Life as Somebody Different

Hope Carta is soon to find out she is a witch and will attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At first she thinks she is strange and slightly abnormal however she soon realises that she is just as sane as everybody else. Hope's life changes for the better and meets a boy who is famous and his name is Harry Potter.

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4. A Whole New Undiscovered World

Hope couldn't speak as she was too in shock and trying to take all this in however, her mother spoke once again,

"Robert? Why didn't you tell me after all of this time?" She asked, sounding quite hurt.

"Well," He replied, "I was going to tell you but I was going to see if Hope got her acceptance letter first, which she did, and then obviously you both would know however, after a few weeks from her eleventh birthday and no letter had arrived, I would have told you then. But the letter did arrive! And I would have told you anyway. Both of you actually."

This seemed a good enough reason because she smiled again and looked up at Hope.

"Why don't you finish reading the supply list." She said.

"Oh right, yeah." Hope said, pulling the letter up so she could read it again. "1 wand, 1 cauldron (pewter, standard size two), 1 set of glass or crystal phials, 1 telescope, 1 set of brass scales and students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. Parents are reminded that students are not allowed their own broomstick. Can I have an owl. Please, can I? Please?" Hope begged.

"I don't see why you can't. As your not allowed your own broomstick yet." Hope's dad said. "And I have a fair amount of gold in my Gringotts Vault."

"Gold!" Hope shrieked, "Like, real gold bars?"

"Well, it's wizard money, knuts, sickles and galleons. There are 29 knuts to a sickle and 17 sickles to a galleon." He answered.

"And what's Gringotts?" Hope asked.

"The Wizard Bank. There ain't no safer place, except maybe Hogwarts."

"There is too much to learn!" Hope said, wondering how she was going to know everything.

"Am I going to be the only one who doesn't know much?"

"No of course not! There are many children who come from either muggle families or people like you who have only just found out about the wizarding world. When we go to Diagon Alley, where you buy everything, we will get your books and once you have had a read of them, you will know much more. And anyway, that's what Hogwarts is for, to teach you everything!" Explained Robert.

Hope relaxed a little.

"When are we going to that alley place and how, Robert?" Asked Hope's mother.

"Why don't we go tomorrow and we will use floo powder." He replied.

Once again Hope asked another question.

"What's floo powder?" She asked.

"It's like sand and when you stand in a non-lit fire, say clearly where you want to go, throw the sand into the fire and it will take you where you want to go."

"Wow!" Hope gasped.

The next day, all three where up and dressed by 10 o'clock and Hope was standing in her fire with some black sand in her hand, apprehensive about her unusual ride.

"Now remember what I taught you. Say it really clearly, and you too Rose," He addressed and looked over at Hope's mother. "And chuck the floo powder in and I will only be a few seconds behind you."

"Ok." Hope said, breathing out.

"Good luck!" Rose said.

"DIAGON ALLEY!" Hope shouted and threw the floo powder in the fire. She saw some green flames surrounding her just before she was blown away into darkness. It was the weirdest feeling ever. However, within a few seconds, she was standing on cold, concrete floor, staring down at a strange yet wonderful street. A few more seconds later, her mum and dad appeared behind her, her mother slightly shocked but beaming from ear to ear.

"Welcome to Diagon Alley, Hope!"

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