The weeks trailed by slowly, I just couldn't wait until September the 1st, when I was allowed to roam the castle as I pleased. Rose and I spent our evenings doing our homework and reading in the morning. By then I had read Hogwarts: A History multiple times and knew everything there was to know about the castle. We weren't allows out of our dormitories unless we were heading to our classes or asked by a teacher so there wasn't much reading material for us.
Amelia was excelling in Herbology, she wasn't as bright in the other subjects like Rose and I, but she was fascinated by all the different magical herbs and fungi. I preferred Defence Against the Dark Arts. My wand seemed to know all the defensive spells before being taught, in fact, my want seemed to know all the spells of by heart. All I had to do was say the incarnation and I could do it. I had finally learnt how to keep it under control.
It was reaching the end of June, meaning that all the other students were leaving for the summer Holidays. On weekends, I was glad that I bought a few shot sleeve t-shirts because it was getting warmer. We only had a few weeks left of training before we could also leave for the holidays and return next year as fully fledged students...
That morning, I woke to see that it was July 26th, not only was there exactly two weeks before we could go home but it was Hayley's birthday.
I had forgotten all about my old life with my old family and old friends. This was where I belonged, surrounded by people like me in beautiful wooden four-poster beds that made me feel at home...
When I went down for breakfast that morning I saw a note on the pin-up board. It read;
All late students are permitted to visit Hogsmede later today, Mr Argus Filch will be stationed at the gate at exactly 11:00 am sharp for any students wishing to visit the premises.
I took the note off the table and ran into the girls dormitories. Rose was still sleeping so I jumped onto her bed and started chanting "we're going to Hogsmede...we're going to Hogsmede...we're going to Hogsmede..." Rose woke with a start and snatched to note out of my hand. "No way! We've been talking about this for weeks!" We had indeed, every few days we would fascinate about roaming the streets looking at all the magical items and visiting the shrieking shack...
We passed the time until 11:00 by making a timetable stating what activities we were going to do and in what order. It was the perfect day for it too, being Hayley's birthday I could buy her something there, she will love me forever.
It finally reached 10:50, we ran all the way to the front gates of the castle. Since she was in second year, Amelia wasn't able to come. Mr filch was at the front gates, he seemed slightly kinder in his old age. Either that or he couldn't speak, he took our notes and opened the gates without a word...
The first place we went was honeydukes. There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable. Creamy chunks of nougat, shimmering pink squares of coconut ice, fat, honey-coloured toffees; hundreds of different kinds of chocolate in neat rows; there was a large barrel of Every Flavour Beans, and another of Fizzing Whizzbees, the levitating sherbet balls, along yet another wall were ‘Special Effects’ sweets: Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum (which filled a room with bluebell-coloured bubbles that refused to pop for days), the strange, splintery Toothflossing Stringmints, tiny black Pepper Imps (‘breathe fire for your friends!’), Ice Mice (‘hear your teeth chatter and squeak!’), peppermint creams shaped like toads (‘hop realistically in the stomach!’) , fragile sugar-spun quills and exploding bonbons.
I bought some Fizzing Whizzbees, Bertie bott's every flavour beans and Pepper Imps for Hayley. Also, a few sugar quills for myself and set off with Rose moments later, our arms already laden with shopping bags.
Next was Zonko's joke shop. 2 screaming yo yo's for me. Rose bought quite a few things There, most for her little brother Hugo.
"Should we go get a butterbeer at the three broomsticks?" Asked Rose "Sure" I replied "Can we stop at the post office first, I want to send these to Hayley now,"
The Owl Post Office was the equivalent to a Muggle post office but with owls delivering the letters. The owls are colour-coded for short distances and long distances, and also for how fast one wants the letter to be delivered. The Owl Post Office is used by those who do not have an owl or don't have contact with one. The owls send newspapers and newsletters as well as personal letters and packages. I wanted to choose a really special owl to deliver Hayley's presents, to add to the excitement. I found a beautiful white snowy owl that will get the message to her really quick. I then found some spare parchment in my pocket and unwrapped a sugar quill to write with;
Happy Birthday, tell mum I will be coming home soon and that I will send her an owl when I find out how I will be getting there. I hope you're doing ok, I am having so much fun here in the wizarding world.
See you soon, Grace
P.S don't eat these in front of your friends, or near anything flammable.