Hey, My name is Philippa although I'm mainly called Phily. I'm 17 and live in England.
I'm new-ish to writing as you can see, but really enjoy it and i also love to beta read and make banners for people! So if you're in need of a beta or a banner let me know! You can find me over at the forums where my username is phily.
Thanks to Visceral Love for the amazing banner!
Banner by me!
The HP Boy Marriage Quiz made by Sapphire.
The Flaw in Perfection: I'm also working on a James/Lily fic at the moment. I have the first chapter finally up here and I'm so happy about it! I have two other chapters written but it was a while ago so I am going back to re-draft them at the mo. I will keep the fic's progress posted up here! :D
Chapter 2 is up!
Victims of a Love Potion: I actually wrote this for the Hufflepuff Valentine's Day challenge on the forums and decided I would submit it to MNFF. I didn't think it would be my first story but am very glad it is! :D
My belief in you: This is my newest fic on here. It's an entry into the new years challenge, the belief prompt. It is a kind of sad, dark-ish Harry and Ginny romance with a hopeful message coming through (I hope) Hehe :)
A reflection of Feelings: This is a Remus/Tonks Valentine's day one-shot written for the secret badger gift exchange over at the forums. It is a present for my wonderful fellow 'Puff, Lindsey! :)
De-gnoming the Garden: This is a Ron/Hermione one-shot which was originally written for the Skele-Gro challenge on the forums.
Finally, I have started writing a chaptered Sirius/OC romance/angsty fic. It was going to be a one-shot for the February challenge on the forums but I want to expand it and really get into it, rather than have a deadline! :) Look out for the prologue which is also CURRENTLY BEING BETA-D! :D
I have my very first poem ready to go! It is linked with 'The Flaw in Perfection' and is from Lily's view.
Anyway, hope you enjoy reading! Look out for more soon! :D
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Very pretty banner by Wulfric Brain Dumbledore (Edwina). Thank you! :)
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And now on to the stories...
Summary: ...Hermione smiled, glancing up into her new husband's face. "It's beautiful out here," she whispered. "Yes," Harry replied softly, staring into his wife's eyes intently, "it certainly is." (One Shot)
This is such a beautiful one-shot. The beginning is so perfect that when you let on it was a dream, it was even more sad. It is a wonderful piece of writing though and the imagery allows the reader to feel exactly in the moment alongside Hermione.
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.
I'm sure I've reviewed this before... Well, this time around (third time reading ;) ) I have been using your fic to study as part of a class on the beta boards. I was actually looking at your portrayal of a child's view (Molly) in the fic but I was going to review in general.
Firstly, I have to say that the whole thing makes me cry. The way you have put Harry's point of view across is so wonderfully done. The reader knows exactly why he puts on a brave face and exactly why he acts as he does, yet they also get an insight into what Harry is really thinking.
The whole idea of going to see Ginny again makes the ending even lovelier. It is not a death where you feel people are left behind and won't cope; it is clear that Hermione, Ron and Harry's children will go on and live their lives with a memory but they will move on in some way. The idea that Harry goes to Ginny again makes it so much more touching. He feels hope in death as well as sadness.
Being the perfectionist I am, I had two things to say:
" “Goodbye Harry, I’ll miss you.”" There should really be a comma between 'goodbye' and 'Harry'.
"It sounded like he put a whole in the wall of your new house…” " Whole? I do believe it should be hole. :)
Apart from that, my grammar eyes didn't pick anything out. :D
Again, I just wanted to say that I thought this was a beautiful piece of writing showing perfectly how death affects a range of people from children to old friends to loved ones already lost. Amazing writing!
Author's Response: Ah, yes, well, I don\'t have perfect grammar, I admit it. I also think some of that is a function of my political writing. I\'m writing so fast and furious on a daily basis that I\'ve gotten out of the habit of delivering much more than a very cursory check of my grammar. Luckily, while I don\'t have perfect grammar, I don\'t think I\'m too bad, and I don\'t often have a whole lot of errors even after only the first draft (to be fair, I don\'t write drafts, I write a first draft, make a couple of corrections, and post). Criticism out of the way, I\'m almost positive you have reviewed this before, but I can\'t be sure. In any case thank you ever so much. I\'m honored you not only read and reviewed, but that this is apparently your third time through. That\'s good writing, as far as I\'m concerned, having something that people are willing to go back to after the first read through. Especially if there\'s still affect. Though, and it\'s been a LONG time since I wrote this and my memory isn\'t so clear, but Molly in this is I want to say pushing thirty here? She\'s about eleven years younger than Tom, and Harry is about, hold on...twenty five years older than tom, and I think Tom was about forty in this so, yeah, that would put Molly at just under thirty. Though the specific ages don\'t matter, in fact the specific anythings don\'t particularly matter. Which brings me to something I\'ve always found interesting with this fic. Many of the reviews for this story are one lines \"thank you this touched me,\" that kind of thing, but for the longer, more introspective reviews, I\'ve noticed that there is such a wide variety of interpretations, which pleases me greatly. It means that what I had intended to do was for the most part a success. I wanted this experience to be empty enough so that the reader could fill in their own blanks and make the experience their own. We have enough history and backstory to fill in some of the blanks, but the deep meanings and emotions and reactions I wanted to be left to the reader to interpret and internalize. Some have called this story incredibly sad, others almost joyous. Who am I to say? I\'ve already had my go at it, and I don\'t think my opinion matters much anymore. What does is that people who do read this get something that is meaningful and important to them. So, again, thank you ever so much, and I promise I will get start working on the next chapter to Part III soon... if you care that is.
Summary: *Nominated for 2006 Annual Quicksilver Quills Awards for Best Original Character in reference to Rathius Ratbone*
It is Ginny's last year at Hogwarts, and the lessons she will learn are not restricted to books and classes. As she struggles to hold onto that which she holds most dear, the youngest Weasley will come to learn much about love, friendship, and herself.
This is the fifth story in the Epilogues story arc. If this is the first of my stories you have sat down to read, please read Right Here, One Good Day, and Epilogues Part I prior to reading this fic.
I've read your story throughout and have absolutely loved it! I think you really are such a talented writer! This was actually the first story i read on MNFF (I've no idea how i got here) and everything else has been compared to it. Trully amazing writing! Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I\'m honored. I can only hope that I continue to meet your expectations in the final part of Epilogues.
Hehe! I just re-read this last chapter again and thought I would leave a review for you! I love this! It makes me grin and it reminded me of what a fabulous writer you are! I have been lagging behind on the reading lately but I will definately get to part III. Although, I would like to re-read part two first! :)
Thanks for such a great story!
Author's Response: Thank you so much Phily. I\'m ever so glad you liked it. I think the scariest chapter to write for any story is the last one because from there on, you don\'t get any second chances. You can\'t write yourself back in the reader\'s good graces after that, so you better make sure you end, not necessarily on a good note, but at least on a satisfying one. To be called a fabulous writer is, truly, very flattering, so I guess I did something right. It is also, of course, very high praise to be told that the story you have written must be reread... There are very few books that I read more than once, and these books are such a part of me, that I can only imagine that anyone who is willing to reread something has been touched by that story in someway, so, there you go. Please do reread this story again, I don\'t mind, I can wait for you to get to part III, and in all truth, I think maybe it\'s for the best. There are a few VERY important details that are buried in Part II, and being rather familiar with that story may give you a leg up when you move on to part III. Anyway, whichever way you choose, I thank you very much, and i can\'t wait to see you at Part III.
Hello there, I've decided that (as I only have a little longer left until summer holidays) that I would re-read this before moving onto part three. :) This was actually the first story I stumbled across on MNFF, or indeed any Harry Potter fan fiction, and I have no idea how I found this but I'm exceedingly glad I did! Last time it never occured to me to review each chapter in turn but I feel that you may be hearing a lot more from me this time around.
Now, to the chapter... Perfect beginning in my opinion. It tells the history of the past few weeks in an easy way so it doesn't seem like the reader becomes bogged down in the re-telling of past events. It also gets the you right into the middle of Ginny's situation and sets up the story in a firm way. The little cliffhanger is just enough to make you wonder; although I sort of know what's going to happen. ;)
I have nothing to say on a con-crit front to be honest. Very good! I'll see you at chapter 2 as soon as I can get there!
Author's Response: HAHAH! WOW! YES! I love reviews, and I will not in the slightest complain should you choose to review every chapter here! I\'m glad you liked the beginning, and I think this opening chapter at least the concept of it, was kind of the inspiration for the whole story as you see it. Granted, it takes a much more angsty twist not too far in, but everything I initially wanted the story to be is right here. And really, there\'s not much else to say as you pretty much did an absolutely succinct and wonderful job of identifying the chapter as it is. Thank you so much, and I\'ll see ya for the next one!
Summary: A compilation of the most commonly used Harry Potter clichés in the fandom. Features Angsty!Harry, Sweet!Draco, Head Dorms, sudden romances in the forms of Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny and of course, Draco/Hermione, because what's a cliché without them?
The Marauders also make an appearance in this fic, including Lily/Lily's best friend/Lily's other best friend.
Warning: mention of hippopotamuses inside.
Chapter Five is up! The story is done. Also, thank you to everyone who nominated this neatly tied bundle of ridiculousness in the QQ awards, I really appreciate it!
I thought that this story was pure genius! I laughed so much at all of Harry's angst and the Sparkly-Poo cheerleaders running in every so often. Fabulous ideas! I also thought it was very clever the way you wrote it with a mixture of a third person normal fic with the occasional added in opinion of the reader pointing out the cliches and so on.
Well done with this- it made me want to read through it all in one go and had me laughing extremely loudly!
Summary: Sirius Black discovers that being a godfather isn't always easy, but it can certainly be rewarding...
Aw! That was a great ending! Good idea! :) I like how you introduced Remus into it, and also Tonks. So, did Harry and Sirius end up um... being together? I'm guessing that you are leaving that to the reader's discression. Well, this has been an interesting read, and very thoughtful. Well done! You have a very clear writing style (not once did I have to re-read a sentence due to confusion) and I will be moving on to some of your other fics soon!
Author's Response: Thanks for the reviews! I think Sirius chose to return as Snuffles just because it was a \"safe\" way to be close to Harry without running into temptation (unless Harry has some secret kinkiness he\'s never told anyone about!!)
Hmmm, I was a little dubious about this at first, I must admit. However, after reading this first chapter I am intrigued by your take on love and gender in the magical world. It was really interesting to have your ideas explained through Sirius and it made the whole thing make sense. I noticed you have had varied reactions from other readers but I feel that, with a pairing such as this, it is to be expected. On close reading though, this isn't an 'uncomfortable' read! Your writing shows great skill and you have obviously been struck by inspiration as I have never seen a theory like this before. I must admit that this is the first slash fic I have read on MNFF and it has encouraged me and made me feel that they won't all make me squirm in my seat! Hehe! Well done on this! I will reading the last part a little later and I will, of course, leave a review! :)
Author's Response: Thank you!
Summary: Hermione wants to learn Occlumency, but Snape isn't known for doing favors out of sheer kindness. Both may learn something unexpected before it's all over...
This is a Book Five canon fic, hopefully fun and poignant. Enjoy.
Oh, gosh! I didn't see that coming! Lol, poor Snape having to deal with her. I never thought I would say 'poor Snape' about any situation! A slightly squirmy yet fabulous chapter all the same!
Author's Response: Thanks! Ch. 5 is still one of my all time favorites.
Wow, a soft side to him? Really? This is very well written, though, as you don't see it coming (a let up in his harsh exterior) and I think you have captured Snape's character perfectly. Well done!
Author's Response: *bows* thanks!
Oh my! A strange exchange for a student and teacher... hehe. As you can see I am back for more of your wonderful writing! :) Good opening chapter-short-ish, good pace and grabs your interest. I'll keep reading!
Author's Response: great! Hope you enjoy it!
A second great chapter! The plot thickens... I have to say you are very good at drawing my interest as I usually would steer well clear of Snape/Hermione but this seems promising!
Author's Response: Hee hee, yah, it has quite a bit of squick in it, not the least of which is the fact that she\'s still a student. But it has its moments--wait\'ll you get to Ch. 5.
I was planning to stop after chapter 1 for this evening (it's 1am at the mo) but this has somewhat captured my interest. I think that your potrayal of Hermione as a very strong and determined character is very true to her and Snape's reactions also very accurate. Good stuff! Maybe just one more chapter this evening... Hehe
Author's Response: It\'ll be there tomorrow, too...but I\'m glad you\'re hooked.
Summary: Snape is recuited to Romania to aide Charlie Weasley in preparing dragons for the TriWizard tournament. While there, however, Charlie develops a very strange and deadly illness, and Snape must somehow find a way to get him to St. Mungo's in time.
Entered for the Gauntlet "Journey to St. Mungo's" challenge by StaceyLC of Hufflepuff house.
I thought that the characterisation of Snape here was very interesting. I have never really liked him much, (do many people??) but from this point of view I found his comments funny. I could imagine him in this very situation, and your writing fits in with how I would imagine him to react, perfectly.
Also, this is a very unique idea for a story, I always like something different, well done you!
Thank you for the wonderful banner, I 'll keep reading!
Author's Response: Thanks. I had fun writing him this way, since it was set pre-HBP. So, I got to have more fun with him.
Summary: It's the Marauders' second year, and Remus is working diligently to make sure his secret stays in his and the Headmaster's eyes only. Oh how very wrong he is.
Hey, it's phily!
This worked for the first time in a few days so i'm quickly reviewing whilst i can!
I think your writing is fantastic! I especially liked the beginning, the way you set the scene without it being boring,and then subtly got into the story so that it wasn't like an introduction and then the story. Well done! As you know also love the Marauders so i will be reading your other story very soon, and (fingers crossed) be able to review it too!
Author's Response: Yay, thanks for the really nice review, Phily! Glad you liked it! :D
Summary: On a starry night, Hermione finally expresses her feelings about Ron.
This is for just_the_Contrary's final assinment for poetry.
Name: GinnyPotter on the boards, Gin_PotterGirl here
Hi again GinnyPotter!
I really like this poem, as the others said, it is very sweet! I particularly liked the use of the single words at the top of the first three stanzas. I'm no poetry expert, but this gave a good structure or form, pattern is probably the word I'm looking for! :)
I could never be brave enough to attempt poetry as I think it is a very difficult form of writing (not for everyone, obviously!) So well done for your fab poem, I really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Phily! Hi! Thanks for the review. -Gin
Summary: At the most difficult time of his life, Sirius Black reflects on what life used to be like (brothers, both alike), and how things changed to what life is like now - what it is like to be alone.
Written by crazy_purple_hp_freak of Slytherin for Just_the_contrary's Arithmancy class Final Assignment.
Wow, Suzie! Again, I’m not usually one for poetry but I thought this was fantastic! It is very powerful and makes you think very deeply. I think I just liked the very memorable listing type lines the best. Hmm maybe I’m not explaining clearly, for example:
“diffused with anger, tinged with regret”
“Oceans apart, worlds separate, separately grieving, saturated with regret.”
Really well done with this! :D I will definitely take a look at some of your other poetry at some point too because I really liked this!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing Phily! :) This was the first ever sestina that I\'d written and I wasn\'t really sure about much then, but I think it turned out okay. I\'m glad you like it, you should check out the poetry on this site - some of it is fantastic!
Summary: Ron and Hermione are in a rut this Christmas. They’re married, yet they don’t have that much money to buy each other gifts; especially after they have already bought all of their family and friends things.
Ron and Hermione both realize they know what to get each other, but when they go to buy it, they know they don’t have the money. They can’t get the gift.
Ron and Hermione realize that as long as they have each other, they’ll get through anything.
This was written for the Christmas Challenge, the prompt, Gift of the Magi. I am Ron x Hermione, of Hufflepuff.
Won second place in the Prompt!
Hi Lindsey, I've seen you around the forums and thought I would have a look at some of your writing! I'm Phily btw :) I know it's not Christmas still but I thought this was a really sweet story! I can definately imagine Ron and Hermione doing that for each other, and a little baby too! Hehe! Your writing style is very friendly and easy to read (which is what you want, right??) This made me smiley and I very much liked your little message at the end. Keep up the writing, I will continue to read more of your work as soon as I get the chance! Well done and I will see you around the forums!
Author's Response: Awww! Thanks so much, phily! LOL, I have seen you around the forums, too! Thanks so much for your lovely compliments, and yes, that\'s what I like to hear! That\'d be absolutely spifferifically fantastic if you would r nd r some more.. I\'ll check out some of your too! Thanks, ~Lindsey :)
Author's Response: LOL, and the things is, I didn\'t think that I would be getting any more reviews for this.. as it isn\'t Christmas.. lol
Summary: Its a quiet sort of day in the Gryffindor common room. The Marauders decide to lighten things up with a little Truth or Dare. But, they think that's boring. They have their own version......
Glad this was up so quickly! Really well done-i think your writing is great and i love this as a first chapter to get you interested! Looking forward to the next!
Author's Response: I hoped that this one would hook people. I hope that the next one will keep them reading.
Well done for chapter 2! :D Glad it's up here and everyone is enjoying the chapter! Just a tiny tip, you might want to use the
tags at the beginning of your story text to separate the author's note and the story. I know it can get a little confusing! Great writing once again and looking forward to the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks! There was a sperrating line in the preview when I submitted it, I dunno what happened to it.