I'm in my mid-twenties and have been a huge HP fan since 2001. Other than all things Harry, I also love CSI, Law and Order, and singing at the top of my lungs (usually to 3 Doors Down). If you asked my co-workers they would probably state that they think I'm a bit crazy, especially when I'm dancing at my desk to my iPod...
I've loved the site for awhile and just recently got the nerves to post my own story.
I hope you enjoy Talitha, she's a creation that came to me one day when I was walking my dog up a huge hill, listening to (what else) 3DD's "You Don't Know Me", the lyrics, "You love me but you don't know who I am, I'm torn between this life I lead and where I stand" just clicked in my head and Talitha came to life!
Hey that chapter kicked arse! (I loved that in ch 2, by the way) I was all teary eyed for Harry when he left and when he first saw Ginny...sob...I hope she'll fight like hell to get Harry back, I was so disappointed she let him go so easily in HBP. And Fleur, being her typical self, she was very well written. And nice touch with Vicky...what a good twist that was! And Jean-Lucifer? Leave it to Ron. That's why my beta fish is named after him.
Author's Response: Hee - I do love Ron. I think he gets the short end of the stick in a lot of fanfics, but I'm very fond of him.
You are a cruel, wicked and evil woman! No, no, no, you aren't, I love your story so much, but you are killing me! Your writing is phemonal as usual, and I can't wait for more! I loved the Moody/ Madam Pomfrey angle, but I am concerned about Draco and Dudley buddying up...it smells like trouble to me. Fabulous, fabulous job!
Author's Response: Oh, thanks so very much. I hope you\'re still suspicious of everyone at the moment, but it is (I hope) all coming together. I\'m so happy you liked the Moody/Poppy thing. It amuses me, but it\'s squishing some people out, lol.
Oh my Merlin, you just blew my mind. I'm SO SO SO happy and surprised to see another new story! This was very well written and I wish I could skip work to read the next two chapters, but unfortunately, I'll have to wait until tonight. I'm dying though! I'm so excited and pumped up though, this is great! What a pleasant surprise! Wonderful work, and can't wait to read the rest of it!
Author's Response: Aww, thanks! I'll be eager to hear what you think when work lets out. It's nice to see your name here.
Oh, I can see you are back up to your evil cliffie ways! I love how you got Gabrielle to get Ginny and Harry back together! And the best line in the whole chapter? "It's called a push up bra!" HA! Oh, and "I like the boobs", typical guy, and it's so funny to hear Harry saying typical guy things. But, and trust me, I never thought I'd say this, poor Fleur, on her wedding day. But instead of whining, she fights bravely, you are so awesome. Nice work, I can't wait to read the next one.
Author's Response: Hee - ype, gotta have the cliffies :) What seventeen year old boy can resist a push up bra, lol? Ginny brought out all the guns on that one ;) Chapter 5 had a delay because my beta never received it, but she's got it now.
Well done! I enjoyed the talk with Mr. Weasley, it was much more than Harry thought it was going to be, huh? I love how much the Weasleys love him. And as for Ginny giving her hair to Hermione? It was a touching moment that surely would have happened, but only you could have penned it so well. The Occlumency lessons really opened my eyes, I must admit. As much as I don't want to, I think I have to give you that Malfoy may not be as much a prat as I'd like to peg him as. I thought it would be much worse than that. I love it and I can't wait for more!
Author's Response: Thanks! I adore the relationship between Harry and the Weasleys, too. He so needs that. Glad you could at least tolerate Malfoy, lol. That\'s more than some!
Sob! I can barely control myself here. What a heart-wrenching chapter...Harry feeling the spots where his parents died, Wormtail, Harry as the seventh Horcrux, and seeing his parents' graves? I just about broke down, and then I'd have a lot of explaining to do, as I am at work, reading this when I shouldn't be! (Bad girl!) But I had to read it when I saw you updated. I loved how Ginny was the only one who could snap Harry out of his trance. Incredible. Fabulous work, I'm moved beyond words.
Author's Response: Aww, thanks! Sorry to almost get you in trouble. I really loved that line about Ginny being Harry\'s best source of comfort, so I had to use that.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, had to get it out of my system. I'm crying here....but what a beautiful sacrifice and I think it was very well written. I loved it, but I can't say all I want here (I snuck this in at work). WELL DONE! (Sniffle, sniffle)
Author's Response: Awww, thanks so much for sneaking me in at work! Heh - that makes me feel important ;)
Woo hoo! Great chapter, and I'm glad Harry baited Malfoy, that little ferret deserves all that he gets. He may be changing, but that doesn't change what he's done in the past. I'm a little upset with Hermione for telling Ginny, but it worked out well in the end, didn't it? I think she is a great asset to Harry and will play a huge part in the final battle. The story's getting exciting...I can't wait for the next update. FANTASTIC job!
Author's Response: Yeah, I had a few people upset with Hermione, but I do think she was right. She\'s growing up too, and is capable of making some of her own calls. Harry didn\'t listen to her about the HBP or going to the MoM - I tend to think she might be more likely to listen to her own intuition at this point. *Shrugs* That was the thought process, anyway.
Wow! Great job. Umm...my brain is buzzing right now with this idea so I can't really say more other than I think this was an awesome chapter. Well done!
Author's Response: Thanks! I hope you think it\'s plausible. That\'s at least what I was going for.
I really like your writing style. I've just read all 5 chapters and I hope to read the next one soon. What a twist with Remus biting Harry, even though I suspected it might be him with your description of the werewolf, it was still very unsettling. I was very moved by Remus' very obvious grief over the situation and had tears in my eyes when he asked Harry what he thought James would say. The whole scene in Godric's Hollow was heart wrenching. You write Harry's emotions (or lack thereof) very well. And the fact he carved Peter's name into a tree? I must say I didn't think I would ever find myself in a situation where I would pity him, but the way you portrayed him....I'm very impressed. I hope you update soon.
Author's Response: Thanks for such a nice and long review... I had wondered if people would suspect it was Remus just with the description of the werewolf. Bravo! The conversation between Remus and Harry was one of the first scenes planned for this story--even the very first, I think. I\'m so pleased by your reaction to Remus\' mentioning James... It\'s my favourite part of the conversation.
The scene in Godric\'s Hollow sort of came out of nowhere. It was meant to be quite short at first--just to comply with a sentence in the story summary. But then I got carried away; it was too good an opportunity to describe Harry\'s strange life--a half-life, one could say--to miss. About Peter... I wrote a Marauders story in which he\'s a timid and clumsy eleven-year-old, and after a few chapters of that story, I grew attached to the character in spite of myself. That\'s why I wrote the monologue... I gave a lot of thought to Peter\'s reasons for betraying his friends. Hunger for power only? He would have been put in Slytherin if that had been his main characteristic, wouldn\'t he?
Although you dislike it, I think your chapter is well done. It seems very trio-like, Hermione working through things with the occasional inspiration of Ron and Harry as they watch her. The end of the chapter, with Harry giving Ron advice, that was splendid! I like it. Two thumbs up. I can't wait for the next one.
Author's Response: Thanks a lot! Well, for once, I\'m glad everybody disagrees with me! :D I\'ll try to get the next chapter ASAP...
I had to reply to your reply! I can think of many reasons Peter went to the Dark Side, but I think a lust for power was only a small part of it. I see the Death Eaters as kind of a cult....they seek out the weak and easily influenced, and tell them anything that they want to hear to get them to join. And then they laugh, as once you are in, you're in and the only escape is Death, as evidenced by Sirius' brother (who, I am sorry, absolutely HAS to be RAB). I believe that the DE's told Peter he would get respect if he turned spy. And I think that was the one thing that turned Peter. Everyone just saw him as a tag-along, someone that had to be put up with in order to get the honor of James, Sirius and Remus' presence. But he had to have something he was good at, some purpose, or else why would they keep hanging out with him? James may have grown up in his 7th year, but I can't see them letting someone that was only a pain in the butt stay with them. Anyways, I transgress, I really only wanted to say that I love your LOVELY long chapters, don't let anyone tell you anything other than how great they are!
Author's Response: And as a reply to your reply to my reply to your review (pff!):
I basically feel just the same, and that\'s more or less what I expressed by writing Peter\'s monologue. In my point of view, Peter certainly turned because he was fooled by Voldemort\'s promises, but he may also have thought of coming back triumphally as the heroic spy for the Order... Despised people tend to have such fantasies. Sirius\' brother is another example: he hadn\'t realised what he was asked to do, and when he did he tried to become an enemy of Voldemort (though he probably didn\'t want to have anything to do with the Order, because of Sirius), assuming he IS RAB (which I also think he is).
I also agree when you say--sorry: write--that Peter had to be good at something, or at least to be a good friend, to continue hanging around with the other three. But \'my\' Peter also happens to be very sensitive, and therefore his friends\' occasional impatience must have caused deep wounds (of which Sirius and James had no idea). I made him prefer James to Sirius, before I myself have a soft spot for James; and I think he must have been more thoughtful than Sirius (basing on his son\'s personality), when he wasn\'t rambling on about Lily that is...I\'m happy you love my long chapters, and the only person that ever told me they were a bit too long became since one of my most faithful reviewer for this story... So no harm done! But I thought I may warn the readers, so that they make sure they have more than two minutes spare when they start reading the chapter...
If you have anything else to discuss with me, especially about Peter (it\'s so nice to meet someone who isn\'t all \'DIE RATBOY DIE\'), I\'d be more than happy to answer, but I suggest you e-mail me via my profile :)Thanks for your message!
Ooohh, I wonder what you are up to? I bet that was a beautiful sight, a great white wolf with green eyes. Maybe no Wolfsbane is a good thing? What a wonderfully written chapter! The scene of Harry and Remus howling together at the moon gave me the chills. Well done!
Author's Response: Yes, that must have been quite a sight! I am so obsessed about wolfs... Thanks for the review!
I was truly touched by this. I think it's the odd little thing that reminds us of those we lost that helps us move on, but never forget. It's our own special connection with that person, and I'm glad you did that for Harry. Nice work.
Author's Response: I am so happy you liked the story, and connected with it. It\'s far more reflective than action-oriented and I\'m glad you enjoyed Harry\'s connection with Dumbledore. Thank you for leaving such a nice note! ~Gina :)