Status: Abandoned, Word Count: 218,600, Pairing: Harry Potter/Susan Bones, Genre: Adventure/Drama
Author’s Summary: Before the start of fifth year Dumbledore changes the plans. Unfortunately he didn’t bother to inform Harry. At his trial, Harry realises that it is down to him to save his own skin. To do so his Slytherin side must come out to play, and once it’s out it sticks around turning life at Hogwarts on its head. Warnings: Evil Dumbles, Sheep Order & Staff, Good Guys Don’t Get Everything Their Way
My Thoughts: Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor…had potential. There were even certain things I liked about it. I thought the dynamic between Umbridge and Harry was fascinating in this story. I also thought that the general concept of this story—Harry having to suck up to Umbridge in order to make it through fifth year alive—was really interesting. The dynamic between Harry and Susan was also fairly fun. However, what really brought this story down was the evil Dumbledore trope rearing its ugly head. This story would have been thousands of times better if Harry and Dumbledore planned this all out, and Dumbledore was purposefully allowing his name to be dragged through the mud in order to protect Harry’s. That’d have been amazing! Unfortunately, we’re stuck with this mess that tries to claim that Dumbledore is actually a dark wizard, and leans so hard into this idea that an actual plot twist of the story is Fawkes actually being an evil dark arts bird that has just been transfigured to look like a Phoenix. I shit you not. Anyway, this story has a few redeeming qualities here or there, but a gallon of piss with a quart of lemonade in it still tastes like piss, and is still toxic to drink.
This story has not been updated for five years. The author abandoned fanfiction altogether about three months after he stopped updating this fic. I consider him returning to the platform to be highly unlikely at this point, but who can really say?