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Monday 29th November 2004 21:37


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hey! i read your last story on checkmated just this weekend actually.. i plan to follow through with this one :)  haha dobby always cracks me up and i love that Bill's finally giving them Dursley's what they deserve!

-iheartron

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Bring and Fly
Monday 29th November 2004 04:18


5th year
Num. of Reviews: 201

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A wonderful start, Melindaleo! Although I do feel a bit sorry for Harry, with Dobby as his nurse! Bill transfiguring the room had me grinning viciously. About b****y time! And just let anyone try to help themselves to Harry's new stuff... Weasley retribution is a dreadful thing.
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Sunday 28th November 2004 03:21


2nd year
Num. of Reviews: 50

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Harry didn't receive his on his eleventh birthday - that's canon.  Hagrid burst down the door on Harry's eleventh burthday - when the Dursleys had been on the run from those owls trying to deliver his acceptance letters for at least a week or more.
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Mistress of Parchment
Friday 26th November 2004 12:18


1: Alone Again
Actually, students *don't* receive letters on their eleventh birthday, if you look at book one Harry's Hogwarts letters started arriving well over a week before his eleventh birthday.
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Thursday 25th November 2004 20:45


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 2

1: Alone Again
This story is awesome, just like the one bebore it! I originally read your first one on fanfiction, then found you had a sequal up here! Update soon!
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Thursday 25th November 2004 20:33


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 2

1: Alone Again
This story is awesome, just like the one bebore it! I originally read your first one on fanfiction, then found you had a sequal up here! Update soon!
Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:22
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, updates will be on Fridays.  The story is also up on Fanfiction.
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Archimedes
Wednesday 24th November 2004 17:41


1: Alone Again
Brilliant as ever, this one, and I look forward to the rest of it.
Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:22
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, almost there!
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Wednesday 24th November 2004 13:06


1: Alone Again

                                                                                                                                                                        

Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:21
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
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juliet
Wednesday 24th November 2004 06:32


7th year
Num. of Reviews: 303

1: Alone Again

This is a great start to the story.  I can just picture Harry becoming so frustrated with Bill and Dobby, as he is so used to the behaviour of the Dursleys.  I am keen for chapter two...keep up the good work

Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:21
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, yeah, Harry is very independent, and I think he's get frustrated as well, even though he knows they are only trying to help.
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twins-rule
Tuesday 23rd November 2004 16:11


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 43

1: Alone Again
I am so happy that part duex is on its way.  Happy days.  Besides, you already started it out great.
Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:20
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed!
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Hibiki Namida
Monday 22nd November 2004 19:23


1: Alone Again
More please More..... please i love your work please
Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:20
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks!  Fridays will be update days.
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Monday 22nd November 2004 13:31


1: Alone Again

I am going to review here also.   I did review on SIYE, but, hey, we can all use more reviews and the computer hugs that come with them.  I was reading your reviews and the 'controversy' about Hermione's birthdate.  Up until the CoS timeline nobody really knew if she was younger or older than Harry or Ron.  Now it seems that in canon she is younger than the boys.  However, that being said, who cares?  This is your story and you could make her 45 years old if you want (please don't though, it wouldn't be right for some reason).

I love how you have written Bill as Harry's sort of very protective older brother.  I think that relationship is really highlighted in GoF when Bill and Mrs. Weasley joined Harry for 'family day' during the contest.

I guess what I don't understand is that if Bill and Dobby are around a lot,  why aren't they noticing that Harry is being forced to do and redo all the 'chores' that he is doing.  Harry is very weak and if had had to wash the car several times it would take a while, where are his minders during this time?  Those parts kind of struck me as odd.  Harry seems to be physically no better in that week than when he arrived.

Hopefully Ginny will notice that something is wrong and will have Bill cut it out because all he is doing is making things worse for Harry.

I can't wait for more,  Cheers,  Angie

Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:19
1: Alone Again (Author Response)

Thanks.  JKR has been known to change things, math facts in particular, so I didn't think it was a big deal, this just worked for me.  I'm beginning to think I should have left it out of the A/N, then maybe it would have just gone unnoticed, lol!

As for Harry's "chores", remember, Harry is hiding what's happening as well.  The washing of the car, why would an Auror think this unusual - they are having a heat wave.  My kids often do that simply as a means to cool off.  Dobby is confined to Harry's room, the Aurors are watching out for Death Eaters and abuse, not chores.  And the Dursleys wait for Bill to leave before starting on Harry.  He hasn't been there that long - they will notice, but it takes a bit for all this to click in place.

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bucky
Monday 22nd November 2004 12:45


1: Alone Again
good start, you seemed to have become more comfortable in your style between fics.
Melindaleo
Thursday 25th November 2004 21:14
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, I think I have.  I think I grew a lot during the writing of PoE, and with all the beta help and reworks since, I've really learned a lot.  Thanks Mistral and ChaoticK!
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Monday 22nd November 2004 00:18


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 47

1: Alone Again
I'm reviewing to say that I disagree with your take on Hermione's age.  However, I enjoyed your last story and I'm looking forward to this one.  Good luck!
Melindaleo
Monday 22nd November 2004 06:32
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Well, that's okay, we're all entititled to our opinions until canon states definitively, right?  That's part of what makes it all so much fun.
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Cygnus Crux
Sunday 21st November 2004 17:28


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 36

1: Alone Again
Oops, I meant hardcover when I said papaerback.
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Cygnus Crux
Sunday 21st November 2004 17:23


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 36

1: Alone Again

For all her greatness, J.K. Rowling is a terribly sloppy writer, and she herself knows it, too! She's notoriously bad when it comes to birthdates, deathdates and ages.

I don't remember her saying that children receive their acceptance letter on their eleventh birthday. Not that I'm not willing to take your word for it, but that would add another contradiction to a long list of contradictions. As we all know, Harry started getting Hogwarts letters before he turned eleven. Hagrid wasn't dispatched until just before the reply deadline to make sure that Harry got his letter.

I think all children eligible for Hogwarts get their letters somewhere in July, including those who aren't eleven yet, but will turn so before the cut-off date. Ginny's birthday is the eleventh of August, and Percy's is the fourteenth, (if my memory serves me correctly) according to the information on J.K. Rowling's official website, which can be considered canon.

As for Hermione, her birthday has also been confirmed, and I do recall J.K. Rowling saying that she was the youngest of the trio, though for the life of me I can't remember when or where, so I can't give you a URL to back up my claim. Hold on, I remember. It's in the JKR-approved timeline on the CoS DVD.

Maybe J.K. Rowling decided that Hermione was to be the youngest and wisest of the three, but due to her innate slopiness failed to pay attention to the cut-off dates wielded by most schools when choosing Hermione's birthday. It's also possible that she didn't pay close enough attention when the timeline was submitted for her approval, of course.

 

Since I am on a roll here, (I'm not one of those people who like to hear themselves speak, but my passion for your work is really bringing it out in me) I'd like to comment on tmh's comment and your answer to it.

Like I said before, J.K. is sloppy, (and the Harry Potter series are still primarily children's books) so there is no use in following logic. I'm going to provide a couple of possible explanations for Harry's treatment and Dumbledore lack of action to stop it.

1) His hands were tied. For the bond of blood and the protection to work, the Petunia had to voluntarily allow Harry to live with her. Any intervention on Dumbledore's part to 'convince' her to treat Harry better might have made Harry's acceptance forced, thus rendering the protection useless.

The flaw in this explanations lies in page 737 of the first edition of the Birtish paperback. 'She may have taken you grudginly, furiously, unwillingly , bitterly...' The word 'unwillingly' invalidates my argument, but maybe it's just another case of J.K. being sloppy and using unwillingly where reluctantly would have been better. After all you can do something reluctantly, but still be technically willing. But I digress...

2) A more likely explanation is that Dumbledore's own morals (some would call it squeamishness) got in the way of his threathening with magical retribution to force his will on Muggles, thinking that it would make him no better than pure-blood (or half-blood like Tommy boy) wizard supremacists despite any good intentions on his part.

 

Anyway, a great start to the sequel.

Melindaleo
Monday 22nd November 2004 06:36
1: Alone Again (Author Response)

Wow, I never expected Hermione's age to become such an issue, lol.  I promise, it really won't effect any major part of the story expect that she doesn't need to go to get her license.  I doubt canon will ever give us an exact answer, but JKR as freely admitted she's rubbish with math and has adjusted dates before, so...

As for DD, I'm not sure we'll ever get a clear answer there, either.  But I do think DD let Harry down in a huge way by not interferring at Privet Drive.  After third year, in particular, when Harry ran away, I would think that would be a huge alarm bell that his home life had problems that needed to be addressed.  So unless DD talked to them "off camera", I'm annoyed he just sent Harry back again at the end of the year.

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Sunday 21st November 2004 15:43


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 4

1: Alone Again
Ooohh..I was so looking foward to this, and you didn't disappoint me! Poor Harry though....:-(

Bill is so awesome! I'm glad he's there for Harry and I hope Harry gets to see Ron and Ginny and Hermione soon. You have a great start! Dobby is hilarious- the loo episode had me falling over w/ laughter!!!! Update soon, s'il vous plait!

A.
Melindaleo
Monday 22nd November 2004 06:30
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
I'm fond of Bill, as well, and hope he'll be used more in the coming books.  Ron and Ginny show up in the next chapter, but it'll be several more before Hermione arrives.  I can't stand that she's never with her parents, so I had to give her some vacation time with them.
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Sunday 21st November 2004 14:53


3rd year
Num. of Reviews: 116

1: Alone Again

I think it’s because I’m worried about the expectations....

Time to stop worrying, your last story was brilliant, I have read it twice and its wonderful. This story seems more mature than your last- your style and writting are better developed, your character portrayal is right on and I am sure it will become a great story. Its hard to write- it takes such a commitment - but fans to appreciate your writting and stories. I will await all your updates, and will just say- stick with it, its very promising and well done. As a firm H/G fan I always love to see more about my fav couple.

Melindaleo
Monday 22nd November 2004 06:24
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
That I can do!  More of your favorite couple, I mean.  I hope this one will turn into a satisfying sequel, but I'm glad you're enjoying it at the moment, that is actually a great relief.
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Sunday 21st November 2004 13:02


1st year
Num. of Reviews: 8

1: Alone Again

Don't worry about our expectations.  You have obvious talent!  This is an excellent start to the sequel.

It will be interesting to see how well Harry hides his problems from Bill & Ginny.  I understand what Bill is trying to do but it's lame that Harry ends up paying for it.

Keep up the awesome work!

 

T

Melindaleo
Monday 22nd November 2004 06:22
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
LOL, but Harry always ends up paying for everything, doesn't he?  I'm glad you're enjoying it so far.
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Firenze
Sunday 21st November 2004 09:03


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I am so glad that you are doing a sequel.  I have been anxiously awaiting one.  I loved this chapter.  It had me feeling extremely sorry for poor Harry.  Please do upadate soon.
Melindaleo
Sunday 21st November 2004 10:31
1: Alone Again (Author Response)
Thanks, I'm glad you felt bad for poor Harry, it worked then!  Updates will be on Fridays, fingers crosses.  I'm going to do my best to stay far enough ahead of you so there won't be an interuption.
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