Title: When Potter Changed To Harry
Summary: When Harry leaves his Potions book behind after his first year Dumbledore asked Severus Snape to return it to him. What he finds isn't what he expects and so he rescues Harry.
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Chapter 1: The Lost Book
Severus Snape couldn't believe that Dumbledore wanted him to return Potter's Potions book back to him. He hated the boy, Dumbledore knew, and he didn't want to see James's spawn outside of Hogwarts. However, Dumbledore would take no for an answer and demand that he do it even though Severus didn't want to.
"You're just dropping it off, Severus, your not getting involved with his life," Dumbledore told him.
"Headmaster, I've been involved with Potter's life the moment Trelawney handed you that stupid prophecy. I don't want to return his book to him. He probably has his friends over and their talking about how much they hate me."
Dumbledore gave him 'the look,' and Severus knew that he would have no choice but to return it.
"Fine," he snapped. "But I don't have to like it."
Severus Apperated to Privet Drive an hour later his whole body filled with anger. He had chosen to wear muggle clothes so that he wouldn't violate the law. As he walked he shuttered at how neat everything was. All the houses looked the same and he wondered what kind of people would choose to live in a neat world. Not him, he liked the strange and unexpected.
When he arrived at Number four he was surprised to see Potter cleaning the car. He knew what a car was because his father, who happen to be a muggle, had driven one. He continued to watch Potter and then the door opened and he saw the largest man, even larger then his uncle had been, coming out.
"Well have you washed the suds off yet, boy?" he asked.
Severus cringed at the tone.
"Not yet, Uncle Vernon," he heard Potter tell him.
This seem to get the boy's Uncle angry and he slammed Potter against the car.
"Nothing to eat for a week," he told him. "Oh and Happy Birthday you ungrateful brat. I can't believe that it has been nearly eleven years since your freakiness came into our lives and ruined our perfect family."
"I-I'm sorry Uncle V-Vernon," Potter stammered. "Please can I do my homework when I'm done with the car? I've got loads of homework and if I don't do them I'll get detention."
Uncle Vernon laughed.
"Do I care about your blasted homework," he told Potter. "I don't care if your teachers do give you detention. You deserve it for being a freak. In-fact if I had it my way I burn all your books, that blasted broomstick, and kill your stupid owl. You don't deserve to go to any school."
"P-Please don't kill Hedwig," Potter begged.
Severus saw Uncle Vernon grin at him.
"Oh I think I will," he said. "I've never had roasted owl before. I wonder if their tasty."
And he left Potter alone.
When the door closed Severus had enough. He would have never thought that Potter's family hated him so much. Not that he didn't hate him but he wouldn't have threatened to kill an owl. These people were sick! He took a deep breath and approached the boy just as a loud screech was heard. Severus figured that Uncle Vernon had just killed Hedwig.
"Potter," Severus called.
Potter turned to face him and he saw his stunned look. Severus figured that he stunned a lot of people being in muggle clothes. He looked at Potter and then spoke.
"The Headmaster wishes for me to return this book," Severus told him, showing him the Potions book that he had forgotten. "I-."
The front door opened again to reveal that Uncle Vernon had returned. He had a large bag with him and Severus had a funny feeling that this had Hedwig. He stopped when he saw Severus.
"Good afternoon, sir," Uncle Vernon said.
Severus glared at him.
"I'm Professor Snape, Harry's Potions Master," Severus told him, using his title slowly. "I'm from Hogwarts."
Uncle Vernon went pale.
"What did you do with Potter's owl?" Severus asked.
"N-Nothing," he stammered.
Severus didn't buy it.
"Potter, get your things we're leaving," he told him.
"W-What," he said, in shock as Potter hurried into the house.
"I'm taking him away from you sick people," Severus said. "You have no right to kill a boy's owl or threaten to burn his things. I was sent here to just return a book but it's clear that you people make my former Master look like a cupcake."
"Now listen here, sir," Uncle Vernon said. "I had to deal with that oaf Hagrid last summer and I told myself that I wouldn't deal with anymore of your kind. Now leave, sir, before I call the Police."
Severus gave him a nasty look.
"I'm not leaving without Potter," Severus told him, taking out his wand as Potter returned.
"Sir, my Uncle locked my things in the Cupboard," Potter told him.
Severus felt like hitting him.
"Move, Dursley, now," he said.
Uncle Vernon had no choice but to do what Severus ordered.
Uncle Vernon unlocked the cupboard and Harry grabbed his trunk and broomstick. He looked a little sad that Hedwig wasn't around and Severus figured that Hagrid had given him the owl as a birthday present. He hated this man even more.
"Now, you will give Potter twenty pounds for the replacement of his owl," Severus demanded. "Don't give it to him and I'll break wizard law."
Uncle Vernon had no choice; he took a twenty pound note and handed it to Harry.
He stopped dead when Petunia entered the room. She stopped dead too and stared at him, he, her.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, YOU FREAKY, DIRTY, BOY?" Petunia screamed.
"YOUR POTTER'S AUNT? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, I DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE IT," Severus screamed as well.
"WHAT I AM IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, FREAK," Petunia screamed again. "YOU TURNED MY SISTER INTO WHAT YOU ARE."
"I DID NOT!" Severus stated, screaming even louder then Petunia. "I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT DUMBLEDORE WOULD ALLOW SOMEONE LIKE YOU TO WATCH OVER HER SISTER'S SON. I BET YOU NEVER SHED A SINGLE TEAR FOR HER. YOU NEVER LOVED YOUR SISTER, YOU WALKING SKELETON. I'M TAKING POTTER AWAY BEFORE HE DECIDES TO KILL HIMSELF; OF COURSE BEING AWAY FROM YOU WILL PROBABLY DO HIM A WORLD OF GOOD."
"FINE, TAKE HIM AWAY, I DON'T CARE. I HATE HIM, I HATE YOU, AND I HATE LILY AND HER FEAKY HUSBAND. I WANT ALL OF YOU GONE."
And she stormed out.
"Come on, Potter, we're not wanted here."
And taking Potter's trunk they left the house.
Severus now had to form a new plan. With Potter now in his care he would have to find a place that the boy could stay until term started. He also didn't have an owl and the place that he intended to put him didn't have an owl either. He knew that he would have to figure out something to help, even though helping Potter was the last thing he wanted to do. He also had a funny feeling that he would have to treat Potter differently. He had seen abuse and he wasn't about to inflict more then had already been done.