Story: Harry Potter and Fate’s Debt
Story URL: Story Link 1 at SIYE
Story URL: Story Link 2 at FF.Net
Word count at Sink Into Your Eyes: 224,842 (24 chapters)
Word count at Fanfiction.net: 197,896 (26 chapters + a Chapter 27 snippet)
Status: MIA; Last updated Oct. 2008
Summary: Eleven year old Harry Potter is waiting to leave for Hogwarts. While he is waiting for the Dursleys to wake, he finds a letter addressed to him…from himself. It has a simple message: Get to know Ginny Weasley. Post OOTP. AU.
I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve read this story. I’ve been an avid fan of the fic since the author first began posting it on fanfiction.net in 2005, through the re-write he began over at SIYE in 2006. Even now, when the story hasn’t been updated since 2008, I still check back on it periodically, just in case.
“Fate’s Debt” is certainly in my Top 10 for the Harry Potter fandom, and is probably in my Top 2 or 3. I absolutely love how the author took a rather cliché, silly fandom trope and turned it into a brilliantly developed story. And although this story is not complete, if you are a fan of Harry Potter fic and don’t mind canon pairings, you’re a bad fan if you haven’t read this story. 😉 I love the blending of JKR’s world with the sensational, logical, creative mind of intromit. I’m immensely impressed with the way that intromit manages to re-tell canon without simply rehashing everything, instead making it all fresh and exciting, skimming over all the unessential or identical-to-canon portions, in order to keep his audience completely riveted. I’ve seen some of the elements from this story attempted by others, often in completed fics. But I don’t know anyone who managed to create such a captivating, JKR-feeling, exciting interpretation of these ideas as intromit does in this story.
If you’re starting this story for the first time, begin with the version at SIYE. It’s an expanded, better-written version – which is hard to believe, as the first version was fantastic (though it did contain more typos than the expanded SIYE version.) However, the SIYE version of the fic stops mid-way through OotP. You can pick up the story over at fanfiction.net, beginning with Chapter 19 (the chapter numbers don’t correspond between sites), to read more of the story. The two versions don’t exactly mesh perfectly, as the re-write included moving some elements around and altering some facets. But having just a bit more of the tale available at ff.net certainly beats the alternative!