Story Title: Mental That One
Author Name: ArgyleS (aka Argyle_S, Argyle-S)
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Adult
Story Summary: Dumbledore insists the trio stay at Grimmauld Place during Christmas of the trio’s sixth year. Nobody is happy about it and Hermione is acting strange. Ron’s POV.
I’ve returned to the story time and again. It’s Ron’s witty narrative which really sells it for me. Scenes such as this one, in which Hermione has just lost her temper with Dumbledore, are screamingly hilarious even as they convey a deep poignancy beneath the surface:
“I didn’t know if I should be proud that she’d finally learned to swear like a Weasley, or frightened that she was better at it than I was. I settled for being scared that she was so freaked out she’d suggest that Dumbledore had inserted his head in that portion of his anatomy. It was years later before I understood it was a Muggle phrase. In the magical world you just don’t say things like that. It might give people ideas for new hexes.”
Such a spectacular example of understated, dry humor! I love a well-written, pro-Weasley fic, and this one is fantastic in that regard.
This particular story is the first part of the “Pink Elephant Series.”