Dumbledore has his plans for the Potters safety, unfortunately SOMEONE has been spending too much time with Moody...
(#) jabarber69 2007-11-12 03:38:24 AMHey I think you ought to continue this! Also I have read numerous hp stories where the potters owned a ranch outside of El Paso, Tx and being from Texas I can tell you that is very remote and desolate area! So that in my opinion would be a great place to raise Harry but hey its your story! But as far as Hogwarts being the best, I dont see how. First of all you have a totally worthless History of Magic teacher. You have a DADA position that is cursed so the same teacher cant teach past one year and for some reason dumby doesnt care if he finds qualified teachers for that position. And for when The Potters attended they had a potions teacher that cared more for attracting celebrities to his little slug-club than for teaching and when Harry would of attended the worst possible teacher is teaching potions or should I say not teaching potions. And the muggle relations teacher is worthless and the divination teacher is so worthless there is no name for it. Also there doesnt seem to be any thing setup to ease the muggleborns and muggle raised into the wizarding world. So there if that is what the wizarding world calls its best then politely dont send me a letter, I'm better off being a muggle!
Author's responseThere is a major difference between El Paso and Kelso: I know Kelso. Like the back of my hand. The Potter house really does exist. It's right up the road from where I live. I know it isn't described in this chapter, but it is described in the next. It actually used to belong to my babysitter. It's not really remote or desolate, but it's one of the forgotten parts of America.
- You're off to a good start, there. I like their reasoning and I think it's going to lead to some interesting consequences, even if Peter remains the secret keeper, as Dumbledore -can't- have near as much influence in the US as he does in England and that'll change a number of things.
I'll agree with jabarber69 about the area around El Paso, TX being an equally isolated place and I do think a Harry Potter raised in Texas and picking up the attitudes around here (Can you tell I'm a Texan? Not by birth, but by upbringing and later by choice) would do wonders for shaking up Hogwarts - there's a certain irreverence toward authority and distrust of government in the culture here. Still, the area you mentioned is still in Middle America and likely would have many of the same Jeffersonian aspects to its culture. I don't know enough about the other schools to know that Hogwarts is the best, but I admit I do have to wonder given some of the teachers seen in canon and some of Dumbledore's choices, unless, of course, one goes for the Manipulative!Dumbledore or worse viewpoints.
I can't help but wonder if the wizarding education in the Americas would start earlier than in England, America likely being a lot less tradition-bound, and Harry would go to Hogwarts rather more skilled than he was in canon.
Author's responseThe attitudes are present here, along with a strong influence of 19th century German immigrants. The southern attitudes are tempered by the fact that it is farther north.