james potter*

Okay but imagine and James and Lily didn’t die, and the Potter’s live their life fairly happily, and Harry still defeats Voldemort in the Second Wizarding War some way or another. But James Potter is sick of fighting wars that could’ve been stopped long before innocent people had to die, and despite everyone swearing that immature and always-joking James Potter would never become a Ministry worker, he takes up a career in politics. 

James becomes an unstoppable force of nature in the Wizengamot and the Ministry, he champions for muggleborn and werewolf rights, he implements a fair functional trial system, and helps to eradicate ancient laws and regulations that discriminate.

He becomes known for being something other than the father of the Boy-Who-Lived and First and Second Wizarding War veteran. His policies are renowned and he strides (no longer struts) down the halls of the Ministry, robes dramatically sweping behind him, greying temples and Dumbledore-style twinkling eyes.

But really can you imagine how much fun Harry would have had with an animagus as a father? James giving little five year old Harry stag-rides on his back prancing along in the backyard, James going to “mow the lawn” and then Harry looks out his window and dies of laughter when he sees a stag just casually grazing the grass, Harry yelling “DAD!” when he sees an antler poking out of a bush as he tries to have a moment with Ginny.

And idk I feel like James would turn every now and then just to clear his head if he’s feeling overwhelmed and one night Harry can’t sleep because of similar reasons and he goes to the backyard and sees a stag sitting on the grass and he doesn’t say anything but Harry goes over sits down next to James and just stays there because it’s so easy and so natural and not weird at all.

idk ignore me and my odd headcanons

Can you imagine Harry going to kindergarten and James having to go to the parent-teacher meeting on his own because Lily had to work?

James walks in and he’s surrounded by middle-aged men, some with receding hairlines, some completely bald, some with pot bellies and others with beards and shirts tucked into their slacks.

And then there’s James in jeans and converse shoes with a band t-shirt and leather jacket with a full head of black messy hair because he’s 25 damn it and he doesn’t need to start wearing slacks and button down shirts yet.

And everyone silently thinks that he must be a lazy or uncaring father but then Harry walks in like, “Hi Dad!!!” and runs to hug his father and James has THE BIGGEST SMILE on his face and he picks Harry up and hugs him and later Harry’s talking to his classmates and they’re like “Wow Harry your dad’s so cool.” And Harry just thinks, “Wait till I tell them he can turn into a stag.”

Sorry, I think about these things.

headcanon in which james potter spent his entire childhood thinking (knowing!) he was going to play quidditch professionally and for puddlemere united and have his name appear beside the greats like joscelind wadcock and on trophies and paraphernalia and textbooks besides but ended up being the man who sired the boy who lived instead and that’s alright by him

So remember that Jily AU I was talking about? I AM WORKING ON IT. It’s just coming along slower than I thought.

So here’s a portion of it. This portion is actually more James and Harry but oh well (I seem to do that a lot)

Backstory: Lily’s a muggle James is a wizard. They were together for a year and as time went on James got more and more worried of how Lily would be treated because of Voldemort but he did plan to marry her. A week before his proposal, during a mission (which he told Lily was a “hiking trip” with Sirius and Remus in Scotland), three Death Eaters came, bound and tortured them. They didn’t cause any destruction but they warned James that if he kept going with his relationship with Lily, the Dark Lord would kill her and would kill her slowly. James panicked and told Sirius and Remus to tell Lily that he had died in a terrible accident. None of them knew that Lily was already pregnant during all this. 

Ten years later, Harry started showing signs of his magic that neither he nor Lily understood (James hadn’t told Lily about the wizarding world yet). A ministry wizard comes along and explains that Harry is magical and about Hogwarts (standard procedure for Muggleborns) but when Lily mentions that Harry’s father was James Potter the ministry wizard tells them that James Potter is an Auror and very much still alive. 

Shit goes down, you can imagine. This portion here is a few days after Harry meets James. He begs Lily to visit him at the Ministry again and she complies. Lily wanted to talk to James so Harry was taken to a little waiting room in the Department which has a bunch of stuff for children to amuse themselves with (think a doctor’s waiting room). Harry reads Beedle the Bard and is fascinated by how the pictures move and who else but Draco Malfoy walks up to him and makes fun of him. They tussle and James is called down to talk to his son.

Ok. Wow. Backstory done.

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