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Review #51, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: To Save Her Life

2nd May 2008:
Awww... I was wrong... I really thought, hoped, it was actually Ginny next to her --- recognizing Nyah as her daughter... :( I could almost feel Nyah's disappointment myself...
Poor girl, she has suffered so much. I wonder, is the reason why her powers hurt so much the trauma from the memory loss, the dark magic used on her or the consequence of the medication her "parents" have been drugging her with for ages...? Or maybe all of that together?
I do hope they manage to restore her magic... What am I saying --- of course you'll find a way to make it happen!!

Just one more question --- how do you pronounce Nyah? At first I thought it was Nye-ah, but now I'm not sure... Nee-ah maybe?

Author's Response:

Hello again! :)

It wasn't time to bring Ginny in yet... any thought as to who was there? 'Susan'... ???

Her magic reacts in a combustive way. With the curse placed on her, her magic fragmented - shattered actually and until something emotional happens, especially to those she really cares for - it remains hidden and unreachable to her. But when these intense emtions kick in, there is an 'electricity' that binds all of the pieces together and her magic burts out rather like a volcano. The drugs she was given for the majority of her life merely 'soothed' those extreme emotions, but in response, the magic continued to build and build creating pressure which eventually made the outbursts worse.

Nyah is pronouned as the Y is a long I sound, so NI-ah. (the Ny rhymes with by, and then add ah).

Again, another wonderful review! Thanks! :D


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Review #52, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: A Shift in Magic

2nd May 2008:
Such an intense chapter! Wow --- wandless magic!! Nyah is very powerful!

I love how every time, every chapter, the memory seems more complete. At first it was just a scream, now it's practically the whole story! Wonderfully paced!!
I wonder if Ginny had recognized her...

Author's Response:

Hi! :D

Nyah is powerful... but only to a point. Everything has to come together for her to tap into her magic. There will be more about this a bit later on...

I'm really glad you liked it! :D Thanks for leaving another wonderful review!


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Review #53, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: To The Burrow

2nd May 2008:
Molly just has that effect on people... I want to hug her myself every time I read about her...

Awww!! Little Hugo!! He is adorable!! A miniature Ron indeed... You really have a way with writing children...

Oooh!! Harry is Nyah's dad!! That's why France holds bad memories for Ginny and Harry --- Lucius had kidnapped her! Now for the motive --- because he was sent to Azkaban? Can you tell I like playing with putting pieces up together...? :p
Very interesting! I can't wait to find out more!!

Author's Response:

Hello again! :)

I love the Weasley family as well... I suppose it makes it easier to write! :)

Thanks! I love Hugo in this story! I'm glad you're enjoying him as well!

Yes, 'Harry'... :D You are quick on putting pieces together... most people were completely lost with that 'clue' and had no idea what was going on! Good job... but one piece of your puzzle is a bit off... {muahaha} :D

Thanks so another great review! :)


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Review #54, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: Change Is Often Frightening

2nd May 2008:
Ugrh... Spiders... I'm very much like Ron regarding them... They terrify me to death... I think I would have died of shock if something like that happened to me... Evil little git, that Alexander... And I know there was a reason I've always liked McGonagall... lol

I'm so glad Nyah is finally moving from that place, but I feel sorry for her having to part with Anna and the people that actually cared about her. :(

The description of Ron and Hermione's home was wonderful. I really could see it clearly in my mind, it was so well detailed.
However, it was too perfect to last... Poor Nyah... To cut the long story short, I'm yearning for more, so I'm just going to continue reading... :)

Author's Response:

Hi :D

Yes, the spiders... Ugh!! This chapter actually went through a 90% revision right before posting it and I had to think of a bad prank to play. I, personally, HATE spiders so I could really connect with Nyah's distress and sat here wiggling while writing it. I felt like I had spiders crawling all over me! :D I'm glad you liked it/hated it too! lol

I had to let McGonagall have a bit of fun without actually breaking the rules too much! :)

I'm very glad you enjoyed the chapter! I look forward to your thoughts at the Story Club! :)


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Review #55, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: Parental Permission

2nd May 2008:
I was so happy when Hermione and McGonagall came to speak with Nyah about Hogwarts...! She seemed genuinely happy!
I wonder... The comparison you made between Nyah and Harry... Does he have something to do with Nyah? The woman with red hair --- Ginny?

Ohhh... Interesting! The quill not allowing Mrs.Stewart to sign was a nice touch. I actually thought Nyah was finally free!
And the story behind Catherine... Wow. Very believable, touching in a weird kind of way (the closest to sympathy she'll ever get from me since I can't really bring myself to feel sorry for her), and the contract with Lucius (I have to admit I took a peek prior to reading this chapter at the place where the 'old people' meet and I saw you have mentioned it somewhere...) Like signing a deal with the devil...

Author's Response:

Hello again! :)

It was great to introduce McGonagall and Hermione into the story! I'm glad you like it!

At the point that the comparison was made, it was more Hermione coming to terms with the fact that she had to do whatever need be to get Nyah from that house.

Ahh... the woman with the red hair! No - it's not Ginny, although it's meant to look like her...

I'm glad you like the Stewarts backstory! That was a big part of the plot in the beginning. :) And you're right... that's as close to feeling sorry for her as we can ever get.

Right... a pact with the devil!

Thanks so much for the review!!! :D


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Review #56, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: A Destiny Revealed

1st May 2008:
Wee, I was right about Mrs.Cleary!! :p
I enjoy the uncurling of the events... So Nyah finally knows about the wizard world. And her Hogwarts letter had arrived! :D

Sorry if I'm starting to get annoying, I really feel an urge to 'say' something...
And I really need to get some sleep too... I don't want to stop reading!!
I'll 'see' you in the morning! ;)

Author's Response:

Thanks Rosie! Yes, get some sleep... the story will still be here tomorrow! :D

Yes, you were right on about Mrs. Cleary! :D Good eye to detail. I'm really glad you're enjoying the story, and yes, I'll 'see' you where the old people are! lol :D

As always, thank you for taking the time to review. :)


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Review #57, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: The Hole in the Wall

1st May 2008:
How horrible... Will there be some kind of an explanation for Mrs. Stewart's treatment of Nyah?? It can not be justified, of course, but I'm curious about why have they taken her in, if they intended to treat her that way, and who had forbade them to tell her she is adopted (and clearly a witch --- as it is evident from the very summary).
Also, is it possible Mrs.Cleary is actually a witch sent to look after Nyah? I mean, the "potion" she gave her that made her feel better soon, the little bell...

I know I'll get to that eventually (I still have a long way to go before catching up with the story), but since I'm reading it for the first time, I might as well leave reviews as if its been just posted for the first time... ;)

Author's Response:

Hi! :D Thanks for continuing! This chapter is the reason for the 'm' rating on the story... I actually went through a fairly large rewrite of this chapter to be able to get it up here due to the ToS, but in the end, was happy with the results.

There will be an explanation as to Mrs. Stewart's dislike of Nyah, but as you said, nothing justifies the treatment she has received at the hands of her would-be Mother.

Very good on picking up the clues as to Mrs. Cleary's 'real' heritage (for lack of a better word). You're only the second person that's mentioned it in all these reviews! Kudos!

Thanks so much for the wonderful reviews! I realize it's a long story... :D


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Review #58, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: What Are Friends For?

1st May 2008:
I loved the details from Nyah's past with the Stewarts. It is so sad, her being so neglected all of her life... :(

And I do hope she at least has fun at the party, though I dread what will happen to her once she gets back... You've got me completely caught up! I'm yearning for more...

Author's Response:

Hello again! :)

All of the details are important... if not now, soon...

As I know you've read on... she'll have a great time at the party! :D

I'm thrilled that you like it and honored that you are reviewing! :) Thank you!


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Review #59, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: The Fury Within

1st May 2008:
Poor Nyah... I feel so sorry for her... :( It seems as if Anna and Mrs.Cleary are the only people in the house that actually care about her...

About her being 'dropped off' --- she's adopted? It actually makes me glad (and a bit relieved) --- I'm guessing it has something to do with her dreams (not to mention the magic). I guess I'll just have to keep on reading... ^^

Author's Response:

Hi Rosie! :)

Yes, Anna and Mrs. Cleary are 'her soft place to land' when things get tough...

'Dropped off'... well... let's just say she's not their 'biological child' ;) {muahaha}

Thanks so much for reviewing the chapter! I really appreciate it! :)


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Review #60, by ButterflyRogueThe Road Home: Running Late ... Again

1st May 2008:
Well, I have just finished up reading Aurora Dawn's "Running with Wolves" and seeing that this story is up for discussion at the Story Club, I've decided to take it up next... :)
I have heard all the best of "The Road Home" and I have to say it had been intriguing to me for quite a while now, but I just never seemed to find enough time to just sit down and start reading... However, to cut the long introduction short, I am so very glad I finally did start because this story really is something else...!!

Really... Just wow... You started this chapter off 'in medias res', immediately dragging me into Nyah's world and slowly introducing the different aspects of her life as the chapter went. It made me feel so bad for her, sympathize with her and it left me craving for more!

You have described Nyah's past "experiences" with magic in such a lovely, childlike manner --- as if she was speaking herself without even needing to write it in first person and the little subtle clues about "Mother" and "Father" and the other people surrounding her are very nicely put. The style of writing is absolutely splendid! Incredibly written and detailed.

I really have to go now but I just can't seem to resist not to read further...

You have honestly taken my breath away. There are a lot of excellent stories I've read in the past few weeks (most of them being from EHPF authors ^^), but this one has left me absolutely amazed!! And I've only read the first chapter!!

~ Rosie Nymphadora from EHPF

Author's Response:

Rosie... your review has left me nearly speechless! I'm honored and flattered by the compliments, and genuinely thrilled that you're enjoying the story!

Nyah has been a blessing to write about, and quite easy for me. Perhaps my mentality is 'stuck' at age 11... quite probable! :) I'm grateful to have 'met' all of you and share this story.

Thank you for taking time to read, and for leaving such a wonderfully amazing review... this is one that I'll print out and read over when I need a boost to keep writing! :D

See you where the old people gather! :)


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Review #61, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 25

1st May 2008:
Darn it... just when I thought I'm finally rid of this story for some time... ;) Just kidding, of course.

I think I enjoyed this chapter the most so far. I had "that" feeling in my stomach, the one I get when I'm reading or watching something I'm really looking forward to (besides, I'm a hopeless romantic - I just can't help but to grin like an idiot at such a sweet scene), so I don't even have to mention there was a rather goofy smile on my face while Kerri was opening up the presents and when she got to the one Remus had sent her. I simply knew it was a painting... An absolutely stunning one! Which reminds me --- a black dog? A reference to Sirius? The mouse/rat --- Peter, stag and doe --- James and Lilly and the wolf --- himself. The Marauders are very symbolically amended to the painting! Ah, that Remus... :) And Kerri is still in denial... Poor thing --- there's just no falling out of love when Remus is concerned (of course I'm being subjective here).. :D

I hope there'll be more insight to Kerri's mother's past and the events that forced her to practically eliminate everything magical from her life. Voldemort's role in it is understandable, of course, but she had sparkled my interest as a character and I'd like to hear a bit more of her side of the story.

The encounter with the snakes was amusing... I very much liked the parallel with the animal world.

Keep it up! I can't wait for the next one!

Author's Response: Yes -- you caught all of the cameo appearances in the painting. I've always liked the Marauders so I couldn't resist, and I think that it shows a bit of sentimentality on Remus's part. He spent the best years of his life at Hogwarts with his three best friends...how could he not think about them and their better days while working on something like that?

I think Kerri's mother is an interesting character and eventually I want to develop her more. Unfortunately, it's hard to do because Kerri spends so much time away from home. I'm working on the sequel right now though, and I'm planning a couple of pretty major scenes with her in them. Also, Kerri is beginning to have questions about her mother's side of the family.

As always, thank you very much !


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Review #62, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 24

1st May 2008:
Ah, finally here... :)

I liked the interaction between Kerri and her mother and the doubts she has about Kerri becoming like her father. It is a very real fear that sometimes can't be helped but makes a person feel horrible.
"I love my mother very much but we don’t agree on many things. We live in two totally different worlds and neither of us really understands the other."---> very true

The nature descriptions are marvelous, I just have to say this again... It made me want to lose myself in a place like that one you described.
And Kerri finally admitted to herself that she indeed likes Remus. :D I like the way you slowly developed that realization --- from the feeling there was something missing to the associations that led to her "discovery" and the full acknowledgment that followed. I can't wait to see how their next meeting goes by... ;)

Now I can finally say I can't wait for the next update!!

Author's Response: The descriptive portions of this chapter are taken right out of experience. It's a local trail near a scenic area that locals call "The Loop", which is an undeveloped forest area. I love it there.

I think all my life I've been pursuing the descriptive style of L.M. Montgomery who wrote the "Anne of Green Gables" series. I model them after hers but they don't even come close.

And now that you mention updating....that's what I logged on to do.


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Review #63, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 22

1st May 2008:
Hehe, Harry and Ron have no idea they're actually on the right track...

The conversation between Kerri and Quirrell was very intriguing... You handled well the transition between him and "Voldemort" speaking by noting the change in his eyes and the lack of his stutter. Very well done. Though the twins molesting him made me feel so sorry for the poor guy... :( After all, he was just a random victim. It could have easily been anyone else, it was just more convenient to Voldemort to posses someone who will be in Hogwarts at the same time as Harry.
The flashback was what really got to me, though... I guess I was too young while reading SS to actually take interest in Quirrel, but showing such a lovable, compassionate side to him and comparing it to the "personality" he acquired while being possessed almost brought tears to my eyes --- knowing what is about to happen to him, of course.
I was also rather touched by Kerri's statement in the boathouse. When she said she didn't hate Severus, it was almost as if she was finally accepting her current situation fully. As if she was finally acknowledging him as her older brother.

Author's Response: I don't feel all that sorry for Quirrel. I think that like Peter Pettigrew, he had a choice somewhere along the way. That's something that Kerri has trouble accepting at the very end after he dies.

The Fred and George incident is straight out of canon. There's a line about them being punished for bewitching a snowball to bounce off the back of Quirrel's head. I just couldn't resist putting that part in.

One thing I wanted to do when writing this was give Quirrel a background and personality. Honestly, I never really thought twice about him either --- I don't think anyone does. That makes him a great character for fan fiction writers to develop, but I don't think many of them do. He had to have friends, family, and some sort of normal life before all this happened.

Yes, Kerri and Snape are finally warming to each other, but that doesn't mean they'll always get along. They have a really ugly argument over Quirrel toward the end of the story. I guess I'm evil because I thought it was really fun to write.

"almost brought tears to my eyes" I think that's the biggest compliment I've ever received. Thank you.


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Review #64, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 21

1st May 2008:
"Weasleys -- sugared up, hyperactive, out-for-the-holidays, red-haired, card carrying Weasleys. I think I’d rather face Fenrir on a full moon night." ---> haha, what a way to start a holiday... :D

Hmmm... I haven't read SS in ages, but I think (and please do correct me if I'm wrong) I have a vague memory of something being mentioned about Fluffy biting Snape? Was it the reason the Trio suspected him trying to steal the Sorcerer's stone? *can't remember*
Anyway, I'll once again mention how much I like your way of amending canon to fit your original plot. It gives a feeling of familiarity, of in a way knowing what is about to happen having read the books and all, but at the same time keeps me on my toes with not knowing what's Kerri's role in it going to be...

I also have to say, the description of a snow-covered Hogwarts grounds and the sunset above Hagrid's hut were marvelous... So detailed I almost got the urge to paint them...

I also liked the way you made Kerri sense somethings wrong with Quirrell. Are her instincts something that will be developed further on in this story? While her uneasiness in "The Lair" could have been overseen, I know now it can't be accidental... Can it have something to do with the fact that she's Voldemort's daughter so she can sense something as pure evil? Not to mention the fact that she was practically just a reach away from Voldemort himself (or at least what was left of him...). Does it make it relevant to the fact that it's mentioned several times she can read people well?? I know I'm asking many random questions, but I'm pretty much completely caught up in this story... ;)

Uuuuh, speaking of Hagrid and Voldemort and Quirrell and everything, I just remembered the unicorns you mentioned in the first few chapters... I never gave it much thought, but I just remembered now that Voldemort was drinking unicorn blood to survive during the first book (I told you I've read SS ages ago... :/) And now if only I could remember all those "tasks" the trio had to complete to actually get to the room where the stone was hidden... *makes a mental note to check that later*
One of the reasons why the first two books are my least favored ones is because I could never completely relate to the plot told entirely from (little) Harry's point of view (even though I was pretty much his age when I read it for the first -and only-time). Basically, the first HP book I really enjoyed was PoA because the plot was just so much deeper, more complex, darker, almost a step towards something for "grown-ups". You gave more depth to the events of the first book (as I'm sure you will do for the second) and you have awakened new interest for them in me. Thank you for that... :)

Author's Response: Fluffy had bit Snape on Halloween when he tried to head off Quirrel when he knew he was going to get a look at the security measures. I think the main reason they thought Snape was the one after the stone is that they didn't like him. There were other "clues" along the way though, like the bite mark, Snape threatening Quirrel, Snape appearing to be jinxing Harry at the match.

I try to adhere to the canon as much as I possibly can. It can be a fun challenge sometimes coming up with creative ways to push my characters into different parts of the story.

I think part of Kerri's good instincts for scenting danger come from her rambles through the woods with Hagrid. She's learned to pay attention to instinct. Some of it is also hereditary, especially her ability to judge personalities. Voldemort was always very good at that.

You're right that the unicorns will be important later on. Thats another clue that I've thrown into Kerri's path.

Thank you for your compliment at the end. I was purposely aiming to add that sort of depth to this story. It's the first of the series so it's the one that captured our attention, but it's lacking in many ways for an adult audience. Kerri's version of events is seen from a grown up point of view which is really fun to do.

* POA is my favorite too. (Remus !)


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Review #65, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 20

1st May 2008:
I enjoyed this chapter very, VERY much!

"Not knowing exactly when evil Professor Snape might turn up keeps them on their toes." ---> this got me laughing out loud. A very Snape-like thing to say... :)
"One word of caution in regard to your flesh eating slug project --- DO NOT GET CAUGHT!"
:D

Speaking of the slugs... Gargantua definitely got what he deserved, no doubt in that... :D:D:D

And Kerri is definitely something else. No wonder Remus is falling for her. --- "I wish I was flat chested like that -- it would make shooting a crossbow easier." lol
I also like the introduction of Ryann. She seems to have a very interesting personality. I've read about your worries regarding her in your thread on EHPF, but I really think you have nothing to worry about. Her sexuality is very subtly introduced and only gives more depth to the story with actually introducing a member of a society there are prejudices against in the real world. Besides, I'm not really a fan of slash myself, but I have nothing against it. True, I consider myself rather open-minded, but I don't think there should be negative comments regarding her. But in case there are some, none of them should get to you. (I do know I'm late with my review and that most of your readers have already reviewed this chapter, but I had to mention this...)

"He’d think I was evil…and maybe I am…and I want Remus to think well of me." --- I like how Kerri is still not realizing she's completely in-love with Remus. *sigh* I think we're all a bit in-love with Remus one way or the other... He really is perfect personality-wise.

And Mr. Weasley is just so adorable... I can totally see him working on that car with such dedication... And it's nice to know a thing or two about the Ford Anglia before its adventure in CoS. :)

Take care!

Author's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. I think that pretty much sums up anything else I could possibly have said. I especially appreciate your opinion on Ryann.

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Review #66, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 19

30th April 2008:
I'm starting to grow more and more fond of Basil and the guys... They're great!! And just proving my theory that werewolves are the best magical creatures out there... :p

Ah, and so very Remus-like to try and be all noble and reasonable... But at least they get to work together again... :)

Lorcan seems interesting... I have a feeling you'll get us acquainted with the vampire subculture soon enough just as you've done with the werewolves...

Also, I forgot to mention in my previous review --- nice touch with Remus having a twin brother named Romulus. It was definitely not easy growing up for a little werewolf named Remus Lupin. The name was practically begging for him to be bitten! This way, the origin of his name can easily be explained with his parents being fond of Roman mythology (as many of the people in the magical world have their names taken from various myths and legends).

Waah!! I have to stop here!! And it's just getting to the good part!!
I'll be back tomorrow!

Author's Response: Some people seemed to think that Basil and his friends were going to be minor characters but they seem to be growing on my readers. They are not minor characters and will have very important roles throughout the series. I think Streak is my personal favorite...all the more entertaining for his unique personality quirks.

The vampires are actually the minor characters. I probably will develop them more, but it will take more time. I have so many "irons in the fire" with this story that it's hard to keep track of them all.

Romulus was inspired by an old rumor that Remus had a twin named Romulus who would kill him in the seventh book. While adding details to his background, I thought it would make a nice touch if I used part of the idea for this story. Later on there will be more about Remus's family. I'm working on the sequel and the development of that right now.

Thanks for you reviews !


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Review #67, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 18

30th April 2008:
Sorry I didn't get to continue with my reading sooner... The past two weeks have been a bit hectic...
Anyway, I'm back now!! And I hope I'll catch up with the story within these few days...

here comes the review...

It was a nice touch, the thing with Augustus having a baby... Tragic yet slightly humorous at the same time. I love the way you manage to develop a background for your characters with subtly introducing various details and people from their surroundings. I also have to say I admire your ability to write in first person and still manage to stay objective and slowly develop Kerri as a person. *I'm not sure if this came out alright... hopefully, you'll get my point.. ;)*

I can't wait for the outcome of the prank on Charlie... :D And Kerri better put those slugs into action to get back on Gargantua really good, because he genuinely made me want to go inside your story and get him myself... Such a pig...

"Remus just has this aura of safety and trustworthiness about him that makes me want to confide in him." ---> so very true... I love your Remus. He's not only very kind and reasonable and everything a canon Remus is described as, but also has this, a bit sarcastic, witty sense of humor I've always imagined him to have myself. I mean, he was a Marauder after all... You didn't make him overly melancholic either which is a biiig plus... :D

Look at me, I've really gotten carried away this time... ^_^

Author's Response: You're a college student aren't you? I totally understand. I want to get back in school but I'm dreading it too because it will get in the way of my fan fiction writing !

I don't know how it is that I've managed to pace myself so well with this story, both with the way I've added detail to the characters and the way I've added events. I'm usually not this patient. Maybe it's because there's just so much to this story that I'm always working on some part of it that really holds my attention. Usually I'm in a rush to put in as much as possible as quickly as possible but I haven't done that with this.

Everyone seems to really hate Gargantua....so many of the reviews have expressed absolute loathing of him. I'll take that as a compliment.

Remus is my favorite character so I put a lot of thought into how I present him. The thing I love most about him is his kindness but I don't want him to be a total goody goody either. Every now and then I try to bring out his sense of humor and give a little glimpse of the fun loving boy that he used to be. I wouldn't make him melancholy either. He's not happy with his situation but he's not the type to mope or whine. That's another thing I always admired about him -- no matter how tough things are, he never lets them drag him down.

And please....go ahead and get carried away. Those are my favorite kind of reviews.


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Review #68, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 17

20th April 2008:
I enjoyed this chapter so very much!! It was amazing!! Very well paced, even a bit action-packed and very intriguing.
The letters from Severus were amazingly well written --- in a very Snape-like way of thinking, at least in a way I always thought Snape would think. The little "romantic" interlude between Remus and Kerri was very sweet. I think I'm beginning to understand why you chose to move away from canon and make an OC for Remus. It does bind them on a deeper level since they both have inner demons to handle...
I'm still sticking to Remus/Tonks as my preferred ship, but it's always interesting to see (and read) something else... :)

Author's Response: Thank you.

People seem to like my letters from Snape as much as I like reading them. I've always seen him as highly intelligent and potentially very witty even through all the sarcasm. He's always so sure that he's right about things and so self righteous that he can be very entertaining at times....particularly when I have him giving his opinion on the Hogwarts students or his fellow staff.

For Remus and Kerri, that's exactly why I'm putting them together. I never liked the Remus-Tonks pairing. From the moment she was introduced in book 5 I hated her because I knew that's where Rowling was going to go. It wasn't until after Deathly Hallows when I realized that Tonks was the sort of person who would have died beside Remus that I began to let up on her. Since starting this story she's become one of my favorite characters and it's hard to imagine that I ever hated her.

Tonks just hasn't had the problems Remus has had in life. I never felt she was capable of understanding him or coping with his emotional baggage. Kerri has issues of her own so she and Remus can support one another much better I think.

Hey --- if you're a big Remus/Tonks person than I consider it an honor that you've stuck with me this long.

Thanks for reviewing.


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Review #69, by ButterflyRogueHow Aberforth Became That Kid: How Aberforth Dumbledore Became That Kid

19th April 2008:
Wow... I thoroughly enjoyed this view you have of Aberforth... The analysis of his childhood was absolutely great.
I'm simply at a loss of words, this was so very deep, so meaningful in on many different levels... It actually gave an insight on how difficult it was to grow up in the shadow of Albus Dumbledore.

There was a "that kid" too in my primary school. He came from a poor, but a rather large family and he was a bit "slow". The other kids used to tease him a lot mostly because sometimes he wore his older sister's shirts that had flowers and butterflies on it, but he was actually a really sweet kid once you actually talked to him...

Back to the point, a very beautiful story... I very much enjoyed it...

Author's Response: Well, thank you! I'm very glad you enjoyed this that much! I really believe that Aberforth was a character deserving of sympathy, always having to live in his brother's shadow, and he had to live in a completely fragmented family.

And just because someone is an oddball, it doesn't mean they are a bad person, which I whole-heartedly believe in.

Thank you so much for your revie! I really appreciate it. : )


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Review #70, by ButterflyRogueThrough the Bars of Nurmengard: Through the Bars of Nurmengard

18th April 2008:
Wow! This was truly an outstanding piece of work! It's the first story from Grindelwald's point of view I've ever read and I must say I really love the way you portrayed him. It always struck me as a sign of him realizing all the bad he had done in that moment in DH where he wouldn't say to Voldemort where the Elder Wand is...

I also loved the parallel you drew with Nurmengard and Grindelwald himself - it was very insightful and poetic, wonderfully written...

Also, as a side note --- this line: "Nature made wizards the superior species, and it seemed only logical, and in accordance with natural law, that we rule the world." - kind of reminds me of another fandom I'm a huge fan of, the X-men, and the different views on world Magneto and Charles Xavier have... I believe it to be quite similar to the Gellert/Albus situation... :D

All in all, well done!!

Author's Response: Thats one of the core themes of x-men. Stan Lee is known for hiding deep, insightful messages in his comics. Both contain very evolutionist ideas, but instead of glorifying them, both harry potter and x-men show how fallacious the logic actually is.

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Review #71, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 13

18th April 2008:
Bah... I'm finally back to reading... That was a rather busy week behind me...

Anyway, Goyle is such a pig!! And I like Tonks' idea... :D
I like your take on Quirrel... I never really considered him much as a character, but I find it very interesting to read about his changes since the "Voldy-in-the-head" thing... I'm looking forward to reading a bit more about it...
Haha, can't wait for Snape's reaction when he hears of Kerri hanging out with Remus...

Well, I better hurry now... I want to catch up on the story as much as I can since I'm a bit limited with time...

Author's Response: Everyone hates Goyle. I didn't realize how much until readers began cheering for Kerri's impending revenge on him in later chapters. People really wanted him to get what he deserves.

That's exactly why I handled Quirrel the way I have. I never gave him much of a second thought either until I started this. It occured to me that he must have had a life prior to Voldemort with family and friends and normal ambitions. I've really enjoyed working with him throughout this story.

It'll be a long time before Snape finds out about Remus. Kerri has figured out that he probably won't approve of her being friends with a werewolf so she already keeps it from him. As I currently envision it, he'll probably find out by accident on the night of her graduation -- at the end of the sequel that I'm now planning. The part I can't wait for is that third year when Remus teaches. It's really mean, but Kerri and Snape will be hugely entertaining while they're fighting with each other over Remus all year long. (Poor Remus)

Thanks fro reviewing.


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Review #72, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 9

9th April 2008:
I'm starting to feel more and more connected to Kerri... Some of her opinions and thoughts are so much like mine... And I love that you included Lockhart... He's always an amusing addition... ;)

Just wanted to mention that in case I forgot later... Sorry if I'm being annoying with these short, rather senseless reviews.

Author's Response: Oh yes -- Lockhart. He too has a function but he was just so much fun to play with. When I started this story and I knew there would be a sequels I wanted to connect them all as best I could. I asked the question, "What was Lockhart doing before he taught at Hogwarts?" Annoying Kerri. A lot.

No, your reviews don't annoy me at all. I love reviews. I check obessively for new ones every couple hours or so. You wouldn't believe how long it was before I got my first review for this story. It took months.

Thanks again.


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Review #73, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 8

9th April 2008:
If there's something I love more than good fanfiction, it's music! :D So glad there's a band involved!!

I like your description of the werewolf commune as well... I've never really read a werewolf centered story so I'm really looking forward to sticking to this one...

Actually, I'm pretty fond of AU stories, especially well plotted ones. I just like it being said it's AU so I know I can expect anything and not a weird mix of AU and canon that makes very little sense...
But I won't rant now...

Great chapter! Off to read more...

Author's Response: The band, like everything else has a purpose. Besides raising Kerri's 'coolness' factor it provides a way for her to become entrenched in the werewolf subculture.

I have big plans for the commune but I'm not even going to start on that or I'll give away too much.

Thanks again.


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Review #74, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 6

9th April 2008:
Finally here... :) I like the idea of a workhouse, very interesting... And very logical too - giving a chance to vampires, werewolves and such to earn some money, they need to live from something after all...

Ah... I want a five pound bag of chocolate frogs...

I also like that you brought Fenrir into the story as well. It is bound to tense the situation a bit... And I don't think I have to mention how much I love Remus... :D

Great chapter!!

Author's Response: Kerri will meet a lot of friends (and some enemies) at the workhouse. It also gives her a chance to see the horrendous conditions that some factions of the magical society have to live in.

I'm sure chocolate frogs are nice, but have you ever had Lindor Truffles? I'd like a five pound bag of THOSE !

Fenrir is here off and on through this story, mostly just being a thorn in the side. He's not quite as nuts now as he will be by the time he goes after Bill Weasley, but he's well on his way. Sometimes he's actually kind of fun for me to play with as a writer....he's entertaining at least.

Thank you again for reviewing.


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Review #75, by ButterflyRogueRunning With Wolves : The Journals and Correspondences of Cerridwyn Lupin (Year 1): Chapter 4

9th April 2008:
I have to say I've been rather caught up in your story in the past two days... College work is kind of messing with my officially proclaimed "fanfic reading time", but I'll do my best to finish up the rest of this story that is posted so I can join that crowd of reviewers in anxious expectation of new chapters... :D

Now, for the review itself... As a first, I really like the concept of the story - the letters and the diary entries... I like that style very much but was always scared I'd do really bad trying to write it...

Secondly, your OC, Kerri, is sometimes so much like me that it's getting scary... I like the way her characterization goes so far... It's probably the first Voldemort's daughter OC I read about that isn't mysteriously transferred to Trio's era and in a anxious relationship with Harry (such repetitive scenario had gotten me to actually dislike any OCs that are Voldy's descendants). She's lively, believable and I'm glad you've proven me wrong regarding that opinion... ;D

As a third, I like the other side of Snape you showed in the first (I think it was the first?) chapter. He's still ready to throw in a snide remark, but is visibly softer towards someone he likes. He was always an exceptionally interesting character to me. I think it's great you made him Voldemort's son too because it adds to the tragedy of his character and fits a bit with his bitter and brooding behavior.

And fourth, your Dumbledore is fantastic!! "By the way, your father is Voldemort. --- Lemon drop?" lol Okay, I know it didn't exactly go like that, but he's the only one who could have said it and get away with it... :p

Also, I especially liked this chapter and the introduction of Tonks and the Weasleys.
And I can't wait until I read further and reach the part where you bring Remus into the mix. *loves*
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go and read more...

~*Rosie Nymphadora from ehpf*~

Author's Response: Wow...you guys over at ehpf are giving me the nicest reviews. I'm very self conscious about this story because of it's AU nature so I love it when people have good things to say about it.

I'm glad you like Kerri. She has a lot of me in her too. Sometimes I think that I'm giving away too much of myself by characterizing her as I do.

Some people have criticized me in the past that Snape is too soft in this story. What I wanted to show here is the side of him that apparently only Dumbledore saw throughout the seven books. You're the first person to compliment me for making him Voldemort's son. (Another of those parts that worries me a bit).

As for Dumbledore, he's just fun. With him, he's so offbeat that you never know what he'll say.

Thank you so much for reviewing.


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