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I am a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina and am now living in the southern US. While I can't promise I'll write any more as a band director than I did as a college student, I will at least finally have money to support my habits. My favorite stories on here are Oblivious and Imperius by Pallas, and Hogwarts Houses Divided and the Alexandra Quick series by Inverarity. I suggest checking all of those stories out!

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Harry Potter and the Power of Emotion by Melindaleo

Summary: Harry is struggling to come to terms with the events of his fifth year. Can he learn to depend on those he considers family and become what he needs to be in order to survive?
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 06/10/07 Title: Chapter 4: Grimmauld Place

The rambling is absent from this chapter. Congrats!

I have to say, your characterization is wonderful. And while I don't approve of Harry cursing (I've always loved how Jo says he curses but never actually writes it out), it is definitely appropriate in this situation.

Next chapter...

Imperius by Pallas

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: “Imperius… Werewolves…You-Know-Who…” The last words of a dying man force Remus Lupin into a dangerous investigation at the infamous Feral Institute. Sequel to Oblivious; pre-reading would be useful but it isn’t vital.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 07/06/07 Title: Chapter 45: Backlash

You know, I hate it when you leave us with cliffies. My climbing boots have gotten quite worn out since I started reading your stories.

Telling the story from Kingsley's point of view was brilliant. It fills in the gaps we would have had if you had just had Remus or Tonks wake up with no idea what had happened. And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for having Harry capture Pettigrew! About time the Rat was caught!

Please give us a happy ending. Otherwise, I might just follow you to your secure bunker on Neptune...

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 08/14/07 Title: Chapter 48: Pieces - Part Two

You are evil, you know that? I now pronounce you the High Queen of the Cliffies.

It was rather brilliant, though, to split this part of the story into two points of view. I salute you, Madam, and beg you to update soon!

The Etiquette of an Entrance by Bitter_Sweet

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The Etiquette of an Entrance is one-shot that gives insight into the social structure of Beauxbatons. Set during the carriage ride to Hogwarts, Lucille Champney reflects on Fleur Delacour, Hogwarts and Harry Potter.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 02/05/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Etiquette of an Entrance

This was rather interesting. It reminded me very much of my random trains of thought, which was perhaps your intention, so good job on that. If I could recommend anything, it would be more imagery and perhaps a longer introduction into the Harry Potter part; that was the only bit that seemed really random and unconnected. But good job; keep writing!

Everybody Does It by Grimmrook

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: *Runner Up in the 2006 Annual Quicksilver Quills Awards for Best Dark/Angsty*

It's the one thing everyone must do. You can't avoid it, you can't bargain with it, you just do it. It hurts sometimes, hell, it hurts most of the time, but it's also the most natural thing in the world. One of those rare things that makes us human.

This story is included in the Epilogues story arc, however it is a side story that can be read at just about any time. it is most favorable, however, to wait until reading Epilogues Part I for certain thematic reasons.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 11/17/06 Title: Chapter 1: Everybody Does It

Wow...just...wow. This is brilliant. I am sobbing over my keyboard right now, because the situation with my grandmother was so similar...this is wonderful, and you fully deserve the award. I salute you and wish you luck in your future writing endeavors!

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 11/17/06 Title: Chapter 1: Everybody Does It

Wow...just...wow. This is brilliant. I am sobbing over my keyboard right now, because the situation with my grandmother was so similar...this is wonderful, and you fully deserve the award. I salute you and wish you luck in your future writing endeavors!

Author's Response: Thank you so much. I\'ve noticed a couple of times before that this story has garnered similar reviews from people who have lost someone close, or in that terrible process thereof. It\'s a bittersweet situation, I think, andone I\'m glad that I have yet to face in real life. What I think is the most humbling thing when it comes to reviews and such is that when those people who have gone through something like this review and say the kinds of things you have said... It\'s just, it lets me know I was close, And that\'s all I could really ask for.

When Darkness Did Surround Us by MagEd

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: 2007 QSQ Awards Runner-up for Best Post-Hogwarts

Petunia Dursley is enjoying dinner with her family when someone starts pounding on the door. Ready to tell them off for being so rude and refusing to leave when they didn't answer at first, Petunia opens the door to have a baby shoved into her arms and told she is his only family. Years after the great Harry Potter defeated Voldemort, Death Eaters have risen to power and taken over Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, and even the Ministry of Magic. Their marriages announced invalid, their children in danger and their lives hanging by a thread, the heroes of the war with Voldemort must once again take a stand against evil.

H/G and R/Hr

(pre-Deathly Hallows)


*Quote from The Epilogue*

Suddenly Harry was kissing her as if he couldn’t resist the temptation. There was a kind of frenzy to the kiss at first, a kind of desperate need, but it melted into something soft and sweet and gentle, a promise of a future when kisses would never be limited. When they broke apart he rested his forehead on hers, sprinkling a few affectionate butterfly kisses across her face. “I love you,” he murmured.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 01/03/08 Title: Chapter 14: The Start of the End

I just spent two hours reading this straight through. You have me captivated! Your characterization and plot twists have kept me interested for an entire night, much to the annoyance of others needing the computer. : ) The only thing I would like more of is imagery; I'm having difficulty seeing some of the places and scenarios in my mind's eye. But please keep writing; I want to know what happens next!

Author's Response: Thanks very much! I do sometimes have a problem with conveying the scenes that are so detailed in my head; I\'ll try and work on that.

Harry Potter and the Golden Sepulcher by leesmiley

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: In the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts, the survivors must move on to rebuild the wizarding world. However, a new threat is rising, putting at risk the tentative gains made by Harry and his friends.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 02/03/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1--The Malfoys

Ooh. It's nice to see the Malfoys humbled! Congratulations; you have me hooked.

Author's Response: Thank you! Now that I have you hooked, hopefully I can reel you in through the rest of the story. I\'m working on chapter 12 at the moment and hopefully will have it submitted into the queue by the end of the week.

Werewolf Among Wizards by shewolf2000

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Glimpses into Remus Lupin's life at Hogwarts, all trying to answer the question: Is Remus a normal wizard who just has a “furry little problem”, or is he a werewolf among wizards, trying to fit in where he may never truly belong?

Now with more Snape down the Whomping Willow! Check out Chapter 10: A Highly Amusing Joke and Chapter 11: Skyfall

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 05/06/08 Title: Chapter 1: His Worst Fear

This is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter. But poor Remus! That was a mean prank. (Then again, we already know the Marauders could be cruel...) Can't wait to read more. Your style really flows well; it's a refreshing change compared to other fanfics. Please keep writing!

Author's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review!

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 05/06/08 Title: Chapter 2: Stupid Ideas

You really have a knack for this type of writing. I laughed out loud through half the chapter! And may I congratulate you on your characterization of James. He never strikes anyone as the sensitive type, but he does have his moments, and I think you hit a powerful one spot-on. Great job and keep writing!

Author's Response: Thanks! I\'m glad you liked James\'s moment. It gave me a little trouble when I first wrote it out. I had to rewrite it several times so it wouldn\'t sound too girly.

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 05/06/08 Title: Chapter 3: Potential Death by Spherical Snow

Oh, this was funny. And it brought back great memories from the one time in my childhood it snowed enough to stick. : )

I'm really attached to this story now. Please keep writing!

Author's Response: One time? Well, you\'re profile does say you\'re from the South. I live in Wisconsin, so I can\'t relate at all. Six months out of the year it hardly ever STOPS snowing. But I\'m glad you like my story! Thanks for all of your reviews!

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 07/24/08 Title: Chapter 4: The Silver Knife

I just reread your whole story for the third time and realized that I hadn't reviewed the last two chapters! Shame on me!

Poor Remus! This chapter really hit home for me, as it's something I've often wondered about. Silver poisoning just isn't something that would occur to a teenager, is it? And then the nightmare on top of that. You captured a 4-year-old's mental state very well.


“Can you guys just explain one thing to me?”

“Sure,” said Peter.

“How is it fair that when Sirius gets hit with a snowball, twelve girls surround him, but when I pass out in Potions, I get you three and Madame Pomfrey?”

=Brilliant. I laughed out loud.

Author's Response: I really appreciate you taking the time to review. I'm also very flattered that you enjoy my story so much to be rereading it for the third time! That line of Remus's was originally just a device to tie the snowball fight with the silver poisoning - back when it was all in the same chapter. But it makes me laugh too; life is just so unfair when you're Remus and Sirius is Sirius. :)

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 07/24/08 Title: Chapter 5: Monsters

"Who died?" Despite the sadness, that line almost made me laugh. It is SO James. I also really enjoyed the whole scene in History of Magic; the scary thing is that my mind works just like that! You also impressed me with Sirius' characterization. Great job. When, oh when can we expect another chapter?

Author's Response: I agree: SO James! At least the way I see his character. The History of Magic scene was not originally the main focus of the chapter, but I really think it's important. James, Sirius, and Peter all accepted Remus's condition so easily in the beginning, but I think it's only natural for them to experience a little doubt, if only briefly and completely privately. Looking back over my stuff, I realized how much I'd been favoring James out of Remus's friends, so I thought Sirius needed his moment; I'm glad you thought I did it well! Chapter six is done, but I've been super busy lately (I'm so behind on reading all my fav fics!) so I might not get it into the queue until next week. Hopefully it will be approved first time through. *crosses fingers* Thanks again for your reviews!!!

Hogwarts Houses Divided by Inverarity

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story

Teddy Lupin's first year at Hogwarts. Canon-compliant. Nominated for a 2008 QSQ for best Post-Hogwarts story.

The war is over, and all is well, they say, but the wounds remain unhealed. Bitterness divides the Houses of Hogwarts. Can the first children born since the war's end begin a new era, or will the enmities of their parents be their permanent legacy?

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 01/23/08 Title: Chapter 3: The Sorting

I agree with Peeves: "Best! Song! Ever!"

You have really got me hooked! Your imagery, your characterization, everything is just spectacular. Keep going with this; I want to know what happens!

Great Expectations by Cassandras Cross

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: A weekend trip to the mysterious Rose Cottage leads to Ginny's second pregnancy and Hermione's first. The Potters and Weasleys take on “The Next Great Adventure” as they anticipate the births of Albus Potter and Rose Weasley.


Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 04/24/08 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: A Safe Bet

This was hilarious! I laughed out loud when Ron fainted, and my roommate looked at me in that fond way she does when she's questioning my sanity. More, please!

Author's Response: More is on the way. Thanks for reviewing.

"I Want To Go Home." by coolh5000

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: “But I want to go home,” whispered the girl. “I don’t want to fight anymore”
DH p558

Not everyone who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts wanted to be there, and not everyone survived. This is the story of one of those people.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 04/20/08 Title: Chapter 1: "I Want To Go Home."

This is a great first fanfic! I liked how Charlotte tried to run for the Great Hall and the Entrance Hall. While is makes no sense for us to run towards what might be the heart of the battle, for a 12-year-old it would be perfectly logical to find familiar ground in an attempt to escape.

It is sad, but Jo told us over 50 people died at the Battle of Hogwarts. I never thought the small girl Ginny was comforting would be one of the casualties, but your story certainly made me think about the possibility.

Great job, and I hope to see you write more!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review and I\'m glad you enjoyed it! I\'m not quite sure why this girl jumped out at me so much when I read the book but she wouldn\'t let me rest until I\'d written this. I also thought it would be interesting to look at the people who could have been there by accident especially as to me the book implied that the girl Ginny was talking to was quite young. \r\n

These Lives We Live by Gin_Drinka

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: These lives we live are not bright...

Petunia wishes she were a star.

These lives we live are not worth memory...

Peter wishes to be like his friends.

The lives we live are just tiles.

Regulus wishes he were alive.

Every life means something.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 05/06/08 Title: Chapter 1: Our Lives

This is just fantastic. I love it! It's very artsy and poetic, and you can tell the style suits you. Did you write all the things in italics, or did you get them from somewhere? Because I especially liked that part.

Great job; please write more!

Author's Response: I wrote it all. i dont know if I\'ll keep writing for MNFF, but I will most certainly never stop writing. Thanks!

A Change of Heart by cassie123

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Since the death of her daughter, Andromeda Tonks cannot stand the fact that she has failed to love her grandson.

She sees no other choice but to leave him with the only person left to trust, but an encounter with Rubeus Hagrid leads to a change of heart.

Note: The warning is for fairly minor aspects, but I'm implying post-traumatic stress disorder.
Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 04/22/08 Title: Chapter 1: A Change of Heart

This is lovely. I have often wondered how Andromeda would feel; my own speculation is that, without Ted and Dora there to pull her out of depression, she would revert to what she has always known: being a Black. You captured that feeling well. Good job!

Author's Response: thank you! :)

Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle by Inverarity

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story

Winner of the 2008 Quick Silver Quills Award for Best General Story.

The first book in the Alexandra Quick series.

The war against Voldemort never reached America, but all is not well there. When 11-year-old Alexandra Quick learns she is a witch, she is plunged into a world of prejudices, intrigue, and danger. Who wants Alexandra dead, and why?

This story is canon-compliant with the Harry Potter universe, but the characters and settings are all original. I've put a lot of work into envisioning a world as detailed as the original series; I hope you enjoy it.

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 06/02/08 Title: Chapter 12: Troublesome

I'm finally able to review!

Your story has me hooked, and I've really appreciated the frequent updates. I can't wait to find out more. Will Alex finally meet an elf? Did ASPEW start from Hermione's SPEW? Please update soon!

Albus Potter and the Year of the Badger by Sly One

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

His fears? Flying...his own wand...fitting in...sticking out! His best friends? A passionate fire-breathing cousin, and a cool, aloof Death Eater's son. His destiny? Anything but ordinary!

Join Albus as he experiances his first year at Hogwarts and begins the journey out from under his father's collosal shadow, if he can survive it of course!

Meet the new Tenacious Trio, Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Weasley

Reviewer: Laurelyn Signed
Date: 12/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Compartmentalized

You've got me interested! I'll have to read the rest of this when I have more time.

I like the way the kids turned a rocky start into hysterics. It seems like something 11-year-olds would do! Good job!