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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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)
Ch.8 - - Ron and Hermione as the healer/wife combination was brilliant. What a terrific pransposition.

Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Final - - Very clever, very well done. Great charaterization transposition. And the part that killed you to write was, "Prince Draco married Ginny."

This is the story of a war. A war between good and evil, light and dark. This is the war Harry will fight, fight until the last breath leaves his body. This is where he will learn the meanings of life and death, love and friendship, sorrow and betrayal, honour and hardship. This is the war where he will fulfil his destiny.
H/G with some R/H sixth year fic.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: Mild Violence
Chapters: 27 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 158162; Read Count: 23846; Completed: No

Updated: 03/13/2011; Published: 02/18/2005
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Very interesting start. Well constructed Harry/Dursley relationship. "Different' letter from Lily and James. Clever way to create the potential H/G ship.

Author's Response: Glad you liked the Harry/Dursley relationship... It's one of the things I worked on this chapter. Thanks for the review! Cathy

Chapter 1: Home isn't always where the heart lies.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
This is a unique twist you have created - the Ron-Ginny-Harry triangle friienship rivalry. I am most curious about how you will develop this. Harry taking charge is rare in fanficdom, but not unheard of. You are doing a good job of setting it up - let's see where you take it.

Author's Response: I think you'll notice that one of my pet-peeves is a week Harry. I'm only trying not to make the transition too quickly... after all, it must be believable! Cathy

Chapter 2: The helper and her charge.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
I've not seen a Harry face V this way. Interesting and not impossible. The Veritaserum resistance is new, but the rest has precedence, so why not?

Author's Response: Some original ideas... This is fanfiction after all, right? Thanks for the review! Cathy

Chapter 4: Inside Tom's Lair.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Well done, However, I don't like your Dumbledore. He is essential to this story line as you've created it, and all of fanfiction is speculation. This is a little explored what-if, and you are doing ao good job of it. Well done.

Author's Response: Manupulative Dumbledore... No one really likes him, right? And I'll take the fact that you don't like him as a good thing: it was what I was trying to accomplish, after all, lol. Cathy

Chapter 5: When all that's left is hope.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Hermione had better straighten out Ron quickly. This Harry isn't going to stand for this Ron. Interesting link between Harry and Ginny through V. - not exactly a link per se, but an ability to understand what each other is experiencing.

Author's Response: My reasoning exactly, lol. Common ground is essential in any lasting relationship, lol. Cathy

Chapter 6: Through the enemy's fingers.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Actually, this may have been your best chapter yet. Of course you had to set it up with the previous chapters, which you did. Ginny's last words to Remus lead to a great potential area for you to explore - of course I comment on this after you have written this tale, probably to its conclusion. Dumbledore's regret at losing "the most important piece of this war' was a chilling revelation that he is as cold and manipulative as Harry and Ginny think he is. I don't like that aspect, but I like your story so far. Harry's medical/magical analysis was well written.

Author's Response: No, this is a work in progress yet, so any comments are always welcome. Dumbledore is a complex character... He's cold and manipulative but he cares, too. He's just so used to being in command that he can't see past that most of the time... Let's see how you think this progresses! Cathy

Chapter 7: Returning Home.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Okay, you've finally turned Dumbledore back towards where I would want him to be. I do like the "Harry as an equal" factor to Dumbledore that you've created. I hope DD will dielver on his end. Can't wait for H to get to G. - But then we have to face the Ron Factor, with a lesser Hermione Complication. Good, Good, GOOD!

Author's Response: You'll see more and more of this Dumbledore as the story progresses. I love him too, even if sometimes I want to strangle the old man... And angst is always good, lol. Thanks for the review! Cathy

Chapter 8: Recovering.
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
The OWLs were choice. Kudos to you and Nimbrosia. The reaction of Hermione and Ron is perplexing, but you have done a fine job of setting this up and developing it to this point. I anxiously await the outcome of this. As to chapter length: I wholeheartedly agree with your length - write as long or longer. But I may not be the one to listen to. My chapters overall (most not yet here at WT) run consitently 8,000 to 15,000 words, with several much longer.

Author's Response: Glad you approve! It seems that the more the story progresses, the longer my chapters get, so we'll see just how long they can be, right? Cathy

Chapter 9: Visitors, Conversations and OWL results