i feel like a serious ass right now. come to think of it, i've never really wondered about james and lily's parents. maybe their names, but never their life. i'm glad you wrote this.
very nice work :) 10/10Author's Response: I read an interview by JK Rowling (the one where the quotes at the beginning of some of these chapters are from) and it really got me thinking about what Harry's parents and grandparents might have been like. I'm glad you like it.
Thanks for reviewing :) Report Review
this is a great story :)Author's Response: Thank-you so much! Report Review
aw, this is so sad! i'm totally reading the next chapter! :) good writing btwAuthor's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you're liking it :) Report Review
Oh, as I said in my review to the last chapter, I'm sorry that I thought that that was the end of the story. I can't believe that your computer crashed and you lost everything. I would die! Well done for finishing yet another story I have been addicted to.
Although I knew that Harry will eventually get the box, it was done in a wonderful and emotive manner. You are so right that the lost loved ones would never be forgotten. It's sad and happy at the same time which in a way also reflects Harry's personality really well.
It was very moving and enjoyable.Author's Response: Thanks! It was hard losing everything, I was quite distraught at the time, thankfully we were able to save everything that was on the hard drive in the end.
I'm so glad you came back to read this last chapter, and I'm glad you like the emotion portrayed in this ending. Thank-you so much for your reviews throughout this story, I need to get back and read some more of your story, just as soon as I have some uninterrupted time to myself so I can properly enjoy it! Report Review
My eyes teared up at the eulogy, which is a big feat.. I'm not the "tearing up" type.
This is very beautifully written.
You have amazing talent.Author's Response: Thank-you so much! That is such a wonderful compliment. You've made my day. Thank-you for reviewing. Report Review
Can't you just one time write something lousy? How many times to I have to write that your stories are great? That your words flow off the page (or screen) as if they were coming directly from the characters' mouths or off of JKR's legal pad? (Ron's maturely "borrowing" the speech you gave at your friend's wedding notwithstanding.) That, as always, you continue in the spirit and the tone of the series itself? How many times must I do these things?
At least once more.
Maybe you have a lousy story in you somewhere. Perhaps it's a lost crossover with "Here Comes the Brides" (ever heard of that oldie with Bobby Sherman, David Soul and Mark "Spock's father, Sarek" Lenard?). Or how Professor Snape was once a terrorist/thief in a skyscraper with Bruce Willis?
Hmm. I'd better stop throwing away my ideas like this.
Seriously, loved the story (as usual). No sequel needed in my opinion. I just keep waiting for whatever you do next and am never disappointed.
A small request: could you read my "Harsh Mistress" and let me know if you think it needs another chapter? Among anything else you might want to say about it, that is? Your opinion means much to me as I admire your storytelling and writing abilities.
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.
Thank you for your story.Author's Response: Thank-you :) I'm sorry it's taken me a while to get to responding to your reviews. I always love hearing from you and I'm so pleased that you continue to come back to my stories.
I don't think I would ever write a cross-over with "Here Comes the Brides" (I can't say I've even watched that one) and I don't think I will ever portray Snape as a terrorist either lol.
I would love to read your story, but I warn you that I haven't been getting a lot of time on the computer of late and have fallen behind on a few stories that I promised to read, so I'm not sure when I will be able to get to it (uninterrupted reading time is very hard to come by when there are a toddler and a baby in the house - I've so far already been pulled away from the computer twice just while typing this response).
Thank-you so much for reviewing. Report Review
This was a very emotional and sniffle-worthy chapter, without it being sentimental. I was touched that you wrote about Petunia sending a wedding present. The notes and mementos from Harry's parents, though, were a surprising and beautiful touch. Now I understand more fully why you gave this story its title. After all I said regarding Harry's chosen family, which is still true, the family he was born to has a presence here. It's fitting that this scene came in a separate chapter. The previous chapter was all about a happy scene, the promise of the future. It was a scene for the living. This chapter, while there was still a hint of the future in the air, was devoted to memories and more properly belongs to the past, to the dead. Though both chapters were short, they definitely could not have been combined comfortably.Author's Response: I was hoping the emotion of this chapter would come across. I think Petunia would be likely to send a present to Harry, even if it was only out of etiquette and not genuine sentiment (somehow I don't think she would have told Vernon she sent it though). I did want Harry's family to still have a presence, despite his realisation that he had a family in the Weasleys and others. It means that Harry can finally find out what his relatives were like, even though he never got to meet them. In a way I think it will make him value his relationship with Ginny and her family even more. I had originally written this chapter and the last together, but it just seemed like this part needed to be separate, I think it works better this way. I'm glad you think so too. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Aw, *sniff* that was sweet. At the beginning, when you described all the Weasleys (or the ones Harry knows, anyway), I was wondering where on earth Hermione was! I read the paragraph over searching for her, because I was thinking, how could she leave out Hermione?! I had a total mental lapse, not even considering Hermione might be a bridesmaid. Duh!
Anyway, it was such a lovely list/description of family that Harry made for himself. I once had to read a book in school called Little Big Man. The thing I remember most from it is the main character saying that there are two kinds of family: the ones you are born to, and the ones you choose. That character reckoned that the family you choose is often a truer family than the family you were born into. That is certainly true in Harry's case. I like that you kept the focus on Harry and his sense of family, since that's what the whole story is about. Most wedding scenes seem overrun with descriptions of dresses and how beautiful Ginny is, etc., but you stayed true to the theme of your story.
Ron's speech at the end was touching; it really summed up his and Harry's friendship well. It didn't sound 100% like Ron, but I suppose he probably thought about his speech before-hand. If it had been a spontaneous thing, it would have had to come out differently. Besides, by the time he's 22 or so, married, and presumably taking on responsibilities at work, he's bound to be more mature than the Ron we know in the books. One thing about his speech, though. When dialogue extends for more than one paragraph, each new paragraph is supposed to open with a quotation mark. However, the only paragraph that gets the closing quotation marks is the last. I've always thought it looks strange, but now I understand why it's done. It really does make it easier on the reader. While reading Ron's speech, I briefly wondered whether Ron was still talking or if it had changed into Harry's thoughts.
I thought at first that the transition from the previous chapter to this one was on the abrupt side, and sort of strange. On further consideration, I think the two chapters work very well side-by-side. The final sentence in the previous chapter about Harry's life not being the same again actually leads very well into this chapter. Although Harry's own blood relatives are missing here, he does have a family. He lost one, only to gain another.Author's Response: I could never leave Hermione out! I think she would definitely be among the bridal party at Harry and Ginny's wedding. The description you gave of the character in the book saying that your true family is the one you choose, is very true for Harry. The Weasleys, Hermione, Hagrid and his other friends are much more like family to him than the Dursleys ever were.
I didn't put a big focus on the whole wedding scene and Ginny's dress because I wanted to focus on Harry's realisation of his true family. And although I'm sure Harry thought Ginny looked amazing, the most important thing he saw when she came down the aisle was a hope for their future together and the family they would create.
I must make a confession about the speech, it was actually based on the speech I made at my own best friend's wedding, which is probably why it didn't come off as sounding entirely like Ron. Usually when I write I get inside a character's head, but in this instance there was a lot of me in there. Although, as you say, he is a little older and mature by then, so it could work. Sorry about the confusion with the speech marks, I usually do put them at the beginning of each new paragraph, I don't know why I left them out in this case. I'll have to fix that up, thanks for pointing it out.
I'm glad you could see the connection between this chapter and the last, I was hoping it would work. Thanks so much for reviewing. Report Review
waa i always cry when i read the death of lily and james:'(Author's Response: I know what you mean, it's so sad that they had to die. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
ugh why couldnt that have been jamesAuthor's Response: Because that's the way JKR intended for it to be. ;) Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
i loved reading this story. so that's why i think u should make a sequel with Harry building his own family with Ginny. so what do u think of the idea?^_^
Harry and GinnyAuthor's Response: I'm really glad you liked this story. I'm sorry to say there won't be a sequel. It's taken me so long to finish this one and I have lots of other story ideas that I want to write. If you like you can visit my author page and read some of my other stories though. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. Report Review
this chapter is awesome. i'm glad Harry has a family despite not being of his own blood.^_^
Harry and GinnyAuthor's Response: Thanks so much. I agree that it is nice that Harry has a family even if they aren't his own blood. I'm glad you liked this chapter. Report Review
As I read all these chapters, tears welled up in my eyes faster than u could imagine.I just loved this story. I like your story writing as much as I like Daniel Radcliffe and believe me when I say that I like Daniel very muchAuthor's Response: Thank-you so very much, what a lovely compliment. I'm so glad you liked my story. Report Review
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, sorry about your computer, and I feel for you losing all your rich material. On the other hand it allowed me to find this fiction. It was terrific. I did have a hunch, when you mentioned the box that James received from his Dad, and the memory box that Lily was building. I'm so glad I was able to read the whole thing in one evening. BRAVO!!!Author's Response: Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! Thanks for the congratulations and for reading and reviewing my whole fic. I'm so glad you found it and that you enjoyed reading it. Report Review
Bravo, Ron, Bravo! For a man with no apparent family, Harry really does have a wonderful loving family.Author's Response: I'm glad you liked Ron's speech, I based it off the speech I gave at my best friend's wedding. Harry does have a wonderful family really. Thanks for the review. Report Review
Oh how cruel. I will point out that James did not have his wand when Riddle burst in. You are doing this story just as it was. Thank you.Author's Response: Thanks for pointing that out, I forgot about that part. I'm glad you thought it was accurate anyway. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Ack, that traitor. If only Lily or James had known Occulmency. Peter's animagus should have given them a hint. I can't believe they'd not trust Remus. Well the die was cast. SobAuthor's Response: You know I never made that association between Peter's animagus being a rat and him turning out to be a rat. I guess James and Lily didn't make the association either unfortunately. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Oh what a hard no hearted woman Petunia is, no surprise, But the senior Evans were just wonderful. Thanks for giving us a glimpse.Author's Response: I'm happy to have given you a glimpse. Thanks again for reviewing. Report Review
Damn Petunia, It's really sad that she couldn't unbend enough to accept Lily. At such a devastating time. Well as we know, more trying times are ahead.Author's Response: Tragedies can bring out the best or worst in people, unfortunately in Petunia's case it brought out the worst. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Oh oh oh, the birth, the memory. What better can a father give a son. I'm hoping that the memories of the parents and grandparents were preserved for our just Harry.Author's Response: It really was a most precious gift that Harold left James, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Oh dear. Now all that's left is Lily's Mum. So sad they're starting their life together without much family. Oh my. Well at least James's Dad was there for their wedding. Wonderful idea.Author's Response: It would be sad losing their parents so early, but they would have felt better knowing James's father at least got to see them get married. Thank for the review. Report Review
Oh my, Oh my. Did you say flowery scent? Seems theres more alike between father and son, than their love for Redheads. This was really sweet, sad, but sweet. I often wondered what caused the change in their relationship?Author's Response: I like to think there were a lot of links between Harry's love for Ginny and James's love for Lily. I often wondered what caused the change in their relationship too, and when I thought about the timeline of James's parents deaths I thought it would fit in with Lily seeing a change in James. Thanks for the review. Report Review
Oh no, Poor James. To watch his mother die so horribly. that's so very sad. You are doing a nice thing here, giving us a glimpse of what Harry yearns for.Author's Response: I think it would have been very hard for James to watch his mother die and I hope I portrayed that. Thanks again for reviewing. Report Review
Oh 'sniff sniff' poor Lily. A father she adored, gone. A sister she is confused by, evading her. Where is her Mother? You've really got me.Author's Response: Yes, poor Lily. Her mother is there, but you will not meet her until later. Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Ok, I'm going out on a limb here, Mr Evans death was unexpected. Could it be Dark forces at work? I must read more. Petunia one one hand is a shrew, on the other hand I think she wanted her sister to herself.Author's Response: Even though Mr. Evans death was unexpected there was nothing dark involved, it was just one of those sad things that happens. Thanks for the review. Report Review
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