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yer a wizard, dudley by dirgewithoutmusic
"Harry Potter spent his eleventh birthday in a cabin on a tiny rock in the middle of the sea, listening to his cousin snore on the couch.

When a knock sounded on the wind-swept, rain-drenched door, it was not a giant fist (or a half-giant's fist). It was a short sharp rap that sounded once, twice, three times before Minerva McGonagall simply charmed the lock open and stepped inside.

"Apologies," Minerva said crisply, as Vernon raced out brandishing his rifle and Petunia pulled Dudley up off the couch and behind her. "I wasn't sure you could hear me over the weather.” The rain fell down behind the professor in a roar. She was perfectly dry.

Minerva fished in her pocket without looking, because the only things allowed in her pockets were only ever exactly what she needed. “I've come to deliver this," she said, pulling out a letter and handing it to Harry, who was cross-legged on the floor, "because our owl post seems to have been unable to get through.”

“And I've come to deliver this," she added, pulling out a second letter, "because Hogwarts by-laws require a professor to hand-deliver acceptance letters to Muggleborn families for their explanation and comfort.""

lovely look at dudley and mcgonagall and percy
also "opinionated paper clip" is the best description ever
fandom:harrypotter  author:dirgewithoutmusic  harrypotter:au  genfic  recommended 
november 2018 by Laria_Gwyn
yer a wizard, dudley by dirgewithoutmusic
Harry Potter spent his eleventh birthday in a cabin on a tiny rock in the middle of the sea, listening to his cousin snore on the couch.

When a knock sounded on the wind-swept, rain-drenched door, it was not a giant fist (or a half-giant's fist). It was a short sharp rap that sounded once, twice, three times before Minerva McGonagall simply charmed the lock open and stepped inside.

"Apologies," Minerva said crisply, as Vernon raced out brandishing his rifle and Petunia pulled Dudley up off the couch and behind her. "I wasn't sure you could hear me over the weather.” The rain fell down behind the professor in a roar. She was perfectly dry.

Minerva fished in her pocket without looking, because the only things allowed in her pockets were only ever exactly what she needed. “I've come to deliver this," she said, pulling out a letter and handing it to Harry, who was cross-legged on the floor, "because our owl post seems to have been unable to get through.”

“And I've come to deliver this," she added, pulling out a second letter, "because Hogwarts by-laws require a professor to hand-deliver acceptance letters to Muggleborn families for their explanation and comfort."
fanfiction  fandom:hp  gen  rating:pg-13  au  author:dirgewithoutmusic 
november 2018 by peyton
these little powerless bones
she’s got a forged hogwarts letter with penmanship that’s perfect down to the ink splatter; she’s got a complicated string of owls, only half of them forged, from parents to administration to ministry that’s so complicated her name ended up on the first year roll call anyway. she’s got ten arguments, four pleas, and one smothered threat on the tip of her mental tongue for why the house that comes out of this hat’s brim better not be squib

she’s got a lighter up her sleeve and an eight and a half inch wand in her belt that will never, ever work for her. 

well, says the hat, better be slytherin then
author:dirgewithoutmusic  harry-potter 
october 2018 by sarapod
he will have power the dark lord knows not - dirgewithoutmusic
the one where harry is a squib. my favorite of the boy without a scar series (so worth a separate bookmark)

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It was Mrs. Figg who suspected first.

She noticed many things, sitting on her side of her fence with her cats chasing butterflies and nuzzling her ankles, Mundungus and the other watchers dropping by for tea now and then.

Mrs. Figg noticed that Petunia was a nosy bit of work with insecurities hanging from her every harsh angle. She noticed when Dudley learned the word MINE-- the whole neighborhood noticed that one. She noticed that Vernon glared at owls.

She noticed that when Petunia gave Harry a truly horrendous haircut one year, it grew back in at a normal rate. Harry was uneven and weird-looking for ages, hiding under beanies when he could.

When Mrs. Figg had Harry over for carefully miserable afternoons of babysitting, she noticed nothing moved that shouldn't. He didn't accidentally make flowers out of fallen leaves, or levitate anything during tantrums, or turn toys funny colors.

Mrs. Figg called up her mother, interrupting the wizarding bridge game she was winning against the nursing home staff, and asked her how she had known, decades back, that her youngest daughter was a squib.
author:dirgewithoutmusic  fandom:harry-potter  category:gen  length:5-15k  2015 
september 2018 by magalisays
boy with a scar - dirgewithoutmusic
the harry potter au series we all deserve. honestly, every single one of these is a fucking goldmine.

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What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily survived?
&
What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily were tortured by the Lestranges?

the kids who chose themselves:
What if Neville and Harry were both killed as infants, and there was no Chosen One?

no place like home:
What if Petunia refused to take him in, and so Harry was raised in Hogwarts?

the family evans:
What if Petunia had raised Harry like a son?

the heir of something or other:
What if Harry was Sorted Slytherin?

he will have power the dark lord knows not:
What if Harry was a squib?

the girl who lived
What if Harry was a girl? (cis)

the girl who lived (again)
What if Harry was a girl? (trans)

the last son
What if Ron was the Chosen One?

the brightest witch of her age
What if Hermione was the Chosen One?

baby birds and other adventures
What if Harry and Hermione met before Hogwarts?

the family potter
What if the Dursleys died, and Dudley was left on Lily and James's doorstep?

perfectly normal, thank you very much
What if Petunia was the witch and Lily the Muggle?

a life of smoke and silvered glass
What if Severus Snape stayed friends with Lily?
author:dirgewithoutmusic  fandom:harry-potter  category:gen  length:100-250k  2015  2016  2017  faves 
september 2018 by magalisays
a home for every season - dirgewithoutmusic
the one where susan ends up in middle earth.

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Let’s talk about a Susan who never moved on, who buried her family in English soil and spent the rest of her life trying to find her way home. She did not believe lions were kind, but she always remembered a bow in her schoolgirl hands.

She looked in every old wardrobe she came across. It was casual, everyday– the first day in a new lecture hall, she checked the back of the coat closet. Friends had her over for Christmas dinner and she excused herself to go the bathroom, checked every cabinet and closet, and then headed back in for pudding. She went home with a cute boy she met in a smoky little pub and she checked his wardrobe before she headed home the next morning, heels in hand.

She also went to college, got a political science degree she had to fight for. She got a byline in the local paper, a few ladies’ magazines, then a larger regional publication.

She had mimosa brunches with friends. She read detective novels, never touched fantasy, and finally one day she stepped through an old stone archway barely thinking about it and–-

She was standing in a treeless plain, all yellow grass and blue blue skies.
author:dirgewithoutmusic  fandom:lotr  fandom:narnia  length:<5k  2015 
september 2018 by magalisays
We Need to Talk About Susan Pevensie - dirgewithoutmusic
dirgewithoutmusic gives susan the ending she deserves

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A lion told her to walk away, and she did. He forbade her magic, he forbade her her own kingdom, so she made her own.

Susan Pevensie did not lose faith. She found it.
author:dirgewithoutmusic  fandom:narnia  2014  length:<5k  category:gen 
september 2018 by magalisays
i dreamed of a day [by dirgewithoutmusic, MCU Gen]
Gamora was falling.

The sky broke grey and vast above her. She twisted in the air, feeling in her every pocket and pouch for some sort of weapon-- a gun, a penknife, a plastic spork-- maybe if she died before she hit ground, it wouldn’t count.

Everything was gone. She scratched at her neck but her fingernails were short and blunt. Her throat was numb in the freezing air. She slammed at what should have been one of the most fragile parts of the body, but her esophagus and windpipe had been replaced with sturdier things long ago.

The wind was shrieking, and she was yelling, throwing all her breath away, but all the same she could hear them perfectly.

The red demon said, “You will regret it.”

“No,” Thanos said. She clawed at her throat and did not stop trying to die, all through the long fall.

He will, said a voice in her ear. Regret.

Gamora spat out against the wind, through her bruising throat and her fucking indestructible windpipe, “That’s one cold--”





“--comfort,” Gamora finished and the word echoed into the sudden silence.

No, not silence.

Gamora opened her eyes.
type:fanfic  fandom:avengers  fandom:guardiansofthegalaxy  genre:gen  wc:5001-10000  author:dirgewithoutmusic  character:gamora 
may 2018 by siria
i dreamed of a day by dirgewithoutmusic
"Gamora was falling.

The sky broke grey and vast above her. She twisted in the air, feeling in her every pocket and pouch for some sort of weapon-- a gun, a penknife, a plastic spork-- maybe if she died before she hit ground, it wouldn’t count.

Everything was gone. She scratched at her neck but her fingernails were short and blunt. Her throat was numb in the freezing air. She slammed at what should have been one of the most fragile parts of the body, but her esophagus and windpipe had been replaced with sturdier things long ago.

The wind was shrieking, and she was yelling, throwing all her breath away, but all the same she could hear them perfectly.

The red demon said, “You will regret it.”

“No,” Thanos said. She clawed at her throat and did not stop trying to die, all through the long fall.

He will, said a voice in her ear. Regret.

Gamora spat out against the wind, through her bruising throat and her fucking indestructible windpipe, “That’s one cold--”

“--comfort,” Gamora finished and the word echoed into the sudden silence.

No, not silence.

Gamora opened her eyes."

SCREAMING FOREVER YES
fandom:marvelmovieverse  fandom:avengers  fandom:guardiansofthegalaxy  author:dirgewithoutmusic  genfic  recommended  favorite 
may 2018 by Laria_Gwyn
these little powerless bones by dirgewithoutmusic
"when the hat drops over her eyes it asks, 'well what do we have here?'

she’s got a forged hogwarts letter with penmanship that’s perfect down to the ink splatter;

she’s got a complicated string of owls, only half of them forged, from parents to administration to ministry that’s so complicated her name ended up on the first year roll call anyway.

she’s got ten arguments, four pleas, and one smothered threat on the tip of her mental tongue for why the house that comes out of this hat’s brim better not be 'squib'

she’s got a lighter up her sleeve and an eight and a half inch wand in her belt that will never, ever work for her.

'well,' says the hat, 'better be slytherin then'"
fandom:harrypotter  author:dirgewithoutmusic  genfic  oc/si 
january 2018 by Laria_Gwyn
the family evans
What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? Not into the cupboard under the stairs, not into a twisted childhood of tarnished worth and neglect—what if she took him in?

Petunia was jealous, selfish and vicious. We will not pretend she wasn’t. She looked at that boy on her doorstep and thought about her Dudders, barely a month older than this boy. She looked at his eyes and her stomach turned over and over. (Severus Snape saved Harry’s life for his eyes. Let’s have Petunia save it despite them).

Let’s tell a story where Petunia Dursley found a baby boy on her doorstep and hated his eyes—she hated them. She took him in and fed him and changed him and got him his shots, and she hated his eyes up until the day she looked at the boy and saw her nephew, not her sister’s shadow. When Harry was two and Vernon Dursley bought Dudley a toy car and Harry a fast food meal with a toy with parts he could choke on Petunia packed her things and got a divorce.
HarryPotter  PetuniaDursley  03-10  Gen  AU  Family  Author:dirgewithoutmusic  Awesome 
december 2017 by LilyC
no place like home
When Petunia Dursley refused to take Harry in she forfeited his birthright protection, so Dumbledore took the baby to the safest place he knew: Hogwarts.

The applicable staff (mostly just… not Snape) took Harry in on a rotating schedule as he grew from baby to toddler to child. They traded extra credit for babysitting among the older students, and Harry grew up knowing a few dozen different laps that were safe and warm to nap in.

This was a Harry who grew up among books, among old transient walls and learned professors. They gave Binns night duty sometimes, and let him talk young Harry to sleep. This was a Harry whose world changed, on principle, daily. The stairs moved. The walls became doors. You had to keep your eyes open–you had to pay attention. So he did.

He grew up in a school. Knowledge was power, but knowledge was also joy. This was his sanctuary. There was magic in his world from birth.
HarryPotter  10-25  Gen  AU  Hogwarts  Author:dirgewithoutmusic 
december 2017 by LilyC
the family potter
When Harry was eleven years old, his Hogwarts letter came by owl. He'd been accidentally blowing windows open and lighting cauliflower on fire for years. James took Harry to go get his wand at Ollivanders, and Lily took Dudley to the Owl Emporium where he tried to convince her they should build an aviary in the backyard. They came home with a fat black cat who hissed at everyone. Dudley named him Spooks, and Lily called him Monster.

"Did you have to?" said James. "That is the meanest beast I've ever met, and I've known Remus unmedicated on full moons and a pubescent Sirius thwarted in love."

Lily, who had ink on her cheek and a ballpoint pen stuck behind her ear, waved vaguely at the living room without looking up from her arrest report. Dudley was asleep in an armchair. The cat sprawled across his lap. Both its front paws were wrapped around Dudley's arm as it cleaned his wrist with aggressive fondness.

"Alright," said James. "Yeah, you had to."
HarryPotter  LilyPotter  DudleyDursley  Gen  AU  Family  Author:dirgewithoutmusic  Awesome  10-25 
december 2017 by LilyC
the family potter - dirgewithoutmusic - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
When Harry was eleven years old, his Hogwarts letter came by owl. He'd been accidentally blowing windows open and lighting cauliflower on fire for years. James took Harry to go get his wand at Ollivanders, and Lily took Dudley to the Owl Emporium where he tried to convince her they should build an aviary in the backyard. They came home with a fat black cat who hissed at everyone. Dudley named him Spooks, and Lily called him Monster.

"Did you have to?" said James. "That is the meanest beast I've ever met, and I've known Remus unmedicated on full moons and a pubescent Sirius thwarted in love."

Lily, who had ink on her cheek and a ballpoint pen stuck behind her ear, waved vaguely at the living room without looking up from her arrest report. Dudley was asleep in an armchair. The cat sprawled across his lap. Both its front paws were wrapped around Dudley's arm as it cleaned his wrist with aggressive fondness.

"Alright," said James. "Yeah, you had to."
book:HarryPotter  fanfic  gen  Lily&James_Potter  HarryPotter  DudleyDursley  AU  author:dirgewithoutmusic 
december 2017 by SailAweigh
the small by dirgewithoutmusic
Bandits came for Lalasa’s family and burned the whole farm out, except for her, because she had been at the river washing clothes. Lalasa did not miss her father or her brothers for all the long years of her life, which should tell you something about her.

She cried for them anyway, and that should tell you something too.

--

Retelling of Page and Squire from Lalasa's POV.
fanfiction  fandom:tortall  gen  rating:pg-13  author:dirgewithoutmusic 
september 2017 by peyton
a home for every season - dirgewithoutmusic - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Let’s talk about a Susan who never moved on, who buried her family in English soil and spent the rest of her life trying to find her way home. She did not believe lions were kind, but she always remembered a bow in her schoolgirl hands.

She looked in every old wardrobe she came across. It was casual, everyday– the first day in a new lecture hall, she checked the back of the coat closet. Friends had her over for Christmas dinner and she excused herself to go the bathroom, checked every cabinet and closet, and then headed back in for pudding. She went home with a cute boy she met in a smoky little pub and she checked his wardrobe before she headed home the next morning, heels in hand.

She also went to college, got a political science degree she had to fight for. She got a byline in the local paper, a few ladies’ magazines, then a larger regional publication.

She had mimosa brunches with friends. She read detective novels, never touched fantasy, and finally one day she stepped through an old stone archway barely thinking about it and–-

She was standing in a treeless plain, all yellow grass and blue blue skies.
fic  fandom:LotR  fandom:Narnia  author:dirgewithoutmusic  character:Susan_Pevensie  character:Eowyn  character:Treebeard  character:Faramir  genre:crossover  character:Meriodoc_Brandybuck 
august 2017 by jeb124
✢ The Family Evans
"What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? Not into the cupboard under the stairs, not into a twisted childhood of tarnished worth and neglect—what if she took him in? Petunia was jealous, selfish and vicious. We will not pretend she wasn’t. She looked at that boy on her doorstep and thought about her Dudders, barely a month older than this boy. She looked at his eyes and her stomach turned over and over. (Severus Snape saved Harry’s life for his eyes. Let’s have Petunia save it despite them). Let’s tell a story where Petunia Dursley found a baby boy on her doorstep and hated his eyes—she hated them. She took him in and fed him and changed him and got him his shots, and she hated his eyes up until the day she looked at the boy and saw her nephew, not her sister’s shadow. When Harry was two and Vernon Dursley bought Dudley a toy car and Harry a fast food meal with a toy with parts he could choke on Petunia packed her things and got a divorce." (3529 words) This is wonderful.
  petunia_dursley  harry_potter  dudley_dursley  gen  protective!petunia  protective!dudley  character_study  grief  fandom:harrypotter  author:dirgewithoutmusic  have:pdf 
july 2017 by elwarre
a life of smoke and silvered glass by dirgewithoutmusic
""I'm sorry," he said again.

"Sorry's not enough, Sev. Be fucking better." Lily shut the door in his face.

He spent the summer reading in the library, the park, and then sneaking home when he was hopeful his parents would be asleep. He tried to think about bravery, but sometimes he just thought about Lily's hair, the way it went more golden in summer. He tried to think about nobility, ethics and grace, but the clouds chased each other, fat and white, across the sky and he wasn't sure what any of this had to do with him.

His father took him fishing by a dreary brown creek and they sat in silence. Severus could hear every creak, every lap of the water, every inhale and movement his father made. He thought maybe if he just said nothing, nothing ever, he'd never say anything again that made Lily's face go so flat and distant. If he said nothing, maybe nothing would hurt.

His father reached for a beer can in a swift movement and Severus froze himself unflinching. He sat in that silence afterward, slowing his heartbeat, picking apart the sudden rigid shell of his shoulders. His father hummed, cracking the can open like a gunshot.

(slight AU in which Sev is better at life)"
fandom:harrypotter  author:dirgewithoutmusic  harrypotter:au  genfic  james/lily 
july 2017 by Laria_Gwyn

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