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Epilogue

Twenty years later

"I don't want to go," almost-seventeen-year-old Victoire Weasley said plaintively at Platform nine-and-three-quarters.

"I'll come and see you every Hogwarts weekend," Teddy promised her. His parents had been highly supportive of his relationship with Victorie, their only condition being that he waits until she turned seventeen. And when Victoire's parents had protested about Lupin's open-minded attitude – particularly Fleur, who, despite being from a line of temptresses, had conservative ideas about sex and marriage – he had calmly pointed out that all forbidding the young couple to sleep together would achieve was forcing them to do it in secret.

He had a good point. Tonks – who his dad still referred to by her maiden name over after twenty years of marriage – had arrived unannounced in his flat and happily endued the shabbiness and secrecy for the man she loved – the man she had now been married to for over twenty years and born seven children. Surely it was better to have them expressing their love for each other in a safe, comfortable environment on the condition that they wait until they were both of age then feeling they had to sneak out and lie to their parents.

So both Fleur and Bill had come around and Teddy, as crazy as he was about Victorie, saw the sense in waiting for Victorie to come of age. It had given them a year to get to know each other and he was glad he had followed his father's request now.

Teddy and Victorie joined the rest of what had years ago become known at Hogwarts as the Black-Weasley pack. (They had initially been known as the Black-Weasley-Lupin-Potters, but that had soon been condensed to Black-Weasley on account that they were all one or the other, and some people suggested that it be condensed again to just Black because the Weasleys were Blacks, albeit several generations removed.) And they did tend to travel in a pack. There were Sirius's two kids, Gillian and Amber, nineteen-year-old twin orphans from the Battle of Hogwarts who he had adopted, taking a perverse pleasure that was typical of Sirius that the Black name would continue on in the form of children who weren't biologically Blacks. (A furious Narcissa was still fighting that.) Tonks and Lupin's seven children ranged between Teddy's twenty and Emmy's ten. Of Bill and Fleur's three children, Victorie was sixteen – almost seventeen, as both she and Teddy kept reminding everyone within earshot – and Louis twelve. Percy's two girls were fourteen and thirteen. George and Ron both had two children, and the youngest of Harry and Ginny's children, Lily, was ten years old and longing to join her brothers at Hogwarts. All up, that made twenty-one children – although Teddy, Gillian, Amber and Victorie all objected to the world 'children' – between ten and twenty. They were a close extended family, and a legendary one at that.

The last twenty years had mostly been good ones. Voldemort had been vanquished once and for all, and leaps and bounds had been made in Wolfsbane so Lupin now enjoyed almost-human quality of life every day of the month. He knew there would be no cure found in his lifetime, but as it was, he enjoyed a far greater quality of life than he had when he had first been bitten, and he was secure in the knowledge that his children were all human.

Thanks both to Kingsley Shaklebolt and Lupin's work with the Order, not only were many laws regarding half-breeds repealed, but many of the community's attitudes towards them had been reversed. People for the most part now understood that werewolves, vampires, centaurs, goblins, giants and the like, like humans, were to be judged on a case-by-case basis and not subject to blanket discrimination. And more and more evidence was pointing to the fact that opinions on the superiority of full-blood were not only false but counter-productive; fresh blood from muggle-borns like Lily Evans, Ted Tonks and Hermione Granger were actually bolstering and not detracting from the power of the wizarding community. Voldemort and his ideas about pure-bloods, and all the devastation it had wreaked, had forced the wizarding community to reassess its values and start looking at witches and wizards based on their abilities and characters then their bloodlines. The Lupins, who never would have been accepted in the past, had benefitted hugely from this change in attitudes.

He had the life, the family and friends that he never would have thought possible when he had first been bitten. Life was good.