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oddlyalli posted a comment on Tuesday 13th September 2016 10:40pm

So... yes, this is lovely and as I very slowly am rereading this series yet again I love what all it's building toward (fate, Pack magic, heirs, near death experiences...). The plot slow burn you do is fantastic. But I can't remember: whenabouts does the tableau of Meghan and Neville get reversed? And what song were the Pack and Pride singing? If you find the time to find this review and answer (especially the song), I'll be eternally grateful.

trahald of uru posted a comment on Thursday 5th May 2016 2:15pm

I had an anti-lockhart suspicion in my mind when I first read of their post-troll memory loss. Thank you for confirming it.

r00ney posted a comment on Thursday 7th May 2015 2:24pm

Daawww! This is the first time I've seen a Harry-is-completly-happy version of the mirror. Thanks for writing this.

Madelyn K posted a comment on Wednesday 19th November 2014 12:12am

Hi! I'm reading this fic for the second time. I first read it about five years ago, and enjoyed it. It brought a lot of diversion and entertainment to a long and boring summer; it was exactly what I needed at the time. (I even left a review. It's not there anymore, so it must have been when this fic was housed on a different site, but it was on the chapter in Living with Danger where they visit Pittsburgh--I'm a native Pittsburgher, so that was very exciting for me.)

Rereading your fic this time through, I still enjoy it. It's still bringing me some fun and diversion at a time I really desperately need it. But this time through, I'm noting the kids' reactions to the idea of Lockhart and Quirrel at the end of the chapter. And I want to know: Is it because they're teachers, or because they're two men? I'm not going to berate you for one or the other, I promise, and I'm not going to stop reading. But I'd really like to know. I'm gay, and the thought that you had the kids being grossed out because Lockhart and Quirrel might be gay... Well, it hurts me. As the characters in your fic--in this chapter, in fact--so aptly point out, it hurts to be feared or ridiculed or ostracized for something that harms no one, and that you have no control over. So if that's not the case, it would be a relief to know. And if it is the case, well, as I said, I'm not going to stop reading. But it would be nice to know where I stand. Either way, it would give me a lot of peace of mind.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review. I hope you take a moment to respond, one way or another. Either way, I look forward to continuing my reread, and to catching up on the material I never got to the first time around.

Nenya posted a comment on Thursday 28th November 2013 8:18am

Danger straddled Remus’ back at one point in order to scratch his spine better, and Remus, in a playful mood, stood up under her, making her squeal and clutch at his mane in order to stay on. Aletha and Sirius laughed as Remus trotted around the clearing with his passenger holding on for dear life and alternately shouting at them and him. “Put me down – it’s not funny – put me down right now – quit laughing – Remus! Put me down!”

As you wish. Remus stopped abruptly, lay down, and rolled over, forcing Danger to transform and leap clear. Now scratch my belly.

I wish I had claws like yours, then I’d scratch you all right, Danger groused.

But she did.

And I might like to try that again some time, she said a while later. Just with some warning, next time.

Life doesn’t give you much warning, love. You’ve got to learn to be ready.

Ready for what? An impromptu lion-ride?

Maybe. Remus retransformed and took advantage of Danger’s surprise to pull her down on top of himself, bringing her face to his. You have to be ready for anything.

Oooh, OOOOOH. Just spotted that lovely bit of Narnia imagery...and going by the latest prophecy, Gertrude, I should say you certainly will be doing it again. Most likely with your sister in tow. *Does excited dance* I love re-reads!

Nenya posted a comment on Thursday 28th November 2013 5:59am

Reading the scene with Draco and Lucius is heartbreaking, knowing that it comes true later on, even if only temporarily. I'm really enjoying my re-read, although I don't think I've picked up on any new clues so far.

Gaurav posted a comment on Thursday 10th May 2012 3:31am

OMG!!! I have never laughed so hard in my life.... this is such a perfect joke on Snape and that too by Ron!!!!

I was literally ROFLMAO!!!!!!

--------->>>>> Harry and Draco managed to keep their snickers to themselves in the first half of the class, but then Lockhart began enumerating ways that one could tell a werewolf in human form from another person. Among the first signs on his list were “moodiness,” “bad temper,” “perfectionism,” and “favoritism.”

Ron slipped Harry a note. He opened it.

Snape’s a werewolf!

Harry dropped his quill, slid under his desk to get it, and stuffed the sleeve of his robe in his mouth so he could laugh without being overheard.

<<<<<<<-------------------

I am just sorry, I never got around to reading this earlier..... Brilliant, SImply Brialliant.

good luck and god speed

gadriam posted a comment on Monday 14th March 2011 2:28pm

The end of this chapter is masterful. Absolutely credible, and it hints at parts of the pack-life hitherto unstated but obvious. *Kudos*

Amber Dragon posted a comment on Friday 7th January 2011 2:46am

In reference to Ernie accusing Harry of Petrifying Justin in the middle of this chapter:

Might I pull a Hermione and "conquer a deficiency common to many of our kind" by pointing out that Harry was unconscious when Colin was Petrified, thus he couldn't have done that one. And, using logic, therefore, couldn't be the Heir of Slytherin, thus couldn't have Petrified Justin?

Nancy Austin posted a comment on Tuesday 17th August 2010 8:35pm

You are a true craftsman. Thank you for sharing your gift.

Nancy Austin posted a comment on Tuesday 17th August 2010 8:33pm

The plot thickens!
BTW, thank you for spelling sherbet correctly. It is one of those words that makes me want to tear my hair out when people so frequently misspell it.
I had another thought, but dang! it is gone.

Chani posted a comment on Tuesday 9th March 2010 5:23am

Have you by any chance read the Quarters Novels by Tanya Huff? I've caught two direct quotes (I think) in this story alone ^_^

KateHC posted a comment on Thursday 28th January 2010 5:17pm

You are very good at writing the different characters in a way that shows their essential natures. I am growing more fond of Ginny as she gets more confident.

Thank you for writing Living without Danger.

ilovewhydouneedtoknow posted a comment on Tuesday 29th December 2009 7:58pm

its soo sad that siss died i liked her

ilovewhydouneedtoknow posted a comment on Saturday 19th December 2009 5:48pm

i love this one its fun!

ilovewhydouneedtoknow posted a comment on Saturday 19th December 2009 4:24pm

u know in the prophecy it mentions meghan neville and harry ginny hermione and ron but it doesnt mention draco or luna why? is it bc luna btrays them and draco dies? bc i dont belive that ddraco dies or luna does that so why?

Taina posted a comment on Friday 23rd October 2009 7:53pm

Second one down (again). Simply amazing as always! On to the third for a second round!

Taina

Mulch Diggums posted a comment on Friday 3rd July 2009 2:02pm

I notice that, as in canon, any mention of the school song disappears here. ;-P

james27 posted a comment on Friday 13th March 2009 11:49am

I suppose I can understand why you might react in such a way if you've gotten countless reviews about it and of course I'll accept your apology and offer my own.

Perhaps if I had said a few positive things about your story it may have put my earlier words into the context I meant for them to be in.

I will say this, even to those who try and avoid a Mary-Sue character, your story is still by far one of the better ones in the world of HP fanfiction.

The brand of humor you use closely matches my own and despite all my complaints about her, I love Danger and her relationship with Remus.

The hole Pride/Pack idea it one of the few original idea's to come out of fanfiction in a long time so of course there is that and you write the interaction betweens their members extremely well.

While I've already started reading The Refiner's Fire and plan on reading the rest of Abraxan's fics as well, I'll restart your fic once I'm finished. I'll even keep in mind what you told me you tried to do in later chapters.

~James

james27 posted a comment on Friday 13th March 2009 1:34am

It's so good to see that you are mature enough to respond to my honest question the way you did!

See, I can be sarcastic as well.

My question about whether or not you intended to write Danger as a Mary-Sue, however, was not. I honestly wanted to know if YOU knew that she appeared to be one. Nothing more, nothing less.

After all, I've been reading fanfiction for years and some authors like to use them and I've read many reviews from people who have felt the same way.

That being said, exactly how was I supposed to know how you felt about them in general or whether or not you knew Danger came off as such?

I'm sure it won't matter to you but after receiving such a wonderful responce to my review, I really doubt I'll ever bother to read your work again. I won't say that I'll never read your stuff after this because there are always those blue moons to watch out for.

~James

Anne B. Walsh replied:

I'm amazed that you're so sure of something that isn't true.

Sarcasm aside, I apologize for my rudeness. I've been writing this 'verse for four and a half years, and have been informed quite often through that time (sometimes more politely than others) that Danger is a Mary Sue. I've tried to develop her character in the later stories to be less so, and to give other characters more screen time, but I can't change what I've already written. I find my earliest stories deeply embarrassing now, and I'm afraid I react badly when asked what look, to me, like sarcastic and hurtful questions about them.

I'm aware, now, that you didn't intend the question to hurt, but that's one of the problems with text-only communication--it removes everything but the bare words, and where it would have been clear in person that you were asking for information, in writing it felt like an attack. Once again, I'm sorry I was rude. I suppose it's too much to ask that you not blame the stories for the faults of their creator...