The Slytherin Scandal: Year One

A girl named Lea was always the odd ball. She remembered everything she ever read, could make things move and even speak to animals. Her parents thought it was just her imagination. Soon Lea Talbot finds it is more, it is magic. When she gets to Hogwarts she is still the odd ball. Lea can read minds when hers wonders and she is a hundred by all the students. being the only ever muggle-born Slytherin, she must find a way to stay alive in a house that hates her and wants her dead. Not to mention all these killer...things.

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5. Diagon Alley, Wands and Ollivander's

Instantly Lea and Snape were at a brick wall. Lea had closed her eyes for a second. She had had a sudden and strong sense of vertigo and felt as if she had been twisted into the size of the hole in a needle.

 

Lea opened her eyes and it was gone.

 

"You took that better than most do when they first apperate," Snape said. "Most usually get sick."

 

They moved on. Snape took out his wand and tapped the brick three above and to the left of the trash bin. The wall melted away to reveal a crowded alley. "Do you have any muggle money," Snape asked.

 

"Yes, about 60 pounds. What is a muggle?"

 

"A non-magical human. A muggle-born is a witch or wizard born to non-magical parents," Snape explained.

 

"May I get a dictionary while we are here," Lea asked. She didn't want to constantly be asking what something meant.

 

"You may come back to get one after we get your wand. I am just here to help you get it and explain about Hogwarts. Ah, yes you will need to get on Platform 9 3/4 by 11:00 on September 1st or you will miss the train," Snape said nearly at a whisper.

 

"How do I get to the platform?"

 

"Walk through the wall between platforms nine and ten," he said as if it were the naturalist thing in the world. It probably is, Lea thought.

 

They went into a tall white marble building that had "Gringotts" on the front. This must be a bank, Lea thought. I wonder what wizarding money is like.

 

When the pair stepped inside they saw an assortment of short gray and wrinkly creatures. Snape held out his hand for her money and motioned for Lea to follow him. He went to stand in line at a counter about 10 feet from the door. They waited for two minutes.

 

"A Miss Lea Talbot would like to exchange muggle money," he said to the odd creature. Lea would ask him what they were when they got out of the bank.

 

The creature grabbed the paper money, studied it for a second and handed Snape about 30 golden coins, 16 silver coins and 23 bronze coins.

 

They walked out of the bank and went towards an old shop. On it was a hand painted sign too failed to read. "This so where you will get your wand," Snape said.

 

Out of no where an old man came out of the thousands of shelves. "Welcome to my shop. I am Ollivander. Hello, Severus, oak, springy but sturdy with a dragon heartstring core."

 

"Yes. Miss Talbot here needs a wand," Snape said and walked to the window.

 

"Wand hand?"

 

"Right, sir," Lea said. Suddenly a tape measure came out of the desk. It started to measure her arm, then her height by itself.

 

"Thank you," Mr. Ollivander said to the tape measure and went in back. He came back with a wand and told her to hold it. Nothing happened and he snapped it out of her hand. So it went on for almost fifteen minutes.

 

Finally, he pulled out a beautiful black engraved 11 and 1/2 inch wand with vines around it a a snake shaped handle. It was the most beautiful thing Lea had ever seen. She held it in her hand and she could feel magic flow in her hands. The tingle went all the way through her body and didn't stop until she felt like she was one with the shop.

 

"Interesting, elder with a dragon's spike core. Eager, thirsty for knowledge and merciful to a point and then cruel and unforgiving when pushed. I believe it suits you." What Mr. Ollivander just described was Lea to her core.

 

If anyone hurt her, she could forgive them, but if the hurt her family or anyone she cared about she would kill them without hesitation. This wand would suit her.

 

"That will be ten Galleons and five Sickles. Thank you," Mr. Ollivander said as Snape passed him ten gold coins and five silver coins. "Have a nice day."

 

They left the shop and went back to the brick wall. Snape passed Lea the rest of the money. "To answer any questions, the people in Gringotts are goblins, there are 29 Knuts to a Sickle and 17 Sickles per Galleon. The Galleons are the gold, Sickles are silver and Knuts are brass. That should answer everything," Snape said as they passed the wall. Lea nodded her thanks. "Grab on."

 

Lea grabbed on and was prepared for the odd sensation this time and didn't miss a beat when they got back to her house. "Thank you professor," Lea almost whispered.

 

"Here is your train ticket," Snape replied, but there was a hint of a smile on his face. "Good-bye. I will see you at Hogwarts." Then with a nod he disappeared with another crack!

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