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Ginny Weasley is out for revenge against Harry’s annoying nobility complex. Bat-Bogey’s are tame compared to this. Set in the summer after HBP. Warning: HBP Spoilers!

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Humor
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Fluff
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 3416; Read Count: 585; Completed: Yes

Updated: 07/25/2005; Published: 07/25/2005
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/23/2007

I was cackling and clapping while I read this.  I DO LOVE IT when Ginny goes off on someone, even when it's Harry!  It's so much more fun than for her to be all sad about his breaking up with her and not being able to help him. 

I also loved Hermione & Ginny calling the boys idiots and "the Dynamic Duo" and all that.  A grumpy Hermione plays really well off a bad-tempered Ginny.  Also, you wrote the instructions and box for the WWW WooDoo Doll in such a clever, humorous manner, just as one would expect WWW product packaging to read. 

My only question:  do you really think that Harry is so secure in his physical appearance that he would stand in the kitchen in front of the other three in only his knickers, and THEN run outside after Ginny without having put on the pants he was carrying?  (I can understand being caught up in the fear of billywigs' stings for a moment.  But, once he realized Ginny's WooDoo Doll was the culprit, shouldn't he have blushed and been a bit embarassed to be practically naked in front of the girls (despite his anger at Ginny's physically torturing him)?  Also, Ron didn't seem bothered by having to check over ALL OF Harry over for stings.  Knowing them, wouldn't he have given Harry at least A LITTLE good-natured teasing about not liking him THAT WAY, and Harry would owe him for Ron having to look him over so thoroughly?  Maybe not, but it just seemed too easy for Harry to not get any teasing about that.

Please keep writing.  It would be a shame for someone who writes funny stuff the way you do to not keep doing so. : )




Chapter 1: One-Shot
Dudley Dursley is ordered by the court to change his deliquent ways. Guess who is in charge of his house arrest? Harry Potter, of course. Based on a true story.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Humor
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 40169; Read Count: 14773; Completed: No

Updated: 10/07/2006; Published: 09/06/2005
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007

I really enjoyed this.  I loved all of Harry's mental digressions while he watched the drama unfold in the kitchen.  I cracked up when Uncle Vernon's purple face made him think about planting violets in the garden.  I also laughed when Harry matter-of-factly tried to imagine Mr. Tibbles without hair, as well as when he thought fondly of the garden gnomes he'd like to attract to Privet Drive.  Then, when he bargained Uncle Vernon down to three pounds per book, plus expenses, it was like a Surreal World Harry.  That was just so funny and unexpected. : ) 

Do the English really use pounds as a weight measurement?  I know that "stones" are one of the words they use, but I didn't think pounds were used as a unit of measurement over there.  Are they?

 

Anyway, I'm loving this story. : ) 




Chapter 1: Dudley Gets Caught
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007

Like I said in my review of Chapter 1, I love how you weave humor into your writing.  Harry's ongoing back-burner gardening thoughts are great.  ("It was important to maintain clean flowerbeds!"  This Harry Potter is a bit obsessive-compulsive in his landscaping pursuits. : )  )  Imagine THE Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, delighting in the idea of installing a pond in order to attract fairies.  It's so cutely odd that I can't help cracking up each time I think of it.   : )  Also, his new roles as warden, fitness instructor, tutor, short-order cook, etc. add clever send-ups to the normal dreadful monotony of his time at Privet Drive.  I have a mental picture of him racing back and forth from his many tasks in order to get everything done for which he's responsible while still noting to himself that he's got to get those violets planted and take a shower before preparing the next snack or meal.  He's like a harried housewife; he's Harry, the Domestic God. :D  (A take-off on Domestic Goddess for those not following my pun.)

Anyway, great job with another fun chapter. : )




Chapter 2: Diet Honeymoon
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007
Another great chapter. : )  I loved all of Harry's improvised puppy and kitten gifts.  It's funny yet appropriate how his puppy gift to Ginny would catch him completely unawares in its appearance to her.  Even here in your story, Harry unconsciously thinks of her differently than his other friends.  After all, he didn't send Ron the puppy, and he's his best mate!  Nor Hermione (although the puppy would have been an inappropriate travel companion in Australia, no doubt   : )  ).  So, good job in implying where Harry's thoughts about Ginny are leading him without his knowledge.  Even in Alternate Universe, they're still meant to be. : )  (I'm an incurable shipper, can you tell?)  On to the next chapter . . . .


Chapter 3: The Potion
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007
I really like how much Dudley has evolved.  He's by no means a great person now, but he's no longer bullying Harry tirelessly.  I've enjoyed how you had Harry trying to teach Dudley right from wrong and responsibility for his own actions over the course of this story, as best as he could.  I also really like that you've added more depth to Snape.  Despite his having wanted to loathe Harry in every single way over the years, in this story, Snape's finally forced to get some perspective (e.g., Harry's neglect, malnourishment, acceptance of his family's abuse of him, etc.).  I also
like how he's going to bring it all to Dumbledore's attention, too, even though he doesn't want to care at all for Potter personally.  It's good to see the positive side of him, since it creates a more well-rounded character.  So, I think you've done an excellent job of expanding both Dudley and Snape as characters.



Chapter 8: It's Harry's Fault!
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007

More interesting developments.  Does Snape just really like the kneazle, or is there some larger gain in owning the cat-like creature?  (Like, could it be valuable, in a way similar to how a niffler is valuable to someone wanting to obtain shiny, valuable objects?) 

Anyway, I'm still really enjoying this story.  I would love to read an epilogue of letters from Dudley through the rest of the summer.  If you write them, I'll definitely read them.  Thanks for Chapters 1-10.  On to Chapter 11. : )




Chapter 10: Let's Make a Deal
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/22/2007

So, why didn't Ginny make an appearance there with the other three in Chapter 11?  Does it come back to you wanting to tie it in with what's going on at the beginning of HBP?  It appears that she must be awake, since her bedroom door seems to open and close while the trio are having their discussion. 

I really liked COURT ORDERED DIET.  I also liked how you weaved it in to JK's writing so that it fit right in there seamlessly.  Please write more stories (in addition to the epilogue you mentioned).  Thanks! : )




Chapter 11: It's All True, Every Word!
Bathroom Magic by Unickuta [Young Teens]
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Our favorite red-head needs to go to the bathroom at King's Cross Station, right before the Hogwarts Express leaves. Hilarity ensues as Ron discovers motion-sensor toilets, sinks, and hand-dryers!

 A snippet of Ron/Hermione at the end!



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Humor
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1190; Read Count: 503; Completed: Yes

Updated: 07/19/2006; Published: 07/18/2006
Reviewer: bookish327 (Signed)
09/21/2007
What a fun story, imagining Ron's reaction to automatic bathroom appliances.  Understandable that he would think they're amazing.  What a creative idea to start a story with. : )


Chapter 1: Bathroom Magic