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Penname: DebbieO [Contact - ]

Real name: Debbie OConnor

Member Since: 2007.06.21

Last Login: 2016.11.24


I am a Christian, wife, mom, freelance writer and preschool teacher living in the Southern US. For a very long time I avoided Harry Potter because my kids were very young, my church disapproved of it, and I really didn't know a thing about it (much like my church). My husband finally talked me into watching the first movie with him in 2006. We loved it so much that we went out the next day and bought the first three movies (everything that had been released to that date). I began reading the next week, tearing my way through novel after novel until I'd read the first six and had nothing left to do but wait for seven.

Of course, I read the series over again, both to myself and aloud to my children. I started haunting sites like Mugglenet, where I finally, in absolute desperation to fill my Harry Potter void, turned to fan art and fan fiction. I was very lucky that the first fic I read, After the Die is Cast, by Mudblood428, was an exceptionally good one and remains on my list of favorites today. At first, I was a bit embarrassed that I loved a children's book series so much that I'd started reading fan fiction; then, I gave it up and started scouring fanfic sites looking for anything that ended happily and had canon pairings.

I believe JKR's series is a modern classic. She created a fantastic world that mirrors our own and allows us to see ourselves in a new way. Her characters have made their way so deeply into my heart that they're real to me. Her messages: to choose what is right, to be brave and loyal, to love and sacrifice are timeless. The end of her hero's journey is a strong reminder of Christ's sacrifice for mankind. It parallels His walk to the cross, Aslan's walk to the Stone Table, Frodo's journey to Mordor and our daily battle to carry our own crosses and choose what is right over what is easy.

I highly recommend all authors and fics listed in my favorites. I do suggest strongly that you watch the ratings on all stories you read. Some of the stories I have listed in my favorites or in the best of best list below are meant for mature readers. I personally do not enjoy excessively violent or sexually explicit material, but I will read around some scenes to enjoy a particularly good fic. Please keep that in mind. If a story is rated R, it means it.

My list of the best of the best are:

Taking Control by Fake a Smile
Foolish by Tonksaholic
All fics by Cwarbeck
All fics by St. Margarets
All fics by Peskipiksi
All fics by hgfan1111
All fics by Melindaleo
That Muted Sort of Longing by Serendipity
Backward With Purpose by Ella
How It's Going to Be by LadyTory
Protection by PrincessPotter
Great Expectations by CassandraCross
The World as We Knew It by ginnyp0tter (or Lady Alinor)
I'll Be There For You and Falling for Her by Kezzabear

I have to mention a couple of off-site favorites as well:
Test of Time by Alchemilla at Sugar Quill
After the Die is Cast by Mudblood428 at Mugglenet

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A Personal Eclipse by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 12]
Losing Ginny was like a personal eclipse. Everything good and right danced beyond his grasp. He'd shut her out to keep her safe, but keeping her safe was not in his power.
PG - Post-HBP - Drama - Warnings: Violence - Words: 4163
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.07.27 - Updated: 2007.07.27 - Hits: 4557

Forget the World by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 19]
The months of deprivation were over; nothing would keep him from her. Harry and Ginny after the Battle of Hogwarts.
PG-13 - Post-DH/AB - Angst, Drama, Fluff, Romance, Songfic - Warnings: None - Words: 1313
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2008.01.08 - Updated: 2008.01.09 - Hits: 7211

Harry Potter and the Canary Creams by DebbieO starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 12]
A HP spoof. Only read if you're in the mood for extreme silliness. I had fun writing it and hope you enjoy it.
PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Comedy - Warnings: None - Words: 1648
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.07.08 - Updated: 2007.07.09 - Hits: 4207

The Aguamator by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 33]
Somewhere between the Battle of Hogwarts and nineteen years later Harry and Ginny married and had children. Here's a real-life missing moment between heroics and happily ever after.
G - Post-Hogwarts - Comedy - Warnings: None - Words: 2152
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2008.06.15 - Updated: 2008.06.15 - Hits: 5022

The Dance by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
He leads me to where others are dancing under the moonlight and pulls me into his strong, warm arms. I sigh with quiet contentment as I lay my head against his chest, breathing his scent mixed with the sweet aroma of dying roses. The world melts away to the beat of his heart.
G - Post-HBP - Angst, Fluff, Songfic - Warnings: None - Words: 1236
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.07.29 - Updated: 2007.07.29 - Hits: 4200

The Symphonic Suffering of Severus Snape by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 19]
Snape is haunted by a melody he hates, while Harry and Ginny live it in reality. Will a night of musical and elemental torture drive Snape mad while it brings our favorite couple back together?
PG-13 - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Challenge (2008-1) - Comedy, Drama, Fluff, Romance, Songfic - Warnings: None - Words: 4321
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2008.02.09 - Updated: 2008.02.09 - Hits: 4530

The Wonderful, Terrible Force of Love by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 51]
The future is uncertain, but Ginny's love is not. Harry fights his war, while Ginny fights for the man she loves. "(Love) is a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature." Albus Dumbledore, Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 37.
PG-13 - Post-HBP - Romance - Warnings: Death, Violence - Words: 19436
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 9 - Published: 2007.07.04 - Updated: 2007.11.25 - Hits: 25398

Time by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 12]
After a lifetime of war, years of torment and months of separation, Harry and Ginny have time to live.
PG - Post-DH/AB - Angst, Drama, Fluff, Romance - Warnings: None - Words: 2783
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.12.03 - Updated: 2007.12.04 - Hits: 5936

Worthwhile by DebbieO starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 16]
Harry has been alone too long. Can a reunion with Ginny give him the will to keep fighting?
PG - Post-HBP - Drama - Warnings: None - Words: 1757
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.06.30 - Updated: 2007.06.30 - Hits: 4693

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