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

The last day of Sirius's life, and he's trapped at Grimmauld Place with a bottle of Firewhisky and unlimited leisure time. Childhood memories, visits from Order members, and thoughts on Harry, Prongs, Snivelly, Nym, Moony, Reggie, Mother, Kreacher, Buckbeak, Dumbledore, Bella, Andromeda, and more. And, in the end, the inevitable battle and the mysterious veil. (More sad and brooding than funny, despite the title.)

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, Character Death, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 14691; Read Count: 8119; Completed: Yes

Updated: 06/20/2007; Published: 05/02/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Let me start by saying I never liked the Sirius of OotP.  He was whiny, selfish, and morally flabby--not a person I would pick for a fifteen year old orphan's surrogate parent.  But you've made his motivations and emotions believable and something i can empathize with.  How did you do it? 

"... back then she'd thought him the Most Exciting Person in the World because he had a motorbike; a flying motorbike (okay, it was hard to argue with that)." 

First you showed how he treated his gangly niece (giving her a ride on his flying bike--perfect, and BTW, love that nick--Nym!)  I imagined that in a better frame of mind, he would treat Harry the same way.

"... he'd gone a bit... stodgy over the years, without Padfoot and Prongs around to set him straight.... And it really hurt Sirius to see an old friend so demoralized he could discuss Snivelly confiscating the Map from Harry without even cracking a smile."

Then you showed that he worried about Remus, and cared for him, not just as a sidekick to laugh at his jokes, but as a man with a debilitating social handicap who just needed a little silliness and love in his life to make it bearable.

"She took to slipping him sweets from Honeydukes and loudly telling her sisters it was embarrassing enough to have a blood traitor in the family, could they please not remind the whole school by constantly hexing him in the halls."

You introduced a very aristocratic Andi Black Tonks into his life, and implied that she protected him from Bella and her Slytherin gang by having her secret boyfriend Ted hang around with him.

“But I also see a lot of loyalty and bravery here... yes, you're not the sort who saves his own neck first....“

And finally, you limned that priceless dialogue with the Sorting Hat.  I almost cried at the little boy's demand that his brand new friend James be placed with him in Slytherin--so real, so touching.

Thanks so much for changing my mind.  I might even weep a bit next time I come to the end of  OotP.

Author's Response: Hi, Spiderwort! Oddly enough, I didn't much care for Sirius either the first time I read the books. I was so worried someone like Ron or Hermione was gonna die that when Sirius did I was thinking, "whatever, he's only been around for two books anyway." He really grew on me when I started reading fanfics though, and he's been my favorite character since I started writing about him. It's fun to try and get in his head!

Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the story so far, and thanks for reviewing!! :D

Chapter 3: Chapter Three
The Darkest Hours by sel_123 [Mid Teens]
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Harry is struggling to come to terms with Sirius' death and the contents of the Prophecy, and Ron, Hermione and Ginny must try and pull him out of his anger. Voldemort is plaguing Harry's mind with awful dreams and visions...can Harry let go of his rage and close his mind? When tragedy strikes, Harry feels that he is completely alone and cannot possible achieve the goal Dumbledore left him - to get rid of the Horcruxes, But then he receives help from the unlikeliest person - but will it be enough?

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Dark Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst, Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death, Mild Violence, Strong Language
Chapters: 44 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 140858; Read Count: 79734; Completed: Yes

Updated: 08/06/2007; Published: 05/22/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

LOL at this: '...even you aren’t thick enough to think that I’d be able to fit in the cupboard forever...'

You've got the Dursleys cold.  Well they are cold and cruelly indifferent.  You make me really feel for Harry.  And I always thought he was kind of a whiney baby in OotP.

Chapter 1: Alone Again
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

I like Ron's teasing at the beginning--very natural but also entertaining, and Harry's surly response is too:

"Want to have a good look? Anything else wrong with me?... Is my hair okay? Am I all spotty?”

I like your description of Harry with Snape too.  Chilling that Snape would show his delight in Sirius' death so obviously.

Chapter 2: Birthday Blues
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Oh, how I love your Dumbledore: 

" are still the same pure hearted boy you were 6 years ago. And that is what makes you extraordinary, Harry. It is the love you have that has made you into the man you are now. Yes, you are angry, yes, you are bitter - but for the right reasons!"  Awwwww......  

And Harry saying he can't--and repeating it, with such pain and humility.  I just want to cuddle the poor boy (the Molly in me, I suppose.)

Thanks for bringing that out.

Chapter 3: An Extraordinary Boy
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Ooh, Hermione put her foot in it, didn't she?

And the thought of Harry being controlled by Voldemort is really creepy.  You're put the possibility very convincingly with the slow slow, deliberate on Harry's mind.

Author's Response:

Hey, thanks so much for all your reviews...its such a great reward when i log in and see that people have enjoyed ut! :D

I hope you enjoy the rest of it too!


Chapter 5: A Never Ending Dream
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Whoa, now Harry 's scar is a stigmata.  Scary, that.

Chapter 6: Of Snape, & Scars
It's been five years since the last Triwizard Tournament and Hogwarts has gone through a war. Now Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione are back after rebuilding their beloved school to finish their education - but there’s a surprise. It's Beauxbatons' year to host the tournament and Hogwarts is putting together a delegation. New adventures are in store for Harry and Ginny as they travel to a foreign country, meet some old friends (and even older enemies), attend the traditional Yule Ball, and get involved in a mystery that could prove deadly for one of the three champions. H/G and R/H pairings. Post HBP canon.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Romance
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 49309; Read Count: 18753; Completed: No

Updated: 02/16/2009; Published: 05/25/2007
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Glad to see Grawp helping out.  but 'little' should be in quotes, right? ; )

"...the most meaningful tasks should be completed by hand."  Aww, I so agree with Hermione.

And I like the little moment between Harry and Ginny.  Just right.

Chapter 1: Beginning Anew
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
Love your choices for the taeching staff.  Especially Tonks--perfect.  But who's Fitch?

Chapter 2: The Triwizard Tournament... Again
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Whoa, seems to me Harry needs a bit of alesson in women's rights.  Ginny--go girl!

Love Tonks's trouble with the teapots and Minerva's reaction.

Chapter 3: Obligations
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Ooh, Fleur siding with Ginny--great turnabout--love it.

Adore the Herpuffs and Snapfoots (or --feet?).  It's these little touches--and the way you've pair unusual allies and enemies--that elevate what might otherwise be another ho-hum Harry/Ginny piece.

Harry's apology is priceless: "I’d rather be together and afraid then apart and miserable."

Chapter 4: What Ails the Heart