Alright, so I'm not usually one to defend a fic. People can rate it however they want. Hell, I drop fics all the time for any random reason. But I really think you didn't give this one a fair shake. Firstly, it's a fic starting first year, so abandoning it before it even gets to Hogwarts is a bit dramatic. I get that the idea of saying "the story gets better later on" is a bit cliche, but we're seriously talking about two chapters before Harry is on the Hogwarts Express. No one should expect the hook for this kind of story to happen in the pre-Hogwarts stuff. It's all just setup, and it's mostly forgettable. That's not exactly a crime, since it's a first year fic and no one wants to read 50k words of a shopping trip. Really, the only complaint I have about the early stuff is Quirrell is just a gigantic Mary Sue, and not nearly as interesting as the author thinks she is. The rest is stuff, that even if I don't like the concept of, I can acknowledge that the author has an idea of what they're doing with their worldbuilding, such as with the banking stuff. The writing early on isn't that bad either. It's not like the author simply ran his native language through google translate. There's not even that many spelling mistakes. The main issue I saw is that the conversations felt like aliens talking to each other in simulated English, rather than actual people, but that does improve pretty quickly (as Lindsey says she's become the beta writer since then), though I won't say it becomes a masterpiece or anything.