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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: 124361; Completed: No

Updated: 03/11/2011; Published: 12/04/2004
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
06/27/2005
I am left nearly speechless, which is strange for me. First of all, let me compliment you on your flawless grammar and spelling! I absolutely loved Nicholas Flammel Apparating into the grounds as natural as anything and the way he carried on with Minerva was priceless. The history in this chapter alone was enough to grab me and captivate me to read more. To think that Nicholas likens Dumbledore to Harry. I never thought about that before but it makes perfect sense. For the first time ever, a fic has made me try to picture Dumbledore as a young man, and then to read that Nicholas, for his part, was mentored by Gryffindor himself, blew me away...all the way down to Merlin himself. It is five in the morning now, so I am going to read more later for sure, as I'm totally hooked on this story. Such detail I have never seen, and yet the chapter is not overly long. I envy your ability to fit everything into a chapter nicely without too much filler. This is definitely a ten!!!! Also, Snape was so in character! Does nothing impress that man? I can see that snape is in for some humilation...but let's hope he learns something along the way. I'm so impressed!


Chapter 1: Prologue: Circles
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
08/08/2005
Just what I'd hoped for...you did keep up the momentum of the story like the first chapter and the first one I read, was before I read HBP, so this is refreshing in that the characters have real emotions, something I desperately missed in HBP. Harry falling asleep with Phoenix song in his head was smart. Did you make up 'Official Pronouncement Quill?' that's brilliant! Your attention to detail astounds me in that you even kept the name Mafalda Hopkirk in the letter of permission to use Underage Magic...most people don't remember stuff like that so they just make up any old name and it interferes with continuity of their story. When you wrote that Harry was glad to have contact with 'his world' it was very indicative that he doesn't consider his summer Muggle life, a part of his world and that he feels alienated in it...well done with just that simple choice of words. Something else most writers forget is the abuse Harry has suffered. I'm so glad you mentioned that for once, Harry wasn't chasitsed for using too much water...this is his first taste of freedom and you conveyed this clearly when you stated that the extra milk drinking was to test his boundries, rather than to satisfy thirst. I'm so glad you didn't just have him used to such luxeries like some people do. Harry would never expect this even with a warning from his friends in place....welll done! Having Harry tidy up after his meal shows his strength of character. Sirius' letter had me sobbing! all the number one's for the 'three' little things he wanted Harry to know. I liked that Sirius described the divide and conquer theory..Harry needs to know this. Remus' description of Sirius was almost a friendly eulogy of his friend and so accurate. When Sirius told Harry to live in a world worth saving, I take that as an indication that he will have something to live for...like Ginny??It was a great tool to get your readers interested by making them wonder along with Harry what Sirius could have missed out on that he advised Harry not to miss. Wanting is better than having...I hope not for Harry! Anyway, this a great story and I will be reading at least a chapter a day from now out. Thanks for the great reading time!


Chapter 2: Chapter 01: How Can You Do It Alone?
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
08/10/2005
You do realize that ending a chapter with a cliffie of that magnitude may make even the most chatty reviewer such as myself want to leave just a chessy... 'awesome chapter dude!' type of review just so I can go find out what happens! But I will try to have patience to give this story the time is so clearly deserves. The letter to Ginny was very clever and I loved that the part for 'Harry's eyes only' was a prank! I am so glad that this story is fast moving and with one letter, Ginny now knows the prophecy. It was so touching when Harry explains how he feels about the Weasleys and their true wealth and how he feels so appreiative of the love that Molly has 'left over for him' as he puts it. This was such a touching moment and you didn't cheapen it by the romance like some people make the mistake of doing. The romance was so perfect...when you wrote that her voice sounded like phoenix song was mixed with it to lift his spirits...wow, you are really great at romance. There isn't a woman who reads that who doesn't think it's one of the most romantic things she's ever read, because it's not just appreciation for her obvious beauty, it's appreciation of her...and most women crave that. As for the men who read it, they should take notes from you! I was glad to see that Ginny hasn't just changed overnight. She has obviously grown but you kept her human and age appropriate...of course she would have her doubts as to whether Harry would want her and about her own body, so that was well done too. I like the way Harry cleared that up too. The cliffhanger came right at the right moment...and now I have to go and find out what happens next! Great chapter dude! hahaha! Seriously, well done. I really enjoyed it!


Chapter 3: Chapter 02: Pure and Easy
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
08/10/2005
This is a concept that is popular between Ginny and Harry but you have added a new fresh take on it with the soul bonding. I really love Mrs Weasley's handling of the whole thing...still worried as she has the right to be but proud and thinking of the future as she is prone to with children and such. It gives such a nice air of hope in such dark times that she approves of the method to keep the soul binding process working and I love that Voldemort suffers while they thrive together. Ginny's cool head in such a hard time was amazing and that's how I like her, but as I said in the previous chapter, you still manage to keep her grounded and human and you don't get carried away with perfection. She's just right and I love the characters emotions in this story. Molly's no nonsense with Vernon at the door was spectacular! Well, off to read one more chapter. It's hideously late here, but I'm hooked!


Chapter 4: Chapter 03: The Kids Are Alright
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
08/10/2005
At first I was thinking Ron would be favourable toward a relationship between Harry and Ginny, but given the events at M O M last year, I could totally see his negative reaction to the news that they'd become not just an item, but a bonded in soul as well. I'm glad that it appears for now that Hermione has it all well in hand. Nice spunk in her character by the way. I like that Harry doesn't harbour a hatred for Dudley so much that he wouldn't do him a favour of fixing the vase. It shows great maturity and class on Harry's part to have him do this for his abusive cousin and I kind of liked the softer side of Dudley as well. I like the romance that you write because it's not trashy and cheap. It is intriguing to read the details that lead up to this strange turn of events that usually only occurs when two people have been intimate for some time and then with a lot of help...the power the Dark Lord not...and how! This story flows nicely is just the right pace and I like the chapter lengths as well. I can't wait to read more!


Chapter 5: Chapter 04: Much Too Much
Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
08/16/2005
This was by far my favourite chapter yet! As a fan of the Snape character, I loved what you did to explain the failure of his teaching Harry Occlumency in particular. It was believeable and made perfect sense that especially under Cruciatus, Snape could have been toyed with by his master without really knowing it. I loved that Harry got to finally give the git some of his own medicine for a change with Ginny's help. I'm very happy to see Remus returning to Hogwarts. He is such an underused character in canon and I can't wait to see what you have in store for him. Having Perenelle teach Spell and Ritual Construction is intriguing. I hope to see in depth descriptions of that class in particular because it's going to take some serious magic to defeat Voldemort, not just a simple wand flick I suspect. I love the background information you always give like telling the readers where Gryffindor's sword came from..Salisbury, his grave...neat! Also having had Pernelle meet Merlin is clever and comparing Harry's undiscovered talents to be similar to those of DD's, Gryffindor's, Nicholas' and Merlins' makes so much sense. Of course he's going to have be powerful to do his job, and we know that Voldemort is powerful. Having Snape have to hide from his master now is something I am looking for in the next canon installment as well...I think you may have seer blood in you LOL! I can't wait to see what is going to happen when Ginny moves in Privet Drive. I hope she has spunk and gives them some much deserved trouble. The touching scene where McGonagall gives Harry the promise that she will see to it that Umbridge never goes near a child again, was awesome. Harry has never had anyone to stand up to his abusers before, and now that it's happening, he can concentrate on what he has to do. I loved that! (I cringed thinking she was going to give him a speech about the birds and the bees!) Thanks for the great read. I'll be reading more tonight! P.S. so flawless in spelling and grammar...I could learn a lot from you in that!


Chapter 6: Chapter 05: I Can't Explain
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Categories: Orphan; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: None
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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: Dianne (Signed)
05/26/2005
HI! This is my first review on this site. As I couldn't post, I thought I'd read and I'm so glad I did. I love this twist on a favourite of mine! The pricess Bride was actually my husband's favourite story, so I'll have to tell him to read this as well. Harry would look amazing dressed as a pirate! I love the 'dreaded Sirius Black.' he fits perfectly in this! I am going to finish this story tomorrow, I just wanted to let you know, it's amazing! I have to figure out how to add you to favourites.

Author's Response: Dianne, thank you so much for the sweet review! I am so pleased to hear that you think I am doing this justice. I'm glad you picked up on Sirius as well. I think I offended some people with that. You want to add me to you favourites? :O I think that maybe one of the biggest compliments that a fanfic author can be paid. I'm flattered! (You are in mine too ;-) ) Hugs, Sally

Author's Response: To add an author to your favourites, go to their bio and beside their name there should be a link that says [Add to Favorites]. Hope that helps you.



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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: Dianne (Signed)
06/27/2005
Nicely done! I have chatted with you and thought I'd check out your work. I am impressed. I really liked seeing Ginny's pov while she was in the chamber. I haven't read much on that. I liked also that you made it clear that both Harry and Ginny feel a certain amount of guilt, but Harry can't or won't relate to hers because his is so much fresher in his mind...and he didn't have the luxery of stopping short of getting someone killed like Ginny did. He feels he can't be saved, but I hope she doesn't give up on him. I was reminded of J.K. Rowling's work when Harry's face had a momentary look of regret at yelling at her. It was like when McGonagall had to tell Harry that he wasn't allowed to go to Hogsmeade and for a moment, her face shows pity. You are a gifted writer!

Author's Response: Dianne, you are making me blush! To have you tell me I am a gifted writer means so much. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review! I appreciate it.



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Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
06/27/2005
This chapter had everything. It creeped me out when Draco was touching Ginny and it was very touching when Hermione took Ginny under her wing. I liked that Ginny had a good head on her shoulders, as she seems to know deep down that Harry doesn't hate her. well, on to the next chapter!

Author's Response: LOL. I can see that you are on a quest to read each chapter. Thanks so much!



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Reviewer: Dianne (Signed)
06/27/2005
This is by far the best of the three chapters I've read so far! The way you just popped in a thought..'and Ginny's red hair,' was perfect! The writing is smooth and totally believable and I liked the moments between Harry and Ron. It had everything, humour and angst and it's nearly flawless in spelling and grammar as well...not that I'm an expert or anything! A definite ten!

Author's Response: Thanks again! I owe alot to my beta ninkenate and also my good friend Muggle Witch. They have both helped me loads with ideas and (shudder) grammer. Thanks so much for reviewing again



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