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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Gender: female

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Reviews by Spiderwort
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 interesting turnabout.  First he's nice as can be, then he turns a bit narsty.  What's going to happen?

And (tee-hee) there's the laughs again--I just love the way you've made Ron fairly clueless.  You've captured the bro/sis relationship very well.

Chapter 3: Chapter 3
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Great beginning.  You set the stage with minimal verbiage, and a nice dose of smart-mouth.  I look forward to more.

Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Harry Potter, Seeker extraordinaire for the Chudley Canons is retiring at the age of twenty-seven, looking to go back into the world of fighting Dark Wizards. As he is readying to enter into a new career as an Auror, he meets Ginny Weasley in the Leaky Cauldron. What happens when they get back together… overall fluff, right? Maybe not!

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Romance
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Mystery
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 20491; Read Count: 6529; Completed: No

Updated: 05/22/2007; Published: 02/26/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

You introduce us to this slice of Harry's history very subtly with that bar of soap, and you highlight Ginny's personality deftly in her reading material. 

You intrigued me with the mention of the 'gray eyes' that irritate Ginny so.  I can't wait to hear that story.

I like subtle writing that develops relationships slowly. 


Chapter 1: The Leaky Cauldron
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

I like your description of the city, and the idea of Ginny reading the paper in Kensington Gardens.  She's adapted to Mundane life well.  And her reason for reading Muggle newspapers in the first place was wistful and sad and thought-provoking.

Harry's insight into the difficulties of getting back into training when he's been away from school so long struck a particularly familiar chord here.    

And what's up with Hedwig? 

I hope you'll update soon.

Chapter 2: 02 - It's My Day Off!
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Lily has not had the best of summers; the war against Lord Voldemort is at its worst. Her mother is dead and her best friends are growing ever more distant, caught up in their own lives. Everyone and everything is changing; even Lily herself is not the same, carefree girl she used to be. But among all the change, one thing stays the same: James's love for Lily. *Banners are welcome and would be much appreciated.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Romance
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Character Death, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 32840; Read Count: 8683; Completed: No

Updated: 08/10/2007; Published: 02/26/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Divination, however, has never been my strong point.--LOL

This is a much more mature James and Lily than I'm accustomed to reading about.  It's usually the supercilious, selfish James and carping, self-righteous Lily of years 4 thru 6, or the cooing married-with-baby James and Lily.  I'm glad to see you bridging the gap. 

Author's Response: Thanks. I really did try to make them seem more mature, because in times of war, things are difficult for everyone, including the kids, and everyone grows mentally and emotionally beyond their physical ages.

Chapter 1: Prologue
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
I can really feel Lily's hurt in this and James's support.  you sense the toll of exhaustion the war is taking on all of them.

Author's Response: Thanks, that's exactly what I tried for.

Chapter 6: Chapter Five
Him Again by Apocalypticat [Mid Teens]
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Minerva hasn't been able to heal the grief inside her and Harry and Ginny are having their first child. But what if a certain deceased returns in a way that will push Minerva to the brink? ADMM with a twist!

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Romance
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 7538; Read Count: 1827; Completed: No

Updated: 03/16/2007; Published: 03/04/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Please, sir (or madam), I want some more--and soon.  (MM/AD is a fave of mine--and this looks to be an interesting take.) 

Chapter 1: Death, Victory and Pain
Winky an aging house elf retells of her life after Crouch, and her journey through trials and tribulations.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Character Study
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Character Death
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 5627; Read Count: 2117; Completed: No

Updated: 03/08/2007; Published: 03/06/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

This is charming--and rather clever.  It's impossible to tell whether you're making writing mistakes or if it's just the aging house-elf forgetting the Ps and Qs of good grammar.   (Sorry, it's the beta in me--always suspicious.

 Anyway, I don't mind the rehash of the plot of GoF because your Winky is very appealing and humorous.  I'd have even liked more about her interactions with Hermione, as she semed to really resent Hermione's interference back then. 

 Having her call her masters 'Crouch Senior' and Crouch Junior' is interesting.  Sounds like a deliberate attempt to distance herself from her former 'family' or possibly an oficer of the law's habit of describing persons under suspicion by their last name alone--never a first name. It would be too personal.

 I chuckled at the colloquilisms that crept into her speech and other funny turns of phrase:

 '..we always talk as the third party...' (I guess going to school cured her of that.)

' mother punished me mercifully...'  (I thought at first that this was a mistake, but remembering things Dobby did to his own head and his fingers by way of self-flagellation, 'mercifully' might possibly be the right term, given that a house-elf left to her own guilty conscience will likely wreak greater havoc on her own body than her mother ever could. 

'I am ashamed to say that day I was freed by clothes. ' (Cute)

'...drinking [butterbeer] like Ron Weasley ate his chocolate frogs, which was way too much...' (Hee-hee!)

'...I was hiding behind my eyes, like a little turtle in its shell...' (so endearing)

I like her insights too:

'Mr. Crouch was a hard man who had a hard life...'

'I guess the stress of losing his wife and gaining a son who didn't love him had finally gotten to him. He began to get tired earlier than usual and started misplacing things around the house, then blaming me for stealing them.'

'I remember the day Crouch finally lost it in my opinion...' (LOL)

Thanks for a fun read.



Chapter 1: Reminising
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Very touching.  I am liking Winky more and more.

Chapter 2: Chance of a lifetime
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Hmmm...interesting turn of events.

Chapter 3: The unwanted guest