oh wow! if only this was how it really happened! friendly aunt petunia, Harry able to confess his fears and seek comfort from Dumbledore, lessons with McGonagall! I'm intrigued to see where you take this! and thanks for your reviews of my story too - you're a champ! (apologies for all of the exclamation marks - I tend to get a bit over-excited!)
Rather touching with Dumbledore and Dobby. I do say that it is rather good to see Harry able to express some emotions for once. And good riddance to Snape (though from canon we see that Harry gets into potions without the requisite O).