Thank you so much!
Mercury will be perfect! I haven't written Albus all that friverlous, well, in all fairness I've only written a letter from him, so it sounds like any other early 19th century letter. But I like the three-dimentional reasons for naming him Mercury. It seems like something he would do, especially at that age, when, like you said, later on he experiments with alchemy so it is possible he would have had an interest in it when he was younger. Plus, he'd have named his owl when he was around 11 or 12, when he first went to Hogwarts... being the brain child that he is I'd expect him to want to name his owl something intellegent, that has a meaning...
I can now stop naming the owl, ****. It really messes up the flow of your writing, you know? *laughs*
Thanks again! (this has been one of the best mornings ever! My first story approved and a name for the owl! the name has been REALLY bugging me)
(This is more likey just a me thing, but just in case, do you know when you try to imagine Albus Dumbledore as a young child, 11/12? Do you come up with an eleven year old with a ginger beard? It's like, I know he had aurborn hair when he was younger, but that is as young as my mind will let him go.)