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Penname: Rhetor [Contact - ]

Real name: Ken

Member Since: 2006.08.06

Last Login: 2018.03.11


Yes, that\'s right, the name is \"Rhetor\" now; I asked Dino to change it for me. Why? Because that\'s the name I use on all my other fanfic sites, and I wanted to be consistent.

These days I\'m spending my time writing original fiction rather than fan fiction. I\'ve actually had a few stories published! Actually that\'s another reason for using the name \"Rhetor;\" the old name was too close to my real one, and there is still some bias against fan fiction writers out there in the publishing world. If you\'d like news about my original fiction, send me an e-mail here or on LiveJournal and I\'ll tell you how to find it.

I\'m an American male of eastern European Jewish extraction. I was born in Michigan in 1960 and have been living in Rhode Island or its environs since getting married in 1987. I\'m still married and have two children, born 1994 and 1999.

I first heard of Harry Potter in 2000, when I was driving to the grocery store and heard an interview of JKR by Terri Gross on NPR. Then my daughter\'s godmother gave her a copy of The Sorceror\'s Stone nine months later and I was hooked. I find that I have come to care inordinatly much for the well-being of these characters; it disturbs me.

I was never any kind of \"shipper\", and before HBP I had a bet with myself that Harry would fall temporarily in love with Luna (which would mature him) and possibly have some sort of fling with Tonks (because I felt she was being deliberately sexualized in the text). I did think Ginny was probably his eventual destiny, but I had no clear idea of whether that would materialize during the seven-book series. Anyway, a fellow can cheerfully admit that he\'s been wrong.

I have loved writing since I was old enough to spell, and wrote quite a lot of fiction and poetry when I was in my teens. Since then my writing has all been drawn towards nonfiction and I haven\'t had much chance to write \"creatively.\" SIYE gave me an opportunity finally to do some writing, and was a joy; now I\'m writing original fiction and loving it, and I have all of you to thank.

I\'ve also had great pleasure in coming to know -- only through e-mail exchanges and reading their work, but still -- many interesting and clever authors, betas, staffers and members on this site, some of whom have become good friends.

I want to thank all those who elected Minding the Baby as the \"Best One Shot\" for August of 2007. It\'s my first DSTA win, and I\'m delighted.

I\'ll try to post all of my stories on my LiveJournal page, and I\'d love comments or conversations emanating from there as well as from here. I also post on Phoenix Song ( under the name \"Rhetor\", and also on, under the name \"Rhetor\". Some stories that might not be within spec for SIYE will appear there. Here are my non-SIYE stories:

  • The Torch, a post-HPB one-shot that is mostly about Hermione. It won the \"Phoenix Moment\" Challenge that was sponsored by The Sugar Quill and The Leaky Cauldron.

  • The Only Way Out, a one-shot about the fate of Fabian and Gideon Prewett.

  • Returning Were As Tedious, a multi-chapter fic (still WIP as of August, 2007) about the education, life and times of Severus Snape. It\'s designed to be canon-compliant, except for certain particular assumptionsI made before DH was publishesd.

The user picture is Marta\'s (a.k.a. artdungeon) lovely drawing of a scene from Chapter Two of Counting to FIve Thousand.

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A Slow Boat to Shippers’ Hell by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 121]
What would Harry and Ginny think of being shipped – especially if they were on a ship? A satire of everything and everyone we hold dear.
PG - Post-Hogwarts - Comedy, Fluff - Warnings: None - Words: 36515
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 6 - Published: 2006.10.31 - Updated: 2007.07.06 - Hits: 19439

Counting to Five Thousand by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 57]
One decision leads to an army of consequences, and a lifetime is not too long to spend amending them.
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Angst, General, Tragedy - Warnings: Death - Words: 12001
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2006.11.14 - Updated: 2006.12.15 - Hits: 13010

Echoes of Power, Part I: Anger by moshpit starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 541]
Harry mysteriously disappeared at the age of six, and then benefited from years of tutoring from an old family friend. With the return of Voldemort, it is finally time for a 15 year old, well-trained and somewhat cynical and sarcastic Harry to take up his place at Hogwarts. Life at Hogwarts, however, is not always what Harry anticipated. There, secrets are revealed, allies are discovered, and the journey to power begins. Completely AU.
R - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Drama, Humor - Warnings: Death, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 365971
Completed: No - Chapters: 30 - Published: 2006.05.24 - Updated: 2009.06.07 - Hits: 282733

Four Weddings and a Funeral by Antosha starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 64]
School is finished, the battles are over, and it's time to get on with the future. (This story cycle is the sequel to The Weasley Family Picnic.)
R - Post-OotP - Angst, Fluff, Humor, Drama - Warnings: Death, Sexual Situations, Extreme Language - Words: 23537
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 6 - Published: 2005.03.28 - Updated: 2005.07.03 - Hits: 17151

Harry Potter And Fate's Debt by intromit starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1016]
** Winner of the October 2007 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Romance **
*** The author has been reminded via the e-mail address on file that this story is listed as incomplete and has not been updated in over 2 years ***

*** The author has been reminded via the e-mail address on file that this story is listed as incomplete and has not been updated in over 2 years ***

Eleven year old Harry Potter is waiting to leave for Hogwarts. While he is waiting for the Dursleys to wake, he finds a letter addressed to him...from himself. It has a simple message: Get to know Ginny Weasley. Post OOTP. AU. Extended edition.
PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Fluff, General, Romance - Warnings: Death, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 224842
Completed: No - Chapters: 24 - Published: 2006.03.17 - Updated: 2008.10.12 - Hits: 588633

Harry Potter and the Curse's Legacy by Frelling starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 48]
*** The author has been reminded via the e-mail address on file that this story is listed as incomplete and has not been updated in over 2 years ***

Harry begins his seventh year in the magical world, facing the tasks that are ahead of him and considering the decisions he's already made. Relying on the strength of his friends and the knowledge he's gained in his six years of training, can he defeat Voldemort? Book seven, as canon as can be, given that I'm not JKR. Wraps up all the loose ends that JKR has left us and adds more fun and adventure to the lives of Harry and Co. Rated R for later chapters.
R - Post-HBP - Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance - Warnings: Extreme Language, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 42343
Completed: No - Chapters: 8 - Published: 2006.09.27 - Updated: 2007.03.17 - Hits: 18739

Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past by Viridian starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 706]
** Winner of the November 2007 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Action/Adventure **
The War is over and Voldemort is finally dead. Too bad there's no one left to celebrate. Harry risks everything, even returning Voldemort to life, for a chance to go back and do it right this time.
PG-13 - Post-HBP - Action/Adventure, Angst, Comedy, Drama, Fluff, Tragedy - Warnings: Death, Violence - Words: 381873
Completed: No - Chapters: 40 - Published: 2005.11.04 - Updated: 2015.02.20 - Hits: 354072

In The House of the Quick and the Hungry by Laura Laurent starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 531]
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.

PG-13 - Post-HBP, Buried Gems - Angst, Comedy, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor - Warnings: None - Words: 55046
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 17 - Published: 2004.07.09 - Updated: 2006.06.12 - Hits: 49482

Kill Him With Kindness by Laura Laurent starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
*** The author has been reminded via the e-mail address on file that this story is listed as incomplete and has not been updated in over 2 years ***

So much for Celtic love spells and ancient medallions: in his quest to destroy Voldemort, Harry finds himself babysitting a bloody reptile.
PG - Post-HBP - Angst - Warnings: Death - Words: 3093
Completed: No - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.07.07 - Updated: 2007.07.07 - Hits: 2694

Meaning of One, Part One: Stone and Fire by Sovran starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1001]
** Winner of the February 2007 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Angst **
If two people are deliberately created to be together, how will the challenges in a world of magic and Dark Lords be dealt with? What would it mean for two people to truly become one? A re-imagination of first year.
R - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Humor - Warnings: Violence - Words: 270773
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 26 - Published: 2006.07.06 - Updated: 2007.04.02 - Hits: 442911

Meaning of One, Part Two: Chambers and Secrets by Sovran starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1143]
** Winner of the January 2010 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Drama **
Ginny and Harry’s second year at Hogwarts brings new experiences, new friends, and new challenges. Along the way, they learn more about what it means to be who they are, even as Hogwarts seeks to cope with who they are feared to be.
R - Alternate Universe - Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Humor, Tragedy - Warnings: Violence - Words: 358613
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 29 - Published: 2007.05.14 - Updated: 2016.08.02 - Hits: 416593

Monster by Antosha starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 265]
It's Ginny's sixteenth birthday, and she asks for a present that he hadn't considered giving her. (post-HBP)
R - Post-HBP - Angst, Fluff - Warnings: Sexual Situations - Words: 27470
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 7 - Published: 2005.07.23 - Updated: 2005.12.17 - Hits: 27964

On the Headmaster's Wall by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 56]
Centuries pass; memories fade. No one remembers the sacrifices made to win the war. Only the portraits on the Headmaster’s wall, and one portrait in particular, is able to tell the story.
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Action/Adventure, Angst, Romance, Tragedy - Warnings: Death - Words: 10459
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 3 - Published: 2006.10.05 - Updated: 2006.10.09 - Hits: 15058

Report on the Excavations of Sites HH-87 and HH-88 by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 20]
Archeologists excavating the ruins of Hogwarts find more than they expected.
PG - Post-Hogwarts - Angst - Warnings: Death - Words: 2597
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2007.04.17 - Updated: 2007.04.19 - Hits: 6343

The 312th Edition by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 34]
History, sadly, is not really written by the winners; it's written by the historians. Someday we will all be (at best) footnotes in somebody's history book. How much of our passion or devotion will filter through to the distant reader of that book?
PG - Post-HBP, Post-Hogwarts - Angst, Comedy, General - Warnings: Death - Words: 2560
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2006.09.06 - Updated: 2006.09.06 - Hits: 5857

The New Zealand Chronicles by St Margarets starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 415]
** Winner of the May 2007 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Romance **
Harry and Ginny journey to New Zealand to take a Search and Rescue Course during their first year of marriage.
PG-13 - Post-Hogwarts - Fluff - Warnings: None - Words: 166673
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 31 - Published: 2006.06.08 - Updated: 2007.05.08 - Hits: 142935

The Seventh Horcrux by melindaleo starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 860]
** Winner of the November 2006 Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award for Best Action/Adventure **
The hunt for the Horcruxes begins. Harry has to decide who to trust as he moves closer to fulfilling his destiny. Will he be able to find and destroy all the Horcruxes? And at what price? Will he be able to find the strength within himself "the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not" in order to succeed in vanquishing Voldemort? And, can he do it and still get the girl? Join Harry and his faithful friends on their quest to finally defeat a Dark Lord.
PG-13 - Post-HBP, Buried Gems - Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fluff - Warnings: Death, Violence - Words: 303255
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 34 - Published: 2006.02.25 - Updated: 2006.11.11 - Hits: 230644

The Weasley Family Picnic by Antosha starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 101]
There's a lot going on in and around the Burrow late one summer night... Post-sixth year. (H/G, R/Hr, Charlie/Tonks, Bill/Fleur, Percy/Penny, etc.)
R - Post-OotP - Angst, Fluff, Humor - Warnings: Sexual Situations, Extreme Language - Words: 17275
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 5 - Published: 2005.01.14 - Updated: 2005.01.26 - Hits: 20264

The Weaver of Life by dracofan starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 45]
Join Harry as he takes a journey through his possible future. See how his opinion of a certain red-head changes.
R - Post-OotP - General - Warnings: Sexual Situations - Words: 10471
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 6 - Published: 2005.03.26 - Updated: 2005.04.19 - Hits: 14935

Challenge Winner While You Tell Yourself the Truth by Rhetor starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 36]
** Winner of Best Adventure (Tie) in the December Engagement Challenge **
A frightened voice in the dark calls out a name. Whose name will you call when you are the one awakening? Moment by moment and breath by breath, you tell yourself the truth.
PG-13 - December Engagement Challenge (2006-6) - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Fluff, Humor, Romance - Warnings: Extreme Language, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 6869
Completed: Yes - Chapters: 1 - Published: 2006.12.29 - Updated: 2006.12.29 - Hits: 6368

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