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Starlingswings posted a comment on Sunday 27th January 2013 3:36pm for The New Marauders

I haven't gotten the chance to read this chapter yet, but the ones before are utter brilliance and I expect that this one will be no less. That said, the HP Lexicon is a *horrible* reference for *anything* - you won't *believe* the things they've gotten wrong (Remus' *surname*, in the beginning!) -, so I highly recommend a Harry Potter Wiki or even simple Wikipedia. Though, no, apparently Rowling did no research on times and dates or made any attempts to have class schedules make sense. That's two gaping plotholes right off the bat, sadly.

RNCybergate posted a comment on Friday 7th November 2008 7:17am for The New Marauders

hehehe...Harry is pranking Snape so well that he doesn't even know he's being pranked.

Neither does Harry know he is pranking snape for that matter but still...Sirius and Remus sure found it funny.

The best prankster is the one who does it so well that the victum isn't sure it actually happened, but everybody else does.

After all how can you be caught if the others can't prove anything.

I expect great things from the newest marauders...

Hmmm why not create Harrys own group (under a different name)...might be nice.


Lets see who is who...

Harry=James (obviously)
Prongs won't work, prongs jr is just the same only different...what's Harry's animagus form?
Thats the question...

I see two main options here...a bird (he likes to fly) or a snake.. (he speaks their language)

What do you think?
Would be ironic if he were a snake...

Oh and then there is the fact that Voldemort must be fuming that he got defeated by a Hufflepuff.

Harry as a snake might either make him feel better...or be another insult... (That hufflepuff dares to use MY symbol)

Hermione= Lupin (only without the curse...after all Lupin was the clever one, so is Hermione, Both were the reluctant ones concerning breaking the rules. That she is female doesn't make a difference here)

Hmm...what animal is considered to be the symbol of cleverness?

Something tells me she would make a good owl or perhaps a cat (if McG becomes her animagus idol)

Tracie= Sirius. She comes from a slytherin background like Sirius did...

I'm afraid I don't know much about her...

Something sly perhaps...a fox?

That leaves Nevile with Peters place.
Is Nevile still clumsy and a weak forgetful wizard?...Peter was similar...right?

Let's hope Nevile doesn't run traitor later on.

As for his animal...hehehe..I'd laugh if it were a toad. LOL


Well anyway...lets see what you have planned...
You ARE going to make them animaguses...right?

I can hardly wait to see their first pranks.

Great story, well done.
Keep up the great work!!!


slayersfan01 posted a comment on Friday 24th November 2006 8:48am for The New Marauders

I'm not yet finished reading this chapter (actually I just started), but I really needed to leave a message to you, Ishtar. I just read your author's note at the beginning of this chapter and I hope, I pray, you change your mind about there being no permanent 'shipping' in this fic. I know that in this fic it is not important, not even a focus for you. However, 'shipping' is one of the best features of a fic. I don't mean you shouldn't do what you originally intended, having Harry involved in different relationships. I was just hoping that at the end he DOES end up with someone permanently. Maybe you can even hint about it like JK Rowling did in the books (she kept hinting at a Harry and Ginny pairing for ages until confirming it at the sixth book). Basically, I am a person who really likes happy endings and a happy ending usually has the hero getting the girl, even if the girl isn't the first one he hooks up with. Also, I do so hope you also make romance a big part of this fic because, since you are doing a fic where we are following this new and improved Harry, it will be really interesting to see how he reacts to that as well. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this fic that is availaible and I hope you update soon.

Ishtar replied:

I like happy endings too.   And what you suggested is exactly what I'm doing.   Harry will be involved to greater or lesser degrees with various girls throughout his school years, and quite likely go off with one of them afterwards. (Whether they get married or not is another question.) I put the note about shipping because I was getting a lot of "I won't read it if it's Harry/Hermione" or "If it isn't Harry/Ginny I'm out of here"  and people assuming that because of the rescue incident, the story was going to be entirely H/Hr and Harry was never even going to look at another girl.     I didn't want the story to be identified only by its ship, since it is not primarily a romance.    There are really very few people who meet their "twue wuv" at the age of eleven.   Yes, he may end up with someone permanently.   But I didn't want to say "Yes, he ends up with Tracey Davis seven years from now"  since making the choice between girls is a large part of the plot and I don't want to ruin it.   'Hinting about it during the story' was exactly what I was doing.   There was Hermione first, then next year maybe some added stuff with Tracy,  then Cho, and possibly a crush on someone else during the TWT ... and then he decides.   (BTW, I'm one of the ones who didn't think JKR  handled the H/G thing all that well.)  

I think 'shipping' and the tendency to be 'true' to a ship to the point where there were considerable violent feelings between the H/Hr shippers and the H/G shippers at one point are actually harmful to the fandom as a whole.    If  readers ship H/Hr, they miss some good H/G stories, as well as all the H/Tonks and some really marvelous slash stories.   I don't 'ship'.   I'll read most of the major ships, and judge them by the quality of the story itself, not the person he winds up with at the end.  

Rebel Goddess posted a comment on Wednesday 23rd August 2006 5:19pm for The New Marauders

I have faith in you to make this work because for obvious reasons my eyebrows have shot up into my hairline and I'm stammering "Whuuu?" at the moment. Interesting way of starting the year.

TxA_GunFighter posted a comment on Monday 22nd May 2006 11:39pm for The New Marauders



ShadeHawk posted a comment on Wednesday 15th February 2006 11:00pm for The New Marauders

Doesn't Hogwards Express coach have 6, not 4 seats? Ron could enter then...

Ishtar replied:

I was assuming the owl cage and toad carrier took up the extra seats. Not to mention how coats, cloaks, shoulder bags (Harry, Hermione, and Tracey were all carrying bags), and just general stuff tend to spread out in no time flat.

stu posted a comment on Tuesday 7th February 2006 4:25pm for The New Marauders

i am glad that you skipped having ron as his friend, i hate when stories change things about harry's childhood and then have the same friends, he would not have met ron if he knew how to get on the platform or had someone else to show him, keep up the good work and i am looking forward to your next update

Aaran St Vines posted a comment on Tuesday 7th February 2006 7:46am for The New Marauders

Ch.8 - - Now this was a compelling chapter. Snape giving Harry the benefit of the doubt was delightfully different.

The New Marauders from four different houses is ripe with potential.

The tests say I'm a Gryffindor, but I admire the 'Puffs quite a bit.

Clever girl!

Sophia posted a comment on Monday 6th February 2006 2:11am for The New Marauders

This is a great story, very charming, I'm very curious on where you will take this story. I can't wait for the next chapter, keep the great work up :-)

LoggingInSucksAss posted a comment on Thursday 2nd February 2006 1:00am for The New Marauders

Eek! Get better! Absolutely priority #1.

That husband of yours better be treating your like a Queen or we'll have to duke it out.

~floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee~

red jacobson1 posted a comment on Thursday 2nd February 2006 12:20am for The New Marauders

Hey Dorothy; I finally got a chance to read your story; and I'm really enjoying it. Granted, my curiousity was raised by the teaser quote from Kieth about Duck Spanking; but, I'm having fun with this story, and it seems like you are as well.

There are many things I've liked, just to mention a few, Remus the Writer (Does he write 'Anita Blake' fanfiction *GRIN*?) Sirius the Unspeakable; A Ghostly Uncle Peter; and Hufflepuff Harry, all things I don't thing I've ever seen before in a story.

I'm really looking forward to what ever happens next.


LoggingInSucksAss posted a comment on Wednesday 1st February 2006 12:28pm for The New Marauders

Oooh, the natives are getting restless! I may be greedy, but I'm not rude (usually), so can ask for an update? Even if it's not another chapter, can you just let us know what's going on?

This is such a good story I'm actually -scared- press you for info, but I just gots to know!


Ishtar replied:

No it's not abandoned. I've had a small medical problem that makes it difficult to focus on writing (no energy, blah!) and I hope that the treatment I'm currently undergoing will make it easier for me to focus. Chapter 9 is thisclose to being done, I will post as soon as I can. (Dream sequences are a pain to write!)

Thank you for your concern.

eddie posted a comment on Saturday 28th January 2006 10:58pm for The New Marauders

very well done i like the way you split up the players and had them together on the train just like the origanal mauraders. keep it up this is gonna be good.

Scott M posted a comment on Saturday 28th January 2006 6:28pm for The New Marauders

This is a very interesting story, and I hope to see more of it. It's nice to see a story where Harry is neither Gryffindor nor Slytherin, and there aren't many of any kind about Hufflepuff. Great work so far.

jb238 posted a comment on Tuesday 24th January 2006 6:05am for The New Marauders

Highly enjoyable chapter. I like that Harry is sorted into Hufflepuff and the way they take care of each other. Not many stories deal in any detail with the Hufflepuffs, so this promises fascinating reading. Also Harry has friends in all houses and is forming an inter-house Marauders gang, which should lead to interesting activities. Snape looks like he will overcome his problems with James and see Harry in a different light. I'm curious what happens between Ron and Harry. At the moment they don't know each other yet.

Fishburne posted a comment on Friday 20th January 2006 3:17pm for The New Marauders


I love this. You have woven a completely new world for the JKR Gang. Its fantastic. It was even better than CATS, I'll read it again and again...


CharmsCharlie posted a comment on Wednesday 18th January 2006 5:27am for The New Marauders


Couple of things Pranking can, in my opinion, be indirectly constructive. YOu learn new charms/transfigurations to successfully pull off a prank. You learn stealth. I mean really most kids (in the real world) spend their time watching TV. Canon Harry spends his time half-assedly solving mysteries (See HBP where he STARES at the Marauder's Map "Every Free Chance he gets" looking for Draco Malfoy!!!!)

Relatively speaking, pranking if done well could be good. THe problem is that usually its childish crap with unfunny events (not that Hanging Snape upside down is particularly funny, but...) Also, The marauders LEARNED to be Animagi because of doing illegal activities related to pranking/rule breaking.

In this Harry's context, Harry being in Hufflepuff makes sense, and as much as I dislike it, he would PROBABLY be friends with Granger. My biggest frustration is that he's gonna be OBVIOUSLY best friends with someone from each house. Tracey (Slytherin), Neville (Gryffindor), Hermione (Ravenclaw), and himself from Hufflepuff. I hate this cliche. I REALLY hope you don't turn them into a group of the "Super-Friends".

Second thing is, this isn't going to Philospher's Stone REDUX, is it? Cause that would be tremendously disappointing.

About the confrontation with Malfoy on the train, I wish he would have actually used a few jinxes or something on Malfoy. It said he knows some jinxes and Hexes Peter's taught him.

Maybe he didn't need to use them, but for him to say, "No idea," when asked what he would have done seems...weak, for the character.

Regarding Harry's interests, I like that he's into more creative things like Herbology and Potions. It seems like Harry's natural interests (since he was raised by elves) are towards, HErbology, Potions, And Charms (as this is what elvish magic primarily is used for. They don't CHANGE things, they clean/improve things and add an element of magic to them.)

I don't know about the pranking, it could be good, as I said, but was he REALLY raised with that mentality? I mean, elves seem like pretty peaceful creatures regardless of Peter's influence.

Anyway, UPDATE SOON!!! :-) ;-)

Knight_Hax0r posted a comment on Monday 9th January 2006 9:40pm for The New Marauders

Very good story Except that Harry is in HUFFLEPUFF! (Really I can't see a problem with it, other than the fact that he has always been a Gryffindor! I guess if he had met Ron then he would have gotten into Gryffindor.) I wonder if Snape will be better to him now that he knows the boy isn't lying about his potions ethic.

Ooohh The Next batch of Maruaders has a Gryffindor (courage and bravery, a Ravenclaw (the Brain), A Sneaky Slytherin, and a loyal Hufflepuff as the Leader, I wonder if they'll have a good nature battle with the Weasly Twins over who gets to Attack Malfoy!

I wonder if you'll make them all animagi, should be interesting, and I wonder if they'll let Ron join them!

Good stuff all around, though the Hufflepuff thing does suprise me, just as Hermione being sent to Ravenclaw!

vire posted a comment on Monday 9th January 2006 5:07am for The New Marauders

What a unique and excellent story. You manage to answer questions that I had already thought of (why didn't they choose Dumbledore as secret keeper?) and cover ground that I hadn't considered, such as why the Fidelius didn't fall. I like how you managed the house elf situation, and also the inclusion of Peter's ghost. One nit-pick that I'm sure someone else has mentioned: when Hagrid meets Harry he comments that he has his mother's eyes - isn't Harry under glamour at this point and so his eyes are hazel?

I'm looking foward to seeing what happens next with this new group of friends, and how Snape will treat Harry.

Evan Mayerle posted a comment on Monday 9th January 2006 2:22am for The New Marauders

Now, *this* Harry seems reasonable as a Hufflepuff and I'll agree that Hermoine as shown here, a bit more flexible in her belief in the accuracy of the written word belongs in Ravenclaw. Combined with an intelligent Snape, this bodes well to be a rather different continuum from canon by even the end of the first year. I'm really looking forward to where this is going.