Emily Potter, Year 1

I’m Emily Lily Potter. If you haven’t already guessed by the last name, I’m Harry Potter's sister. We’re both the same age, we’re twins. I look like our mother and he looks like our father, Weird huh? I don’t live with the all terrible Dursley’s and I sure as heck don’t live under the stairs! I have been living with my godfather (Remus Lupin) since I was about 5. My mother (Lily Potter) dropped me off at the home of some Muggles less than a day before she died. But the first 5 years of my life were worse than Harry’s, since I was painfully skinny and usually ended cut by broken glass (I had magical issues with the windows). But Lupin managed to locate me when I was 5 and it was a heck of a lot better after that. Anyway, I’m going to go to Hogwarts soon and that should be real fun, maybe I’ll even make some friends!

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14. Snow

Nothing much happened in November but it passed surprisingly quick. December days flew by even faster. Soon it was mid-December and there was about a foot of snow on the Hogwarts Grounds. I loved snow! Sure I was a little upset that I couldn’t study outside but playing in snow would make up for that.

Panther was ridiculously happy today… He had finally gotten his full winter coat and was rather fluffy. I smiled at his as he raced about the room in joy and excitement… He looked at me and then my trunk. “Fine, I’ll put a scarf on.” I said and threw a Griffindor scarf (and a sweater of mine) and  on ran out of the Dorm.

Panther raced beside me. I smiled at him… We had a sort of understanding… I didn’t need words to understand him, and we didn’t need speech. He was old in cat years but in human years he was just a few years younger than me. He had been with me since before I met Lupin. Like a year before I met Lupin…. I don’t think about those years though. I didn’t really want to; Panther also didn’t like talking about those years. He would hiss whenever I spoke of them. He was at least as intelligent as me. The reason I saw “as intelligent as me” is because I don’t consider myself all that smart.

We raced outside and I felt cold winter air hit my face. I was naturally more alert during the winter. My ears caught the crunching of snow under foot from several people… The Weasley Twins being two of them. Panther rolled in the snow and I couldn’t help but give an amused laugh.

The Twins were talking with Jasmine, who seemed mildly confused. I went over there. “Yes but what is the point of messing about in the snow?” Jasmine asked and the twins laughed “Point? It’s fun!” They said in unison and I smiled

“Oh hey Em.”

“Want to build-“

“A snowman with us?”

“And Jas of course.”

They finished each other’s sentences…. And it was amusing. Panther just purred at the beauty of the day. “Sure!” I answered and Jasmine looked confused. “What the hell is a snowman?” She asked and all of us laughed. Sure enough we made a snowman… Jasmine helped. While the twins stuck a hat on him. I made a snowball, and quickly chucked it at George…. It hit him in the back of the head and before we knew it we were in a snowball fight.

It was fun… and went on for like ever… Fred threw a snowball at George and missed “Your aim is rubbish.” He called and threw one hitting me in the face. “Your rubbish!” called Fred and hit me with a snowball. Jasmine laughed at this. “You’ll regret that Weasleys!” I called hitting them in both in the face.

Panther sat on our forgotten snowman. He gave an amused mrow. And I smiled. We all eventually became tired and just sat about chatting. The Twins had more than enough stories to tell. And I had to admit, most of them were amusing.

“What about you Em-“

“Yeah you’ve bound to have some story.”

I closed one eye and thought back…. Nothing really worth telling to be honest. Nothing that I SHOULD say at the least. Well I had one story… but it wasn’t that exciting… then again it was all I had.

“Fine, but it’s not really any good.” I said and took a deep breath…

“I was 9 at the time and as I am now… fascinated in wild life. As always I went outside and into the forest. Deeper into it…. Deeper than I ever went. I eventually found myself lost… But I like being lost so I wasn’t fearful. Then again I rarely am fearful. I should have been. I never saw it coming. I heard a twig snap and whirred around, in three full second I was on my back with it on top of me. I was pinned to ground and snapped my eyes shut. I heard a growl. And slowly opened my eyes. Standing on top of me was a large black wolf. He had fur missing along his left eye where a white scar was. My breathing accelerated and I felt panic… The wolf’s yellow fangs glistened with saliva and he lifted his head to the sky howling at the top of his lungs.

I never learned why but the wolf hopped off of me. I sat up and y face was inches from the wolfs. His breath smelled horrid, like raw rotting and decaying flesh. The wolf howled again. He was the first wolf I had heard howl. And like that he was gone. I found some of his fur snagged in some brambles… And some nights I swear I hear him howl.” I said and gave the best howl I could, well I sounded much more like a werewolf which is how I intended to do it.

“Not any good huh?” Fred said

“I think that was pretty good.” George said and I smiled only now did I realize I could tell them apart. Jasmine was looking rather distant “good story.” She murmured and closed her eyes falling backwards making a loud crunching noise. I smiled and did the same. The twins did the same. “This was fun.” Jasmine said and smiled contently “Yep.” The twins said and I got a hand full of snow and deposited it on their heads. They did the same to me and Jas. Like I said it was fun.

I buried my red face in my scarf. “Think the lake’s frozen over?” I asked and The Twins shrugged “Wanna find out?” I asked and rolled over onto my stomach. They shrugged again and got up. When we got there the lake wasn’t frozen, but I stuck my hand in and agreed that the water was still rather cold…. Okay so I KNEW that.

I rubbed my hands together to warm them up and stuck them in my pockets. Pansy was also outside this morning. She was looking rather pissed. I smiled at this and cupped my hands around my mouth. “What’s wrong Parkinson?” I called and she glared at me from where she was and turned around leaving. I was merely trying to be nice.

We all just sort of sat by the lake. Pansy came back over with her gang. Fred and George seemed mildly annoyed by this and they both glared at her. Jasmine made a low growl and I frowned standing up. “What is it Pansy?” I asked and she said some things… I said some things. Pansy said something that I don’t recall and dared me to jump in the lake… I asked how long… she said 2 minutes…. The twins didn’t seem to like this idea, they were always game for breaking rules and proving people wrong but they didn’t like seeing their friends get frostbite and drown.

Of course I ignored them trying to talk me out of it. And jumped in (George and Fred lunged for me but missed). I went deep down in the murky water. And squinted my eyes at the long weeds and swam above them. I knew a little about Grindylows from Lupin… They are meant to hide in weeds at the bottom of lakes…. I decided not to go down there and focused on staying awake… I felt like falling asleep…. My body was slowly shutting down.

It was so cold and the water stung my eyes… I could go to bed later. I felt my lungs start to ache and I let a bit of air escape my mouth so they hurt less. After about 15 more seconds my lungs couldn’t stand it and I began to swim upwards. I coughed and began to swallow a fair amount of water. Finally my head burst through the surface. I gasped for breath and swam out of the lake.

I coughed up water and George jammed his sweater on me while Jasmine yelled at me. My teeth chattered and Pansy glared at me whisking around again. I shivered and Fred gave me a warm hug. “Come on let’s get inside before you get frostbite.” He said and George placed his hand on my shoulder.

“That had to be the stupidest thing you’ve ever done!” Jasmine hissed “how long was I down there anyway?” I asked ignoring her and my chattering teeth “2 minutes and 30 seconds. Don’t do that again.” Fred said and I nodded

“You could have died!” Jasmine snarled

We were ignoring Jasmine and Fred smacked her across the face. “Thanks. I needed that.” She said and we laughed entering Hogwarts. Jasmine left me with the twins and went to the library to meet up with Cat and Alex… Me, George and Fred went back to the common room. I gave George his sweater back and just warmed up in front of the fire.

“Gotta go meet Lee… Said he’s found a new passageway out of the school.” Fred said and Fred gave a small laugh “Probably that one we found in our first year… behind that statue.” He said and they said goodbye and left. Well its been an eventful morning. I began to mess with my hair (which was becoming a knotted mess) and went up to my dorm and grabbed a hairbrush. I couldn’t find a hair tie, but I found a bit of red ribbon and gave myself a loose ponytail.

I only now realized that I had forgotten to eat breakfast, my stomach growled. Okay eat then study… I’d better hurry though. I had less than an hour until my first class….                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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