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Potter's Pentagon: The Past (Book Three) by Schmerg_The_Impaler

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: The final installment in the Potter’s Pentagon Trilogy. Read “The Five” and “The Truth” first, myess? Okay!

WARNING! Contains Muggle adventures in Diagon Alley, unusual eyebrows, cheesy clichés galore, psycho Ted, the not-so-lost years of Merlin, a school-wide singalong, the old potato joke, Tyrone’s Princess Bride obsession, Emma’s stubborn denial of the existence of Tyrone’s mustache, a graphic death, a joke shop product as a major plot device, hobo Jordan, Jordan hugging, Jordan pulling pranks, time travel, the Love Shack, angst, and worst of all, Professor Zabini.

It’s the sixth year for Potter’s Pentagon and company, and our heroes learn that in the wizarding world, coming of age has a somewhat weightier significance. Students are busy with an Inter-House Unity Project, Jordan is having weird dreams, Pansy and Ophidias Malfoy have been released from Azkaban, Professor Zabini has a mysterious project of his own, and almost everyone is acting strangely. Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Magic, a man with a vendetta against Ron Weasley is trying his hardest to get him in the biggest trouble possible. Is the only way to save him to travel into the past?

New talents are discovered, new friendships form and old ones change, pasts are dredged up, and, of course, there’s lots of good old-fashioned snogging. And one of the five kills for the first time… while another becomes a casualty of war.

Starring 2008 Quicksilver Quills Best Male Original Character runner-up Jordan Potter, Best Female Original Character nominees Ivy Potter, Haley Potter, Emma Weasley, and Giorgi Anderson, and Best Male Original Character nominee Ted Lupin! Nominated for 2008 Quicksilver Quills Best Post-Hogwarts Story.
Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 07/07/09 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18: In Which Jordan Sits and Sulks... So What Else Is New?


Epic win.

Great chapter!
I love the bits of Jordan character development here, and how we get to see the relationship between Harry and Jordan more.

Author's Response: So glad you caught the Python reference! If you didn't, I'd have to hang you by your ankles and flay you alive! And as I'm sure you know, Jordan chapters are my FAVORITE chapters!

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 01/19/10 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26: In Which Loose Ends Are Tied Up

Giorgi is just... so... Giorgi! It's perfect.

Author's Response: Thank you! I love her! ^_^

Alexandra Quick and the Lands Below by Inverarity

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story

Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.

This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 02/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: The Mall

Of course, with all this talk of bluffing and things not being as they seem? It's entirely possible that Max is bluffing, too.
Maybe I'm just reading too much into it xD

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 04/14/09 Title: Chapter 26: The Cotillion

"That's Not My Name" was playing in my head as I read this chapter!

I love the little bit of intrigue that's been worked in here, and Alexandra's little she-doesn't-quite-know-it's-a-crush. The way you've worked in the meeting with her father was also very clever - the scepticism she had in the beginning really made that scene.

Author's Response: I'd never heard of the Ting Tings before, but I Googled "That's Not My Name" and watched the video on YouTube, and now it's stuck in my head! Aaaaah!

Dead End by A H

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •
Summary: Set in one of the final scenes of Deathly Hallows, Dead End is a poem from Harry's point of view, inspired greatly by the lyrics of In Flame's song, Dead End.
Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 04/13/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Here is your Easter Egg, Arianna!

I love the perspective here. It's an interesting portrayal of his feelings, especially how he accepts it as his "friend" - that's an emotion that is rarely explored, and when it is, it's usually not as eloquent and well-written as you have shown here.

A few of the rhymes seem a bit forced, but that is inevitable with a rhyming poem! I think it's very well done, though!

Finding Her Voice by Belledeg

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Harper Riley is one of the most gifted young witches of her generation. However, since the traumatic events of the Battle of Hogwarts, she has not spoken a single word. Her Muggle parents were killed, along with her two wizarding brothers, and she is on the run from her squib guardian, a sinful and harsh man with a strong hatred of magic.

Harry Potter is recently married and settled, however, his life seems to take on another dramatic turn when he and Ginny find Harper. Her refusal to speak makes things a lot harder for them to discover how to help her. Luckily, Harry knows someone who owes him a favour. Someone who he and Ginny may not like, but they trust. Someone whose profession is to help those who suffer from the Battle of Hogwarts, no matter their story…

If anyone can get her talking again, it’s Blaise.

"I don't want to forget that night...but I don't want to remember it either."

A Blaise Zabini/Original Character romance

This story has the characters: Blaise Zabini, Harper Riley, Jimmy Peakes, Harry Potter, Ginny Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley, Isabella Zabini, Draco Malfoy, Dennis Creevey, Leonard Wilkes, Theodore Nott and Minerva McGonagall plus many more.
Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 08/21/09 Title: Chapter 7: Kisses in the Library

Great chapter - the one we've been waiting for, heh! I love Blaise's mother's reaction to her. We never really hear much about her, and your version of the character is very real and tangible, something I expect must be hard to achieve when most of we know about her is the fact that all of her husbands have 'mysteriously' died! You've managed to weave a very complex and yet very realistic personality onto a character we know little about [;

One small nitpick - in the last line, 'of' should be 'off.'

Can't wait to see what Leonard does next, personally, hehe.

Author's Response: I do love a villain. I always imagined Mrs Zabini as a cheerful and charismatic murderess. Keep up the R&R ing. :-)

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 01/16/10 Title: Chapter 21: When You Say Nothing At All

What a poignant chapter! I love that you explained it. It was very sudden, though.

The choppy, disconnected pieces when Harper was still recovering really help to stress the fact that she's struggling to remember something that had such a profound impact on her.

I felt like the first and second half (e.g. the eploguey bit) didn't really fit together, but at the same time I'm of course very glad I didn't have to wait to read the ending!

Very excited for the sequel!

Author's Response: So am I. Thanks for reading and reviewing, and sticking til the end. Sequel will be soon :D

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 11/27/09 Title: Chapter 17: Call Me a Mudblood One More Time!

I would just like to share that I was rereading MTT (which I have lots to say about, both good and critical, but that is another story, literally) and this email alert popped up and when I saw this was updated, I pretty much dropped everything to read, because I have been waiting for an update very impatiently.

Anyway. Now that the fangirl squee is over with.

Pansy is fantastic. She's just the right type of snide and oily balanced with overly-feminine wiles. I love it.

I also love the touch with Audrey and her dress - a little glimpse of reality within all the surreal that's going on in the lives of these two!

The downside is that this chapter is kind of slow until the very end - I love fast-paced works, which is probably why I blew threw this chapter so fast - not much happened. I'm assuming this will be made up for in the next chapter? Your cliffhangers are terrible!

Author's Response: Calm before a storm. And I always loathed Pansy, so I had to lay into her. :D

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 12/30/09 Title: Chapter 19: The One Where Blaise Kicks Jimmy's A**

What a wonderful Christmas present [:

Looks like you have a spelling error in the title, though: "Jimm'y" should be "Jimmy's," am I correct?

Author's Response: Yep, that's true. I'm being more organised as a resolution this year, so I may get around to correcting it :D

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 11/07/09 Title: Chapter 16: Please Don't Make Me Love You

I've said it before and I'll say it again: your portrayal of Isabella Zabini is spot-on. She doesn't seem unbelievably far-removed from her canonical description, short as it is, but her complete and utter devotion to her son at all costs (even when it's not necessarily in a tender, loving manner!) really makes the character for me. I think you portray her wonderfully and I love seeing more of her [:

I actually just reread the story to get everything fresh in my mind for this review, so.

Aside from that:

Is Harper ever going to tell Blaise that Leo is actually quite a powerful wizard and not a Squib? It seems she would have been inclined to tell him that pretty much right after she found out (it is rather important, after all). Pretty important fact there, no? Obviously, she's not telling him everything - and I love that about her, that even though the two of them are so completely in love she still has her trust issues and things that haunt her - but the whole Leo-is-a-wizard thing just seems like something you wouldn't necessarily want to hold back.

Oh, and reading into past reviews...
is this OC for Albus in a Chocolate story (that's code for Rose/Scorpius, btw) supposedly -very- tied into Harper and Blaise for mathematical reasons for which I'm going to try and start messing around with years now?

Author's Response: I've decided not to give any more away about the sequel to this story, which is R/S and A/OC. There's only five more chapters of this one to go... :)

Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 01/12/10 Title: Chapter 20: My Actions Speak Louder Than Your Words

So... almost too fast, I think. I like fast paced but this was hard to keep up with o.0

And... tantalizing ending. Gonna hate you for that. ;)

Nitpick: If Harper has no memory of, well, this entire story, really, then wouldn't she still be unable to speak?
That strikes me as a mental block that acted upon her physically, and even if it's a shoddy memory charm, the newly-erased-memories would have let her revert to her previous state - one which would include her inability to speak.

So even though this is excellent, I find that to be a gaping plothole. Of course, you may have interpreted her lost voice a different way, but as far as psychology goes erasing the memories which restored her voice in the first place would, in a backwards way, force Harper to revert to her previous state, i.e., unable to speak.

Author's Response: Harper's memory and voice issues are what the final chapter is based around. The idea being, as this is a romance, that Blaise has left an invisible print on her which is not in the mind, but in the soul, thereby erasing the initial reluctance she felt before she met him. It'll all be explained in the next chapter but I was aware of that and it is addressed.

Jemzi by Belledeg

Rated: 6th-7th Years •
Summary: Jemzi Zabini is the seventeen year old daughter of Blaise Zabini and his wife Harper, and is about to join her fellow witches and wizards at Hogwarts for their final school year. Jemzi is famous for being the once best friend of Albus Potter. However, a mysterious argument last year that only the two of them were witness to has ruined their friendship and they are now practically enemies. No one knows the reason for their fall out, only that it has caused a great divide in their friendship group.

Jemzi's best friend and Albus' cousin, Rose, suspects that their friendship expired because of strange and unwanted feelings between them. Feelings which, despite their fall out, have not gone away. Feelings that are similar to those she has for a certain Slytherin...

So can the next generation of Hogwarts students learn to forget past actions and forgive?

Nominated for "Best Next Generation Story" and "Best Other Character" in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards

This story features Harry Potter, Ginny Potter, Lily Potter, Luka Krum, Blaise Zabini, Harper Zabini, Zacharias Smith, Leon Holmwood, Tristan Wells, Rose Weasley, Scorpius Malfoy, Jemzi and Albus plus many more.
Reviewer: Amanda Vega Signed
Date: 02/04/10 Title: Chapter 1: Blaise and Harper= Jemzi

It's here! Yay!

They are such kids about their parents' relationship, which I find hilarious and truly and completely accurate. It's one of those little things you manage to put in there that just makes it better.

Very much looking forward to what happens. I like Jemzi - she's an individual, that's for sure, but in the best possible way!

Author's Response: I like Jemzi too, I have good plans for her. Next chapter soon :D