Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter that privilege belongs to JK Rowling
Warning: This story mentions abuse and has male on male sex themes so if you don't like it then I suggest you stop reading it
Pairings: HP/SS, RW/HG, NL/LL, DM/PP, GW/DT
Summary: Harry is being abused by his relatives, The Weasley's are mad at Harry for hurting Ginny, Severus Snape gets de-aged and has a surprising sorting. There are no horocrux in this story. AU, OOC.
A/N: This is not a different chapter to the original one I had posted, it has only been beta-read by my beta-reader and is making their way through the whole story.
It was a warm summer evening in Surrey and Harry Potter was laying on his bed after once again being locked in his room, which was once again the cupboard under the stairs because Dudley had decided he wanted his second bedroom back so he could set it up with his new television and video game box, which left Harry with the cupboard once again and as Dudley and his mates go up and down the stairs they sounded like a bunch of hippogriff.
He was being locked in the cupboard until who knows when he will be able to get out. All because he couldn't finish the list of jobs his Uncle Vernon gave him to do.
His Uncle gave him a list yesterday morning and even if he could have used magic there was no way in the world he would have been able to complete it. It was near impossible unless he had an army of house elves to help him. It didn't help much when Dudley and his friends were there, for every time he completed a task Dudley and his friends came and messed it all up again so he had to re-do, it for he knew what would happen if he didn't, thus he was not able to get to the other task.
By the time his Uncle came home from work Harry hadn't even started on the outside chores yet, which made his Uncle furious. Then when his Aunt told him that he hadn't even completed the inside jobs his Uncle's face went from red to purple with rage and Harry ran for his life and when Dudley and his friends heard the commotion from upstairs and they had decided to come down to see what was happening. When they saw Harry run from his Uncle they all stood in his way blocking him from escaping and Vernon grabbed Harry from behind and punch him in the guts then grabbed a nearby umbrella and started hitting Harry as hard as he could with Dudley and his friends helping him. They beat him until Harry lost consciousness, which happened very quickly and then Vernon threw him back into his cupboard where he now lay nursing a few broken bones, tons of bruising, a black eye or two, welts and he also thought that he may have a concussion as well.
This summer had been one of the worse ever, the list of jobs got longer and longer which he was having trouble finishing resulting in harder beatings. He hadn't heard from anyone from the order or what Voldemort was up too, he hadn't heard anything from Ron at all but Harry had a feeling that could have something to do with him breaking up with Ginny on the last day of school. When Mrs. Weasley found out she was furious with him for breaking her daughter's heart and he thought that they were still upset with him because he never heard from any of them for his birthday and for the first time since attending Hogwarts, Harry had no extra food that Mrs. Weasley would send him since the Dursley hardly feed him.
He had hardly heard from Hermione too, in fact he has only received two letter's, one the first week of holidays and then last week when she wrote to him saying that she had completed all her school work and hoped that he had too, Harry couldn't be bothered to respond to that one at all and with just over a week before he returned to Hogwarts he didn't really care.
He was also angry at Professor Dumbledore for he told Harry that he would not be able to move him from the Dursley at all this summer and since it would most likely be the last one he would ever spend there he needed to make use of the blood wards as much as possible for when he leaves they would no longer exist.
Harry was not amused at this for the blood wards stopped Death Eater's from attacking him but what stopped his family from using him as a punching bag, nothing.
When it came time for him to do his apparition test Dumbledore sent Professor Snape to do it and also for him to collect his school supplies as well and the Professor informed him in no uncertain terms that the tracking on his wand wasn't lifted and won't be until he arrived at Hogwarts. When Harry inquired why he was still been monitored Snape just turn around and told him in case the order needed to be alerted to him in case the Death Eaters attacked him.
He couldn't believe his luck for he had planned to leave the Dursley as soon as he turned seventeen, but no he had to stay until it was time to leave for his seventh and last year at Hogwarts.
Severus Snape was not a happy man at all but then again he really has never been happy, especially since the Dark Lord returned two years ago and he had to return to spying for that snaked face psychotic man and to report back to Albus Dumbledore of the mans movements, especially those concerning anything to do with Harry Potter.
Speaking of Potter, he had to give up a whole day to take him to do his apparition test as well as pick up his school supplies and inform him that he still had restriction on him when it came to him with the use of his magic.
Enough about him, its time to get back to what he was doing, brewing. He had finished brewing all the required potions that the infirmary needed plus a few extras.
Madam Pomfrey wanted an anti–venom in case of snake bites. But Severus knew that it would be a waste of his time for the only poisonous snake in all of Britain was the Adder and by the time October came around they go into hibernation but after a long argument he agreed to brew a small patch of the anti–venom as well as Minerva wanted her anti-aging cream to help with the wrinkles and then the Dark Lord wanted him to brew a concoction to stop him from aging.
The problem was the potion that the Dark Lord wanted was highly volatile and even if he can finish it there was no guarantee that it will work or even be able to test it and if it doesn't work, it could mean his life and time was running out for him to produce it.
He knew he was in a tough situation and no matter what way he looked at it he was a dead man.
With a heavy sigh he continued to work on the potion until it was ready to simmer for a while and then he went over to check the anti–venom which was simmering nicely and then he went over to check on Minerva's anti-age wrinkling cream where it was at the point where it needed to be taken off the heat to cool down before it could be bottled.
He removed the cauldron and was taking it over to the sink when he heard a hissing sound and turned to look at what was making the nose and saw that the potion that he was working on for the Dark Lord was hissing and boiling everywhere. He placed the other cauldron down on the table and quickly pulled out his wand but it was too late, the potion started to explode dowsing him with the hot contents before it exploded throwing the Potion Master back and knocking him out cold just before it all settled.
Albus Dumbledore was sitting in his office having tea with Minerva McGonagall discussing the up and coming school year and in particular one Harry Potter.
"Why didn't you take the boy Albus?" Minerva asked.
"Because I knew he would ask to leave Privet Drive and I did not want to tell him he couldn't which was why I asked Severus to take Harry for he will have no qualms in telling Harry no" Albus replied.
"But Albus..." Minerva was about to protest but Albus stopped her protest by raising his hands.
"I know Minerva, I know" Albus started then let out a small sigh before he continued "Unfortunately for our young Harry things have changed".
"Changed? In what way Albus? I was not aware of any changes" Minerva said rather surprised.
"You see, the Ministry decided not to lift the restrictions on young Harry until he passes the wards here at Hogwarts".
"But Harry is seventeen Albus, he is an adult" Minerva decided to argue the point.
"True, so very true, which also means the blood wards have failed at Privet Drive".
"But Albus, if the blood wards have failed at Harry's home why is he still there?"
"Because that is something that no one knows, including Harry and now you're privileged to that bit of information".
"So that means" Minerva started as if someone had just cast lumos in her head she realized what Albus was telling her.
"That's right, Voldemort does not know and if he discovered the truth and Harry uses magic, it will instantly notify the Order as well as the Ministry and we would be..." Albus' suddenly stopped when his office alarms went office.
"What's that Albus?" Minerva voiced emanating with concern.
"Severus" Albus simply said.
Before he got up and rushed over to the floo and fire called the Potion Master but after a short time Albus got up.
"Albus" Minerva said extremely worried now seeing the look on Albus' face.
"Minerva, would you kindly go and get Poppy and have her meet me in Severus' lab" Albus said before flooing through to his Potion Masters quarters. Once he stepped through he headed straight for the man's private lab.
He stepped inside the lab and saw that it was not destroyed but there was a fair amount of damage done though. On the bench were the remains of three cauldrons with their contents spilt on the bench and dripping onto the floor and over against the wall was his Potion Master unconscious.
Poppy and Minerva came in and saw what Albus was looking at and they both gasped at the sight that greeted them both.
"...all healed but I am not sure about the other problem" Severus heard Poppy as he started to wake up.
"Thank you Poppy" Albus replied to Poppy's statement and turn his head to see how Severus was when he noticed that he was awake.
"Argh Severus my boy, you are awake" Albus exclaimed, sounding happy to see him finally awake.
"You have the knack for stating the obvious Albus" Severus replied grumpily.
"Perhaps I do Severus but I'm just relieved that you alright".
"As you can see I fine, now I need to get back to my lab and see what damage was done" Severus said as he tried to get up but was stopped by Albus.
"Albus, what in Merlin's name do you think you are doing?" Severus spat at the headmaster.
"Severus we need to talk".
"We are already doing that" Severus said sarcastically.
"Humour me my boy".
"Fine" he replied and sat up feeling a bit strange as if something was wrong apart from him wearing hospital robes instead of his usual black robes.
Albus noticed the slight change in the man and decided he best tell him the news.
"How are you feeling Severus?".
"I feel different, like something has changed but other than that I feel normal" Severus gave his reply.
"I see, what were you working on Severus?" Albus asked hoping that he would give an answer to his predicament.
"Anti–venom potion, Minerva's cream and the Dark Lord wanted a potion that will stop him from aging" Severus replied
"At least his memories are intact" Poppy finally added.
"Of course my memories are fine, why wouldn't they be?" Severus said angrily at what they were not telling him.
"Severus" Poppy said taking the plunge "When the potion exploded you were thrown against the wall as well as being covered with the potion"
"I know that and I would like to get back to my lab" Severus bellowed.
"Not yet young man".
"I'm not young".
"On the contrary Severus, you are" Albus injected in.
"What do you mean?" Severus said slightly confused.
Albus grabbed a tissue and conjured a mirror and handed it to Severus while still talking to him.
"It seems that the potion you were working on for Voldemort does work and according to Poppy she said your age is seventeen not thirty seven".
"WHAT" Severus bellowed as he looked into the mirror and saw his teenage self reflection back at him and not that of a grown man.
He dropped the mirror and quickly pulled up the sleeve of his left arm and saw that the dark mark was no longer there, he was free, he felt light and he was young again. Perhaps now he had a chance to change things and not have to repeat the same mistakes as before.
"It's gone Albus, the dark mark is gone".
"I suspected it would have been for you did not acquire it until after you left Hogwarts".
"What do I do now?" Severus said as he was at loss.
"Since you are seventeen, perhaps it would be a good idea to assume another name until we can find a cure and put you back to your normal self. So I suggest we have you attend Hogwarts as a seventh year and see what happens".
"No way am I going to become a student again Albus! I can work on finding a cure".
"No Severus, you might not be able to find a cure so I suggest you re-take your NEWTS and start again and do what you really wanted to do without the influence of the Dark Lord".
Severus sat there thinking about what Albus said. He could re-do his NEWTS and enter research like he always wanted to and build a new reputation up, but at the same time he wanted to find a cure for his current predicament and get back to spying for the Order so they could rid the world of the Dark Lord.
"On one condition" Severus said.
"And what will that be?" Albus said.
"That I am allowed to find a cure for the de-aging in my spare time".
"Of course my boy, of course" Albus said with a smile and told Severus to come up to his office once Poppy gives him the all clear and that way they could give him a new name and have him ready for the new school year.