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.
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.
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.
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.
Neviille is one of my favourite characters.
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! :)
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. :)
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!
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! :)
An interesting twist.
Author's Response: I'm glad you think so! Update coming soon! :)
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.
I am really enjoying this story. Keep it coming.
I think this is probably the best "offspring sorted into Slytherin" stories I have read.
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
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-
It was the worst news a father could receive: his son was marrying his worst enemy's daughter.
But for Draco Malfoy, being in the role of the reasonable parent was in itself a debacle as he tried to make the best of a bad situation. But when circumstances forced him to spend more time than he ever cared to with the most irritating Mudblood on the planet, he constantly questioned his sanity, as well as that of his son.
However, Draco might have come to realise that things change, as well as people. Is Hermione Granger Weasley the mad bint he remembered, or were they both a little different this time around?
This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Non-Canon Romance.
This story just gave me a big grin. Well done.
I'm glad you liked it. I decided to make a cocktail of all the most obnoxious Dramione tropes and take them as un-seriously as possible. This was the result, and yay that it made you smile. It's sort of/kind of a follow-up to my other Draco wedding fic, Brazen. You may enjoy that one as well.
Thanks for stopping in!
Bachelor life suited Zach Smith just fine, and the lack of expectations on his time and attention suited him even more.
But his life changed in an instant with a knock on the door and an unexpected delivery.
I once lost one of my off spring on a crowded beach in Cormwall. It was probably one of the most frightening five minutes of my life.
I'm pretty sure all of my parents' more frightful experiences with us were when we were tiny little jerks who would slip away at the grocery store or at some outdoor event. We'll call this a bout of character building for Zach, and perhaps he will maybe kinda realise that he cares about his little munchkin.
Thanks for reading!
Odd pairing. Interesting story.
Well, this is my attempt at a family friendly story. As you've seen in the past, that hasn't been a thing I typically do. I still haven't decided whether I want Zach and Eloise to actually be a pairing, but I do have another chapter of this ready to post for whenever there are a few other stories between this and my last posted fic.
I am getting a warm feeling from this story.
Author's Response: This is probably as close as I'll get to family-friendly entertainment (you've read my work; you know how that normally goes), so yay! ~Jess
Two successive Victory Day parties; two survivors of the War poisoned. Similar circumstances, similar poisons, similar modi operandi.
Henry Chumly is an old, callous, unaccepting, misogynistic and in every way completely unsavoury drunk. Almost coincidentally, he also happens to be the best detective at the new agency of the Ministry, the the Cadwallader-Hundert Agency for Response to Malmagic.
Padma Patil is young, pretty, talented and excited to work at the Ministry, cracking cases and nabbing criminals. Before her application is accepted, though, she has to spend the customary few weeks working under a professional detective. She expects ennui, tasks far below her talents and frustration; but nothing anyone had ever told her prepared her for Henry Chumly.
This is the story (if you ask him) of how Henry put up with the bint and solved the case single-handedly or the story (if you ask her) of how Padma stunned everyone by not only managing to avoid murdering her utter bastard of a superior, but also being the first probationer to play a pivotal role in solving a case. This being a mystery, and in tune with the essence of mysteries, if you wish to find out the truth, you’ll have to read on till the end.
[chaptered; OCs and minor characters; comic mystery]
This is Sainyn Swiftfoot of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2.
The views expressed by the utterly hateable Henry Chumly are not those of my own. Please do not take offense.
I have just read this and I may be talking to thin air. I cannot believe it only got ten reviews. It was brilliant. It should be a series.
Summary: In retrospect, he probably shouldn't have taken the case . . .
Private investigator Theodore Nott cannot resist temptation. So when a pretty dame offers him the unsolvable case of the century, he takes it. But what happens when the danger begins to outweigh the thrill of the hunt? Is the price of truth worth being paid?
This is Liandrin of Ravenclaw writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #3.
Paper back cover. Big breasted woman showing lots of cleavage. Smoking gun. Is this pulp Harry potter fiction?
Author's Response: I suppose it does have a pulp fiction theme to it. No big-breasted women and guns, though. :P
Summary: Unspeakable, Michael Corner, is researching time, events, and probabilities. While testing his newly-invented RANDOM system, he stumbles upon an unspeakable possibility. Former supporters of Voldemort, all acquitted for their crimes, are dying of so-called natural causes. Intrigued by the possibility that these events might be connected, Michael investigates farther. But what he discovers will test him and raise questions that all his probabilities cannot answer for him.
What is justice? And what is unspeakable cruelty?
ANOTHER GREAT STORY WITH AN EMOTIONAL ENDING. (Left the Caps lock on). What have I been missing over here by spending time on just SIYE and Phoenixsong? I need more time to get through all the stories I have missed.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. i assume you've now found all of my non-H/G stories. -N-
Just by coincidence I found you over here. What a lot to read but how about updating some of your stories? We need more "Strangers"
Author's Response: Thanks.
I can finally reply, there have been several more chapters of "Strangers at Drakeshaugh", but it's never enough! :-D-N-