petunia dursely

170. Lily brings James over for dinner one day just after 7th year, and Petunia is there with Vernon. James tries his hardest not to say anything insulting or stupid, (while being very nervous) and at first his attempts are sucessful. Mr and Mrs Evans leave the room and Petunia says something about his nerves. James fires back by casually mentioning how her taste in men is just as awful as she is (goddammit Sirius for teaching me what a decent man is by a 3am conversation). Petunia shouts at Lily about how awful James is, Lily defends James….sorta. Mr and Mrs Evans run back in because the girls are fighting and the boys are uncomfortable. They stop the fight and James thanks them for dinner and mentions he should probably get going. He murmurs a spell that transfigures Petunia’s pearl necklace into bees and Vernon’s jacket into a sheep. James had left by the time it finished transfiguring. Lily walked out and scolded him but thought that was great. Vernon did get told about magic and avoided obliviation.

Petunia Dursley Backstory

Harry’s aunt and uncle met at work. Petunia Evans, forever embittered by the fact that her parents seemed to value her witch sister more than they valued her, left Cokeworth forever to pursue a typing course in London. This led to an office job, where she met the extremely unmagical, opinionated and materialistic Vernon Dursley. Large and neckless, this junior executive seemed a model of manliness to young Petunia. He not only returned her romantic interest, but was deliciously normal. He had a perfectly correct car, and wanted to do completely ordinary things, and by the time he had taken her on a series of dull dates, during which he talked mainly about himself and his predictable ideas on the world, Petunia was dreaming of the moment when he would place a ring on her finger.

When, in due course, Vernon Dursley proposed marriage, very correctly, on one knee in his mother’s sitting room, Petunia accepted at once. The one fly in her delicious ointment was the fear of what her new fiancé would make of her sister, who was now in her final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Vernon was apt to despise even people who wore brown shoes with black suits; what he would make of a young woman who spent most of her time wearing long robes and casting spells, Petunia could hardly bear to think.

She confessed the truth during a tear-stained date, in Vernon’s dark car as they sat overlooking the chip shop where Vernon had just bought them a post-cinema snack. Vernon, as Petunia had expected, was deeply shocked; however, he told Petunia solemnly that he would never hold it against her that she had a freak for a sister, and Petunia threw herself upon him in such violent gratitude that he dropped his battered sausage.

The first meeting between Lily, her boyfriend James Potter, and the engaged couple, went badly, and the relationship nose-dived from there. James was amused by Vernon, and made the mistake of showing it. Vernon tried to patronise James, asking what car he drove. James described his racing broom. Vernon supposed out loud that wizards had to live on unemployment benefit. James explained about Gringotts, and the fortune his parents had saved there, in solid gold. Vernon could not tell whether he was being made fun of or not, and grew angry. The evening ended with Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant, while Lily burst into tears and James (a little ashamed of himself) promised to make things up with Vernon at the earliest opportunity.

This never happened. Petunia did not want Lily as a bridesmaid, because she was tired of being overshadowed; Lily was hurt. Vernon refused to speak to James at the reception, but described him, within James’ earshot, as ‘some kind of amateur magician’. Once married, Petunia grew ever more like Vernon. She loved their neat square house at number four, Privet Drive. She was secure, now, from objects that behaved strangely, from teapots that suddenly piped tunes as she passed, or long conversations about things she did not understand, with names like ‘Quidditch’ and ‘Transfiguration’. She and Vernon chose not to attend Lily and James’ wedding. The very last piece of correspondence she received from Lily and James was the announcement of Harry’s birth, and after one contemptuous look, Petunia threw it in the bin.

Even though Petunia was raised alongside a witch, she is remarkably ignorant about magic. She and Vernon share a confused idea that they will somehow be able to squash the magic out of Harry, and in an attempt to throw off the letters that arrive from Hogwarts on Harry’s eleventh birthday, she and Vernon fall back on the old superstition that witches cannot cross water. As she had frequently seen Lily jump streams and run across stepping stones in their childhood, she ought not to have been surprised when Hagrid had no difficulty making his way over the stormy sea to the hut on the rock.

854. Dudley's daughter is a muggle-born witch. Needless to say, Vernon went ballistic when he found out. His anger was doubled years later when he found out she was marrying a wizard named Scorpius Malfoy. Petunia, on the other hand, supported her son and granddaughter, she just wanted them to be happy.

submitted by phoenixmartinez-ride

What if Dudley wrote to Professor Dumbledore, just like his mother did, asking to be accepted into Hogwarts? When I read this submission, it instantly made me sad, thinking of Dudley like that, wanting to have the magic that we probably dreamed of when reading Harry’s story for the first time. Plus, it could lead to really cute Petunia/Dudley moment. I don’t know, maybe I’m reading too much into this one, but I personally think this is a really good “What If’ :’)

littlestitchwitch  asked:

so I stumbled upon beanstalk yesterday and promptly read the entire thing, and am now looking around your tumblr and am just now realising that you are the same person who wrote "what if keladry didn't get pardoned" AND "what if petunia dursely was actually nice" AND the fabulous women of hp series AND amazing susan pevensie drabbles and basically all these things I have loved but never connected back to a person and WOW

Well, welcome, sweetheart! It’s good to have you. And just so you know, Beanstalk’s got a sequel…