (I cannot believe I used his first name, but that is who he has become to me) had I not read your work. I considered telling you this when you posted your final chapter, which I fear will be a bittersweet triumph, but felt you might do with some encouragement in the meantime. I always have trouble finishing a work I've spent countless hours and many weeks (or months in your case) working on. And so, for the first time I will not ask you to update soon, though I do look forward to reading the conclusion of this "epic".
Good luck to you and thank you for so wonderful a story, which I believe means much more to us, your loyal readers. Keep writing. Brilliant chapter. 10.
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for your kind words. :-) It is indeed a bittersweet moment letting go of HPDL and I have just finished the last chapter and am reluctant to post it, knowing that it will be the last... apart from the reprieve of the epilogue. I am so glad I was able to convincingly pull of the transformation of 'grumpy, hopelessly awful' Severus into 'grumpy, not quite so nasty when he chooses not to be' Severus. It was the one challenge I really set myself and I'm pleased it has worked. I'm collecting ideas for the epilogue now and it's going to be a nice respite from the heavy going final chapters of HPDL, which took a lot to write emotionally speaking. I'm immensely flattered that you thought enough of the story to regsiter an account and I am continually flattered that people brave the temperamental log in problems to leave me a review...Thank you.
Yes! I love this chapter!! Perfect! Maeve's feelings were so real and honest, including her ramblings. Oh wow. I can't even speak, I'm so excited! Finally, Snape and Maeve together! And the best part is even Snape was completely IC but in a situation we would never normally see! And Remus and Ron were great. I think Harry might have hugged Ron too though. Ang Mrs. Weasley and Percy in the same room with Percy not even happy to see Ron. (Stupid gita) Oops, I'm so excited about this chapter I'm rambling. I'll review again when I've calmed down a bit. Oh, wow. Brilliant!!! I love it! 10! PLEASE update soon!
Author's Response: Ramble away!!LOL I'm glad you liked reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. You have made me think about Percy though...I should have made more of that.
Hello again! My, my, what a chapter. Well, to begin with, I thought I would mention that it took me 4 attempts to read this chapter. I read until Finn started speaking and couldn't go any farther. A little while later I came back, read a paragraph, and had to stop. I forced myself to read through Snape's vows (which were wonderfully written, I might add) and Maeve's but couldn't make it through to the reception. So I stopped briefly for the last time before plowing my way through. It took me all day and a lot of laughing to make it all the way through (I had to go running for short spells to release so pent up anxious/ excited energy), but I really, really enjoyed everything. The wedding was just as I hoped it would be and in perfect keeping with your characters' tastes and personalities. Also, I was thrilled to 'hear' Harry explain to Snape why he dislikes him and even more elated to 'hear' Snape apologize. Furthermore, I think it was very big of Harry to apologize also in front of everyone, though not really unexpected. I'm looking forward to learning about the spider, as I too have a sneaking suspicion about it. Yet, as I was dreadfully wrong the last time I guessed, I think I'll just keep this suspicion to myself. It's a wonder to me how you can answer so many questions yet STILL introduce new mystery with *sniffle* only one section of the epilogue left. Brilliant! (By the way, what did Harry give Maeve and...well, Snape, for a wedding present. And I too had troubles with the stories, except I couldn't even log into my account, let alone review.) ~Ellie
Author's Response: Hee hee, Harry's present will be seen in the final part, and Severus is not going to be impressed. :-) Well done for being the one to spot that Harry hadn't actually given her a present! I'm saying nothing about the spider. *seals lips*. That scene with Severus and Harry seems to have been the scene stealer in this chapter. Something had to give with those two and I wanted Maeve to be proved right, at least in a small way, about her decision to force the two of them together at the wedding. But Severus had to make the move to apologise though. The wedding was a strange amalgamation of Muggle traditions and Wizarding strangeness. I don't know were the idea came from, but I did know that Maeve and Severus weren't going to parrot traditional vows back and forth. Both of them are a little too unconventional for that. Hope you like the last part as much as this one. :-)
Oh! I can only image how incredibly sick Harry must feel right now! I'd be perfectly ready to throw up and skip classes. No one could blame me after all. (Though I sort of doubt Hermione will let Harry do that.) I'm guessing that it will be SO embarrassing for Snape to see Harry in potions. And Harry won't be likely to listen to Maeve try and explain either, which will make it very fun for us. Then again, all your chapters are like that. ...So wait. Is Roderick the one leaving the gum wrappers everywhere? Well how'd the wrapper get into the clearing then? And in Maeve's rooms before he started working as her guard? Is it just coincidence? (I doubt it. You always seem to have a plan.) Ha! Snape thinks she'll be properly watched in his rooms. Yeah right. He's too busy sleeping. :) And that was a wonderful portral of Filch! I've never thought of him that way but, as always, you make it work as though it was intended to be that way all along. Have you ever read "In Her Eyes" ?? It's a fic on Godrics-Hollow's fan fic site. It describes a relationship between Tonks and Remus that I really enjoyed and that this chapter reminded me of. I wonder what will happen. :D Great chapter! It made me getty and tempted me to grab a trash can as I imagined what Harry must be thinking. Wow! Brilliant! As always! ~10~
Author's Response: I haven't read that fic but I will look it up. I don't know where Filch came from, I just thought the way he got along with Umbridge suggested to me that he really does have a more sinister side than that we have already seen. Roderick dropped the gum in the clearing when they rescued Remus. And just what was he doing in Maeve's rooms alone...I quite agree! :-) When Snape offered to let her sleep in his rooms I just couldn't help myself from having Harry catch them...it seemed so natural. but them I am cruel to my characters!
Oops! I forgot to put in my usual request: Please update soon! Thanks. Lovely chapter. I'm really eager to keep reading and I look forward to the characters revealing more of themselves through your pen (or keyboard, such as it is.) :) What a wonderful chapter from an amazing author!
Author's Response: *Blushes* Thank you
Ah. So many questions. Well, I loved this chapter (of course) and was a bit surprised but completely thrilled to see Maeve act a little more like Snape. He seemed rather proud of her too, which is both sweet (awww) and disgusting (It's SNAPE! Yuck!) at the same time. But you pull it off seamlessly so I'm totally into it. As much as I absolutely LOVE Remus, I'm not seeing him alive, but if he is, much applause to you! I also thought Ron going instead of Harry is a thoughtf-provoking twist that I'm sure will make an amazing next few chapters. Please update soon! (Oh, and I really enjoyed how Maeve had to flatter the capet to make it fly and how it seemed to have it's own personality. Speaking of which, why is a flying carpet in her room anyway?) Oh! I have been wondering about something for a while now. Maeve and Snape never had a full-blown arguement about the night before term started when Snape almost killed Remus. Some of the things Snape said (You were going to pick him over me, weren't you) were extremely exciting for us readers. Any hope of some follow up on this? Just wondering.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked the carpet, I was rather proud of that considering we first met it way back in chapter three and I knew even then I'd find a use for it. LOL. Hogwarts is a very old building and these little magical items get forgotten about, even after the ministry has banned them. I'm sure one of the ancient staff members must have visited Persia and brought it back as a souveneir! As for the argument, well the story is undergoing some major editing at the moment thanks to the fabulous Ashwinder and all these suggestions for missing scenes are going in a notebook and will be written in when I get up to date with the story. So that's one that will be added to the list. :-) Maeve is definately getting a bit more strung out as the tension increases and she is starting to respond with her heart rather than her head...bless her! I enjoy your reviews a great deal, they are always so insightful and detailed....please keep them coming!
Brilliant! As usual, but you really outdid yourself on this one. Well, I was wrong, and Remus does appear quite alive so I feel much better. Roderick coming after them! I thought it would be Harry or even Snape, but Roderick! I love it! I also love that line at the end about family ties. I can't wait for the next chapter! Honestly, sometimes with all these wonderful twists and turns in every chapter, I wonder if you might be Jo under a pen name. Please! Please! Update soon! (The usual 10, of course)
Author's Response: Now I really am blushing! Twists are easy to do when you have such great characters to work with. I really can't keep up with them half the time as they have an awful tendency to do their own things despite my best efforts to make them STICK TO THE STORY! We are going to calm down for a bit in the next chapter....well at least until Severus catches up with Maeve and gives her an earbashing...I'm looking forward to that little altercation I can tell you. LOL
I'm back! Wow. If this chapter isn't a masterpeice, I don't know what is. Let me explain: Every line is like a single thread in a finely woven stretch of cloth, each fitting seamlessly with the others. All the threads together make beautiful cloth that tells a wonderful story. Yet each individual thread is stunning and awe-inspiring by itself. That is why I so love to read this fic; it is a work of art. Although things were slightly bumpy at first as I think you worked to find a comfortable style to write in, you really began to figure out who each character was and was becoming. I love how you wrote in the reviews of chapter 23 that these characters tend to do their own thing despite what you may have intended them to do originally. I'm glad they do that as it's completely natural. These characters exist in your imagination and the imaginations of your readers and have essentially become people who's personalities are so strong that they cannot always do what was intended for them. (I have the same problems with many of my own charcters.) :D LOL. 10!
Author's Response: That is probably one of the best reviews I have ever recieved. These characters exist in my mind and to me they are real so if I am convincing other people they are real then I think I'm doing my job. :-) And you know, I can feel the difference between the early chapters and the later ones because now I know the sort of people I'm working with. They do take over and it's almost impossible to explain unless you have experienced it yourself how the characters become independent of you. Thank you again for such a wonderful review, I don't know what to say. :-)
Sorry I haven't been around for a while but I've caught up on the story and I am incredibly impressed. I really didn't think Bella could become more horrible or Snape more entralling, yet you proved me wrong on all counts (numerous times). Your descriptions of relationships and the way people interact are absolutely perfect. There's no telling what will happen next, as usual, because every twist and turn makes me slide to the edge of my chair (to the point of nearly fall off actually). A while back I thought that Maeve would be captured and held prisoner at her former home, but abandoned that thinking because it seemed...well, not obvious but likely. Now I can't believe I was so blind to your many clues. I guess the biggest twist is sometimes a straight line. There were so many distractions along the way (to this point at least) I suppose I missed the vital clues and foreshadowing you always seem to artistically place in your work. Roderick has become so pivotal to the plot it is hard to believe how truely far he has come. I look forward to the next chapter. Please update soon!
Author's Response: Thank you…. I have to confess that out of all the characters in the story it is Roderick I have become most attached to…he’s a darling of a character because he has so many different motivations. I certainly hope you like me plans for the big finale…it’s coming together now, finally. I even had to go to our local big house to write the rest of it because it was proving so difficult to visualise it…hopefully this will now come across in the chapter.
Oh - My - Gosh! Snape actually, truly loves her! I'm in complete shock! And it was so beautiful. Maeve lashed out at her love when she was expected to fall trembling to the ground, just another brilliant twist that, once it's done, makes me wonder: How could I have ever expected anything else? I have never, ever, thought I could actually like Snape, let alone love him, and today I do. This story has come so far from "Flight," it's amzing. I disliked Snape so much then! But I have to remember that your Snape has developed in a way Jo's may not, and I'll have a hard time hating him when he does something else despicable in HBP. :-) I also agree with Beney, this is an experience like reading a best-selling novel. Though here, we have to wait longer than we would like to turn the next page and reach the next chapter. I am completely intrigued by Maeve's necklace now. It stopped her from hurting Snape more, though she practically mutilated him in her anger and pain. I also loved her yearning for her brother, which also seemed surprisingly ironic considering how Remus feels about her. I will confine in you, and everyone that reads your reviews of course, that I was in a rather bad traffic accident on Good Friday. In fact I may have scars from when the SUV I was iriding in rolled over. And I was nearly brought to tears for the first time since the accident when I read Maeve's reaction to Dumbledore's revelation. Her happiness was shattered and she could not see how she could go on. The entire passage was very similar to how I feel about the accident that could have killed me and my parents, while it would have left my brother alone. I'm in awe at your skill as a writer and how your descriptions of pain can bridge tremendous gaps of emotion and circumstance to embody a sort of pain everyone can somehow relate to. I thank you for that. Perfection. 10.
Oh! I cannot BELIEVE I forgot! Thank-you for bringing Remus back! I have missed him like you would not believe. :-) I loved the kiss in the dungeon as well. It was pefectly placed and completely believable. Poor, Poor Remus!
Author's Response: Couldn’t resist it, you can only go so long without our favourite werewolf!
Oh! I forgot to tell you something. Thank-you for bringing Remus back! I have missed him like you would not believe! :-) Thank-you! And I loved the kiss in the dungeon. It was so perfectly placed in the scene and completely believable! Poor, Poor Remus!!
WOW! I'm so excited! I had to read this chapter twice to make sure I was really reading what you wrote. I love how you said "the werewolf died" or something like that so all your loyal readers are left in suspense on who/what died. Is it Remus? Is it just the wolf? Is it Moody in disguise? (lol, had to add this, sorry. I don't honestly think it's Moody) We don't know and are on pins and needles waiting for the next chapter. So PLEASE! I beg you! On behalf of the common good of all your loyal readers! PLEASE UPDATE SOON!!!!!
As usual, Wonderful story! Probably one of the best if not the best fic on this site and probably the best I have ever read. Thanks! Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Moody??? I never thought of that!!Uh-oh....quickly goes to do a re-write.LOL Thank you for the review, it made me smile and blush at the same time...I'm writing as fast as I can.:-)
Okay. To begin, I apologize for not reveiwing to your last brilliant chapter, I was on a rather extensive trip with no internet to speak of. But what a gift to come home and be rewarded with another beautiful section of your wonderful tapastry completed.
Wow! Snape is definately something. He wants to protect Maeve and when Roderick insults her, he is willing to resort to the cruel curses he learned as a deatheater to 'avenge' her. Yet he is stopped by none other than Neville. I love Neville so much more because of these last two chapters! Even though we don't see Neville much, his courage and strength is inspiring and touching. I also love the clue Alica left on the back of the photo, as well as Snape's dislike for Draco, which I greatly enjoyed. Die Draco, Die! j/k. He has his uses, as we have seen. :-)
The flow at the beginning of this chapter seemed slightly more tense than in past chapters, but it could have just been me. It was affective though. The flow seemed to loosen some toward the end as Snape got more comfortable and you revealed more and more information to us that I'm certain we won't completely understand for a few chapters. However, it may take much longer than that, such as the little blip about the flying carpet that we didn't understand for about 25 chapters. Great chapter though! I can hardly wait for the next one. (I wonder if Harry will find out about the new Sleeping arrangements). Keep writing! The world needs more outstanding and imaginative authors who really know how to confuse and amuse us with miraculous skill.
Author's Response: Good to have you back! Hope you had a good trip. I like Neville too, I've always liked him because I think he is such a stoical little character. He's been so instrumental in many areas of this story and without him they wouldn't be were they are with the vapour and the gum. I'm glad you found Snape's reflections on Draco believeable. Much is made of the fact that Draco seems to be a favourite of Snape but I thought it would be interesting if that was just for show. He has to show some sort of loyalty to Draco and Slytherin.
Nevermind about the flow thing. I just reread the beginning of the chapter and it must have been me becaue it seems to flow perfectly now. Must be jet lag. Ne way, Sorry bout that! Please update soon! Oh and I hope that Bella gets seriously injured very soon. She is so entralled with Voldemort it's nausiating...even more so than Snape. :-)
Author's Response: I want to do something nasty to Bella but she is such a fascinating character that I'm almost reluctant to. We shall see....