I am a huge Harry Potter fan and appreciate the numerous talented people who put their time and effort into writing the wonderful fan fiction stories. I just submitted my first fanfic, "Harry Potter and the Reflection of Darkness". Please read and review if you have the time.
I LOVE this story!!! Don't feel like you have to apologize for a "heavy" chapter. You have to have the characters go through the ups and downs otherwise it gets too fluffy. That's what makes your story so wonderful. You have brought up some real issues the characters will have to work through and I can't wait until you post the next chapter.
Author's Response: It's so funny that you were reviewing while I was formatting chapter 8! When I was finally finished, I came back to my account and saw that I had seven new reviews! It was so great! Anyway... thank you for all your wonderful compliments. I've worked at keeping Harry and Ginny in character, and that's why it was drawn out. Like you said in another review, far too many fics have H/G moving far too quickly, and I wanted to slow it down. Also, thanks for recognizing that sometimes chapters have to be heavy. :) Thank you so much for all of your wonderful reviews!
You have no idea how happy I was to see a new chapter!!! I am so very glad you are back and I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter. You have such a nice flair for writing and the parts with the Weasleys are my favorites. The whole section with the boys embarrasing Ginny with all of the nicknames was brilliant. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE update soon. By the way, if you have time, I am shamelessly asking people to read and review my first fanfic. It's called "Harry Potter and the Reflection of Darkness" and it's in the romance section under H/G and R/Hr.
Author's Response: Thanks for all the compliments! I'm glad that I finally felt inspired to write something. I also love the nickname part... I've been the victim of that myself, seeing as there's about five billion ways to make nicknames out of "Catherine." :) And as for the shameless promotion... honey, we all do it. :D Thanks for another wonderful review!
Fantastic chapter. Ron was right on and I am so glad he wasn't too upset, more just disappointed that they hadn't told him sooner. I also loved that Ginny stressed how guilty she felt about not telling Dean. I know a few people were upset after the last chapter when I suggested Ginny was OOC, but I think one should be honest when reviewing - that's one of the main purposes. As the author you should go with your instincts and being OOC isn't necessarily a bad thing, just as long as it doesn't get completely out of control. *gets down off of soapbox* Anyway, I think this is one of the best stories I've read and I can't wait until you post again.
Author's Response: I wasn't upset that you suggested Ginny was OOC... although I suppose it came off that way. I guess I don't really do well with criticism, even if it is presented in a politely constructive way like yours was. Thank you for being honest! Your reviews are so wonderful... honestly, sometimes I get tired of responding to the "OMG it was grate update NOW!!1!" (I'll probably be flamed for saying that... oh well... ;) ) Please, stay on your soapbox... it's good for me to hear what my readers think. :D Thank you for such a great review, Czarina!
What's all this about ending the story??? You can't end it now - it's too good and I can't wait to see how Bill is going to react. I loved Harry and Ron running into Luna and the closet antics of Harry and Ginny. This is too good of a story to end.
Awesome job once again! I loved the dialogue from the chessmen and the fact that every once in awhile Ron gets to be better at something than Harry. This is a great chapter and I can't wait until you post again. Thanks so much for the dedication at the beginning - it was so thoughtful and I remain a very loyal reviewer.
Author's Response: awwww- thank YOU!!! your reveiws are always so thoughtful! thats one thing i like better here than on fanfic. you can reply to reviews! update submitted today!
WOW! Very cool chapter. You've taken that "artistic license" I gave you and drove off into the sunset with it - LOL! I am so intrigued by the dream and its connection to his "undoing". It was really amusing how Harry knew how to get down the whole time and couldn't get a word in edgewise to tell anyone. That trailer rocked! I can't wait to read your next story, so please let us know when you plan to start posting it.
Author's Response: I definately will! I have about 7 chapters in so far- but only through chapter 4 of the beginning. I have chapter 6 and some others, but... yeah- I just cant seem to write in order! Yay to a "rockin trailer" Im so glad u approve!!! Hehehe- off into the sunset, eh? That soulds nice- can I get a white horse, a beautiful man and a beer to go with that?
Let me explain a bit about my thoughts on the Deceasengamot from my previous review. I really like the idea, but when I read it I thought of it more of a kind of Purgatory and sort of like it prevented them from going on to Heaven or whatever one's conception of life after death is. I think maybe if you go into more detail about it being almost like an honor, as you said, it would make it more clear. Do those who get to sit on the Deceasengamot have a past such as the Potters - murdered innocents? It might be a cool idea if once the one responsible for their death is judged and condemned they get to go on to Heaven - kind of like they get a chance at justice or something. Anyway, I think the story is great and I'm really enjoying it.
Author's Response: good point. and actually, now that I think about it- a lot more will be explained in the next 'book'. But I will do as you've suggested for sure, and make it so ppl can understand that to be elected onto the Deceasengamot is something like the highest honour a witch or wizard can have. Thanks for pointing it out!!!
This chapter had quite a bit to take it! It was quite emotional and I think you had some good points. I think you covered Ron acting like a drama queen quite well by explaining the lasting effects of the brain injury, I'm just having a hard time picturing he and Harry having such an emotional breakdown together - I'm surprised Harry didn't get a bit suspicious. That said, I can't wait to see what's up in the next chapter. I'm thinking about title suggestions for your next story in the meantime.
Author's Response: Thanks about the "Ron" thing- it was SOO hard- thats why the story was rejected 8 million times (oh, and when i finally got it right, they were like 'formatting!!" GRRRRRR!) anyway.... i had to try not to make it "forced sounding" and it was pointed out that it still kind of was, but eh, one can only add so much. Good call- I wonder why Harry didn't get suspicious too. I guess he was just too busy trying o decide whether or not to drop the "P-Bomb" yay title suggestions!
I really liked this chapter. You have Hermione so in character and I could picture her reacting exactly as she did - no tears or screaming, she started to think about it and I can tell she'll probably figure out something major hidden in the words. Harry and Ginny are great together and have a nice balance without being too fluffy. As for the title of the next fic, I'd say to keep to something about the Prophecy - maybe "HP and the Power of the Prophecy" or "Potions, Prophecies and Peril"? Sorry I can't suggest something better - it's been a long day. Oh - you knock my socks off too! Excellent writing - 10/10
Author's Response: Yup- Mione will definately deduct something major- but i'm not telling!! U have to wait till something like chapter 13. PBBBBTTT!!! :-P Hmmm- I like "power of the prophecy"- i think it fits more for book "seven"... yup. A sequel to the sequel of the sequel. WOah. THat's a lot of "sequel" usage! LOL!
Excellent chapter. I love Kingsley and was glad to see him included. The antiques shop was a great idea and Harry could certainly use a pensieve. I can't wait to read the next chapter.
Author's Response: I like Kingsley, too. It just seemed right that he would be the type of character to know how to shop for witches. To me anyway. There's a lot more where that Pensieve came from, and I hope you'll still be here to find out! p.s. thanks for your other reviews (there were like, 3!! yay!)
I loved "The Mystery Letter" and I am so happy you wrote a continuation. The first chapter is great and I look forward to more.
I love that Harry bought Ginny a cat and I have complete confidence that he will, in true Harry form, mess something up later and avoid being too syrupy. Really good chapter - I look forward to the next one.
Author's Response: I'm looking forward to the next chap., too. Ron gets some 'revenge' on Harry when they.... dont say it, stop right there. HA. Anyway- I think I am going to post on "fanfiction.net" too, b/c it takes way too long here. I'll let u know when I do. thanks for reviewing!
It's nice to see someone waiting on Mrs. Weasley for once - that poor woman deserves a break! I really liked this chapter. Keep up the good work.
Wow, you certainly answered the call of those who wanted a little more angst! Brilliant idea about the Deceascengamot, but it's so sad to think of Harry's parents and Cedric in a place like that. I can't wait to see what they have in store for Voldemort when he arrives - LOL!
Author's Response: that's interesting how you think it's sad to see the Potters and Cedric in the Deceasengamot. I guess I sort of thought of it as the highest compliment- "only the pure may judge on this court". Something comparative to the Wizangamot in the living world. Hmmm- do you think I should elaborate on this more?? actually- come to think of it- I am. In the next book (fic, w/e). Thanks!
Another great chapter! I love how Harry referred to Dobby as a friend and how Harry didn't try to put any moves on Ginny just because they shared a bed together. Can't wait to read the sequel and I have to be biased and vote for "Power of the Prophecy". I looked for "Taking Control", but I can't seem to locate it. Happy Birthday!
Author's Response: yeah- taking control is STILL in the queue. I'm planning on shooting them a quick email tonite to be like "Um, hello?? what's taking so long?" taking control is on fanfiction.net, right next to SaGp and Mystery LEtter. I hope you'll read it there!!! K- i've got your vote, and i'll definately write it down!
Excellent! I loved the self-exploding toilet seats - they were so Fred and George. The only thing I found strange was Harry calling Ginny "babe" - it doesn't seem to fit his personality.
Author's Response: yeha- i'm having a lot of problems coming up with "pet names" for ginny from Harry. if you have any ideas, i would love to hear them!!! thanks for the review!! i really appreciate it!
Holy mother of Merlin!!! That was quite a chapter - lots to take in. I am so intrigued by Dumbledore's scar and I can't wait to hear the story behind that one. I thought it was also a good point to have Dumbledore point out that maybe it would be better for Harry to tell his friends about the Prophecy now because I agree that they really need to know. Keep up the good work. I was so excited when I logged on and saw you had two new chapters up. Thanks again for the shout out at the beginning of the chapter. I like to review after each chapter because I think it helps encourage the writer and I like to show my support. Sorry about the long-winded review!
Author's Response: Hahaha- we are definately online at the same time right now. I just refreshed and this one popped up. No need to apologize about long winded reviews- I LOVE THEM!! DD's scar will be coming up in the next fic- hope that doesn't disappoint you! I'm going to add the next chapter right now- my mod (bandgeek06 aka Chelsea)- she's SUPER patient with me- and doesn't ask me to elaborate on things (like DD's scar) because she understands that it would ultimately ruin the plotline. I have to say it's excellent having a mod that actually FOLLOWS the story outside modding. Yay!
I was so happy to see a new chapter posted :-) I loved how you took apart the Prophecy and really analyzed it. I've always thought there was more to it because the first and last lines are different in a very subtle way and sometimes it's the tiniest thing that ends up being so important. I laughed about Hermione and Ron having sex, mainly because after five years of foreplay I didn't think they could wait much longer. I'm all for Ginny and Harry shagging each other senseless, but not so sure about the baby. I see where you're going with it, but I just think that after having such a hard life, Harry needs time to have a happy life with Ginny for awhile after he defeats the Dark Lord. I just think they are way too young for a baby.
Author's Response: Hahhaha- too true, on the "5 years of foreplay" thing. I couldn't agree more. Hah- I'm definately getting some AWESOME and thought-provoking feedback on the prophecy and Hermione's interp.... and I LOVE IT! Cheers for happy relationships!
By the way, have a very Happy Birthday!!!
Author's Response: THANK YOU!!!!!!
You are brilliant!!! I loved the bunny slippers and you have Dumbledore so in character it's like JKR is writing it. The thing I've always loved about him is that he's brilliant, but still has that bit of eccentricity about him. I agree with you that he's going to get bumped off eventually, but look at it this way - "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure". He's a wise man.
Author's Response: That is my absolute favorite HP quote!!! i love it!!! And yes- DD is my fave, so I tried to keep him just the way he is- PERFECT. Look for a new one shot by me- "Taking Control" it's dark and angsty, i hope u like it!