SIYE Time:15:30 on 20th November 2018


Penname: GHL [Contact - ]

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Member Since: 2014.01.08

Last Login: 2018.11.20



This won't come as a surprise to close followers, but I'm edging down the final ramp to retirement from this wonderful stretch of 5 years of fanfic life.

There have been so many highlights!

SIYE has been a great sandbox for subjecting patient ff-devotees to my crazy whims and capers. It's been a cherished place of friendships and community. Most special to me, though, has been the opportunity to sustain a welcoming platform to facilitate other writers, especially those taking their bold, early steps into the world of wordcraft. I know some of you are destined for brilliance, and I'll be watching with quiet pride!

But the baton awaits. It's time for me to embrace several exciting real-world crests before they pass me by. I also feel the call of other channels of creativity; a summons to climb from carved troughs and breathe new scents, gaze on the sunrise over different burnished hills.

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Don't just think about it -- do it! It's no secret that in canon, Harry spending a lot of time brooding, but what if circumstances wouldn't let him?

On Harry's twelfth birthday, Harry is suddenly swept away from Privet Drive, and thrown in with Ginny to foil a dastardly crime in progress. The resulting partnership ensures that nothing in their lives (or in the Wizarding World) will ever be the same. Join our intrepid duo as they act boldly and decisively, tackling one madcap challenge after another!

Challenge Winner Fuddle Fog & Fungus Bumps by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 46]
** Winner of the February 2015 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Comedy **
*** Winner of Humorous & Ingenious in the Home Alone Challenge ***
"I wonder what would happen if I mix this paste with that powder?"

Ginny honestly had no idea, but she was willing to wager that it could be a really funny way to extract sweet revenge. As she discretely placed the containers back into Fred's prank chest and relocked it, she would never have guessed that, several accidents later, she would become embroiled in the best punishment ever -- a weekend alone at the Burrow that would change her life forever!
PG - Home Alone Challenge (2015-1) - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Humor - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 18964
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2015.01.28 - Updated: 2015.02.13 - Hits: 11791

Challenge Winner Harry & Ginny, in the Chamber of Secrɘst by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 51]
** Winner of the March 2015 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Comedy **
*** Honorable Mention in The Portraits Challenge ***

This is all your fault! Yes, you know who you are... You couldn't let the kids rest on their Fuddle Fog laurels... Just had to request a sequel, yeah?

September, 1992: the action shifts to Hogwarts, where the hunt for a cursed diary is bogging down. With Ginny stuck in detention, Harry finds himself racing down an unfamiliar corridor, desperately fleeing a lovesick dyslexic. Blundering into a dead end, Harry evades capture and chances upon a brilliant stroke of luck: a gallery of grateful gossips, snitches and spies, all very eager to set our plucky protagonists back on the trail.

Will our delightful duo succumb to the 'Air of Slytherin'? And what about a DADA professor who (surprise, surprise) is not quite who he claims to be?

PG - Alternate Universe, The Portraits Challenge (2015-2) - Action/Adventure, Comedy - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 18599
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2015.04.15 - Updated: 2015.05.06 - Hits: 12410

Animal Quackers by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 28]
** Winner of the June 2016 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Comedy **

A snake, a duck and some sheep -- OH MY!

Harry and Ginny may have overcome the Fuddle Fog, and survived the Chamber of 'Secrest', but now everything's gone Animal Quackers!

With Hermione frightening a rat, Luna dreaming of sinister ducks, and everyone's favorite Yorkshire sheep making an appearance several hundred miles too far north, can Harry and Ginny thwart a nefarious dark plot before it's too late??

G - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Crossover - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 30887
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 4 - Published: 2016.11.01 - Updated: 2016.11.29 - Hits: 4926

Anthem for the Scraps by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 238]
** Winner of the May 2018 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Romance **

London 2002. They have no past, only dreams. They are students (Ginny Smith & Mione Granger) and musicians (Lee & Harry Jordan) finding their way in a gritty GenX world. When a voice rises from a dark Camden Town stage, a quest begins for what has been lost, and what may yet be found.

Update: the final chapter will make its appearance Wednesday or Thursday. The edits are still too fluid to lock down for a normal Tuesday release. Cheers!

PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Drama, Romance - Warnings: Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use - Words: 110278
Completed: No - Chapters: 23 - Published: 2018.04.10 - Updated: 2018.11.13 - Hits: 10372

Challenge Winner Biscuits Deferred by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 73]
** Winner of the June 2016 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Romance **

*** Winner of Best Overall in the The Potter Trunk Challenge ***

Shadows were closing in. Time grew short and options scarce... and so the young parents prepared a gift for their infant son.

Years later, their caring gesture nearly foundered... yet thanks to a dozen sacrificial biscuits, Harry Potter's twelfth birthday is graced by a single present -- one that will someday yield the greatest gifts of all.

PG - Alternate Universe, SIYE Challenges, The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2) - Angst, Drama, Romance - Warnings: Death - Words: 19938
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 4 - Published: 2016.04.24 - Updated: 2016.05.14 - Hits: 11146

Fires of Time by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 143]
** Winner of the February 2018 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Completed **

All space and time is relative. The only constant is the speed of... fire.

Victory in tatters; great deeds undone; the world is unraveling, and Ginny has vanished. Yet somehow, with the shared strengths of a cadre of highly implausible allies, Harry finds the will to persist through a bewildering tangle of centuries and realities, all hurtling toward an explosive, time-bending eruption.

An impossibly charring sequel to the utterly fractious Splinters.

PG - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 64673
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 18 - Published: 2017.10.31 - Updated: 2018.02.27 - Hits: 11985

Splinters by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 278]
** Winner of the July 2015 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Romance **

In the secret mists of time, a truth has been shattered. The path to victory has been cursed with despair... and nobody realizes it.

It is 1995 -- the summer of their discontent. Sequestered within the grimy walls of Grimmauld Place, Harry and Ginny begin having strange dreams of an era long past and events yet to come. Are the dreams somehow real? Is fate taunting them with tragic visions of doom, or are they being granted a precious chance to survive... and fall in love?

Note: this story presumes canon until Chapter 4 of OotP... beyond which things begin to go haywire.

PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Drama, Romance - Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 175693
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 19 - Published: 2015.08.01 - Updated: 2016.03.06 - Hits: 50509

The Friendship Stone by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
** Honourable Mention in the March 2014 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket for Best One-Shot **
One of the three crucial pillars of loving sacrifice that enabled Harry to defeat Voldemort, Ginny Weasley faced her own great crisis eleven months before the final battle. Sacrifice can be singularly harrowing.... but sometimes you get by with a little help from your friends.

This the second of a two-vignette series entitled "Either Side of the White Tomb". The first part (prequel) is still vexing me, but will hopefully come along in a month or two.
G - Post-OotP - Humor, Romance - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 4199
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2014.04.02 - Updated: 2014.04.04 - Hits: 3139

The Prevailing Counterpoint by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 189]
** Winner of the July 2014 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Completed **

"We can prevail," Ginny whispered. "I mean sooner. Not later. Not months and months of people dying and lives being torn apart..." As the summer of 1997 draws to a close, Harry and Ginny return to Hogwarts to forge unlikely alliances, protect the innocent, and dispel the encroaching darkness. Propelled by powerful convictions and enlightened by a reclusive pair of mystics, they glimpse an unlikely path to victory.

Making the most of every day in a race against the clock, our two protagonists move all of the pieces into place: teaching, learning and refining their way toward a perfect strategy to quell the mounting threat. But one sudden disaster tips their world on end: armed with love, humour and steadfast friendships, they careen wildly toward the ultimate clash.

This is a modest attempt to explore where Matt Fake-a-Smile's thrillers 'Taking Control' and 'Free Life' could have taken us if....

PG - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Drama, Humor, Romance - Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations - Words: 258832
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 24 - Published: 2014.03.02 - Updated: 2014.08.23 - Hits: 86401

Challenge Winner The Seeker Daughter by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 42]
** Winner of the November 2014 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Drama **
*** Winner of Best Overall in the Quidditch Challenge ***

May 2004: It's being billed as the Hogwarts match of the decade! The best Gryffindor team in ages is set to clash against the sleek, defending champion Slytherins. Both squads are stacked with young stars whom Harry and Ginny have mentored, and the Potters are on-hand to mingle with their adoring acolytes. Yet amidst the excitement and good will, lurks a spectre of pain and betrayal -- a brilliant yet prickly Slytherin seeker whose bewildering legacy Harry knows he can no longer defer.

** Starting lineups posted! ** (click link; scroll half way down page)

This was actually supposed to follow another story ('Trix'; writing ongoing; posting to begin in November) but the Quidditch challenge came out too durned soon, so I'm trying to give you enough background for the current story to stand alone, without spoiling....

G - Alternate Universe, SIYE Challenges, Quidditch Challemge (2014-4) - Drama, Humor - Warnings: None - Words: 19716
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 4 - Published: 2014.10.09 - Updated: 2014.11.11 - Hits: 11464

The Tijdvelt Twist by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 21]
** Honourable Mention in the May 2014 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket for Best Comedy **
Retired auror Harry Potter is intercepted after a public appearance and tasked with resolving a cold case. He does not want to be late for a long awaited party that he's taking Ginny to, so the pressure is on. Fortunately, an old friend makes a surprise appearance to help.

Since time-turners only permit travel 'back' in time, any discriminating reader in their right mind should ask what the heck any of these late-twenty-first century shenanigans have to do with the challenge 2014-2?? What is Dean Thomas's grandson doing in the story? Is the author completely out of his mind? Dare to read on and decide for yourself.

G - Time-Turner Challenge (2014-2) - Angst, Drama, Humor - Warnings: Mild Language - Words: 12373
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2014.05.13 - Updated: 2014.05.14 - Hits: 3932

Trix by GHL starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 134]
** Winner of the July 2015 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Comedy **

"But now old friends are acting strange..." - Joni Mitchell.

Voldemort is dead; Harry and Ginny are in love and living the dream. What's not to like, right? Then, a sudden rash of strange incidents piques Harry's anxiety. After years of war, are people just having difficulty adjusting to peace? Or is someone out there playing dirty 'trix'?

The story is set three months after the end of 'The Prevailing Counterpoint', and builds on characters and events elaborated therein. TPC is probably not required reading if you accept that Dumbledore and Snape are dead; that Lupin, Tonks and Fred are alive, and that Slytherins are fundamentally neurotic.

PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Angst, Humor - Warnings: Death, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence/Physical Abuse - Words: 172249
Completed: No - Chapters: 17 - Published: 2014.11.07 - Updated: 2017.09.03 - Hits: 33970

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