|Reviews for Bound|
| mdauben chapter 36 . 2/6/2011
After reading your stories "Continuum" and "Ranimer" I wanted to check out some of your other works. I just finished "Bound" and had to say how much I enjoyed it. I liked the Anwen character in "Continuum/Ranimer" but I really loved her in this story.
Anwen is probably the best original character I have yet run across in HP fanfic and I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories featuring her.
| Jimbocous chapter 36 . 1/12/2011
Quite the story, glad I stumbled on to it. Thanks for a great read, and kudos for an outstanding job developing such a rich OC.
| brittany813 chapter 1 . 12/28/2010
Yes I had been planning on reading this too when I got the chance. Very good so far, I'm glad that you started out with Anwen being so young. I didn't actually realize she was so much younger for quite a while in Continuum.
And don't worry about the sleep, I'm still on Christmas vacation from college, I'll be fine without it for awhile.
| NerdLifeIsAGreatLife chapter 13 . 10/23/2010
3 this story, Listen to the chorus of Mine by Taylor Swift it fits perfectly with this story :)
| ginnyweasley777 chapter 36 . 6/30/2010
what a wonderful read this has been! I've always thought that we didn't get enough of Sirius in the books and this has just done nicely. I'm a complete Sirius/Anwen fan now and I'm heading straigh over to the sequel.
I can totally understand why the chapter in this one was much harder to write than in Contiunuum, and it was certainly emotional to read.
Another thing, I like how you've portrayed Kingsley in the few parts in this story as too many authors seem to have him being completly OOC once he's the Minister.
| ginnyweasley777 chapter 32 . 6/29/2010
| ginnyweasley777 chapter 6 . 6/27/2010
aww, that is absolutly beautiful
I especially liked the part in the shop about them being in love
| ginnyweasley777 chapter 1 . 6/27/2010
I'm a fan on Anwen/Sirius in Continuum and now in this story...already
I love the way that you've created this whole new person who is just so beautifully written that the whole story flows. So many stories with an OC in them seem disjointed, for lack of a better word, but not this one
I'll have to check out the picture on hgrh35's page tomorrow too :)
| Miz636 chapter 36 . 6/21/2010
This... This was amazing. The idea of a single person changing the entire plot is amazing, yet so true that it's impossible to put into words. You've done an amazing job creating a character, giving her a place in the plot, making small changes in the plot because she's there, and just doing an overall excellent job with this story.
I fell in love with this story, and Anwen, from the moment I started it. You've got an amazing idea here and I can't wait to go read Woven to see how you write the continuation of this plot. It's so well done that I'm the rest of this story will just flow and be amazing.
| AmiriXXXIrima chapter 36 . 6/20/2010
Aboslutly love this story. Was skeptical at first but you really impressed me.
Love Anwen such a great girl really
| iChaos chapter 36 . 6/18/2010
This review is due in large part to enthusiastic recommendation to read this story by another author by the name of ‘MyGinerva’. I only mention it because if not for that, it isn’t likely that I would’ve otherwise happened to read it. There is a lot to like about ‘Bound’ but there were also a few things that bothered me.
At the very beginning, it took me several chapters to really get into it. That was probably because I haven’t read much pre-quel fanfic material, and I’m not a big fan of the way Sirius was portrayed in the actual books. Be that as it may, I enjoyed the way you presented James & Lily during their school years as well as Remus. Anwen, of course, was quite captivating and obviously Sirius turned out much better for it.
The main issue I have with the story is that the primary concept was supposed to be about how the ‘butterfly effect’ could have impacted the fate of Harry Potter, but it was like you glossed over the specifics of that whole event in order to concentrate on the love story between Anwen & Sirius. That’s all well and good, but I had the impression that you could’ve told the same story about the binding potion and the role it played in Harry’s future without Anwen at all. Although she did make a difference by safely delivering the potions master who made it possible, her presence in the story only has peripheral influence on Harry. It could have been Dumbledore who made the potion, or the character who Anwen escorted could have been integrated in any number of ways that weren’t contingent on her specifically.
Maybe I’m just not looking at it from the right perspective, but I was expecting Anwen and her prodigious skills to have a much more direct effect on the survival of the Potters. I thought the whole point was that there was something that only she could have done to prevent Voldemort from successfully attacking them at some pivotal moment. I just couldn’t figure out why you went to such lengths to establish her exceptional abilities, because when the time came she wasn’t even a factor.
One minute the Potters were fine, Sirius & Anwen were about to be wed, and then the attack suddenly happens and the war essentially ends sort of off-camera. The next thing we know, Sirius is in hiding and the story abruptly shifts ahead to a point where the relationship between Anwen & Sirius has deteriorated and the Potters have been safe and sound for years. You really lost me at this point.
It made no sense to me why Sirius was in exile for so long. Four months maybe, but four years? If they couldn’t clear his name relatively soon and there was no particular reason to think that Voldemert was still a threat, James & Lily could have simply came forward and explained everything much sooner. That alone probably would’ve made it that much easier to apprehend wormtail. If necessary, they still could’ve kept a low profile afterwards, and Sirius would have been exonerated.
What happened next completely flabbergasted me. Although Sirius behaved entirely in character, I could not believe that Anwen would even consider taking him back. It wasn’t just the horrendous mistake he made, it was the way he did it that got to me. Drunk or not, he still set out intentionally to act out his frustrations in typical fashion for him. That alone should have been all the indication she needed that he was not nearly as committed to the prospect of marriage with her as he should have been. I don’t care how much you love someone there are some things that you just can’t make up for. No amount of grand gestures and romantic platitudes will ever change the fact that he didn’t have the integrity to remain faithful.
Now, in all fairness, nobody is perfect and considering the circumstances I can certainly understand why Sirius felt so exasperated. Still, that is no excuse. After all, he didn’t really have anything to complain about. Anwen was the one who did all of the work at the ministry and in the relationship with Sirius. Even then, she found the time to spend with Harry and her own family. What did Sirius ever do that was constructive, either for Anwen or for the Order during his free time? As far as I can tell – not much. And he has the audacity to lay a guilt trip on her and then go out and find himself some tail that he has just been waiting for an excuse to grab?
I honestly think that Anwen only took him back because she had her heart so set on her own happily ever after that she just couldn’t bear the thought of enduring the embarrassment that would come from breaking off the engagement. After what she went through, I can hardly blame her. Maybe I’m being too judgmental, but I just don’t see how she could ever trust him again. What they had as friends in school and later as a couple was special, and I have no doubt that they do love one another, but she deserves better than that.
Beyond that, I do think you did a fantastic job describing the bonding rights and ceremonies that their wedding entailed. The magical binding was especially interesting, and the whole affair was very romantic. That scene during the after-party in the ballet studio was memorably provocative. Enchanting as it was though I can’t help but wonder what the point of the story was. Was it about Anwen & Sirius, or was it about the survival of Harry Potter? What did I miss? I keep thinking that it should all make a lot more sense if I hadn’t overlooked something vital, but I don’t know what it is.
I very much liked the epilogue and how it tied your story into the canon prophecy. I'm hoping that when I read the rest of your trilogy, the big picture will become clearer and I'll have a better understanding of the characters.
All things considered, it was fun to read. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to create stories like this, and I commend you for sharing it.
| chemistrygoddess chapter 36 . 6/8/2010
This story definitely ranks high on my list of favorite Sirius/OC stories! The character development is fantastic and I absolutely loved the first part when Anwen was younger and how playful she was, not to mention her interactions with Sirius and how innocent they both acted towards one another, yet completely devoted. I had no doubt they wouldn't fall for one another and I am so glad you took the time to allow that to happen as many authors just jump right into romance. I just love Anwen's character and I felt like both her and Sirius grew so much. I am so glad that this particular tale did not end in tragedy as so many stories that take place during Sirius' youth stick so well to JK's story that it was a nice break as this time I found myself crying with happiness instead of sadness. Now I'm onto the next part of this tale, from the sound of the summary both parts following this sound equally marvelous and I am very intrigued with how you have managed to take JK's world and transform it into your own without losing the original feel of what Harry Potter was. Thank you for sharing!
| SweetieCherrie chapter 36 . 6/3/2010
i loved this story! the relationship between anwen and sirius is just so strong! i love the fact that lily and james survived and that peter was caught. i am going to read the rest of your story to (the sequel and trequel? is that what it is)
| SlytherinRiter chapter 36 . 2/21/2010
Oh bot, I'm excited for what lies ahead!
On to the sequel!
| SlytherinRiter chapter 18 . 2/21/2010
He went to Jared... oh, whoops, that's Tffany's! OMG, I was freaking out! I thought it was THAT!