Does your home directory contain web documents? If so, and if you really wanted to, you could make /var/www/index.php
something like this:
if (preg_match("/^[^/].*\.htm(l|)$/", $page) && !preg_match("/\.\./", $page))
Then type http://localhost/?page=mypage.htm
in your browser.
Chances are you have other things that aren't HTML in your home directory. HTTP is a text protocol and not much else; therefore, something would have to create a page listing the contents of your home directory with the proper logic to navigate to the next location. Maybe you just need to run an FTP server.