I love the idea for this story. I never thought about how difficult it would be for Ginny to break up with Harry if she ever wanted to, knowing that her brother is his best friend and her parents already consider him part of the family, knowing that even if they do break up, she'll still have to see him regularly for all those reasons and that her family will be split between them. It seems so obvious now you've written it.
And I loved the mention of how he told Ron and Hermione about his promotion first as one of the reasons she doesn't love him. It struck me as a little odd how at the end of Deathly Hallows, there was, I think, some mention of Harry just wanting to be with Ron and Hermione, even though he hadn't really seen Ginny in about nine months. I know he's close to them too, but it seemed like he'd forgotten her completely even though they could finally be together now.
The only thing that seemed very slightly off to me was the description of Molly Weasley as being elderly. Of course, we don't know how old she is, but I would think of elderly in the wizarding world as coming close to a hundred, certainly over eighty and guessing she was somewhere between thirty and forty when she had Ginny and Ginny is probably in her early-to-mid twenties here, Molly is probably only about sixty. Even in our world, I wouldn't consider that elderly. But of course, Ginny might see her that way, if she's only in her early twenties.
Yikes, the ending is slightly creepy. I assumed Molly just believed she really loved Harry. The fact that she knows she doesn't and still pushes her to go through with the wedding is a little worrying.
I'd love to see a sequel to this about how the marriage works afterwards. Does she learn to love him or is she fond enough of him to make it work without actual love or does she remain deeply unhappy in the marriage? How does having his children change her feelings for him? It would make an interesting story.
This is an unusual interpretation of Ginny's relationship with Harry, but a really interesting one (in a good way) and fits very well with what we know from canon.
Author's Response: Can I first just say that your reviews are basically the best thing that happened to me this week? It's such a great feeling to get reviews that you weren't expecting, even more so when the person's reviewing stories you've sort of forgotten you even wrote haha.
I always thought that moment in DH was a bit odd too - there were a lot of moments like that throughout the books where I felt a bit bad for Ginny, because I really do feel like Harry picks Ron and Hermione over her a lot without even realizing it.
I honestly don't even remember using elderly to describe Molly Weasley o__o So I had to go back and find that bit but, now that you mention it, it does seem a bit off. I think I might have been trying to distinguish Molly from Ginny, but in that case 'older' would probably work better. Thanks for catching that!
I didn't intend to make Molly appear malicious or anything (: In my mind, she can sense that Ginny doesn't love him, but she thinks that Ginny will grow to love him and that she just needs some more time - that there's no use making a fuss now if everything will work out perfectly. I think Molly's just a good Mum who wants her daughter to be happy, and like most Mums, she assumes she knows what will make her daughter happy.
I've never been very good at writing Ginny or Harry so I didn't consider turning this into sequel, but if I ever do I will definitely let you know :) It would certainly be interesting.
Thank you so much for this review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, especially because reading it now makes me a little bit self-conscious hehe. Anyway, you're kind of amazing so thank you!