Pairing: Hermione Granger/Ronald Weasley, Ginny Weasley/Harry Potter, others
Fic Title: After The End
Authors: Arabella and Zsenya
Rating/Warning(s): According to the authors, "This story will be rated R for mature themes, some violence, angst, and language, at intervals. Harry, Ron and Hermione are now eighteen, and will be acting their age. Also, though we have done our very best to stay as close to JK Rowling's world and canon, we've had to skip ahead three years and create that history for ourselves. That said, we welcome you to enjoy this - we sure have."
Genre: Epic-length sequel with elements of adventure, romance and more.
Why This Must Be Read: Quite literally the second piece of fanfiction I've ever read, "After The End" was written while we all waited desperately for Book 5 to come out. Essentially, it picks up in a post-Voldemort Potterverse, as everyone struggles to recover from a devastating war and to deal with outlying elements of it. Characters we love fall and fumble into each others' arms beautifully if not always gracefully. (The authors must have been borderline clairvoyant, to have called a few of the pairings that later became canon.)
It's AU now, but at the time it was an entirely believable continuation of the series, from the characterization to the writing style to the length, plot arc, and setting. I have to imagine it still holds up now--frankly, the writing at points may be even better than JKR's. If you read one massively long Potterfic, and it isn't Hermione, Queen of Witches (also by Arabella), this is it.
Special Rec: 1/35