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Author has written 3 stories for Harry Potter.

OoO Update: 1/23/2009 OoO

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OoO Update: 1/18/2009 OoO

I've just launched a new site: www.mvsfiction.com. I do not currently plan to abandon this site, but any and all news and story updates will go through mvsfiction.com site first. I hope to see you guys there. Thanks - Matt / fake a smile


Hello. This is Matt AKA fake a smile checking in here. The pen-name came from a song title from the band Radford. If you're into alt. rock, check them out. You can learn about them and a whole slew of other bands you've probably never heard of at Alternative Addiction.

Now, about me... I'm currently 24 years old. I graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Computer Science and Math. I'm from the NW suburbs of Chicago. I'm really into football (Da Bears), video games (though not as much in recent years), and listening/singing to music, if you hadn't already guessed as much from the shameless plug above.

I'm mostly into the fantasy genre with some healthy interest in sci-fi, but I get into the occasional other book as well. Besides the HP books, I've also read Tolkien, Paolini, Orson Scott Card, Heinlein, C.S. Lewis, Pullman, Nix, and Dostoyevski. I've also read a ton of HP fanfiction (naturally).

I became obsessed with fanfiction shortly after the release of Book 6. I read rather obsessively at first, but have since tapered off. I only follow a handful of stories and only occasionally go searching for more.

Taking Control is my first attempt at writing any type of fictional work. As such, I don't expect it to be a great piece of work or anything, but I'll let others be the judge of that. I started writing it in November of 2005 and only worked up the nerve to post in May of 2006 after having written over 200,000 words. I love to hear from readers, whether compliments or criticisms, so don't be shy about leaving reviews.

Taking Control is set pre-HBP. This might seem odd seeing as I started it well after HBP was out, but I have my reasons for it. For one, there's not much you can do with the story after HBP. But more importantly, there were some things I didn't like about HBP, namely Harry's complete lack of magical development in the book. We don't get a sense that Harry is any stronger magically than the previous year, and that bothers me. You would think that after learning the prophecy Harry would be a little more interested in learning how to fight him, yet at the end of HBP he can't even connect with a single curse on Snape, so how is he supposed to fight Voldemort? It bothered me so much that I just had to fix that by writing my own version of book 6.

Unrequited, funnily enough, was actually what got me writing TC in the first place. I distinctly remember sitting in a math course, Numerical Analysis I think, when the idea came to me, and I pulled out a notebook and started writing right then and there. I quickly scrapped the idea for a novel length story and things adapted into what what TC is now, but the plot idea never left me and one day just demanded to be written.

I'm not the most structured or organized person in the world, so updates can be a bit sporadic at times. They seem to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, though they're generally long enough to merit the long waits. I keep a running word count of the current chapter on my Yahoo group if anyone is interested. It's not the most accurate gauge of when the next update is coming since I never know how many words a chapter will be, but it gives you some idea of my progress.

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The Merging by Shaydrall reviews
The Dementor attack on Harry leaves him kissed with his wand broken in an alleyway. Days later he awakens, magic flaring uncontrollably, his soul seemingly still in one piece. But is it? With no understanding of what has happened to him, what else can he do but keep moving forwards, forced by a fate he never wanted, fighting for a life he never got to live. And fight he will.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 363,144 - Reviews: 2497 - Favs: 5,251 - Follows: 6,176 - Updated: 7/3 - Published: 9/27/2013 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past by S'TarKan reviews
The war is over. Too bad no one is left to celebrate. Harry makes a desperate plan to go back in time, even though it means returning Voldemort to life. Now an 11 year old Harry with 30 year old memories is starting Hogwarts. Can he get it right?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 41 - Words: 409,130 - Reviews: 13472 - Favs: 17,503 - Follows: 16,612 - Updated: 4/7 - Published: 10/28/2005 - Harry P., Ginny W.
Delenda Est by Lord Silvere reviews
Harry is a prisoner, and Bellatrix has fallen from grace. The accidental activation of Bella's treasured heirloom results in another chance for Harry. It also gives him the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the young and enigmatic Bellatrix Black as they change the course of history.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 46 - Words: 392,449 - Reviews: 6895 - Favs: 8,810 - Follows: 6,739 - Updated: 9/21/2013 - Published: 11/14/2009 - Harry P., Bellatrix L. - Complete
Chuck vs The Frontier by ninjaVanish reviews
AU: Chuck was enjoying a simple life as a 19th century watchmaker until an encounter with a beautiful Secret Service agent thrust him into a world of intrigue and adventure he never wanted. But then, with Agent Walker around, it can't be all bad, can it?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Western/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 34 - Words: 146,646 - Reviews: 547 - Favs: 152 - Follows: 112 - Updated: 1/2/2012 - Published: 6/6/2010 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete
Chuck vs the Sunken Treasure by ninjaVanish reviews
AU: When the 'R7' gaming laptop prototype is lost at sea, Chuck is sent to oversee the recovery, which is being contracted to Walker Marine Salvage out of Manila. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty. In this story: scuba diving, pirates, and bikinis.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 62,525 - Reviews: 407 - Favs: 157 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 11/23/2011 - Published: 7/29/2011 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete
Realizations by Wishweaver reviews
Harry returns to Privet Drive after 4th year and finds it...empty! What do you do when you can't go to your friends for help? Additional Story Notes FYI: a. AU Summer before Fifth Year Fic, b. Not particularly fast paced.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 36 - Words: 264,047 - Reviews: 8534 - Favs: 10,354 - Follows: 7,813 - Updated: 11/16/2010 - Published: 3/6/2003 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and Fate's Debt by Intromit reviews
Eleven year old Harry Potter is waiting to leave for Hogwarts. While he is waiting for the Dursleys to wake, he finds a letter addressed to him... from himself. It has a simple message: Get to know Ginny Weasley. Post OOTP. AU. HarryGinny.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 27 - Words: 201,656 - Reviews: 2771 - Favs: 3,973 - Follows: 3,153 - Updated: 3/30/2008 - Published: 7/11/2005 - Harry P., Ginny W.
The Refiners Fire by Abraxan reviews
COMPLETE! Sixth year. Harry comes to terms with Sirius's death and learns to enjoy life again. But there’s a war on, and his life is in danger. Canon w OC. Ships: HOC HG RH RT Prequel to The Time of Destiny
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 40 - Words: 413,444 - Reviews: 1458 - Favs: 2,159 - Follows: 500 - Updated: 6/24/2005 - Published: 12/8/2004 - Harry P. - Complete
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Free Life reviews
Sequel to Taking Control. Harry starts taking the fight to the Death Eaters as the Order members are forced to make some very difficult decisions. Will Dumbledore see the benefit of working with Harry or continue to try to keep him out of the war?
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 72,568 - Reviews: 896 - Favs: 2,345 - Follows: 2,897 - Updated: 10/16/2011 - Published: 3/15/2009 - Harry P., Ginny W.
Taking Control reviews
It's the summer before Harry's 6th year, and Harry is wracked with grief. But what happens when Harry makes a vow to himself to take control of his life? Harry's life takes a sharp turn when he gets an unexpected visitor one night. HPGW Independent!Harry
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 28 - Words: 523,307 - Reviews: 2836 - Favs: 5,442 - Follows: 2,842 - Updated: 11/15/2008 - Published: 5/23/2006 - Harry P., Ginny W. - Complete
Unrequited reviews
The time has come for Harry to face his destiny the final battle with Voldemort has arrived. But Harry has something he needs to do first, someone he needs to talk to. PreHBP
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,855 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 16 - Published: 8/7/2006 - Harry P., Ginny W. - Complete