Hello! I'm Julia and when I'm not cavorting with elves in Middle Earth, I'm a moderator for this archive, among other things.
Poetry, Anyone? I am the resident Poet Laureate over on the Beta Boards as leader of this fun little group. We have monthly challenges all with a Harry Potter twist. You can also find solid and comprehensive critique for any poems and help for all your archive-based concerns.
Susan Bones Book Club. I am the leader of this fun little group. Each month the SBBC chooses two to three fics from the archives to discuss. We also have monthly drabble activities and an incredibly lively chat thread. We accept new members at all times so if you're interested go and take a look. It's open to all members of the beta boards. If you have any questions or concerns then don't hesitate to PM me.
Oh I'm so glad to see this up on the archives, Carole. You really caught the essence of Plath's original AND within the constraints that I made XD
This is a great poem (and I have to say that it's nice to see something from Ron's perspective). Now I must decide whether or not it's too late to post a new challenge...
Author's Response: AGHHHH... too late to stop the evil new challenge. Thank you for reviewing, Julia. I enjoyed this challenge very much because it gave me the chance to revisit favourite poems. Not looking forward to August though .... eeep! (That's a joke. I will do it) ~Carole~
Natalie, this is brilliant. You are such a talented writer. Everything seems to flow so well. I loved the way you told this fic. In my mind it was as if Rabastan was remembering this while in Azkaban, trying desperately to hold onto this one (not so happy?) memory. I don't know if that's what you intended but it really seemed like that to me.
Your characterisation was excellent. Rabastan felt so real to me. I'm not always a fan of first-person but it really worked for this. I didn't just feel like a spectator but as if I was in his head and that really stood out for me. Regulus was also incredibly well written. You kept him consistently mysterious (I suppose that is the right word...) and the way you ended the fic just drove his characterisation straight home.
And it astounds me to this day that all that time, I was discovering only myself, while he continued to be lost to me.
This ending really rendered me speechless and is probably the reason I'm leaving a horribly incoherent review right now.
Natalie, this fic is superb. I hope someone nominates it one day for the SBBC as it would be a fantastic discussion piece. There are so many layers to explore. I love it!
Author's Response: JuliA!
Thank you so, so much for this lovely review. :) *I am late, but I thought I had already responded. How odd.*
To hear that you aren't a fan of 1st person narrative but still loved the fic is such an awesome compliment. :D I did want the readers to get inside Rabastan's head, and and to be unnerved because he is going to be a cruel DE, after all. *wink wink*
You have given me great encouragement and happiness with this "incoherent" review, Greenleaf. :) I will be sure to finish the second chapter as soon as I can.
*sniff* Emma, you've made me cry, too. That was so sad... and so well written! I'm not SPEW worthy so sorry for the squee/sob review but I loved it!
Author's Response: Juliaaaaaa! Psssh, I love any kind of reviews! Thanks so much <3 :)
I've just listened to this on Audiofics and I have to say it was just as funny as I remember it being way back when I read it in... 2010! Gosh has it been that long??? I'm sitting here giggling into my yoghurt and trying not to choke.
Oh, Gina. That was hilarious. I knew you could pull this off! I loved how sexyboi!Harry liked Hermione... gosh, surprising much?
"Mmm, Hermione," nodded DirtyHarry appreciatively.
"Stay in canon, stay in canon," hummed DrunkHarry. He tripped into the living room and passed out on the floor.
Definitely my favourite bit XD
Author's Response: Oh, thank you for reading this! I'm glad you found it funny. I'm relieved I pulled it off, lol. Had to get a nod to Harry and Hermione in there somewhere. ;) As for "Stay in canon" I'm glad you liked that. Carole thought it was a bit breaking with the rest of the piece, and I think she's right, but I can still hear it in my head so I just couldn't bring myself to cut it once I wrote it. Fourth wall, smourth wall. ;) Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Wow, Natalie, I can't believe I hadn't read this before now! I am such a failure at keeping up with my must-read list. Argh. Anyway, this is fantastic. Beautifully written, as always, and beautifully structured. I love the way you can write in small snapshots and blend them together in such a way that they flow perfectly. You did this in The Receding as well. What struck me was where you placed Albus' sorting. I love how you didn't place it as the beginning, but left it until you had exposed Albus' character enough to make his sorting justifiable. You built and built his characterisation up until you finally revealed his sorting.
That is another thing which you mastered. You managed to make this a completely plausible AU. You haven't changed Albus' character in the slightest, merely focusing on the parts of him which would place him in Slytherin rather than any of the other houses. It makes me think that, yes, he could well have been a Slytherin. There is the underlying current of Albus' belief, or rather faith, that the end must justify the means. If that wasn't true in his mind, then the struggle between his conscience and actions would be so much harder for him to bear. He will do what is necessary for his desired outcome even if it means the loss of an innocent soul.
It is necessary, Albus told himself, even though the thought alone hurt him.
This, I think says it all. You’ve captured his character perfectly. It is truly Dumbledore and yet, you have portrayed him in such a way as to lend his characteristics to that of Slytherin. And what you have the sorting hat say rings so true. It doesn’t matter whether or not the end is noble and moral and just, Albus will still do whatever means necessary to get there. And he does, as we all know.
The comparison between Dumbledore and Snape that ran right through the fic was also a nice touch. It created a sort of balance between the canon of the fic and the AU. When you think about it, as you obviously have done when writing this fic, Albus and Severus are both rather similar in certain aspects, and I think that Dumbledore saw a bit of his young self in Severus.
Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now. This turned out to be a lot longer than I intended but I am so glad that I’ve finally read this fic. It is a wonderful piece of writing and your exploration of the characters was truly insightful. I hope we can discuss this in the SBBC!
Author's Response: “There is the underlying current of Albus' belief, or rather faith, that the end must justify the means. If that wasn't true in his mind, then the struggle between his conscience and actions would be so much harder for him to bear.”
Holy Movie Canon, Batman! This fic won the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Chaptered Humor Story. Thanks so, so much!
Ahahahahahahaha. Shoelace! The suit!
Author's Response: Glad you liked it, Julia. Thanks!
Yay I was looking forward to this one because I remembered Ernie casting a Patronus during the battle in DH. You really caught his character, Neil! He was pompous and full of his own self importance but his loyalty and desire for good trumped the flaws. And I loved the way you built up the story until you reached the end when he and the others save the Trio. Another great chapter as always :)
Author's Response: Thank you. I wasn't sure how my version of Ernie would be received. I tried to make him self-important and rather frightened. Itried to make him a bit of a Captain Mainwaring (not certain whether many people will get that reference). But despite this he 's a good friend and a staunch ally. This particular chapter was intersting, because Ernie seemed to take on a life of his own. -N-
Yay another update! I love the way you are able to take characters we only know a little about in canon and turn them into such real, tangible people. It really brings the battle to life for me again. Susan's focus, composure and loyalty really came through. I love the way you have her mentioning her aunt throughout the fic- it is clear that Amelia is someone Susan looks up to and it adds another dimension of her loyalty to family and to what she believes is right.
This was such a nice read after a long day of study and I'm really looking forward to seeing your take on the other DA members during the battle. Great job as usual, Neil!
Thanks for the review.
I tried to make my Susan (and she is mine – I don’t think that I’ve ever read a story in which she appears) focussed and somewhat in awe of her aunt. I’m really pleased that that this came across. I see her as being very “prim and proper” and rather obsessed with words and names, too.
Not all of these stories will be about the DA members. Augusta, Polly Protheroe, Oliver Wood, Mark Moon, Draco, Goyle, Lavender's parents, Buckbeak, Millicent Bullstrode and a motley collection of Aurors will also get a chance to shine (or, in some cases, tarnish).Next: Ernest Endeavours-N-
I can't believe I've missed three chapters of this! Where have I been?! First of all, Voldemort Doesn't Play Quidditch was such a touching chapter. It brought tears to my eyes! Also, I generally enjoy Oliver Wood fics and your take on his post-battle character was great to read.
Ahh, it was so good to see more of Mark Moon. This chapter was intense to say the least. I loved it. And it was interesting to see another reaction to Voldemort's demise. While people around him are celebrating, Mark's life is still in turmoil. He can't find his sister and the celebration just fades into the background. It doesn't even seem relevant. I loved the way you showed that. And thank you so much for the dedication. It brought a smile to my face.
I see you have another chapter up now but I'll read and review later after I get some sleep!
Author's Response: Julia Thanks for the review(s). Oliver is such a Quidditch fanatic I really could not see any other way to drag him to the battle. I’ve been trying to write a “Lee Jordan Show” story for some time, too. This was not the story I’d intended to use, but it seemed appropriate. I give poor Mark a hard time in this chapter, and his future girlfriend an equally hard time in the next. I find that OC stories get very few reads (perhaps it’s just me). I rather like Mark and your championing of him persuaded me that this chapter was worth writing, and deserved some recognition. There will be more of Mark, eventually. Neil
Oh I loved this chapter, Neil! I've really been looking forward to Neville's turn and this certainly lived up to expectation. You really captured that awkward bravery of Neville's. The way he wavered after Harry spoke to him, could he follow him? He still has that self-doubt that seemed to hinder him when he was a young boy and yet he has grown so much that now, when he makes the right decision, he knows that he can do what it takes to fulfill his duty.
Author's Response: Julia, Thanks for the review. This chapter is one of the longest, because the unchosen one deserves his moment in the spotlight. Neville is as determined as Harry when he puts his mind to something. -N-
Wow, I wasn't expecting that. Another great chapter, Neil, and another plot-point that seems as if it could fit into canon. I especially enjoyed Neville's characterisation here and his reaction to his Gran's letter. Very well done. I'm loving this series and can't wait to read the rest :)
I try to add something unexpected, but still possibly canon, though this is the only thing I've ever written which is set in the future (beyond 2010) and it's even post-epilogue.
The next four: Good Bones, Ernest Endeavours, Abbot Ails and Justin Time are being beta'd (you may spot a theme there) and so is Voldemort Doesn't Play Quidditch.-N-
*sniff* I knew this was going to be sad. Poor, poor Justin and poor, poor Colin. It always pains me in DH when we find out Colin died (it pains me when anyone good dies, even Hedwig!) but it was sad to relive that in this chapter. However, I loved the story you came up with for Justin. For someone was going to be sent to Eton it certainly made sense!
Thanks for another great chapter. This fic is keeping me going through my exams, honestly. And again, congrats for your 2 QSQ awards! It's great seeing Mark Moon get the recognition he deserves :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review (and for the congratulations – I’m “reet chuffed” about the awards). I haven’t finished with Colin’s death yet. As I reread these stories (and I’m busy on chapter 20 now) I’ve realised that Colin’s (and Fred’s) deaths are the ones which form a thread through these stories. I’ve ignored (almost entirely) Lupin and Tonks. But then most of the DA didn’t know Tonks. Next: Voldemort Doesn’t Play Quidditch, then: Waning Moon (about guess who?)
Oh I hadn't noticed this was up! What a nice surprise. I particularly love this chapter. Cho is a character I love reading about but she is often given a bad rep in fanfiction and your characterisation was very refreshing. You wrote her desire to prove how she had changed very well. It wasn't too over-whelming, instead it was more of a subtle undercurrent, rising to surface at the end, and tying everything together with the scene in the Room of Requirement that we are all familiar with. I've always thought about what her life was like after the final battle, but this has really made me think more about what her life was like during the war, as well. Thanks for another great read, Neil. I look forward to the next installment.
Author's Response: Julia Thanks. Cho turned up for the final battle. She did this despite the fact that she and Harry barely acknowledged each other after their split. That shows a certain strength of character, I think. I tried to make this story understated, because that’s how I see Cho, she’s really quite a quiet girl and (in my view) not particularly self-assured. I think that she’s a bit like Hermione without the bossiness. Her final school year was the year of HBP, so this story barely scrapes the surface of what she did. Next, the story which almost turned my brain to blancmange – Good to be Back. I’ll be very interested in what people think. Neil
Oh I'm so glad you've put this up on the archives. I really loved this. You have great flow and the repetition of the words is not too noticeable which is the trick of course! I adore the third stanza in particular, especially this:
A good man swallowed by the veil
The way you describe the veil as swallowing someone really heightens the mystery - as if it is its own being, its own entity. I love that.
Well done, Carole!
Author's Response: Thank you Julia. the idea of the Veil being an entity is intriguing. I love the while mystery surrounding it, and the fact that Harry hears things but Ron and Hermione plainly don't sparks more of a mystery in my eyes. Hmm, if he hadn't fallen into it, would Sirius have survived? Glad you liked the poem and thanks again ~Carole~
Wow, Gina, this has to be one of the best fanfics I've read. It's such a beautiful story with the most wonderful characterisation. I loved the way you wrote James, it felt fresh but just so... right. You say in the end notes that you wanted to explore a deeper side of James and you truly excelled at that. And the way that Lily comes to see a whole new side to James was paced so well. I really feel like you built this wonderful journey for the two of them even though it's over a relatively short time.
Everything about the fic is perfect--the characterisation and pacing and flow, I loved it all. This is certainly going in my favourites.
Author's Response: Er, one of the best?? Wow, thanks Julia! You really are on a J/L kick, aren't you? Hee hee, do I sense another OTP coming your way?? They are fun, aren't they? I love writing them. I loved writing this. I was up in the middle of the night once with insomnia and Natalie came on and said something about James getting drunk and I said - ooh, can I borrow that idea? And this came out. I was in a big dialogue phase then, lol. I'm glad you liked it even though it was really just a lot of talking! Thanks so much for reading this, your reviews have made me want to keep working on the story I started a few weeks ago, heh heh. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
*sobs* Okay, this is embarrassing. I am crying, Carole! You've made me cry! To be honest, I'm actually pleased the way you ended things. I think it was the most plausible ending for this fic. She helped Draco to heal and he healed her in a way, too, but while I'm sure Hermione has strong feelings for Draco, she was still very much in love with Ron. I have a feeling that Ron knows something more happened between Hermione and Draco, but since the battle I think he's matured enough to realise that when it comes to relationships nothing is black and white. He knows Hermione loves him and I'm not sure he'd want to shake things up that might break them... I wonder if you wrote an epilogue whether this would be addressed ;D Wow, reading that you wouldn't think I was a deluded one...
Great fic as usual, Carole. I'm sad that it's finished!
Author's Response: Thanks Julia, hmm, I do think Ron suspects something more, but doubt he'd allow himself to think that. he had a hard enough time believing Harry, Draco would be unbearable. If I wrote an epilogue (it's an if) then I might allude to that, but ... Oh i don;t know. I still can't see any of the Weasleys as being that forgiving (Bill and Charlie, possibly). Thank you for reading and reviewing. Next up ... Snape Umbridge! (I'm kidding)
OMG. This was such a great chapter and the perfect antidote to four hours of neuroscience study! You're amazing, Carole. You've brought Draco and Hermione together in such a way that it feels so right. The Dramiones I usually read are AU when Harry and Ron are dead (or thought to be) but this is really great. You had me cheering for both Draco AND Ron in this chapter O.o and I loved the ending. How is Draco going to react?!?! I think I have a pretty good idea but you never know...
Author's Response: Thank you. I hope this was a welcome respite from neuroscience at least. Mmm, I didn't want to kill Harry and Ron, and thought it would be so much more deliciously awkward if Ron turned up again - ha ha ha. How will Draco react ... hmmm, well I could tell you, but I think I'll make you wait - heh heh heh. Thanks again ~Carole~
Carole, that was an awes- oops, sorry, amazing start XD Draco's characterisation was just phwoaaaar! I love an angsty Draco but he can sometimes come across as just too melodramatic but you tread that line very well. I'm interested to see what you do with Ron. He is very angsty, too. Something I wasn't expecting and I'm definitely intrigued. Eek! This review is so disjointed. Just as a warning, my reviews for this fic are going to be of the incoherent fangirly variety! Can't wait to see more :)
Author's Response: OOOh, a sexy Draco, eh? well, possibly. I didn't want him all melodramatic because then we don't get his snarkiness and I do love writing snark. Glad you like it so far. Ron will be explained, I promise. Thanks ~Carole~
In her seventh year, Katie Bell knew what it was like to fear death. A year later, she learnt what it was like to see it in front of her. Nothing she had ever experienced had prepared her to deal with the aftermath of that. And then he came.
Caught in a whirlwind of Quidditch, heartbreak, and a rivalry, Katie struggled with her jumbled mess of feelings, one of which she hadn't expected but was growing certain that she could never live without.
Oh my freaking Salazar! This story WON TWO 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards: Best Post-Hogwarts Story and Best Non-Canon Romance Story. *flail*
This (late) update was brought to you by the (belated) birthday of the ever-lovely Hannah / h_vic. She is a star and an excellent friend!
HOT. Gahhhhbnfdjbndjkfnbvdfjbvjdkz. Loved the exchange with Draco. It felt very in character. But noooo, Katie, stop running away from everything! You can be an adult with Oliver, no problem xD *coughs* Sorry for this ridiculous review, Jess!
Oh her poor head does awful things to her, doesn't it?
I really thought about making the interview with Draco something sweet, but in the end, I decided that Draco wasn't ready to not be a jerk yet, so that's how that ended up.
Oh, Katie, Katie, Katie... she's just so unsure of herself that she doesn't well and truly realise that Oliver would die for her ten times over, so she keeps overreacting to things that are rather mundane. They never really argued over anything important, so she took it as a sign that he hated her.
I'm glad you appreciated the smut. It makes me happy. :D