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Hmmm... what to say about me... I'm 19 and I'm from London. I've loved Harry Potter pretty much since the moment the first book came out, and I hated all the hype at first. I didn't like the thought that a book which had been a carefully kept secret was now out in the open, at the mercy of the world's hysteria. But hey - it's brought us all joy, and a brilliant horde of fan fiction!

My favourite book is OotP - I think the darker Harry gets, the more interesting the story becomes. Thus my fiction tends to centre around the darker strains to Harry's character, and his fears. Very little fluff involved!

Anything else interesting to say?... I'm a literary type of gal as 19 year olds go - unsurprising given that I'm in my first year of a degree in English Literature. I'm fond of poetry(especially Keats, Auden and Eliot), fond of a handful of the great novels (Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, 1984, anything by James Joyce). And I LOVE Classical Literature (The Odyssey, the Aeneid, Sophocles). It takes a while to get to grips with, but if you haven't tried, it's worth it.

Seems a strange combination really, when I think about it - Harry Potter and Sophocles. Ah well - that's life I guess!
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Summary: Past Featured StoryThis tale of the teacher whom everyone loathes,
Accounts for his anger and elegant clothes.
It dripped through my mind when, too scantily cloaked,
I got caught in a rainstorm and throughly soaked.













WARNING: Despite the glints of humour, you will need a handkerchief.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 5092 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/12/04 Updated: 11/12/04


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 01/29/05 Title: Chapter 1: One shot

This story actually brought tears to my eyes, it was so beautiful. I don't know how you do it, but I am in absolute awe and wish I could produce anything half as good. The imagination and exquisite use of language/imagery that went into that is astounding.

 

Summary: It had been purely by accident that he had even stumbled upon her refuge. A small courtyard — was that what this would be called? — surrounded by great fir trees. He didn’t know precisely where on the grounds of Hogwarts that they were, but he didn’t really care, because he wasn’t thinking of such things. He was thinking of her. Winner of the Sink into Your Eyes Boxing Day 2004 Challenge for Best Overall.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 16223 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/18/04 Updated: 07/08/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 07/09/05 Title: Chapter 1: Part I

That was bloody good. I can't wait to read the second half. You are an excellent writer - possibly the best I've encountered so far on the site.

 

The Unseemly Proposal by sparx
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5423]

Summary: Past Featured StoryThe reign of Voldermort comes to an end, and with it ends the prestige and power Lucius Malfoy once had in the Wizarding World. In order to regain the respect of his fellow wizards and to make them believe that he has turned over a new leaf (which he actually hasn't) and has graciously accepted muggles and Mudbloods, Lucius asks Hermione, a Mudblood, to marry his son, Draco, a pure-blood. Obviously, they both refuse, but Lucius isn't going to give up easily. After all, he wants his status back. He still has a few tricks up his sleeve and is determined to play match-maker. What happens next is a series of events that serve only to bring Hermione and Draco closer, both literally and figuratively speaking. Read to find out how this one unseemly proposal causes absolute chaos in their lives! THIS STORY IS NOT HBP and DH COMPATIBLE! Hey all! Check out my personal info for the expected date of the next update. =)

Categories: Hermione/Draco Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 154682 Chapters: 38 Completed: No
Published:
01/17/05 Updated: 05/22/06


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 04/25/06 Title: Chapter 31: Chapter 31- The Big Game

I LOVE this story. Until now I have never been a Dr/Hr shipper but you've completely turned that on it's head. This is just so inventive - the whole idea about the love-knot to force them into each other's company and all the rest of it. There are quite a few careless mistakes with spelling and grammar dotted around, but this is the very first time I've come across that in a story and not given a damn about it because the plot is just so good. I've been reading it constantly for several days now, whenever I've had the time. Wonderful. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank u so much! I think it’s great that despite the fact that you\'re not a hr/d shipper, you gave TUP a chance! And you liked it, so that’s just awesome! The Love-Knot was an idea that had been on my mind for a very long time, and I\'m very happy that it has gained so much of popularity. Lol, I admit, the spelling and grammar are screwed up in a couple of places and I should really get down to fixing it. But thanks for disregarding them and enjoying the plot! Once again, thanks for a wonderful review and your very kind words! =D

 

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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/17/05 Title: None

Hmmm... can't decide what to make of this chapter. Don't get me wrong, I do like it BUT it seems to me that the time shifts and mood changes have not been handled all that well. There is no sense of time passing, and so one minute Hermione is leaving for Diagon Alley, and the next minute she is already coming back. It was also v hard what we were really meant to think of Harry's mood and attitude. When talking to Hermione he goes from sullen to docile in about two seconds flat. My advice to you is don't be afraid to spend a bit more time developing the story and adding greater richness of description. It was good though - a promising plot.

Author's Response: Thank you for the advice. You have a point, I will be more attentive to those aspects in future. Also, I'm glad to hear that it is a promising plot!

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/17/05 Title: None

Oooooh, ok, now i'm genuinely liking this story. Very interesting plot. I'd still say there's room for improvement with the writing but... i'm intrigued!

Author's Response: Yay! Enjoyment! I'll do my best on the writing.

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/17/05 Title: None

'It will bind you to it's will'?? *cough* LotR! *cough*. A little cliched I feel. Nevertheless I like this chapter and I think your confidence is gaining - it's clear in the way you write - increasingly powerful use of language, and better flow of thoughts/speech. Not perfect by any means, but good.

Author's Response: You may be correct with the LOTR thing. I'm doing my best not to copy it excessively....I am a bit obsessed. But I'm doing my best.......or at least I will be in future chapters! Also, glad to hear the writing style is improving.

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/17/05 Title: None

This chapter, I now feel confident in saying, was good - well written, glinting with humour and mystery. You're getting there. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad to hear it!

 

Summary: He turned from the window, put his glasses back on and smiled at Crookshanks, who stretched and pawed the covers of the bed. “Do you think anyone will ever love me for who I am, and not who they think I am?” asked Harry, running a hand through his untamed hair. He didn’t think it possible that a cat could roll its eyes…

Categories: Harry/Hermione Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 36433 Chapters: 10 Completed: No
Published:
02/02/05 Updated: 04/03/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 04/08/05 Title: Chapter 10: The Rocks upon Which We Stand

Have only just been able to find time to sit down and read the entire story to date. It is definitely one of my favourites - well written and there are some really original ideas. Keep up the good work!

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/22/05 Title: Chapter 1: Mirror Mirror

Ooooh, I like this. It's great! Dark, thoughtful... can't wait to read more.

Author's Response: Thank you!! Hope you like the rest just as well and I hope to hear from you again soon!!

 

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.

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 6399 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/03/05 Updated: 02/03/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 05/01/05 Title: Chapter 1: A Promise Kept

That was really good. I'm not sure I buy into the metamorphmagus idea, but i still really liked it. The dialogue could be a little smoother if more colloquiallism was included, but this is a minor niggle

 

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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/15/05 Title: None

I don't know why so many people seemed to find that confusing - I personally understood it perfectly and I thought it was beautifully written. Anyway, I guess we're probably meant to find it a little ambiguous, cos it's only a prologue. It's lovely! I will definitely keep reading this.

 

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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/21/05 Title: None

This story is intriguing. I'm liking it a lot. One thing I will say is that at one point your writing seemed to be becoming slightly stilted, and I couldn't work out why until I realised that you'd started every sentence in that paragraph with a participle. It might be a good idea to read through and check for grammatical repetitions of this nature, as this would improve the overall style. However on the whole I'm really enjoying it and I think it's very well written so well done!

 

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Categories: Orphan Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 0 Chapters: 0 Completed: No
Published:
12/31/69 Updated: 12/31/69


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 04/11/05 Title: None

I like it, but the fact that it's AU puts me on edge. I'm interested to see where you'll take it though. Think i'll follow this one

 

Summary: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, a blond Weasley. It's Harry's sixth year. Voldemort is back, yet strangely quiet. A second prophecy. This is my version of what happens next. The whole book is written, along with all of year seven. I will post as fast as I can get the chapters past the moderators.

Story is now complete. Look for the sequel, I will be posting the first chapter tonight 6-2-05, and it usually takes 4-5 days for the mods to approve it. The title of the sequel is, Harry Potter and the Unlocked Mind.

Categories: Various Pairings Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 147324 Chapters: 21 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/25/05 Updated: 05/28/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/15/05 Title: Chapter 1: Letters

I think it's good but it's not perfect. One thing I will say is that it's easy to tell you're American - Americanisms pop up fairly regularly in the writing and this isn't necessarily a bad thing unless you're both british and a stickler for keeping to the British spirit of JKR's writing. Other than that I think this is really good and I love the whole conduit concept, so well done!

 

You've Gone Too Far by Diamond Quill
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 33]

Summary: A Poem about the terror that one individual has let loose upon the wizarding world...

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 79 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/02/05 Updated: 03/02/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/10/05 Title: Chapter 1: The End

It was great! Simple but great - and simplicity can sometimes be a virtue.

Author's Response: Lol! Thanks, I didnt spend too much time writing this. The idea just popped into my head when I was doing English Homework and I had to get it down.

 

Lycanthropy by MereRanger
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary: Based on Lupin's transformations into a werewolf and the horror that he must endure at every full moon. Warning: PG-13 because it might not be suitable for some. *A Shakespearean-style sonnet*

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 130 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/03/05 Updated: 03/03/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/10/05 Title: Chapter 1: Lycanthropy

Damn good, given how hard it is to write a poem that keeps to such strict rules. I'm a huge Shakesperean sonnet fan, so I have to say I wasn't sure what I'd make of it. The iambic pentameter slipped on a couple of lines, which broke the rhythm slightly, but I've found it's near impossible not to have to break from that occasionally. Trying to find words that are at once beautiful, convey what they want to and contain the right number of syllables is very hard, so well done!

Author's Response: Wow. Thank you very much! I'm quite new at writing Shakesperean sonnets so your comments mean a lot to me!

 

The Chosen One by BJ Auth
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: A one shot about an important day in the life of Remus Lupin, and how his destiny was shaped the day he set foot within the grounds of Hogwarts. A happy ending for Remus Lupin at last.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2706 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/05/05 Updated: 03/05/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/14/05 Title: Chapter 1: The Chosen One

Once again I've found great pleasure in your writing. I don't think this story is quite as immaculate as your other one, but it's still wonderful. What I particularly like is the sense of deep wistfulness running in a clear steam throughout, and the looming presence of those who have passed on. The bit where Lupin asked Snape whether he could here the ones who had passed beyond the veil as well reminded me irresistably of a poem by Thomas Hardy - The Voice. All in all it was lovely.

Author's Response: This one shot wasn't as strong as Promise, I agree. It was something I suddenly came up with one Saturday morning and wrote it there and then while still fresh in my mind. And you're quite correct about the wistful tones in it - I just wanted to convey Remus in that frame of mind while still finally giving him a happy ending. Thank you as ever for your supportive reviews.

 

Promise Me by BJ Auth
Rated: [Reviews - 20]

Summary: Sirius Black is held for a murder he did not commit. He begins his journey to Azkaban and his battle against the darkness of his memories as he tries to remember where it all began and how they were all so mistaken. But he is not alone in his thoughts. Someone understands his plight: someone who promised him she would never forget.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 30284 Chapters: 8 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/05/05 Updated: 05/25/05


Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/19/05 Title: Chapter 5: The End of the Innocence

Wow, that chapter was intense! I couldn't have stopped reading that for the world. Loved the way you built up the tension between Sirius and Arella to such a pitch, which only served to give James' entry and words all the more impact. Beautifully written too. Your best chapter so far I'd say.

Author's Response: Thank you! That's so nice to hear, because I had problems taming this chapter. It's always good to know that it's worked.

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 05/10/05 Title: Chapter 7: Dealt a poor hand.

Ooooooh, it really is getting intereting now, isn't it? Poor old Sirius! Can't wait to find out what happens next!

 
Reviewer: Lumos Signed
Date: 03/12/05 Title: Chapter 3: The Birthday Bond

By the time I'd finished chapter two, this story was on my favourites list. Now I've finished chapter three, it's not only on my favourites list, but at the very top of the pile. I love it. I get sick and tired of reading stories with immaculate reviews that are in fact not very well written, even if the plot is gripping. This has both - it makes me want to read more and your style of writing is wonderful to read. Well done!

Author's Response: Lumos, I have never had such reviews, and I cannot express my gratitude! The story itself is very nearly finished and I hope to update here soon. There will be about another 4/5 chapters. Thank you as every for your praise and taking the time to review. It means a great deal.

 
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