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Review:Aufeis says:
This looks like it could be very interesting!! I love hat dialogues and I can just imagine Dudley sitting there whilst the hat's scheming away to itself. Does this mean that vernon will be in shape now? Rather than a walrus? If he's able to kill basilisks and the like then I imagine he must be some kind of 'Indiana jones' as Dudley says! Looking forward to more, especially the new potter/snapes.

Author's Response: I find hat dialogues very easy to write, which is why I posted this glimpse first. Glad you like it, and thanks for the review.
Vernon is in much better shape, yes. It comes from the running through jungles or being chased around the home counties by crazy cultists trying to steal the books/scrolls he's been off to some corner of the world to fetch.
I'm assembling pieces of background for this alternate universe, before trying anything more ambitious. Amongst other things I'm working on an exchange of correspondence between several figures which led into Dudley going to Hogwarts (which I'm not sure is in a format suitable for posting on this site - I'll have to check) and a short piece about what the Peter Pettigrew of this universe is doing. (He was awarded the order of merlin, second class, for his part in bringing down the Death Eaters and their leader, but has since found employment in non-magical society.)
Lily and Severus pieces are proving tricky to write, since they've gone so far off the script of regular canon following the Battle of Godric's Hollow in 1980. (No night raid by just Voldemort on Hallowe'en in 1981 in this universe but a full blown Moody organised trap/battle.) I'm not sure if Harry would have siblings beyond Celia; at present I think there might have been one born at some point in the mid 1980's at a time that Lily is starting to feel more confident and have more time for other things away from frantic research. (Horace told her at James' funeral about the Riddle horcrux situation which almost finished her sanity off, knowing that Riddle/Voldemort would be back one day, and likely have her in his sights...) By the late 1980's though, they've moved into a newly built house called Grassguards on the Hampshire Downs, and are practically recluses from regular wizarding society. Asides a few friends/contacts of Lily, Lily and Severus are looking much more in the direction of the world of magic which exists outside the neat little world of wand-using witches and wizards. Until, of course, Dumbledore starts to pester Lily to try and get her to send Harry to Hogwarts...


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