Penname: Spiderwort [Contact]
Real name: Mary Ellis
Member Since: 02/04/2006
Membership status: Member

I'm a fan of the so-called minor characters--McGonagall (my fave), Neville, Luna, Fred and George, Angelina, Colin Creevey, Cho, etc.   

I love new takes on old relationships, though I have a real hard time reading slash (unless it's backed up by believable background, plot twists, and characterizations.)  I have no use for gratuitous violence.

 I also like well-fleshed-out, invented characters.  Grace HasVictory's Ariadne McDougal/Remus Lupin ship comes to mind, as does the character of Alexandra in Cheryl78's 'The Snake and the Eagle.' 

Beta-reader: Yes
Gender: female

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Reviews by Spiderwort

Little Harry misses his parents while the Dursleys watch a movie.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Songfic
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1093; Read Count: 645; Completed: Yes

Updated: 11/23/2006; Published: 11/22/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Love your choice of a song--though the opening 'It was so dull in town...' starts with a man singing, not a woman.

Harry's understanding of his plight is quite perceptive for one so young--but then he's had a lot of time to think in that prison under the stairs, hasn't he?

The first book has always been an emotional favorite of mine, and your story brought the feelings I had when i first read it.

Thanks, Calamur.


Chapter 1: Chapter 1
A parody to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Vernon playing Scrooge

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU), Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Dark Fiction, Mild Language
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 8978; Read Count: 2918; Completed: No

Updated: 07/07/2007; Published: 11/29/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

 This chapter has all my favorite elements, a dead-on snide Snape, a self-involved, whining Dursley, a mature past-the-bitterness Harry. 

I love Vernon's take on Snape:

"He stared at the transparent figure standing in front of him and felt revolted. The figure was tall, thin, had sallow skin, greasy long hair, a hooked nose, and bore a very ugly expression like there was a bad smell under his nose."

You show a nice understanding Snape's character too:

"Try and befriend me and you will regret it. Just because I dislike Potter doesn’t mean that I like you. "

That's just how he would say it.

And you extrapolated Harry's character to the mature, forgiving person I thought he would turn into:

“Uncle Vernon,” said Harry, as he placed the roses, “I know you and I [have] never seen eye to eye, but at the end of the day, you did provide me with a roof, and I never thanked you for that. Unfortunately, you always hated me for reasons you and I both know of. I hope that wherever you are, you forgive me, just as I have done with you.”

Sorry you won't be writing any more fan fic, but we must all move on.  I'm sure the experience has been a good one for you, as it has for most of us, in the polishing of your skills, at least.

Thanks, Calamur.

Author's Response: Thanks a lot, Spiderwort. I'm really flattered that you put up such a nice and encouraging review. Cheers!

Chapter 5: The Spirit of Christmas Future: Severus Snape

Two years after Voldemort’s fall, Remus Lupin plays at teaching, while Ariadne MacDougal prepares for a career in apothecarism. But what is the price of choosing what is right over what is easy? And is Caradoc Dearborn really dead?

Part II of The Moon-Cursers. Now updated to be DH-compatible.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Horace Slughorn, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Romance
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Warnings: Book Seven Spoilers, Character Death, Strong Violence
Chapters: 21 Table of Contents Series: The Moon-Cursers
Word count: 81945; Read Count: 16191; Completed: Yes

Updated: 02/05/2007; Published: 12/01/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

I love Remus's rationalizing arguments with himself.  You've hit just the right notes of self-deprecation and need.

The last scene is priceless: two lovers who don't yet know that they are in love, or who, if they do, hide their feelings behind their witty exchanges. 

Author's Response:

Dear Mary,

Thanks for keeping an eye on this, and for taking care of me on this site.

Remus is not all-good, but he is facing moral dilemmas that a person existing on a lower plane of morality simply wouldn't understand. I think he does know that he's in love; he just assumes that Ariadne couldn't reciprocate.

Ariadne, with equal confidence, is completely aware of the feelings of both of them, but sees no reason to discuss - or even label - the obvious. She hasn't yet considered how she will tell her parents that she is marrying the farmhand because she has to take her NEWTs first. That Remus might not perceive the conundrum quite in those terms has not crossed her mind.

Thanks for continuing to monitor this story,


Chapter 7: The Orange Flowers of Self-Deception
To Walk a Mile by Thoth [All Ages]
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A series of short vignettes featuring some of our favorite (and not so favorite) minor characters.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 5155; Read Count: 2871; Completed: No

Updated: 08/17/2007; Published: 12/18/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Another delightful--though sad too--portrait!  I so love it when a writer gives voice to the lesser canon characters.  They are so deserving of more than a few sentences.  And you seem to know them well.  This is definitely Luna, and I like that she and her father roll down the hills of Ottery-St-C in the evenings.  It reminds me of my own childhood.

Author's Response: Aww, thanks a bunch!

Chapter 2: A Crown of Daisies
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

This is so very Goyle!  You really got into his head and you write his thoughts exactly the way he thinks--slowly, painstakingly.

And the dialogue with Malfoy is a hoot!  Also the ending.  Keep it up.

Author's Response: Thanks!

Chapter 1: Choices
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The final battle with a small twist in it

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: Beyond the Veil (CLOSED)
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Dark Fiction
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1845; Read Count: 729; Completed: Yes

Updated: 12/28/2006; Published: 12/28/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Oh, how perfect! A must for the new 'Veil' challenge.  Please do enter it.

 Love the twists--not just one, actually, but many--within so small a space.

Author's Response: Thanks a ton, Spiderwort. I'll put it :)

Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Finally Home by CrysCullen [Young Teens]
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Harry Potter finishes his seventh glass of Firewhisky... where does the evening take him?

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death, Dark Fiction
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1327; Read Count: 648; Completed: Yes

Updated: 01/07/2007; Published: 01/07/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

You build up the tension slowly, making us feel Harry's pain so very deeply, as well as his joy at seeing his loves again after death. 

I confess that your excellent writing disturbs me.  It does indeed make the taking one's life seem a good way out of insurmountable problems.  I hope no one reading this will be influenced by it.  Since no one knows for certain what can be expected after death (even persons of various religious persuasions have only faith to go on), I suppose someone should point out that Harry's happy ending may not be the way it really is.

 Love your work though, as usual.

Author's Response: I agree. Taking one's life creates problems... hense the note at the end... I DON'T condone, nor agree with the act of suicide. My personal religions beliefs actually do not follow the line that this story does...

Chapter 1: Finally Home
Alone, misunderstood and misguided, a wizard struggles to find his place in the wizarding world.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Character Study
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Dark Fiction, Strong Language, Strong Violence
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1419; Read Count: 463; Completed: No

Updated: 01/08/2007; Published: 01/08/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Nice start. Percy comes through as curious, introverted, and a tad resentful.

Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Hi.  Sorry, forgot the rating.  This swell new system, you know.

Chapter 1: Chapter 1

In another world, Harry Potter was not just a wizard. In this other world, Ronald Weasley became a Knight. The only hope for their world’s survival is love. Will their love be enough?

Pairing: Harry/Ron

Beta-Readers and Validators: CarolRain, RobisonRocket, NotSoSaintly, SouthernWitch69, RaeWhit, ChinaPolarBear, and BernieLaraemie

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Mystery
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Character Death, Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Language, Strong Violence
Chapters: 72 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 373775; Read Count: 20218; Completed: No

Updated: 04/18/2008; Published: 01/09/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Tantalizing.  You set a very grim stage.  I love your Ron (the Knight), loving Harry, and Hermione and even Snape.  Also, Rio seems interesting.

Author's Response: Thank you.  I've always seen Ron as a Knight.  Rio and the rest of the Knights of the Bureau would make more appearances soon.

Chapter 1: PROLOGUE