Hogwarts

A story from a girl in Harry Potter's year that tells the story from their perspective.

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2. Diagon Alley

Tutshill Tornadoes had beaten Appleby Arrows 270-140. The Matthews had celebrated the night before by letting their children watch their parents perform extraordinary magic. Isaac (their father) had dyed his hair bright blue and his eyebrows orange, using Transfiguration. Simone (their mother) had used Amy as a personal assistant. She performed a Cheering Charm on Amy, which had her laughing for hours. They also performed their Patronuses; Isaac's had been a tiger and Simone's a dove.

Finally, their parents conjured mats so they could duel each other. This was the part they'd all been waiting for. They got into positions, and decided that Isaac should go first, seeing as he had won the match.

"Stupefy!" shouted Isaac, blasting Simone backwards. She recovered and shouted-

"Flipendo!" Isaac was knocked back.

"Locomotor Mortis!" Simone's legs were locked.

"Tarantallegra!" Isaac began to do a funny dance with his legs.

That's when it began to get ugly.

"Petrificus Totalus!"

"Protego!"

"How dare you....Serpensortia!"

Snakes was one of the things that scared both of them.

"Engorgio!" The snake became massive.

Isaac said nothing. There was a flash, and Simone was dangling from her leg in the air.

"HOW DARE YOU! DON'T USE THE PRINCE'S CURSES! GET ME DOWN!" she screamed at the top of her voice.

"Dad..." began Adam. Isaac's face was full of anger, then of sorrow. He released Simone, and she fell down on the sofa. He went over to give her a hug. And then-

"CRUCIO!" Simone shouted, her mouth full of blood. Isaac layed on the floor immediatly, and began to shake like crazy, rocking back and forwards. The screams. Oh the screams. They would haunt that household for the rest of their lives. She eventually reversed the spell. He was trembling from head to foot. Anything you did would make him jump.

"Dad, it's ok, you're safe now. Nothing can hurt you." said Jake softly.This seemed to calm him down slightly. All the ideas of Diagon Alley had been washed from their minds. In the end the children went to bed, because they couldn't pry their father's hands off their mother. He hugged her the whole night, and throughout the morning. In bed, Amy could hear them talking softly, but loud enough so she could hear.

They talked of their childhood, and Hogwarts and their children, and of the Prince in which the curses were used. Jake, they said was a bright kid, but a showoff, and was likely to become a Prefect. Charlie and Adam, the troublesome twins, would go far in life, but not with their grades. And Amy, the sweetest little girl, would end up high in the wizarding world.

"My only concern is that, although she may be sweet and kind, she may end up in Hufflepuff" said her father. "I would be quite disappointed" said her mother. This heavied the burden on Amy's shoulders to get into Gryffindor. She would surely be shunned from her family, if she got into another house. She drifted off to sleep before they talked of the Prince.

Amy woke the next morning, incredibly excited. It was Tuesday, and she was going to Diagon Alley to buy a wand and robes and books and parchment and so much more...

Her parents did Side-Along Apparartion with their 4 children: Amy and Charlie with Dad, and Jake and Adam with Mum. Secretly, Charlie and Amy had disowned Mum until the next summer holidays, because of what she did to Dad.

They arrived outside the Leaky Cauldron in a matter of seconds. Tom, the barman, congratulated Isaac on the win the previous night, and the whole bar gave a cheer. The family went out the backdoor of the bar, and Simone tapped on the brick wall with her wand. The bricks moved out of the way, and revealed Diagon Alley. There were loads of shops; shops for cauldrons, shops for wands, shops for books, shops for animals- the list goes on.

Straight away, the family headed out for Gringotts. Jake always said he wanted to work there as a Wizard Guard, but the twins said he was too girly to work there. They went inside, and went up to the first goblin desk free. Isaac gave the goblin a key, and they were whisked off into a mine cart, which trundled on for miles, until they reached vault 459. Inside there were hundreds upon thousands of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts.

Generations ago, someone in their family had won the Triwizard Tournament, which left them with loads of money to spend. Plus they raked in some money for Isaac's victories in Quidditch. Amy scooped some money into a little bag, which should last them the day.

Charlie and Adam, seeing as they needed very little for their second year, offered to help Amy with all her stuff. Isaac and Simone agreed, and off they went.

The list read:

HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY

Uniform

First-year students will require:

1.Three sets of plain work robes (black)

2.One plain pointed hat (black) for daywear

3.One pair of protective gloves (dragonhide or similar)

4.One winter cloak (black, silver fastenings)

Please note all pupils' clothes should carry name tags

Set Books

All students should have a copy of each of the following:

The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk

A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot

Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling

A Beginners' Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch

One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phydilla Spore

Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble

Other Equipment

1 wand

1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)

1 set glass or crystal phials

1 telescope

1 set of brass scales

Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad

PARENTS ARE REMINDED FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS

They started off in Flourish and Blotts, because the twins had to buy their books too. Amy paid for all the eight books, and then headed out. Then, they went into a cauldron shop, where she bought herself the same cauldron as asked for on the list. Afterwards, they went into Madam Malkins', to get her robes fitted. There were some first years in there too, getting their robes, chattering away about what houses they were going to be in.

"Oh, I do hope I'm in Ravenclaw," said a little voice.

"No, I'd rather be in Gryffindor, I've always wanted to be brave, like my father," said a gruff voice. The girly voice came out first. A small girl with bushy hair, with two Muggle parents, as they were dressed oddly. Amy was next to be fitted. The shopkeeper was very kind, and gave Amy exactly what she wanted. She paid for them, and then, with her two brothers, went off again.

Next, they were in an equipment shop, where Amy bought the telescope, glass phials, scales, parchment, ink and a fancy-looking quill. Now, for the exciting part; a wand. Alone, she went into Ollivanders. The old man appeared out of thin air behind a shelf of wands.

"Ah," he said, with a mysterious tone. "Your brothers came here last year; redwood, unicorn hair, 10 inches and willow, dragon core, 8 and 3 quarter inches, I believe?

Amy nodded, slightly confused.

"Here," he said, drawing a wand from a shelf. " Elm, unicorn hair, 9 inches. Try it." Amy waved it, and a few wands fell to the floor. "Try this; holly and phoenix feather, 11 inches." She waved it and ripped a hole in Ollivander's scarf. After a while, wands began to pile up, and Ollivanders' shop was being destroyed.

"Ok. Now try this one; blackthorn and phoenix feather, 12 inches." Amy waved it, and red sparks came shootingout the end, and she felt a warm glow around her. She looked up at Ollivander, expecting to put the wand back, but he smiled and said-

"That'll be 7 Galleons please" Amy paid Ollivander, and left the shop, as the bushy haired girl from Madam Malkins' entered.

Bewildered, she looked for her brothers; they had gone. She looked in Quality Quidditch Supplies, but they weren't there. In fact, she tried nearly every shop, but gave up after going into Florean Fortescues for an icecream. Two people came and sat down at her table, just as she'd finished her sundae. And then-

"Where have you been?" Amy cursed her brothers for disappearing.

"Fine. If you don't want the owl we bought you, we'll take it back." said Charlie. Amy forgot that they left her stranded, and pleaded to have a look at the owl. Reluctantly, Adam handed over the barn owl. It was quite a pretty sight; light brown feathers and a white underbelly. And it didn't make many sounds, unlike the screech owls.

Amy couldn't believe how much fun the wizarding world could be.

 

 

 

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