Hello readers and writers of MNFF!
I'm Wren, and I've been a member of this community for quite a few years. I tend to come and go depending on how much free time I have at the moment and whether I'm taking a step back from my original writing for a bit before editing and revising. One of my resolutions this year is to be better at time management and have a more consistent presence on both the archives and the beta boards. I'm tentatively dedicating every other Monday to fanfiction (aka getting a story in the queue), so expect me to be around once a week with new stories and new posts on the boards.
While the archives were being moved to a new server, I spent a lot of time over on fanfiction . net for my Harry Potter fix. During my time there, I wrote many stories for competitions and challenges that I've yet to share here on MNFF. My plan (and nag me if I don't stick to it!) is to put a one-shot or chapter in the queue every other Monday for the next few months. I will be switching between updates to 'How We Ended Up Here' and miscellaneous one-shots, so whether you are patiently waiting for a new chapter or would rather read something new and short, you'll be getting an enjoyable update from me at least every month (and every fortnight if you enjoy both!). I look forward to getting some more stories on here and reading reviews (I respond to every single one!), so if you've enjoyed anything I've written thus far, prepare for lots more. :)
This chapter made me tear up at the end. You're characterization of Ron and Hermione is absolute perfection and you write their relationship so believable and realistic. Are you sure your not JKR?
All jokes aside, I felt I should probably leave a review since I added this story to my favorites months ago. I really have nothing but compliments to give. I've read all your other stories and enjoyed them all, but this is definitely my favorite story.
I've always wanted to read a well-written fanfiction about all the missing Ron/Hermione moments, and my search as finally come to an end. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this and yell in excitement every time I see there's a new chapter here. I think the best part about your story is that it's not the over-used moments that people always write fics about. Instead, you've created your own moments and really expanded on what JKR originally wrote. They fit so well with the actual story and really show the behind-the-scenes progression of their relationship. As far as I am concerned, this is canon. Keep up the amazing work and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) *checks name badge* I'm pretty sure I'm not her... Thank you so much. It's incredible to hear that people are enjoying this. There are so many missing moments fics so it's great that you think this one stands out. I really did try to avoid the over-done moments as much as possible, but a few of them do show up (see the next chapter...).
I think this is my favorite chapter yet. You've captured Ron's desperation at Malfoy Manor perfectly without even writing about those specific events, which was wonderfully refreshing. The conversation with Luna basically summed up the last fourteen chapters, and I loved your take on her. Luna is one of those characters I personally don't understand (and avoid writing about at all costs) but this scene is so... Luna. I also loved the ending conversation about baby names. I've never been fully comfortable with the name 'Hugo' and always wondered where in the world that name came from, but you're explanation made perfect sense. Keep up the wonderful work and I looked forward to the rest of the story!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing! I'm glad you liked this! The Malfoy Manor bit has been written so many times so it's great that you think this version was refreshing. Thank you! Luna is hard to write, but she is one of my favourite characters. Hugo really did come from nowhere, didn't it? I mean - where? Thank you! Hopefully it shouldn't be too far away :)
So, after practically sobbing at this ending, I'm finally coherent enough to write a review.
This was an extremely powerful story in each and every chapter and really sums about the feelings I imagine going through the Weasley family so soon after the battle. I love all the little details to add to the story, such as Molly's choices for naming her children in this latest chapter. They really add to the depth of the story and fit so well with canon that I think you must have secret connections to JKR, haha. Anyways, this was a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed and the only thing that would have made it better is if you had written nineteen chapter instead of only six. :)
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing! Sorry about the sobbing. Thank you so much for saying that. The little things like the names are really fun to think of so I'm really happy that they are appreciated. Haha, yes, we do have a connection. Well, I stalk her, but I am sure that counts. Nineteen would have been nice really, but I was running out of main characters. ANyway, thank you so much for reviewing and I'm glad that you enjoyed the story :)
This turned out amazingly! I am so glad that I could help with this. The parts you added a perfection and really bring out the depths of not only Hannah, but her mother as well. I also love the foreshadowing when she mentions she'll probably end up marrying a Gryffindor who is like her father. That part definitely made me smile! Wonderful, lovely, awesome job on this!
Author's Response: Thank you so so so much! This was reworked from something I wrote for English last year--a character sketch of my own mom--so I guess it was always going to be about the characterization of the family members. Your pointing out the things I could expound on helped with that a lot! Foreshadowing, teehee...I wanted to make it seem like she did respect Gryffindors, too, so I was writing about that, and then I just couldn't help adding the Neville bit.
Well, since you said please...
These last two chapters were actually a very pleasant surprise to me since I assumed the first chapter was simply a one shot, then I checked my email to find that there were other chapters! I was very happy, to say the least.
Katie and Oliver have a special place in my heart since they are one of my (increasing growing number of) OTPs, and the strange relationship, or lack of, that you've created here is perfect for them. I've always preferred Katie as one of the more dark and depressing Post-Hogwarts characters (after being cursed by a necklace, who wouldn't be a little off?), but the depth of her character with the added tragedy of Leanne is simply heartbreakingly wonderful. As for Oliver, you've really captured his character. I was very confused at seeing him in the Hog's Head at first, and your explanation is something I've never given much thought to. I suppose that a lot of organization would be taken over by DeathEaters, as you've pointed out. With the addition of Colin, Dennis, and Lisa, I'm really looking forward to more interaction with them and Kater, who seems to be finally sobering up and coming to terms, yay! I'm anxiously waiting for the next chapter and the plot twists I know have to be coming soon. (Things are starting to get just a little too happy...)
Author's Response: Hello! :D
I'm so glad you decided to continue reading. To be honest, I had a lot of problems with this story once it got going -- I churned out the first two chapters in a matter of hours, but then I got stuck and decided to go to the end -- LOL. Well, not quite the end, more the smut, hehehehe, which comes up later. But anyway, my point (which has been buried in the rubble of ramble here, lol) was that I'm really glad you enjoyed this chapter because it isn't the strongest, tbh.
Yayayay to liking OliKatie :D I love it, too, after writing this, but the main reason for the pairing is actually because of my recipient (this story was written for SPEW's Secret Swap), Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor, who writes sublime Katie/Oliver herself and hearts this pairing lots. And yes, you could say their relationship is weird -- she's... kind of gay and he's a sort of jaded ex-Quidditch player turned barman who lives in a tiny bedsit, hehehe. Buuut Jess did say that after writing them, I would want them to get married, and she was right ;)
You're right that being cursed by a necklace would certainly be a traumatic experience for Katie. If you're interested, you might want to read the prequel to this story, Flicker and Fail, which deals a lot more with Katie and Leanne's relationship as well as what happened immediately after Katie first woke up in St. Mungo's after being cursed.
I'm very happy you liked Oliver. Yeah, I didn't make it clear why he was working at The Hog's Head, but now you know :) And hmm, you won't see as much of Dennis, Colin and Lisa (I thought it clogged up the narrative a bit too much but I might write an outtake with them and post it -- we shall see :) ), but you are right about the plot twists. I won't, however, give anything away, but rest assured things will soon get shaken up, as is my custom.
Thank youuuu for the lovely, in-depth review and I hope you don't mind my rambling response too much!
I really enjoyed this opening chapter. I thought it captured Sirius's state of mind perfectly. Looking forward to reading more!
Author's Response: Thank you so much!
Really lovely but sad story. Colin was one of the saddest characters to lose in the battle considering how young and innocent he was throughout the books. I can definitely understand Dennis not wanting to talk about his brother. A friendship between him and George does seem extremely mismatched, but through the loss of a brother, it makes perfect sense. Well done.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. It's taken me a while to realise it, but a huge number of my stories use Colin's death as a plot hook. His death is referenced in a lot of chapters of Tales of the Battle, and it forms part of the background in both Hunters and Prey and Friends and Foes. George and Angelina will appear in the next chapter as Lesley tries to understand Dennis' world. -N-
I great look into the Marauder's and how they got involved with the Order. I very much enjoyed seeing Remus interacting with his parents since many fics seem to forget that he has them. Look forward to reading more.
Author's Response: Thanks!
Great second chapter. I love the way all the Marauders take care of Remus so well. You can really feel their friendship. And yay to the sympathetic Flourish and Blotts interviewer! I love reading about little kindesses like that.
Author's Response: Thank you!
Such a great story about kindness and friendship and the value of junk. I always enjoy when you write about original or minor characters, and this story is no exception. I loved all the details you put into the junk shop and into these two characters. Amazing job!
Author's Response: An interesting observation, 'the value of junk'. It brings to mind a term paper I wrote in summer 2015 about a poem, written in Old-English-style alliterative structure, contrasting the broken consumer goods left in rubbish bins at the curbside with the indestructible and greatly valued armaments crafted by legendary smiths in long-ago centuries. (I wish I remembered the title and author. Edit: Now I remember. "Junk" by Richard Wilbur.) Thank you so much for the lovely review.
Oh, that last paragraph is perfection. This story fits right into what we know of that missing year in DH. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the students. ((Also, just to let you know, your italics didn't come through. All the [ ] need to be replaced with < >. (:))
Author's Response: Thank you so much for writing a review, Wren. To me the seventh year is a tapestry of Missing Moments. Wouldn't it be great to collect all the seventh year stories, the chaptered ones and the little one-shots, into a book to reveal the history of that year in all its richness and complexity?
Thanks for the heads-up about the brackets. Occasionally I accidentally mix up the <> brackets for the archives and the  brackets for the forums (lapse of the brain). I went back and fixed them all.
Wonderful story. Doris is a very unique perspective to chose for this prompt, but it worked well. She offers a side to the date that isn't often seen plus it gave us a glimpse of how Godric's Hollow as a whole reacted. Nicely done.
Author's Response: I have always wanted to write something about Doris since we know her by name and she appeared notably in chapter Five of the first book. What was her backstory, and why did she feel so connected to Harry? There are so many missing moments in this series, so many little points that cry out to be explored and expanded, just a little bit. Thank you so much for reviewing.
Ugh, I love Hermione-centric stories, and this one is great. I enjoyed how much like Gilderoy his cousin is, along with the Malfoy-like character. It brought along a familiarity from the books. I also really liked the ending where Hermione knows something weird happened. Funny that Gilderoy's own cousin seems so unskilled with memory charms. Well done.
Author's Response: Thank you! There's a reason why Gilderoy became rich and famous while his cousin was content to dazzle Muggles at children's parties. Fauntleroy is better at charming women than casting Memory Charms (or being a magician since he cheats by using real magic). :D You bring up an interesting point about stolen memories. I have to think that some of the people Gilderoy took them from became suspicious. Wouldn't a partner, a person saved, a friend, or even villagers down at the pub have brought up what he or she was supposed to have done? Gilderoy was never seen entering or leaving a victim's home? Hermione, while amazing, isn't the only person who can use deductive reasoning. I'd like to think there were Aurors (who look just like David Tennant and Olivia Colman from Broadchurch) investigating such claims, perhaps on the verge of an arrest, when Gilderoy got his comeuppance. Wow. A review that might inspire a story. Thanks for the double Christmas gift! :)