When Hermione finds out she’s pregnant, she panics. Of course
She rushes to the library and checks out a stack of parenting
books, then starts reading them frantically as if she’s back at Hogwarts and
she’s about to take her O.W.L.’s the next day. And normally, under such
circumstances, Ron would roll his eyes at her and criticize her for losing her
mind over nothing.
But this time is different.
Because, bloody hell, he’s going to be a father.
So he and Hermione are poring over the books together, trying
to memorize every word, taking notes and quizzing each other daily.
And Harry and Ginny, who’ve already had two little boys
themselves, laugh themselves into hysterics whenever they visit the Weasley’s.
One night Ginny has to assure a hyperventilating Hermione that she’ll make the
most perfect mother in order to get
her to calm down—that she didn’t worry half as much as Hermione, and James and
Al turned out fine, didn’t they?
Finally, a few months later, the baby is born. A healthy,
laughing girl with dark reddish-brown hair and a habit of curling her tiny fingers
around her parents’ thumbs. By then, Hermione’s already warmed up to the idea of having a daughter, she’s not so wound up and anxious like she used to be.
Ron pretends he’s calmed down, too. But for the next few years, he carries 1001 Tips to Raise a Healthy Witch or Wizard tucked under his arm at all times.