Story Title: Backward With Purpose Part 1: Always & Always
Author Name: deadwoodpecker
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating: Mature
Story Summary: AU. Harry, Ron, and Ginny send themselves back in time to avoid the destruction of everything they hold dear, and the deaths of everyone they love.
It’s not often that a fanfic leaves me feeling as awestruck as Deathly Hallows did, but this fic achieved that. I originally followed a link to this fic expecting it to be utter dribble, as many Re-do fics are. Instead I found an epic-length, completed AU story with so much logic and sense in the plot that I was captivated by the enormously imaginative tale. By asking a few “what-if” questions post-DH, the author created brilliant new magics, gave side-characters great depth, maintained extremely canon-centric characterizations for the principles, and presented it all through a beautiful, gripping narrative.
The story starts off just a bit-AU (the battle at Hogwarts went wrong in a few minor ways that turned catastrophic) and becomes more AU as it proceeds, due to the “Re-Do” nature of the fic. The ships work here better than they do in canon in some ways, without sacrificing any of the authentic flavor of their pairings. When Harry, Ron and Ginny are among the few survivors, their reasoning for going back in time to fix it all makes sense. The challenges they encounter on their journey are presented without hype, unfolding naturally so that we can readily root for them along the way. The violence was a bit rough for me in a few spots, but I’m a wimp, so one should never judge a story based on that. Instead, I focused on the amazing love that was present throughout the fic. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble being captivated by that love, or by the story as a whole, either. The story is part of a trilogy, with a completed sequel (Backward with Purpose Part II: The Book of Albus; also rec’d here on my blog) and a possibly-abandoned (but not essential) work-in-progress (Backward with Purpose III: The Refuge of Hope), but “BWP1: Always & Always” works perfectly well as a stand-alone.