"By Moomy! By Dadfoot!" Niki called out of a window of the Hogwarts Express. Ron looked at her strangly.
"Moomy and Dadfoot?" he asked Harry.
"You know, since I'm the one who said it, you could ask me." Niki said, slightly irritated.
"Well, soh-ree." Ron said, also irritated. "Well? How come you called them that?"
"Because. They're my Moomy and Dadfoot." Niki said, and walked away. Harry caught up to her a few moments later.
"You know, Niki, you could be nicer to my friend." Harry said.
"Well, I don't like Ron or Percy. I only like Ginny, Fred and George." Niki said.
"Why?" Harry asked. Before Niki could answer, however, Ron caught up to them, and Niki sped up. She entered a compartment with only one girl in it. She had bushy brown hair, brown eyes, and rather large front teeth.
"Hello! My name is Nicole, but please call me Niki. I'm a first year on my way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I have one brother named Harry, plus I have a Moomy and a Dadfoot." Niki said, very quickly.
"Hello. I'm Hermione Granger." Hermione said, looking up. Then she said, "Holy cricket! You're Nicole Potter, one of the twins who lived!"
"Well, yes I am." Niki said, feeling her face grow hot.
"Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to embarrass you!" Hermione said quickly. "As I said before, my name is Hermione Granger."
"Hi, Hermione. Wow, Hermione, that's such a pretty name." Niki said, hearing her voice grow dreamy. It was Hermione's turn to blush.
"It's not that special. Besides, it's so uncommon. Nobody knows how to pronounce it, and everybody laughs when someone knew calls me Hermy-one." Hermione said.
"Well, I think Hermione is a beautiful name. Nicole is so common, and even though I like it, it would be cool to have an uncommon name." Niki said.
"Thanks." Hermione said. "So, Niki, who do you live with? I know that your parents got killed, but I don't know who you went to live with.
"Well, I live with Moomy and Dadfoot." Niki said.
"Um, who?" Hermione asked, looking very confused.
"Oh, mine and Harry's godfathers, Sirius and Remus. Harry calls them Moony and Padfoot, but I call them Moomy and Dadfoot." Niki said.
"Oh, that's sweet." Hermione said. At that moment, a tearful boy appeared in their compartment.
"Have either of you seen a toad?" the boy asked. "My name's Neville, by the way. I've lost my toad, can you please help me find it?"
"Well, we haven't seen one, but we can help you." Hermione said.
The trio left the compartment, and started asking up and down the train whether people had seen the toad. Hermione got to Harry and Ron's compartment before Niki did, but she snuck up behind her to listen.
"Has anyone seen a toad? A boy named Neville's lost one." Hermione said. She then noticed that Ron had his wand out. "Oh, are you doing magic? Let's see then."
Ron cleared his throat. "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow. Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." Nothing happened.
"Are you sure that's a real spell?" Hermione asked. "Well, it's not very good, is it. Of course, I've only tried a few simple ones myself, but they've all worked for me." She walked over and pointed her wand at Harry's glasses, which I had broken earlier that day. "For example. Oculous, reparo." Harry's glasses fixed.
"Holy cricket. You're Harry Potter!" Hermione said, sounding excited. "I'm Hermione Granger. And, you are?" Hermione asked Ron, distaste evident on her face and in her voice.
"Um, Ron Weasley." Ron replied with his mouth full of food.
"Pleasure." Hermione said, clearly not meaning it. She turned back to Harry. "You two had better get into your robes. I expect we'll be arriving soon." She started to leave, then stopped and turned back to Ron. "You've got dirt on your nose, by the way. Did you know? Just there." she indicated the place on Ron's nose that had the dirt on it. Ron rubbed at it, but it didn't come off. Hermione left anyway.
"That was brilliant, Hermione!" Niki said, laughing her head off. "You confused them so much! Ron probably hates you now."
"Well, I don't care what he thinks. Come on, you'd better change too, you know." The pair walked back to their compartment, changed, and soon they arrived at Hogwarts.