Story Title: The Best Thing I Ever Did
Author Name: Minisinoo
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: All Ages
Length: 2,818 words
Story Summary: Two years after Cedric’s death, when the Ministry of Magic has finally admitted Voldemort is back, a bitter Amos Diggory reflects. And is met with a surprise. Sometimes the people we think we know can surprise us.
My first introduction to the world of Harry Potter coincided with the release of Book 4. I remember, during that wait for Book 5, that I re-read scenes from the previous 4 books and periodically wondered at Amos Diggory’s obnoxious behavior. I understand it better, now, as my eldest is soon to go out into the world on his own, with great academic success behind him and a life of committed service before him. I can better understand why Amos Diggory can’t shut up about his brave, kind-hearted, intelligent boy, even when he inadvertently makes others feel bad. I still think Amos was being obnoxious; but I can understand him now.
Minisinoo’s story, “The Best Thing I Ever Did,” is told from the POV of Amos a few years after Cedric’s death. It’s interesting, but not at all surprising, to see the precise, long-term impact of Cedric’s death on Amos and his wife. Min’s professional experience in helping suffering families is evident here, as she realistically, unflinchingly and matter-of-factly depicts the aftermath of a child’s death. But she doesn’t leave things there. Readers of this blog will know I’m not a fan of angst, so it shouldn’t surprise you that there is something amazingly beautiful waiting at the end of this tale. Something that, I suspect, many parents who have lost a son have secretly wished for. Not the resurrection of the dead; something else – something more accessible. And for Mr. & Mrs. Diggory, that something brings about their salvation along with a reminder once again of why Cedric was the best thing they ever did.
Excellent work, Min.