Wow! Quite the beginning to a story. I'm a little afraid of reading this--obviously there's something between Harry and Ginny that we don't know yet. I'm sure we'll learn more of their happy times as the chapters progress, but we'll also learn more of their pain, and why they're not together still, and that worries me. Angst? Of course. Moments of true happiness? I'm afraid they'll all be memories rather than current happenings, until we get to the end.
So, I'll give it a try, but it might take me awhile to get through the angst .
I don't even know if you are monitoring reviews for this story, but I'm writing one anyway. I really like this start and I hope I can continue to read it. By that, I mean that now having read all seven books which, of course, you did not, I find it hard to get past the little things that are different fron canon...like Ginny's birthday (though I know making her birthday on Halloween was necessary for the plot) and the fact that Harry is already of age when he leaves school. (I suppose you had to make it that he could use magic so that he could threaten the Dursleys).
I know it's stupid because the whole story is AU, but i find that those little things annoy me. I hope there are not too many more. Oh, I know there are major things, but it annoys me when little things are cvhanged and there is really no need for them to be changed.
Sorry for the rant. Briefly, I want to read this because I love Harry/Ginny and I want to see how their relationship proresses. I love the dream sequence with Sirius. He sounded much more responsible in the dream than he usually did when he was alive.
i read the second chapter first for some reason and couldn't stop reading but ran out of time to read anymore.
although i just wanted to carry on reading to find out what happens next i just couldn't so now i want to read the book if thats at all possible?
Can anybody tell wher i can get it from Please?
Aibhinn Thursday 21st December 2006 13:37
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This isn't published anywhere but here. Since it's Harry Potter, and all copyrighted by JKR, I can't legally make any money from it. This site is the only place where you can read it. But I'm very pleased and flattered that you're enjoying the fic so much!
Was this written before OoTP? You're quite prescient, getting the deaths of Sirius and Dumbledore before canon, though differently. Is that why this is AU?
'You were born the day that—that—' . . . 'Your mum and dad were killed,' - nice touch, too bad it isn't true in canon .
Nice scene in the kitchen; Dursleys need some payback; I hope something like this happens in canon (though probably not -- after all, Umbridge seems to have gotten off scot free ). Nice that Ron helped Harry get it under control .
I like how dream Sirius (or is that a vision?) sets Harry straight and is there to comfort him .
I just love this story. As I understand it Harry has just graduated from Hogwarts and Voldemort is dead. However, Harry is having quite a tough time dealing with it. I hope to be able to read the rest of the story very soon.
Wow, I'm definitely going to have to sign up on this site if there are other stories out there this good! So, got a question for you...when is this set, canon-wise, I mean? After GOF, Pre-OOTP? Since Sirius was alive...but, he knew about the veil...did you just assimilate some of OOTP with this fic? Hmm. Whatever, I'm too analytical. Anywho, next chapter, here I come! Awesome beginning to the story, and very very well written!
Aibhinn Friday 11th November 2005 00:06
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Hi! Thanks for such a lovely review!
This story was *written* (that is to say, begun) pre-OotP. It's
supposed to be happening post-book-seven. Starting in about
chapter 7, you'll start seeing references to OotP characters, as that's
about where I was when the book came out. I finished it a little
more than a year ago (Oct 2004), so there are no references to
HBP. The 'veil' reference is one that's relatively common when
talking about death ("being on the other side of the veil"), so it was
a complete coincidence that I had Sirius use that term. Honestly. :)
Hey there! Decided it was time to finish reading your story. :) I love
the part with Harry and the Dursleys; it's seriously one of my favorite
parts in fanfic. It's very well written and you really feel Harry's
anger and his regret. Great job! On to the next chapter... (needed to reread everything, heh).
Wow, this is really well-written. I think the imagery is very good and clearly conveys the emotion and intensity of the situation. I may have already reviewed before, but I wasn't sure so I wanted to leave another, in case.
Sometimes when I read angst it is just so dark and depressing as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel...this conveys a seriousness and drama but lightens it up here and there.
I've always felt this is one of the best fanfiction ideas in a good long while, very canon-ish, which is important to me (a discovery about my preferences that quite surprised me in fact).
Things I love about this chapter : 1)your use of the flashback, one of my favorite writing techniques, both in my own reading and writing; 2)your use of the dream state to speak to the dead beyond the veil, very Celtic and spiritual, my interest in the Fae peaks my interest in dream experience/travel; 3)the interaction between Harry and Ginny in the flashback in the Gryffindor Common Room, good characterization and interaction; 4)the no-nensense way you portrayed Ron.
Favorite passage : He couldn't look away. How could he have lived in the same House with her for five years and never have truly seen her? How could he have spent weeks at the Burrow and never noticed? Images he'd never seen before flashed before his eyes: Ginny in his arms, smiling up at him in a soft, special way she'd never smiled at anyone; Ginny dressed in a white gown, dancing with him; Ginny in a rocking chair, a small, black-haired infant nursing at her breast; Ginny asleep, head on his chest, wrapped in his protecting arms— ...The imagery is incredibly lovely.
Underneath the bitch exterior...I'm just a fluff fanatic at heart.
OMG, I love it! Urgh, and as much as it's killing me, I love you you keep the suspension level up. I wish Harry would be given the chance to talk to Sirius in the 5th book, it would be awesome. Very powerful scene. Can't wait to keep reading!