Summary: While Ginny returns to Hogwarts for her last as Head Girl, Harry remains in the Wizarding World as an Auror-In-Training. When Draco Malfoy shows up stating that Dolohov is trying to amass an new crop of Death Eaters, Harry must decide on what to tell Ginny and how to handle the situation. Unknown to him, Ginny is struggling with major PTSD, failing her courses, and generally breaking down. When Harry goes missing for a week after meeting with Draco, Ginny decides that she cannot handle the stress and breaks up with him. This drives Harry to push for full Auror status and spends the next two years on the Continent. Ginny gets her PTSD under control and begins her career with the Holyhead Harpies. When Harry returns for Ron and Hermione’s wedding, they must decide what to do with their relationship while Harry is stilling hunting down Dolohov.
Opinion: The first story setup the tone of the story immediately and showed the causes and influences that Ginny was undergoing. Harry’s turmoil over hurting Ginny and effectively losing the only family that he’s known was the perfect catalyst for him disappearing for so long. They story is completely based in canon, matching what the epilogue stated happened, but elaborating on the in-between years. The struggle that Ginny had with PTSD was understandable and lent itself to some very good character development. Overall, the story was well-laid out and the time lapse was well-handled. For the most part, you knew how long the jumps were and yet still only read the important parts.
Length: 482.492 words
Pairings: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley/OC
Warnings: Major PTSD discussion, mild gore