Author's Response: One thing that may help is causality is intentionally being warped here. Cause does not necessarily come before effect. This is not, per se, a romance fic, though the early chapters do have a lot of romantic elements, but these are almost backstory... but needed to set the stage.
Author's Response: At this point in the storyline, there are several things happening that are hinted at here and there, but no more than that. Harry is insightful, at least when he's firing on all cylinders - he'd have never gotten through his first four years if he were not. Certainly since the end of the fourth year, his vision has been clouded, but it's time for that to stop, even if it requires a bit of tampering behind the scenes.
Author's Response: As the story unfolds, you get additional bits of backstory on the line of wizards before Dumbledore. You will find that quite a bit of backstory, based on the historical record, is included on both Nicholas Flamel, and his wife, Perenelle.