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