Dudley Dursley reluctantly and somewhat awkwardly accepts an invitation to his cousin's wedding. While there, he meets Harry's friends, discovers some fascinating wizarding adult beverages - and meets Cho Chang, who has her own reasons to find herself out of place and drinking heavily at the wedding of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.


In the months to come, this unlikely encounter will make him rethink his attitudes towards the magical world, drastically change the course of both of their lives, and change Dudley's relationship with his family forever.



Rating and Advisories (required): Teen Audiences (None)
Content Warnings (optional): None

Genre: Angst, Fluff, Romance

Tropes: Family, Forgiveness, Parenthood, Rare Pair

Story Type: Novella (under 50,000 words)
Completed · Published: 31 Aug 2020 · Updated: 25 Jan 2021 · Words: 38492 · Chapters: 10 · Reviews: 54 · Likes: 19 · Reads: 605

Series: None

JK Rowling once said in an interview that she thought about having Dudley have a magical child on platform 9 3/4s at the end of book seven, but decided that no magical blood could survive contact with Vernon Dursley's DNA. In a long list of ideas she got wrong about what should happen to her characters post-canon, I've always thought that this was pretty near the top.

 

Despite my reservations, this mostly takes the Harry Potter epilogue as written, but makes a few significant changes that the plot revolves around.




1. Chapter 1: Of Wizards and Weddings by tinyporcelainehorses (3967 words) · 12 Reviews · 5 likes

2. Chapter 2: An Open Bar by tinyporcelainehorses (4345 words) · 12 Reviews · 5 likes

3. Chapter 3: Dumbledore's Army in Crisis by tinyporcelainehorses (2581 words) · 6 Reviews · 2 likes

4. Chapter 4: A Tale of Two Phonecalls by tinyporcelainehorses (4586 words) · 5 Reviews · 1 likes

5. Chapter 5: Best Laid Plans by tinyporcelainehorses (5145 words) · 4 Reviews · 1 likes

6. Chapter 6: Dudley Dursley, House Husband Extraordinaire by tinyporcelainehorses (3907 words) · 4 Reviews · 1 likes

CW: vomit


7. Chapter 7: Tea, Hold The Sympathy by tinyporcelainehorses (4016 words) · 4 Reviews · 1 likes

Apologies, I've been lax about moving the rest of this story here.  Working on getting the rest up!


8. Chapter 8: Still Recruiting by tinyporcelainehorses (4292 words) · 3 Reviews · 1 likes

9. Chapter 9: A Chang By Any Other Name... by tinyporcelainehorses (3998 words) · 2 Reviews · 1 likes

10. Epilogue by tinyporcelainehorses (1655 words) · 2 Reviews · 1 likes