I like the idea of Dudley going to Hogwarts instead of Harry. You have one creative mind! The story was really well written. I liked the sorting the best because I wondered what house Dudley would be in. Something inside of me wanted him in Slytrherin with Malfoy, but I think he'll do well in Hufflepuff. It just seems surprising since he was so mean in the actual Harry Potter story. My question to ask is did Voldemort even happen. I noticed Lily was alive in well. I'm not saying it's a bad change or anything. I kind of like that you changed it up a bit. Good job and keep writing!(:
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. :) I struggled a long time with what house to put Dudley in; Slytherin would be a great fit, obviously, but I think there is more to him -- even if it is buried a bit -- and I wanted to see how he would turn out if he was surrounded by more positive influences. But his friendship with Malfoy is not necessarily over, and that will also have an influence. :) Great question about Voldemort. I deliberately left it open, because I wasn't sure myself! I think Voldemort was stopped before he even came to power, or at least a lot earlier in his reign of terror.
this was pretty good, too! i hope you'll continue writing about Dudley's Hogwarts life. i'm guessing Quirrell is there all the same! but i had some questions. as Harry had not been part of the wizarding world and clearly hadn't stumped Voldemort, what happened to him? did Neville become the chosen one who was born at the end of July? that would be cool. and i loved it that Uncle Sev teaches Muggle Studies! though it's a pity he's not teaching Potions in which he ob-viously rules! :-p it also occurred to me that Harry should be going somewhere better than Stonewall High now that he lives with his mum.
Author's Response: Thanks! I really want to keep writing about Dudley at Hogwarts, although my attempt at a sequel/second chapter is a bit stalled at this point. I deliberately left the question about what happened to Voldemort open, since I wasn't sure exactly how to resolve it and it didn't affect the story itself that much. I have a vague idea that Slughorn was so devastated about Lily leaving the wizarding world that he got really drunk and told Dumbledore about Tom Riddle asking about Horcruxes, and then Dumbledore was able to find and destroy them before Voldemort even came to power the first time. But I'm not sure if that's completely feasible. I'm glad you like Uncle Sev teaching Muggle Studies! That was one of my favorite touches. ;) He may yet teach potions, but Slughorn is still around. That's a great point about Harry's school, but I think that since they're not exactly well-off, it may be all they can afford. It's probably not a bad school, and he'll have a uniform that fits him properly. ;)
How can you be done with this????? Augh, I want more now!!!!!!!! Uncle Sev? And Harry not a wizard? I need this explained more!!!!! Another chapter would be great! And does Voldemort exist in this realm? What will happen next?
You have left me hungry for more, and only you can satisfy this...
Author's Response: Thanks so much! It's really encouraging to hear that you enjoyed it. :) I am currently working on a sequel/second chapter, but it's a bit stalled right now...We'll see what happens, but I do want to continue this story!!
Haha very funny story. Good job!
Author's Response: Thanks! :)
I'm a bit of a Dudley fan so I was really happy when one of my friends pointed me this way. I haven't read your other fics yet but I really enjoyed this is as a standalone fic. I do have a few questions that I hope the other fics may answer, though!
It's an interesting premise having Harry as the non-magical one. I thought you wrote Dudley's character well given his setting and his slightly different upbringing to canon. He was still recognisable as Dudley and the differences seemed to make sense considering he's obviously been brought up with his extended family rather than being pitted against Harry. Lily 'was' a witch... hm I am intrigued to know more about that! I also loved the way you set up an interesting Dudley-Draco dynamic.
Anyway, great fic! It drew me in instantly. I hope to read more from you.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad Dudley made sense to you. I am currently writing a sequel/chapter two to this one and it's much harder to get him right as he's growing and changing at Hogwarts. I'm really excited about the Dudley-Draco dynamic, though; I'm glad it intrigued you.
AGH!!! I love it... It's sooo... umm great! You really should consider going back and continuing it because it's an interesting concept and t could probably go very far. You have an excellent sense of style (hehe puns) and your grammar is impeccable which improves any story. Again this is such a great chapter with so much potential to go further. I hope you see the potential that I do and continue, eventually.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! You made my day. :) I'm currently working on the sequel/second chapter, with possible plans for more. So stay tuned! No promises on timing, but I am intrigued by the possibilities here and am encouraged by positive reviews to keep working at it.
Ah. I read your other fic and realised I had misread the relationship between Snape and Lily. In any case, I enjoyed this!
I'll come right out and say that AU. isn't something that particularly grabs me .. but this has hooked me in.
The line about Lily 'was a witch' has really intrigued me, as has the notion that Harry has no magic. I'm wondering how she lost her powers. Has James died? (sob). Who is Uncle Basil (Lily's new husband, perhaps?) and Uncle Sev ... Yes, lots here to ponder on, so I hope to read another chapter soon.
Interesting story. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) I do hope to continue this story sometime in the future, though inspiration eludes me at the moment. However, several of your questions are answered in my other story, "The Pauper's Tale", if you're interested. (I should warn you, that story has generated a much more mixed response than this one. Some people really don't like it.) Thanks for taking the time to review!
I fell about laughing so many times while reading this fic. If you have a chaptered/one-shot somewhere, I need to fish that out. This was brilliantly done, so brilliant that I could stomach Uncle Sev marrying Aunt Lily. :3 I say that as a hardcore James/Lily shipper.
And oooh! Draco/Dudley? Dear me, is that my new OTP?
Author's Response: Thanks very much!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :) The Draco/Dudley relationship intrigues me and I hope to explore it more in the future; there's just a lot of potential for these two spoiled blonde boys to see themselves in each other. We'll see if and when inspiration strikes! Thanks for taking the time to review. :)