Penname: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor [Contact]
Real name: Jessica
Member Since: 08/29/09
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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

Any questions or comments about my work? Please shoot me an email at: tobeornottobeagryffindor@mugglenet.com — I'd love to hear from you!


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Cassiopeia by Lunalovegoodrox
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: Nine-year-old Lily Potter wakes up one morning and finds a strange girl in her kitchen. Now Lily has to share her room, her things, and her parents with this girl. Why is she here? What is her secret?

Meanwhile, nine-year-old Cassi Malfoy is scared out of her mind. Her parents have left her with the Potters and have gone into hiding. Who is looking for them? Will she ever see them again?

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 2087 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
08/23/09 Updated: 12/04/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/04/09 Title: Chapter 2: Day One

Ah, I remember reading the first chapter of this waaaaaaaaaaay back when it was first produced. I'm actually very interested to see where Cassi goes from here and why Draco and Astoria had to leave their daughter with, of all people, the Potters.

Your stories were rejected? Perhaps you should seek out a Beta to look for the things you missed. I reread everything I write three times, and I still manage to miss things like using the same word too frequently or starting paragraphs with the character's name too often. Just a thought to help you on your way, since, so far, I really like your idea.

Well, keep on truckin', and I look forward to further installments.

~Jess

Author's Response: yeah, kinda forgot about it.... sorry *blushes* thank you so much for your advice, I really need it since I'm just starting. :)

 

A Marriage Made at Hogwarts by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: Draco Malfoy and Ronald Weasley loathed each other at Hogwarts, and little has changed over the years. No one in their right wand would have ever expected them to become in-laws. But Hogwarts is a funny place where many things become possible. And now, everyone has to accept it – Scorpius Malfoy and Rose Weasley are getting married today…

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 6540 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
08/24/09 Updated: 10/14/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 10/14/09 Title: Chapter 2: The Best Man

Ah, quite an interesting chapter. Learning about Teddy Lupin is always a delight, and writing about him is most likely a challenge, since so little information is given about him, yet there are so many things to consider with his 'family history.'

You've pulled it off quite nicely! Looking forward to the next installment. :-)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review. I'm afraid I am caught up with board stuff - up to the neck, so to speak. :( But I'm going to finish off the story by the end of Jan. The entire story. :D

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Father of the Groom

Totally excited to see where this story goes. Never thought I'd actually like Draco...things change, I guess. I've been a fan of the Rose/Scorpius pairing from the beginning, and any continuation is awesomeness!

Author's Response: Yeah, me too! It's the only non-JK pairing that I love unconditionally. And it's just a five chapter fic, so it won't take that long a time. Thanks for the R&R. :D

 

Something Called Home by A H
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Not even a week after the final Battle, the downfall of the Dark Lord, the Wizarding's World hero disappears. Harry Potter has been missing for four months, and not even the best of the Aurors, nor his own best friends can find him. For Ron, Hermione, Ginny, the Weasley family and the whole of the Wizarding World, hope to find him is lost, and very few still persist in his search.



What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde



Rated UP for profanity. Otherwise clean. :]

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Strong Profanity

Word count: 1049 Chapters: 1 Completed: No
Published:
08/24/09 Updated: 09/01/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 10/22/09 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: "Follow that lonesome dead-end road sign south"

Oooh! This is quite interesting, and I look forward to the development of this story. :-D So far, it's quite believable and I can see it all playing out in my head. I do hope he's okay, but you'll just have to update to let me know...hint, hint. lol

~Jess

Author's Response: Thanks, Jess! -hugs- Hint taken... we'll just pretend it wasn't months and months later. :D Thanks for the review!

 

Summary: 7 years on from Voldemort's death, a new threat emerges in the wizarding world...

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 10042 Chapters: 5 Completed: No
Published:
08/26/09 Updated: 09/20/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/20/09 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

Wow, I didn't see that coming. Smith? I always knew he was a tool, but wow again.

The plot thickens, and yet again, I find myself anxiously awaiting the next chapter. I hope Draco's ok. :-/

Author's Response: Yep, I thought it might have come as a surprise. But the clue was in Harry's dream in the previous chapter - I took a direct quote from what Smith said to Harry during the DA meeting in book 5, which is what Harry was subconsciously remembering in his dream. I'm only half way through the next chapter and have a busy week ahead, but hopefully in will be up in the next couple of weeks... I hope it will be worth waiting for, there's some good action and more revelations in the next chapter

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/07/09 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Ah, now the tale gets strange and twisted...perfect! Well-formed and beautifully articulated, this story is. Can't wait to read more. :-)

Author's Response: Thanks a lot! Glad you like it. I've got two more chapters already written, but I've been a little demotivated recently - I've not written for about a week - so thanks for the review, gives me more motivation!

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/21/09 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

HA! I see it now. The reference to 'expelliarmus' was the little hint at Smith. Drat, I totally should have seen that, lol

::slaps forehead with palm::

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm excited for this story. There is so much that is left unsaid from the time that Harry left Hogwarts and his children attended, and I can't wait to read more. Thank Godric for the Bookmarking function. :-)

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/14/09 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Ahhhhhh! Nail-biters and cliffhangers! I love the story development, and I can't wait for the next chapter.

 

The End by Karaley Dargen
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: Past Featured StoryRemus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks both died alone; their friends would never know the story of their last breaths.

Here is, at least, the tale of the death of one of them. Tonks is looking everywhere for her husband, but in the end she will have to face the terrible truth and her own fate...

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Violence

Word count: 1279 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/03/09 Updated: 09/06/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/13/10 Title: Chapter 1: The Dying Thoughts

Merlin, how I love a nice angsty tale of death and sadness.

How have I never lurked your author page? Seriously, shame on me for that, because you really have some fantastic work on here.

I am jealous, I must admit. The way you write the disarray of the battle is just so incredible. I feel like I was there but all the while I felt it like background noise like Tonks did. The scene-setting and description are just so made of win and excellence. I think my favourite part is when she reached the vacant hallway, like the eye of the storm. It is almost foreshadowing of the rest of the storm hitting, starting with the most violent part around the eye in the form of learning of Remus's death. After that, the rest of it pales in comparison.

This truly is a fantastic story. I'm glad I picked it to read, and just so you know... you have a banner in the works for a story. Not sure which one it'll be, but my mysterious bannermaker will have a gift for you soon. :D

~Jess

This review has been left on behalf of the Order of the Ravenclaw House Elves.

 

I Will Survive by KarasAunty
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: CoS era: Ron meets Aragog and his charming family when Harry drags him along for a visit - and he is afraid. Very afraid... A hopefully humorous songfic from Ron's PoV, inspired by the Gloria Gaynor song of the same name.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 361 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/07/09 Updated: 09/15/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 07/22/10 Title: Chapter 1: I Will Survive

So, yeah...here we are again. I've read this poem/fic/spoof like three times, and in all of my epic failitude, I've forgotten to leave you a review (the bestest reward for fan fiction).

XD. Just...XD Picturing Ron pissing his pants in petrification at the sight of acromantulas just makes my day. Sure, I'd be even more terrified than he was, but it doesn't mean that I can't sit here and enjoy his misery in my spider-free house. I just...gah, you're amazing. :D

Lovely work!

~Jess



Author's Response:

Hello Jess,

 well I AM pleased to hear you enjoy the song so much that you've read it more than once :) And you are SO right - a review IS the best reward. And yours has made me smile like a Cheshire kneazle!!!

Thanks very much for R & R-ing,

M :o)

 

Cho's Goodbye by the opaleye
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 7]

Summary: After the final battle, Cho returns to the graveyard where Cedric died to pay tribute and finally say goodbye.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 228 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/10/09 Updated: 09/15/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 02/18/10 Title: Chapter 1: Cho's Goodbye

Haha, now I'm lurk/stalking your author page. >:-)

Here is an oft-misunderstood pair. While I'm ambiguous about whether Cho truly loved Cedric, I'm reasonably certain that Cedric did love her in that way. He just had the right personality, the correct disposition to love unrequitedly.

Now Cho is starting to realize that she was hurt on a completely different level than she had previously thought, and how you captured the essence of this was...crud, I can't think of the proper word, so I'm just gonna go for awesometastic.

The last stanza with the breeze that kisses her, it seems almost as if she is remembering her romantic relationship with Cedric, which makes it a much more poignant and powerful last line of 'Goodbye.'

That's all for now...still feeling tired/retarded, so I'll stop rambling. I'm enjoying this stroll in Julialand. :)

Jess

Author's Response: Oh I'm enjoying your stroll in Julialand too! It's lovely getting new reviews! I really do think that Cho is a misunderstood character. I know she was incredibly annoying in OotP but she was a sixteen year old girl! I think we should give her a bit of a break. I admit, I used want to ram a cattle prod into her back a while ago but writing this poem changed that. She was just an incredibly sensitive person who had a lot of crap thrown her way. I think she redeemed herself in HBP by returning to fight alongside the rest of the DA. Thanks for the review! Julia

 

What Better Way by MagEd
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 47]

Summary: I hadn't seen him since I was eleven, but he had a rather distinct look about him. It was hard, after all, to forget that black hair that stuck up in the back and the bright green eyes behind those glasses. And the scar — I had always thought it neat to have a scar shaped like a lightening bolt.

Jane Martin sees the odd, quiet boy she went to primary school with years ago in a jewellery shop and she's shocked to see how much things have changed for the boy with taped glasses and baggy clothes. *one-shot*

Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 4047 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/11/09 Updated: 09/27/09


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 09/30/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Awwwwwwwwwwww! I love fluff, too! This was adorable and well-written, with just enough uncomfortable events for Harry to truly make the story about him. A-freaking-dorable. :-)

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! It's always hard to make sure an OC doesn't take over a story, so it's good to know you think the story still focused on Harry, despite the alternate POV. :)

 

Summary: The Second War has ended, but there is still so much work to be done. Death Eaters are still at large, the Ministry and its laws are in disarray, families have been torn apart, and love that has laid quiet in the hearts of four teenagers for a year or more is now ready to burst into the open. Watch as the foundations of the Wizarding world are rebuilt and Harry Potter and his friends find their places in a world without Voldemort.

All characters, settings, places, spells, creatures, and what ever else you can think of belong to JK Rowling or were inspired by the same.

Categories: Ron/Hermione AND Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Dubious Consent, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 53326 Chapters: 12 Completed: No
Published:
09/11/09 Updated: 02/14/10


Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 11/03/09 Title: Chapter 4: Careers and Confessions

Ah, it's about time Ron did something other than provoke Hermione. :D

I like the dynamics of how Ron was finally recognizing the shift in his feelings toward Hermione, even how they'd been there all along. Your portrayal of their exchange was good, and it makes one realize that Ron was destined to be with her from the first time on the train when she told him he had dirt on his nose.

All in all, very in-character and a good addition.

~Jess

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/16/09 Title: Chapter 7: Intentions

Awkward! I'm so glad I'm not a guy, because having that talk with a girl's father would be absolutely uncomfortable. I think you had Arthur pegged, though. He would be a little suspecting at first, but he came round as he was bound to do.

I feel bad for Harry, having to return to Grimmauld Place alone like that, with only the slightly cantankerous Kreacher as company, but he's just like that. Any sort of discomfort, he would always take it on himself and never ask for help.

Harry with Teddy was adorable, because I always pictured him as good with kids, whereas Ron could probably make any child cry, no matter how unwittingly.

Charming chapter, keep it up and happy writing!

~Jess

Author's Response: You bring up an interesting point about Kreacher, after reading the 7th book I pictured Kreacher becoming much more accepting of Harry (and the others). Especially before they left for the Ministry he was being nicer (cooking and wanting to make Harry happy) and at the end when Kreacher led the house elves in battle and was saying "fight for my master"...and at the end where Harry wondered if he would bring him a sandwich. Anyway...I've interpreted Kreacher as slightly less cantankerous (good word by the way =) ). I hope that doesn't throw people off...you'll see =)

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/16/09 Title: Chapter 1: Waking Up

In continuation of the Kreacher point, when Kreacher said verbatim, "Fight! (3X) for my master, defender of house elves! Fight the Dark Lord in the name of brave Regulus." Paraphrased a bit, but the important bits are there. I do wonder if Kreacher was referring to Regulus as the defender of Elves or Harry, because Regulus refused to sacrifice Kreacher to kill the Horcrux, so that could be a point of defense, whereas Harry also defended the Elves. I guess we'd have to ask Jo and see what she has to say about that.

What I mainly meant about Kreacher is that he could not possibly be good company. What could Harry and Kreacher possibly have in common, have to talk about? I think it wouldn't be a whole lot, so Harry would mainly be spending his time alone.

Wow, sorry about monopolizing your review page, but I'm just a little pedantic like that. Take care and happy writing!

~Jess

Author's Response: No you're fine, i love the feedback, it helps me organize my thoughts =) next chapter is in the queue...hopefully it will be approved soon =)

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 01/02/10 Title: Chapter 9: Opening

My mind is working nonstop, positing reasons for Ginny's frosty demeanor, each more progressively horrid than the last. If it is what I think it is, Harry is going to have a hell of a time undoing that sort of emotional damage.

It's interesting, the comparing of scars from Umbridge. Sabrina is such a sweet girl, but she turns practically to stone when Umbridge is mentioned. It just goes to show that things like that don't leave a person; they fester until they're permitted to air out and heal, but ofttimes the victim never allows that to happen.

It's good that the WWW is open again, giving George and Ron something with which to occupy themselves, because they need it.

I remain hopeful for Ginny coming around to Harry. b29;

Nice chapter and as always, I remain faithful to your story until the end.

Take care and happy writing,

~Jess

Author's Response: It's coming soon...in Two chapters it comes out. Thank you so much for your feedback! it means a lot!

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 11/27/09 Title: Chapter 5: Innocent

This is a cute little exchange. Those were the days, seventeen and stupid with hormones, and I love that you made Harry struggle with his, as they are a cruel mistress.

I always pictured Molly being the one reluctant to allow Ginny to date, not Arthur, but you made it work, so it's all good.

As for Ginny, I wanted to pull her hair and yank until she said it back! Totally awesome that you have that kind of power to make me, the reader, want to do that.

Well, all in all, I still love this fic and I look forward to more.

~Jess

Author's Response: You know, I thought about it and thought about it but for some reason I got stuck with Ginny's character as someone who definately wouldn't be "oh I love you" right away. I think she's spent so much of her life (being the youngest and in a house full of boys) being a bit coddled and protected and she fights against that so hard (breaking into the shed to fly brooms, fighting in the battle). it's almost like she doesn't want to admit how much she feels for Harry because she doesn't want to come off as weak. that's why I did it, i felt like she'd hold back because she didn't want to appear that way. Who knows? that's just my interpretation. I'm glad your liking it though =)

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/04/09 Title: Chapter 6: The Prophecy Fulfilled

Poor Ginny, always being told that she's too young to do everything, even though she was old enough to be a victim of Crabbe and Goyle's 'tender ministrations' while Harry was Horcrux hunting.

I got a shiver when the screaming noise started. That was pretty cool! The entire sequence, in general, was interesting. I felt bad for Neville, because I'm about 99% sure he didn't want to be there, but he sucked it up and did it.

Looking forward to more, so good luck with the rest of your story!

~Jess

 
Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor Signed
Date: 12/26/09 Title: Chapter 8: Identity

Ooh, busted!

It's good that Harry has finally found it within himself to trust Ginny with his insecurities, because he was seriously about to lose her. Poor guy. :-(

I have been wondering why you rated this story 'Professors'...until now, lol. Nice little piece, looking forward to more.

Good work and happy writing!

~Jess

 
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