Penname: Aaran St Vines [Contact]
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Member Since: 06/24/2005
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I am a marketing consultant and happily married for over twenty-three years.

I majored in history at university. It reflects in all of my writings, except for the one-shot challenge tales I write.

Indeed, my story "Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C." starts with as much Muggle history as is available for England at the time (very little), and what can be extrapolated from that era from elsewhere.

Then, I added in all of the magical historical research I've done, and the research done by the magical anthropological field teams now discovering the roots of magic all around Europe. The history of how magic as we know it was discovered and developed, began to take shape, but only as a list of facts, not as a narrative.

Finally, the interviews with Harry Potter in 2023, after the death of Mr. Ollivander and with his expressed permission, allowed this tale be told in a readable manner.

My pseudonym existed before I discovered fanfiction, and I never imagined that I'd be alphabetized by first name.

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Reign O'er Me by cts [Mid Teens]
FeatureA sixth year fic that explores what might happen if Harry moves past the angst and starts to put his life together and has a few things break his way for a change.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, General
Warnings: None
Chapters: 39 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 371120; Read Count: 124109; Completed: No

Updated: 03/11/2011; Published: 12/04/2004
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
It is brilliant that you have a mentoring heritage here - Merlin to Gryffindor to Flamel to Dumbledore to Harry - just choice. Tweeking Snape's nose about 'becoming' a good potions master was just a bonus. Kudos on grammatical excellence also. (I have promised myself to go back to write the reviews this work deserves.)


Chapter 1: Prologue: Circles
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
I have read a number of 'afterwards' letters from Sirius - even wrote one myself. This is most probably the best I've seen. Well done


Chapter 2: Chapter 01: How Can You Do It Alone?
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
There is nothing quite as much fun as a good telling-off of Vernon Dursley. Yours was concise, to the point, and perfectly fear producing. A good time was had by all - well, almost all.


Chapter 4: Chapter 03: The Kids Are Alright
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
Fascinating twist on the Snape as a successful Occlumens - wonderfully developed. presented, and explained.


Chapter 6: Chapter 05: I Can't Explain
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
Fascinating convolutions and very interesting plot twists, and you are just getting started. Your Trelaney is hysterical.


Chapter 7: Chapter 06: How Many Friends
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
Terrific Will scene - very Sirius-esque.


Chapter 8: Chapter 07: A Legal Matter
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/15/2005
Wonderfully tende moment between Harry and Molly. Thanks for that.


Chapter 10: Chapter 09: Go To The Mirror Boy
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/16/2005
What a richly complex chapter. Usually I drop reading any 'bring back Sirius' story, but this one makes me wish canon had done it htis way.


Chapter 13: Chapter 12: Smash The Mirror
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/16/2005
What a richly complex chapter. Usually I drop reading any 'bring back Sirius' story, but this one makes me wish canon had done it htis way.


Chapter 13: Chapter 12: Smash The Mirror
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/16/2005
Complex, satisfying, intriguing, captivating. Regarding the 'further' bonding - I'm glad H/G have it. I want R/Hr to have their more limited version of it.

Author's Response: As Perenelle will tell them, it is within their ability to reach. There are some bumps along the way, an interruption by Snape, a bump on the noggin, and an encournter with Dr and Dr Granger ahead. It's not nearly as smooth sailing for R/H as H/G.



Chapter 15: Chapter 14: Love, Reign O'er Me