Story Title: Luna’s Hubby
Author Name: Meteoricshipyards
Story URL: Story Link 1
Alternate URL: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Teen
Length: 180,316 words
Story Summary: 7 year old Luna wants a husband, and she wants one now. With the unintended help of her befuddled father, she kidnaps Harry Potter. Idea and 1st chapter by Rorschach’s Blot.
“Luna’s Hubby” is, arguably, crack!fic. However, as stated repeatedly on this blog, I love crack!fic. And truthfully, what the talented and entertaining author Roscharch’s Blot began as a crackish premise, was then developed further by Meteoricshipyards into a very logical, perfectly structured story. Thus, I’m confident that whether or not one normally reads crack!fic, anyone interested in this story premise will enjoy “Luna’s Hubby” as much as I have each of the many times I have read it.
Rorschach’s Blot‘s central idea for the story (From Chapter 11 of his fic, Odd Ideas, rec’ed HERE.) features a 7-year-old Luna Lovegood, who decides that she wants to marry Harry Potter. However, unlike her neighbor, Ginny Weasley, who has a similar wish, Luna decides to do something about it. Thus we have one of the more amusing versions of the “Harry rescued from the Dursleys” fandom trope.
All of that is merely the first chapter. From that starting point, Meteoricshipyards creates a very rich, detailed story, filled with original characters who are well-rounded, fully fleshed-out, necessary additions to the tale. I’ve seen stories which are filled with far too many extraneous characters, for no clear purpose other than dragging the story out with side-plots which can ultimately make the story tedious and dull. Not so, here. Meteoricshipyards is either fantastic at improvisations, or was working off of a careful outline, as ever character, ever scene, and every bit of dialogue fills a purpose.
One aspect of this story which I’ve seen much abused in other fandom clichés is the marriage bond that develops between Harry and Luna. This plot device is not quite the same as the accidental soul bonds seen in other stories (some of which are rec’ed HERE.). Shortly after rescuing Harry, he agrees to Luna’s idea to recite marriage vows, as he likes Luna, likes her safe, non-abusive family, and would eagerly agree to anything that would keep him from the Dursleys. The two children don’t fully understand, though, that in the magical world, making vows to one another is a solemn, binding, and very real thing. Thus their childish behavior has serious consequences, which the author addresses frankly. Luna’s mother expresses concerns which accurately sum up the dangers of such a situation:
“Children, playing adult games, were going to be left with adult consequences. She knew too many stories about young troths going bad. Infidelity, divorce –- these would be bad for Luna and Harry; but how do children know if their childhood friend will still be the person they want to spend the rest of their life with once they grow up? She hoped with all her heart that Harry would grow into a man that Luna could live with; and that Luna would do the same for Harry.”
In spite of the acknowledgement of those serous considerations, and the way those concerns factor into the story development, “Luna’s Hubby” isn’t angsty. It’s dramatic, fun, light and yet very character-driven. Harry and Luna (who is far less “Loony” than in canon thanks to the fic’s changes in her upbringing) are able to form a wide circle of friends, including Slytherins such as Draco. Thanks to the differences in Harry’s circumstances, the couple and their friends have a much less tumultuous – and, consequently, far more fun – Hogwarts experience than Harry did in canon. Dumbledore is presented as slightly manipulative, particularly toward the end, but even I, as a fan of Dumbledore, don’t have any problems with his characterization here, as it furthers the complex plot perfectly. That again illustrates my earlier point, that the author’s concise writing style doesn’t allow for the inclusion of anything unnecessary.
My only quibble about this story is more a reflection on Fanfiction.net than the author. FFN deleted all section breaks within stories a few years back, and older stories like this suffered from it, as it can make it confusing to tell where one scene ends and the next begins. I haven’t read through the story on FicWad to see if that formatting glitch is an issue there, but I doubt it would be.
Meteorichshipyards’ other stories are also all worth checking out if you’re in the mood for fun, adventurous, and very well-written Harry Potter fics.
Please Note: The “Violence or Abuse-Non-Sexual” tag is in reference to Luna’s mother discovering clear signs (bruises, etc.) that Harry was abused by the Dursleys. No abuse is actually depicted in this story. Please also note that although this story is largely canon consistent, there are a few minor AU points which the author incorporates, none of which are significant deviations from canon.