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

[Post-POA; Pre-GOF] What happens when Sirius washes up onto an island full of crazy Muggles, murdering mad-men and Jamaican girls? Why, absolute chaos of course! But everyone needs a little madness in order to appreciate tranquility, right?



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: General
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 53533; Read Count: 1047; Completed: Yes

Updated: 06/12/2007; Published: 03/14/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
04/28/2007

I'm surprised there are no reviews for this.  You've captured the island setting very well and populated it with intriguing characters.  Kelly, Chris, and Burt are very realistic, but...well...different from the run-of-the-mill Potter fic, and very much the type of ordinary people with extraordinary, pent-up emotions one encounters on islands and in isolated small towns. 

I especially liked the action part with Al trying to bludgeon Sirius.  You set it up very well with the breathing and all, though I don't know if Sirius would have been able to distinguish the color of Al's eyes at such a distance and by moonlight.

I like your humor too and your takes on Sirius' thoughts, which you put across with a phrasing that is uniquely your own:

He hated the stars; they were just as callous as his estranged family.

He had...lived within his own nightmares for over a decade; a few trees were hardly going to get the best of him. 

...a deranged Muggle with a hammer wasn’t going to stop him if a highly skilled Death Eater with a wand couldn’t.

Thanks. 

 

 

And that last line is quite a teaser.



Author's Response:

Thanks! I'm glad my characters don't seem too unrealistic. I know they're all more or less insane (or at least a little eccentric), but I'd hoped they didn't come across as complete physcopaths.

And you're right, in reality, Sirius wouldn't have been able  to see Al's eye color, but I thought it made the whole mysterious attacker thing a little more lively.

 Thanks so much for the review! 




Chapter 15: Camisado
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
05/06/2007

I love the idea that Buckbeak's dual nature (as horse and hawk) is explained away as just the fact that all the eyewitnesses are druggies.

I'm a little confused about Sirius' comments on the articles he reads:

"He knew for certain that the Dark Arts were brewing in Tibet, [how did he know if he's been in Azkaban all these years?] and yet there had been a number of strange occurrences in Albania of all places. [Why not Albania?]  It was too consistent [what was?] to simply be a coincidence.

What few concrete facts Sirius was able to glean from the articles were too consistent with what he knew to be a coincidence. Albania couldn’t possibly be a hot spot for affairs, could it? [Still can't understand why.]  How often could someone disappear from their hotel room in the middle of the night without any sign of a struggle? And not only were the disappearances unaccounted for, nearly all of the victims were people that Sirius knew were ardently against the Dark Arts.  [I just think maybe this should be explained better.  I know there's supposed to be a mystery to it, but it'sstill hard to follow.

Otherwise, I love Sirius' verbal tussle with Mme. Wright.  Another interesting character  And the vigilante justice!  Whoa, I'm glad I don't live there!



Author's Response:

Ah, yeah: the article. The way I see it, Sirius has been reading all sorts of papers from the past few years, so he's picked up on a few things from other articles. He knows for certain, because, well, he seems like he knows when he's right. I said Albania because that's where Voldemort was rumored to have been hiding as Vapormort for several years.

 I can try to make that part a little clearer, but I may leave it as is, seeing as I have a tendency to beat dead horses when I write. 

I have to give half of the credit to my beta. I came up with Wright's character, but I can't get her dialogue right so save my life. So Kash (the beta) has done most of it.

 I'll take full credit for the druggy allegations though. How could all those cons and loons really be clean, eh? *cheesy grin* 




Chapter 17: Moments in Time
Cedric by belezza [Young Teens]
starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 3]

Cho Chang had to go through something so hard that many people had had to go throgiuh before; the death of someone she loves. SHe tried to bottle it all up, but there is only so much that a person can take.

She felt a horrible pain in the pit of her stomach. Her mouth felt dry and she felt like her throat was closing up. Her head felt very heavy.



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1155; Read Count: 415; Completed: Yes

Updated: 04/02/2007; Published: 04/01/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
04/02/2007

You give me a really strong sense of what it's like to lose your dearest love suddenly, without warning.  Every symptom from the nausea to the pain to the tears made me feel what Cho was going through.

And I love the ending.  A fitting monument.  And a healing gesture.

Thanks.



Author's Response:

Thanks for the review. It made my day! After a really bad day, that really made me happy. Thanks again!

 

-Ashley




Chapter 1: Cedric
Success by Strider [All Ages]
starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 5]
Percy's life is exactly the way he wants it.  He's a success.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Character Study
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 2903; Read Count: 874; Completed: Yes

Updated: 04/02/2007; Published: 04/01/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
04/02/2007
A fine sketch of a sad, sad young man.  You contrast his life with his family's so well.  I can see the sneer on his lips.  I also like the way you have his flat looking out onto both the magical and mundane worlds.  He gets to look down on just about everyone, doesn't he?  And the servile position of kneeling to Head-Floo Penny. And Penny's  chic hoop earrings and stiletto heels.  Poor pathetic Percy. 

Author's Response: Thank you so much for this great review.  I really appreciate the way you notice details, and I'm glad you thought they worked.  Thank you for taking the time to make such thoughtful comments.  --Strider



Chapter 1: One Shot
Robin-Amber Lupin is Tonks' and Lupin's only daughter, and at 18, needs a job! When Robin decides to take a babysitting job for a Muggle family, she finds it harder then she thought, with the children being complete little monsters!

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Humor
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1029; Read Count: 399; Completed: No

Updated: 04/07/2007; Published: 04/07/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/09/2007
Oh, I can't wait to see who the kids are. And Derrin sounds like fun.  Anyone who would bring a girl a bouquet of sunflowers is a tad skewed, I think. :)


Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Dual Ties by Samarachelle [Mid Teens]
[Reviews - 3]
(Hints of Child Abuse) First Year, AU in Potions class. Snape grasps what he otherwise would have missed. Looks may -not- be deceiving, but in a different way than he had even considered...

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Character Study
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst, Drama, General
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 3647; Read Count: 523; Completed: Yes

Updated: 04/15/2007; Published: 04/15/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/10/2007
Good to see Snape as a real teacher, concerned, if still dispassionate.  I've seen whole books based on the premise of Harry's abuse.  A worthy subject for elaboration, I think, since you've made such a good start.


Chapter 1: Dual Ties

“You, you,” he stammered, “You fancy me?!”

Ron and Hermione still aren't together and Draco Malfoy is on the run.

But that is all set to change when an accident propels Harry, Ron and Hermione back to the Marauders' time.History may never be the same again...

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Humor
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, Mystery
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 5508; Read Count: 2104; Completed: No

Updated: 06/25/2007; Published: 04/17/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/09/2007

LOL!  Your humor is dry and sly and hilariously skewed.  I love it.

Love that Snape's gaga in St. Mungo's.

And Lucius as a low-life waiter sans wand--brilliant.

 Love Molly run-in with Mrs. Clearwater.

Ron sure hasn't changed a whit--but Hermione's a bit softer--nice.




Chapter 1: Kisses, Cauldrons, and Other Weird Things
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/09/2007

I forgot.  i love your epithets:

"Hermione, you mad bat"

"Mother of all magic"

LOL over:

"Just like Sirius was a few years ago, Malfoy is ‘the’ wizard to arrest – if the ministry arrests him, they will be guaranteed huge public popularity, and that is something the ministry cannot get enough of!"  (I wondered when we'd be hearing about Draco!)

and they're going to ask for Snape's help.  This is rich.




Chapter 2: Tantrums, tea, and truths
Pasts and Futures by Lunajay7 [Mid Teens]
starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 25]

The war is in full force. The trio find themselves once again with the Order of the Phoenix, now in a new location in Godric's Hollow. New friends bring to light the past of others, including Harry's long time nemesis himself, Draco Malfoy. As battles rage around them, people begin to change. 

Will they change for the better or will holding onto the past be their downfall? 



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction, General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Situations
Chapters: 20 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 72691; Read Count: 17037; Completed: No

Updated: 08/24/2007; Published: 04/18/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
04/28/2007

I very much like your original characters, especially Teeg.  And the setting and relationships are novel.  Grandfather Dumbledore--I like the sound of that.

You also make Draco's story about D's death very plausible.  You've thought it out.  I especially like Montague's part in the plot, that he sometimes could hear voices from Borgin and Burkes.

The love scene is tender and (thanks) not too graphic.



Author's Response: Thank you so much. I try to stay as cannon as possible but i do like to tie in some creative twists as well.

I'm glad you like it.




Chapter 7: Innocence

“You are UNBELIEVABLY arrogant, you mess up your hair CONSTANTLY, you jinx ANYBODY you want to just because you can, you think ONLY of yourself, you’re really handsome, and you’re head boy!”

 

James raised his eyebrows.

 

“That’s it? That’s why you don’t like me?”



Lily Evans despises James Potter.
James Potter loves Lily Evans.
Dumbledore knows Lily really loves James.
Lily's friends know Lily loves James.
In fact everyone at Hogwarts knows Lily loves James..
Except Lily and James.
From the 7th year, find out how the got together, and how they 'thrice defied' Voldermort.
Hogwarts will never be the same again...



Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction, Pre-Canon
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fluff, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death, Mild Language, Sexual Situations, Strong Violence
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1540; Read Count: 463; Completed: No

Updated: 04/19/2007; Published: 04/19/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
06/09/2007
Oh this is very different.  I love a good duel, especially with non-canon spells.  Very imaginative.


Chapter 1: Magic vs Arrogance