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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In a war torn world, where violence and heartbreak are everywhere, Harry must find a way to unlock himself and learn to use his power. As the end of his seventh year approaches, Harry must decide what in life is really important and look inside himself to find the power to not just survive, but to live. POST OOTP

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, General
Warnings: Character Death, Mild Language, Sexual Situations, Strong Violence
Chapters: 39 Table of Contents Series: A Series
Word count: 122744; Read Count: 20150; Completed: Yes

Updated: 05/05/2005; Published: 05/04/2005
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
I like the fact that there is no abortion or divorce in the magical world. Three cheers for faithfullness, commitment, and responsibility.

Author's Response: Here Here!! Now if only we could translate that into real life..

Chapter 12: Chapter 12: The Best Laid Plans
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Good development of Harry's fighting skills. Excellent Hogsmeade battle. Harry's hurt over the losses is touching, and Ginney as the cure to his shock is wonderful.

Author's Response: Thanks, I did want to do that realistically. The battle was really hard on me and I think it poured out through Harry. Also, it was fun making GInny the cure!

Chapter 14: Chapter 14: When It Rains
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
The way the possible rape and rape-prevention program was handled was excellent.

Author's Response: Thank you. I was very nervous about that because I knew how hard it would be for everyone to read but I felt like it needed to be talked about.

Chapter 15: Chapter 15: Foundations
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Well done handling Harry's education in the practical effects of menstration. Wish someone had taught me about it at that age.

Author's Response: Ah yes... well I might have educated a few lads with this but I hopefully didn't shock them too badly.

Chapter 18: Chapter 18: Beet Red
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
In the midst of a horrible situation, you made a wonderful experience for these two. Well done.

Author's Response: I like balance... good with the bad or else it just feels too heavy to me. I'm glad you are enjoying it and thanks for the reviews!

Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Ginny Saves The Day
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
You have done a fine job of telling a story and making the recovery-from-sexual-harrassment information educational as well. I hope you post this on may sites so a lot of teenagers can read it.

Author's Response: :-D You have caught on to my job then... I have posted this on three sites total but I also know that a lot of teens have read it. I have worked in a woman's shelter and through sexual violence education when I was in college. I figured I could transfer it into a story.

Chapter 20: Chapter 20: Fred's Foot
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Fascinating explanation of how dementors 'work' and how Harry destroyed them.

Author's Response: Ah well, just my take on it. It disturbs me that they can't be destroyed (that we know of) so I decided to get rid of them all at once.

Chapter 24: Chapter 24: April Showers and Mourning Flowers
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Nothing specific without commenting on everything. This was a fine chapter that I enjoyed very much. Thanks.

Author's Response: I'm glad, thanks!

Chapter 31: Chapter 31: and a Funeral
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
What a touching moment when Nichole called Ginny, "Mumma,' and Harry "Dadda." Wonderful, and a wonderful explanation of how this occurred.

Author's Response: Yeah, I'm all about the slow build up and I have to admit that I loved the stuff with Nichole.

Chapter 32: Chapter 32: Baby Fingers
Reviewer: Aaran St Vines (Signed)
Your development of Harry the father continues to be special. The Goblin thing is pretty smart.

Author's Response: I was trying to go for realistic and I'm glad you liked the part with the Goblins

Chapter 35: Chapter 35: Goblins