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Of Christmas Past by Chaser921
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 542]

Summary: Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny find themselves in a Muggle hotel in Godric's Hollow on the Winter Solstice. During an enthusiastic snowball fight, Harry and Ginny step through a stone circle that transports them seventeen years into the past. This may be the only chance Harry has to spend with his parents, and it may also be what he needs to figure out his relationship with Ginny.


The warning is for later chapters.



Edit: So, this was originally strictly a Harry/Ginny fic, but Ron and Hermione kept trying to get together too, so I felt like I had to change the category. And there's a bit of Lily/James in there too, though they're already married, and I've also added a bit of Remus/Tonks. Poor Sirius is the only Singleton (though he may manage to get a girl of his own)!


Edit: This story was cannon until after Deathly Hallows came out, so I changed it to Alternate Universe, but it's still pretty close to cannon. Only a few things will end up being different when the story ends.



Edit: I've changed all of the chapter titles to the titles of Christmas songs that I felt reflected the events in the chapters best. Tell me what you think! Does it fit?

Categories: Various Pairings Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Sexual Situations

Word count: 63021 Chapters: 20 Completed: No
Published:
01/02/07 Updated: 01/15/12


Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/30/07 Title: Chapter 1: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Wow, this is very good!

 

Summary: "Yes Neville," said Dumbledore, "it was Voldemort who came to your parents’ house that night nearly ten years ago. It was Voldemort who killed them. And it was Voldemort who then turned his wand on you.”

The ultimate 'what if?'. What if Voldemort had chosen Neville rather than Harry as the boy meant by the prophecy? What if Neville was the Boy-Who-Lived and Harry was the "might have been"?

Join Neville as he faces some familiar and less familiar challenges of his first year at Hogwarts in the first of an epic seven story series mirroring the original novels.

Story now complete. Book 2 is on its way!

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 32280 Chapters: 13 Completed: Yes
Published:
05/26/07 Updated: 08/23/07


Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 08/15/07 Title: Chapter 12: The Professors' Tasks

I liked how you made them flip a coin. This was really good. I can't wait for more!!

Author's Response: I thought Neville needed to learn other people are just as frightened as him, and what bravery means, as this is the first time he actually gets to be brave. Last chapter of PS going in the queue now!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 07/31/07 Title: Chapter 10: Malfoy's Malice

Wow, this story is getting better and better by the update! I love how you portray the non-boy-who-lived Harry. It's like I pictured. And I'm glad to see that Malfoy is still his usual self, although I did feel very sorry for Neville as he had to jump up three flights of stairs. Also, I just had a question for later on, in the books Ginny likes Harry, the boy who lived. Will she like Neville for the same reason or still like Harry? Just a thought that popped into my head.

Update soon! I'm always checking to see if there's a new chapter up!

Author's Response: Thanks, I\'m glad you\'re enjoying it. As for Ginny, well I\'m currently writing the chapter in which she\'s introduced (Book 2, chapter 3). I\'ve got a good idea of where I want her character to go, but I\'ll be interested myself to see how she turns out!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 08/09/07 Title: Chapter 11: A Dragon and Detention

Wow...that was really good.

I was looking for this chapter to come up for like four days and then I had to go away before it got validated! I really liked it though.

Author's Response: Thanks, it was good to finally bring Harry to the fore in a really positive way. More in the next chapter, which should hopefully be up by the beginning of next week.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 07/28/07 Title: Chapter 9: Reflections

Wow, that was really good! I loved what Neville saw in the mirror, and Hermione's too - because we never saw what she saw in the book - and what you wrote was very believeable. Update soon!

Author's Response: Thanks. It was tough coming up with what Neville would see as I wanted it to be noticeably different from Harry. Hermione was actually a lot easier.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 07/26/07 Title: Chapter 8: The Seeker and the Secret

Okay, I've been reading this for a while and I just got an account, so I wanted to tell you how good this is! I always come checking for it, hoping that you added another chapter. Please update it soon!

Author's Response: Thanks, it\'s great to have enthusiastic readers. I\'ve now finished writing Book 1 (just in time for the DH release!) and will update continuously while I make a start on Book 2.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 08/23/07 Title: Chapter 13: The Face of the Enemy

Wow, very nice. I really like how Neville can't say Voldemort. It shows Neville's character tremendously! Good Job, can't wait for the next one.

Author's Response: Neville will say Voldemort eventually, I just haven\'t decided when yet. As a pure-blood he was brought up to fear the name and it takes a long time to fade (look at Ron).

 

Summary: A message, written in what appeared to be a large quantity of blood, was daubed across the wall. In dripping bright red letters Neville read “THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IS NOW OPEN. FLEE, MUDBLOODS, OR DIE.”

In the first sequel to Neville Longbottom and the Philosopher's Stone (prior reading recommended), Neville, the Boy-Who-Lived, enters his second year at Hogwarts, and confronts prejudice and discrimination in the wizarding world and an ancient threat to Hogwarts itself.

How will Neville face these challenges and what new secrets will be discovered? Welcome to Year 2...

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 45787 Chapters: 14 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/23/07 Updated: 11/28/07


Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/20/07 Title: Chapter 12: The Secret Entrance

I like how you had Ginny get into the chamber even though she's not the one that had the diary. Good job and can't wait for the next chapter!!

Author's Response: Ginny plays a crucial role in this chapter (and the next). It\'s here you first see the real Ginny, in a way. The moment where she yells down Harry is one I always had planned. Here she is placed between Harry and Neville for the first time, starting a story that doesn\'t pay off until much further down the line.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/20/07 Title: Chapter 12: The Secret Entrance

I like how you had Ginny get into the chamber even though she's not the one that had the diary. Good job and can't wait for the next chapter!!

Author's Response: See below.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 10/03/07 Title: Chapter 6: The Petrified Cat

oooh prelude into Binns's tale. This should be good. I really like how this is going. And Ginny...hmm...she's is quite strange....Update soon!

Author's Response: Sorry to disappoint you, but actually this was my way of cutting Binns\' tale, as it would necessarily be identical to canon. The next chapter picks up after the lesson, with the assumption that Binns gave the same talk. And Ginny, in a few chapters Neville will comment on the puzzle that is Ginny Weasley... Updating now!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 09/16/07 Title: Chapter 4: The Closed Barrier

Dumbledore trusts Snape. I think that's the first time you have him say that aloud to Neville. I liked this chapter and the way they got to Hogwarts. I agree with Neville, trains are very boring. After I checked my e-mail I was just browsing the site and saw that you updated since I checked my inbox ( two seconds earlier, not even) and was sooo happy. Update soon! I love this.

Author's Response: I only just checked back here myself and there it was! Yes, Dumbledore trusts Snape. The question is why? A better question is should he? This is a different world after all. Oh and yes, I think this chapter may have been influenced by years of frustration with the quality of the British railway system!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 08/26/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Lonely Summer

Nice start, I can't wait for more. Plus, I'd love to meet the Grangers, we never do really in the books. Update soon!

Author's Response: The Grangers take centre stage in the next chapter: \'A Muggle Home\'. Updating now!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 10/11/07 Title: Chapter 7: Dobby's Confession

“Malfoy,” repeated Neville firmly.

“Neville, you can’t just accuse someone because you don’t like them.”

I really liked that:)
Anyway, this chapter was really good. I liked how Neville handled Dobby (sooo much better than Harry did, with him yelling at Dobby...) I thought the bit with Penelope being the first was good too, and adding Percy was great. I was happy Colin wasn't first, especially after he came to get Neville's photograph.

Author's Response: Until now Neville thought that Dobby was just crazy, now he sees what it means to be a house-elf, and it shocked him, so he\'s more sympathetic to Dobby. There\'s a specific reason Colin wasn\'t Petrified first, as you\'ll find out in the next chapter.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 10/19/07 Title: Chapter 8: Parseltongue

I really liked that line at the end that Harry made about Neville being 'no more the Heir of Slytherin than' him. That was good. Also, I really liked what you did with Colin. Never would have thought about that myself. And, am I correct in thinking that Peter Petigrew has some explaining to do in later chapters, because I'm assuming there would be no pet rat if the rat didn't have to hide...could this be the mystery of Harry's past, or a clue to Neville's....hmm. I guess I have to wait to find out. This is really getting interesting, especially Ginny. I don't know what's going on with her and would really like to know. Maybe she likes Nev or maybe she's interested in him because of the chamber. Only you know, huh. Well, I can't wait for the next update!!

Author's Response: I loved writing the occasional ironic line like that line at the end. Neither Harry nor Neville are the Heir, but both have been accused of it (in different worlds)! I\'m glad you noticed the first appearance of Scabbers, he will rate one more mention in Book 2. Ginny is definitely a mystery, yes, and deliberately so.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/14/07 Title: Chapter 11: Follow the Spiders

very nice chapter. I will be waiting for the next chapter to get up. This is getting very interesting!!!!

Author's Response: The next chapter is the key one of the whole story. The identity of the holder of the diary is revealed, and more besides. Make your predictions now!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/29/07 Title: Chapter 14: The Elf's Master

I really like your transition into the next book - with Scabbers/Pettegrew gone missing. Very nice chapter! Can't wait for more from you!

Author's Response: Thank you! Look out for the first chapter of Neville Longbottom and the Prisoner of Azkaban appearing on the site hopefully in a week or so. One note: the summary will include a quotation (from the first chapter), but I\'m going to hold it back until after the first chapter goes up, as it spoils the identity of the Prisoner. You may be surprised as to who it is...

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 11/22/07 Title: Chapter 13: The Phoenix and the Sword

Wow...intense chapter. I like how you wrote it. Neville was perfect, it went right along with his character to let Ginny do that until she was unable to. Maybe Ron will be friends with Neville now that he's saved his life...and Poor Harry's in with Lockhart. He's probably having a blast though, knowing him he's probably making Lockhart miserably. Can't wait for the next (and is this final?) chapter of book 2. Then on to book three were we learn of Harry's mysterious past...right?

Author's Response:

Neville is a curious combination of frightened and brave in this chapter. He rather thinks himself into a state of terror, then his instinctive bravery takes over at the last minute. Nonetheless, as you\'ll see in the next chapter, Neville (wrongly) considers himself to have acted entirely cowardly in these events. This chapter is also important for Ginny\'s character, it made sense to me that she\'d be the one to stand up and earn Fawkes and the sword. Her take on these events will be almost completely different to Neville\'s, but we won\'t see that until book 4 really (Ginny doesn\'t have so much of a role to play in 3, with everything else going on).

Lockhart\'s actually spent this entire chapter unconscious, and won\'t regain consciousness until part way into the next chapter, for his last appearance. The next chapter is indeed the last, and then into book 3, where the first two chapters do indeed contain substantial revelations! I must get on and write more, I\'m only half-way through chapter 4 at the moment.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 10/26/07 Title: Chapter 9: Christmas with the Slytherins

I liked that bit about Colin knowing it was a cat hair so Hermione didn't drink it. I felt bad for her last time when that happened. So...who will be the next victim...which reminds me, I like how you didn't say the name of the kid who got petrified because Neville didn't know who it was. Sometimes people will put something like 'Neville had only talked to him once' or 'Neville had seen him very few times, only enough to know his name' but you kept with your story in that Neville didn't know what he's called. Good job!! Can't wait for the next chapter!!

Author's Response: Yeah, I thought I\'d be kind to Hermione this time out, she deserved a break! Since Neville doesn\'t mix much with other people, I figured it was natural he wouldn\'t know Justin\'s name (he does find out after the event). Next chapter going in the queue now!

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 09/23/07 Title: Chapter 5: Whispers in the Dark

wow...I wonder who has the diary. I really like how Draco ended up with the slugs instead of Ron. Lockhart's fantastic! Superb. Update soon!

Author's Response: Fortunately Ron has a working wand this time, having avoided any car-tree related incidents! I\'m glad you like Lockhart, I was worried about him. I found him hard to write for and I\'m afraid his appearances may be fairly limited.

 
Reviewer: NorthernLights Signed
Date: 09/09/07 Title: Chapter 3: The Weasleys versus the Malfoys

I had a feeling that Harry's being watched by Sirius, but I do hope that his parents didn't end up like Neville's parents in JK's version. That would be very sad, hearing about James and Lily like that. But, I really loved this chapter, especially the brawl, very Sirius-like to start it! Update soon!

Author's Response: I\'m afraid I can\'t tell you anything about James and Lily yet, but I\'m glad you enjoyed the chapter. This was a tough one to write, something like half a dozen character introductions and a few important details needing to be set up. Next chapter in the queue!

 
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