Story Title: After-Haze
Author Name: Whirl_Gig
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Teen
Length: Short Story
Main Characters: Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley
Story Summary: Post DH. Ginny finds Harry in the dormitory because she has something she needs to ask him.
“After-Haze” feels like two fics in one. It is a gen fic in which we see Ginny’s journey through grief after Fred’s death. It is also a romance fic in which we see Ginny’s journey past grief and toward Harry after Fred’s death. The fact that the two things are happening at the same time illustrates the mixed-up nature of the grieving process.
In this story, the author depicts the aftermath of a loved one’s death in all-too-realistic scenes. The overwhelming weight of it presses down on the reader with immense force. But though Ginny initially focuses on just living from one moment to the next, there’s another goal for which she begins to live: getting through this grief enough to be present and in the moment and able to appreciate Harry’s presence.
I like the way the fic depicts this ocean of grief, this sense of disconnect, in which Ginny exists. And then the way in which her focus finally starts to narrow enough for her to even be aware that Harry is there for her feels comforting and healing. That’s a stark contrast from some fics I’ve seen in which a rapidly-progressing post-war relationship between Harry and Ginny can sometimes feel vaguely disturbing, as though Ginny is attempting to force-start a romance in order to distract herself from her grief. In the end, this fic feels right on target both psychologically and in terms of character development.