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| The Ghostly Minion chapter 34 . 9/2
This it's one of her more interesting shorts and is yet another way to solve the 'sixth year conundrum'.
It does beg the question of Harry's runic revenge. It is one thing to presume that the Sword of Gryffindor is required, yet something else to wonder about where he got the knowledge.
It isn't a bad thing that the curse destroyed all Harry's foes.
This story is so typical of her, imaginative, yet with holes and an ending that leaves you with questions-or simply give you the luxury of filling in the gaps for your own pleasure.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 23 . 8/11
This chapter is the second chapter that informs my story idea, "I killed Harry" It had been in my first chapter collection and will be again when I have a few more chapter to put up.
This is a sad meditation. Could it have been canon? I think so, canon took such a strange trn in HBP. Given that up to that point, the Hermione/Harry pairing had been set up there is little stretch to think they were both in love with each other.
Of course Harry dying would have made for a strange epic, but looked at dispassionately, one could see a Harry giving up like that in real life.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 9 . 8/10
I've found this chapter haunting. This is another take on the 'sixth year conundrum'.
Here it is simply Hermione's quite reasonable trepidation at the prospect of major, perhaps even fatal injury following Harry. Remember, this is the first time she had been truly at risk, taking Dolohov's curse. Second year doesn't really count, she was at risk of her life, but it would have been painless and without time to react or think. It was only the MOM battle in which the prospect of a painful death faced her. Moreover, this would just get worse when she heard the prophesy.
So she tries to put some space between Harry and her. Where the wheels come off is that Harry tries to get back the prior Hermione and the more he tries the harsher she becomes towards him.
Could Harry be in love with her, enough to propose? I'd say yes. The entire trajectory of canon through OotP pointed to a romance and Harmony, on both their parts. Even if he hadn't framed the words until then, the feelings and sincerity had been there from PS/SS on and so did Hermione's actions.
In this context, Hermione's stalking of Ron is her taking a 'safer' way out. Certainly there is too much arguing and animus between the two, from the word go to think there was a real possiblity of a true romance and love happening.
This chapter brings to the fore one of her minor themes; Luna as a seer and it's handled very well.
This chapter and one further along form the basis of a story that's far down on my pipeline, "I killed Harry".
We learn that a wand and magic aren't needed to cast a Killing Curse.
| Shamrock1100 chapter 20 . 7/12
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 11 . 6/21
Fine story, even though I'm not so fond of the super-powered Harry.
Of course as a Harmonian I love that he shares his power with Hermione and they become a couple. Presumably, the TriWizard ends up being cancelled and who cares after all what Ron thinks?
Dumbledore's punishment fits the crime and I wished that he'd done Snape like that too. Snape being handed over to the DMLE works though too.
So sorry that someone's life was lost to bring Tom back. Still, his end is fitting as is the end of his DeathEaters.
One assume that Harry and Hermione never bothered to return to Hogwarts and that any credential they felt they needed they got by directly taking the tests from the Ministry.
In the end, one wonders if they ever had any more dealings with the BWW and if they sent their children to Hogwarts.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 6 . 6/21
It bears repeating; Harry will do anything to save Hermione.
There are some problems here. If he intended to take her back in time, why the holocaust that no one but he will remember? I suppose that is because he was so worked up that he had to let off steam so as to be clear-headed when he went back in time.
Second are the implications of only he and Hermione having magic. As I can't imagine either having children with anyone else, they'd:
1. Have to have a large number of children.
2. Keep track of the former magicals and have their children marry their children and keep this up for a number of generations, to ensure a viable gene pool
3. Hope that their genes are so powerful that their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren pass a strong ability to do magic.
A rather tough set of requirements, but if anyone can ...
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 22 . 5/16
A silly sort of jump to conclusions type short. Does make one wonder how they got a magical bonder, and if they could do that, why they didn't investigate the pregnancy test.
Pity though that Hermione's baby brother or sister will grow up fatherless!
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 12 . 5/16
This is a great idea, that the 'sixth year conundrum' is really a plan by the Grangers and Harry.
Other than the need for this back story to be worked out better, it is a fine, fun FF.
1. After the MoM, Harry tell Hermione/Grangers about the prophesy.
2. Somewhere along the line they figure out the truth that Dumbledore and the Order are manipulating him and Hermione, including Obliviations.
3. Harry and Hermione realize they are and have been in love for some time and after Harry's 16th birthday manage to elope.
4. They work out a plan for a public break at school, using things that crop up like the HBP's book and Malfoy's behavior as flash points.
5. Finally, the right point arrives, they have their public 'break' and Harry leaves.
As is often the case, the story begins about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way in and you have to work out the sequence.
This could have made a nice 4-6 chapter story.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 8 . 5/16
I like the premise of the FF. It works, it tries to make sense of the 'sixth year conundrum'. In this case it is a semi-deliberate attempt on her part to deny her feelings for Harry, although why she'd chase after Ron make no sense, he never showed in canon that his relations with Hermione were ever romantic and they butt heads too often for any one to see a real mutual esteem develop that could end up in love.
I will agreed that this story really didn't need the gratuitous Blood Bigotry. In that context, Harry should give her the rough side of his tongue, but 'slut' is too strong.
Still a good one-shot.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 7 . 5/16
Again, this could be a longer story. Taking off right from canon, the action flows very logically particularly given the added change that there was no contract. That allows harry to be a free agent.
If it were expanded, one would hope to see Lupin there, along with the Grangers in one capacity or another..
Another good might-have-been.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 4 . 5/16
It is a pity that she decided to end this as only being a short. It has all the earmarks of expanding easily into a 12-15 chapter FF.
All of the elements are there and it only needs expansion. The issues of the tournament to one side, we know that Voldemort is out there and if Harry is not made available for the ritual, someone will be found and it will be only a matter of time before Harry will have to confront him, even if it isn't in the terms of canon.
Not sure what happened to keep this from reaching its potential but it is a great one-shot and an even great might have been.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 3 . 5/16
And this is one of the major themes for any Harmonian; the sixth year conundrum. Here you see a combination of Hermione wanting to distance herself from Harry, reason unknown, and helped along by Ron's use of a book. Forget for a moment that Harry doesn't get this until his birthday later that year.
Given the shortness of the story, it's hard to tell just how badly she let Harry down, although even sticking to canon, her actions leave a bad taste in the mouth. Harry's wish to distance himself from them makes sense and this foreshadows the better take on this in chapter 10.
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 2 . 5/16
This chapter wasn't up to her usual standard. Harry being upset at Hermione for kissing Krum is different, but whyever would he channel Ron at her?
As others noted, this truly isn't fair of him and only an inexplicable surfeit of love on her part retrieves this situation.
The followup is rather confused. There is no role for Hermione's parents? If Hermione is good with cutting them off, it would have been nice for a line or two of explanation. Also, the mention of the aging potion is odd. First WWW doesn't happen until after GoF. Second I suppose the intent is that the potion made them look 4-5 years older, but it is poorly written.
All in all, a less consistent offering..
| The Ghostly Minion chapter 36 . 5/16
The biggest question here is of course how much violence to canon is being done to get Ron to the point of physical attack.
There is certainly some warrant for the idea in canon. The most striking examples of course are in DH. A reading of Ron's desertion makes it quite clear that violence would have been done on Ron's part without Hermione's intervention.
Again, on Ron's return, you get him pretty much on the point of violence again after destroying the Horcrux. Harry has to talk Ron off the edge, remember that Ron has both the Sword and his wand, Harry is unarmed.
While canon plays this as Harry telling the truth, that he has no romantic feeling for Hermione, it is common sense that he'd tell Ron whatever he wanted to hear for his own self-preservation.
Certainly, various of H&H's actions while Ron is gone suggest a closer relationship than siblings, I still get the feeling that had not Harry's wand been broken, or more importantly, had not Ron returned, they would have been ready for a deeper relationship by the time they were back in Hogwarts for the battle, and certainly months later, as this story is set. Also, you assume that Hermione's parents have been retrieve and they would have leant support to a a Harry/Hermione romance.
Anyway, Ron always had an undercurrent of jealousy toward Harry from the start. His actions in PoA for instance and in GoF come to mind. Given that setup that his desertion had been outed and his contribution and rewards discounted accordingly, one could see that he might snap and attack, particularly a sneak attack, particularly Hermione, rather than Harry.
It is not unreasonable that Hermione might have felt from the summer between first and second year that she needed to study self-defense. since she shows to be very good in magical battles, it isn't hard to see her as doing well in a physical one, especially as Ron is not the person to have any bit of science in a martial art.
Ron's punishment may seem extreme, but given his previous history with Hermione, the punishment would fit the crime.
Interesting and in character last story for this collection.
| Noble Korhedron chapter 28 . 5/6
Ooooh, note to self; DON'T. ANGER. HARRY. POTTER!