I never realized before reading this, Petunia never told Harry about Snape.
I liked how Harry came to say goodbye to Dudley, and told him they would keep in touch.
Author's Response: Some day maybe I'll write the fic of Dudley at Harry's wedding, that is if someone else doesn't get there first!
*sniff* yeah that's right, why didn't petunia ever mention snape?!?!?! anyway, good story!
Author's Response: Petunia was weak and scared of what Vernon might say or find out. She chose what was easy over what was right.
Aww, that's so sweet when Harry and Dudley get along xD Heh, it's hilarious how Harry tells off Vernon.
Author's Response: Vernon deserved it, and frankly I was a little disappointed Harry never got to lay into Vernon properly in the books. I really dislike both the Dursley parents.
I love how Dudley and Harry actually appreciate and respect each other now.
Author's Response: It was one of the more unlikely things to come out of DH, but it seemed so fitting, somehow, I felt.
Aww, that was a very sweet Dursley story! You kept all of them very well in character too! You did a great job and good luck writing more!
Author's Response: I hadn't planned to write this, but the idea popped into my head a few days after reading DH and I couldn't shake it! I enjoyed writing it and managed to write it surprisingly quickly for me as well.
Nice story!check my first fanfic out!i hope more people like it....................
Author's Response: Thanks!
That was REALLY good and believable! It sounded like it came from a Potter book. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you, high praise indeed!
This is a really impressive follow-on from where JK left us [well, before Nineteeen Years Later]. You've captured her style of writing almost perfectly, which is definitely quite an acheivement!
I guess what struck me most about your story was how accurate Harry's characterisation was: his reproaches of Aunt Petunia were very realistic and of course his arguing with Uncle Vernon.
One of the best parts, I feel, was right after Harry defended Snape: He hadn’t even decided if he believed it yet. This live just won me over. Such an appropriate thought for Harry to have!
I have only a slight bit of criticism. Firstly, I think Dudley would be more likely to say 'Think' thank 'Fink', although I can't say for sure whether that's me being inconsistent with canon - I haven't checked all the books to see. Secondly, I find it unlikely that Harry would say goodbye in such a formal way as using Dudley's full name, and vice versa. I know it's potentially a final goodbye, but I feel that it makes it just a bit too dramatic.
Finally, I really liked your ending. It was subtle and really understated, which I think worked well with the rest of the story and with Dudley's character.
Overall, I thought it was an excellent piece of writing, and I'm glad I came across it! Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thanks for your positive and detailed review. In my long term project I don't get to write the Dursleys so this was an opportunity not to be missed. As for Snape, I haven't even decided if I believe him a hero yet, so I thought it was an appropriate thought for Harry to have! Harry using Dudley's full name was just my way of Harry finally fully acknowledging Dudley as a person deserving his respect, so I figured Dudley would respond in kind.