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06/22/09

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Hi there! I’m Soraya. I’m seventeen years old and am a proud Muslim British Bangladeshi. I live in East London and have loved reading and writing from a young age. I’m rather obsessed with Harry Potter (aren’t we all?), tea (not a surprise considering I’m a Brit) and good grammar. Recently, I've also got into the Supernatural fandom. After watching the first episode, I had already fallen head over heels in love with Sam Winchester, so it's no surprise that I am now a huge SPN fangirl as well as a Potterhead.

My writing has changed quite a bit over the years, and I think you'll probably notice that, the further down my author page you go, the more the quality seems to drop :P I started posting stories on here at the age of fourteen, and at nearly eighteen, I can see how much my writing has improved since those Dark Ages. So, for that reason, I would advise you stick to the more recent stuff, if you choose to read anything of mine.

My Stories

Just so you know, these are posted firstly according to what kind of pairing, if any, is in the story, and then in chronological order in accordance to my own canon, not necessarily the order in which they were posted.

Canon Pairings

Checkmate (James/Lily)

My first chaptered fic. It’s terribly written, but I still have a place in my heart for it because of how much fun it was to write. This story has now been deleted on MNFF, but if you really, really want to read it, you can still find it on FF.net and HPFF. (I advise you don't, though :P)

Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion (James/Lily)

Written for Round One (Major Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon, this one-shot is about James and Lily’s relationship getting rockier and rockier after they left Hogwarts, especially when Lily is faced with the trials of being a wife and motherhood. A little smutty.

My Love is Always Here (James/Lily)

This was a belated birthday present for the wonderful Gina/Gmariam, aka the queen of James/Lily. This is mostly about Lily dealing with becoming a mother for the first time and the problems (as well as the joys) that come with that.

There's an Answer (Remus/Tonks)

Written for Sophie/The owl for SPEW Summer Swap IV. Tonks is sent on an interesting baby Auror assignment to do with werewolves. Remus and a dangerous Muggle are thrown into the mix, with interesting results.

Left Behind (Remus/Tonks)

An expanded version of one of my LoveNotes, written for SPEW. It's a missing moment set between OOTP and HBP, where in my head canon Remus and Tonks have been together, in secret, for a few weeks already and Remus is then told to go on his werewolf mission. Slightly smutty.

One and Only (Remus/Tonks)

Written for the lovely Alex/Ithinkrabis2people in the Ravenclaw Christmas Drabble Exchange. This is a missing moment set just after Tonks’s outburst to Remus in the hospital wing at the end of HBP.

Out of My Life (Harry/Ginny)

My only AU (kind of). I tweaked a small part of canon in this -- basically, Harry actually said goodbye to Ginny properly when he broke up with her. Very angsty, and this is only up for sentimental reasons, as I wrote it during The Dark Ages (aka when I was fourteen).

A Different Kind of Magic (Harry/Ginny)

Written for the You’re Having My Baby challenge at SIYE. Ginny finds out she’s pregnant, but Harry receives the news before her and therefore has to tell his wife. This was my first ever story at MNFF. It was written when I was thirteen, and it definitely shows.

A Different Kind of Magic 2: Parenthood (Harry/Ginny)

A sequel, obviously, to A Different Kind of Magic. Ginny goes into labour, and both Harry and Ginny realise what it means to be parents. Again, this was written from Back in the Days.

Same-Sex Pairings

The Caustic Ticking of the Clock (Rowena/Helga)

Written for the Great Hall Cotillion, this story is my only Founders story so far, and it’s about Rowena and Helga’s secret relationship. I am proud of this one, which doesn’t usually happen :)

Catching Fire (James/Sirius)

This was written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Embers”, and it’s set just after Remus’s second transformation with the Marauders. James is badly injured, and he and Sirius realise, inadvertently, that they might just have feelings for each other. I like the pairing but still think the story needs work. One day I will go back and edit.

Flicker and Fail (Katie/Leanne)

This was written forSecret SPEW, and my recipient was the absolutely fabulous Alex/welshdevondragon. It’s my take on Leanne and Katie’s relationship from way before they were even at Hogwarts as well as what eventually happens to Katie in HBP, when she was cursed.

Next Generation

Skinny Love (Louis/Lily)

Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion. Set during Teddy and Victoire's wedding, Louis helps Lily come to terms with her bulimia. This one was pretty difficult to write.

Blood and Roses (Scorpius/Rose, Scorpius/Dominique, Dominique/OC)

Written for the Great Hall Mysterious Maychallenge, this was my first Next Generation fic about Scorpius, mostly, and the trials he faces after his daughter is murdered.

Broken Glass (Louis/Lily)

This is the story of when Loulily really began. After the deaths of his immediate family, Louis is finding it hard to cope, even six months later. Lily somehow helps. It’s a little smutty. I’m proud of this one, too :)

The Highway of Regret (Scorpius/Lily, Scorpius/Rose, Louis/Lily)

Also written for the Great Hall Cotillion. It’s my one and only Scily. This is all about secret relationships and mistakes people make. Lily’s angry at Louis, and Scorpius has just broken up with Rose; when Lily gets drunk in the pub, things... happen. :P

I Will Lay Down My Heart (Albus/Rose, Scorpius/Rose)

Written for Round Two (Minor Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon. Albus has been in love with Rose for years, but what happened with them when they were younger has put a dent in their relationship. It doesn’t help that Rose is actually in love with Scorpius, either. This is smutty too.

One More Night (Albus/Rose, Rose/Scorpius)

Companion piece to I Will Lay Down My Heart. This goes into more detail about Rose and Albus's changing relationship as well as the aftermath of the events in said companion story. Probably the smuttiest thing on my page. :D Written for the Great Hall Cotillion 2013.

Glass (Louis/Lily)

This was written for the Great Hall-iday challenge for the Operation: Mistletoe prompt, and this was where my love for Loulily began.

Poetry

Excruciatingly Painful

This is about how five men in Potterverse dealt with remorse in different ways.

Always

This poem is about how Remus feels about Sirius (not slashy, btw).

Regret

Written for the Magic in Music challenge over inPoetry, Anyone? This was set to the track “Obliviate” in DH1 and is about Hermione modifying her parents’ memories.

Farewell

Written for the Goodbyechallenge in Poetry, Anyone? This was about saying goodbye, and how difficult it could be.

After All This Time

Written for the Deathly Hallows challenge inPoetry, Anyone?. I ship unrequited Snape/Lily, and this is probably the only time Snape will be on my author page, lol.

Hush, Dominique

Written for the MC Kreacher challenge inPoetry, Anyone? This was written from the POV of Bill Weasley after his wife’s death.

Miscellaneous

Bruises

Written for the Great Bannermakers’ Hallchallenge. The banner I picked had Merope Gaunt on it, and it’s probably my darkest story; it’s definitely the only one to have a dubious consent warning. It’s about, as you might guess, the abuse Merope suffered from her father and brother.

In Care (Marlene/OC)

Marlene McKinnon, as a care kid, eventually falls in love with another care kid, Jamal Olawumi. But he's a Muggle, and keeping her world secret proves difficult. This is definitely a story I would like to revisit and tidy up.

Just Across the Bar (Sirius/Rosmerta)

Sirius is just about of age, but obviously Rosmerta has misgivings about having feelings for Sirius, who is still a student. Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion and also smutty.

Butterbeer Bottles

Written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Juggling”, and it’s just a silly piece of dialogue-only banter between Remus and Sirius. Sirius realises Remus likes Tonks, and he tries to persuade Remus to act on his feelings.

Hanging by a Thread (Katie/Oliver)

Written for the lovely Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor for Secret SPEW VII. Katie is grieving and drowning her sorrows in alcohol and Oliver is trying his best to save Muggles, while trying also to bury feelings for Katie that he thought he had long since forgotten about. There is also, surprise surprise, some smut in this.


And that’s it! Along with being a moderator, I’m also a member of SPEWand SBBC. I hope to see you around on the forums; feel free to contact me via PM or review if you have any questions or comments about my stories!


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Our Done Deal by Aria_Aurora1

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 20 Reviews
Summary: He withdrew his arms from around her, and reached into the back pocket of his shorts. As he bent down to kiss her again, he took hold of her hand, and placed inside it a square box. “Happy birthday.”

This is the tale of a birthday… A seventeenth birthday, no less. It tells of a present given to a redheaded teenager by the love of her life, a gift that became the best present she would ever receive; better than all past and all future presents. It tells of a present she would never, ever forget.

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/19/10 Title: Chapter 1: Our Done Deal

Aw, what a sweet story! I really like Harry's present as well. Keep it up!

~Soraya~



One Word by ThestralSong13

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 1 Reviews
Summary: This is a character study of Draco in poem form.
Imagine him coming to in the hospital wing after being attacked by Harry (HBP, Sectumsempra) and what's going through his mind.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was a fabulous poem, really well written and I like the rhyming (which I know is really hard from past experience). I can't guess what the "one word" is though. What is it?

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you! Well, the word in the beginning is 'Sectumsempra', but at the end turns to 'stay'... hence "One Word" is a misnonmer. I'm really glad you liked it! ~Thestral



Of Slayers and Champions by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 23 Reviews
Summary:

After it was all said and done, Harry wanted a sandwich. However, Ron knew that what he wanted was far deeper and complex and maddening and insufferable. But could Hermione ever forgive him for leaving her behind? Could he ever forgive himself?

 

This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Canon Romance.


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/19/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was a really nice piece: short, fluffy and sweet. I didn't think that you'd do R/Hr but I'm really glad you did as it turned out very good. It was quite in character for Ron to say "Love you" and for Hermione not to say anything back. You did a great job with one of my favourite ships.

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Hello again!

I tend to stick to different ships, as Ron/Hermione has so many spectacular pieces with which I couldn't possibly compete, but it's a ship I've always believed in. Sure, I think they have a dysfunctional relationship, but they really do love one another. I'm glad you liked it and thought it was in-character. Lovely to hear from you as usual.

~Jess



Stay With Me by Sagen

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 3 Reviews
Summary: Andromeda knows that Ted loves her, but does she love him? Is five months really long enough to know that you love somebody?

She’s running out of time to answer, and with news of their relationship spreading, she soon finds herself having to make the hardest choice of all. This is a sequel to my Boy Oh Boy.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Stay With Me

Aw. I mean, aw! That was so cute! I liked the bit when Sirius asked Andromeda about if she's pregnant. That really made me LOL. And I really feel for people like her who have their loved ones - her dad, in this case - switching on her. That's really sad. Anyway, lovely story. Keep it up!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: I think this is my favourite so far out of the series. The part with Sirius was may favourite too. I was writing it and then I read it out loud and was like, 'Oh man! It sounds like she's pregnant!' So I decied to add that in. Thanks!



I Wouldn't Change A Thing by The_Real_Hermione

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 17 Reviews
Summary: Brothers were strange creatures.

For as long as Lily can remember, there has been a gap between her and James which she never felt with Albus. When Lily is kidnapped, will James prove her wrong?

A story about the discovery of what family really means.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 05/30/11 Title: Chapter 3: I'll Find You

Katrina, I really liked this! I've personally made it my mission to read everything of yours, and I think I only have a few to go. There's one about Snape, one about Remus, and one about the Creeveys. Oh, and I think I still need to read Neville's one too. But I'm getting there, really.

Anyway, this isn't going to be a very long review, but I just wanted to say what a nice change it made for there not to be any major cliches in this story. Next Gen gets so many, and they all seem to read the same -- the non MNFF ones, that is. This was a great, fresh take on what Next Gen could've been. That said, if you did have any cliches, there's no doubt that you could pull it off.

There were a few typos, but it's going to take forever to point them out and correct them. And since they're not major, it's not a huge deal, really, especially because they in no way detract me from the story. It was gripping, from the moment Lily gets ambushed.

What I liked the most was that it was a bit like OOTP, but it wasn't a carbon copy of it either. And the best part was definitely the ending. I have two brothers and right now, I feel like they are very, very strange creatures. In fact, strange doesn't even begin to describe them, tbh.

Lastly, this line was my favourite part:

She knew it was clichéd – but then clichés only existed because they were universal experiences, common to the whole of humanity. Although, to be honest, she didn’t really care whether being clichéd was good or bad or just plain silly.

It's just so true. Ta for writing, as always, and thanks for reviewing my stories too. The next chapter of Checkmate, if you're wondering, has been in the queue for more than 8 days now, so I'm hoping it'll be validated soon. If not by tomorrow, I'll be PM'ing Fresca. Anyway, enough of my rambling. Have a good bank holiday!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: I'm so flattered that you actually want to read all my stories!! (I'd be careful about the Snape one though... it's really not very good). Anyway.

I'm glad you thought this wasn't cliched - I find a lot of Next Gen stories are romance (not that there's anything wrong with that) and I wanted to write something a bit different. I just sort of wrote Harry's kids the way they turned out, I didn't really think about it that much except that I didn't want any of them to be copies of their parents.

Yes, it was a bit like OotP - on one hand, you could say that's my lack of creativity, but I also thought giving the next generation an "adventure" like this would give them more of a connection to their parents - plus, they got the Thestrals idea from Neville anyway. Also, I didn't think Lestrange and Avery would be the most intelligent or creative people and so they picked the Department of Mysteries but didn't plan well enough how to get in there so resorted to the courtroom.

I think it's easy for love to be understated in families, because it is assumed, so it's easy for misunderstandings to occur. And yes, I know what you mean about brothers lol.

I'm glad you liked the line about cliches - it's something I believe and I think sometimes cliches are good and can be used effectively (although not overused).

I have in fact just read the next chapter of Checkmate - a review is coming up soon.

Thanks again for reading/reviewing all my stories!

~Katrina



Barely There by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 7 Reviews
Summary: Dean Thomas felt like his soul had been ripped out when he survived the Battle of Hogwarts and his best friend did not. Grief-stricken, his brain simply couldn't wrap around what meant anything to him anymore, but the unlikeliest of heroines pulled him from the brink and maybe saved herself along the way.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 10/31/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I agree with the end notes. I could never call Dean/Hestia bizarre but it's certainly one that I've never heard of before, that's for sure! I liked the setting at the beginning, how it was during the war and then it moved forwards, and the fact that Dean thought at first that they had nothing in common but actually they had loads. I have to say, though, how old is the Hestia in your head? 25? The same age as Natalie/hestiajones?

Oh, last thing, Hestia's comment about Dean's jawline made me smile. I've got a thing for guys' jaws too...

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Hi Soraya!

I suppose this pairing popped into my head when I was trying to think of Natalie's favourite characters. I remembered that she loved Dean, and I was then on a quest to write him with someone else besides the normal ones. This is just how it came out.

Yes, in this fic, I had her around 25, but not so much because I wanted her to be of similar age as Natalie (which she is), but more because I didn't want her to seem like a cougar, lol. And the jaw thing is an artist thing. Artists are sucker for beautiful bone structure.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story (at least I think you did). Thanks for the review.

~Jess



Promise Me by Sagen

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 2 Reviews
Summary: Andromeda Black has everything she has ever wanted; she is in love and soon to be married to Ted Tonks. However, her new-found happiness comes with a price, and she can’t help but wonder if she has made the right choice in leaving her family behind. As she starts her new life with Ted, will the future be a fairytale or the biggest mistake she has ever made?

A sequel to my story Stay With Me.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Promise Me

Haha. I feel for Andromeda - I'm an awful cook myself - but even I can make decent eggs and toast! I liked how, at the end, you used a bit of humour to lighten up the angst. It really leaves the reader smiling as they finish reading your story. That was fabulously written, keep it up!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Woah, my first review for this story! I'm really glad you liked it. I don't really like reading stories that end in angst, so I think humour is the best thing for that! Thanks again!



Forever Entwined by lucca4

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 17 Reviews
Summary:
“Love and hate are such strong words, they also cause so much pain.”

From the first time Rose Weasley saw Scorpius Malfoy on the Hogwarts Express, she knew they were fated to be enemies. At least, that was the plan. But as the years went on, she found that it was easier said than done. The gap between who she was and who her family wanted her to be was always widening. Her life becomes a tangled web of mistakes and regrets as she finds herself drawn to the one boy she was told to hate, until finally she makes a choice. A choice that might have just lost her the only one who had always been there for her…
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Forever Entwined

Aw, that was so sweet! I laughed out loud on the bit about braces. Scorose is definitely one of my favourites, and you portrayed their story of love very well. Nice one!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Haha--yes, that bit was very fun to write! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story :).



Sunset At Last by Cheshlin

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 4 Reviews
Summary: Ginny reflects on life on her wedding day.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/06/10 Title: Chapter 1: Sunset At Last

What a great poem! I've read loads of stories re Ginny's wedding day but never a poem. Great job. My favourite line: I love my dark haired spouse.

Keep it up!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this. I'm hoping to get some poems from my Poetry Anyone thread up over here. :) Hopefully I'll have them here soon. cyns



Collateral Damage by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 22 Reviews
Summary:

Albus Potter had what some would call a fascinating job -- working for the Magical Law Enforcement's intelligence department. But when suspicious activity caused the Ministry to think the infamous Knights of Walpurgis were up to something, their leading expert was called into action.

In disguise and out of his mind, Albus embarked on an impossible task, but when things started turning for the worse, why were his only thoughts about the one person he would hurt along the way?

 

This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next-Generation Story AND Best Same-Sex Pairing Story


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 09/10/11 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Jessss! I read this in one sitting yesterday, and I only didn't leave a review because it was getting late and needed to sleep :)

Woooow. I am a Scorose shipper all the way, but even I couldn't deny that this was an amazing fic, Alpius/Scalbus and all.

Seriously, I was initially thrown off by your warning at the beginning about the themes in the story that might make me uncomfortable, but I was really glad I read it. You've made me fall in love with Scorpius and this is defintiely the most unique story I've ever read. It was like a novel with its plot twists and the mystery behind who the mole in the Ministry was. Oh, and I loved the inclusion of the Knights of Walpurgis -- that was JKR's original name for Death Eaters, right?

The Polyjuice Potion tablet, Albus's assignment, the Macmillan family, all the little details you put in showed that you worked hard on this and that it really paid off, because to date, this is one of my favourite fics by you.

This definitely isn't a SPEW review (but you already knew that :P) although this fic definitely doesn't have enough of them. Reviews, I mean. But yes. Excellent job. :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Sorry about the reply delay. Just got archive access back on my main account.

This story is certifiably weird, no doubt about it. But sometimes, I like a protagonist who happens to NOT be good at stuff and is rather bumbling but not ridiculous. Well, he IS ridiculous as a female, but I think you get what I mean, lol. 

Yes, the Knights are of JKR's creation, and I fully believe that it would've been impossible to eliminate their influence completely. But Albus was definitely ill-equipped to handle this assignment, which was, as you see, by design. A perfect plot... or at least until Granddad Greengrass got in the way, hehe.

I may have angsted over this fic a bit, but the response it's got (mostly 'this is bats*** but glorious') has made it all worth it. I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for reading!

~Jess



All Alone by savvy33

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 11 Reviews
Summary: She left him. Two years later, he still hasn't picked up the pieces and moved on.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/16/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hmmm. This was written quite well. I'm not sure the shouting works. Hermione was rather OOC--just because he was disorganised she would leave him? That's not a very believable scenario to be perfectly honest, so I don't know. But you certainly left me wanting more, so I think you should work on this, make it longer--not necessarily by adding another chapter--and think of a more plausible reason for Hermione breaking up with him.

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! It was perfectly honest and I have heard some similar things from other people as well. I'm still considering adding more and I might, due to your comment, edit what I have a little bit. :D



Over A Mug of Tea by hestiajones

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • 10 Reviews Past Featured Story
Summary: I think of her as a sister.

The words rang clearly, loudly in his mind.

I think of her as a sister.

But did he?

Happy Birthday, Julia! You know you're one of the only two people on earth I'd do this for. :D

Thank you, Carole, for looking it over. And I am so not J.K.Rowling.

Nominated for a QSQ in the General Category.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/21/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hmm...interesting. I'm glad to see that this wasn't one of those stories when wrinkled Harry starts snogging equally wrinkled Hermione totally out of the blue or anything. Before HBP, I was always a Harmony shipper, and it was only after DH that I realised that they just weren't meant to be. But even in DH the movie, there were so many Harmony moments, it was unbelievable! And they even bigged it up a bit more than what it was like in the book, too. Plus, when you see Harry and Hermione snogging their faces off in front of Ron, well...let's face it, I reckon David Yates is a secret Harmony shipper too. Anyway, your story was really good, even though most of it was mainly musing, and what could've happened. I appreciate the fact that you killed Ginny and Ron off first, so I don't feel as guilty about Harry's thoughts. And, I suppose I'm making excuses for him about the fact that he was drunk at the time too. Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. Fab story, keep it up!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Ahhh! Fandom will always accuse Steve Kloves and David Yates of being blatant Harmony shippers. Lol.

“. I appreciate the fact that you killed Ginny and Ron off first, so I don't feel as guilty about Harry's thoughts. And, I suppose I'm making excuses for him about the fact that he was drunk at the time too. “

This made me laugh. :D Thanks for reading and reviewing!

~Natalie



Mercy by hogwartsbookworm

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: If you knew that the consequence of doing the right thing might be torture, or even death, would you still do it?

This story was inspired by something Neville said in passing. “…And then Michael Corner went and got caught releasing a first year they’d [the Carrows] chained up, and they tortured him pretty badly…”

This is the untold tale of an unsung hero: Michael Corner.

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 11/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: Choices

That was really good, especially for your first Dark/Angsty. I really liked Michael's inner monologue, about him helping people. It sheds a better light on him than I can think of - you know, the fact that he was Ginny's ex - and I think you portrayed his character very well. Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thank you! I figured that Michael must be a better person than what Harry's thoughts show us in the series, if he risked torture for a first year. I'm glad you enjoyed my first D/A.



As Luck Would Have It by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 12 Reviews
Summary: Lily Evans is having a bad day. When she decides to take a sip of Felix Felicis, things turn out quite different than she anticipates--for both her and James Potter.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: As Luck Would Have It

I don't think the potion worked, to be honest; I reckon it was a bit like Ron in HBP, how he thought he was going to be lucky and he acted it too. Fab story, I loved it!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Soraya! I'm so glad you liked the story. And I like your interpretation of how the potion figured in too! Thanks so much for reading this and leaving a review - I was very unsure about this story for a long time and appreciate your lovely comments very much!! ~Gina :)



Ribbons, not Strings by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Christmas for the Marauders has always been a riotous affair. They stay at Hogwarts to wreak havoc on the staff and the Slytherins alike. But in 1977 things are different. James is now Head Boy and has become alarmingly responsible, leaving Sirius and Remus with the choice of going home with Peter or behaving.

The third choice - finding somewhere else to celebrate - does not occur to them until Remus discovers that the landlady of the Three Broomsticks is facing a very lonely Christmas.

A big thank you to Elene (coolcatelly) for beta'ing this fic despite an evil computer virus.

Thanks also to the AIM crew for not letting me hit delete.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. Her lawyers agree, so please don't confuse us.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for the Great Hall Christmas Challenge - prompt 1 ~Christmas Past~

~~~

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/11/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw, this is really sweet! And I like how Rosmerta kind of guessed that Remus was a werewolf because of rumours and stuff, and how she was accepting of him and everything.

I noticed a typo - "her pulled her back towards him" I think you meant "he pulled her back towards him".

I love love love your Marauder Era fics, they're great! In fact, I'm in the middle of The Lions of Gryffindor at the moment, so when I finish reading all of it I'll make sure that I drop you a review.

Last, last, thing - is Apparently Asleep finished yet? I noticed that you haven't updated for a while and I do think that it's one of the best Remus/Tonks fics I've ever read.Please please please update - it would make my day. :D

~Soraya~

Author's Response: oooh, thanks for pointing out the typo, I shall get to that immediately. I have a chapter of AA ready to go and it should be appearing this weekend *fingers crossed* Sorry for the hideous delay. November was a bad month for fanfic because I was writing nano things. ~Thank you for the review ~Carole~



Doubt by lucca4

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

In the midst of the war, the Marauders and Lily have joined the Order, resolute in their decision to fight for justice. But times are hard, and soon, even the strongest of loyalties begin to wear thin.

This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for the final in the MWPP class on the Beta Boards.

Nominated for a 2011 QSQ - Best Marauder era Story

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 03/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Doubt

Oh, wow! Ariana, you are one amazingly talented author!

Being the newest member of SPEW, I just had to look at one of your stories since you're the Featured Author this month and I'm so glad I did. I'm writing Marauder Era at the moment as well (James/Lily) and absolutely adored this piece. The dialogue between Sirius and Remus was interesting and it really reflected the darkness of the time they were going through. The way you portrayed the doubt, and when it got into the Marauders' minds, that was wonderfully done. I think this story was deftly crafted and the whole thing ties in with your title, particularly the end. (What also made me smile -- as well as sigh in relief -- was that there were no typos, which is a lovely change.)

I understand entirely why they began to doubt everything that they believed in. Because in a war, that's what happens. You forget about what's right and wrong just for the sake of saving yourself, and I think that's fully justifiable in the context. I'm really into war stories/fanfics because although I HATE war, it's fascinating to know how people deal with the repercussions of it. What I despise the most about war, and this is something you included in your story very well, is the loss of trust between friends, because of all the corruption that goes on during war.

The only things that I think you could improve on is the obviousness with Peter and the ending. Firstly, I think it's pretty noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers instead of listening to the conversation, and I'm sure someone noticed that Peter didn't say anything about being propositioned to going over to the Dark side. I think the way you dealt with this was a bit obvious and a better idea, perhaps, would be for Peter to reply, saying pretty much what Remus and Sirius said, so things don't seem quite as suspicious.

The ending, in my opinion, was a bit too ambiguous. I did like it; don't get me wrong, but I just think that you left it a bit too open. Perhaps if you went on just a little bit more, then...anyway, I hope you liked my first SPEW review, Ariana! You're truly a fantastic writer, so well done and keep it up!!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Soraya, it's nice to see you outside of SPEW! Thank you so much for reviewing this story -- it's very thin review-wise and so I'm very happy you did. I dislike war as well, but similarly I like exploring what it does to a person psychologically. Physically, we all know that war can be very painful, but it can also completely change a person (as I think it did with Sirius) and make them do things they wouldn't otherwise necessarily do. I reread the last bit, and I agree it was probably a little noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers whilst the rest of the Order was arguing vehemently. I think I weighed too heavily on the fact that the Marauders honestly thought that it could never have been Peter and suspected him lastly out of all the others. And to be perfectly honest, I think part of the ambiguity of the ending comes from the fact that it was an assignment for the MWPP class and I'm a terrible procrastinator :D. Thanks so much for the review, again. xx Ariana

Author's Response: Soraya, it's nice to see you outside of SPEW! Thank you so much for reviewing this story -- it's very thin review-wise and so I'm very happy you did. I dislike war as well, but similarly I like exploring what it does to a person psychologically. Physically, we all know that war can be very painful, but it can also completely change a person (as I think it did with Sirius) and make them do things they wouldn't otherwise necessarily do. I reread the last bit, and I agree it was probably a little noticeable for Peter to be shuffling papers whilst the rest of the Order was arguing vehemently. I think I weighed too heavily on the fact that the Marauders honestly thought that it could never have been Peter and suspected him lastly out of all the others. And to be perfectly honest, I think part of the ambiguity of the ending comes from the fact that it was an assignment for the MWPP class and I'm a terrible procrastinator :D. Thanks so much for the review, again. xx Ariana



Teenage Witch by Equinox Chick

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 5 Reviews
Summary: The Yule Ball of 1994 is a hugely exciting time for all the teenage witches at Hogwarts, but for the Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage, it looks to be a depressing time. With the only available wizard the sour Severus Snape, she has no chance of finding a partner. And when Septima Vector informs her that The Weird Sisters are booked to play, Charity's mind becomes a blur. It had been six years since she last saw Myron. And in those six years, he's become a star.

Will Myron Wagtail remember Charity?

And does she want him to?

I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Great Hall Christmas Challenge (prompt 2)

If you've read Mere Wisps of Light, then you'll know that Charity Burbage was very reticent about her Yule Ball romance when talking to Draco. This is why. The stories are linked, but it is not essential to read one to understand the other.

Disclaimer: All the characters mentioned in this fic are the creation of JK Rowling, with the exception of Gerard Bonbon who is my own creation.

The song, Teenage Witch, isn't real, but I'm guessing that Simon Cowell would like me to join his songwriting team.

Finally, thank you very much to Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story. I owe you so much!
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/24/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really liked this. Slight nitpick, sorry: "Madam Maxim" should be "Madame Maxime", surely? Other than that, I love how you've explored Charity Burbage's character. I've always been curious about her and I like your characterisation. Nice one!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: OOh, thanks for that. I always get the Madam/Madame thing mixed up because Madam Pomfrey doesn't have an e.Thank you for the review. ~Carole~



Dark Requiem by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 6th-7th Years • 7 Reviews
Summary:

The irony does not escape Severus Snape as he seeks to gain the favour of the Dark Lord on, of all nights, Christmas. The spectres of days dead and gone spur him on to complete his mission, but can the fond memories stop him from committing an unspeakable act?

 

This story has been nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Marauder Era Story.


Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/26/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was a brilliant story. The darkness in it was prominent throughout and I have to say, I always wondered what had happened to Lily's parents. But I thought that JKR said that there was "nothing sinister" about their deaths?

Thanks for writing :)

~Soraya~

Author's Response:

Lol, I just explained this in my last review... I'll get to that later.

I wanted this to be a dark reflection on the path that Snape followed to get what he wanted, which was acceptance and to be important and invaluable to someone, namely Moldy Shorts. :D

I realise the thing about Lily's parents not dying by sinister means, but I sort of interpreted that differently as 'that anyone knows of'. Namely, their deaths were declared as an accident by the Muggle investigation people. People fall down the stairs all the time, so hence, a tiny loophole used for my devious means. I should really put a disclaimer at the end explaining this. I think I'll do that, actually.

Thanks for the review. Have a good morning!

~Jess



The Torture of Hermione Granger by littlebird

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 19 Reviews
Summary: One above, two below. We know the boy's story, what about the girl's? One-Shot about Hermione's torture by Bellatrix.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 12/28/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Torture of Hermione Granger

I liked this! The descriptions were good and I've always wanted to know what happened when Hermione was tortured. Everywhere I've looked, all I've got are X-rated versions of Bellatrix doing nasty things to Hermione and Hermione kind of enjoying it, which is really not what I was looking for. This was how I imagined it to be. Well done!

~Soraya~

Author's Response: Thanks. I've never read another fic about this scene, but, like most fanfics about torture, I can imagine that most of them go for the s/m jugular. And though I don't necessarily have a problem with the concept of Bellatrix as a sexual sadist, I find it to be too much of a stretch to believe she was torturing Hermione to get her jolly's. I believe that particular episode was strictly utilitarian in nature.



Rescue Mission by Cinderella Angelina

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • 6 Reviews
Summary: Seamus Finnigan jumps at the chance to rescue some younger students from detention. Padma Patil is his trusty partner in crime. Will they be able to save the kids without getting caught?

I am Cinderella Angelina of Hufflepuff and this is my final for the Missing Moments class on the MNFF Beta Boards.
Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx Signed
Date: 01/01/11 Title: Chapter 1: Tagging Along

Haha. This was really funny, how Padma thought of the distraction. It was amazingly written and I liked the urgency of it and everything. Nice job!

~Soraya~