The Raggedy Man

It's the year of 2026 and Lily Luna Potter is in her final year of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lily is eighteen and is ready to decide on what she wants to do in life after her amazing time at Hogwarts. However, a raggedy man in a blue police box arrives and her life is turned upside-down. The wizarding world is in danger and instead of focusing on her future, Lily needs to focus on keeping alive.
(My entry for the crossover competition!)


5. Hogsmeade

     That night I tossed and turned. What if more muggles got in? The wizarding world could become in danger and the muggles would know all about us. Could more people like The Doctor come in? I knew that Hogwarts was hard to find, surrounded by hills and valleys so it was unlikely we'd get swarms of muggles coming in, but what if there were others who had a time machine? Maybe The Doctor had caused this, somehow damaged the protective spells.

    I tried to think positive. I was sure the professors would sort it out soon enough. Professor McGonagall was the headmistress of the school and would constantly make sure Hogwarts was well. She was very clever but severe so I was sure she'd set things straight again.

    The next morning I was up, early as usual and I was craving breakfast. I completely forgot to have it the day before after the whole business with The Doctor. I dressed in a long sleeved t-shirt and jeans, pulling my coat on. I shoved my wand in my jean pocket and wrapped up warm. Along with my wand, I crammed in some galleons, knuts and sickles to pay for what I wanted in Hogsmeade. After breakfast, I would make my way to Hogsmeade with everyone and I would meet The Doctor for the second time.

    As I made my way down the many staircases, making sure to miss the disappearing step and not walking off into thin air as the staircases twisted, I pondered about The Doctor. He hadn't mentioned anything about family or friends. It seemed to me like he was alone but he didn't show that he was lonely. He seemed to be hiding it.

   I strolled into the Great Hall and the smell of bacon filled my nostrils, my mouth watering. On the table there was a great selection of food; crispy bacon, sausages, buttered toast and fried eggs. I piled a bit of everything on my plate and wolfed it down.

   Shortly after Clara, Daisy and Sarah appeared, looking ready to enjoy Hogsmeade. We chatted and giggled while I waited for them to finish their breakfast. Then we were being called by Hagrid to go to Hogsmeade. Hagrid had a mane of uncombed black hair and hands the size of dustbin lids, feet as big as an elephant's. He usually wore scruffy clothes, made from animal pelts.You could just make out his beady black eyes and mouth amongst his messy beard. Yes, Hagrid was half-giant, so he was like a sky scraper compared to the first years. I remembered in my first year, everyone was terrified at the sight of him but once we got to know him, he was one of our favourites.

   Hagrid led the way to Hogsmeade even though a lot of us had been there before but there were the people who hadn't been there before. They were chatting away about what they were going to visit first and what they would buy.

    When we reached the village, the new comers were besides themselves with excitement, running off in all directions. Hagrid shouted at them to not roam too far but you could see a smile twitch at his lips. I had to admit, Hogsmeade was very spectacular.

    My personal favourite shop was Honeyduke's, the sweet shop where you could buy almost anything, the shelves were stacked with everything you could imagine. Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, Fizzing Whizbees, Sugar Quills and Chocolate Frogs were just a pinch of the selection of sweets available. Zonko's Joke Shop was another favourite, where you could buy Nose-Biting Teacups and Dungbombs, to the delight of the teachers! I'm sure the teachers always dreaded when people came back from Hogsmeade with armfuls of things bought at Zonko's.

   "I want to go to Honeyduke's, I'm dying for a Chocolate Frog!", Daisy exclaimed.

   "Well I need to go somewhere else so I'll meet you at The Three Broomsticks later?", I suggested. We all agreed that in an hour we'd meet at The Three Broomsticks for a butterbeer. Butterbeer was a warm, butterscotch-tasting drink served in tankards and it could warm your insides up even on the coldest of days.

    I made sure my friends had gone and made my way towards the Hog's Head tavern; not many people showed up there so it was unlikely I would be seen by anyone. It was quite a shady pub, very shabby and dusty looking. I sneaked round the side till I was behind the tavern and I saw The Doctor, leaning on his TARDIS. He smiled and straightened up when he saw me. His shirt was untucked and he was coated with mud all the way up to his knees. He even had smudges of dirt on his face.

    "What have you been doing, playing in mud?", I asked him, grinning.

    "Ah, yes. I maybe crash landed into a muddy field. I sort of crash landed into a muddy field. Okay, I did crash land in a muddy field", The Doctor admitted.

    "If you don't mind me asking Doctor, why do you always look so...well raggedy?", I questioned. His eyes glazed over with the last word and something glistened in his eyes. Sadness, pain or a mixture of both. It was there for a couple of seconds then disappeared.

   "Well that's me. The Raggedy Man. Always in adventures", The Doctor said softly. He then snapped out of his sadness and turned round on his heel, marching back into the TARDIS. He returned moments later with the most awful purple robes I had ever seen, looking more like a dress with stars on and a long pointed hat which flopped over at the end. "I bought this to look the part of a wizard, what do you think?". He pulled the costume on over his clothes and placed the wizard's hat on his head. He gave a wide smile and did a thumbs up with both of his hands.

   "It looks brilliant", I lied. "Come on, I need to show you around!".

   I first took him to Zonko's where The Doctor was ecstatic; I had to calm him down a little so he looked like a relatively normal wizard. He kept telling me that he wanted one of everything and how magnificent it was. To keep him happy, I bought him two Dungbombs and that was a disaster. The Doctor ran out of the shop clutching them in his hands and he threw both of them down the street yelling "Take cover!", before diving into Honeyduke's. Everyone yelled and cursed as their noses were filled with the most horrific stench you could ever imagine. I held my nose and ran after The Doctor.

    "What the hell was that for?", I hissed under my breath as spotted him in the shop, gazing up at the assorted sweets.

   "Brilliant! It really worked!", he laughed.

   "Of course it did!", I snapped. I discovered that my friends were still in Honeyduke's in the corner of the shop. "Now pretend you don't know me, my friends aren't meant to know about you. Here is some money to buy something here and then you can follow us casually to The Three Broomsticks afterwards". The Doctor gave me a thumbs up, still smiling with delight.

   "Hey!", Clara said. "Where have you been?".

   "Oh I just went to Zonko's, didn't fancy anything there though", I replied.

   The four of us left the shop soon after with The Doctor attempting to follow us in a casual manner, with a gift bag of sweets in his hand.

   "I am a wizard everyone!", The Doctor announced, holding his arms up. People turned round giving him strange looks and carried on with their shopping.

   "Who's that weirdo?", Sarah said, raising her eyebrow.

  "I have no idea", I answered.

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