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Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from IrFane
Review:
Nice.
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [IrFane] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from Warlocke
Review:
You might want to tweak a few things in this chapter.

The bit where the aurors think of Harry's bow and arrows as a strange staff and feathered sticks really should be changed.

Wizards have a bus and a train. The Ministry uses cars. They have radios... They have a quidditch team named The Appleby Arrows, and the fans used to use a spell that conjured arrows (until the practice was banned).

I think it's safe to say the average witch/wizard knows what bows and arrows are, to say nothing of trained aurors, even if some of them do come off as painfully obtuse in the books.

Furthermore, Godric Gryffindor used a sword; humans had arrows or similar projectiles a long time before anyone had the technology to construct a sword (we're talking Paleolithic versus Bronze age, at the least), so -and I feel silly even pointing this out- if wizards are aware of swords and axes, (and knives- which Dobby could tell you, if one hadn't killed him), then they are certainly familiar with the basics of archery.

Heck, the wheel (and, perhaps more relevant to Harry and his ancestors, the potter's wheel) was invented roughly 3000 BC, way, waaaay after the earliest arrowheads, yet wizards, I'm sure, know what wheels are.

Anyway, that's enough with the history lesson; I'm not trying to beat you over the head with it, I just wanted to put things in perspective. It's just that, whenever I see a story try to imply that wizards are so backwards that they can't recognize even the most primitive muggle technology, things that existed before the Statute of Secrecy, it makes me cringe a little at how hokey it sounds, and I'm sure that's not what you're aiming for.

Wizards seem to be aware of a lot of muggle technology, it's just that (in the case of more modern tech) they seem to underestimate its usefulness and, perhaps, deadliness, or misinterpret its uses. In fact, wizards may not even consider such basic things as swords and arrows to be "muggle" technology, since they have been around so very long.
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Secondly, food can't be conjured, not even for horses... existing food can be increased, but it can't be created from thin air. Apparently it's one of the things magic simply cannot do, according to Rowling.
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The passage that reads, "...the hawthorn arrow glowed with the light of a patronum..." should say "Patronus". 'Patronum' is just part of the incantation, the spell itself is a Patronus Charm, and the thing it produces is called a 'Patronus'. So the arrow would have glowed with the light of a Patronus.

Other than those few issues, and 'kneazle' not having an 's' in it, things seem to be alright.

The story is pretty interesting. Good luck and keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
Well, I suppose I could tweak that, but it's one thing to know how to cast arrows from a wand, it's something else to know that they are supposed to be shot with a bow. I'll think about that.

I'm not sure where you think I said their food was conjured. I went back and looked and it doesn't seem to be there. Maybe I missed it. And I was thinking more of making a space where grass is forced to grow magically, not conjuring bags of oats.

The others are easy enough to fix.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Warlocke] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from JoshuaRichardson
Review:
Ten points for DireSquirrel for an awsome chapter! Five to Greywizard, just for being awsome!
Comments from author:
Thanks! And I'll pass on GreyWizard's points for him.
Review By [JoshuaRichardson] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Exciting stuff with Harry and amusing stuff with Hermione and Forge. I did wonder how you phrased it about the kitten plates, if like butterflies on the way of a bug collector she had to kill a kitten for each plate. Your supposition, something from the books or movies? Fannon?
Comments from author:
Well, people have paintings of their dead relatives imbued with the personality of subject. Why not have a version of that with pets? Umbridge doesn't seem like the person who could possibly ever have loved ones, humans she cares deeply about, but pets? I could totally see her as a crazy cat woman who can't even let them go when they die.

It's not really Fannon, just an idea I had. No clue if someone's used it before.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from Rob
Review:
Great chapter. Nice fight scene with Harry. Umbridge really needs to fall down several flights of stairs.
Comments from author:
Nope, no stairs falling for Umbridge. She will, however, get what's coming to her. But that's for later.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Rob] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from Oxnate
Review:
"Harry bent down, strung the bow and drew an arrow, all in the same motion." ... stringing a bow is not usually an easy process. At least not on bows with enough draw weight to do some damage.

After that, the fight scene was excellent. Incredible, even.

Loved the idea of turning Hogwarts against Umbridge. Very funny.
Comments from author:
No, stringing a bow is NOT easy. I put that in as a bit to show how much Harry practiced. He put as much into his archery as he did flying or more even. It's also a bit of foreshadowing. I'll leave that for later.

I'm glad you liked the fightscene. It took me a long time to get it the way I wanted it.

And in my opinion, Hogwart should ALWAYS be against Umbridge.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from zbaroni
Review:
Entertaining; thanks for the update.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading!
Review By [zbaroni] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from Gideon
Review:
Well done Harry! Taking out a bunch of dementors and some Aurors without even a wand :) Plus he gets a whole herd of cool magical horses. None of which makes up for the fact that the last of his new friends are now dead :(
I'm glad Hermione has found a worthy successor to her prefectship. Good old Darth Vader!
Comments from author:
He's not yet had time to deal with the loss of his friends. That should be in upcoming chapters. Tonks and Sirius will be dealing with the same.

As for Hermione... I agree that she left Hogwarts in good hands. Well, "good" is a bit subjective, I suppose.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Gideon] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from (Current Donor)Sithspit
Review:
Ok, that entire bit with Hogwarts removing points from "the Ministry" and giving points and detentions...IN DARTH VADER'S VOICE...is GENIUS!

PURE. CONCENTRATED. GENIUS.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sithspit] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from WanderingSoul
Review:
So when will Harry enter the BtVS continuum?
Comments from author:
He already has. Just very lightly.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [WanderingSoul] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from misterwhy
Review:
When will Willow or Xander enter your story? Willow is great at wandless magic and Xander is good at prophecy breaking and right now Harry will need allies outside of the normal channels he is used to.
The Scooby Team would definitely be welcome.
BTW, is this before or after the Glory incident? If the Knights of Byzantium are wiped out, then what is the status of Dawn?
It is understandable that Harry will be lagging behind wand wizards and is living in interesting times. He is quite innovative and the rest of the Wizarding World will underestimate him...to their detriment, I'm sure.
At some point Harry's actions should expose him to the Watcher's Council, what do you think?
Thank you for a great story so far. I love your story so far.
Comments from author:
This is pre-Glory, specifically Season 4 as Glory is looking for the Key, but has not yet found the Monks of Dagon. You could almost call it "before the Dawn."

The moderate Knights were wiped out, not the fanatics under Gregor. Those were the ones who showed up in Season 5 of Buffy.

I don't know that Harry will encounter the Watcher's very soon. It should be a while. Harry will be lagging behind in some aspects of magic, but not always. He's working on his own spells for use without wands and will have some advantages there. Much more flexibility.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [misterwhy] • Date [4 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from Rorschach
Review:
good to see you back squirrel
Comments from author:
Yep. I'm alive! ALIVE! *Cue dramatic lightning in the background*

Actually, this was mostly done a while ago, it was delayed by both me slacking and editing.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Rorschach] • Date [4 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Kuh-thwip!" from (Current Donor)Manchester
Review:
“I find your lack of faith in Hogwarts...disturbing,” the ominous voice spoke.

This whole story is worth it just for that line alone.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked it! It took me a while to get that scene right and I think I hit it in the final version.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [(Current Donor)Manchester] • Date [4 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ugh..." from (Recent Donor)Hawklan
Review:
a shame Marion and the General are death and now Harry is in deep trouble.........
Comments from author:
Yep, quite troublesome for him. I thought about delaying the massacre, but realized doing it later wasn't any better than doing it immediately, so I decided to get it out of the way.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Hawklan] • Date [16 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ugh..." from meteoricshipyards
Review:
Ugh? ARRRG! You can't leave a cliffhanger! That's evil. You don't want to be known as an evil writer do you?

Except for the evil cliffie, this has been a great story. "For important things, we use puppets." You are twisted :-)

Thanks for the story.

Looking forward to Harry getting away from the dementors, as well as wondering what he'll do with the horses, and if he's going to find more of the knights of byzantium. I do hope the knights were able to take out some wizards before they were all killed.

Tom A.
Comments from author:
Well, it had to happen eventually. Actually, come to think of it MOST of my unfinished stories landed on cliffhangers. I should probably fix that.

And I don't think of myself as evil, more a Chaotic Neutral. I don't go out to intentionally hurt people with cliffhangers, I just don't really worry about the consequences of doing so.

Harry will get away from the dementors. It might take a little time, but he'll escape. As for the rest, well, you'll have to wait and read.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [meteoricshipyards] • Date [12 Jul 12] • Not Rated
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