Welcome to my author page!
I am a teacher, musician, reader, and avid Harry Potter fan. I am originally from the Midwest and now live a bit farther south. I am thrilled to be a proud member of RAVENCLAW House and enjoyed being a site moderator for a time as well.
I hope you enjoy the many stories and poems I have written. I am proud of them all and appreciate any feedback you might care to leave (in other words, reviews are love!) I've listed them below with a short description since I know trolling through summaries can be tedious. Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Someday I will categorize my stories by genre. Today is not that day. ;)
This was a wonderful story! I first read "Snape's Birthday", which I quite enjoyed. I love how this story fits together with that one, they are a very nice pair. I also like how you started each piece - very slowly, moving forward without rushing, almost suspenseful (I especially noticed this suspenseful beginning in "Strange Meeting", which I also read). Your characters are so well done, particularly Severus but especially your original character Maeve. She is a great character and seems very real in the sense that JKR herself could have written her into Hogwarts Castle. You also have an amazing way with words - your descriptive language is beautiful! And your dialogue is very natural and easy to read. What I really liked about "Maeve's Birthday" was the proposal. I was not expecting that, and it was wonderfully done! Both birthday stories had a terrific sense of style and atmosphere and were so easy and enjoyable to read. Amazing work!!
~Courtesy of the Naughty Penguin Society
This was beautiful! I loved it! You have a wonderful way with words, the characters are perfect, and you brought Harry and Ginny together in such a romantic way! Great job! ~Gina
This was a really touching story! You write exceptionally well and I enjoyed reading it. Harry and Ginny are spot-on, and the dialogue is perfect. Great job! ~Gina
Nice job! This story is actually rather scary, and that's a compliment. :) It is scary not in the "Oh my gosh I hope JKR doesn't end the story that way!" sense but in a "Could you only imagine?" sense. I can't imagine waking up from a coma after six years to a life you can't remember, leaving behind a life you created. And yet, I'm sure it happens. Poor Harry!
Again - nice job! Keep up the good work! Now how do you suppose it will *really* end? ;)
Author's Response: Oh yes, I definitely agree with you. I mean, I\'ve had dreams before about something that seems real but once I wake up I realize it never happened - but an entire life, completely nonexistant? I shudder at the thought. Anyway, thanks for the great review, I\'m glad you liked it. If I had it my way, JKR would end the series without killing anyone else off - but I don\'t think that\'s going to happen. We\'ll see!
That was wonderful fun to read! You must have worked very hard on this poem, fleshing out the story and keeping it in form. I agree with the review that suggested setting the dialogue in quotation marks, or maybe italics - it would be easier to follow, given the other quirks of the form. But once you get the hang of the rhythm, it was just so fun to read! Great job! ~Gina :)
Wonderful poem! I love what you did with the rhyme and inverted lines, that must have been so challenging! It really makes for a powerful read.
The only thing I wasn't sure of was the final stanza - what happened to the rhyme in the second line? Did you take that out for dramatic effect? And did you mean to say "It" or "If"? :)
The final question is very dramatic, it's a great ending, tying it to the Mirror of Erised. I think the character might be Draco. Who were you thinking of then?
Fantastic job, you are a wonderful poet!
Congratulations on a great story! You have done a wonderful job with this piece. The characters were spot-on, the description was wonderful, and you pieced together all sorts of little clues to create a very plausible, and believable, ending to Harry's story. I especially liked your reference to the Draught of LIving Death! I thought that your story was very well-written, and I really enjoyed reading it. Now, how did Professor Snape die?? I think you have another story to tell! ;)
Again - good work! Thanks for sharing it! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Wow...thank you so much for your review. It means more to me than you will ever know and I am ecstatic over how much you enjoyed it! Glad you liked the reference to the Draught of Living Death...I was so excited about that idea when I stumbled upon it. As far as Professor Snape...hmmm, perhaps there is more to be told. I\'ll have to give that one some definite thought Thanks again for your kind words!
I am so glad I found this story! It was fascinating, and incredibly well written. I could hear these words being spoken as I read them, you have a gift for oratory (particularly of the 13th-century variety). I was totally drawn in by this man's speech to his fellows - and then quite suprised to find out at the end that he was a Malfoy! I'm not sure if you meant that to be a suprising little twist (I probably should have expected it from the summary) but it was for me and it was neat. The entire speech flowed very well, and was just so original. I am curious - was there a real event on October 31, 1276 that inspired this speech?
Great job! Congrats on winning second place for this piece, it deserves the kudos! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Yay, thank you for reviewing and I\'m glad you enjoyed it. Actually, I didn\'t do the Malfoy thing on purpose, and it just sorted ended up that way because I wanted it to be why they have such strong predjudices. Even though some predjudices occur seemingly without reason, some have deep roots and I wanted to investigate the idea that there\'s more about pureblood hatred than we think. I honestly don\'t know if there was an event at that time, although I know there was some turmoil around it, but I actually chose that date because I thought of it as an interesting reason why they celebrate Halloween when probably few of them were Christian or even pagan as they were magical.
Nice job! You have a very natural writing style. Hermione and Ginny are perfectly in character and their dialgoue flows very nicely. I love the idea of Ginny working with the former D.A. while the trio are out hunting Horcruxes! That was great!
Two questions: Why is Harry always watching for Bellatrix, and not Snape? I'm just curious how you view Harry's reaction to these two characters. My second question is: why is Hermione looking out the window at the end, as if she can sense Ron and Hermione? It seems to me that there is a story there! I think it would be great for you to write more stories about the year before this scene, particularly about this bond Hermione seems to have with Ron and Harry (if I'm interpreting the signs correctly, that is). If anything, please tell us how Hermione got injured, that sounds like a good story!:)
I love one-shots and this one was great. Keep up the good work! And good luck with your writing!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback! Answers: I had Bellatrix in mind when I wrote this, that\'s all. He should probably look for Snape -- I bet he will, if I ever rewrite this :). And I was trying to suggest some sort of magical bond between the Trio, it just didn\'t come across as clearly as I wanted to. Again, a second-edition correction. Thanks again for your comments!
This was quite good! I liked how the rhythm of the poem mirrored the rhythm of a bouncing ball. It was a wonderful way to illustrate the relationship between Draco and his father. Great job! ~Gina :)
I quite liked the first chapter! You did a very good job of writing the Halloween attack, and placing Snape there. Very believable!
Harry gave his trust to Snape a little too quickly I felt. I personally think it will take both of them a bit longer to make nice - a bit more sniping and sneering is needed first. But then, I don't know when you set this in terms of HBP - maybe they are both in a place at this point in your story where they are ready to start working together?
I think you should definitely continue this story, it is very open-ended right now and it seems other people want to read more as well. I think you could write more and still come to a solid conclusion without writing all of Book Seven. The conversation between Harry and Snape would be great fun to write, and for us to read!
Nice job, and good luck if you write more!
Nice job with this story. I love that Harry got to confront Snape about what happened on the tower. Using the Veritaserum was a great idea, although now that JKR has spoken up on it I wonder if Snape might be able to get around it with his Occlumency skills? Still, I think he was more than willing here to tell Harry the truth, particularly after he read Regulus's letter.
I think the letter was great. You did a really good job making a connection between Snape and Regulus, it was totally believable. And the way that played into Snape's rivalry with Sirius was brilliant.
I thought it was really interesting that Regulus brought Snape into the Death Eaters, and that Snape brought Regulus out. Both situations make a great deal of sense, however, especially since I know some of your thoughts on Snape. You managed to develop sympathy for both men through Regulus's confession.
So you also think that Dumbledore told Snape to take the prophecy back to Voldemort; obviously I couldn't agree more! :) But why didn't Snape tell Dumbledore about the Horcrux sooner? Was it his pride? I thought it was really neat that Snape had a part to play in R.A.B's discovery of the locket, but I'm also really curious why he didn't tell Dumbledore sooner. Did he at least tell Dumbledore about the potion he made before Dumbledore left with Harry to go to the cave?
The potion sounds exactly right, and the fact that Dumbledore was already dying a horrible death when he pleaded with Snape to kill him so Draco wouldn't have to makes perfect sense. Of course that's what happened! :) I'll be a bit surprised if Snape actually had something to do with the cave and the potion, but you made it very believable here.
So you had asked about Harry. I absolutely believe he would be capable of going after Snape with a Cruciatus Curse. I really think he might skirt the edge of the Dark Side in the final book before he figures out just what he needs to do. What a surprise to see Neville there sticking up for Snape - I love the irony, given how cruel Snape has always been to Neville. I also think that Harry would continue to want answers from Snape, especially if he were just locked up in Azkaban; having him force Veritaserum on Snape seemed very believable to me. Of course, it still seemed to me that Snape was willing to have the truth out, but I think Harry as you've written him would have used even more force if he needed to. I don't think you went too far at all.
The piece grew very intense by the end. I liked when Snape used Harry's first name for once, showing his extreme emotions. I thought that Snape pointing out how the death Harry gave Dumbledore was too terrible, and how no one would every know Harry's part in it, was very tragic in two ways. Snape is the one being punished for the murder, but Harry will carry his own guilt alone for the rest of his life. Very sad, and very possible.
This was a nice read after a long day! I'm glad I read it and will try to read some of your other stories soon. Good luck with your future writing!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the long and thoughtful review. I must admit, I\'m not very good at those, myself. I am glad you enjoyed it. Occlumency and Veritaserum: yes, probably. But you\'re right in that he could choose to tell the truth. And it\'s possible that *Harry* doesn\'t know about Occlumency and its ability to cancel it... though I do allude to that in the prequel to this that\'s awaiting beta-response. That actually makes things *better* for me: 1. It explains how Snape can keep so much of his emotions when Veritaserum usually causes a sort of limpness and then complete, factual answers. 2. It gives even more reasons for Harry to not believe Snape/\"never come back\". Which is the main thing people had a problem with: they figured that after thinking things over, he\'d realize he was wrong and come to apologize or something... sort of like how he changes his attitude toward Sirius... but there\'s a lot more negative history between Snape and Harry, especially considering the enmity between Snape and James, that just didn\'t exist with Sirius. My thinking is that he was broken and when he finally got \"put back together\", it didn\'t seem important enough... after all, Snape *did* cast the Unforgivable AND Harry probably still hates him AND he doesn\'t think Azkaban is all that bad. But with the suspicion that maybe Occlumency could work against Veritaserum, he has even more reason to \"never come back\". Your questions about the Horcrux: I\'m working on answers for some of them in connected stories. He didn\'t say anything because he didn\'t see any need. I think it\'s probably a lot like Harry not mentioning the Voldemort dreams -- you know, not wanting to bother him, not thinking it\'s important enough. I don\'t remember making a decision about whether he told him about the potion, but that\'s a really interesting angle! It\'s almost too bad it\'s written this way, since an interesting theory could be that Dumbledore knew that Harry needed to see what it would look like to get a Horcrux and destroy it, and used the fake... except I can\'t imagine him doing that... I\'ll have to think on that some. Neville sticking up for Snape... Yes, well... If you\'ve read my duelling thread recently, you\'ll have seen that I\'m horridly sadistic to my characters. What does Snape hate most? (in my opinion) Being saved. And of all the people who *could* save Snape, the most likely really is Neville, considering we\'re dealing with the Cruciatus Curse here. I think Neville\'s opposition of that curse in particular (considering his parents) would be strong enough to stand up against it in any and all cases -- just as he stood up to the trio when they went for the Stone. That *is* his particular kind of courage, after all. But I really put it in there because that was about the cruelest and most humiliating thing I could think of to do to Snape after having Harry manage to curse him. Finally, you cannot possibly imagine my gratitude at your comment about the tragedy of this. I personally think Harry has it worse. I\'ve gotten a lot of Snape-fan comments that keep wanting me to punish Harry. They are angry and think he got away \"scot free\". I don\'t think so at all. Things were bad *before* he talked to Snape. Now... Thank you again, so much for this thoughtful review! You\'ve absolutely made my day!
Very cute - nice job with Ron's character! Was Harry serious about the pillow or pulling a joke on Ron? Good job on the mixup with potions - and great last line! ~Gina :)
I read this during the QSQ nominations and I don't know why I didn't leave a review then - sorry! But I loved it! I think it's a wonderful poem, light and fun. I thought your take on the prompt was really unique, and totally worked. The repetition of "muddy mud puddle" was clever and fun and kept the poem bouncing along nicely. Congrats on your nomination, and good luck with future poems! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Aww - well, thanks. I was so surprised when this little thing was nominated for the QsQ\'s alongside the amazingly meaningful, deeply moving poems that were also nominees - it flatters me to this day. And (getting back to a subject that is not completely ME) I\'m really glad you enjoyed it - thank you for taking the time to review!
Wow, what a bloodbath! I sort of feel bad for Snape - but not for Bellatrix! Way to get her, I loved it. ;) I thought you did a good job with the character of his mother. I think there is definetly history there that has affected Snape's character. Did you have any plans to continue this storyline with Draco? Good job! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Bloodbath, indeed! I\'m glad that you liked my story. Sorry, Gina, but I don\'t have plans to continue it, as it\'s just a one-shot. I did include a little more detail in the abuse incident to make the story more believable. This and the suicide, I think, are responsible for the high rating. Thanks for your review, Gina!
Well that surprised me! :) Malfoy! And the Cruciatus Curse - poor Ron! Good job with the battle, its tough keeping things straight when there is a lot of complicated action involved. I hope Harry is all right. :) Looking forward to reading the next chapter! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: It gets a little bit easier to follow after chapter four once Ron and Hermione are back together. Thanks for reading Gina!!!!!
Great job! I just love how well you take us between all the different points of view. It really made the battle come to life. I think the Death Eater's mask was a great idea, and you clarified it really well. I wonder who was that last Death Eater who hit Ginny with the Cruciatus Curse at the end, whom Harry knocked out? Will will find out? Oh, why am I asking - I know you won't answer! ;) Keep up the great work and good luck with the next chapter! I hope Ginny is okay, and I I can't wait to see what happens back in the graveyard with Snape!!
Author's Response: Gina! *huggles* Thanks again for your help, dear, I really appreciated it =) I\'m excited about the next chapter. And no, I won\'t answer that question =P ~Ashley
Hi! I love the cliffhanger. It's so dramatic, seeing the word POTTER there at the end. I think you did a great job with Hermione getting a bit into Snape's head, only to have her hopes dashed due to his precarious position at the moment. I loved the purple mist that forces Ron to watch. I hope it's not too horrible! Will the next chapter bounce back to the Burrow or continue in the graveyard? I hope Snape keeps cooperating with you - good luck as you continue! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Hey Gina! It will actually involve both the burrow and the graveyard =) We\'re getting down to the last couple chapters, eep!
What a great kiss - and I like how you showed it from both of their points of view! You also do a good job creating suspense. I miss Harry and hope he is alright! Good job!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thanks! Yea, from now on you basically get to see things from both angles. Harry is coming up in a few chapters =)
All right, I can't resist: I'm spamming a review before the chapter is up. :)
I am hearing the Jeopardy theme in my head as we wait.
But then I think about the chapter title: it's fascinating. Very musical. Now I hear Brahms or Mozart.
I'm sure there are clues in it. I am most curious about the word Grace. It could mean so many different things.
Maybe I should have taken you up on your offer!
Anyway - can't wait to see how it turned out!
Author's Response: Haha, I was feeling a little musical when I wrote this chapter I think. As with most of my chapter titles, there are dual meanings within the text, one meaning much more prevalent than others. What can I say, I like to play with the meaning of words *cousensesgh*. The offer still stands ;) ~Ashley