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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*Very* alternate universe. Harry Potter crosses with Neil Simon, with a little Noel Coward thrown in for good measure. Dumbledore has sent six invitations for dinner -- but why? Inspired by Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party."

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU)
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 6110; Read Count: 431; Completed: Yes

Updated: 01/22/2006; Published: 01/22/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Oh, this is good, witty and poignant, as the best of Simon can be.  You write all the characters well, as usual.

Love the setting, and everyone's outfits.

I enjoyed imagining the crumb-spouting Peter and the elegantly aloof Snape.

Florence is so interesting.  Somehow I like the idea of an intelligent gal carrying a torch for that ingrate.  Somehow it's majorly intriguing.

And not that far out of canon if Harry is still a baby.  It would be sad if this Peter betrayed his friends though.

May you go to many more plays and may they give you ever more engaging and entertaining insitghts in to the Potterverse.

Chapter 1: n/a

Remus Lupin lives with mischievous friends and lycanthropy, while the prophetic Ariadne MacDougal negotiates a misguided family, and everyone must deal with the Death Eaters. A rather dark coming-of-age story about the death of innocence and the renewal of hope during Voldemort’s first war.

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

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter, James Potter, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lily Potter nee Evans, Lucius Malfoy, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Peter Pettigrew, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Tom Marvolo Riddle/Lord Voldemort; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction, Pre-Canon
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst, Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death, Dark Fiction, Sexual Situations, Strong Violence
Chapters: 21 Table of Contents Series: The Moon-Cursers
Word count: 75228; Read Count: 17222; Completed: Yes

Updated: 01/26/2009; Published: 02/04/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
I've read this before, of course, but I am always fascinated by your take on the 'nust and bolts' of the Wizarding World, In the first chapter of course there is your vivid description of the maneuvering and calculations required for large Transfigurations. And then in this chapter, I love how off-hand you make it seem: 'Remus was kept busy enlarging bedrooms and conjuring beds' 'Mr Kenneth MacDougal was...placing amplification and equalisation charms over the wireless.' 'William was diplomatically sent to move sheep so that he would not upset the delicate spell-work in the house.' 'William...often sabotaged his own spells by forgetting the chain of events before it was completed.' And I believe you've added a bit more *crackle* to Remus's confrontation with Snape. Makes me shiver! And you hit perfectly upon the way a party of pure-bloods celebrating Voldie's first downfall would look to an outsider: '[Remus] glanced around, rather surprised at how many he had met before, and even more surprised at the combination of guests. He did not like to ask about the tactlessness of inviting Amelia Bones to share the room with Lucius Malfoy, or of seating the Macmillans so close to the Parkinsons. Whatever did these people have in common? Suddenly he knew. All, without exception, were pure-bloods. “I know you’re surprised,” [Ariadne] said. “My parents see nothing odd in gathering all their friends together. Nobody here – officially – ever did anything wrong, so all of them – officially – are glad to celebrate You-Know-Who’s downfall.” Perfectly chilling!!

Author's Response:

“I’ve read this before” – snort. I take it as a very high compliment that you’re not yet tired of the story. We have to set the story in the magical world, otherwise it isn’t Harry Potter fanfiction. I’m glad you’ve picked up on all the relationships, because there were a lot of characters milling around the stage, and several of the respectable people are in fact very chilling. Thanks for all your input over the last 12 months.

Chapter 2: Hiding from Hunter's Moon
The now Headmistress McGonagall forces Harry Potter to stay for his last year at Hogwarts. Thousands of miles away, a young woman, born in England but raised in America opens her letter. This woman is thrust into the strange and wonderful as she attends her first year at Hogwarts. But her year is cut short when a former Professor steals her away to be married to her betrothed so that his line may live on. But there are other desires at work in this strange plot, and Harry must stop this plan from coming to fruition. Other wise, all will have been in vain.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fluff, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death, Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Sexual Situations, Strong Violence
Chapters: 27 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 92377; Read Count: 3412; Completed: No

Updated: 11/08/2007; Published: 02/09/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Great description! Azkaban has never seemed so repulsive.  And you didn't even mention the Dementors.

Lol at:

"...all that intelligence went into choosing another portion of Mozart's Requiem to butcher."

"Now the only 'halo' he had was a bunch of flies that seemed to find his smell rather interesting."

"'Minerva, please do stop hissing, you sound as though you have a slow leak.'”

Interesting and clever explanation of Hera's lack of training: the Ministries of the various countries vying to produce the most powerful witches and wizards.  Sounds a bit like the Cold War when America was competing with Russia over e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g--even education.

Author's Response: The Ministry seems that way, very proud of all the powerful people it produces. It also makes for something quite humorous when someone of that age starts this.

Chapter 1: The Singing Sensation of Azkaban
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Categories: Orphan; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: None
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Chapters: 0 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 0; Read Count: 0; Completed: No

Updated: 12/31/1969; Published: 12/31/1969
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
I like this. Although alternating of POVs is much used in fiction, I like the novel way you use the present tense for Draco's thoughts and the past tense for Ginny's. He is in the moment. She is almost a spectator. The only inconsistency in that was in the paragraph starting "Off the coast of France,..." as it is not from Ginny's POV. Otherwise, top hole! And using the Imperius Curse instead of a Love Potion is intriguing, although Ginny's response--unrestrained ardor-- seems more of the Love Potion variety than Imperius, which, when I read the HP books, seemed to give more of a foggy, oh-who-cares sort of attitude. I do very much like your imagery: ---Her sleep is restless, like her heart. ---Arrogant, blind idiot, pushing her away. [So very Draco, thinking thus of his enemy, and so very Snape, BTW.] ---...a freckled shoulder lies in a pool of light. [Awwwww...] ---They didn’t feel the coldness of the sand, just their hot skin. They didn’t feel the cutting wind, just each other’s breath. They didn’t hear the sea, just each other’s whispers. [I'm a sucker for deft parallels. And yummy too...] angel sent to earth to torment him... ---...her freckles... he feels the need to mark each of them with a kiss. [A sucker for freckles too! : ) ] And, omigosh, what a chilling [NPI] ending! What's going to happen now? Does Draco believe that she might still love him when she comes out of the trance, seeing him over her, holding her in the waves? Or does he have a sadistic streak, wanting to reveal himself in a position of power to threaten her there in the icy water? Or is he going to say: "If I can't have you, nobody can!" and drown her?

Author's Response: Well, if you listen to the song "Where the Wild Roses Grow", you'll see that the ending is pretty clear.

This is my second time writing Draco, and I'm glad you liked what I did :) I hate him as a character. And I loathe Draco/Ginny.

Now, to answer your questions:

Does Draco believe that she might still love him when she comes out of the trance, seeing him over her, holding her in the waves?
No. The song ends with the woman dying. There is no future for Draco and Ginny. Well, his future is short, and incluides a painful death when Ginny's family finds him. Ginny is... well, you can imagine the effects of a say spent naked, in the cold. Add to that the water, and her fate is pretty clear.

Again, listen to the song, or at least find the lyrics :) They are pretty clear, and they inspired the story.

Thank you for the review :)



AU---The time has come for rare things to happen-- wizards become mages-- mages become friends-- a seer with no magic but her sight-- a god seeks revenge on another-- and the final battle between vampires and lycans.

Harry has a different life, one where he was raised by his Godmother and is loved. Starting their 7th year, Harry, Ron and Hermione discover their true nature, or rather, what they evolved to be.

Four different OC's, all have their own roles to play in Harry's life and those around him.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU)
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 22117; Read Count: 4601; Completed: No

Updated: 08/20/2006; Published: 02/14/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

A decent summary of an intriguing alternate universe.  It'll be interesting to see how things develop.

You express yourself clearly and succinctly.  I like the idea of someone *not* liking the omniscient Dumbledore.  Rock on, Solarea!

Chapter 1: Prologue
Rowena's Quill by Kressel [All Ages]
starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 25]
After discovering that he is the Heir of Slytherin, Tom meets the Heiress of Ravenclaw. His life becomes intertwined with the lives of three generations of Ravenclaw daughters as he pursues their prized heirloom and turns it into a Horcrux.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 34 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 81390; Read Count: 23765; Completed: Yes

Updated: 04/23/2007; Published: 02/15/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)

Your Luna is bright and observant.  I like that.  I very much like her insight into Hermione's way of dealing with people.  It's only right that she should be a natural at Divination. 

Her loyalty to her dad is touching.

And I love the subtle humor.  'Braunoza' is my fave.

Author's Response: Thank you! It's a thrill to know I have a new reader!

Chapter 21: Chapter 21

Harry, Ron, Hermione and Jaspine have to face the consequences of their actions. They have no idea -- yet -- how far-reaching their deed will be.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU), General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Mild Language, Mild Violence
Chapters: 21 Table of Contents Series: The Great Snape-Deveroux Grudge Match
Word count: 152921; Read Count: 21419; Completed: No

Updated: 04/26/2007; Published: 02/17/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
You've packed quite a lot into just this one chapter. Even though I haven''t read Parts I & II, I was able to follow the tragedy of the recent chapters--what the four students had done to Snape and how it affected Aurelia Deveroux (well, admittedly the chapter summaries helped.) It's an intriguing premise--Snape's dual nature and his rival, an elf DA teacher. (But then, I've personally always thought Flitwick was half-goblin.) You write clearly and logically and have a deft touch with dialog. It flows naturally. And you don't use the same tired old phrases. I particularly like: "They were feasting on humble pie instead." The reference to Snape's "bat cave" and Black Lotus Nacre. ..."fractured rays of sunlight..." And Sirius' remarks about Snape: "...who hasn't that greasy haired git managed to splinch off at one time or another?" "'ll be a bright, sunny day in Azkaban before I ever forgive him for what he tried to do to me." I do have a little trouble with your characterizations of Dumbledore and Dung Fletcher. I don't think Dumbledore would tell the entire student body so much about the ambush of Snape--even if it is only a ruse. It just doesn't fit the student-teacher relationship. And Dung is way too literate and caring, but otherwise, a very nice story. I wonder what's going to happen with Karkaroff. There are lots of vampires in Rumania....hmmmm...

Author's Response: Thank you! This has been a long labor of love for my co-author and I. Dung -- I agree wholeheartedly, he is definately OOC here. However, keep in mind: much of this was written/outlined before even OoTP came out, and we really didn't know Dung Fletcher. He's such a minor part of the story that we decided to leave this alone. As for Dumbledore, I think he had to say something about Snape's disappearance. He did tell the students what happened to Diggory at the end of GoF -- so I think he might warn the students about the dangers out there. Too many questions would be raised otherwise. Again, thanks! Your feedback is appreciated.

Chapter 1: 40. Fallout
Colin Creevey and Orla Quirke have just completed an assignment at Hogsmeade for Valentine's Day. Talk turns to each other as they offer different points of view on pictures.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: Valentine's Day (CLOSED)
Classification: General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Fluff
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 2557; Read Count: 433; Completed: Yes

Updated: 02/19/2006; Published: 02/19/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
It is interesting that we both chose the same minor character. I like that you gave Colin someone he could really like. And I like that Orla's name goes so well with the tools of her trade: Quirke's Quick-Quotes Quill. I like Orla. it's brave of her to make the first move. But a guy like Colin needs that, I think he's rather shy underneath all that enthusiasm for picture-taking.

Author's Response: Thanks! Orla Quicke, I admit, was a lucky choice. I had merely been looking for a more-or-less obscure character in a different House close to Colin's age. They are both kind of shy and insecure; personally, I think, more or less, they rather moved together. Appreciate the review!

Chapter 1: n/a

Takes place immediately (IMMEDIATELY) after Book 5. What happens if Mad Eye's warning at King's Cross Station has just the exact opposite effect than intended? When things take an immediate turn for the worse, will Harry be able to survive?

UPDATE: Many surprises are revealed, and an emotional day is had by all.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: Alternate Universe (AU), General Fan Fiction
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Strong Language, Strong Violence
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 54484; Read Count: 4878; Completed: No

Updated: 03/20/2007; Published: 03/01/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
I too have nothing against a H/H fic. (Personally I think Hermione isn't actually going to tie herself to anyone permanently, so she can have as many flings as she likes.) And I am tired of the H/G thing if only because there are so many storys about that ship, and they all sound essentially the same--boring. So kudos to you for trying something different. But to get down to the nuts and bolts of the story, which is starting with a bang--several bangs in fact, mostly to Harry's anatomy. Characterization is good, and you make a decent case for the Dursleys acting the way they do. I applaud your effort in preparing us to accept murderous rage instead of fear. Just one question: is there any special reason why Hedwig isn't in her cage when Vernon threatens to harm her? I mean I know you said that Harry let her out to stretch her wings, but motivationally, it would be much easier to see Harry accepting his uncle's abuse if Hedwig is actually in the Dursleys' possession right then. She's a very smart bird and I don't see her just letting herself be captured when she does return to the house. I like some of your phrasing, particularly Vernon's "look of almost feral satisfaction." There are lots of awkward places though and misused words. I think you could use a stronger beta.

Author's Response: Hmm, to answer your quetsions, just wait until the next chapter, which I should get out tonight/tomorrow. You'll see what I have in mind, and I do believe you'll, well, maybe not enjoy it, but like it. I probably shouldn't say any more, I might give something away! Oh, and on that beta comment, I don't use a beta. That's all me, and no one else. I don't know if I prefer beta's or not; I've never had one before, so why start now? At any rate, I'm glad you like the story, and keep your heads up for the next one, coming out very soon! Read, review, and enjoy!

Chapter 1: Imprisonment
A Beautiful Mess by WiCkEd [Young Teens]
starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 4]

Submitted to 2006 HPFF Anniversary 'Orderly Romance' Challenge. Love; a word that can mean life or death in a war. For Marlene McKinnon and Gideon Prewett, it meant death.

Categories: Harry Potter; Characters: None; Archive Challenge: None
Classification: General Fan Fiction, Pre-Canon
Crossover Classes: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 2653; Read Count: 405; Completed: Yes

Updated: 03/06/2006; Published: 03/06/2006
Reviewer: Spiderwort (Signed)
You have a nice sense of pacing. The love scene works just right. You do use some words and expressions inappropriately, but the mistakes didn't spoil the mood for me, though I think you could do with a better beta. (e.g. " was sitting on the counter...*their* legs dangling...the other was standing..with *their* head leaning(?) behind *them.*" and "...the silence was imminent(?)...") I like Gideon's description of life after death and the tie-in at the end. You make it clear that love made it possible for Marlene to face death.

Author's Response: Thanks very much for your review. You are definietly correct in saying that I need a beta -- I think I\'ll be getting one soon. Thanks for the corrections -- I will definietly fix those.

Chapter 1: Something New