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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Reviews by Aaran St Vines

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)
Ch.13 - - I am a broken record telling you how good this story is.

Chapter 13: Recriminations
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.14 - - I so want Isabelle to be truly part of the gang. I believe strongly in redemption messages in fiction. I particularly like the idea of Bella's daughter going good - poetic justice there. But McGonagall's hesitations makes me a little nervous. Fun chapter.

Chapter 14: Resorting
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.15 - - The brooding Harry and the insecure Ginny are not pretty pictures but you've made them a part of a very good story. Goodness has to overcome adversity. And I do believe it will get better for the two soon. Well done!

Chapter 15: Moony's Return
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.16 - - Harry really has brought his temper into better control, even though it still needs work. Last time he lost it he nearly killed a bunch of people. This time... Thanks for letting Harry go back in and have a good time for the rest of the evening - I hope. Fun chapter!

Chapter 16: The Halloween Ball
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.17 - - You keep bringing in new and fascinating plot pieces that further explain why this tale is so well loved. The Milton twins are an anomoly but I like them. What they've been through explains why they are a bit inscutable - that and their father. Thanks for letting Harry and Ginny have a good night at the Ball in spite of the start. Cheers!

Chapter 17: Attack of the Killer Post-It Notes
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.18 - - No one can write nice enough things about Neville in my opinion, or have him happy enough or respected enough. Of course Harry is the best person to make him feel respected and valued, and you did a fine job with it just now. Fine work indeed!

Chapter 18: Owl Post
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Ch.19 - - This was a very well choreographed Quidditch match. Well conceived and executed. Excellent work with James helping Harry and then reading the roit act to the Order. And what a cliffie! Can't wait!

Chapter 19: Quidditch