Title: Meaning of One Author: Sovran Rating: M Genre: Action, Adventure, Angst Status: Complete Library Category: Romance, Adventure/Drama, Angst Pairings: Harry/Ginny Summary: Part One: If two people are deliberately created to be together, how will the challenges in a world of magic and Dark Lords be dealt with? What would it mean for two people to truly become one? A re-imagination of first year. Part Two: The second year at Hogwarts brings new experiences, new friends, and new challenges. Along the way, they learn more about what it means to be who they are, even as Hogwarts seeks to cope with who they are feared to be. Link: (Series) : http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/series.php?seriesid=54 (Part One) : http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=11833 (Part Two) : http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=126789 Note: Part One and Two are seamless, so I'm reviewing them together. No Spoilers. I like Meaning of One because it gets almost everything right. There is no undue hatred or resignation -- it could be called rather myopic. But by the very nature of this story, that is to be expected. The children aren't geniuses and they aren't overlords, they're just average 10 and 11 year olds with rightfully concerned parents and teachers that completely fail to grasp the nature of Harry and Ginny's relationship with each other. For them, their melding is obvious, not a surprise, and something that is expected and non-threatening. Instinctive trust and affection comes from a likeness of affect (for lack of a better word) and not from a dread of their chains or the constant, overwhelming contact. Apart from the Soul Bond, this story does not veer from canon concepts. Other characters carry faithful torches from canon. Their reactions to the sudden, unexpected events (which seem rather drawn out to Harry and Ginny, which they should) and the retaliation from the protagonists form the basis for much of Part One, with the new intrigue and mystery of Hogwarts presenting itself as a slow burn that might be too slow for some who were not expecting a Year One story to be a 500,000 word behemoth. Despite the length, the story is only sluggish in parts where the advancing plot seems odd and unconnected for the present. Most of the "clues" could be gleaned by anyone familiar with canon, but the author's attempts at masking the same is commendable. It's good enough to revitalize a nagging feeling of anticipation for the events, which are driven not by incredible feats or meaningless conflicts, but by the inevitable natures of the protagonists and their friends. This might be a downside for those who wish to find novelty in their AU stories and those who tend to sneer at stories that veer only slightly from canon and often find a way to shoehorn events. I expected this to be one of this story's downsides, but after reading a third of Part One, I could not support this any longer. Sovran's writing is impeccable - I might be able to count typos and grammatical mistakes in this story on one hand. The way the story is written is what really sets the stage -- you're not paying for the thrill, but the feel. The writer manages to blend Adventure, Mystery and World Building seamlessly and lets one overpower the other only to make poignant points and to advance characterization. This preserves the subtlety and immersiveness of canon, and at the same time manages a whodunit that the author crafts with care to imbalance your canon-aware expectations. This acknowledgement and practice of independence lets the story divert from canon synthetically, without succumbing to tricks employed by cheap entertainment, like major last-minute surprises and character growth that suddenly precedes adversity. Part Two seamlessly grows on this, and the first chapter of Part Two picks up where the last chapter of Part One left us. Attending a boarding school tends to make mothers hyper-protective, and for someone as rambunctious as Molly Weasley, this could even entail mortal danger. The Dursleys a sidenote and a mild annoyance, the beginning of Part Two deals with what Harry has never had - genuine family trouble and freedom. Although well executed, it might run too long for some. It delivers new friendships and genuine connections that form a major part of the story after. Quelling high spirits, it moves on to Hogwarts like familiar territory, which echoes in the actions of the protagonists. Their surprises and worries are hence greater. Anyone looking for inappropriate contact will be sorely disappointed -- they protagonists are simple and well-behaved children who walk with their hearts on their sleeves, and consider lying an affront to their sensibilities.