i really liked this, it was a bit abstract and odd, but really well-written. i probably would have given it a different name, like, Moving On, or something, because i think Breakthrough is something large, and this is a gradual thing.
Author's Response: I understand what you mean by that, but I think coming to such drastic conclusions about his entire life would've been a sudden shock for Harry. Thanks for telling me your thoughts.
Funny you mentioned expanding my ship horizons. While I completely agree with you that Harry has a much stronger relationship (in the books) with Hermione than with Ginny, I've recently been taken by some Harry/Luna stories that just make sense.
As for Hermione, sorry Ms. Winters, but she belongs with Ron. Although I did read a few storys that paired Hermione with Draco, and another that matched Ron with Parkinson, and I was surprisingly OK with them. I've found that I'm willing to give Dramione a chance if and when the author starts the stroy prior to the events of HBP. After Dumbldores death (gee, hope I didn't spoil the ending of HBP for you) there's no chance Hermione could ever feel romantic or lustful feelings toward Draco.
Then again, if an author goes so totally AU with the characters that their very essence is changed, are they really the same characters from the books?
To be honest, Hermione gets passed around to every male figure in the Harry Potter fanfic universe and it annoys the Hell out of me. Hermione/Dumbledore?!?! For the love of all that is good and pure...!
Author's Response: I know what you mean about characters going so AU they sometimes don't resemble who they are supposed to be, but I respectfully disagree with your statement that Hermione "belongs" with Ron. Her relationship with neither boy is ideal, even less so with Ron.
I've never liked H/Hr. Then again, I never got H/G, Ginny came off as more a plot device than an actual character in the books and I love how you captured that in this piece.
But I've never liked H/Hr. And Heaven help the writer who dared to pair them after Deathly Hallows while staying true to canon. (Epilogue excluded, of course.) Quite honestly just about every attempt I've seen has been so contrived and the characters so AU that if they weren't given the names Harry & Hermione we'd have no idea who they were.
I still don't like H/Hr but this was a damn good story with a believable plot that explains why this relationship could happen, even post-DH. You don't shy away from the fall-out that would come between Ron and Harry if this relationship happened. In fact, I think you've got a follow-up story in this, if you choose to go after it. I'd be very interested in reading the story of how Harry followed his wife's suggestion and went to patch things up with Ron.
Assuming you could do it without going into full on Weasley bashing. (Sorry, that's another cop-out I've seen people take when going down this dark and murky path.)
So, congragulations on writing a H/Hr, post-DH story that made sense. If I could have gotten over my own preconceived notions of right and wrong in the world of Harry Potter I might have even enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading any other one-shots you might post.
Author's Response: Bravery is an admirable trait. As much as I liked GInny in the first five books, I do think she went into a personality morph in HBP that made it hard to buy her as Harry's one true love. I wish JKR had kept Ginny as we knew her in the first books (minus the running away instead of talking to Harry) and developed their relationship from there instead of turning her into the school's It girl and seemingly creating this relationship out of nowhere. I do ship H/Hr, but not because I dislike Ginny. Moreso because Ginny didn't do much more than Cho did as Harry's girlfriend and I felt like his bond with his friend was stronger. That's the basis for this and my other stories. I'm not going to apologize for other writers who do bash the Weasleys, but I think you might surprise yourself if you give other pairings a chance. This story surprised you, right? Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I really appreciate it.
I always thought that Harry and Hermione were better suited to each other...you're right Ginny was too similar to Lily. The part about the clones made me laugh. I really enjoyed this, interesting story, well written, great job. :D
Author's Response: I do wish we knew why Ginny and Harry were supposed to end up together, but we've gotten enough hints about why he was attracted to her - however strange the reasons sound. Glad you thought my reaction to the epilogue (the kids looks) was funny. Thanks for your compliments.
The part about how Harry and Ginny would have little James and Lily clones than name them that was really funny (obviously because it was true)!
Author's Response: Aw, well I'm sure I'm not the only one who had that reaction reading the epilogue. Glad you enjoyed it.