My first instinct every time I come across a story that begins with a miraculously appearing letter on the night of Harry’s 16th birthday is to run like hell the other way. In this particular case, the smart writing managed to keep me going just out of curiosity for how things will turn out. And it was well worth it. From the realistic character reactions to the cleverly humorous lines, from the satisfyingly IC letter from James and Lily (and here you will discover a pureblood James Potter exactly as he might have been) to the subsequent magical theories, everything screams of a well-planned plot and talented writing. Not to mention its length, which was enough to satisfy even a greedy creature such as myself. So go on, go take a look!
Summary: Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry safe, but his relatives are expendable. Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry looking like his adoptive father, but it’s wearing off. Blood is a bond, but so is the memory of hate — or love.
Excerpt: “As the boy’s father, you are his proper guardian, as far as I am concerned. We cannot make that legal, now, of course, but I will grant you the measure of control I gave Sirius, and I expect you, considering your geographic proximity, to be more of a day-to-day influence on Harry.”
Harry and Snape eyed each other apprehensively. Harry thought Snape looked as distressed as he felt.
“Have you gone mad?” Snape hissed. Harry had to admit to a similar thought. “I am totally unsuited to the keeping of a pet rat, never mind a boy!”
“Severus, Harry is sixteen. He is largely self-sufficient.”
“Just think,” Harry contributed perversely. “You can’t be worse than my last guardians.”
“Can’t I?” Snape threatened.