Story Title: There’s Always A Way
Author Name: Viridian (S’TarKan)
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Parental Guidance
Length: Short Story
Story Summary: This is my response to the Marriage Law challenge after hearing about it and reading some stories… and thinking about what MY reaction would have been if I was Harry. Oneshot, complete with epilogue.
At the risk of sounding sexist, I’ve found this one-shot action/adventure response to the Marriage Law Challenge to be a distinctly male answer to a story premise which has been typically been responded to with romance, angst, and lots of sex. I got a big kick out of the no-nonsense, pragmatic solution which Viridian describes, one which does sound very much like the type of answer a war-weary Harry would propose. This is particularly true after we saw the lengths Harry went to in Deathly Hallows; he was very careful about potentially injuring the innocent, but he didn’t hesitate in casting Unforgiveables on Death Eaters. Such a character would be unlikely to sit on his hands and whinge in this proposed scenario.
The story is told through the POV of an Original Character, a perspective I particularly enjoy in HP fics as it gives us the opportunity to view the wizarding world through more unbiased eyes. Viridian gives his OC a distinct personality for such a short story, as well as conveying very canon-centric personalities for the principle HP characters. The casual narrative and tongue-in-cheek approach to the Marriage Law dilemma makes the story a very fun read, in spite of the off-screen violence which occurs. Be aware that this is not a Malfoy-friendly tale, though.
Viridian is a gifted writer whose only flaw, in my opinion, seems to be that his most well-known, epic-length HP story, “Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past,” goes quite awhile between updates (which is understandable given each chapter’s length). So while I’m not writing a rec for that story due to its WIP status, I must mention that anything this author writes is worth checking out.