Story Title: Dudley Dursley and the Knights of Walpurgis
Author Name: HumanTales
Category: Harry Potter
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Content Rating: Teen
Status: MIA (last updated 10/29/10)
Length: 57,122 words
Story Summary: After twenty years of happy normalcy, Dudley sees another letter from Hogwarts. This one is addressed to his daughter.
Dudley Dursley and the Knights of Walpurgis is my personal headcanon for the next generation of the wizarding world. I’m such a fan of the series that I was surprised to see that I hadn’t already written up a recommendation for this story.
Most of the “next gen” stories I’ve encountered tend to annoy me because of their childish tone. There are stories in which the adults stand around like a bunch of Percy Weasleys and make grand pronouncements and emotional explanations to their numerous Potter/Weasley offspring about what happened in the war. There are stories in which the kids have their own adventures at Hogwarts which feel silly and blatantly fanfic-ish. I fell in love with Rowling’s original series because of her characters, and therefore any story that picks up years later needs to focus on those original characters in order to hold my interest. Of those stories which fit that criteria, this is the best.
HumanTales writes as a mom, which is the main selling point for this series. When Dudley Dursley’s daughter gets an invitation to Hogwarts, we’re thrust back into the wizarding world from the perspective of a family that doesn’t understand it. HumanTales takes Dudley’s family, and a few others whom we meet, through the issues that parents would face upon receiving such a letter. I loved how thought-provoking this was. To be honest, if my daughter received a Hogwarts letter, and the school were organized and administered the way it is in the HP books, I’d never let her go there. So what would it take in a modern world for Hogwarts to convince muggle parents that Hogwarts is a good idea?
Another point which receives some consideration here is the issue of magic and witchcraft as understood by the wizarding world, as opposed to the way it is understood by extremely conservative Christians, of which I consider myself one. HumanTales does a commendable job here in representing that viewpoint. I vehemently disagree (as would Child Protective Services and any reasonable adult!) with the way one particular mom chooses to handle the issue, but I understand the place she is coming from when she makes her dreadful decisions. J.K. Rowling obviously included numerous Judaeo-Christian elements within the Harry Potter series. (Link, Link, Link, Link, L’Abri Link) Even so, I still know many people who are just as convinced as the character in this book that the type of magic in the wizarding world is the same type that is empowered directly by demonic forces. HumanTales handled this scenario with tact, thoughtfully exploring how such a person would react to that Hogwarts envelope.
The one downside to this story is that I suspect that if it is ever completed, it will take many years. That’s okay. There’s no cliffhanger in play, and the story is so character-driven, that just getting to know the protagonists has made reading (and re-reading and re-re-reading) completely worth it. While awaiting an update, I’d encourage readers to check out HumanTales‘ other stories. She writes for multiple fandoms, including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sliders and more.