Real name: Arnel Montgomery
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Sorry, but that's it. It's supposed to be quite open-ended and surprising - hence the last line! So no more, sorry, but glad you liked it!
I've just read both chapters and I really like this story. I really felt for Harry in chapter one and love how he's thinking about Ginny in two. I've been to the Bull and Finch and remember it well. The back room was a nice touch both there and at W.W.W...very thoughtful of Fred and George, I must say. Can't wait until chapter three hits the net...
Thank you! I've seen several stories in which the Dursleys are kind of caught-in-the-act, but I'd never seen one in which one of the Hogwarts teachers find out during the school year. It was a rather obvious (at least to me) angle that hadn't been exploited yet. I chose to set it during OotP because it seemed to me that the absolutely logical way for the abuse to be discovered was during Occulmency lessons.
I took the classes dealing with these kinds of laws and the effects of long-term child abuse as an education major a few years back. I realize that the reason why JKR has never dealt with the issues she's raised by the Dursleys' treatment of Harry is because of the genre that she's based the books in--she's working from the classic boy-hero mythos. As an educator herself, she'd be more than familiar with the law I'm exploiting for the purposes of this story.
I'm very glad you're enjoying this, and I hope you continue! Harry has a long road ahead of him, and I'm not just speaking of Voldemort.
What if Voldemort chose to mark Neville as his equal instead of Harry? That's the question that this story sets out to answer. Deals mostly with his childhood to date.
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Lily really is a saint, isn't she? Am I evil cause I keep torturing her? More to come... Thank you for the review, and the beta-ing.
When Harry arrives home after his fifth year, something is dreadfully wrong in the Dursley household.
Post-OotP, mild HBP spoilers.