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A 6th Year at Hogwarts by SomberBallad

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: It's Harry, Ron, and Hermione's 6th year at Hogwarts. With a little romance, a little bit of Voldemort, a lot of the Mauraders, and the best DADA teacher since Lupin(and he's in it too). There are a lot of changes and a lot of trouble. Harry discovers his increasing doubt in his talent, Hermione remains overworked and ever loyal, while Ron struggles to find out what he really means in the story.

(This is an AU!Sixth Year Fic)
Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/17/07 Title: Chapter 2: Defense Against the Dark Arts

Sirius and Remus argue a lot about Harry. Knowing how much all of them love Harry, it doesn’t get old to read the fighting.
Lupin will always be the peacemaker between Snape and others. He tries so hard to make up for the abominable way James and Sirius treated him in school and in thanks for the Wolfsbane Potion during PoA.
I know it’s at odds with how much I love Sirius; I really like Severus as well. His character has appealed to me since he first appeared in SS.
Dumbledore might not miss a trick when it comes to things like drying their clothes, but he has missed quite a few in the books when it comes to giving Harry information at the right time. I love that Sirius is going to teach DADA, and now he’s going to see Harry.
I am enjoying your story so much, and I hope things keep progressing in this vein. Great job. See you at the next chapter.

Author's Response: This is definitely one of my favorite chapters! I love the interactions between Remus and Sirius and then Remus, Sirius, and Severus is just lovely to write, a pleasure even if it\'s not perfect. Severus is my favorite character by far in the series he just has so much depth to him. If you like this I have another Gen fic with a Severus/Remus friendship theme if you want to check it out, it\'s called a \"Debt to be Repaid\" Thanks again for reviewing...now I have to read that chapter to answer your questions in the next review.

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/17/07 Title: Chapter 3: O.W.L's and Diagon Alley

Grades were a little off; even without HBP I would think Harry and Ron would have comparable grades. Malfoy and his cronies take every opportunity to start something and get the trio into trouble. Why did Ron use the boggart-changing spell on Crabbe and Goyle?
Why in the world wouldn’t Ron jump in to help Harry in the fight? I think you did all of them an injustice in this chapter. But then again, you are the author and know what you want to happen. So I guess I will just wait and see, see you at the next one.

Author's Response: I stand by my original thoughts on the grades because while Harry and Ron are both equally lazy I think that Harry is a bit more natural at magic than Ron is which would help is OWL scores which is why he did better. While I understand your reasoning I need to keep that. As for Ron using Riddikulus....I could say he got confused and used the wrong spell but that would be a lie. The truth is that I didn\'t bother to look up a spell but just wrote the first one that came to mind and didn\'t remember what it actually was. My canon isn\'t always perfect, especially in the chapters before I got a beta. So please call me on it when you see it. As for Ron not helping Harry in the fight, I never said he didn\'t...Harry just didn\'t see him hop in because he was otherwise preoccupied. I haven\'t decided whether I\'ll change it or not because I don\'t know if Harry would have seen if there are punches being thrown at him every which direction. Thanks for all the good critiques...I\'ll change that spell and maybe the Ron thing at the end. I also need Harry\'s thoughts in italics so thanks for making me re-read that chapter. Silly mistakes. I hope you keep reading though your disappointed this chapter. Thanks always for reviewing! ~Ashley

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 7: Three Chasers, Two Beaters, and One Dog

So Sirius is helping Harry get to be at tryouts, that is so sweet. Harry seems to be paying a lot of attention to Hermione and noticing more than normal. Granted, he didn’t know about the tryouts, but he just seems a little too interested in her, if you know what I mean.
I hope Hermione is alright. I hate to see one of them in the hospital, but it always seems to happen doesn’t it. Having to go to detention, and leaving Ron with Hermione, should get Harry’s thoughts on something else.
It makes sense that Sirius; ‘Professor Blanchet’ would be harder on Harry than anyone else. He knows how important it is for Harry to be the best. It does make sense that if Harry didn’t even recognize him, no one else will either.
Exhaustion can do strange things to people, and I think having Hermione sleep through her morning classes would work better if she had to stay in the hospital wing overnight. That way Madame Pomfrey could enforce it.
Another great chapter that I enjoyed very much. I will see you at the end of the next one.

Author's Response: Sirius is pretty much amazing, I know. You pick on context clues a lot more than my other readers, it must be the fact that you are an adult, more education or something, it\'s nice to see someone reading between the lines whether you approve nessecarily or not. Thanks as always!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 8: Red Halloween

With all that has happened in the books, up until this fic, Harry has never really had a break; I hope you will allow him some ‘play time’. And no I don’t mean Quidditch. I mean, just a little time to be a kid and enjoy his friends and godfather. He definitely deserves it.
I know he will eventually have to face Voldemort, but what’s wrong with him having a little fun in the meantime?
I guess Ron is going to get a girlfriend, I hope Kira acts different if it really does happen.
Hermione has never given much attention to her looks, but with the other girls prodding her, I guess she would do it. If for the simple reason of getting them to shut up about it. Harry really doesn’t know how to compliment a girl does he?
How in the world did Hermione know Peter was there? Does this turn into her being some type of Seer? Anyway, I am thinking it’s Sirius or Remus behind Harry. I’m heading to the next chapter to find out, great job here by the way. See you there.

Author's Response: Are we really allowed to give Harry a break? I mean honestly I did let him have a summer...should we get too carried away lol. It\'s hard to write those in with JK\'s canon of going going going. Don\'t worry Kira is very different...As for Hermione and her looks it\'s always an ugly cliche to throw in a ball and make her Miss Hogwarts...so I tried to make it less ugly but my story is hideously covered in cliches i realized I can\'t help it I suppose. I can assure you no seeing for Hermione...I think she\'s seen that rat and it was burned into her memory, I mean that night was horrific was it not? And she saw scabbers for three years before Wormtail errupted so she knows what he looks like. Hee hee, I love the way the beginning of the next chapter turns out I hope you do too! Thanks again!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 9: The Difference

When Harry messes up, he is always so hard on himself. He never cuts himself any slack. I know if it was anyone else, he would’ve told them not to let it bother them, they had done the best they could. But he always holds himself up to higher standards.
Thank you so much for allowing Dumbledore to realize Harry needs information. If he had known things before, he wouldn’t have gotten into so many scrapes.
Harry is mature enough to know he needs to do the Occlumency lessons, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
Another great job and I am off to the next chapter, see you there.

Author's Response: Knowledge is power, that\'s what they say anyway...though Harry always takes it to the extreme...such a troubled young man. Looking forward to your next review, I\"ll skim the next chapter while your working. Thanks so much! ~Ashley

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 9: The Difference

When Harry messes up, he is always so hard on himself. He never cuts himself any slack. I know if it was anyone else, he would’ve told them not to let it bother them, they had done the best they could. But he always holds himself up to higher standards.
Thank you so much for allowing Dumbledore to realize Harry needs information. If he had known things before, he wouldn’t have gotten into so many scrapes.
Harry is mature enough to know he needs to do the Occlumency lessons, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
Another great job and I am off to the next chapter, see you there.

Author's Response: Ditto to other response.

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 10: A Long Wait

I know I am probably wrong, I usually am when I try to predict how things are going to go in a fic, but Hermione is showing all of the symptoms of being a Seer. I think it’s weird, but if that’s where you are going with this, you are definitely doing a great job.
Oh, you contributed the reasoning to the Cruciatus Curse.
Having her talk to Remus, hell having anyone talk to Remus in a difficult situation, is the best thing I could think of. He always knows how to calm and help.
I hate that they are so far away from each other. Knowing Harry’s penchant for taking everything on himself, and the others trying to help by taking other pressures off him, I can see how they would grow apart. But Harry needs them for more than ‘pressure control’.
Dear old Voldy is getting into Harry’s head huh? I can’t wait to see how you let him deal with it. So far, you did a great job on this, but like you said, some things don’t fit canon. I will be back in a few hours to finish the story and my reviews. See you then.

Author's Response: Oh dear oh dear oh dear....this is an AU fic for sure...hence all the stuff we learned about the Cruciatus Curse in DH can\'t pertain to this...and i know there are other things too some of which can be fixed but this is AU, obviously lol, Sirius lives! I look forward to more reviews later, I am so lucky to have a great reviewer like yourself. ~Ashley

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 11: Coming Undone

I’m back, hopefully I will be able to finish this time without the wife and mom duties interrupting. I can understand Harry not wanting them to know he had the dream. But I have always thought he shouldn’t hold that stuff to himself, especially since he gets so upset when the others keep things from him.
I know it happens sometimes, but I really hate it when the trio has fights and don’t get along. You are doing a great job with the arguing, but I hope it doesn’t last that long.
The things Ron said to Harry are very true, and I hope Harry comes to realize that soon. No matter how hard he fights, he has had them standing beside him ever since they knocked out a fully-grown mountain troll.
Oh I hope whatever it is that Hermione and Remus are doing in the Shrieking Shack is, you tell us soon. It sounded very interesting, just from the little snippet you gave in this chapter.
Great job, and you have mentioned my detailed reviews, well I actually keep a running commentary, and review going while I am reading. I just copy and paste the pertinent parts at the end of each chapter. See you next one…

Author's Response: I reveal all in good time....as for Harry and Ron fighting it was so hard to write and I was rooting for Harry as i was writing but as I wrote Ron\'s side of the argument I was like wow...he has a lot to carry with him and doesn\'t get a whole lot of thanks for it. I found myself sympathizing with Ron for it. Thanks again!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 12: A Cold and Different Kind of Truth

Yay, Christmas. I hope Remus’ prediction comes true. Why would someone give her the lyrics to a carol?
I have been noticing a few typos throughout this story, and while they aren’t very big, they sometimes get in the way when you have to re read a sentence to figure out what it is supposed to say.
I love that you have Remus and Sirius coming to Christmas morning with them. Absolutely wonderful, and funny the way they act in animagus form and teasing each other.
All of the things Harry and Ron spout off about are true. Neither wants the world to realize how insecure they are, but they both hope the other will recognize it. I love the way Ron is standing up for what he’s done and that no matter what the Prophecy said, he is just as important as Harry is. He’s been there from jump and will stay there as long as Harry realizes he needs his friends to accomplish anything.
Wonderful chapter and I am on to the next…

Author's Response: I\'m falling behind on responses. Yes, I\'m reading through some of the story with you and yes the typos are horrendous! I\'m so embarrassed I need to find time to go through and fix some things. Sirius and Remus are love, they go adoringly together...as friends of course. I\"m glad you are enjoying thanks as always!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/16/07 Title: Chapter 1: Summer Holidays

Very good start and thank you for allowing Sirius to live through the DoM. I adore Sirius and wanted so desperately for him to find a way out from behind that blasted curtain.
Having Harry and Hermione arriving together was good. Usually Harry arrives so much later than she does.
Having siblings and spending all of your time with them doesn’t even come close to the friends being there. I am glad to see Ron knows how much his friends mean to him.
I found this story by checking out the favorites of people who have tagged my story as favorite. I sometimes check the favorites of them and my favorites to see if there is anything, I am missing that would appeal. I have to say, your story definitely appeals. So far, I have to say I am impressed with your writing style, and can’t wait to read more. See you at the next chapter soon.

Author's Response: Wow thank you so much for taking to write me not one but three detailed review. I appreciate the time you are taking to read this old neglected 6th year fic. I hope you continue to enjoy it as these are my more youthful writing chapters (un-betaed until Ch. 12)...I actually have redone chapters one and two so they would be better, but I\"m rambling anyway...thanks for reviewing, I hope you continue to enjoy it!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 13: A Few Stunning Revelations

I keep having this sneaking suspicion that Kira is the girl in the dream. I really hope I am wrong about that, but the nagging thought won’t go away.
I wonder if everyone is going to keep bugging Harry about Valentine’s Day until he finally asks someone out, just to shut them up.
Now what were Remus and Hermione working on in the Shack? I know I know, wait and find out. Does it have anything to do with her falling apart in the common room?
Wow, I’m surprised I was right about Kira. I usually am way off base. But I guessed right this time. Can’t wait to see Ron’s reaction to finding out. Should prove to be very interesting.
You said something before about the ending to this and R/Hr shippers getting upset, well I think all the canon ships should be together, but in fanfics, anything goes. I could care less who authors put together as long as the story is interesting and well written.
So far you are doing great at both. See you at the next…

Author's Response: I know...poor Ron, aren\'t I horrid to him? I\'m glad you are grossly offended yet, my shipping is a lot stronger than I realized but still I don\'t think it\'s overkill thrown in with everything else. Thanks so much again!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 14: The Dream Unfolds

Even though it meant Ron’s girlfriend is the servant, I wish Harry hadn’t had the dream. Sirius is going to give him such a hard time, and then all the rest of them will kick up a fuss when they find out.
I can’t believe Sirius would say that. He actually blames Harry for the DoM and almost getting the others killed? Nope, not going to believe it. He can say it for shock value, but not mean it. That I will accept, nothing less.
Though Malfoy was his disgusting self, it did help Hermione get Ron away from Kira.
I am looking forward to seeing how Dumbledore wants to handle this turn of events. See you next one…

Author's Response: Of course Sirius doesn\'t really mean it, he\'s a little scared and panicked and trying to tell Harry he was wrong and overreacted, he\'s not a father he just plays one and didn\'t do it right this time. Sirius loves Harry which is a huge basis for his fear and anger/disappointment. I loved writing that encounter with Malfoy though, what a scumbag... See you at the next one, thanks as always.

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 15: Unprepared

Knowing something is true and believing it’s true are two completely different things. I believe Ron knows it is, just for the simple fact of how and where he was told. But believing it is going to take a while to adjust to.
How in Merlin’s name did the Death Eaters get into the Great Hall? Rhetorical question, there are plenty of ways for them to get in.
Great thinking having Harry let Sirius know with the mirror.
I will venture agues the necklace Kira gave Ron was imbued with some type of eavesdropping charm. That is the only way they could’ve gotten into the Gryffindor common room. I would love someone to wipe the smirk right off of Bella. I can’t stand that witch. She does evil very weel though. SO I guess she stays around for the express purpose of torturing and killing.
See you at the next one…

Author's Response: If I did at one point know how the DEs got in the Great Hall I certainly don\'t remember what it is now. I am toying with it being Snape (under threat of disloyalty) or Kira but I really don\'t remember. Sorry :( But you are correct about Ron\'s necklace, it\'s like a camera that the Dark Lord can see/hear everything Ron does while he wears it. And yes Bellatrix is wicked, she is a good DE though, I don\'t know if i could kill her. Only two chapters left! I\"ll have to enjoy these reviews while I\"ve still got them, thanks again!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 16: Hate and Madness

Lucius hasn’t learned much about Harry. Except that, he can break the Imperius Curse. I don’t think he would’ve remembered that if someone else hadn’t tried it first. Then he just got to yell and belittle someone else. Typical Lucius. Why did he fill the room with smoke though? Seems to me like he would’ve done something he could see through.
Wow, Hermione got an answer without having to use an Unforgivable. Nice. I knew leaving that cloak behind would prove to be a mistake.
I know this is taking place rather quickly, but I would’ve expected the Order to be there by now. Unless they were stopped in Hogsmeade by more Death Eaters or something.
So Hermione is an animagus now. Really cool. Is that what they were working on in the Shrieking Shack? But why a fox? I thought it would have to be the same as her patronus. An otter. Maybe it doesn’t have to be, but I like the fox better anyway.
If you have seen OotP, you must remember the line, “Get away from my godson.” That is what I was reminded of when Sirius came in and said his curses weren’t so innocent.
Great chapter, and of course I am off to the next…

Author's Response: Yes, that is what Remus was teaching Hermione in the shrieking shack, I think an otter would have a much harder time sneaking around, don\'t you? Although the animagus picks the wizard so I think hermione\'s cunning allowed that form to pcik her. Oh I adore Lucius, he is also a joy to write even if he is quite evil. I think he did the dark cloud spell to create confusion and to force Harry out of hiding into their clutches by capturing his friends. Luckily he\'s smarter than that. Only one more chapter! Thanks a billion!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/18/07 Title: Chapter 4: The End of Summer

Love the beginning of this chapter, but I hope this isn’t going to turn into a Harry / Hermione story.
With Sirius and Remus back, Harry should have a better end of summer. Sirius just has to try to help things along, whether they need it or not. I guess he thinks he’s doing Harry a favor. The conversation between Ron and Harry was very well done. I love the fact that they can talk about whom they like and whom they don’t.
I can’t wait to see Harry’s reaction to Sirius teaching DADA, that is, if he even notices.
Sorry I haven’t left a review for a while, life happens. I will finish reading this tonight and tomorrow, hopefully, and leave my thoughts on each chapter.
This was such a great ‘reunion’ chapter and I am looking forward to the next one. See you there.

Author's Response: I am falling behind on responses, you are far too quick for me, not that I mind. Such a detailed review every chapter is more than I deserve. I don\'t know if you read my responses but if you do I should warn you that R/Hr shippers always seem grossly offended by the end of my story though I have yet to figure out why, maybe you can inform me when you get there. I hope you aren\'t offended by my ending...going to the next review now. Thanks as always!

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/19/07 Title: Chapter 17: Honesty and Truth

Even with the dejection Harry was feeling, he could still fight the Imperious from Voldemort. He had already done it once, and I am sure he could do it again. Sirius is giving him the will to keep fighting, just as he is supposed to.
Harry was able to cut Snape, and he will be able to get away with it too. Hilarious. Where did the Rivarious spell come from? Your imagination? Because it seems to work a lot like Sectumsempra. Great job.
Poor Harry, back in the hospital wing again. Just can’t make it through a year without at least one visit huh? Feeling a little maudlin Harry? Galloping Gargoyles, why does he always have to act that way? Another rhetorical question, it’s because J.K. made him that way.
I’m still trying to figure out how even though they didn’t catch the lunar cycle that I missed it. You did write it to imply exactly one month, which meant that night.
Not offended at the Harry Hermione kiss, but completely amused at the Sirius Remus bet.
You did such a great job on this story, even with the problem areas I mentioned before. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the other stories you have posted.
Speaking of them, on your bio page, who is the female in the banner for the story, ‘Point of no Return’ She looks very familiar and I have been trying to place her in my mind.
See you soon at another story…

Author's Response: Thank you for the numerous detailed thoughts and reviews they have been making me smile for the last few days and I\'m so grateful to you for taking the time. I will keep going back to edit this story from time to time and will keep all your helpful comments in mind when I do so. As for the female in the banner I\'m not really sure, she does look familiar however...you\'d have to ask the banner maker.

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/18/07 Title: Chapter 5: Welcome Back

Okay, Snape is the Prefect Supervisor and of course has it in for Ron and Hermione. I really do like Severus Snape, and I hope he isn’t any harder on them than he has to be to keep people in check.
Now what in Merlin’s name are Ron and Hermione talking about?
Let me guess, you didn’t want to write a Sorting Hat song, so you just glossed over the Sorting?
Ron wants to be refreshed for his classes? Since when? Absolutely love the alarm clock!
Who is the Ravenclaw girl Ron is having trouble with? Is there a romance brewing of the Lavender type? Except with someone who could actually rub two thoughts together, and knows what to do with a spell?
Excellent chapter and I really want to see Sirius teaching. See you at the next chapter.

Author's Response: Haha, Ron and Hermione\'s conversation you probably won\'t like when you figure it out in the end but I adore this twist on their friendship that is so often twisted the other way and the secrecy that only I know, hahaha. You are so right about the Sorting Hat song, those are way way way too tedious to write so I do lame transition 1 and we are done. Ron being \"refreshed\" wasn\'t actually what he wanted, but his whole \"sly plan\" didn\'t work out either, poor Ron needs to get more tact. Thanks as always for the lovely review.

Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/18/07 Title: Chapter 6: Sixth Year Begins

Co-captains, and Oliver and Angelina are coming back to help? That was a nice touch. Not very realistic, but a nice touch. Harry having been on the team for that long should be able to make the decisions by himself, but with Ron also there, and he knows pretty much everything there is to know about the game. Should be a snap.
Severus is messing with Harry and trying to get the Gryffindor team a distinct disadvantage. I doubt it will work though. Even if Harry is in detention, the others will pick a great team for him.
Hermione wants to play Quidditch? That is really funny. I want to see that. When are they going to go to DADA class? Yes I know they have already been. I want to read how Sirius is doing with teaching. PLEASE!
See you tomorrow, at the next chapter.

Author's Response: Yes, yes, i cringe at the clicheness of this entire sequence now I would cut it in hindsight I think but unsure when that will actually happen. But yes Harry could do tryouts by himself but McGonagall has a system as she would and wants to make sure they are the best team...she\'s such the fan you know. And Hermione has ulterior motives for wanting to play quidditch which I don\'t think ever come across...which is why the whole thing should be dropped together. Thanks again, see you at the next review ;)

Whatever Gets You Through The Night by SnorkackCatcher

Summary: When your whole life has been a struggle, how do you cope with the loss of a friend like Sirius Black? How do you get through the days - and the dark, lonely nights? A short one-off set over five days in the immediate aftermath of OotP.
Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 08/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: Whatever Gets You Through The Night

Anyone who has lost someone close to them, and been through the stages of grief can relate to this story, also anyone who knows the character of Moony can understand the way he feels. I really felt this one, for both reasons, and want to tell you how great a job you did with the emotions.
Sirius was my favorite character of the books, and the films, so when he died, I was very upset. I know these are fictional characters, but when you have been reading them and actually ‘lose’ yourself in the books, they become friends. So when one dies, you feel like you have lost someone too.
The ways he dealt with the loss, and the reactions to the offers of help, plus the way he wanted to help Harry and in turn help himself, were really perfectly written. I was a little surprised by the Hestia situation. Then how they comforted each other. But the jaw dropping was actually funny.
Another beautifully written story and I am looking forward to the next one.

Padfoot Prohibited by Liveley

Rated:Past Featured Story
Summary: Giving high school essays a Marauder twist, this fiction is centered around the idea that some seniors in high school are require to write a letter to incoming freshman before they graduate. At Hogwarts, Seventh Years are given an assignment to write such a letter for the new First Years. Sirius decides to actually take an assignment, well seriously...sort of. He decides to look back on his entire Hogwarts years and write down his list of things not to do at Hogwarts.
Reviewer: red haired mom Signed
Date: 07/26/07 Title: Chapter 1: Mum's Assignment

That was really entertaining, and I could see Padfoot and Prongs calling McGonagall mom. Think of the laughs it would receive. Very good start, and I am off to the next chapter.