It seems that half of the 1998 Hogwarts alumni are doing illegal shit and Harry and Ron are cops (basically). I sooooo expect Ron to lose it at some point. The history with Katie is surprising and to some extent, reasonable. He needs to find someone who understands and has the capability of changing the world with him and won't ever forget the war anniversary instead of a sweet and forgiving girl. I love this so much I could cry out of happiness.
1) ron will totally lose it (in a good way, i.e. a way that will make us, specifically me, laugh) and it will be magnificent
2) I’m actually really glad you said that about Katie, because that v small plot point has gotten some VERY mixed reviews (including at least one person who said they can’t read it now because of her appearance in the story), so here, allow me to explain:
What I wanted to do with this story was FOR ONCE allow Hermione to be something more than just Draco’s first source of forgiveness/redemption. yes, sure, Hermione is kind and fair and sympathetic, but lots of people have played on those aspects of her before, and I want Draco’s relationship with her to be based on other things, like their shared intellectualism, quick tempers, etc. REAL things, beyond just “this is the first person who gave me a chance.”
Does that make sense? So look, I chose Katie intentionally because I wanted Draco to have an experience with someone who was kind enough to forgive him for his past, but also to show in the same blow that that isn’t necessarily enough to fix someone. He needs someone who really understands him with a lot more complexity - understands all of him, the good and the bad - and it was important to me to show that it takes more than just “I forgive you” to build a relationship that lasts
edit: I also needed it to be someone Harry knew so that he would later reach out to Draco etc etc it was purposeful etc the end