Title: the hero of the invisible audience

Disclaimer: not my characters; title from James Humphrey

Warnings: future!fic

Pairings: mentions of het and slash

Rating: PG
Wordcount: 230

Point of view: third

Prompt: Any, any, the child of (any hero) turns out to be perfectly ordinary- and their parent(s) couldn't be prouder

Note: In my mind, Albus' husband is Scorpius Malfoy, but it's not stated in the drabble, so feel free to pick someone else if you like.


James Potter spends ten years as the greatest Quidditch player in the world, and then coaches the most successful team for twenty-five more. Lily Potter becomes the youngest dueling champion in history. Their fame equals their father's on their own merits, and James eats it up with glee while Lily handles it gracefully, when she's not jinxing the fans who get too close. James has a girl in every city and Lily invents new curses, which supplements her income.

James marries in his mid-thirties, a healer who doesn't put up with his nonsense. Lily never does, but she travels the world teaching anyone who wants to learn. Harry and Ginny had instilled in all their children the knowledge that everyone should be capable of defending themselves. Nobody should wait for others to save them.

James and Lily Potter go down in the history books. Their brother is only ever noted as Harry Potter's middle child. He never does anything extraordinary. He marries his Hogwarts' sweetheart, has two children, teaches transfiguration at Hogwarts (his husband teaches history), and dies of old age, happy and peaceful. His husband dies three days later.

Once, a reporter asks Harry Potter if he ever wishes his middle child were as exciting as his other two.

Harry just laughs, shaking his head. Al lives the life Harry wishes he could've had, and he couldn't be prouder.