Fifteen years is an eternity in the era of the internet. Congratulations to those who came before and gave us what we have; appreciations to those to picking up the oft-handed torch to keep the community thriving for another generation!
The today’s edition of the Buried Gems is going to present you two stories I had on my list right from the beginning. Several SIYE readers nominated the stories as a buried gem as well, including Dad, ykirirn and Potterfan2008. That’s why I don’t want to wait any longer to dig these gems out. Be forewarned that you’ll need a few hours more to read the today's gems.
The 6th edition of the Buried Gems presents you Abraxan’s version of Harry Potters 6th and 7th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Summary: In the summer before his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter learns to come to terms with the death of Sirius. As he heals and grows emotionally, he learns how to enjoy life again. But there's a war on, and Voldemort's primary objective is to kill Harry Potter, by any means necessary. As a result, Harry and his friends have a very adventurous sixth year at Hogwarts.
Summary: Sequel to "The Refiner's Fire." Harry Potter returns to Privet Drive for the last time, prior to his Seventh Year at Hogwarts. Much to the Dursley's surprise, Remus is going to stay with him due to a head injury Harry received on the train. The Dursleys are not happy with this situation, as you can well imagine. This fic covers both the summer before Harry's seventh year, and his entire last year at school.
I know that most HG shippers, including me, don’t like to see either Harry or Ginny with someone else. Oddly enough, Refiner’s Fire is the only exception for me. Harry's girlfriend, Casey, whom he meets in the summer after his 5th year, is a great character. She helped him to cope with the loss of Sirius. I like to think of her as a blonde Muggle version of Ginny. The story is telling us how Harry, with Ginny's help, copes with the loss of Casey and how he becomes a powerful wizard in the process. I am usually a bit reluctant when it comes to Powerful! Harry stories, but these two stories are special, believe me.
In case you liked the todays gems, make sure you won't miss the outtakes you can find on Abraxan's author's page.
Of course, I still accept nominations for the Buried Gems, just send an email to Gin110881@yahoo.com. It would be nice if you’d add a few lines why you think your nominated story is worth to be a buried gem.
For an overview of all the stories presented as a buried gem so far, please follow this link.
However, we had multiple judges overlook my hard-nosed judging categories (rebels :) and institute one of their own. Among these improvisationalists, there was a unanimous selection for an improvised category:
This story has received 5 full stars from all reviewers (well, all but one), and that at a time when those stars weren't given as generously as they are today.
Let's listen to what freshwater has to tell us about the story:
When Harry, in his quest for a dreamless night of sleep, asks Ginny to tell him a bedtime story, the consequences are something more than he would have ever imagined. This tender, gentle story of the beginnings of their relationship is one I prefer to even JKR's version. It is my all-time favorite HP one-shot, and I deliberately re-read it 3 - 4 times a year, just because the simplicity and hopefulness of it does my heart good. This elegant little fic uses an economy of language to reveal a great deal about the characters. It is so very well done. Read it and see if you agree with me that the most poignant bit is when Harry says that he doesn't want to be an Auror.
Official Summary to the story: Harry is having trouble sleeping, he asks Ginny to help. "Just then Ginny closed her book, and Harry turned with a start of realization. Ginny. Ginny could lie to him, and she was so good at it that he would probably even believe her for just a moment."
Since "How It's Going to Be" is only about 5,000 words long, it shouldn't prevent anyone from reading the stories of the recent SIYE challenge and casting their votes. Please don't forget the challenge. There are three wonderful stories waiting for you and your votes.
The next buried gem will be a longer story, much longer. That's all I'm going to say today.
I have received about 25 suggestions for buried gems so far. Thanks a lot for this. I will consider all suggestions and plan to mix up longer and shorter stories, and stories that are probably better known with less-known stories. The order is not a rating!
Of course, I'll gladly accept further suggestions, just send an email to Gin110881@yahoo.com, but please be patient. It might take a while for the suggestions to be published. I don't want to publish the buried gems more than once every three weeks so even rare visitors have the opportunity to read the recent gem before I bring the next one up for discussion.
For an overview of all the stories that have been presented as a buried gem so far, please follow this link.
I'll be back to you all on August 1 with challenge awards, and our topic selection for 2018-3 (which you can all still continue to cast votes on).
Finally, you may recall me saying that I will be phasing out of my Challenge leadership role. Anthony (cyko2041) will assume responsibility starting with 2018-3 (with my help) and then take over in full for 2019 and beyond. I will continue to serve as a senior archivist for the foreseeable future, though, so you may all continue to badger (or otter) me with suggestions, complaints and whatnot.
In the today's edition of the 'Buried Gems', I want to present a story a whole universe is based on and for which many writers later wrote missing moments stories. There is an eventful history behind this universe which culminated in the so-called StalkerGate in November 2001.
I'm talking about Imogen's 'Carpe Diem', a story Imogen wrote in 2001 and posted it on SIYE in 2006. 'Carpe Diem' was one of the first well known Harry/Ginny fanfiction stories, set in Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts. Of course, since the story was written in 2001, there is no Dolores Umbridge, there are no Horcruxes, and there is no Prophecy in this universe, well, at least not the Prophecy we all know. In exchange, the story introduces us to an amazingly refreshing Ginny who was not born on August 11th and who is guilty of having a weakness for stolen socks. But don't be afraid, Harry doesn't die because of cold feet.
According to Imogen, 'Carpe Diem' grew out of an assignment she set for a high school English class she taught:
"I started writing it initially after I set a Year 7 class a homework piece to 'write the next chapter after Goblet of Fire' and said I'd do a chapter as well. As it turns out I got the class hooked, and they wanted more. So I kept writing what is posted on the internet as 'Carpe Diem' on the condition that if they all handed in their homework, they got another chapter every week until the end of term. And they all did. In fact, one Friday I'd forgotten to set homework and the entire class turned up on Monday morning having done something over the weekend!"
The summary to the story doesn't give much away:
The Fifth Year at Hogwarts. Why does Harry have Ginny under the Imperius Curse, and what dangers does Voldemort pose for you this time?
On SIYE, there is also the One-shot 'Riverside Reflections', which is set during the summer after 'Carpe Diem', as well as the 7th year story from this universe, 'Alpha and Omega'. If you are interested in reading 'Alpha and Omega', I recommend the full version on Phoenixsong. Although the story is marked as completed on SIYE, it contains only 10 chapters instead of the 26 chapters of the completed version.
An overview of the stories written for this universe can be found here, here, or here. Unfortunately, the story 'Home is Where the Heart is' is only available on Imogen's former homepage http://www.harryandginny.co.uk, which is accessible only for existing members, there's no registration possible anymore. edit: As I just noticed, the completed version of A Pensieve Affair probably is also only available there.
I'm always open for further suggestions for the 'Buried Gems'. Just send me an email (Gin110881@yahoo.com) with your favourite 'Buried Gem'. Please add a few lines to explain why you like the story so much and why everybody else here should read it. The story should be complete and preferable posted on SIYE before 2010.
I will continue to release a new edition of the 'Buried Gems' every three weeks. The order of the presented stories is random and not a rating!
edit: If you want to see which stories have been featured as 'Buried Gems' so far without searching in the archive, just go to Categories, at the top of the SIYE home page. There, thankfully, GHL has set up a new category 'Buried Gems' containing all the stories presented here...or just follow this link.
edit2: Thanks to Phil42 who just informed me that on ffnet chapter 4 of "Alpha and Omega" is missing and chapter 5 has been posted twice. I have removed the ffnet link. If you want to read "Alpha and Omega" you should read the version on Phoenixsong ( just like I did.).
The 3rd edition of the ‘Buried Gems’ presents you with a story suggested by Alicia Rose and Aragorn. Thank you so much to you two. The story is an excellent perspective on the Weasley family and Ginny's childhood, and how she came to end up with Harry. It shows a deeper look at the brothers and makes them more human than some fics that only feature them as side characters. The story explores the relationships between the Weasley siblings, first from Ginny's point of view, and later her siblings tell us how they experienced Ginny's childhood.
Summary: The finer aspects of Ginny Weasley's life, all entwined, in their own way, within the story of how she wound up with Harry Potter.
I’d like to thank everyone who has send a suggestion so far. I'm fortunate that I now have enough stories to publish a new edition of "Buried Gems" about every three weeks in the next months. Please be patient, I plan to accept every suggestion, but it may take a while before your suggestion will be posted. Of course, further suggestions are always welcome. Just send me an email (Gin110881@yahoo.com) with your favourite 'Buried Gem'. Please add a few lines to explain why you like the story so much and why everybody else here should read it. The story should be complete and preferable posted at SIYE before 2010.
Due to my upcoming holidays, I'll probably won't be able to answer your email in the next 2-3 weeks, but rest assured that I will answer as soon as I'm back.
Submissions are now open for the May 2018 trinkets so don't forget to nominate your favourite!
ginnyweasley777 on 2018.05.30 - 03:47AM (7 Comments)
Pumpkin Juice Challenge 2018-2 Update 1
Through the mad scramble, Harry tried to ignore the frightful racket and the random writhing limbs flailing all about him.
Concentrating solely on Ginny's legs as she shimmied ahead of him beneath the final table, Harry dodged feet, knees and chairs, desperate to escape a Valentine's feast gone slightly awry. Seeing his favourite redhead leap clear, feint past a couple of dozy-eyed snoggers, and break wildly for the exit, Harry whooped in joy.
Seeking to follow, Harry sprang out from beneath a gaggle of shrieking Hufflepuffs, got both feet beneath him and-
... found himself face to face with a slavering Millicent Bulstrode; his formal necktie looking tiny and sad, clenched in the Slytherin witch's meaty fist.
"Erm, didn't I hear Draco calling you?" Harry attempted a disarming smile, even as he strained to twist away from menacing lips that loomed like a large pink inner tube, glistening with still-fresh pumpkin juice.
What in the blazes is going on? Does Harry escape to the comforting company of the only other non-addled Hogwarts student? Is pumpkin juice a bad idea, in general, in any sober-minded institute of magical education?
The answers to those quandaries, or to your own far more interesting questions, await us all in Challenge 2018-2:
Tis the Valentines feast at Hogwarts, and something is odd. The pumpkin juice tastes suspiciously good, and all who drink it are behaving strangely. Uh oh.
Awards will be made for Most Humourous, Most Unexpected, Best Overall, and People's Choice. Completed stories must be submitted by midnight, July 15, in order for award announcements to be made on August 1.
Submissions must be stand-alone stories that are marked as complete by deadline; stories must be shorter than 20,000 words; R-rated stories are discouraged, and judges are not required to read them.
Please continue to cast your votes for the 2018-3 challenge topic. Additional suggestions are highly encouraged (the list could use some freshening) but prior vote-getters include:
Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry. Tell us about it.
Auntie Muriel announces that she will take her tea at the Burrow next Sunday. Excuses fly as everyone tries to avoid attending. Will anyone escape?
A debilitating accident brings Harry's and Ginny's hectic schedules to a screeching halt. How will things change as the couple adjusts to a slow recovery?
Harry has never been abroad before. His first trip is with Ginny. Where do they go, and why?
Late at night, a hooded stranger appears at Harry's bed and casts a spell. Another does the same to Ginny. The mysterious pair meets in the Common Room. After a kiss, they whisper, "That’s done. Now, for the great adventure." What happens next?
Times are tense at Grimmauld Place... until Sirius and Lupin start sharing tales of old Marauder Pranks. Suitably inspired, Harry and/or Ginny (you choose) decide(s) to liven things up with a bit of their own mischief.
Finally, it's been a blast, but I think we're heading toward a time when you'd likely all do best with some fresh new inspired management for the Challenges. Who would like to rise to the occasion and help enliven the SIYE creative spark? I'm comfortable either stepping aside after 2018-2 in deference to new talent, or coaxing things along through the end of this year -- whatever is the right fit for all.
A Ginny introspective considering how her feels might have grown from hero worship of the Boy-Who-Lived into actual love for Harry.Rating: PG Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Romance Words: 1435 Chapters: 1 Published: 2011.09.25 Updated: 2011.09.28 Hits: 2307 Reviews: 2
A gruesome murder at Hogwarts disturbs the peaceful summer, and Head Auror Harry Potter struggles with the dark secret he carries with him. Kingsley Shacklebolt's Ministry hangs by a thread as old foes once again seek to reclaim power. Ancient and eternal forces are changing the world once more, and Harry is caught in the midst of the storm.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Sexual Situations, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 7 Published: 2018.07.30 Updated: 2018.08.16 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1177 Reviews: 18
When a mysterious woman comes to the Auror office claiming to be the victim of a terrible crime, Theia and Harry want to do everything they can to help her. The problem is, she has no memory of what has happened. As they piece together the sinister events, their own troubles and traumas rise to the surface, causing them to question who they really are. Sequel to The Aurors.Rating: R Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Drama Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 6 Published: 2017.12.30 Updated: 2018.08.16 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 4714 Reviews: 43
Select moments in our lives can change everything, and for Harry those moment seemed to occur every five years. Love, life, loss, and her. A Muggle alternate universe. Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama, Fluff, Humor, Romance Warnings: Death, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Sexual Situations, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse Words: Chapters: 2 Published: 2018.08.04 Updated: 2018.08.16 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 642 Reviews: 8
A selection of one-shots, told from Ginny's POV and focusing on the lives of her and Harry directly after the battle. Kind of a follow on to my one-shot 'Silence', but it's not necessary to read that one first.Rating: G Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Angst, Fluff, General, Romance Words: Chapters: 4 Published: 2018.02.04 Updated: 2018.08.15 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1509 Reviews: 19
What do you do when your friends won't stop making fun of you for still being a virgin? You go find a man and shag his brains out, right? Well, at least you fake it.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Humor, Romance Warnings: Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 4 Published: 2018.07.04 Updated: 2018.08.12 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 3220 Reviews: 33
it was supposed to be a romantic weekend getaway to celebrate Ginny's birthday. It did not end how Harry expected it to.Rating: R Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Fluff, General Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2018.08.11 Updated: 2018.08.11 Status: Completed Hits: 531 Reviews: 9
Single point divergence from the end of OOTP, evident in the first 100 words, strung up on Jo's scaffold. Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance Warnings: Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 2 Published: 2018.05.11 Updated: 2018.08.07 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1782 Reviews: 6
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.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: Chapters: 15 Published: 2018.04.10 Updated: 2018.08.07 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 6486 Reviews: 155
Not all wounds heal completely – many scars aren’t readily visible. Join Harry and his friends as they journey through the year following the war, learning how to maneuver over hurdles both unique and lingering. An 8th-year sequel to the summer of These Cuts I Have.Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence Words: 196859 Chapters: 25 Published: 2018.01.04 Updated: 2018.06.14 Status: Completed Hits: 29685 Reviews: 287
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.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: 68943 Chapters: 15 Published: 2018.04.10 Updated: 2018.08.07 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 6486 Reviews: 155
Metropolitan Police Inspector Harry Potter was having an amazing twenty-four hours. He slept a full eight hours, had a good pint, and met the most incredible red-headed woman. Of course, that was all nulled by the dead woman lying in Whitehorse Road Park.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: 50846 Chapters: 9 Published: 2018.04.21 Updated: 2018.07.31 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 7241 Reviews: 58
** Winner for Best Overall & Most Humorous in the Pumpkin Juice ChallengeThey say all's fair in love and war, but why would the entirety of Hogwarts be either falling in love or biting each others heads off? Maybe it has something to do with the date, February 14th or maybe the pumpkin juice? Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Humor, Romance Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: 5855 Chapters: 1 Published: 2018.06.23 Updated: 2018.06.23 Status: Completed Hits: 976 Reviews: 9
What do you do when your friends won't stop making fun of you for still being a virgin? You go find a man and shag his brains out, right? Well, at least you fake it.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Humor, Romance Warnings: Sexual Situations Words: 14359 Chapters: 4 Published: 2018.07.04 Updated: 2018.08.12 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 3220 Reviews: 33
** Winner for People's Choice Award & Most Unexpected in the Pumpkin Juice ChallengeHarry and Ginny find new ways to defy Umbridge after drinking some special pumpkin juice at the Valentine’s Day feast.Rating: PG Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Fluff, Humor, Romance Warnings: Mild Sexual Situations Words: 12617 Chapters: 4 Published: 2018.07.06 Updated: 2018.07.13 Status: Completed Hits: 2427 Reviews: 20
** Winner for Most Romantic in the Pumpkin Juice ChallengeSomeone's spiked the pumpkin juice just in time for the Valentine's Day Feast, and Hogwarts students are acting strangely indeed. Is the time finally right for Harry and Ginny to find each other? And will it take magic to make it happen?Rating: PG Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges Genre: Fluff, Humor, Romance Words: 2742 Chapters: 1 Published: 2018.07.14 Updated: 2018.07.14 Status: Completed Hits: 876 Reviews: 11