Story Title: This Time Around
Author Name: sweasley
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Content Rating: Parental Guidance
Story Summary: There’s going to be a Potter/Weasley wedding, much to the delight of all. However, exes Ron and Hermione now find themselves being drawn back together given the occasion. Wanting to fix their damaged friendship, they may get more than they bargained for
One of the things I admire most about this post-DH/pre-Epilogue fic is the way it handles the reality of complicated relationships without being an angst fest. I’m not fond of stories that are angsty just because the author likes to write angst. If it doesn’t fit naturally with the plot and the characters, why create angsty, angry, tumultuous relationships for the protagonists?
This story focuses on Ron and Hermione’s relationship in a way that is natural, at times frustrating, and completely realistic. The story opens with the two of them split up after a long dating relationship. However that doesn’t mean they must hate one another, or that the Weasley family would ostracize Hermione, or that Hermione was too good for Ron all along. It’s a starting place. The story reflects a very natural pacing to Ron and Hermione’s relationship and feels very canon-ish as a result.
Harry and Ginny are also featured heavily in this story, beginning with their engagement. The post-war years have been good to Harry, though that doesn’t mean life is problem-free. Again, we get to enjoy watching the relationship of a couple who are united against the world (and the press!), even though they aren’t perfect and don’t have all the answers. The relationship between Teddy Lupin and Harry is especially touching, though you’ll also enjoy several other “where are they now” moments from numerous characters in the HP universe.
Overall a fantastic, solid story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.