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Not having any experience teaching, Gilderoy Lockhart was only worried about looking good for his students during class. Making sure they bought all of his books, he had put all of them on the booklist for his class.
Join in the laughter, as Gilderoy tackles his hardest mission to date… teaching children how to defend themselves.
Hi Wendy! This was very cute! Congrats on winning the challenge (isn't it fun to win?) I really liked all the little touches you added to Lockhart's character. There were also some great, funny lines! I think the best one has to be the last, considering what happens to him at the end of the year. I was wondering what the section from CoS might have read like if you had kept the dialogue but framed it from Lockhart's point of view and not Harry's; I can see why you didn't want to mess with the master's words, though, and you set it up perfectly. Nice job! ~Gina :)
Thanks so much, Gina! I had a blast writing this one. It's not often that I dip into the humour section, but I thought this one turned out fairly well. I had thought of taking the dialogue and doing it from his persective, but I was so afraid of messing it up that I left it as is. I'm so glad you liked this and thanks again for the lovely review. *hugs*
When Lily Potter finds herself sitting up for yet another night with her infant son, she decides that it’s about time for her to resort to a little bit of DIY potion-making in order to ensure her family finally gets a good night’s sleep.
It has been a long time though since she last made a potion and for good reason…
Great description of the potion making process! Some very nice touches, especially with the statue and the tears. And I had a feeling Harry would fall asleep before she was finished! Nice job. :)
Many difficult things have been asked of Severus Snape over the years, and perhaps this latest one ought not to have been the hardest. But yet, he knew that, just beyond the gargoyle, he would be forced to confront the most difficult test he'd ever known: facing the man he killed.
That was quite good! You have a very natural, fluid style of writing and did a wonderful job with these two characters and their relationship. Nice job! :)
Nicely written! That was very cute. I especially liked how the conversation went back and forth for a while, was that the 'new style' you were trying out? I wonder how DH would have been different if Harry and Ginny had stayed together after all. Good job! ~Gina :)
Neville pops into the Leaky Cauldron and leaves with much more.
Very nice! I loved reading about a character not always written about, and about something we know happened only we didn't get to read it in the book. Neville was very in character - emboldened by the firewhiskey but still nervous and uncertain. It was sweet - nice job! ~Gina :)
Thank you. I'm glad that you enjoyed this story. I don't write a lot of Neville despite that I like him and Hannah a lot.
That was very beautiful! Very well-written, especially Legolas. I enjoyed reading something set so far in the future, even though it was so sad. Wonderful job! ~Gina :)
That was absolutely adorable! I loved it. I could picture the entire scene in my mind's eye, from Legolas trying to hold back a grin to his pretend frowns to him bounding over the wall to beat Ruby to the garden. It was just so sweet. And I especially liked that at the end Ruby wasn't embarassed, but threw her arms around Legolas again. So sweet. Wonderful writing, I hope you share more of your Legolas stories here! ~Gina :)
Fantastic! I loved how you took Boromir's words to the Council and crafted a story from them - it was perfect to start and end the piece with the direct quotation from the book. I love reading 'missing moments' like this in the Potterverse and now I can read them in Middle earth!
I am particularly impressed by your blend of styles: a bit of your own, a bit of Tolkien. Most of it reads more modern and original, until you throw in a line that Tolkien could have written himself just to remind us that Middle earth isn't a modern place, after all. I appreciate that: I have not read mucht ME fanfic (actually, yours might be some of the first!), but I think I prefer stories that are closer to his style than not. And having written one ME story, I know it's hard!!
The other thing that is just fantastic about this story is the descriptive language: you not only describe things beautifully, but you describe them in comparison to other things in Middle earth ("...like a freezing gale blasting down from Mindolluin in Winter") You obviously know your Tolkien and it lends a real verisimilitude to your writing, not to mention great beauty and fluidity.
I hope my gushing made sense. I am really enjoying your writing! One question: what is your Undying Friendship series? The first two stories were about Legolas and this one is about Boromir - how are they all connected?
The title intrigued me, especially after I read your note (and learned what 'ellyn' meant.) Very cute! The elves conversation was very light-hearted and natural and Arwen's reactions rather humorous. She did seem a bit. . . prudish, perhaps, but I'll be keeping an eye out for her in your other stories to see if she loosens up a bit as she matures. ;) Great work! ~Gina
This is two ficlets combined to make the word count. Both are about Arwen and Aragorn's marriage.
Men are Weak - Elrond's thoughts about Arwen's future with Estel.
A Beggar of Distinction - Aragorn has an interesting meeting at his wedding that leaves him speechless. For Aragorn Angst group prompt - 'Speechless' and Birthday gift for Gwynnyd
Oooh, nice! I admit I had to look up Maglor since it's been ages since I read The Silmarillion. But that was a wonderful touch - a bittersweet twist, well done!
The first ficlet was very good as well - you captured Elrond's voice in first person extremely well. I particularly liked the line: "yet it will be love that will defeat me" It's just so. . . Elvish! Brilliant, too. One question: could the Elves communicate in thought in Tolkien's writing, or is that from the movies? Hm, that makes me think of another question I might just have to toss your way over on the forums. . . ;)
Very nice, I can't wait to read your piece on Feanor when I come back from vacation! ~Gina :)
Thanks so much for your review :) Yes, its book canon that elves can communicate mentally. Its called Osanwe-kenta. Here's a link where Tolkien discusses it. http://www.alissonrveldhuis.com/Tolkien_Osanwe_kenta.html I don't use it very much in my writing because I don't think its as easily done as some people think it is. In Paradox (my WIP) Laureanna - the main OFC - only has a connection to her loved ones through dreams and half the time they make no sense to her. But Elrond explains to her that he and Galadriel can only see what Eru (Tolkien's version of God) allows them to see so they cannot read minds unless it is Eru's intervention. And his children can at times shut him out and he's aware they shut him out so its mainly something between very powerful elves and those who are closest to each other's hearts. That's all just my opinion and way of treating it in fanfiction - not canon. I don't want my elves to be able to read everyone's mind all the time because how intrusive that would be! lol