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Set in the time of the Marauders, a young Hufflepuff girl finds herself in the middle of a power play between Severus Snape and Sirius Black. This story proves Shags' Corrollary to Occam's Razor: when several explanations for a situation exist, the simplest one is most likely the truth unless you are dealing with the motivations of teenagers.

Rated: B
Categories: General
Characters: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 19
Wordcount: 1474 - Hits: 8590
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/25/2003 - Last Updated: 01/12/2004
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star half star
Date: 06/06/2005 Title: Chapter 19: Epilogue

An own character I can believe in! I wouldn't go so far as to say I've never found one before, but you get the picture. I love the plot; it's definitely believable from my memories of teenaged romances, the short-lived infatuations, then the jealousy and deep-seated grudges that they create.

retired featured story The war is over, and Voldemort has won. Harry Potter is dead. Neville Longbottom is a Death Eater, and together with Draco Malfoy they lead a manhunt for Hermione Granger. It's really that simple. Or is it? At times sad.

Rated: W
Categories: Drama
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom
Genres: Mystery/suspense
Warnings: Character Death

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 11173 - Hits: 1408
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/22/2004 - Last Updated: 11/22/2004
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/04/2005 Title: Chapter 1: The Last Mudblood

It's a beautiful little bittersweet piece. I agree that it's definitely worth continuing with should you wish to. The note of hope at the end is perfect.

Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed. :)

Continuation of Counterparts. A sixth year story as close to canon as I can make it.

Rated: B
Categories: General
Characters: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 15
Wordcount: 8933 - Hits: 7391
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/07/2005 - Last Updated: 07/10/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/24/2005 Title: Chapter 11: How Are a Ring and a Tattoo the Same?

I've just read all 11 chapters so far, and I love the story. I like your DADA teacher, he's different to all the others we've had so far. Is Harry going to reach any conclusions soon about what he wants to do with his future? Harry not expecting to survive is very interesting, I can imagine the odds seeming overwhelming.

Author's Response: Considering what Harry now knows, his future possibilities must look quite bleak. But he's not one to give up. I had fun with the DADA teacher. It's one of the characters that are always different, so there's room to be very creative. Thanks for your review.

Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/24/2005 Title: Chapter 11: How Are a Ring and a Tattoo the Same?

I've just read all 11 chapters so far, and I love the story. I like your DADA teacher, he's different to all the others we've had so far. Is Harry going to reach any conclusions soon about what he wants to do with his future? Harry not expecting to survive is very interesting, I can imagine the odds seeming overwhelming.

Author's Response: I suspect that Harry will be worrying about his survival in HBP; it just seems like what he'd be feeling. Harry won't reach any final conclusions, but I think he'll be narrowing the field. (Although JKR will probably go that way if Harry does survive, I don't think Auror is the best career choice for him. Thanks for the review; I'm glad you're enjoying the story.

In a startling display of his infinite wisdom, Cornelius Fudge has taken it into his head once again that Albus Dumbledore is a threat to his position of authority. In an attempt to undermine the credibility of a popular and beloved Headmaster, Fudge removes him from Hogwarts and replaces him with someone new.

At least it isn't Umbridge. Anyone would be better than Umbridge, right?

Faculty fic, rating for language.

Rated: B
Categories: General
Characters: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 10
Wordcount: 2165 - Hits: 4385
Complete?: No - Published: 02/09/2005 - Last Updated: 06/18/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/13/2005 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9: Enough Is Enough

I've just caught up on this story and I love it! Regalia is a completely believable character; I love the way that sometimes she hits and sometimes she misses. The Snape/ Lupin interaction is brilliantly written as well; I can imagine them both acting in this way. And the bit about every teacher's worst nightmare - I pity the poor student teachers we used to torment. Still, I always saw it as selection of the fittest; if they weren't a good teacher, we didn't want them sabotaging our exam grades. We only gave one a nervous breakdown...

Author's Response: I used to love tormenting subs. And when I was in middle school I had it down to an art-- stare at them until they became so self-conscious they couldn't teach, and what were they going to tell the principal? "She was looking at me?"

I'm glad you're enjoying! Thanks for the comments.

Jen

Hermione Granger's senior thesis leads to some surprising revelations about the magical world and the last Dark Lord.

Rated: S
Categories: Drama
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 10
Wordcount: 2425 - Hits: 4276
Complete?: No - Published: 03/09/2005 - Last Updated: 02/06/2006
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/12/2005 Title: Chapter 7: Revelations

I love the way you ask so many questions about the essence of magic that I have been puzzling. I'm sure that the timing of the defeat of Grindelwald and the end of the Second World War wasn't a coincidence, so it's very interesting to see it being tackled. Your plot is completely plausible and I can't wait to see where you're going with this.

Author's Response: Thank you, Caz! I also figured that the timing can't be coincidental -- and it ties in nicely with my questions about the lack of Jewish wizards. So now I just need to connect this whole shebang with Voldemort.
--Martha

A girl comes from a strange, migratory nation to Hogwarts. This story very gradually evolves into a romance with her Head of House, Snape.


Note: This story has been shuffled to agree with canon.


Warning: HPHBP spoilers.

Rated: W
Categories: Romance
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 13
Wordcount: 3428 - Hits: 1025
Complete?: No - Published: 03/28/2005 - Last Updated: 06/21/2007
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 10/26/2005 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 And all comes to light

It's a very original idea, and I like the detail of the culture of the Jrinnu.

Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it. I've worked quite a lot on it. Just now I submitted another chapter for the story. Thanks for the review!

This was written after far too many late night conversations discussing what is canon in the world of Harry Potter fanfic. Dedicated to all of those authors who "fight the good fight."

Rated: C
Categories: Ficlets & Poetry
Characters: Harry Potter
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 309 - Hits: 683
Complete?: Yes - Published: 04/09/2005 - Last Updated: 04/10/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/17/2005 Title: Chapter 1: Charge of the Fan Girlies

It's wonderful! Somehow you've managed to combine the humour with Tennyson's tragic heroism. I've always felt he over-romanticised what was a bloody massacre, but this is perfect!

retired featured story A few weeks after his visit to the Ministry of Magic, Neville goes shopping at Ollivanders.

I wrote this for the Spring Faire, but alas! my hard drive died so I missed the deadline. Please enjoy it.

Rated: C
Categories: General
Characters: Neville Longbottom
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3906 - Hits: 1149
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/09/2005 - Last Updated: 06/09/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star half star
Date: 06/10/2005 Title: Chapter 1: Second Time Around

I love the way you've incorporated all the little snippets of information from the books into this. I'm sure Neville's magic will improve after this.

Author's Response: Thanks to all who have responded. It's great!! I am very fond of Neville, and this came to me as part of a much larger HGSS that I've given up on, but when I saw the 'new wand' section in the Spring Faire, I couldn't resist writing it in full.

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Rated:
Categories: Orphan
Characters: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 0
Wordcount: 0 - Hits: 0
Complete?: No - Published: 12/31/1969 - Last Updated: 12/31/1969
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/13/2005 Title: None

Nice. I love the little details you bring in, like the Blast-Ended Screwts. I'd wondered about the backstory behind Arthur's roommate and you've done a great job on it. Jack's feelings are utterly believable and I like the little note of hope at the end.

Author's Response: :D Thank you very much, I'm pleased you liked the story!

retired featured story While trying to find the right wand for Luna, Mr Ollivander remembers his eccentric father, seven unusual wands, and the wizards who bought them.

Second-prize winner in the 'General' category of the Spring Faire Festival.

Rated: C
Categories: Festival Entries
Characters: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 4071 - Hits: 5386
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/19/2005 - Last Updated: 06/19/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/20/2005 Title: Chapter 1: The Last Wand

I love all the detail from each of the characters, especially Tonks' clumsiness. Dumbledore and the Demiguise seems especially suitable. Ollivander's father slaying the Chimaera did strike an odd note with me though, as I'd always assumed that J.K. was referring to Bellerophon and Pegasus.

Author's Response: Thanks :)
You've out-classical-scholared me there. It sounds like a good theory.
~Makes note to self to Google~ I love theorising about HP.

Snape visits Harry in Azkaban, presumably to gloat, but what is his real motive? (AU. Takes place in October, Harry's sixth year. Written between OotP and HBP.)

Rated: C
Categories: General
Characters: Harry Potter, Severus Snape
Genres: Mystery/suspense
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3800 - Hits: 901
Complete?: Yes - Published: 10/21/2005 - Last Updated: 10/21/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 10/26/2005 Title: Chapter 1: n/a

Wonderful! Harry's thought processes are absolutely spot-on, although I'd query him being able to recall verbatim the events of the first potions class. I love the way you leave us guessing. Any chance of a sequel?

Author's Response: Thank you. Well, admittedly, Harry wouldn't exactly have a copy of SS lying around to consult ;-) Perhaps Snape helped him remember? I really didn't have a sequel in mind, merely an HP version of "The Lady or the Tiger." So, I cannot tell you what was in the vial...

Wrong by duj star star star star star [Reviews - 5]
“Dumbledore made me prefect so I could be your conscience. And I just sit there every time and do nothing. I know it’s wrong and I do nothing." James and Remus discuss the underpants incident.

Rated: C
Categories: General
Characters: James Potter, Remus Lupin
Genres: Friendship
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 2
Wordcount: 1409 - Hits: 728
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/08/2005 - Last Updated: 11/22/2005
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 11/18/2005 Title: Chapter 1: Wrong

I seem to remember JK saying that Remus' main failing is that he wants to be liked. I love the last two sentences as they really highlight this. The conversation about what makes magic 'dark' is brilliant; I love the fact that James finally seems to get what Remus is trying to tell him. We know that James did eventually grow up, I'd love to think this was the reason why!

Author's Response: James continued hexing Snape even into 7th year (and maybe beyond) but it's true that he saved Snape's life in 6th year so perhaps this - or a similar conversation - is what got him to that point.

Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 11/23/2005 Title: Chapter 2: Thick

Very interesting! Why Wormtail turned is a question that puzzles me a lot, but he must have some resentment towards the others. What I really want to know though, is why did the Sorting Hat put him in Gryffindor? We've seen nothing but self-interest from him. Of course, he may well show a little more backbone in the future...

Author's Response: A lot of the Sorting Hats decisions seem odd, eg why are ambitious Percy and the cunning Weasley twins in Gryffindor instead of Slytherin? Why are Crabbe and Goyle in Slytherin instead of Hufflepuff? Why does Harry get to change the Hat's decision simply by asking? Perhaps the last question answers all the others. But if people can put in orders for the House they want to be sorted to, why are there so many Hufflepuffs?

Written for the HP_remnants "After the War" challenge on LiveJournal. The prompt was the lyric "And the picture frames are staring down/And the ringing from this empty sound/Is deafening and keeping you from sleep". Although this is not a song-fic, I did listen to the song several times while writing.

After the war, you have to start picking up the pieces.

Rated: C
Categories: General
Characters: Alastor Moody
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3072 - Hits: 575
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/08/2006 - Last Updated: 01/10/2006
Reviewer: caz Signed star star star star star
Date: 01/10/2006 Title: Chapter 1: Taking stock

I love that last line! I'm not sure I can really imagine Harry standing up for Snape whatever happened, but I suppose it's possible. I like the Everard Prince touch, especially: "Thank you, sir," he said, internally amused at the fact that Sirius Black's great-great-grandfather had been Hogwarts' least popular Headmaster, while Sirius himself had been one of its most popular students, yet the opposite was near true for himself and his own great-great-grandfather. Will this be staying a one-shot?

Author's Response: About it being a one-shot...well...it might actually become an epilogue for a MUCH longer fic I'm writing (200+ pages so far, nowhere near done, but a lot of it, I think, will be edited out...)

It was, however, written with that fic heavily in mind (since it's been almost my every waking thought for about five months!), so what you don't know because I didn't say is, there's are some parts where Snape does some things that proves his loyalty, but very subtly. He creates a very specific series of potions, for example, and that spell I mentioned, I got the idea off a Discovery (or maybe History) Channel special on ancient Egyptian magic, and the spell itself was an absolute eradication spell. I haven't yet worked out all the details, but he sends some messages via a new Patronus that does some good in convincing Harry, as does Fawkes.

About Everard Prince...heh. I'm on a re-read of the books (marking every canon mention of Snape with Slytherin green marking flags...heh) and I noticed that we don't interact much with many of the past head-staff (for example, where are the portraits of whoever the FIRST one was, presumably one of the Founders?)...basically it's the Dilys Derwent, Phineas Nigellus Black, someone named "Fortescue" (whose first name is presumably NOT Florean), and Everard, whose last name isn't mentioned, but has features similar to Snape's...and it'd be just like JKR to leave that out deliberately. I'm delighted that you liked that part.

Thanks for reviewing!