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.
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.
"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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
The plot thickens.
Author's Response: Yup! -N-
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 has also been nominated for a 2014 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Humour Story.
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.
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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.
Good to see this chapter.
Yay, welcome back!
I wanted a swift resolution to Cam's disappearance, mostly because Zach has never really been around kids and doesn't realise this is a thing kids do here and there. Plus, Eloise doesn't have kids, either, but cares about Cameron enough to kind of lose it when he is gone missing. Call it a lesson for both of them: Zach to 'level up' in parenting, and Eloise to maybe learn to be less high-strung about things that, in the end, are far less important than the kid being safe, happy, and healthy.
Let's see how that works out.
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