The Wedding

Threeo’clockonthefollowingafternoonfoundHarry,Ron,Fred,andGeorgestandingoutsidethegreatwhitemarqueeintheorchard,awaitingthearrivaloftheweddingguests.HarryhadtakenalargedoseofPolyjuicePotionandwasnowthedoubleofaredheadedMuggleboyfromthelocalvillage,OtterySt.Catchpole,fromwhomFredhadstolenhairsusingaSummoningCharm.TheplanwastointroduceHarryas“CousinBarny”andtrusttothegreatnumberofWeasleyrelativestocamouflagehim.

Allfourofthemwereclutchingseatingplans,sothattheycouldhelpshowpeopletotherightseats.Ahostofwhite-robedwaitershadarrivedanhourearlier,alongwithagolden-jacketedband,andallofthesewizardswerecurrentlysittingashortdistanceawayunderatree;Harrycouldseeabluehazeofpipesmokeissuingfromthespot.

BehindHarry,theentrancetothemarqueerevealedrowsandrowsoffragilegoldenchairssetoneithersideofalongpurplecarpet.Thesupportingpoleswereentwinedwithwhiteandgoldflowers.FredandGeorgehadfastenedanenormousbunchofgoldenballoonsovertheexactpointwhereBillandFleurwouldshortlybecomehusbandandwife.Outside,butterfliesandbeeswerehoveringlazilyoverthegrassandhedgerow.Harrywasratheruncomfortable.TheMuggleboywhoseappearancehewasaffectingwasslightlyfatterthanhim,andhisdressrobesfelthotandtightinthefullglareofasummer’sday.

“WhenIgetmarried,”saidFred,tuggingatthecollarofhisownrobes,“Iwon’tbebotheringwithanyofthisnonsense.

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