I am a recent member of the Harry Potter fandom, but I have always had a passion for the written word, and I hope to fulfill it here. I live in a relatively boring corner of Idaho, and I like Kokanee and a good book!
So, I suppose you're wondering what's up with my username. Even if you're not, this is how that happened. No, I was not aspiring to be a Gryffindor. I can't think of any house to which I would belong less than Gryffindor, in fact. It was a moment of clarity that I got while I was battling with myself about whether I should want to be Sorted into Gryffindor to be like Harry or to be Sorted elsewhere and follow my own path. I thought it to be much like the contemplative scene in Hamlet when he weighed taking his own life. I'm not trying to be melodramatic. That's simply is what popped into my head when I was trying to sign up to leave a review. :D
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Wow, sorry about the ridiculous set of circumstances surrounding your laptop ownership. That really sucks.
Anyhow, yay, an update. :D I had to retrain my brain a little bit to remember the story, but, of course, I am with you again.
It seems that each one of these three has some deep, dark secret that haunts them, and I believe that is part of what brings them together. What happened to Leah was horrible, and no matter what anyone could possibly say, she will always blame herself for her mother's death. Now, I'm awaiting Gwen's big reveal.
Darn Cory for having that reckless Weasley spirit to charge out into the hellish Canadian winter to chase a professor who may or may not be up to no good. Being a bit on the practical side myself, I find that I'm in accordance with Gwen in her observation that he was reckless.
Now, the Dementor. I was not entirely certain whether this Dementor was what they had seen in the distance, or if it was really Masen all along, so perhaps I missed something (it's happened before...many, many, many times). I'm sure you'll cover it, but I would also be interested to know what it was that Gwen had seen (probably something to do with the deep, dark secret she no doubt has to match that of her friends) to cause her to black out. In PofA, none of the kids on the Hogwarts Express save for Harry actually blacked out, because none of them had experienced horrors deep enough to cause it (which is what makes me believe you're planning something for Gwen).
Anyway, enough of my pontification. Good chapter, still interesting, no matter how much you don't like the chapter, and I shall, as always, keep an eye out for your next installment.
Take care (of your laptop, lol) and happy writing!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing :P. I like what you said about the trio each having a secret that brings them together; I hadn't thought of that before but it is part of the reason why Leah is so sympathetic towards Cory. I don't really have a big reveal planned for Gwen but to me, she's the type of person that would prefer to keep most emotions hidden, which is why she's so critical towards Cory, and has helped develop her into the kinda loud, whiny person she is. For now, she sticks with Cory because of her loyalty to Leah; but - and I don't want to run of risk of spoiling - it won't always remain so. And it definitely was Masen they saw in the distance. My reasoning with the dementor (and it may not be a good one, but this is the turn the story wanted to take) is that while they're not much younger than Harry & company, there's still a two year difference and the dementor will effect them a little bit worse. Cory was affected worse than Gwen because his memory was worse. The dementor was also very close to them and was very strong. I may or may not have taken a bit of creative license with that one. Thanks again! -Amber
Yay, an update!
Oh, man, the beginning of this chapter is so sick, so wrong, and oh-so-awesome! The detail in which you describe Harry's torture as he had to watch Voldemort do unspeakable acts while stealing his identity... I mean, wow. I knew this was coming, but I just never expected this level or awfulness.
The idea about the Dementor sucking out Voldemort's soul from Harry's body is a brilliant idea. Even if it got Harry's, too, I don't think he would care - just so long as Voldie went, too. The part where Pottermort (I shall call him that for the moment, lol) killed Ginny, it was heartbreaking. Now, I'm not what you'd call a Harry/Ginny fan, but my heart melted there for a minute at the sheer hurt and horror that emanated from the screen as I read this.
Poor Leah. She had to have been terrified when Pottermort changed from Voldie to Harry. She had an idea that he wasn't all bad all the time, but she also couldn't know if it wasn't some dirty trick.
And of course it took drastic measures for anyone to even come close to believing her. Sure, Gwen and Cory believed her right away, since they know her well enough that she couldn't possibly make it up, but that didn't stop me from feeling awful for all three of them, desperate to warn the 'adults'.
Very lovely chapter, and it's just so very compelling to read. You've taken so many minor canon details and crafted a fantastic AU story. Shame on people for not reading this more, because it's such an awesome fic.
Cheers to you, and I'll see you next time!
Ooh, I’ve been waiting to review this one.
Holy crap on a stick, this chapter has been phenomenal! For a while, I was thinking that I was imagining things with my suspicions of Masen and old Moldy Voldy, but my goodness, when it rains, it pours. What a fantastic turn! I really must read the prequel to this, as it would probably add some details in my mind about what happened the day of the Battle.
First of all, I applaud you as one of the few that has been able to nail Hagrid’s dialogue. The way you write his lines was like it was straight out of the books, so kudos for that. I was, however, relieved when the flashback scene reverted to non-Hagrid speak, as it does tend to get a little hard to process in my brain sometimes.
Second, The dynamics between Leah, Gwen and Cory continue to amaze. They do bear a remarkable resemblance to the Trio in that regard, but they are still all very much individualistic. Leah is not unlike Harry, but Gwen and Cory could not be further from Ron/Hermione, which is why I love your trio so much. They interact very much like ordinary eleven-year-olds in extraordinary situations.
Their detective work is believable. I know, it sounds like an odd way to describe it, but they aren’t doing anything super fantastic that someone their age could never figure out. That is one of the foibles of some people who write Trio-esque stories – they act as if the kids are smarter than those around them and give them understanding of things that are unrealistic. I love that you didn’t do that so very much. They’re just, you know… kids.
I’m a little on the fence about the snowball fight. I know it seems grinch-ish of me, but it sort of interrupted the flow of the story a little. Maybe if it wasn’t so long, it would’ve been a little better. I know that it’s a fun part, and our beloved trio doesn’t get enough of that, what with all of their Masen-chasing, but it seems that it was there to occupy space rather than add to the story.
I was waiting for Hagrid to toss them out on their collective rear end the minute Cory called Masen a Death Eater. He probably would have, had Cory not launched his story about the red eyes. By Hagrid’s response, I knew that, whatever it was that he knew, it would be horrible.
That being said, I shall launch into the awesomeness that was your flashback scene.
The sun hid that day. It hid from the approaching rain, and it hid from the war. It ducked behind the storm clouds that shifted through the grey sky, skipping between them as it saw fit – ashamed maybe, of what it was witnessing.
This description is just pure love. Though Britain’s weather is predisposed to gloomy days, it seems, sometimes, that it appears in the books as an exclamation point on the sort of atrocities that have occurred. The underlined part is really spectacular to me, in particular. It just seems that, in light of the bloodshed on that day, something – or someone – somewhere should feel some shame for it.
Harry would’ve hated that.
I really like the fact that you put that in there. We all know that Hagrid loved Harry like his own child (odd thought, that – Hagrid as a parent), and for his first though to be about Harry and one of the things that meant the most to him adds brilliantly to your characterisation of Hagrid.
The part describing the Death Eater about to kill Luna broke my heart a little. If anyone, maybe save Harry, deserved to die at the hands of a maniac less than Luna, I’ll eat my slippers. There is just something about her simple serenity that makes the idea that she almost died just that much more horrible.
“I think he’s dead,” she said calmly. She looked down at her broken leg. “But I don’t think I can fight anymore, Hagrid.”
This is so very, very Luna. Though she is one character that I understand the least, I do know that I can very easily picture her saying the last part. She seems unworried about freaking out like most people in her position would have done… she was more worried that she couldn’t contribute to the battle anymore. It’s really cool when a piece of characterisation is so compelling, I can hear it in my head like it just happened. Very well done.
“They have been listening to the Fwoopers’ song,” sang Luna dreamily.
I seriously laughed out loud when I read this. It’s such a completely random thing for Luna to say for us, but for her, it’s so very fitting. It was excellent, right down to Charlie’s confusion.
I think Charlie was a good choice of a character for you to use to help Hagrid and Luna. Hagrid would relinquish his care over a fallen student to so few people, but Charlie, IMO, would be one of those few. He’s a dragon handler, for crying out loud; what other disaster-preventing credentials do you need? Not to mention, he’s an order member and a former favourite student of Hagrid’s. I know it seems like a minute detail, but it’s good to think of details like that. Plus, we’ve already met Charlie in the story, so his presence in a different part of it isn’t weird or random at all.
The part with Hermione and Ron was just… weird – not in a bad way! Looking at it through Hagrid’s point of view, it is. I would be interested in knowing how they both knew that Harry wasn’t ‘dead’, but I’m sure it’ll pop up somewhere. If not… imagination is a gift.
and the bushy brown hair of the female standing together.
I’m so very sorry to do this, but the use of ‘bushy brown hair’ to describe Hermione is so overused, it almost hurts sometimes. It isn’t our fault as fan fic writers when we do it (by we, I am definitely including myself), since this is a phrase that JKR used herself, but hearing the same adjective phrase time and time again makes it outlive its usefulness. Please don’t take this as a fault in your writing style, because your writing is lovely, but I hate to see good writers fall into traps like these.
The cloaked figure flicked his wand and suddenly, Ron was writhing on the ground, biting his lip so hard he was drawing blood. Hermione was screaming. The Death Eater lifted the curse after only a second, but Ron just lay on the ground for a long moment, trembling.
This is, at least as far as I know, Ron’s first experience with torture. Harry’s had it in the form of Voldemort’s possession, and to a lesser extent, Snape’s Occlumency lessons, and Hermione, as we know, was toasted rather horribly by Bellatrix (I’m not entirely sure if that happened in your timeline or not – I think it did). I think your description of this is very good. Ron whined and whimpered over being hungry, so I can imagine his reaction to torture would be interesting.
“Harry? Harry, if you can hear me – we are so sorry.”
Gah! Now I really want to know what Ron and Hermione knew. You gave us just the right amount of conversation snippets to whet my curiosity, but just few enough to leave me wondering. So very well done there. I really really really want to know why Hermione and Ron are sorry. I can’t wait until I get to find out what it is in this wonderful tale that you’re spinning. :-D
Hagrid gripped the side of the greenhouse, sure that he would collapse to the ground if he didn’t. He knew that what he had seen would haunt him until his dying day. And then, before Hagrid could even draw breath enough to shout Harry’s name, there were two identical flashes of green light and Ron and Hermione lay dead at their best friend’s feet.
I think this is another win for you in Hagrid’s characterisation. So many want to make him all brave and devil-may-care, rearing into action, because he was a Gryffindor, but I challenge anyone to see what he saw and know what he had just learned and not be stunned temporarily into inaction. I’m sure he blamed himself because Ron and Hermione died, but really, would it have helped at all? Probably not. Hagrid probably wouldn’t have killed Harry/Voldy, but the same could not be said for the reverse. It would have been senseless to die like that, though I’m sure it would not have even been on Hagrid’s radar at the time. It’s hard to take characters we like and make them flawed, but at the same time, they become more real to us when we do. So good for you. I think this part was just right.
Now that we’re done with the flashback, I’d like to compliment you on where you ended the flashback. There was useless information or things that leave us scratching our heads. Sure, there are questions that will eventually be answered, but for the time being, it was perfect. You also segued into the present seamlessly, which isn’t an easy task, but you did it wonderfully.
“Not jus’.” His tears had finally stopped, but a haunted look had replaced them. “I dunno how he’s doin’ it, but somehow, You-Know-Who’s been controllin’ him … turned him in ter somethin’ bad like him. Because the Harry I knew would’ve never done that stuff if he ‘ad any choice. An’ now, teh only thing left ter do is protect his secret till he figures a way out o’ it.”
Ha, I knew it, knew it, KNEW IT!!! It makes me so happy to finally get that into the open. It has been gut wrenching, each time that the characters talk about Harry posthumously and don’t know where Voldemort is… I just want to reach through the computer screen, slap them around, and say, “He’s right under your nose, you silly prat!” I suspect that this was a plan of yours, you naughty thing… I really love stories like that.
He shook his head sadly. “Yeh still don’ get it. Some would try ter help, I’m sure o’ that, but others would only see him as a threat – the next Dark Lord, You-Know-Who’s successor. They would want ter only destroy him,” he said, “an’ I won’ allow that.”
Super job with Hagrid yet again. Keeping this a secret to protect what of Harry is left is just another shining example of your skill at writing Hagrid. It’s almost like when he was protecting Norbert(a), because ‘dragons were misunderstood’, and when he was worried that ‘the other dragons would be mean to him’. Such a simple line you’ve put in there, but it goes such a long way in adding to your Hagrid. Very nice.
“No,” Gwen said. “We won’t tell anybody.”
We have to tell somebody!” exclaimed Gwen later as they were running back up to the castle after saying goodbye to Hagrid.
Though I’m not sure if this part was meant to be funny, I laughed a little. This is so very, very Gwen. It also is another good example of how well you write age-appropriate dialogue and characterisation for your trio. She may not understand the full implications of what Hagrid had just told them, but she knows enough to realise that they are all in some serious trouble and definitely in over their heads.
“Cory, I think that this is a tad more important than food!”
“And what, dare I ask, would that be, Ms Seward?”
Argh! Masen! How unfortuitous! He always seems to show up; maybe he’s following them, both as ‘Harry’ and as Voldy. This is where the danger in the story gets cranked up a few notches. Now bad!Masen is aware that he has been found out, even if it was by a few kids. He would have no compunctions about exterminating them, I’m sure.
“Very well then.” His eyes flitted to Cory before they drifted over to Leah and rested there. “Andrews, I would like to speak to you in my office before you leave. It is a matter of great importance.”
Oh, man… this is the equivalent of watching a horror movie where a character is about to enter a room that we know is full of danger and death. We scream to ourselves, “Don’t go in there! No!!!” I find myself in a similar situation when reading this part. I want to bad for Leah to kick him in the shins and run as fast as she can in the opposite direction – mainly to McGonagall to tell her what Hagrid had said. But no… poor thing. She has a severe judgment lapse and follows Masen into the nest of the viper. This also adds to my earlier point that you wrote your trio well for their age. Kids aren’t stupid, but there are just some things they simply don’t know – like following Ol’ Crazy Eyes into a secluded area. :-
The part where Masen is grilling Leah for information was a very nervous time for me as a reader. I was so afraid that something was going to happen to her, that Masen was going to kill or severely hurt her in some way, but thank you so very much for letting it play out as you did. You gave us just enough pins and needles, but you stopped short just in time.
Cory had been right. His eyes were green.
HARRY!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was when I read this part. I really hate the idea of Harry being dead, as he’s one of my very favourite characters in all of entertainment history. From the first time in the story that you had alluded to his death, I had hoped upon hope that it was a ruse, and bless you, you’ve made me so very happy that he’s alive. Now there is someone that can fight Voldemort on every front, and that’s just peaches and cream for me as a follower of this story.
Anyway, as usual, your style in this story has been stellar, leading us to conclusions but not telling us outright what’s going on. I like to do a bit of my own conclusion drawing, and the mode that you carry it out is great. Each time a new chapter comes out in this story, I remember yet again why I love it so much, and also why it should be read and reviewed far more than it is now.
I guess that’s enough from me for now. I’ve really come to enjoy following this story, and I’ll confess, my heart skipped a beat when this came up in the Recent category at the same time that I was trolling for something for my SPEW reviews. I heart you for your timing… truly, I do.
I hope that this review finds you in good literary spirits, and as always, take care and happy writing!
Author's Response: Holy bloody macaroni! I am astounded! I am amazed by this awesome, awesome review!!! *SQUEALS WITH GLEE* You totally made my entire week! All I'm going to say on the subject of Ron and Hermione is that that story is told in detail in Alternate Ending so it won't be discussed to that great of length here. But anyways ... you are amazing! I think I just sat speechless for a whole minute after I read this. So all I can say is, I bow down to you and your pure, wonderful amazingess! *HUGS YOU*
I like Isabella...she's so perfectly impatient with Blaise, like a teacher who can't believe her pupil doesn't understand the lesson. :-)
I was very interested in the choice of Draco as her visitor at the Cauldron. I have always believed that Draco was a redeemed soul, but I do admire how the Slytherin in him allowed him to assist Blaise in his quest to find Harper.
Awesome update, and as always, fantastic work, and I look forward to additional chapters.
Author's Response: I love Blaise and Isabella's relationship myself. There will be plenty more chapters soon, I hope. Glad you liked it, thanks for reviewing :D
I won't hold you to the 'love ya forever' part, but I thought the development was fantastic. Learning Leo was indeed a wizard just made him infinitely more dangerous, and the more dangerous the villain, the more awesome the story!
How did they NOT get busted by Filch shagging by the lake. That old wet blanket could squash any late night adventure?
And Keedie...I hope she gets to talk to someone else in either this story or another one floating around in that magnificent mind of yours. :-)
I look forward to visiting her childhood home. It's always great to learn background on each character, to feel what they feel, to be where they've been, to know what they know. You totally kick ass at that!
Author's Response: Keedie will be in MFF for sure. Next chapter should be kinda sad in parts, I warn! :D
And the voice comes back...nicety nice. :-D
The plot is thickening, and this chapter by chapter business is gonna drive me bonkers, lol. I'm so impatient. It just reminds me why I waited until all parts of 'The Green Mile' were released before I decided to read them.
Wonderful plot development, and it's awesome that after all Harper has been through, she hasn't lost her impish nature.
Looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Yep. The voice is back. Next chapter soon :D
Ah, it's like saying goodbye to an old friend...
Well, anyway, your ending was sweet, and yay for Harry and Ginny. :)
And of course, hurray for a sequel. At first, I thought it might be a Rose/Scorpius, but I have a feeling that they'll be the background couple. I hope Jemzi is nice, because Albus is my fave Potterverse character, so treat him well, lol.
Another work well done, and I look forward to your next work :P
Take care and happy writing,
Author's Response: Jemzi's a good sort, never fear, and the sequel's shaping up nicely and should be on the site soon. There will be a lot of Rose/Scorpius. Thanks for sticking with this tale :D
Ah, dear, I could not possibly be mad about reality looming. I, myself, like an idiot, signed up for NaNoWriMo, so I'm completely behind on all the stories I try to keep up with.
Ah, crap, he got her!!! Finally, Blaise does what he should have done ages ago, proclaim to the world that she was his forever, and that old git goes and steals her. I love how you can write outrage onto my very soul.
I knew I'd see Nott again, though I was surprised to see him with Pansy, but I was so glad when Harper laid the smackdown on her. It made me feel warm and cuddly inside, lol.
Awesome, as usual, and I am ever your humble slave to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Next chap soon, I hope. So glad you liked this. :D
It's funny how, with all their magical ability, men always end up rolling around in the dirt, lol. Delicious, as usual!
And a painting, eh? Wouldn't happen to be a mischievous blond Gryffindor, would it? :-D
Author's Response: It may very well be of whom you speak. And jealousy is a strong and ugly emotion, which even dear Blaise is not immune from. Next chapter soon, so glad you liked it :)
Ooh, I love Christmas morning with a good story!
I adore the showdown between Jimmy and Blaise. Personally, it would have been splended had Blaise broken a knuckle on Jimmy's jaw, but I guess the promotion of violence is not the best thing. Plus, it proves that Harper has changed Blaise for the better.
The interactions between characers was so real, I could see them all in my mind, every expression and every inflection intact.
Well, Happy Christmas and happy writing!
Author's Response: Thanks a lot, will do. Only two more chapters to go
Argh, I have this horrible feeling that someone is watching them! Peakes is such a witless jerk if he thinks he can win over a girl like that.
I also like the portrayal of Isabella. She's very wise in the concepts of love, despite her viperous marriage history, and I sooooo want Blaise to just kick the door down and be a man!
Awesome, as usual, and I am ever your faithful subject, awaiting my next fix. :D
Author's Response: Sadly there are too many Peakes in the world. Next fix soon, I promise
What a charming tale! My apologies for not leaving chapter-by-chapter reviews, but it's not my nature, lol. I have to know what happens too much to stop even for a minute...it's quite maddening.
I really appreciate the way the characters were developed from their appearances in HBP and DH. It's humbling and oh-so-delicious to see Malfoy begging for money and for the Weasley/Potter clans to be the way they are.
I can't wait for the next run-in with the undesirable Mr. Wilkes. I have a feeling that we also have not heard the last of Mr. Nott.
I have no doubt as to the quality of the upcoming chapters, as your prior work is stellar...can't wait!!!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. No, we've not seen the last of Theo. Next chapter soon :D
She left! Damn that lamentable Wilkes, I wanna beat him up myself, lol. Too bad she didn't toast him with an Unforgivable right then and there...that would be most forgivable. >:-D
Every time you update, it's like a mini-Christmas. Keep it up!
Author's Response: Will do. Next chapter's going into the queue. Glad Leo's sparked your anger. :D
Ah, the queue moving at lightning speed this weekend was like early Christmas. I myself got three chapters pushed through in two days, so it was icing on the cake to find another installment.
Poor Blaise! He was so mean to the Healer, but I totally sympathize with his protectiveness, because leaving her unprotected was what caused the whole ordeal in the first place.
I think it's good of you to make Draco helpful, even understanding, because I always thought he secretly possessed those qualities, discovering them underneath his racist and peacockish exteriour.
Well, I hope school stops bludgeoning you for your sake, and best creative wishes for the rest of your story.
Author's Response: Draco is growing up in this story. And thank you, I myself hope that school will die down too. It does nothing for a creative atmosphere. :D
Oh, wow! You cheeky thing, making them so miserable. Then again, if you can kill Keeds and still make me love your writing, you can do anything you please. :D
It was nice to see Harper regain her power, because she needed it to finally beat Wilkes, but for her to be thwarted by a despicable little git like Grady...wow. I mean...wow. That's one of those curveballs one doesn't expect.
Congratulations of writing one hell of a next to last chapter. Some stories have two or three wind-down chapters, but you always manage to keep us on our toes, so bravo!
Take care and happy writing!
Author's Response: Thanks! Next chapter soon, I hope you'll enjoy the ending :)
Yay, an update!!!
I love how thoroughly Drucilla can kick ass. I mean...she's like Daredevil, Superman, Storm, and a ninja rolled up into one person.
I am interested to learn what significance the blood from her headwound holds, since I'm fairly certain it does.
Anyway, thanks for reading my crappy, fangirlish review, and happy writing!
I love parallel stories, so we can place when/where easily. Looking awesome so far...can't wait to meet "Riddle Jr." :-)
Author's Response: G'day Thanks, I like being able to place the story too. It helps with understanding it all. Well I won't say when you meet Riddle Jr but a very mysterious girl is going to appear soon. LOL ...xXxLove SandyxXx...
It's been so long since I read the first two chapters of this story, I had to go back and re-read them so I could follow the new chapter better.
Hmmm, so she'd kind of like Daredevil with the ultra good hearing? I believe that it is almost fitting that she's blind, because it seems like something Voldemort would do intentionally. It would make it impossible, or nearly so, for her to usurp him at any point, because he would have just enough advantage to beat her, should she ever become inclined.
I can actually picture the little fireball fight in my mind, your imagery was that good. The camaraderie between Drucilla and George is interesting, but I find it even more so that he doesn't find her questions about rather inane things to be odd at all, such as being a twin, etc.
Well, this is an interesting story, and I do hope the next installment won't be months in the making, lol. Good luck and happy writing!
PS-Just a couple nitpicks I thought I'd point out. I figured you might want to know.
*Blaise's name is properly spelt 'Zabini' (no M)
*'“Well, may I escort you to the arena, where you shall beat the snot out of many people?” George asked her, holding out his elbow and letting it brush her arm gently so she was aware of its presents.' Should be 'presence'.
Sorry, I'm a nitpicker, lol. :D
Author's Response: G'day Sorry to have made you wait so long, but I've been busy. I want to read through the next chapter one more time before submitting it. I'm glad you liked the fact that she's blind. I thiought it would be an odd twist to add to a character, especially a main character and it takes her even further away from Mary-Sue, who of course, she does not get along with. The mod that accepted the story told me about Blaise's name being wrong. Oops... I did find it odd he was named after a vaccum cleaner. Well there should be more questions and more intereaction with George and Drucilla in the next chapter. ...xXxLove SandyxXx...
Hmmm, this is definitely a fascinating snippet, He should definitely paint her picture properly. ::wink::
Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance-Non Canon
Draco has always been a deep and fascinating character, and it's nice to see a bit of soul spelunking done on his behalf. And Ginny has almost been left a blank slate by JKR, even by her own admission, so evolving her character would always bear interesting fruit.
All in all, after reading all 20 chapters in suit, I have to say I'm truly impressed with your story. I would have liked to see some of the 'Mom, Dad, meet Draco' moments, as I'm sure they would be nothing less than monumentally calamitous and, coincidentally, hilarious...but hey, that's what one-shots are for. :-)
Congrats on the fine work.
Author's Response: You read it all in one go? That's flattering :) I realise there's plenty of moments left - personally I like to imagine Ron's face if Draco just walked over and said something along the line of: 'Weasley. I do hope you'll not grunt like that at my wedding, or I'll see you're not invited.' - Of course, I hope he has his wand out, too...