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    December 3rd, 2007

    The Boy Who Lived

    The Boy Who Lived by PigWithHair

    Summary: Set many years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry is asked to reflect. Oneshot, 4,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If it’s a difficult thing for a fanfiction writer to track back a character and write them significantly younger than they are in the source material, then it’s probably even more difficult to extrapolate them far forward in time into old age. Old people aren’t the easiest characters for fanfic writers to wrap their heads around (probably because most of us are under 30 and still quite young ourselves), and in a lot of cases we end up with a character that doesn’t feel old enough. This fic ages Harry and Ginny (and Ron as well) very nicely and very realistically: they are cranky, crotchety, temperamental and nostalgic. They move like seniors, they talk like seniors, and they sound like seniors. Their interaction with the younger generation captures that certain “when I was your age we walked to school in waist deep snow uphill both ways” without leaning too heavily on cliches or abandoning JKR’s original character. This is a character piece on Harry as he reflects on a life lived and the things and the people we take for granted. Superbly good.

    Why You Might Not Care: Ginny might be a touch too cranky for some people, but old age makes grumps of us all. Harry’s perfect.

    Awards: December 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    posted by afterthree

    5 Responses to “The Boy Who Lived”

    1. Oxymoron Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 6:13 pm

      “When I was your age we walked to school in waist deep snow uphill both ways.”

      *thinks of forums* *laughs*

    3. Tash Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 6:22 pm

      Hah. Oh, I really like this one. This is exactly how I picture old Ginny, because you know she’d be the cranky old lady who mutters about her lazy husband and the neighbors’ dog.

    5. ladybalin Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 7:21 pm

      That was fantastic and terribly sad at the same time.

      I love that Ginny is a grumpy old woman. I can just see her like that.

    7. Anna_Karenina Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 8:11 pm

      The dedication was…well, hits you right *here* ::stabs self in chest::

    9. Kali Says:
      December 3rd, 2007 at 9:27 pm

      I liked this for all the reasons you said — it was well-rwitten and from a unique perspective that we (obviously) don’t see much of. They were well aged, something that is impressive, and all in all it was well crafted.

      …but I was marginally uncomfortable reading about Harry (and co) as ….well, however old wizards are when they’re old, which is like 100-something. It’s just that if Deathly Hallows was the death of my childhood and the epilogue was its funeral, this fic is like the graverobber who descrates its burial ground. Harry Potter isn’t supposed to get old! He’s supposed to stay young forever just like I’m going to!