Kate Smithson isn't a normal eleven year-old. She's a Metamorphagus, has photographic memory, and is in a wheelchair due to an accident that claimed her ability to walk and her family's lives. How will she cope with loss, bullying, friendship, fights, and being a foster child at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?


6. Gringotts

Kate quickly wolfed down some bacon as Molly opened the door for Dumbledore. Dumbledore smiled and said, "Breakfast? I could like some tea, Molly, if you would please." Molly quickly started a pot on the stove and Dumbledore continued, saying, "Happy Birthday, Kate."

       Kate smiled, her hair turning a lilac (happier), and questioned, "Thank you, but I'm concerned about how we'll be getting to Diagon Ally. The wheelchair doesn't go if we appartate."

  Dumbledore, who now had his tea, said, "I thought about that, and I think that you'll go as an Animagus." Kate's hair started rapid fire color change, and Dumbledore whispered, "Emotional shock. Quick, Fred, George, calm her down."

            George picked her up out of her wheelchair, but Kate didn't react; it was as if she couldn't see her surroundings. They took her into the living room and set her down. When she finally calmed down, her hair turned white and she whispered, "Where am I? I'm supposed to be in Diagon Ally by now!"

    Fred said, "Calm down, love. Now, we want you to tell us why you threw a fit just now."

             Kate looked like she didn't know what they were talking about, and then like she just remembered, her hair turned red and she mumbled, "No."

George said, "What was that?"

   Kate shouted, "NO! I'm tired of being treated like someone less because I'm in a WHEELCHAIR!"

         Fred smirked saying, "Actually, you're not in a wheelchair. You're on a couch, and that means that you won't be able to go away until you answer our question. Now, why did you throw a fit?"

Kate sighed and whispered, "I guess it was all the emotions I keep bottled up. It just exploded, I guess."

  Fred and George double hugged her; then George lifted her back up and took her to the kitchen. Dumbledore said, "Miss Smithson, you didn't let me finish. We'll just go to a private room by the Leaky Cauldron so no one will see you. We should go now." Kate changed to dog and jumped into Dumbledore's arms. He said, "Good-bye." Kate barked and everyone smiled. Kate felt a sharp tug, and they Appartated. 


They arrived in a room at the street across from the Leaky Cauldron. Kate changed back; then they walked, no, Dumbledore walked, Kate wheeled herself across the street into the small pub. The bartender, who was cleaning the pub, bowed and said, "Would you like a brandy, Albus? Hot chocolate for the child?"

     Dumbledore pulled out his wand and said, "Maybe afterwards, Tom. We have to get going."

Tom bowed and looked at Kate. Kate said, "Would you like some help?" Before Tom could refuse or Dumbledore could take her away, she muttered, "Pub mundi." A bright purple light shone, and when it left, the store was spotless. Tom stared at Kate, then realizing to be polite, he bowed and nodded furiously. Before he could say another word, Dumbledore took her inside of a small room.

            He whispered, "Stand back." He tapped the brick three up and two across from the trash can. The bricks opened up and turned into a doorway, and seeing her wonder and awe, Dumbledore said, "Welcome, Kathryn, to Diagon Ally."

  Kate wished she had millions more eyes. There were shops selling robes, other shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments, windows stacked with bat's spleens and eel's eyes, teetering piles of spellbooks, quills, potions, globes of moons and stars, and other bizarre items. Dumbledore, smiling at Kate's reaction, said, "First we should go to Gringotts, the wizarding bank. 

      Kate asked, "Wizards have banks?" than realized it was a stupid question, than exclaimed, "But I don't have any money!" 

Dumbledore's eyes twinkled and he said, "Yes, we do, and you don't think that your parents would leave you nothing, would you?" Kate was dumbfounded, but than she realized that Dumbledore was walking toward a rather large building, so she quickly caught up. 

          A few creatures, Kate thought they were really ugly dwarfs, bowed and opened the doors. As Kate wheeled herself in, most of the creatures stopped measuring jewels or counting coins and watched her. Kate's hair turned white and she kept going. Dumbledore walked up to the left-most counter and said to the creature, "Miss Smithson would like to retrieve from her vault."

  The creature peered down at her and hissed, "And does Miss Smithson have her key?" It hissed Smithson like it was poison. Dumbledore reached into his robes and held up a small bejeweled, gold key. The creature said, "Everything seems to be in order. Griphook!" Another creature came waddling there and the first creature said to it, "Go to vault 699."

      Griphook said, "Follow me." It waddled over to a cart and looked at the wheelchair.

  Kate whispered, "Et non me commoveat." As if held by invisible hands, Kate floated upward, picked up the wheelchair, set it in the cart, and clapped her hands; the invisible hands dropped her. Dumbledore sat down next to her, his eyes twinkling. They rode along, and Kate tried to remember the way: left, right, middle fork, 45* turn, under the waterfall, but it was too hard.

           Dumbledore startled her out of her trance by saying, "You're trying to remember. Don't. And the creatures are goblins." They finally reached the vault.

  Griphook said, "Vault six hundred ninety-nine." Kate got out (she did the thing that she did before), conjured a money bag and rolled herself up to the door. Griphook held out his hand and said, "Key." Dumbledore held it out and Griphook snatched it out of his hand. Griphook then put the key in the keyhole and turned it, then ran three fingers down a specific, rather jagged, path.

 Kate's hair turned white with shock and her eyes turned big as golf balls. There were great columns of gold coins, stacks of silver, and mounds of bronze. Kate rolled up and grabbed some, shoving them into her moneybag. Once it was full enough, she rolled out and went back in the cart. While going back, Dumbledore passed her a piece of parchment that said:

29 Knuts (bronze) to a Sickle

17 Sickles (silver) to a Galleon

493 Knuts to a Galleon (gold)

Kate smiled at Dumbledore, and his eyes twinkled back. She said, "Where should we go first, Professor?"

   Dumbledore was silent for a moment, then said, "First, we should get you a wand."


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