Sinead sighed as she left her comfy bedroom and descended the steep stairs to the ground floor. What letter had arrived? Was it yet another missive from a teacher complaining about Sinead’s behaviour? Entering the room in trepidation, she was confronted by her mother and father standing in front of the open fireplace. Why do we still have a proper fire she wondered obliquely? They both had huge grins on their faces as Sinead’s mum held out a large envelope. Sinead took it in her hands and examined the curious looking envelope. It felt like parchment between her hands. The address was hand written in a very neat scroll style. Turning it over she noticed a seal on the flap with a large H imprinted into the luxurious red wax.
Lifting her head she glanced at her parents quizzically. Her mother nodded her head as if to say, open it. They both looked really excited, almost knowing what the letter contained. Sinead eased the flap of the envelope up breaking the seal in the process. She felt strangely disappointed that it had happened. Inside was another sheet of fine parchment folded over. Letting the envelope fall to the floor, she separated the folds of the paper and started to read.
HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Minerva McGonagall
Dear Miss Cathasaigh
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.
Sinead looked puzzled and re-read the letter once again to try to take in what it said. Hogwarts? Witchcraft? Owl? She still didn’t understand what it was about. She felt an arm on her shoulders. Sinead saw that her mother had come to the side of her. She seemed to be bursting with pride as she guided her to the settee in the corner of the room. They sat down together.
‘So you’ve got a letter from Hogwarts Sinead’, her mother said proudly, ‘we wondered if they’d select you’
Sinead looked from her mother to her father and back.
‘What’s Hogwarts? she asked.