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A Fresh Start by Hypatia

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Scorpius Malfoy was brought up in the knowledge that he came from an old pure-blood family. Hogwarts is going to teach him a great deal more. Will he be able to rise above his family’s tainted past, or will history repeat itself?

First place in the 2007 Autumn Challenge’s New Beginnings prompt.

Nominated for Best History/Mystery in the 2008 QSQs!

Canon compliant with all seven books, however, not compliant with all interviews given by JKR.
Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 10/30/08 Title: Chapter 17: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Aaaaaaawhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! My gosh!!! That was sooo awfully touching (just finished reading Guess who's coming to dinner) That Dudley sent Harry a Wii... Amazing... And rather unexpected!! I'm inlove with your characters, honestly! Totally can't wait untill your next update and I do hope you have a sequel maybe??? A trully gripping well-written story. (read it in 3 days...) Awesome work

The Guardian by Merlynne

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Before James, before Hogwarts, before Lily could have ever imagined she was a witch, there was Severus Snape; the neighbourhood oddity.

Winner the November 2007 One-Shot Challenge: Young Love

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 01/07/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

*Snort* too bad he wasn't the Secret Keeper... *sgih* Lovely story, thought. Very enjoyable and sweet. It reminded me a lot of the pensieve memories that made the Prince's Tale!! A bit more and I might have went down in tears like I did the first (two) time(s) I read then in DH...

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: Kantaka Signed
Date: 09/18/08 Title: Chapter 25: Goblins & Elves

Wow!! Simply WOW!!!
Sorry about the most unarticulate review but I'm just speechless. Your story is simply awesome... I can't wait to read the next inqueue 'Underground'. BTW, Ophilia being awake is just unnerving. Her being such a mysterious and powerful Slytherin character and all... I just can't wait. I literally read the 25 chaps you posted so far in three days!! GREAT WORK, honest!

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 10/21/08 Title: Chapter 27: Who's Going to Rescue Us?

Jeeeshhhh!!! Talk bout cliffie after cliffie! Absolutely love your story and can't wait to read more. I'm ubber thrilled the queue's reopened!!!! *does happy dance*
I hope Teddy/Griprock comes up with a decent plan to keep his limbs in place and blood in circulation, because so far, he's had just the dumbest luck EVER. This humble reader hope that does not change, thought. I am sort of fond of Teddy, reckless as he is and all. Keep the awesome work!! =)

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 11/12/08 Title: Chapter 29: Things Blow Up

Figure Mirlte will be happy, right?

The more I read, The more Rowlingesque your writing becomes. I mean, Alduin coming back as a ghost to help his yearmates... How did you came up with such a BRILLIANT idea!?

Teddy's spur of the moment plan was rather occurent. It's to be congratulated. As it is the highly skilled way in which you described everyone's feeling, thoughts and sensations thoughout the chapter.

I found the exchange between Violet and Draco heartbreaking. The rigid maners, the ASKING for permission to hug her... just too perfect, too cannon-like. And Draco showing up with potions to wake everyone up, that's something perhaps Dumbledore would have thought about. And obviously, our Slytherin Prince, too.

I guess you'll get tired of hearing this (I am feeling a bit monotonous, after all) but with each chapter I get the impression you can't possibly write something more awesome... Then I read the next update, and I learn how completely mistaken I was!!

I do hope you keep doing that!!!!

- C -

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 11/04/08 Title: Chapter 28: This Doesn't Sound Like a Very Good Plan

Need I point to the rather obvious cliffie you've left us with???

My godness!! How can you possibly make such action filled chapters!! It's truly beyond my comprehension. I men after the previous chapter I thought the was no way to outdo yourself, and then comes the Slyhterin's quiet revellion, then the firstie's revellion and details like the marouder's map flitatious nature.

The way you planned that one was mastermind's work, by the way. I noticed you chose to keep Moony, Padfoot, Wormtail and Prongs with the personalities they had when they did the map. Clever, veeery clever. Loved to read about Ophelia blushing, too. I wonder where is that conversation going to led up to. Did the marauders manage to point towards the captives?

Hope Teddy's 'plan' works out!!!

As usual, I really can't wait to read more!!! I'd really like to fast-forward the queue!!!

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 11/18/08 Title: Chapter 31: Child of a Death Eater

If I could post a polaroid of the instant I finished reading Child of a Death Eater... I'd bear a rather comical resemblance to a gold fish out of water.
Just speechless.
I can only compare your writing skills to Teddy's idiocy. In Ophilia's words, 'you reset the bar on that nearly every time' you post a chapter!!!

Luna's Truth or Dare by Hutchinson

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: What happens when Luna challenges her friends to a game of Truth or Dare?
Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 01/24/09 Title: Chapter 14: Pants and Romance

“That wasn’t a tackle, really. It was, erm, an overanxious embrace!”

Standing ovation to that!!

I adore this humour fic. It's positively and absolutely hilarious, without arriving to riddiculous situations, impossible situations. I like the way you just manage to keep it believable.

Ron n Herms were particularly perfect in this chapter! Cheers to a wonderful work!!

More Than A Game by Hypatia

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: “Lord Voldemort has never had a friend, nor do I believe that he has ever wanted one.” -Dumbledore, HBP, ch. 13

Dumbledore was rarely wrong, only once did Lord Voldemort desire a friend. It started out as only a game…

First place winner in the Color of Love Challenge.

Nominated for Best Romance Between Other Characters in the 2008 QSQs!
Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 11/05/08 Title: Chapter 1: More Than A Game

That was cruel... you actually had me pitying Voldemort!!! Can you believe it? Pitying Voldemort??
Your writing manage miracles, I guess!!! Congrats!!

Marissa and the Wizards by JCCollier

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Two years after Voldemort's downfall, Headmistress McGonagall finds a puzzling decrease in new Muggle-born students. Consulting the magic Quill, she and Flitwick find even wizarding children being born without magical ability. Each year fewer students are listed. If the decline continues, within decades the classrooms of Hogwarts will be half empty. Concerned how far the problem spreads, McGonagall sends a message to the Quill schools of the other continents.

In Brazil, the world of magic is revealed to a young homeless girl. When Marissa cautiously accepts an education in the wizarding world, the choice will lead her to an object somehow tied to the unknown cause of the wizarding decline. But as she struggles to show any ability at all, she is unsure if she even belongs in their world. What role can a neglected street beggar have in events that wizarding schools of all the world may soon be part of?

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 12/20/08 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 - The Care of Tragical Creatures

Geee... Poot Asouby passed.. at least he had a long flight in the forest before that. But I'm afraid Marissa will be totalled. Hope the poor gir doesn't believe it's her faul... And she finds a new friend still featherless macaw friend... who apparently is as fiesty as old Asouby was.

BTW, lovely detail that of the guano gathering. It's a noble tradition and seems like a hell of a field trip. Very educational, too!

Constance's vision is more and more intriguing, especially after that encounter in the train and now it seems to match Marissa's 'inexistent' Boggart. I really hope she would open up at least to Merrythought.

I have a halfmind that stupid wand is what's keeping Marissa from doing proper magic, because she certainly is overflowing with it! Perhaps it's also that in such a protecter place her powers don't snap. After all, the times she did those amazing things either her friends of her were in danger...

On a side note, I've begun noticing the very funny and suitable last names you gave to your professors. I mean Esquecido is rather ironical for someone who should rememer dates, names, places and such. Then Guerra and Estalafala... hehehe! Lovely!!

Author's Response: Always nice to have a new reviewer. I'm glad you're enjoying Marissa's story and also noticed the character names. Of course only if you know the Portuguese translation do you see how blatant they are. J.K. Rowling was quite creative with her names, so I try to carry on the tradition. Strangely enough it wasn't until some time after choosing another professor's name that I found out what a 'merrythought' was, and how it could also be somewhat symbolic to the story.

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 01/31/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - The Tale of the Quill

Great chapter as usual!

I just knew the instant you gave Marissa the first weird bird dream... She was this special bond with the baby macaw right? Maybe she's a mesomorph... Or something like that. I wonder, will she be wise and come to Merrythought about it?
That's awesome! I'm quite sure it'll come in handy in the future... And I have the feeling she'd be at least a decent flier, if her teacher was an aceptable PERSON, let alone teacher!

I'm utterly curious about Anna's story. I'm guessing his Dad was murdered, quite probably before her eyes... *shudders*

It's interesting to see Marissa is making more and more friends. And bonding more with them,

I had overlooked the detail... Not only it's a crappy wand, it also did not choose her!! I wonder, how could Merrythought overlook that crucial detail!? It's highly suspicious....

I like how Poff. Guerra holds her in such a high seteem. She is indeed a fighter!

Kudos for a great chap!

Author's Response: Thank you for your comments. Yes, Marissa has a special bond with the baby macaw that is an important part of the story (that's why he's been sitting on her shoulder in the story banner for three months before he was introduced). Soon Marissa will find what that bond leads to.

The Lions of Gryffindor by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: It is June 1976 and The Marauders are at the top of their game. From the outside they look to have everything.But appearances, as the saying goes, can be deceptive.

James is discovering that not everything in life is his for the taking. Sirius knows he will have to defy his formidable family. Remus lives in constant fear of his life beyond Hogwarts. As for Peter... Well, Peter is struggling to live up to his friends.

The ties of friendship are strong, but war is raging and with a dark power rising those ties will inevitably fray.

Added to the mix is an adversary called Severus Snape, some lost House Points, a prank or two and a whole lot of Lily.

This is a Marauder tale.

This is a story of what made them special.

This is a story of why it started to go wrong for The Lions of Gryffindor.

OH MY GOOD GODRIC! Lions of Gryffindor won the 2009 QSQ for Best Marauders' Era Story. Amazed and incredibly grateful to those who nominated, judged and have beta'd this fic. THANK YOU.

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Trick or Treat!
3. She clicks on her mouse and swipes her wand;
Some stories go up, and some stories are gone.
Stories of her own? Why, she has plenty!
Fewer than one-hundred, but far more than twenty.

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/21/09 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 - Slythy Fen.

So this Rich character seems interesting, charming and slightly fishy, I have to admit.

It's not gold all that shines... Drop dead gorgeous and all. And he was also seeking for Slythy's brithplace I pressume, as he was a wizard. You did not make any coments about his approximate age, did you?

As for what we learn about Jame's accident, well, it was to be expected that dear old Snapey had something to do with it. I do like Sev inspite of everything. He's one of the most tragical and strong characters of the books, his life has been even nastier than Harry's and after Dumbledore's death he was confined to the core of the Death Eaters, no way out and hated by everyone for a crime he did not quite commit. (Meaning Albus wanted to be killed and was going to die anyway...)

I think your story is the perfect prequel to the cannon series. You might want to give Rowling one or two tips! Hehehe! Learning about that nasty trick from Snape and his friends was what Lily needed to really cut the bond. To see exactly what Sev was toying with. (I never really bought that a single 'mudblood' was all that took for a seven-year-long friendship to end, c'mon!)
Also, it helps explain why was Snape so 'determined' to save Harry during SS! Not olny his Dad had saved Sev when he got cold feet during that prank... He was also awful guilty for nearly killing James afterwards!!!

Bloody brilliant!

Even so, I think Lily needs some more convincing... Maybe I'm just too forgiving, but I'd still try to give him a had and make Snapey make peace with The Force! Hehehe!

Kudos for a great chap!! =)

Author's Response: Thank you for the fabulous review. I'm fanning my face at your compliments. WOW! I think I said Rich was early twenties and yeah, fairly gorgeous (think Nick Stokes in CSI but not Texan.) I'm glad you picked up that he was fishy... Hmmm, Lily and Snape. I hate the way he treats Neville later, I can't get past that. However, I'm firmly of the opinion that Lily would never have been romantically involved with him. I think the Charms incident from first year has changed her view slightly.

Thank you again.

Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 03/27/09 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 Journeys to King's Cross

If she's muggleborn maybe the Auror's charms drove her folks away? Or there really was DE activity and they snatched her before entering the Platform???

Oh, and Lily certainly is warming up to James... or perhaps 'de-drozing'.

Away I'm sure young Lily's mystery crush will soon be revealed as say... new Defense teacher??

I have to say, my heart's in pain for poor old Remus. I fear his first love will come out as a tragedy, especially given the way you've characterized his dad... Poor darling, all he wants is a bit of average in his life!

As for Petey, I thought it was very intelligent and interesting to have him meet and interact with Crouchy Jr. like that... I would certainly not put it past him to lure Peter in to the dark side out of spite (for having a mum that puts work back for him...)

BTW, that comment "And Barty wasn’t reallythat bad, he supposed, for a Slytherin." YET is the key missing word in the sentence I guess... I was grinning like chesire from wonderland when I read it!

It is a big relief that Minerva chose to lie to James about his broom. And that he bought it.... As for the adorable lover-boy, I'm worried about his mum, too. But given his actions during breakfast I'm thinking he's more in denial about her Mum's illness than anything else.

On a more critical note, I noticed you felt out Lily's departure from home... It might have been interesting. I would have supposed her family went with the Snapes, since they lived close by and they were (or used to be) friends. It would have been cool to see Petunia throwing a fit over wizards...

Anyway, ubber thrilled you updated this fic. Kuddos for an interesting chapter that hints up on what is likely to go on in the future... Can't wait to read on!

Please update again soon!!!

- K

Author's Response: I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long to respond to your amazing review. Very slack of me - I usually respond straight away. I really like how you're decifering the story ... possibly correctly ;-). James certainly is in deniel, poor love but it's poor old Remus who I feel most sorry for. *sighs as she loves her Remus*.

I take yor point about Lily and Snape's journey to King's Cross. It could have been interesting but I was trying to focus more on my boys because Lily had hogged the last three chapters. Thanks again for reviewin. Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/04/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Turning Point

I cna only say this on Snape's defense... when you're hanging upside down there isn't much room for thinking what to say!
Nice chapter!
Puzzling that James seemed to see Harry peeking on them!
Remus's outburst was perfect! Kudos to that!
I like this story so far, and I'm not a bif fan of marauder era tales! That's meant to be a compliment... btw!
I'll keep reading!

Author's Response: Thank you! I#m pleased that you're enjoying the story especially as you're not a Marauder fan. The Harry Pensieve moment was a 'what if?' question that I put to myself one day when I was trying to think of reasons James would start growing up. So that spawned an 800 word story which became a one-shot which then became a chaptered fic. I should stop asking 'what if?' really. I'm so pleased you liked Remus' outburst. I can't believe he was always so calm and reasoned given that he ran out on Tonks a few times. Thank you Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/04/09 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2- Advice From The Fat Lady

I LOVE your endings! Only read two... but still! Loving it so far!
That Quidditch captain was a real git!!
Gonna read some more! ;)

Author's Response: Yes, i loathe McLaggan as well. Like father, like son! Thanks for the review. Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/04/09 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 - A Wand, a Boggart and a Wager.

“Moony, put that girl down! We’ve got work to do.”

LOL!!!!!!! A lot!

GREAT chapter! I loooove this story! The Wager! Great one!

And Lily's coment about James and failure! Marvellous! I love your conversations! :)

Author's Response: OOOH, you've made my day. That line of Sirius' to Remus is my favourite in that chapter. I still chuckle a bit when I think of it. Plus I really was to be one of the girls on the bank. Thanks Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/04/09 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 - The Bowtruckle Challenge


How do you do it!? This grand finales you write!! It's amazing! You like me thirving for more!!

Congrats on the (un)expected twist! I had always wondered how was it that Lilly had the 'click' that made her see James under a different light! You gave it here! The fact that Lily saved him from a horrible death, the one he wrost feared in a muggle way is the cherry that tops the icecream!!

Kudos! Double kudos! Bravo!!

Author's Response: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My cheeks hurt from grinning so much at your reviews. This chapter was one I couldn't wait to write. There's a few more 'clicks' for Lily to go through before she starts to see him romantically. Carole xxx

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 02/04/09 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6- Godric's Hollow.

And yet again LOL!!!

You're a gem! You know it right???

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm very pleased you're enjoying this. Carole xxx

Tale of the Pumpkin Thief by Kerichi

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •

No one stole from Scorpius Malfoy unless he allowed it.

*A Scorpius/Rose Halloween story*

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 07/07/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ooooowwwhh!! Awesome!!! I hadn't read this one before!! It was quite interesting...

Darling little Scorpious... tricking Rosie liek that tut-tut! She should have known, thought!! And Snape was certainly more scary than the Shiecking Shack!!

Author's Response: He didn't really know if James' idea would be better or not, he was just hedging his bet. :D I have a ginormous soft spot for Snape, so I think his face would be more visually interesting, lol.

Alexandra Quick and the Lands Below by Inverarity

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

Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.

This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.

Reviewer: Kantaka Signed
Date: 04/20/09 Title: Chapter 27: Her Father's Bidding

I have a suspicion that Alex hearing Hagar flapping around her window was not totally accidental. In fact I could almost vow 'Daddy' knew all along how convicing Alex could be with Max.

That Machiavelian man was actually trying to coerce Max into letting Alex know... and then, Ooopsy! Look, she found out herself and even did HIS dirty job herself!!

Plus, there's the 'he did not look quite as surprized as she expected him to be'... Don't like it one bit.

Anyway, mistrut towards Abe Thorn included, loved the chap!!

I like this subtle change in Alex, her reasoning and her 'dark side' as well. She might make a fine lawyer... those were quite on the spot arguments!!

As usual, can't wait to read more!! Kuddos!!!
Masterpiece as usual...