Harry paled as he listened to the Order members threaten the Dursleys'. Were they trying to push Vernon over the edge. Then a horrible realization overcame him. They knew. Sure he knew that the Weasleys thought there were no warm feeling between him and his relatives, but this spoke further than that. They knew that Vernon hit him and starved him and it wasn't only the Weasleys. The whole order knew and they weren't going to do anything. Sure he had been angry when Dumbledore had said he knew what was going on, but it just seemed ten times worse that the others knew. With Dumbledore he at least expected it. He was a general for the light and had to sacrifice people to achieve victory. It wasn't a good reason in his opinion and he didn't trust the man, but he understood his motivations on some level. The others had no excuse for their inaction. Threatening the Dursleys was the best that they could do. No spells no keep them from lashing out. No giving Harry protection. Bloody Hell they weren't even go to Madam Bones. He though at least Remus would feel obligated, but it seems he was wrong. It seems he really was a means to an end for everyone. Not that anyone cared to make sure he could do his job.
Coming to a decision Harry asked Vernon to drop him off a few blocks away and was glad that Vernon was happy to comply. With compensation of course. He looked down at the bag that contained his cloak, album, money, and a few trinkets from his birthdays. Harry then took out his wallet of muggle money that he had started carrying around after second year. Walking into a cheap clothing store he bought an outfit that actually fit him and changed into it. Then he walked down a block to a hat store and bought a toboggan and stuffed his hair into it so only his eyebrows indicated what hair color he had. He then bought some orange tinted glasses that made his eyes look brownish and some foundation to cover his scar. Nodding to himself he made his way to the Leaky Cauldron; positive that no one would really recognize him if he was careful.
Walking past the patrons unnoticed Harry walked towards Gringotts. He had already used twenty minutes of his time and had probably forty left before the Order found out that he wasn't were he was supposed to be. Entering he went to a teller and asked to see his vault. One speedy cart ride later and he was entering his vault only to nearly trip at the fact that his pile of galleons was now fifty piles and that there was now other rooms connected to it that contained furniture, jewelry, and other trinkets in here.
Tuning to Sawtooth he asked "Why is there more in my vault then there was when I two years ago?"
The goblin looked at him slightly confused, "When you participated in the Triwizard Tournament you became emancipated. Confirmed by the Ministry and Headmaster of your school when they allowed you to. That allows you access to the rest of your family's vault. Also the inheritance you received fro your godfather has been added to your family vault. Didn't you receive your missives informing you of this?"
Shaking his head no causing the goblin's eyes to narrow and his face to turn contemplative; Harry turned back to his vault. This changed everything. He didn't need to stock up on money and get a fake passport now. He didn't even have to ask for sanctuary in Australia. He could transfer to another school and Dumbledore had no say. Smiling he filled his pouch with several handfuls before giving the other chambers a brief walk through. It was the trunk that really excited him. It had a dividing wood in the middle and each side was obviously enlarged. It also shrunk so he could lug it around easier. Quickly he filled one side with a few journals and what seemed to have been his families school books. Especially DADA hoping that there would actually be something helpful in it.
Walking out he joined Sawtooth on the cart. Suddenly Sawtooth's gravely voice pulled him out of his reverie, "I will inform the proper people that you haven't received missives from us and they will probably send you a representative to talk to you in a few days. Don't worry we have ways of finding you; so don't bother sending of telling us your address."
Harry nodded to show he understood but his mind was all over the place. Was his mail being stole? If he was emancipated then why was he forced to go to a trial for underage magic. Deciding to think on it later Harry looked at his watch and saw he had twenty minutes until the Order started looking for him. While he was emancipated he didn't want them to find him until he wanted to be found. He decided the book store would have material on other schools. He would buy it and some others and then he would by a muggle hotel room a few blocks away.
His research in schools had been very informative. It seems that sometime in the 60's a curse was put on the DADA position and about ten years after Hogwarts started to loose ranking each year. The job couldn't be properly filled and it brought the education down. Not only that, Snape's teaching style had also cost Hogwarts's ranking. Hogwarts was once number one but was now fifteen. Harry had also found some schools he was trying to decide between.
Ifreet Intricacies in Egypt was ranked fifth and accepted transfers. It placed student on ability so he could take classes he missed and get a better education. It also was the leading school in creating curse-breakers, ward-smiths, and spell creators.
Patriots Academy in America sounded good. There were ranked third and were militaristic. They taught extensive combat magic and muggle defense. They also had varying types of sport teams. The downside was that it wasn't a boarding school and didn't have much in wards.
Athena Academy was the last one and ranked second. It accepted transfers and sounded good. While it didn't offer muggle defense it had an amazing curriculum geared to magic combat. It also taught things illegal in Britain and had nice wards. It was a boarding school and lasted two weeks longer than Hogwarts. It also had extensive wards because of Igor's reign as a Dark Lord. It was even recorded that Voldemort was still laying siege to it at the end of the second war. They had lasted a month before Voldemort was disembodied.
Reading through it he decided that Athena's would be the best bet. He would be way behind in muggle defense and he had enough experience to know that it would cause bullying. If he wasn't on Voldemort's hit list there would be no doubt in his mind that he would got to Ifreet's, but he didn't have that luxury.
Sighing he thought back to his meeting with Goblin Harbponder. It had been very informative as it had been headache inducing. He had an excessive amount of gold and a few properties including the Order's Headquarters. At least he had the relief that it wasn't Dumbledore who was stealing his mail, but Fudge. Apparently he had been trying for years to get access to his funds and this was just another try.
AN:This will have a sequel detailing everyone noticing him missing and such.