If you're reading this that means you've made it all the way through, to the end of the story! And if you did that, you must have liked it – I would hope that if you thought it royally sucked you would have hit the back button by chapter 2! In any case, thanks for reading, I hope you laughed your ass off. I certainly did while writing this damn thing.
Anyhow, just wanted to let you know that there will certainly be a sequel. I didn't want to write it, since I know it's just an excuse for me to procrastinate from my own works - but I can't NOT write it! It's too bloody funny not to write. I'd go crazy giggling to myself about all the things that could happen if I didn't! So in an effort to preserve what's left of my sanity, Harry Potter and the Slippery Secret (i.e. book 2) has begun. The first chapter has just been uploaded.
Also, I wanted to thank all of my reviewers. As HP and the PSB was my first venture into fan fiction I must say that I was both surprised and delighted with the reviews that were left for me. It's a wild sort of rush to know that someone is actually reading my story!
Have a good one!
A note about the story. Personally I think it fits together pretty well and to me, the events that take place make sense. So, for those of you who may have been wondering what I was thinking while compiling the story, this is for you:
Harry doesn't see anything in the Mirror of Erised because he's completely happy. Everything he's ever really wanted - to be accepted (the flamboyant gay thing), to have friends (he now has plenty), to have a home (Hogwarts) – he has. He's pretty independent and accepting of his circumstances so it just didn't seem to fit that he would crave his parents and a traditional family.
Ron doesn't see himself as the Quidditch/Head Boy in the Mirror because he already stands apart from the other Weasleys. Bill's the Head Boy, Charlie's the Quidditch Captain, Percy's the brain, Fred & George are the jokers, Ginny's the girl, and Ron is the one who's hanging out with a Malfoy. The obvious replacement for this hearts desire to stand out would likely be the money issue – Ron should see himself as being very rich. But most of Ron's money woes are built upon the Malfoy teasing in the books. Since Draco doesn't make fun of the Weasleys finances, Ron has little need to feel insecure – especially with someone like Harry around who is handy with a needle and thread and more than accustomed to 'making do.'
Draco and Ron are grudgingly friends. They're 11 and when they meet on the train the only history they have is through family reputation. If I had written this as a fifth year book or something like that - they're friendship might be a huge stretch but I think it fits pretty well for people who have really just met. Both of them want to be friends with Harry which means they have to find a way to get along. Ron and Harry are closer than Harry and Draco which means that it's Draco who more often has to hold his tongue. They meet on the train and compete for the floor during their Quidditch talk but I think the actual friendship begins when Draco makes fun of Hermione after she embarrasses Ron about the smudge on his nose. Ron likes how the Weasley/Malfoy friendship makes him stand out, and Draco likes having people he can actually talk to – being with Crabbe and Goyle sounds really boring to me! And as they're Gryffindors who don't care about the Malfoy name, they're not just sycophants trying to get in with his father. They're both very protective of Harry which helps the friendship along.
I don't think the timing is too far off regarding the Gringotts break-in. Hagrid and Harry spend quite a bit of time at the Dursley house before setting off for Diagon Alley, so they would have reached the bank much later than in the book. I figure the Malfoys are REALLY rich and Draco will have spent ALL DAY being fitted for various robes - so despite the delay at the Dursley house and the Gringott's robbery, they still get to meet in Madam Malkin's (yes, this is a stretch but I really wanted them to meet there!)
Harry is only eleven but he already knows he likes boys - I don't know a ton of gay people but of those I know, they (especially guys) all kind of knew something was up by the time they were 7 or 8, they might not have known they were gay exactly but they know something was a little different, of course it wasn't something they said out loud because they learned very early on not to. And there are always a couple of boys that just like to do the traditionally girlie things - Harry happens to be one of them that happens also to be gay. In any case, this part is allowed to be unbelievable - the whole point of the story was to make him really flamboyantly gay so who cares how it happened?
Being not just gay but really REALLY flamboyantly so in the Dursley household takes guts and a certain strength of character that J.K Rowling's Harry doesn't have. And that's where the main changes to Harry's personality arise. He's pretty damn independent - because he has to be. He couldn't be flamboyant otherwise. He refuses to be anything other than himself - for the same reason, and this leads to him being a bit rebellious (like really liking reading when the Dursleys deny him books). He also has learned to read people pretty well - knowing just how far he can push the Dursleys before he really gets into trouble etc. He won't stand for anyone being treated badly - the way he was at the Dursleys, especially for things they have no control over, especially now that he's in a place where he's accepted. He's no hypocrite.
Hermione gets to be a bit girlier because she's not around two 'boy' boys. Harry's boy enough that he wouldn't annoy her like Lavender and Parvati but girly enough to bring out other aspects of her girly self
As mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs in 'The Letters From No One' Harry played with the girls at old school sometimes thus his access to the Ken doll - I know, Mattel is an American company but Barbie and Ken are very much alive and well, throughout much of the world (I'm not a Barbie fan at all and had quite a bit of fun - ahem - sticking it to Ken).
Draco comes through with the Hermione friendship for a few reasons. 1, he wants to be friends with Harry. I wouldn't imaging that he's ever had proper friends before so losing Harry would be a big one - especially since Crabbe and Goyle have loyalties to Harry as well. Also, spending time being teased about blindly following his father might lead to him opening his eyes a bit. And of course, he's 11, Hermione's a cool chic, and it's fun to get one past Daddy.
As Hagrid says to Harry, they're in a world where people are breeding with giants, werewolves are running around, and most of the men would do anything to jump a Veela (which seem to be kind of vulturelike half the time if I remember book 4 correctly) - so it seems pretty reasonable that being accepting of same sex relationships is the norm. I would imagine that in a society like that way more people would be openly gay - or bi - or would at least dabble with the bi experience. So if Harry openly has a crush on Fred and George or kisses Draco and it turns out none of them are gay - who cares? It would be just like being hit-on by someone you're not attracted to - of the gender you are attracted to. No biggie.