Penname: Aaran St Vines [Contact]
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Member Since: 06/24/2005
Membership status: Member

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)
08/16/2005
A phenomenal chapter. Excellent in so many ways. The legal battle in the Wizengamot was so very well crafted and executed. You created a viable scenario for a Harry sister; thatís so rare. And the return of Percy was choice.


Chapter 19: Chapter 18: It's Your Turn
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
08/17/2005
What a powerful and stirring chapter. You just keep getting better. Invoking Kanly - shades of Dune. Just wonderful. Knives flying and brooms and kids doing the impossible - simply wonderfiul.


Chapter 34: Chapter 33: I Can See For Miles
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
12/08/2005
Ch.34 - - Wow wow WOW! What a terrific chapter even thought too long in coming. This was amazing. You are on to something great about Draco joining with our heros. I have hardly ever liked a Draco-turns-to-the-light story, but this is excellent. Realisitc within context. Stories with Sirius rescued, Harry has a sister, Draco goes good: all have turned me off in the past, but you have done each and everyone better than any other I have seen. Very well done indeed!


Chapter 35: Chapter 34: Behind Blue Eyes
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
12/20/2005
Ch.36 - - An excellent calm before the storm. The twin parties were very finely conceived and executed. Once again you have written a very Slytherin Draco that has come over to the side of the Light. I have really enjoyed that, and I have mentioned that I am not a fan of Good Draco - yours is the very rare exception. I look forward to the Vela/Sirius chat, and Voldemort's start of the fighting. Great writing!


Chapter 36: Chapter 35 - Eyesight to the Blind
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Categories: Orphan; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: None
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Chapters: 0 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 0; Read Count: 0; Completed: No

Updated: 12/31/1969; Published: 12/31/1969
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/05/2005
Ch.1 - - Interesting idea to cross-polinate these two stories. This chapter proves it can work - or rather, that you can make it work. I'm looking forward to reading your full execution. Fascinating.


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Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/05/2005
Ch.2 - - It doesn't all fit, but it's not supposed to. You are constructing something very interesting.


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Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/05/2005
Ch.3 - - More and more clever. And familiar.


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Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/05/2005
Ch.4 - - I am enjoying this as a fan of both.


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Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/05/2005
Ch.6 - - Excellent adaptation.


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Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
09/06/2005
Ch.7 - - Interesting adaptation. At first I did not see Neville, but now I can't see anyone else. Neville in that position could be the motivating plot bunny for the entire story, it's so delicious.


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