The Dursleys weren't exactly a model family
- A deep and tragic look at Harry. Scary to see how it might have gone so bad so fast. While I didn't like McGonnagal being cruel, I guess it was for the fic. Overall it was well written, though a little jumbled from the time jumps. I think if Harry ever met with Remus and Sirius they'd listen to his side having been outsiders in different ways.
I'd like to see a sequel. Not a full on 'I'm gonna go Dirty Harry on you.' but they say the best revenge is to live well so I'd like to see it years later where Harry is happy and healthy with family and friends around him while the wizarding world fell apart. Maybe he could have worked with Remus & Sirius to make a school that teaches magic and muggle courses. It's been done before, but it can be interesting.
(#) dbrrforbit 2011-04-16 03:37:20 AMI find this more realistic than canon. Isolated for ten years then expected to behave in a certain way...Even the way McGonnagal behaves supports canon. I just want to know what happens next - given the prophecy. I do notice there is no reaction from Dumbledore.
- The most bitter thing is: your story is nearer to reality than the tribe JKR sprouts about.
What I'd like to see is a Harry that left the country to an other former commonwealth one, and on entry is detected as magical, brought to the 'muggleborn'-immigrant attendant and carefully asked the needed questions for a direct immigration. Taken great length to bury the paperwork as deep as possible, Harry (given a new Name) is placed at a combined school (magic/normal). Cue to a frantic search for "Harry Potter" who, -- as far as magic is concerned, -- no longer exists.
- Heh, 'twill be most interesting when Harry doesn't return and Dumbles finally twigs that Harry never went home with the Dursleys and could be anywhere (imagine the panic in Gryffindor tower when they realize they've driven Harry away (of course, they'll never take responsibility for their actions).
I will strongly agree with those above who suggest that a sequel, with the British wizarding world "desperately seeking Harry" goes bananas as they can't find him. It would be amusing if another country took him and helped him hide properly (perhaps they have schools that Albus denied the right to recruit Harry? There are all sorts of possibilities here). Personally, I'd love to see him get away with it and Dumbles have to deal with Quirrel et al. on his lonesome.
- The jumping from time period to time period was a bit disorientating. That said I found this story to be just flat sad.
Which I believe is what you were shooting for. While I've enjoyed your other works and have and will in the future again, reread them. This story will not be in that group.
Downers I don't need, go enough of that in the real world. Well written but not my cup of tea.