First off, the passionate writing that was in Half-Blood Prince never materialized in Deathly Hallows. Perhaps it was because JK Rowling was overseeing the impending end of her baby. Perhaps, her heart just wasn't in it to end the series. Or perhaps it's just me raising my expectations too high and thus feeling short-changed when finally confronted with the end-product. After all, it happened with SpiderMan 3 and Transformers. Both got rave reviews, and both sucked in my opinion. Just another case of me raising the bar too high.
So to appease my disappointment of how the series ended, I decided to write my own version of how JK should've ended the series.
Nineteen Years Later...
Harry is neck deep in drugs and alcohol, battling hard just to stay afloat. A classic case of a child star getting too much at a too early age. In the early post-Voldemort years, he joined one of the league's Quidditch team and became one of the most successful seeker in its history. But then he was caught doping, and was fired from the team afterwards. His downward spiral thus began.
Ginny is harangued at home by the three rascals, James, Lily, and Albus. And she swears to finally undergo ligation, right after she gives birth to the child already in her belly. Papa Harry wants to call her Cho, after someone whom he thinks he somehow knew in his past (Ginny obliviated Cho's memory right out of Harry's mind)
Hermione goes on to become the next Bathilda Bagshot. Writing the unheard story of their adventures. She also writes and pioneers the extensive law covering responsible and truthful journalism (she never outgrew her hate of Rita Skeeter). Also triumphantly pushing for the enactment of law curbing excessive Ministry powers without general wizarding community approval. Because of her busy schedule, she hardly has time for Ron and the family.
Ron, covering for Hermione's absence at home, becomes a houseband. He is a battered husband, who often suffers Hermione's Cuckoo Rush spell, everytime she comes home to find dinner not yet ready. Every year, he secretly goes off to the Quidditch trials, hoping to be recruited as a Keeper to any Quidditch team. Suffice to say, no team has ever dared brave Hermione's wrath, after Ron's very first attempt at trials (same time with Harry's) resulted in Hermione berating everyone present that Ron's place was ONLY AT HOME and NOWHERE ELSE! How else could she work if Ron wouldn't take care of the kids? (yeah, just a year after Voldemort's death, Hermione became pregnant. somehow, they found the time to do it in the Room of Requirement while the Battle for Hogwarts was going on. Ron just imagined they needed a bed, and voila. Annoyed, Hermione added silk sheets and rose petals just to make it "more romantic." Somehow, they forgot to imagine up a condom)
Neville became the Sex Idol of younger generations of girls as the story of how he slew Nagini became really famous. He was thereafter known as the "Snake-Chopper." And loads of toad-carrying Neville offsprings soon populated the wizarding world, products of Neville's wild orgies with his groupies. Action figures of Neville with him wrestling with a snake between his legs are sold worldwide.
Luna finally proved to everyone that the Crumple-Horned Snorkack do exist. She invented a spell that allows anyone to enter another person's imagination and live there for a certain amount of time. Thus, to anyone willing, she was able to prove that the Snorkacks did exist -- in her imagination. At night, she fantasizes having sex with Harry and screams of Harry's name can be heard from her house. At one time, Harry actually visited her and had sex with her. Unknown to her, it was the sex-starved Ron who drank polyjuice potion to appear as Harry and entered her cabin to satisfy her fantasies. Thankfully, Hermione never found out. Though, she always remarks how strange it was that Luna just became pregnant and afterwards gave birth to a rather very red-haired girl.
Malfoy became so repentant he lived an ascetic life. Nevertheless, he didn't escape the prosecution of pureblood-haters or posers of them. Since Voldemort's downfall, purebloods fell in disrespute once it became widely known that many of his Death Eaters were pureblood fanatics. To this day, many would rather die than admit anything to do with purebloods. As such, blood traitors became more widespread and Mudbloods stopped being a pejorative and became an honorific instead. Malfoy's line was the last of the purebloods and when he died (he did not marry in my book), the line of the purebloods disappeared in the history of the wizarding world.
George was never the same after Fred's death. He lost all will to live, and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes never opened shop again. Ginny finally committed him to St. Mungo's after his fifth attempt at suicide. His wand was taken from him and there he was kept in living stasis, only let out when friends and family visit. Testament to his genius, he somehow found a way to escape, and thereafter, finally carry out a successful suicide.
Dudley continued his change of heart (and eating habits) and became a lawyer working pro-bono for the oppressed. He was able to shed off his "baby fat" and is currently in good shape (not round). Occasionally, he receives an owl from Harry with the drunken scrawl on the parchment asking for another supply of beer as Ginny has found a spell of keeping him away from wizard-made alcohol. (Ginny, smart as she is, forgot to take into account that Muggles make their own liquors)
Percy rises up ranks in the Ministry, and soon becomes Minister of Magic. Having learned a hard lesson from Fudge and Scrimegour, he became the best Minister of Magic to have ever ruled the wizarding world. With enormous help from Hermione's lawyering skills, they built up the code of Liberty that is now known and widely enjoyed everywhere. Fred's death forever etched a resolve in Percy's heart. That until he lives, never again, would he be blinded by power, and forget everything else. It is what has made Percy, the best minister that he is. Every now and then, he visits George at St. Mungo's. When George died, Percy became even more silent than what he had been after Fred's death. When Percy retired from the Ministry, he had instituted wide reforms that virtually changed the wizarding world for good.
Top of this was the code of Liberty, and the extensive collection of the memories of all wizards and witches (still living) who battled Voldemort and the depositing of it in a Pensieve fashioned after the one Dumbledore had. All first year students (Hogwarts, Beuxbaton, Durmstrang, elsewhere) were required to enter it before being admitted to school. At Hogwarts, this replaced the Sorting Hat. Sorting was abolished, with Hermione's argument that Sorting caused further divisiveness, and was the very root cause of every quarrel in Hogwarts ever since. Thereafter, all Hogwarts students was known to embody all the best qualities of its school founders, and was encouraged to repudiate all their faults. The only thing omitted at the Pensieve were the Horcruxes and the Deathly Hallows.
Finally, the greatest triumph of Voldemort's defeat was the freeing of other magical beings from wizard rule, and the acceptance of those who wished to be viewed as equals, as equals. Wandlore was thus taught to any race wishing to learn it. In return, the wizarding world learned a lot from these magical beings. Centaurs finally shared the secrets of prophecy to wizards, goblins - metalworking, merpeople - taught everyone wanting to learn Mermish, and shared their vast wisdom in governing and being governed. House-elves were finally freed from slavery, and though many still suffered from being "freed," gradually breaking them into freedom soon brought succeeding generations to accept "freedom" freely.
This last act of Percy was the most controversial, and the most that had both good and bad effects. On one side, its good effects brought magic and all beings who practiced it closer to each other, on the other, it brought other malevolent beings much greater power, with them being taught wandlore.
Thus follows the next series in Harry Potter, Post Harry Potter Era, Book 1: Rise of the Leprechauns. Book 2: The Veelas and their Charms Book 3: Birth of the Dementor King Book 4: Malevolent Beings Unite! Book 5: Liberty Falls Book 6: The Resistance Book 7: Magic Comes to an End
Just finished reading one of my best friend's book. Yes. A book. And not just his-his, as in "he owned it" but his-his as in "he wrote it."
It pained me to know that while I succeeded in surviving the times in my life when the shit really hit the fan, he totally got shit all over him. I guess D-U-C-K wasn't a word in his vocabulary, being invulnerable and all. But man, I never knew I missed you until I read what you wrote. You mentioned me like, twice in that book. Okay, that totally qualifies as being REALLY out of your life. I guess fair's fair eh? I'll try to minimize mentioning your name in my book as well.
Thanks for the gift. At least you just confirmed what had been coalescing in my mind these years I've been with my wife. And oh, you wouldn't mind if I let her read your work would you? After all, you do have plans of publishing don't you? Who else better to gauge the market than her?
You're still neurotic as always. Why can't you learn that being passionate means being burned? Stop chasing that damn butterfly and it might just stop evading you. And a real advice from a real friend? Watch Basil, you might just learn something about keeping the woman you love and keeping her in love with you, without burning yourself out and partitioning your soul like some hard-drive. Try it sometime. You might finally join us old weds and have that anchor you're looking for.
No it's not Love. It's not sex either.
A trip back home might earn you exclusive sessions with the one who knows the answer...
hint: it's not JP