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The Best Team in East Anglia by minnabird

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 8 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Every year, the best amateur Quidditch team in Suffolk faces off against the best team in Norfolk in the East Anglia Summer Tournament. Isobel Jones, one of exactly seven young witches and wizards in the tiny town of Eleigh St. Mary in Suffolk, decides that not only is she going to form a team for the tournament, her team is going to win it.

The problem? Well, let's see. One of her seven possible players is an utter klutz at Quidditch. Two others are often too busy with their school Quidditch teams to practice hard during the school year. And then there's just the little matter of getting to the finals, facing up against a team that's won two years running and isn't afraid to play dirty, and getting her team through the game unscathed...

"We'll win," she says. "We're going to prove that we’re the best team in East Anglia.”

People scoff. But her team believes - and that's all that really matters.


Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 06/10/13 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 4

Why no more chapters? I was really enjoying this.



The Darkness and the Light by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 153 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary:

Harry Potter had seen death - a lot of death. Friends had passed in his lifetime, more so than any one person should ever experience, but how much is too much, even for the Chosen One?

Ron Weasley is dead, leaving behind his wife and his best mate. How can these two cope with their Trio being cut down to two? And when danger lurks in the shadows, can they find the strength to fight for one another?

 


Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 11/12/13 Title: Chapter 17: Epilogue

Yes. Long journey.

Author's Response: Not sure whether that's good or bad, so how about a quick thank you for dropping in and saying hello!

~Jess



Tales of the Battle by Northumbrian

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 299 Reviews
Summary:
Over fifty people died at the Battle of Hogwarts. There are dozens of stories of loss, betrayal, heroism and sacrifice. These are some of those stories.

Nominated for: Best General (Chaptered) story – Quicksilver Quills 2011

Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 07/10/11 Title: Chapter 4: Protheroe's Perspective

What a sad emotional ending to a chapter.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review (and nice to see you here). Polly (as you know) reappears in other stories. I hope that you enjoy the rest of these tales. They are the foundation on which my other stories are built. -N-



Chocolate Frog by L A Moody

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 154 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: Amid the desolation of Diagon Alley, a tiny ray of hope lay buried. Nothing more than a tidbit amid the sweeping despair of Deathly Hallows, yet it would not let go of my imagination. Had I found the casually inserted pivotal clue that would rise like Nicolas Flamel from the pages of the first book? Or had I stumbled upon another Mark Evans: nothing but filler detail in the opening pages of The Order of the Phoenix, JKR having overlooked that he bore the same last name as Harry’s mother?

So I waited for my little gem to bear fruit, to become one of those climactic surprises we should have seen coming, but somehow overlooked. Only it never came to pass. The death count mounted to a staggering high, the epic moments came and went, Snape’s back story was finally revealed, and still nothing.

So it has lain, bereft and unwanted, among the detritus of a Diagon Alley the Death Eaters had turned into a bully’s playground. But in the intervening years, this rough diamond has become the inspiration for this story, spreading its tentacles into new and intriguing territories.

Although Harry mentions Chocolate Frog as the title of Mad-Eye Moody’s autobiography at the end of my previous tale, The Dark Phoenix, this version of the story goes beyond that. Nonetheless, the sections representing Moody’s memoirs are clearly labeled.

This story begins with events recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and continues beyond the end of the series. I have attempted to conform to canon as much as possible, elaborating only where the circumstances are vague or passed over. It is an interpretation of the events that happened behind the scenes, so to speak.

Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 05/28/13 Title: Chapter 41: Forty - One / Harry: The Ruins of Babylon

Worth the wait.

Author's Response: Thanks for making my day! That was the absolute sweetest comment of all. Hope you won’t lose heart waiting for the next installment. One chapter has morphed into four and it’s been a bit like wrestling a bear.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 05/09/12 Title: Chapter 33: Thirty - Three / Remus: Heaven and Hell

I have been reading this story for the last couple of nights and I am completely hooked. It is so original and yet based on cannon. In places the writing style positively glows. At this point I must say I think Ginny`s behaviour is disgraceful, but I expect you will sort it out. Waiting for more.

Author's Response: Without a doubt, those are the kindest words anyone has said to me! Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you got hooked into this tale.

I don’t have to tell you that Ginny’s main problem is that she’s immature. Barely seventeen and she’s been carted off to a cult of sports celebrity. Not so surprising that it goes to her head. It doesn’t help that her education was cut short: went into hiding during Easter term break after a sixth year that consisted mostly of planning insurrection. She’ll be back in the spotlight before much longer, don’t you worry.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 12/31/12 Title: Chapter 39: Thirty - Nine / Harry: A Visit to the Reliquary

This story has had its ups and downs, but they are all in a better place now.I just wish everybody in the world could have a New Year with the same to look forward to. Happy New year to all fanfiction writers and readers.

Author's Response: And a happy new year to you as well! But don't go thnkng this story is winding down. I still have some twists and turns in store to get the characters lined up for their roles in the epilogue.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 05/27/14 Title: Chapter 44: Forty - Four / Augusta Longbottom: Ragtag Renegades

"adored with House emblems." I think that should be adorned. I like this Aberforth.

Author's Response: Talk about a Freudian slip, lol! Thanks for catching that; I went back and fixed it during the small window that allows for edits without causing major disruptions with the remainder of the text. (I lost a major part of one afternoon making manual corrections to every other line of one chapter – and hope to never have to do so again for the sake of a single typo.)

Glad you like my take on Aberforth. I was certain there had to be a more nurturing side of him when he said that he was the one who was best able to connect with Ariana.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 10/20/14 Title: Chapter 45: Forty - Five / Augusta Longbottom: Perseverance & Prophecy

This has always been a great story with filled out characters, but this chapter was just pure delight.

Author's Response: Hope this gave you a good Neville-fix. I think his hero’s journey is as compelling as anyone’s. And certainly better than Ron’s…



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 12/28/13 Title: Chapter 43: Forty - Three / Augusta Longbottom: Every Garden Needs Sunshine

Always a pleasure to get another chapter in this huge saga.

Author's Response: Sorry to have kept you waiting so long. The tale’s not over yet. Thanks for not abandoning hope.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 06/04/15 Title: Chapter 46: Forty - Six / Harry: A Trick of the Moonlight

This whole thing has been a tour-de-force in expanding some of the characters who were not given their full stories in J, K.'s own work. Spellbound writing and Nev's gran is now my hero(ine).

Author's Response: It’s turned out to be a blessing that some characters never got fleshed out in canon. It’s so much fun to expand upon one note characters, such as Neville’s gran, and the one in the next chapter coming up. In many ways, it’s more difficult to take already established characters in new directions. Thank goodness that Snape has always been so much of an enigma that his character is more malleable than one would think (spoiler alert). Thanks so much for never losing sight of this story.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 08/26/13 Title: Chapter 42: Forty - Two / Augusta Longbottom: A Core of Pragmatism

Neviille is one of my favourite characters.

Author's Response: Music to my ears. You'll be please to know that a single Longbottom chapter managed to morph into 4 by the time I was done.



Where Are You? by Ginny Weasley Potter

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 33 Reviews
Summary:
MISSING
Name: Sheila Anne Rhodes
Age: 22
Height: 5ft 3in

Last seen at Fistral Beach wearing an orange bikini. If found, please contact us through any of the numbers listed below.


Someone goes missing at a beach in Newquay and apart from the grieving family members, nobody is really worried. After all, people keep disappearing like that throughout the year, right? Maybe Sheila's father or husband has unknowingly made an enemy somewhere. Newquay is still safe anyway.

That is what Chris Stevens and his steady girlfriend, Cheryl Willis, think as they head off to Cheryl's beach house for a vacation with a few other friends. Everybody is really looking forward for the trip-- it seems to be a breath of fresh air in each of their busy lives.

But what happens when the number of disappearances begins to increase with no trace of any of the victims? All-OC sequel to 'Killer Instincts', but can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you to my beta Alex/welshdevondragon for polishing this story! :)
Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 10/08/12 Title: Chapter 24: The Unexpected Truth

Last lap. It has been quite a marathon.

Author's Response: Yes, it has-- more for me, I guess. A wonderful marathon of plotting and planning and writing. I miss writing this fic very heavily. Thank you for the review! :)



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 09/24/12 Title: Chapter 21: To (For) Love

There is something odd about this story. Oh yes! The bad guys are winning.

Author's Response: Haha, I like my bad guys. :D Thank you for the review! :) I'm submitting the next chapter in a minute. :)



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 09/12/12 Title: Chapter 20: Where Are You?

I just found this and have been reading for two days. What a fantastic mix of magic, Indian culture, medical school, detective mystery and T.V. soap opera. I will certainly be following your work.

Author's Response: Oh, this review has really made my day! I giggled a little at the TV Soap part... and thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying it so far and hope you will enjoy the further chapters! :) Thank you so very much!



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 09/28/12 Title: Chapter 22: Hell from Heller

Still following. Not sure how you are going to sort this out.

Author's Response: Ha! Good to know I have a regular reader. :D Next chapter will be in the queue in a few minutes and I think you should figure out at least a part of how this is going to end. ;) Thank you for the review! :)



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 10/03/12 Title: Chapter 23: The Secret From the Grave

An interesting twist.

Author's Response: I'm glad you think so! Update coming soon! :)



But I'm a Weasley! by Anisky

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 41 Reviews
Summary: Rose Weasley didn't mean to be different. She didn't intend to stand out in her family. She didn't expect to be Sorted... into Slytherin.
Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 07/21/12 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: World Domination and First-Year Coups

I am really enjoying this story. Keep it coming.



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 09/15/13 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: No Place Like Home for the Holidays

I think this is probably the best "offspring sorted into Slytherin" stories I have read.



Strangers at Drakeshaugh New! by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 361 Reviews
Summary:
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.

Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?

Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011
and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 01/11/15 Title: Chapter 23: Stranger at Drakeshaugh

The plot thickens.

Author's Response: Yup! -N-



Reviewer: Dad Signed
Date: 11/24/13 Title: Chapter 20: Interlude: Bad Moon on the Rise

50th anniversary of time travel (Dr Who)? Or I might have read this before.

Author's Response: You're right, I admit it. I demand to be incarcerated in the Tower immediately, with my co-conspirators Sandshoes and Granddad. -N-