Author has written 5 stories for Harry Potter.
Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit my profile!
Thank you so much for all your support over the years with your kind reviews, story alerts, and favs. I do read all reviews, however I don't have the time to answer all of them, but I appreciate your input immensely.
* Apology to the readers of my stories*
Mykkila09 and I finally managed to update Rise of the Dark Angel during July, I hope to get back to More than Meets the Eye at the end of July.
Since I read the very the first HP book (which was recommended to me by a dear friend in 1998) I'm an avid HP-fan. Well, more like HP obsessed... really.
I adore JKR's creation, the whole idea of the Potterverse existing parallel to our own Muggle world, just a stone’s throw away and her ingenious interweaving of age old myths and fairy tales with a classical, yet modern hero tale. The way she planned and build up and connected the seven book series as a story circle is incredible, all those layers, hints, mirroring chapters: stunning. A true epic work of literature.
However, you will notice in my writing that I have read a lot of AU and Grey! or Dark! Harry (or more or less "greyish" Hermione) stories to compensate for my disappointment and frustration with certain aspects of canon ;-) and I even discovered some great stories that deal with what could happen differently during or after DH and I enjoyed them... thanks to the creative fanfic writers!
Since 2010, I participate as first a beta and eventually co-author for Rise of the Dark Angel by Mykkila09, this is a long, long Dark!Harry starting at the end of OOP in the Atrium of the MOM. A incredibly intriguing and fascinating experience to create something like this story as a WIP together with Mykkila09, inspiring each other.
Then there is More than Meets the Eye, published since 2011, inspired by watching OOTP and reading the 5th book one too many times and the absolutely stunning fanart of HP, LV, TMR and Nagini by Flayu on Deviantart dot com.
The mixture of possessiveness and protectiveness with the subtle slash innuendo is simply beautiful; 'Dumbledore's Miscalculation' is a close second; also 'the Goblet of Fire' and all those pics with HP and LV looking like their actors, Dan and Ralph.
On Archiveofourown . org = AO3 my user name is Tonks_is_cool; eventually I am going to upload MTMTE to this archive. RDA is currently in the process of being posted here by Mykkila09.
On HPfandom . net I am also under Tonks_is_cool. Great archive, many fascinating stories (Of course many, but not all, intended for an audience 17plus.) Only drawback is that the process of posting and editing is much more tedious compared to FFN or AO3, so I have neglected this :-/
Yourfanfiction had a good start in 2012, but was closed down again in November 2012, apparently due to the lack of funds. What a shame. So, all the nights of work to post MTMTE and RDA there were for naught.
In MTMTE (somewhat similar to RDA) I shall explore the - IMHO possible or probable - deeper reasons for the conflict in the Wizarding world and the apparent "prejudice" of large parts of the magical population (not just a handful of Dark wizards) against Muggle-borns. Which is well justified if you leave for example Hermione's naturally biased POV for a moment and try to look at this from an unemotional, rational POV.
I know this not terribly original, and that many other fantastic Grey! or Dark!HP fanfic authors wrote or write about this theme too in the past decade. If you are interested in this genre, please read The Black Heir and by all means Out of the Night for example, or Right of Caste, Death of Today, Butterfly, A Life of Lies, The other End of Time, and of course most of Athey's work (HP and the Decent into Darkness, Breeding Darkness, and others) delves deeply into these aspects of the Wizarding world too, to name only a few examples. More info see the list further below.
I reckon it is just an aspect of canon HP, a theme that bothers me as it does bother many other adult people (who have read the books a couple of times, thought a lot about the background, and who have knowledge of Muggle history, economics, politics and so on).
In HP canon, it is never properly explained why there is such a state of very different magic, opinions and attitudes in the wizarding world. It just is. There are apparently the good and the bad guys, and of course the good guys win at the end of book 7. Yeah, yeah, well, the HP books were published first as children's books.
But we, the adult readers, we can wonder and speculate. What is considered Dark magic? Why is it forbidden? Was it always forbidden? Obviously not. What is Light magic, and what Neutral magic?
Why is there oppression of certain types of wizards, their traditions and magic? Why is there a civil war brewing in the British wizarding world since many, many decades or maybe centuries? Is it the same on the continent, or not? And elsewhere in the world?
This smouldering conflict in the British wizarding community is not only about the need for revenge, or to prove himself or the delusions of grandeur of one lonely, abused, angry, cynical, bitter orphan. If Tom Riddle and later Lord Voldemort gathered such huge support (from large numbers of wizards, but also many dark beings, like Werewolves, Vampires, Dementors according to what Sirius says in OotP) during his first rise to power between 1970 until 1981 the question pops up: Why?
If he was 'just' some insane terrorist with a small circle of followers (*), why did so many people and beings support and follow Voldemort? Canon supplies almost no answers, but one can speculate, so I and many others turn to Darkish fanfics.
Why do people not only like the Blacks or Malfoys think so negatively about Muggle-borns and half-bloods? Why this apparent obsession of certain parts of the Wizarding world with pur-sang, pure blood? Why did Salazar Slytherin and the other founders quarrel about the Muggle-borns a thousand years ago?
IMHO Slytherin and all other wizards who were or are wary of Muggle-borns are not "evil", but they have valid reasons.
If someone doesn't believe that Muggles are cruel and very dangerous, they have slept through out History class and never read or watched world or local news.
The times of the Inquisition and Witch Hunts were not something funny at all!
In writing my various stories, (already published like RDA and MTMTE and one other I am working on, as of yet unpublished) I have explored / or I will explore some of these ideas too. In general, that Muggles are not so stupid and weak as many wizards believe, but ingenious and dangerous, that they could pose a severe threat to the magical community. Wizards must take care to adhere to the Statute of Secrecy if they do not want to risk exposure.
This is one thing I dislike immensely in HBP and DH, especially the HP films 6 and 7.1, like that dramatic scene in London, DEs flying towards Trafalgar square in broad daylight, on the Millennium bridge or that burnt trailer park.
How can LV and his people, the canon dark side, be so ignorant and arrogant as to believe that the Muggles (police, secret service, military command) will not take notice of what is going on?
From the background of LV's character I have great trouble to understand why JKR wrote it in this manner at all. Yes, LV is a powerful wizard, he can very easily kidnap, torture or kill a single Muggle civilian.
But, this same person, the young Tom Riddle, grew up in a Muggle orphanage in London amidst the second World War. London was bombed during the Blitz. OK, the upper year student Tom Riddle did not directly see that, (most fanfic authors who write about this forget to check the exact dates of the attacks in relation to the Hogwart's year). But still, when TMR returned to the orphanage during the next summer, he would have seen the damage in the country, in London and heard about the German attacks by the other children at the orphanage. In summer 1945 there were the atomic bombs detonated in Japan to end the second Wold War. That was world wide news, how can wizards have completely ignored this? Even if only a few half-bloods and Muggle-borns read Muggle newspapers or heard such news on the radio, would they not have talked about it at work, in pubs, so that other people living completely inside the wizarding community heard at least a rumour?
After WWII began the Cold War, and then the Korea War, Cuba crisis, Berlin conflict, and not to forget Vietnam, and many many armed conflicts elsewhere, like in Africa or Afghanistan and so on. During the time LV was missing, from 1981 to 1991 and 1992 to 1994, he was apparently hiding as a spirit or parasite in the Balkan area, in Albania according to HP canon. Ok. What went on in the area of former Yugoslavia during the early nineteen nineties? The Balkan War. Lots of damage and many people killed (roughly 100.000) or displaced. British troops were involved in the UN missions, so there was a lot of news coverage in Britain, as in all of Europe.
So, in my mind, it is difficult to believe that not at least some news of all these wars, of the possible destructive power of modern Muggle weapons reached the wizarding world in general and LV in particular. Apparently not.
The LV in MTMTE will be not so blind, much more aware of the danger.
The best story I have read up till now about what might happen if things go pear shaped in the relation between the Muggle and the Wizarding world is the epic, long story 'Becoming' (please look at my favourites list); things are enormously complicated in this fic because of a body/soul switch between LV and HP in the atrium of the MOM, end of OotP. Close second is a relatively new story by Athey, Again and Again; very unique, interesting story.
Some great Grey! or Dark! Harry fan fiction writers have profoundly influenced my view of Harry, Dumbledore, Snape, Lord Voldemort, the Malfoys, the different aspects of Magic, the possible history and reasons behind the War, Slytherin, the Light and the Dark Side over the last decade, see the extensive collection below.
I am eternally grateful to these fine writers for broadening my horizon and if I should interweave some of your ideas with mine in my feeble attempts at writing,
When for example reviewers of Rise of the Dark Angel compared the quality and complexity of our work to Paraselenic or HP and the Decent into Darkness or Breeding Darkness I took that as an incredible compliment.
Now I'd like to recommend the following intriguing, fascinating stories:
Most of these stories are T, M or MV, or MA rated, some Gen, many Slash, some Het, but all are more or less Dark fics. They deal with issues like abuse, betrayal, death, crime or war.
All of these stories are intended for older, mature readers, not for young children!
Abandon by Bats, A Life of Lies by NoctemEterna, A Mothers Love, Becoming, Better be Slytherin, Broken by Bats, Broken Wings, Butterfly, Chasm of Darkness, Dabbling with the Dark, Dark Apprentice, Death of Today, Emerald Alliance, Emerald Blood, Facade of Innocence, For Services Rendered, Friend of Lord Voldemort, Gypsy Caravan,
Everything by Kamerreon or Kay, like for example Onyx Snow, Soterios, Emerald Blood, Faerietayle is well worth reading. Sadly she has retired from FF and deleted all of her fabulous stories. What a terrible loss, I can only encourage you to search for her stories on the net, some people have them saved and send out copies.
As I'm staff of the P&S Watch List, I'd like to recommend this superb Archive: If you are searching specifically for a quality collection of General Harry and Severus fiction like mentor, father, guardian, adoption, teacher, friend and the like SS & HP-stories and not HP/SS, please search through the Potion and Snitches community.
Examples of outstanding SS & HP stories:
Better be Slytherin by jharad17, the title says it all - what if Harry didnt talk the Hat out of placing him where he truly belongs?
Harrys First Detention and Harrys New Home by kbinnz, IMHO a must read just like Better be Slytherin.
Both fics are excellent as introduction to this fanon concept of an more or less abused, first year, canon Harry that eventually, gradually, not rushed, finds help in the Head of Slytherin House instead of years of hate and antagonismn like in the books.
The Definition of Family and ... of Home and Keep Your Enemies Closer by oliver.snape
Life as dictated by a talking Hat; Outcasts Alley, a 5th year, Creature!Harry fic; or Suicide Pact, 6th year, all three are by RhiannanT
Where Once Was Light by Ivy-Green or other name = Emerald-Leeves here on FF net, this is a "classical" Snape as Harrys true father fic
Sacrifices by Raven Knight or here on FF net called R4v3n Kn1ght, this is quite different from the others, because ... Snape "steals" toddler Harry ...
Out of the Night by Raining Ink is a "Harry-goes-dark-But!Surprise" General type story (not a Severitus, not Slash or Het) that stands out of the many similar stories because of the unique world the author started to create, an original approach to the eternal question: what in the blazes are 'Dark wizards' and what is so called 'Dark magic'? This story (and the subsequent discussions about it amongst the thousands of fans) has influenced many other writers, and me too, of course. Sadly, the story was first on hiatus, then abandoned and was now deleted from FFN at the beginning of 2013 but you can find it via links provided on the forum, for example here (at least at the moment?) w w w . mediafire . com/?53kakc7cgkrda9y
Last, but not least, in fact one of my all time favourites, is The Other End of Time and the sequel by SamanthaKathy. Fantastic, intriguing, intelligent timetravel - A first year, do-it-again fic with a Slytherin Harry (because he simply forgets to argue with the Hat ;-). In this fic Snape is his Head of House and gradually more, friend Draco, supportive Lucius and Remus.
For those of you who like more info, facts, theories:
Also very interesting is the research by Whitehound about all those real life places (and the people, like the Chemistry teacher that later became Snape) that inspired JKR, or the ideas of Whitehound where for example Privet Drive, Grimmauld Place, or Hogwarts might be located, or where Azkaban is, if it were 'real'.
On the profile u/889650/whitehound you will find the link to the homepage, including a fine Britpick guide.
After all, people like me need all the help they can get ;-) to not write utter crap.
Here in Germany there are many places with a kind of "Hogwarts feeling"; I can personally recommend for example these castles:
Should anyone of you plan travelling to Germany or want to write something using German names or places and need some information and research, please don't hesitate to ask me. If I can help, I will!