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Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

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The Bloody Stare of Mars by Yahtzee

Voldemort's won, the heart of London's a concentration camp & muggle-born witches must take employment where they can... The Potter fandom isn't exactly short of 'Voldemort won' dystopias, but few combine Yahtzee's solid grasp of plot, keen eye for telling detail & light touch with the angst

[Added 01/12/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Firenze, Voldemort, Malfoys, OC]

The Eleventh Birthdays by Livesandlies

'When he had turned eleven, it had been Aunt Muriel who'd taken him in, because she was a Prewett and had a cousin by marriage who'd been a Black, and they took those things into account down at the registry office. It had not been so bad for him.' Trio-centric triptych, set in a dystopia where Voldemort won the first war. Livesandlies creates a wonderfully detailed world where Dudley gets to shine and even Percy is sympathetic

[Added 15/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Weasley siblings, Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, James Potter, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Dolores Umbridge, Dr & Dr Granger, Piers Polkiss]

Get There Faster by Jintian

A dark coda to Order of the Phoenix that deals with Harry's responses to Sirius's death. Breathtakingly plausible

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Remus Lupin; Adult]

Unseen by Astolat

'He kept it with him all the time, after that, and started wearing it more often than not—he'd forget he had it on, and if he was doing a shift at one of the desks, people would come by and then go away again without asking him to do anything and he'd belatedly realize they hadn't been able to see him.' Strong worldbuilding & superb characterisation of a traumatised post-War Harry who handles celebrity abysmally. The story suffers a bit from St Draco syndrome but don't let that put you off

[Added 25/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, OCs]