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.
Summary: PRE-HBP!!! Harry starts out his sixth year in sorrow at the loss of Sirius. Ginny helps him to overcome it, and our heroes learn a lot about life and love. This story has been completed! Special thanks to my mod, Danielle and to my fantastic readers!
Love the story so far. This chapted seemed a bit rushed, but it was well written. Each chapter ending has left me eager to read the next.
Author's Response: Thank you. I write spoilers for the intent that it will induce my readers to read on, or at least to simply drive them crazy and they reply and tell me it makes them crazy. That's always nice.;)
Good chapter - I am glad you updated. I promise not to give you a hard time about redeeming Percy. We all have good and bad in us and it is the decision which way we lean that's important. What I really liked was how Harry was going to give Percy a hard time and made the sudden realization that he had to let it go. It's something I think is a key difference that separates Harry from Voldemort. Nice job.
Author's Response: I find it interesting how much Voldemort esteems the "power of blood" but he can't understand the strongest blood tie there is which is that of the family. It's one of the things that he tries the hardest too destroy. Then, there's Harry who likewise, has never had a family but he's creating a family from his friends. It's a point I briefly go over in the sequel. It ultimately does boil down to the choices that you make. Voldemort and Harry were raised very similarly and see how different they have turned out. You make a great point and I appreciate your reviews greatly!
Excellent writing as always, but again way too short. Since you write so many chapters, though, I can forgive it. I am very glad Harry decided to listen for once - and that he made his decision based upon mistakes caused by his previous reactions. Can't wait until you update again. In the meantime, I'll think of some title suggestions for you.
Author's Response: You know, my one gripe with Harry is that for all he has gone through, he's very immature. I wanted to find a way to gracefully mature him, without making him seem too old. Thank you for the review! I actually have a few longer chapters coming, but not by much. Still working on it. ;)
Poor Ron is having a bad year already! First Harry and Ginny, now the return of Krum. Oh - and I loved how Ginny only told Ron she was going out with Dean to make him mad.
Author's Response: Typical Ron. He is so much fun to torment in my story. I'm starting to feel bad for him, though.
Got to love that evil Malfoy git! Ithink it's great that you're going to make your male characters sensitive. What's more romantic than that?
Author's Response: A sensitive guy is the most romantic thing in the world, excluding a sensitive guy that takes you to see the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Sadly, I haven't found that guy. :>( ;)
I adored the diaries. It was so great to see how the relationship between James and Lily evolved and the backstory about how Petunia came to despise Lily. I'm so glad I finally caught up on the chapters.
Author's Response: Thanks. The diaries were a lot of fun to write, just trying to come up with reasons and to put in some James-hating. Thanks for all these reviews!
Ron seriously needs to get together with Hermione so he can leave Harry and Ginny alone. I love the fact that Ginny doesn't let anyone get to her and that she has such great comebacks.
Author's Response: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Agreed.
You've got Hermione's character down perfectly. I hope Ron gets over being upset soon.
Author's Response: Thank you! I absolutely love Hermione, it's lots of fun to write her. Ron's an idiot sometimes.
Great chapter. I think Harry would have gone out of his way by now to smooth things over with Ron though. My one main gripe about GOF was that Harry and Ron's fight went on for too long - I just like them so much more as friends.
Author's Response: A little fight between those two is good once in a while. They have conflicting personalities, it makes sense. However, the fights shouldn't be long and drawn out. Also, I've kind of noticed that Ron usually gets upset over little things. That may change soon...
I'm not particularly fond of the idea that there are other prophecies out there besides the original one, but this was very well done and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It looks as though things are certainly getting much darker now and your teaser has me quite intrigued. I look forward to the update!
Author's Response: Thank you! One of the reasons that I love fanfiction is that you get a lot of different takes on how there should go. I myself hope that JKR won't pull another prophecy out on us, but it was fun to imagine here. Thanks so much for the review, I'm working on getting a couple more chapters finished before I update, but at last! I've had a brainwave!!!
Very good transitional chapter. I love the sense of forboding and I can't wait to see who the new Minister of Magic will be.
Author's Response: Thank you. I did spend quite awhile dealing with the fluff and I knew I had to get out of it, while still retaining elements, cause in all honestly, that's most people's favorite part;) Next chapter is in queue!
I'm so glad Harry and Ron made up! I also love that Harry partnered with Neville for practice. I think he's realizing how important friendship is and is more aware of other people's feelings. Good job!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your reviews, It's so nice to get constructive criticism from the people that these stories matter the most too!
I really like the idea of Harry helping with the DADA classes. I finally figured out Ginny's gift and it will be interesting to see what she does with it. One question - what happened to Viktor's accent? It just fit his character so well. Keep up the good writing.
Author's Response: In my original story, Krum does have an accent. I always liked the accents but it's difficult to remember, as I'm not the fastest typer. I sacrificed the accent for faster updates.
Truly awesome job! I thought the part about Harry being marked for greatness, but not necessarily for good was fantastic. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank you!!! I thought so hard about writing that part and what Lupin (and Dumbledore) could say that would mean anything to Harry. I"m glad you liked it!!!
I think it's okay that Cho wasn't evil - I don't think she was necessarily a bad person, just kind of weak emotionally. I hope Ginny isn't able to see everything, though. I guess if she could though, wouldn't she have already known in the beginning that Harry liked her and that she was going to be chaser?
Author's Response: I explain about Ginny's abilities in a future chapter. When I first put Cho in my story, a lot of people wanted to hate her. Gradually, they start to understand her(at least, they're willing to see her the way I do in my fic) and ultimately they decide, as you did, that she is emotionally weak but a "lovely person who made a little mistake" Or something like that. ;)
This chapter was good, but not one of my favorites. I wish we would have seen more romantic interaction between Harry and Ginny in previous chapters, maybe build on their feelings for each other more. Something just seems like it's missing. I do love the story in its entirety however and I think you are doing an awesome job. It is one of the better written fan fics I've read so far. I look forward to reading the next chapter.
Author's Response: It's hard to build up what seems to be a realistic relationship with characters that are so young. To me, the Harry Potter kids wouldn't be having sordid love affairs, it isn't in line with JKR's vision and I do want my story to seem like it's based off that. I'm working on getting more of that idea in though. I've got a lot of writing to do this weekend. Normally, I'm about five chapters ahead, now I'm about two. You've been a great reviewer! Keep it up!
"Emotionally constipated" - I LOVE it! :-)
Author's Response: Yeah, whenever I'm mad at my dad, I use that phrase to describe him. Seems to work for Ron as well...
Excellent chapter! My favorite part was when Ginny told Harry she loved...summertime. My heart did a little flip there, too :-) The end of the chapter was very forboding, so I am really looking forward to it.
Author's Response: Thanks! That was actually one of my favorite parts to right because I knew that everyone would get excited and then. . .ultimately be disappointed. I was even disappointed and I was the one who wrote it! Thanks again for the review and I intend to get started on putting in the chapter soon!
This was SO good...only way too short. Poor Tonks, I feel so bad for her. I loved the part where Harry tells her that losing a loved one never really goes away because it doesn't. I think that time makes you better able to deal with it, but that loss will always be a part of who you are. Great job and I look forward to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I put a lot of my own feelings and emotions into Harry's little speech there. At first I worried that Harry wouldn't be able to pull that line off, but then I realized, if anybody knows about loss it's him. As I've said before, one of my few gripes with OOTP is that Harry is far to whiney. I like him better in HBP because he learns that he can move on and live despite sorrow. Thank you so much for this review! It's always great to hear from you!
Very sad that Percy died, but I really don't like him, so I wasn't that upset. I feel bad for the family members he left behind and I think you gave him some dignity in death by showing that he saved his father. I enjoyed the chapter very much and the only negative thing I have to point out is that there are a few typos. A minor point, but I felt I should let you know.
Author's Response: I like that thought. You don't have to feel bad for the character being gone, but instead feeling bad for the family. Thank you very much. I'll have to remember to go back and fix my typos.