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.' 



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Reviews by Spiderwort
On the summer of their eleventh birthdays, boys and girls all over the world are startled, or overjoyed, as an owl flies in through their window. Most of them are destined to become great witches and wizards, to roam the halls of Hogwarts and get chased by Mrs Norris. But not all of them.

When she was eleven, Hera Ellis was denied a life of magic. Seven years later, she finally gets what she has dreamt of for years; a passage into the Wizarding World.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction, Post-Canon
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 7984; Read Count: 3283; Completed: No

Updated: 09/11/2007; Published: 01/14/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/03/2007
I like this very much, but I'm a little confused.  Has Hera always known her mother was a witch?  It's a little hard to tell.  Sometimes your economical style--which is actually a very good thing, most of the time--may have kept you from telling the story clearly in this case.

Author's Response: Hera finds out that her mother's a witch in the first chapter. I thought that was clear, but I'll try and fix it. Thanks for the review:)



Chapter 1: The Forgotten
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/03/2007
This is so exciting.  You get right to the point with a minimum of verbiage.  Please update soon.  You have me rooting for Hera.  She seems a very strong person--though not a Mary Sue by any means. 

Author's Response: Thanks:)



Chapter 2: Curiosity Killed the Cat
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
05/06/2007
This is fun.  I love Mr. Mump--and of course Greta.  Keep it up.  I can't wait to read more about  Hera.  (My last name is Ellis, so I feel a special bond.)


Chapter 3: Of Worried Aunts, Waggling Brows and First Wands
The Source of Magic by SoM [Young Teens]
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At the start of his 7th year, a stranger from his mother’s past arrives to help Harry find the remaining Horcruxes – and teach him to attain the power the Dark Lord knows not. Harry learns surprising things about his mother.

The Ministry of Magic, increasingly under Voldemort’s thumb, attempts to infiltrate Hogwarts, but the feisty Headmistress McGonagall is equal to the challenge. The race against time to destroy the cunningly concealed Horcruxes takes the reader to dark realities where Voldemort reigns supreme.

A story to make you think … with a little mystery, romance, adventure, philosophy, and humour along the way.

This fic is complete and I'll be posting all twenty chapters as fast I can.

It is cannon-compliant up to Book 6, and does not follow on from my previous fic: The Ghost of Godric Gryffindor.



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Mystery
Warnings: Mild Language
Chapters: 20 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 114407; Read Count: 16477; Completed: Yes

Updated: 02/25/2007; Published: 02/07/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/17/2007
I enjoyed this chapter very much.  Your ideas about time travel are intriguing, and you explain them so that it is easy to follow your logic.  Also, making the explanation as part of a conversaton is much more palatable--in fact, enjoyable.  You added a little humor at Ron's expense, but then his naivety is what we all know and love him for.  I'll be very interested to see how you handle the dream reality in the next chapter.  It won't be easy, I'm sure, but given that you already covered a very abstruse topic in a detailed, but not labored way, I imagine you will make it equally believable and enjoyable.


Chapter 12: Chapter 12 ~ Rowena Ravenclaw’s Wand
Muggle Boy by Avian [Mid Teens]
starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1]
Draco Malfoy must go into temporary exile for his own good -- according to Snape. Relieved of his wand and forced to become a muggle, the furious Draco is enrolled into a creepy boarding school. Studying magic secretly with the unwanted help of a squib named Zeta, he begins to plot his revenge. But, strange things are happening in Badger's Drift...

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU), Character Study, Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1119; Read Count: 310; Completed: No

Updated: 02/07/2007; Published: 02/07/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/10/2007

I know this comes a bit late, but I definitely think you should continue.  Every paragraph in the  prologue has a  line that I find memorable and thought-provoking: 

"The deserted black road stretched on forever in both directions like a ribbon that kept the earth tied in place."  Beautiful image.

"He hated how driven by selfishness and fear he was..."  Yep, that's Draco, but the fact that he realizes it and reflects on it...wow!

For a small instant he envied Potter for his blind bravery, but that moment passed quickly. Potter was a reckless idiot."  And humor too.  Heh, heh. 




Chapter 1: Prologue: Bus Stop
After she has an accident in the Muggle world, Ginny Weasley is taken to a Muggle hospital. How will she be saved from the barbarities of Muggle surgery? Previously released on Fictionalley by yours truly.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents Series: A Series Like No Other
Word count: 5239; Read Count: 3821; Completed: Yes

Updated: 02/13/2007; Published: 02/13/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/13/2007

Okay, this is getting a little weird now.  Um, was that phone conversation between Harry and Ginny supposed to be repeated?  And this mad doctor is sretching things just a bit. 

I like the part about Catherine.  Very interesting that she could have been memory-wiped and working as a Muggle.  It's clever of you to have her think she's from another planet or dimension.  I can imagine that could happen to  person who didn't know who they were, but knew they were different from everyone else.  If she had seen stories of alien abduction and series like 'Lost' and X-Files on TV she could easily come to that conclusion.



Author's Response:

"Um, was that phone conversation between Harry and Ginny supposed to be repeated?"

He's playing a recording of their previous conversation.




Chapter 4: Chapter 4
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/13/2007

This is so funny.  I love the stuff the Dursleys are making up about Harry.

"He recognizes our voices and he comes when we call him."--(tee hee) like Harry's a little dog!

And Vernon getting Mrs. Puttidi to donate money to his company--that is both gross and hilarious!

 And the ending is priceless!  Thanks.




Chapter 2: Chapter 2
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/13/2007
'Six feet under what?' and the gun melting--you have excellent ideas.  And George and Fred are fun throughout.


Chapter 5: Chapter 5
Ron and Ginny must brave Muggle London to convince an embittered Squib to help the Order of the Phoenix. Prequel to An Emergency Like No Other and previously released on FictionAlley by your truly.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents Series: A Series Like No Other
Word count: 2697; Read Count: 2457; Completed: Yes

Updated: 02/14/2007; Published: 02/14/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/17/2007

Ouch! I have to take exception to that last crack of Ron's.  What? Is Eliza under an Imperius curse? (Just joking.)

You seem to be trying out some new adverbs.  'Buoyantly' (for a stressed person) don't seem to quite fit, but the others really add to the description.



Author's Response:

You know, you can write the rest of the story yourself if you want since I put it in an open series. I originally wrote this and the other installment for FictionAlley some time ago, but I never got around to finishing this one. Basically, I decided to put them here and see what other people would come up with since it looked like I wouldn't get around to finishing it anyway.




Chapter 4: Chapter 4
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
02/17/2007

I like your explanation of why Dumbledore is using two underage mages for the task--fairly plausible--and sounds like a fitting task to start them off as members of the Order. 

And the humor, of course, is enjoyable.  Especially the 'Olly, and the crack about broomsticks in downtown London.




Chapter 2: Chapter 2