The Boy I’m Gonna Marry

Title: The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
Author: Keira Marcos
Challenge: Thursday Vignette’s (November 29, 2018)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Genre: Romance, Future Fic, Alternate Universe
Warnings: No Beta
Word Count: 500 (complete)

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“And now the mother of the bride would like to speak.”

Hannah Granger didn’t seem at all intimidated by the magical amplifier that Neville Longbottom gently directed her to. She gifted the room with her daughter’s smile. “When Hermione asked me to speak today, I had no idea what I should say. Thankfully, she provided me an entire book on the subject of magical weddings and bondings.” She paused at the laughter that earned her.

“Every mother faces the day their child leaves their side and ventures into the world without them. That moment came upon me when she was eleven years old. I put her on the train to Hogwarts—heart full of excitement and fear. I wanted her to embrace being magical, but I worried so much what might become of her in a world that I couldn’t enter without help.

“The next day, I received my first owl with a letter from my little girl. It ate all of my husband’s bacon before it would deliver the letter. I was so pleased to hear from her so soon, and I want to share with you what she wrote in that letter.

Dear Mum,

Today, I met the boy I’m gonna marry. He’s an adorable mess. So I have my work cut out for me. Please send me tips on how to manage him.

I sorted into Gryffindor (so did he). I’m excited to start classes, and I made sure to brush my teeth extra since I had some cake for dinner.

All my love,


“Needless to say it wasn’t quite what I expected,” Hannah said wryly with a glance toward Hermione who blushed vividly and laughed. “I would continue to receive these short little notes about this future-husband of hers throughout the year. If you know my daughter at all, you’d know she doesn’t excel at being brief.”

Minerva McGonagall lifted her wine glass in salute which caused a smattering of laughter.

“I met the future husband going into their third year. He was, in fact, an adorable mess. Throughout the years, I bore second-hand witness to beautiful and terrible things through my daughter’s letters. I spent many terrified months waiting to hear she was safe during the war, but I needn’t have worried because he’s been by her side since she was eleven years old.

“As I was preparing to make this speech, I remembered this letter.” She waved it. “I kept it tucked in my jewelry box all these years. Mostly because I hoped to have an opportunity to tease her one day with what I believed to be a fleeting crush. As it turns out, that adorable boy on the train became one of the bravest and loyal young men I’ve ever known. I couldn’t be prouder to welcome him into my family even if on most days he’s still that adorable mess that my little girl met on the train.” She lifted her champagne. “A toast to Hermione and Harry Potter.”

The End

Keira Marcos

In my spare time, I write fanfiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on the Internet. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a 40ish "domestic engineer" but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.


  1. This little snippet was simply wonderful! Thank you for sharing this gem

  2. Awesome. This is totally how Hermione would approach a relationship.

  3. Thank you! I love how you can tell a whole story in just 500 words. Wish I had your way with words.

  4. That was lovely. Thank you!

  5. Great little story.

  6. 500 words and this somehow broke my heart. There are so many worlds where Hermione is denied some kind of meaningful relationship with her parents, and here we have this ideal Mrs. Granger and it really got me. Beautifully done in it’s brevity, and extremely thought provoking. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Misswinterjayne

    This made me tear up what a perfect little story in 500 words amazing

  8. Only a superb writer can tell a complete story in only 500 words. Well done!

  9. this very well done. beautifully done.

  10. I’m amazed at how much you can pack into 500 words. This is sweet and loving and funny. Adore Hannah Granger and her notes from 11 year old Hermione!

  11. Oh, how adorable and poignant. How very Hermoine. Thank you for this gem.

  12. Lovely!

  13. Lovely post. Thank you.

  14. Awww, that’s adorable.

    I’m kind of stunned that Hermione’s first letter home actually was brief. She must have dashed it off before bed. Yep, says “today”. She would have been tired.

    And she just knew.

  15. Very sweet (she says while reaching for tissues).

    Thanks so much!

  16. That was adorable! I can just picture little 11 yr. old Hermione saying it

  17. This is a delicious emotional-cupcake of a fic. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  18. OMG. Loved this x100000000.

  19. So adorable! And I can just see Hermione making such a pronouncement. 🙂

  20. SunshineMorningstar

    That brought a tear to my eye. So sweet.

  21. I love this so much. It’s amazing how you can create something so lovely and beautiful in just 500 words. I can just picture Hermione writing her mom about how to “manage him”. So cute. Thanks for posting it.

  22. Absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  23. I fear I become more and more addicted to your stories 😀

  24. Adorable, brief yet perfect. Thank you.

  25. scarlet standish

    An absolutely lovely little story. Thank you for writing.

  26. Sweet story.

  27. Very sweet!

  28. *Blinks* Checks the word count again… *Blinks several times* You continue to amaze me! Thank you for something so wonderful and lovely!

  29. Very nice, thank you!

  30. It was really cute! 🙂

  31. Well done and sugary goodness! Love to know what happened to Ron?

  32. This story is so damn cute I LOVE IT

  33. This one brought tears to my eyes, in the best way. Thanks for writing!

  34. This made me tear up! It was sweet, funny and as a mother, emotionally poignant. Thank you for writing something so wonderful.

  35. This is a lovely vignette.

  36. This makes me happily misty every time I read it. Thank you!!!

  37. Instantly put a smile on my face

  38. I loved this little story! I don’t normally overly enjoy one-shots (if they’re good it’s hard to get over the disappointment of not getting more story, lol) but this one is lovely. Thanks for writing it.

    By the way, the video link seems broken; is there any way to fix it? I’m curious what it is/was.

    • It’s not broken – just unavailable in your country. Look up “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” by Darlene Love on Youtube.

      • Oh. Usually YouTube says ‘video unavailable in your region’ or something to that effect; here it said nothing. Thank you for the info! I was able to see it just fine from a google link.

        (Writing from Canada btw)

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