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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Post OotP. Harry must deal with the loss of his Godfather, Hogwarts gets a new Defense Professor with more than a few secrets, and Voldemort watches from the shadows, awaiting a moment to strike. Just a typical year for the Boy-Who-Lived, really...



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, General
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 36 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 158163; Read Count: 102621; Completed: No

Updated: 07/18/2009; Published: 01/14/2006
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.3 - - Okay, very good reason for Ginny being placed with Harry. I like your pragmatic Harry. He is very believeable based on your fine plot setup. Good work!


Chapter 3: The Morning After
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.4 - - Harry and Ginny are still moving slowly - good. And perhaps her birthday will be the breaking point for them getting together. That would be good. You have a potentially interesting characther in Milton. He is coming along slowly, but that would be the case for someone who would probably be a bit secretive. Fine tale!


Chapter 4: Diagon Alley
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.5 - - The twins are a blast at the mind, particularly their Dad-was-a-Grindelwalder revelation. I always feel for Cho; I'd like her to be happy, but she makes it hard for all of us when she goes after Ginny's harry. Nice developments!


Chapter 5: The Hogwarts Express
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.6 - - Even more interesting developments. I want Harry and Dumbledore to be reconciled, and it looks like you've created a viable scenario. Good work!


Chapter 6: The Welcoming Feast
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.7 - - This is shaping up to be a really fun year. of course I know it will be serious and dangerous as well, but there looks to be a good DADA class, and you cannot make Harry a dud at his DA. Looking forward!


Chapter 7: Defence Against the Dark Arts
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.8 - - I have to say I liked they way they finally kissed. Five days, ugh! His class was delayed in starting. Getting even better!


Chapter 8: The Dream Plane
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.9 - - Hurrah!!!! I just knew Harry could do it. Terrific stuff!


Chapter 9: The Aftermath
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.10 - - EXCELLENT! Terrific chapter. The way you have developed Isabelle is terrific. My favorite Slytherin. James and his twins are great also. Cheers!


Chapter 10: Hogsmeade
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.11 - - You are hittimg your stride producing better and better chapters. Your ideas on Harry's new power are terrific. I like James Milton and Isabelle very much - excellent characterizations. Fine dialogue also. Cheers!


Chapter 11: A Gryffindor Thing
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
01/22/2006
Ch.12 - - This is captivating. Enthralling plot line.


Chapter 12: What It Means To Be Slytherin