You prat! I promised myself I wouldn't cry! ;)
Lovely. Just lovely.Author's Response: Now why would you promise something like that? When I came up with the idea for this story George's memory was one of the first ones I had envisioned. I wanted it to be a conversation between two brothers, even if one of them was no longer alive, so that's how I wrote it. It's the conversation Fred and George would have had if Fred had lived. For me the kicker is Ginny reaction to it. Throughtout all my writings, this is one of my favorite passages.
Enjoy the story, and thanks for taking the time to read and review. Report Review
this is so good im practically crying please keep writing. i will die if you dont.Author's Response: Wow, talk about pressure to write :-) I do still write a little but I've been too busy to work on longer stories. I'm writing shorter things and some one-shots for now. I would like to get back to work on my longer stories, but until I have more time I just can't do it.
I am happy that you liked this story as much as you did. For Fanfic authors, reviews are our paychecks and it always feels good when a reader appreciates your work. Thank you for reading and especially for reviewing. Report Review
Aw this is honestly one of my favorite stories on this website. I love everyone's view on their relationship and how they all gel together. I love how the story gels together. I love this story period. Seamus' memory was the funniest, with his " I've kissed both of you on the mouth." I also love the memory with the marauders and Lily. Question though. Wouldn't Harry already know about the memory tradition from Ron and Hermione's 1st anniversary? I appreciate the Passion and the seriousness and the humor.Author's Response: Hey, wow, such a positive review. I'll remember this one for days when I need a pick-me-up. I love Seamus' memory too, it was one of the first I came up with and I just had to write it out.
As for the tradition, remember Ron and Hermione had a muggle wedding in my story, so Harry wouldn't have known. And Bill and Fleur's wedding was crashed by Death Eaters and he was on the run during their 1st anniversary, so he wouldn't have been exposed to it then either.
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I loved this idea! Is there going to be more of this story because I would love to see how Ginny and Harry react to the families. Ron's memories were amazing. Hagrid's made me almost cry and Molly's of course did. The love and pain these two go through in your stories is truly incredible! I look forward to reading more.
EmAuthor's Response: Hi, glad you liked the story. As for if its done... well, I'm toying with that. I have a last chapter part way done for when H/G return home that closes out the loose ends in the story but Its not even close to finished. Some day when I have time I'll finish it up and post it. But for all intents and purposes, the main part of this story is complete.
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Hey this is a great story. just wondering oif its done or if you're going to add more onto it since it hasn't been worked on i a while?Author's Response: Hi, thanks for reading. It is basically done. I'm toying with writing an epilogue for it, but it isn't done yet. Someday... I hope... Report Review
This series was just amazing! It really touched me! So much in fact that I am taking your idea and making it "Muggle" for my niece's wedding. I am going to ask each guest to write a card to them to be given to the couple on their first anniversary. Thanks for the wonderful idea and Thanks for writing!Author's Response: Glad you liked the story. Making it muggle is brilliant. To make it more penseive-like pass around a digital cam and have them do it on video, then save to DVD and view the video files on their anniversary.
Let me know how it goes... and save me some cake (corner piece, lots of icing). Report Review
Really like the bottle idea !! Did you make it up or was it breifly mentioned in the books and I've missed it ?? If you made it up congratulations !! It was an amazing story =DAuthor's Response: The memory bottles as a gift was my own idea, there was nothing about it in the books. It was described that the memories could be stored in bottles, as Dumbledore used with Harry when researching the horcruxes, but the idea to make it a wedding/anniversary tradition was my own.
Glad you liked it, thanks for reading and taking the time to review.
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This was great. I remember most of the memories. I figured out 25 of them but can't remember the other six. Keep up the great work.Author's Response: Hi, I'm glad you liked the follow up as well. It was a way to get back into writing, and it was fun to do.
I'll write more when I ave time and when I have a plot that I like enough to write out. Report Review
I liked both stories, they are my favorites.Author's Response: Thanks for letting me know you liked them. Have a great day. Report Review
This story was fantastic! What a great idea with the memories.. just awesome. I only wish there were more!! Keep up the awesome writing.Author's Response: I do plan to keep writing and I have a couple stories I'd like to do, but right now I don't have a lot of time to write them. So they're sitting and waiting patiently for me to habe the time to write.
I'm happy you enjoyed this story and I'd like to thank you for leaving a review.
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very sweet. Please have more of dumbledore in the memories,, maybe have a aunt petunia memory from when lilly and she were girls talking about growing up and having kids.before the hate happened... I wish i could write. I have a great immagination for harry .Author's Response: Hi muggle mom,
thanks for leaving a review and I hope you like the rest of the story. As for who's in the memories, they're given by people who attended the wedding, so there are lots of options available.
Thanks for reading. Report Review
this was the best yet i am still hoping for a sequel to continue this amazing story!!!Author's Response: Hello, I like the last two bottles myself. THe Molly vs Dumbledore was a little scene I had in my mind for a long time, but didn't have a vehicle to showcase it. I didn't even know what I wanted them to be fighting over, just that I wanted a scene where Dumbledore was afraid of her. It worked out that I could do it here.
The marauders scene I'd never even had the slightest inkling that it was going to pop into my head. Originally Hagrids was going to be his first meeting of Harry and all the trouble he went through chasing down the Dursleys. But this idea popped into my head and was better, so I used it instead.
I will continue to write, but I don't have anything ready to post, so it will be a while before I do.
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Extremely sweet ending to a wonderfull story. I absoutely enjoyed it and I hope to read more of your stories that are similar. As I have said before, I think you are one of the best authors here on harrypotterfanfiction! I just haven't had much opportunity to read the rest of this story because I've been at jobcorp and really busy working and such. Keep up the good work!Author's Response: I loved writing Hagrid's, in fact the bit with the marauders part was one of the easiest parts to write in the whole story. One I got going the words simply flowed together.
The memory from Molly was the one that got me started thinking about writing this. I wanted a Molly vs Dumbledore story and this was it.
I understand about being busy, very little time to write or even read fan fiction much any longer. I try to keep up the beta work for Mrs_Granger, but that's about all I have time for. I have more ideas, just no time...
As always, thanks... Report Review
I liked this chapter. All the disturbing memories from Ron was, well, quite disturbing. But, at the end, it was really sweet. You are a wonderfull author! Keep up the good work!Author's Response: Thank you for the compliments, I do appreciate it. Ron's memory gifts were meant to be a way for him to show H/G that he would always stand by them. That he knew and understood that not only was he Ginny's brother, but he was Harry's brother just as much, or more.
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Really sweet chapter, at least at the end. I agree with Ginny tho, Harry way way way over reacted to what Gwenog said to Ginny. But other than that, I liked the chapter all around.Author's Response: Hi, thanks for the review. Yeah, Gwenog's memory is very straight forward, just like envision her to be. The Madame Pomfrey memories are some of my favorites in the whole story. Report Review
I'm so sorry I haven't been reviewing, but I simply love this story so much; it is so original and refreshing, and I found the ending to this chapter absolutely beautiful, I found it so easy to imagine them standing there on the beach. I also liked the reference to the "leg thing" it was nice to see parts of LTLA carrying through. If you write an epilogue I will definately read, however I kind of think it would be perfect to end it here! On the other hand, I am going to be super impatient and ask for news on the LTLA sequel?
Well done for another wonderful story, your writing really is fantastic!
KatyAuthor's Response: I guess if you like the story that much then you're forgiven. :-)
Started this as a way to get writing again and it got me fired up for a while. Since I could do independent scenes the only major plot I needed was the background of the vacation. Several of these scenes I'd wanted to do in LtLA, but the story was getting too long so I cut the ideas for them.
The last chapter is my favorite, and I do like how I ended the story. I do also want to do an epilouge for it, but haven't had time to write it.
Same for the LtLA sequel. I am so busy with other stuff I don't have any time to write and I still need to work out the 'right' timeline for the sequel. I don't want it to be as long as LtLA, so I'm struggling with what to cut and what to keep.
I'll get it done some day, but it will be a while. I also have another post battle fic sorted in my head, but its just rough ideas on paper.
thanks again Katy Potter
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Nice memories. It was really sweet what happened with Ginny and Fleur. It was nice. Keep it up!Author's Response: Glad you liked it. I always enjoy writing for Fleur because I can add more depth to her character than JKR gave us, even though she hinted at it.
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Wow! What a gift from Hagrid! Molly's message was pretty special too.
Please write at least one more chapter, I've got to know how Ron and Hermione get Ginny back and about this whirlwind courtship of Percy and Audrey.Author's Response: I wanted to do Hagrid earlier in the story, but I could never think of a scene for him. Then I remembered that he was the one who gave Harry the small album with the pictures of his parents in it. I though maybe doinf the memory of him getting the photos, but then I though of the gift of giving the memory instead. In the end it came out a thousand times better than originally hoped for.
Molly's memory for Harry was the one that started this whole story. I was thinking about doing this plotline (memories as gifts) and a 'Molly fighting for Harry' scene came to mind but it was going to be her vs the Minister of Magic. But the ministers in the books are more politically powerful than magically powerful. Then I saw her vs the most powerful wizard in the series and came up with Molly vs Dumbledore. I loved the idea of her taking on Dumbledore. and then added the aprt at the end where Ginny clarifies that it was 'his' Mum, not hers, which reinforces the fact that she's always seen Harry as a seventh son.
I'm working on an 'epilouge' I guess that closes out the storylines, but I don't like it as it is and I'm so busy right now I haven't had time to go back and tweak it.
At some point I will get it finished, beta'd and posted.
Thanks for reading and reviewing.
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I liked Parvati's memory of H/G dancing. I also enjoyed Nelson's memory of their aerial snogging session. Interesting choice of memories for Ron. I like the message he was sending H/G.Author's Response: Parvati's was originally going to be her watching Harry during the dragon task and the lake task, but I couldn't get it to work right. While I was racking my brain I got the idea to do onw where the person was eavesdropping on H/G and they didn't know it. Its way, way fluffy, but its a great moment.
High speed snogging, why not?
My whole plan for Ron's were in my notes as 'Ron grows up, night of 1st proposal' and I took it from there. I had to add some of the other parts to make it all fit. And again I didn't ever want to do the jealous brother thing, so I did the supportive brother thing instead.
Glad you've enjoyed the story so far. Report Review
I love your choice of Madame Pomfrey's memories. It really shows how H/G's relationship matured while at Hogwarts.
Wow...Gwenog's memory was as blunt as a 2x4 to the back of the head... OuchAuthor's Response: Madame Pomfrey's started out just as two little peices, but it just kept going and flowed so well I just kept writing it. It is one of the longer scenes, but it doesn't feel like it as you read it (at least to me)
Gwenog's is very blunt. But remember it was written by a woman who chose her career over her love, so what would we expect? She gave it because to her it showed Ginny maturing and fitting in with the team better, which is her focus. Report Review
Wow...two memories giving H/G the what-for on their separation. I thought that Lee's memory was sweet.Author's Response: Lee's is a great little scene.
As for the other 2 memories, it gave us all a peek into how H/G affect those around them. Their breakup certainly owuld have affected the family dynamic, so I played with that line of thought a little.
I wanted Jaclyn's to be that of a strong woman. In the original story, several reviewers wanted Harry and Jacyn to go out, but I didn't like that. He still loved Ginny and I thought under those circumstances he would find a friend who was strong, she just happened to be an attractive cheer girl for the team.
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Nice job of bringing back some humor. I like how Ginny got Captain Gene for his sexist, stereotypical behavior.
YES!!! Thank you for bringing the humor back with Mr. Weasley's memory. I like Charlie's memory too, especially when Harry is practicing the fine art of "too much information" for an older brother :-)
Wow...Neville's memory of life at Hogwarts is hard to take.
Nice job with the story tellingAuthor's Response: Cap'n Gene had it coming. The seasick is straight from real life, but it was my wife who fed the fishes...
Mr. Weasley's is funny. One of my favorites.
I needed Neville's to be rough to watch. I think on the same level that Harry and Hermione interact, Neville and Ginny have a very close/special relationship. I wanted to delve into Ginny's year at Hogwarts. I wanted to show her as conflicted, strong, hurt, brave and vulnerable all at once. I think I got pretty close. You can see she needs help and support, but that she's still the leader. And that she's fighting for Harry, but that she's mad at him, and doesn't feel as strong as everyone thinks she is.
Thanks for the compliments. Report Review
Nicely written. While I like the bitter-sweet memories, I think I prefer the more humorous ones.
Having read the prequel I can appreciate the Warrington's memory of Harry and Ginny arriving at the hospital. I found Luna's statement that she'd willingly save Harry if Ginny didn't want the job a little heartrending. Andromeda's memory was even more so.Author's Response: Surprisingly it ws tough to come up with 31 memories that were worthy of being shared. Then when you consider that some charaters (the Warringtons) had limited interaction with them it was difficult to make them all fun. But there are more fun ones to come.
Luna's is good and it has some humor but it isn't funny.
For Andromeda I wondered what would happen for real in that situation. Would a grandmother who'd lost her family trust her grandson to a teenager, emotionally spent after coming back from a war? So I showed her as having doubts, and distrusting. And I got to write Molly as the protective mother who believed in her 'son' no matter what.
Thank you again for all the reviews. Have a great day.
This was different...two poignant memories and a tear jerker...I hope there are some more funny ones :-)Author's Response: I know everyone likes the easy and funny stuff, but if you aren't surprised by the story, or if there is no conflict them it gets kind of boring. So this chapter changed things up.
George's is one of my top 3. It's sad, but I didn't write it as sad. I wrote it to show how well George was doing. He sat up there and talked to his twin as if he was in the room with him. For me it showed that he missed his brother but wasn't devastated any longer.
More funny ones later... Report Review
Wow!! I think that if I was Hermione, I might just hex Ginny for that. It was a nicely played escape tactic on Ginny's part!
Mister Cute Bum...why can I see those ladies coming up with that!!
Professor Flitwick's memory is so sad compared to the humor of escaping Hermione, the Harpies memory even the reminiscing of Katie's memoryAuthor's Response: You're right, hermione does owe Ginny a hex or two.
I wrote the Harpies and their team dynamic from expriences on sports teams over the years. I made sure their jokes have some innuendo to them, and the jokes aren't always politically correct, and all of them have a nickname even if its only in the locker room, like Ginny's wacko and psycho tags. Even in the other story this is one of my favorite scenes of all time.
Flitwick's is a little sad, but more thought provoking to me. Ginny is fully supporting Harry here, even when he himself isn't sure he can do it. She knew even then what was at stake.
Katies I like because it shows us how totally absorbed Harry was at that time with watching Ginny. Report Review
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