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Harry Potter

Dudley Dursley, Dursley family

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Dudley Dursley and the Hogwarts Letter by KindKit

'Right up until he turned eleven a couple of months ago, Dudley used to hope that he'd got magic too.' A brief AU that is both thought provoking and surprisingly touching

[Added 09/07/2008; Drama; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, Harry Potter, James Potter]

The Eleventh Birthdays by Livesandlies

'When he had turned eleven, it had been Aunt Muriel who'd taken him in, because she was a Prewett and had a cousin by marriage who'd been a Black, and they took those things into account down at the registry office. It had not been so bad for him.' Trio-centric triptych, set in a dystopia where Voldemort won the first war. Livesandlies creates a wonderfully detailed world where Dudley gets to shine and even Percy is sympathetic

[Added 15/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Weasley siblings, Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, James Potter, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Dolores Umbridge, Dr & Dr Granger, Piers Polkiss]

Lust over Pendle by AJ Hall

'Various far-fetched theories were spun as to what exactly had happened the night Draco Malfoy went out to murder Hermione Granger, and returned some hours later, to tell his father that, actually, he thought becoming a Death Eater was a rotten idea, and he'd rather be excused.' Deservedly a fandom classic: AJ Hall has had a ball with Rowling's universe. The characters are developed far beyond the two-dimensional ciphers of canon (the author's vision of Narcissa Malfoy is particularly memorable). Although the pacing occasionally flags, the light humorous tone works well and the Bond-style finale is a romp. The sequel, Dissipation and Despair, is also recommended

[Added 09/07/2008; Drama; >50,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Narcissa Malfoy, Mrs Longbottom, Dudley Dursley, Vernon Dursley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Rita Skeeter, Pansy Parkinson, Colin Creevey, OCs]

No Charity by Fluffyllama

'From a beetle viewpoint, the walls and fences surrounding the Dursley property looked even more formidable. The barbed wire was new, as were the 'No Wizards' signs tacked beneath the list of all the other potential visitors and miscreants Marjorie had no truck with, but neither presented her with much of a problem as far as gaining access was concerned.' Fluffyllama uses sharp details to humanise two of the least-likable women of canon, Rita Skeeter & Marge Dursley. Memorable & thought-provoking

[Added 28/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Rita Skeeter, Marjorie Dursley, Harry Potter, OCs]