Mary the Filker
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Joined 10-18-03, id: 472600, Profile Updated: 05-01-16
Author has written 4 stories for Harry Potter.


[Personal stats updated 05-01-2016]

I'm female, 64, married over 30 years with two grown sons (36 & 33). The younger one introduced me to online fanfic (he likes Pokemon and Ranma 1/2), but I have a fair collection of '70s-'80s-era Star Trek hardcopy fanzines. (The older one writes Pokemon fanfic!) I did some writing then, in the Classic ST universe, but never finished or published any of it. So this is the first fanfic I've written in over 25 years!

Professionally: I'm an Electronic Tech for the U.S. Postal Service.

My pen name is my sig-name on most Usenet groups, when that was the main means of online chat. Nowadays I spend a lot of time on Facebook under my real name; the pic is the same. For those who don't know: filk is the folk music of the SF/Fantasy community. I write that, too.

Shameless plug: I also sell the stuff; my homepage is that of Random Factors, one of the largest mail-order filk CD and tape dealers. We (my husband John and I) have 13 (soon to be 14!) titles of our own on the RF label, too, mostly Leslie Fish & Joe Bethancourt.

HP Likes: Straight canon-following sequels; Severitus; action-adventure; angst; Last Battle; AU; time-travel and do-overs. I have a community for the latter type.

Prefer HP/GW to HP/HG, but accept either; prefer HP era to Marauder era.

HP Dislikes: Most slash, although I will read well-written slash. Of the usual slash pairings I find HP/DM the most believable; HP/SS only after Harry is old enough. I don't think RW/slash partner is believable; Ron (IMHO) is a little too straight-arrow. (HP/TR is right out!)

Like to Read: Angry!Harry; Got a Clue!Harry; Intelligent!Ron; Mentor!Snape; Redeemable!Draco; good angst of any sort. I don't get squicked on violent battle scenes. I also like Superpower!Harry if well-done, but that's not what I'm writing.

Prefer not to read: Excessive bedroom detail, especially in slash stories. Will read Evil!- or Clueless!Dumbledore if well-written but don't prefer it.

In my stories: These are in a fairly straight summer-to-Sixth-Year setting, leading up to The Battle, and afterwards. I originally wrote the battle scene, a dramatic Snape-is-outed-as-a-spy scene, and a battle followup scene; then more backstory _insisted_ on getting in. What I am posting first is the backstory. There will be an OC or three, not in any pairings (they insisted on telling me their stories!) There is also a rather large dash of offstage politics.

I use the HP Lexicon website for my detail research: if it's good enough for J.K. Rowling herself, it's good enough for me!

NOTE: (8-5-05) I've got too much backstory already posted, so my series will not be very HBP compliant. Some bits from that may make it in, but I wrote the main sequence and the key segments a year ago. I am pleasantly surprised that some of what I've written (not just what I've already posted) I seem to have gotten right (meaning agreeing with canon)...

So, here are my humble works for your enjoyment. Let me know what you think!

And for those who have told me that I don't post often enough: I prefer to have it "good", not "Friday"; no segment is posted before it's really ready. I have finally (5-6-2005) begun posting the summer segments, several more of which are written but not polished. Next come the Fall segments; then the battle itself; then post-battle scenes. Also, there are some little side-stories along the way that insisted on being written. Enjoy!

[Update 07-03-2012] My saga is not abandoned, but I got stuck (still am) on the part that has to come next, plus a lot of RL distractions. It will come, but not immediately; I do have quite a bit written from before that comes AFTER the part I'm stuck on, including the Last Battle...and I haven't yet made a decision on the Hallows...

[Update 05-01-2016] Still at the same point, with even more RL distractions, mainly health-related, but still haven't called this abandoned.

Mary the Filker

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Motherly Love by nonbinaryunicorns reviews
What if Narcissa Malfoy was the mother that had helped Harry Potter at King's Cross Station on September 1st instead of Molly Weasley? After all, the Malfoys are apt to latch onto anything remotely useful to them and use it. And if she wants another son, then who is anyone to deny her that? After all, how much could that possibly change?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 19 - Words: 38,460 - Reviews: 728 - Favs: 1,767 - Follows: 2,404 - Updated: 1/1 - Published: 4/5/2015 - [Lucius M., Narcissa M.] Harry P., Draco M.
Harry Potter and the Temporal Beacon by willyolioleo reviews
At the end of 3rd year, Hermione asks Harry for some help with starting an interesting project. If a dark lord's got a 50-year head start on you, maybe what you need is a little more time to even the playing field. AU, Timetravel, HHr, mild Ron bashing. Minimizing new powers, just making good use of existing ones.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 70 - Words: 428,826 - Reviews: 5251 - Favs: 5,168 - Follows: 5,726 - Updated: 9/19/2013 - Published: 11/30/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Independence by TheHunter747 reviews
A potion gone wrong, a spell cast as a prank, and Harry's bad luck. Mix these three things together, and you have a recipe for untold disasters to occur. Featuring Snarky-but-Good!Draco, Independent!Harry, Sarcastic!Snape, Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Molly, and McGonagall bashing! Also, high potential for Evil!Dumbledore, but also Evil!Voldemort. No pairings at the moment.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,951 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 113 - Updated: 8/26/2013 - Published: 2/11/2013 - Harry P., Fawkes
The Dungeon Books by MoonTiger5 reviews
AU. What if JK Rowling and Rudyard Kipling met for tea? Harry Potter is adopted by a very different family than the Dursleys, and faces his trials from an unexpected perspective. Slytherin!Harry. Spoilers for all 7 books.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 15 - Words: 73,007 - Reviews: 275 - Favs: 788 - Follows: 857 - Updated: 10/4/2011 - Published: 9/5/2008 - Harry P.
Grave Days by Northumbrian reviews
The Battle of Hogwarts is over. The following day Harry wakes to a changed world, to a future he did not think he would have. This is a story about those first days after the battle. Days of mourning and funerals. Grave Days.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 15 - Words: 76,261 - Reviews: 294 - Favs: 605 - Follows: 207 - Updated: 11/19/2010 - Published: 11/3/2009 - [Harry P., Ginny W.] [Hermione G., Ron W.] - Complete
Follow the Phoenix by Rachelme177 reviews
AU after HBP:Chap2. After OotP, better choices are made: instead of staying a passive influence, Albus becomes an active part of Harry’s life; and Ginny becomes a better friend. And at the end of summer, the hunt for the Horcruxes begins! H/G
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 38 - Words: 187,877 - Reviews: 549 - Favs: 621 - Follows: 285 - Updated: 4/28/2010 - Published: 5/17/2009 - Harry P., Albus D. - Complete
Resonance by GreenGecko reviews
Year six and Harry needs rescuing by Dumbledore and Snape. The resulting understanding between Harry and Snape is critical to destroying Voldemort and leads to an offer of adoption. Covers year seven and Auror training. Sequel is Revolution.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 79 - Words: 528,272 - Reviews: 4681 - Favs: 4,392 - Follows: 928 - Updated: 6/27/2005 - Published: 3/29/2004 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
The Stag and the Dragon by Kenya Starflight reviews
Crossover and OoTP AU. It's Harry's fifth year, and a desperate Dumbledore hires a new Dark Arts teacher who might prove to wreak more havoc than Umbridge ever could... Darth Vader.
Crossover - Star Wars & Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 21 - Words: 76,240 - Reviews: 695 - Favs: 950 - Follows: 219 - Updated: 5/6/2005 - Published: 10/21/2004 - Darth Vader, Harry P. - Complete
Apprentice by animealam reviews
Post GoF. Severus mentors Harry fic. Voldemort's victims are disappearing, the wards at Privet Drive are weakening with no explanation and Snape is found out a spy, saved only by the same thing that keeps making the prisioners disappear. And no one knows
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 53,945 - Reviews: 408 - Favs: 315 - Follows: 278 - Updated: 7/4/2004 - Published: 6/23/2003 - Severus S., Harry P.
The Fifth Heir Book I by griffon reviews
Following the publication of HP 6, I abandonned this story, because JKRs universe had become boring and even Snape was no longer fun! I keep it nonetheless online.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 56 - Words: 166,153 - Reviews: 101 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 2/3/2004 - Published: 2/8/2003 - Severus S., Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the One Ring of Power by Technomad reviews
Voldemort tried to get the One Ring, but it was intercepted---and the Boy Who Lived must destroy it, with the help of three of his classmates
Crossover - Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 30 - Words: 147,281 - Reviews: 174 - Favs: 189 - Follows: 44 - Updated: 1/16/2004 - Published: 12/18/2001 - Harry P. - Complete
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Prelude To War: Summer reviews
Sequel to PTW:Arrivals & Meetings. Harry and his friends begin training with the Order for the coming conflict. Meanwhile, security at Hogwarts is examined for flaws. Ships not a focus a few OCs. AU as of HBP, though some ideas from there may get in later
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 5 - Words: 59,063 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 5 - Published: 5/6/2005 - Harry P., Severus S.
Prelude To War: Arrivals & Meetings reviews
Sequel to Prelude To War: Musings & Conversations. Various people, including Harry, arrive and meet at Hogwarts and elsewhere to begin pulling together for the Second War. Ships not a focus a few OCs. AU as of HBP too much backstory to change.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 42,801 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/12/2004 - Harry P.
Prelude To War: Musings & Conversations reviews
Sequel to Prelude To War: Musings. Harry gets more help than he expected to deal with both his pain and his destiny. AU Sixth Year as of HBP.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 12 - Words: 38,614 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 5 - Published: 10/31/2004 - Harry P.
Prelude To War: Musings reviews
Harry learns to ask for help and gets it from more people than he expected to deal with his pain and his destiny. Summer after Fifth Year: first segment of a longer piece continuing into Sixth Year. No slash a few OCs ships not a focus. AU as of HBP.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,144 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/31/2004 - Harry P., Severus S.
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