A.N. The characters do not belong to me.

Harry glared angrily at Snape, who still hadn't moved from his position in the doorway.

"What do you want Snape?" Asked Harry heatedly, the cowering Dursley's forgotten for the moment.

"Potter, you don't want to do this. You're being manipulated by Voldermort. He is using you." Said Snape as he slowly walked into the room, lowering his wand slightly, but still keeping it on Harry.

"No they deserve this; they made my life a living nightmare. I am going to kill them so that I can finally be rid of them." Said Harry as he raised his wand.


Snape watched as Harry raised his wand and pointed it at his relatives.

"Potter, they are not worth this. You are better than Voldermort, you are stronger than him. He fears you, and the only way he could turn you was by accessing your worst memories and making you relive them. He is a coward, because he is scared to face you one on one. He knows he will lose, so he is trying to break you. Please Harry, don't do this." Begged Snape.

Maybe it was the use of his first name or the fact that Snape was begging, but whatever the reason, Harry lowered his wand. It hung loosely in his hand before he let it drop to the floor.

Harry slowly raised his head and Snape could see tears in his eyes.

"I can't do this anymore. I'm nobody's hero, I can't even protect myself from my relatives." Harry sobbed as he lowered himself to the ground, pulling his knees up to his chest, and resting his head on them.

Snape strode forward, his dark cloak billowing slightly behind him. He crouched down in front of Harry, and, reaching out, he placed his two fingers under the boy's chin and raised his head slightly until Harry was looking at him.

"You should never have had to protect yourself from your relatives. They should have been protecting you. They will be punished, and I promise you that you will never have to live with them again." Said Snape with venom in his voice. "You will live with me." Snape said firmly. Before he could register the shock and-what was that-hope in Harry's face, a cold voice spoke behind him.

"Severus, I always wondered if you were the traitor in my ranks, feeding information to that fool Dumbledore."

Snape stood quickly pulling Harry to his feet at the same time, and whipped around so that he was facing the door. Voldermort stood there with five death eaters. He was grinning evilly.

"I shall enjoy killing you slowly," Said Voldermort as he raised his wand. "Crucio."

Snape felt something hard collide with his back, and he fell to the floor. Turning his head slightly, he saw Harry led on the floor behind him.

"He pushed me out of the way!" Thought Severus in surprise. Out loud he shouted, "Stay down Harry."

He wasn't surprised when Harry sat up and started firing curses at Voldermort and his followers.


Harry crouched down quickly behind the dresser as another death eater fired a curse at him. They weren't aiming to kill him, so that meant that they wanted him alive. Peering over the top he saw that there were still three death eaters and Voldermort left to fight. Standing up slowly he walked towards Voldermort, who had yet to engage in the fight.

"Harry Potter" Hissed Voldermort in anger. "You were almost in my grasp, if it wasn't for that fool Severus, you would be mine to control."

Harry glanced over at Severus, who was still fighting the death eaters, although he now only had two left, the third lying on the floor, his eyes glassy and staring.

"I am going to kill you" Said Harry furiously as Voldermort moved towards him. "Crucio." He watched as the curse didn't even slow him down. Voldermort grabbed Harry around the neck, and threw his wand away.

"You've got to mean it Harry." Said Voldermort with a sneer, as he pulled Harry closer.

Harry kicked out, but Voldermort still held on tightly. His vision started to fog at the edges, as he found his breathing becoming more and more difficult.

Harry was dropped suddenly, at the same time that a clear voice rang out, "Avada Kedavra."

Voldermort turned swiftly, and he flung his arm out. The curse bounced harmlessly off the wall.

"Dumbledore, how nice to see you." Said Voldermort, as he slowly moved away from Harry.

Harry sat up slowly as he looked towards the door. Dumbledore stood in the doorway. He looked different, as if in battle he was transformed into something deadly.

"It was foolish of you to come here tonight Tom." Said Dumbledore as he moved into the room. "The Ministry is coming."

"By which time I shall be gone. Until next time, you can't protect him forever." Said Voldermort as he dissapparated in a flurry of cloaks.

"Harry my boy are you alright?" Asked Dumbledore anxiously.

"Yes Headmaster. I'm fine. Where's Professor Snape?" Asked Harry as he struggled to stand.

"I'm by here Harry" Said Snape as he limped over to Harry and Dumbledore. "Thank you for saving my life."

Harry walked up to Snape, nervous about what the future could hold for the two of them but excited to be living with him. "And thank you for saving mine."

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