I read this story after seeing it being recced all over the place in that Best Fanfiction ever thread. And I was like, hey, it'd be a good idea to tell Newcomb what I thought about it. But I didn't want to necro this because it'd probably disappoint people that there is no new chapter. Then I got this from Newcomb... So! This story was a pleasure to read. Although there were aspects of it that I've disagreed with (notably Aberforth's characterization and the fact that he actually wound up being Headmaster, which doesn't seem to jive with my image of him), and stuff that I wasn't sold on (the Secret Rooms stuff. I'm hoping to see a little more before passing judgement on the idea), overall the writing is extremely high quality for fanfiction. The character interactions in the story are what really sold the story for me. The banter between the kids is subtly clever, which is really hard to pull off (most of the time it just hits you over the head and you're just like hahaha?). Also, while sometimes a couple characters seem a little old for their age, mostly the characters behave like they're 12-13, which is one of the most important and under appreciated aspects of any "rewrite of the series" fic. So yeah, really really enjoyable story, would very much like to see more in the (hopefully near) future. Hey, Newcomb? Your turn bud .