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Summary: This is an AU story of what should have happened in response to the abuse Harry Potter and other children in his stories suffered. Amelia Bones got wind of it and punished Vernon with a short hitch in Azkaban. Snape and Dumbledore also got into trouble.
(A/N) I don't like child abuse and I have seen too many cases where good adults refused to do anything about it. Here in Harry's second year Amelia Bones cleans up the abuse both in the Dursley home and at Hogwarts. First however this chapter describes what happened before Hogwarts.
Harry Potter's parents were murdered by Voldemort when he was fifteen months old. Because of a spell his mother created little Harry was safe from Voldemort and the Death Eaters and indeed all dark creatures as long as he was at the Dursley home or near his Aunt Petunia.
This was explained to Petunia one evening when Vernon was away and she was at home with Dudley and Harry. Petunia was sitting with the boys and enjoying the television when she heard a loud crack on her porch. Then there was a knock at the door. She answered the door and a strange old man was standing on the porch holding a tabby cat.
"My name is Albus Dumbledore. I was your sister's headmaster at Hogwarts. I need to explain why Harry must stay with you."
"The cat stays outside!" sapped Petunia.
"She is a very well-trained cat, very polite and it's too cold to leave her outside." said Dumbledore.
"You left me outside and took Lily into Hogwarts," said Petunia. "I had to go to a boring second-rate school. You need to have your talk with Vernon. He brings in to money, puts the food on the table and he wants you to take Harry back to his kind. My sister is dead because you encouraged her and that James to be meddlesome fools. They and made waves until they got themselves blown up."
"Let me come in," said Dumbledore. "I know you don't want your neighbors to talk."
Petunia decided it was the lesser of two evils to allow Albus Dumbledore into the house. Albus sat down and his cat suddenly transformed into Minerva McGonagall.
"Good evening, Petunia," said Minerva. "I am Professor McGonagall. I teach transfiguration and I'm head of Gryffindor House. That house commands respect in the magical community and even with many of the Muggles who know of us. Your sister was in that house as was her husband. Godric Gryffindor founded that house and Godric's Hollow."
"You're both freaks!" snapped Petunia.
There was a knock at the door.
"John, come in!" said Petunia. "Your Vernon's brother. You know how Vernon feels. Make these freaks pick up Harry and go back to Hogwarts."
"Petunia, you know I have nothing against wizards," said John.
"You may tolerate freaks but Vernon does not. Ask them politely in Freakish or whatever language they speak to clear out and take Lily's brat with them."
"Petunia you are letting your girlhood hurt influence you," said John. "That's sick! You will not live, nor will Dudley or Vernon. The Death Eaters have you marked for death. They don't care that you didn't want Lily for a sister. You are her sister and you are to be killed. If you keep Harry you are protected."
Petunia began to cry.
"Petunia crying won't change it," said John. "I'd be delighted to have this little boy and you should be proud Lily was your sister. It's unfortunate that she died. Harry is what's left of her."
"He'll have that scar all his life. He's got her eyes and James's hair. I didn't like James but at least he was not a Death Eater!" sniffed Petunia.
"Petunia, we did not come here to upset you," said Professor Dumbledore. "We know you do not feel good about Harry. It's important that you know that is not only Harry's safety but your own. Harry will be able to put Voldemort down. I don't think he's gone for good. That wizard was involved in the deepest of dark magic."
"How do I take care of a wizarding boy. What immunizations does he need?"
"Get him what Lily got and we'll get him anything else he needs when he comes to Hogwarts. Oh, and Muggle foods just like Dudley. Make sure he gets enough. One more thing love and kindness. He's not that different from a Muggle boy," said Albus.
Professor Dumbledore and McGonagall left and John Dursley reassured Petunia and talked to Vernon when he got home. Vernon took a softer stand on Harry. The Dursley home became more peaceful.
After about a year of peace, a Death Eater, disguised as an Auror used the Killing curse on John Dursley. The Secret Service had followed him. They shot him to death and sent the body to Bartemius Crouch. An angry letter was attached.
"John Dursley was known to Muggles as a kindly man. To wizards he was a peacemaker. Now he is dead at the hands of a Death Eater. The Death Eater was from a Death Eater family and he committed the murder at the young age of sixteen. The Secret Service knew what he was and were tailing him. Because of his being a child they held off on shooting him and were rewarded by seeing him commit murder."
"It seems he had an assignment to murder all the Dursleys. Pictures of Vernon, Petunia, Dudley, Marjorie Dursley and Harry Potter were found on his body. The Muggle government is enraged but who will really suffer? What about the Dursleys. Trying time lay ahead for them."
That was the Daily Prophet account.
At home Vernon flew into a rage, picked up Harry Potter and threw him onto a wet snow-covered lawn. Petunia attempted to recover him and Vernon held her back. Mrs. Figg saw Harry and brandishing a sack of cans of cat food went into the Dursley house where she called for an ambulance.
The ambulance came and the police were summoned.
"The wet snow has protected the child but who would throw and innocent two-year old onto a lawn?" said the paramedic.
The police only had to look at Vernon's face and they arrested him.
Petunia took Dudley inside and comforted him.
Harry was not severely hurt but Vernon got a year in a Muggle prison. He was an irritable, bitter prisoner. He kept demanding that the Prime Minister review his case.
One day after about three months in jail, Vernon was visited by the Muggle Prime Minister and the new Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. After Fudge had cast silencing Charms around Vernon's cell they talked.
"You have wanted to see me for sometime," said the Prime Minister. "I brought the new Minister of Magic along. His name is Cornelius Fudge. He has been in contact with Professor Dumbledore."
"Vernon," said Fudge. "Harry is not with you so that you can be mean. Your wife's sister cast a special protective spell on him when she sacrificed her life for him. You-Know-Who understood nothing of the love of a parent. Were you afraid for Dudley?"
"One of your freak cops killed my brother!" said Vernon. "I was so hurt and so angry I threw Harry out on to the lawn. I wanted him left there until the freaks took him away."
"You mean the wizards!" said Fudge. "We are not freaks nor are we in league with evil. By heredity we have special powers. Anyone who misuses these power is sent to a wizarding prison. Some Muggles wanted to be magical and they sought the dark wizards to become so. They are in league with evil and call themselves witches but they are not. Because of them we made our existence secret."
"John was one of the finest men that ever lived, wizarding or Muggle. He helped us to resolve disputes between Muggles and wizards. The Prime Minister wants to release you. However you must treat Harry as your own son. The hundred pound a month stipend per month is to be used half for Harry and the other half for Dudley. If you promise to treat Harry like your own son, the Prime Minister will order your release."
Vernon agreed to get out of jail but he only did lip service to his promise.
Harry began to have night terrors. He liked to hide in a cupboard under the stairs so it was made his room. He disturbed Vernon and Dudley less from his cupboard.
At times Harry would incur the wrath of the Dursleys. He was often punished by being locked into his cupboard without meals. Dudley would steal food for him when no one was looking.
As small boys Harry and Dudley were friends. They often played together. Dudley was spoiled but Harry was able to adjust to it.
This all changed when the boys started school. Harry was ridiculed because his clothes which were ridiculously too large. Harry would become angry and then strange things happened. That had happened with Lily for a short time but she had gotten control of it and blew off steam doing harmless wandless magic in the playground.
Dudley's friends encouraged Dudley to be cruel to Harry. Vernon ignored this unless Harry hit back. The punishment for hitting back was a harsh spanking and being locked in the cupboard for a day without meals.
Harry learned not to hit back and how to be a hard target to hit.
One day Dudley and his friends were chasing Harry at school and suddenly he was on top of a building. He did not know how. They got a teacher and Harry got into trouble. The school called his home and when Petunia got there he was back on the ground.
Vernon punished Harry harshly and roughly threw him into the cupboard. On Friday night he beat Harry harshley and locked the screeming child into the cupboard. Petunia was angry about the second beating.
"Stop in Vernon," said Petunia. "If you can't love him leave him alone!"
Vernon responded by beating Petunia.
"Don't think of telling!" he threatened.
Petunia knew where Severus Snape lived. That night after Vernon was asleep she bundled up Harry and Dudley. She took the car and is desperation drove to the Cokeworth home of Severus Snape. School was out and she knew he spent his summers there.
Snape was astonished.
"Where did the welts come from?"
"Vernon beat Harry and then he beat me. I have no other family no place to go. Vernon does not know where you live. In remembrance of Lily take us in!" sobbed Petunia.
"For a day or two. I'll contact Albus. I've got a tiny room you and the boys can take," said Severus. "I can't understand how a man would beat a woman like that. Albus will take care of him."
Petunia had a small bed and made beds for the boys. Serverus wanted to heal her and Harry.
"Not until Albus sees what has been done!" said Petunia.
Snape cast a Disillusionment Charm on the Dursley car and levitated it back to Little Whinging. He then removed the Disillusionment Charm.
When Albus saw Petunia and Harry he was furious.
"My father Cruciated three Muggle boys after they hurt my sister. He died in Azkaban. It happened during the summer after my first year at Hogwarts. I'll have to deal with Vernon myself and he's not going to like it."
"Albus don't do what your father did!" said Snape.
After Albus left Snape healed Petunia and Harry.
Vernon woke up to find Petunia and the boys gone. He was about to call the police and ask them to find Petunia, arrest her and bring Dudley back but there was a knock on the door.
Professor Dumbledore and Amelia Bones were standing in the doorway. They levitated Vernon to a chair and sat down themselves.
"Mr. Dursley, you beat your wife and your nephew yesterday. I am Amelia Bones, the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. I may have not jurisdiction over matters about your wife but I do have jurisdiction over your nephew and anyone else who interacts with him especially if he's hurt," said Amelia Bones.
"You were about to contact Muggle authorities and have your wife arrested and blamed for her own beating. You will not be doing that! If there is trouble again we will come and take you directly to Azkaban. As part of your release a few years ago, the Ministry of Magic is allowed to arrest you put you is Azkaban and sentence you for up to a year for your crime. It will appear on your Muggle record as a Muggle sentence for wife-beating."
"Now Mr. Dursley you will sware on my wand not to hurt them and if you do you will feel the pain you inflict. Welts will appear on your body. If you stave anyone you will get a headache that will grow worse until you feed them. If you refuse we will take you directly to Azkaban."
Vernon had no choice so he swore on Amelia's wand. The effect was milder than an Unbreakable Vow and a Vernon had a high tolerance for pain. Harry still suffered but less so.
When Harry entered Hogwarts he had welts and was undernourished. Madam Pomphrey sent the Dursleys an owl threatening them if they hurt Harry anymore.
It did some good but after Dobby ruined Vernon's business deal Harry was still locked in his room and fed only when Vernon could no longer stand his migraine.
(A/N) in the next chapter Vernon will be arrested by Aurors and tried before the entire Wizenagmot.