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?


5. The Letter

At about seven-thirty the next morning, while the twins were still asleep, Kate got dressed and in her wheelchair. Just for the fun of it, 'cause it's her birthday, Kate conjured two ice cold buckets of water, and when her watch beeped at the half hour, the water dumped. The boys woke up screaming and Kate did a spell, "Sistere aquam!" The water disappeared. 

         Fred got up and yelled, "Why you little...."

               Kate gave him puppy dog eyes and purred, "You woulwin't wurt me on my bwirfday, would woo?" 

   George smiled and said, "We wouldn't HURT you, but me might......TICKLE you!!!" George picked her up and threw her on his bed. The twins started mercilessly tickling her and all that could be heard were bubbly screams of laughter. 

                           Smirking, Fred said, "DO YOU YIELD?"

Kate, still laughing and screaming, laughed, "Yes! I-I y-yield!" Kate turned into her Animagus form and ran out of the room to Ginny's bedroom. Ginny was still fast asleep, so Kate started barking and jumped on her.  

       Ginny got up and said, "Wha...? Oh, hey Kate. Happy birthday!" Dog Kate jumped back and turned human.

 She said, "Thanks Ginny!" Kate dropped her voice to a whisper. "Do you want to watch me wake up Ron?" Ginny came with her and when they got in his room, they silently went to a place beside his bed. At the top of her lungs, she screamed, "THE CANNONS WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!"  

            Ron jumped a few feet in the air, and when he saw Kate, he snarled, "KATE!"

   Kate, still grinning like an idiot, shouted, "Catch me if you can!" and turned dog. She ran down to Percy's room and started barking madly. Percy woke up and started whispering to himself like he was crazy. 

 She then went to Bill and Charlie's room and jumped on Charlie. He woke up and whispered, "Kate?" She ran out of the room.

Fred and George found her barking and ran downstairs behind her. Molly was in the kitchen frying some ham, and Arthur was sitting at the table reading the Daily Prophet. Molly saw them, and putting down the spatula, shouted, "Boys, what on earth was all that racket?! Oh, yes, and Kate, dear, Dumbledore will be here in five minutes, so you better eat up. Now, boys...?"

       With a mouth full of ham, Kate said, "Sorry Molly. I was waking them up." Molly was about to say something when an owl flew up to Kate through the window. It dropped a letter on her empty plate. Her hair turned lilac (happy). On the front it said:

Ms. K Smithson

2nd Floor, 2nd Bedroom

The Burrow

Ottery St. Catchpole

West Country, Devon

On the back of the parchment letter was a seal with a coat of arms: there was a lion, an eagle, a badger, a snake, and a large H in the middle. She opened the envelope and two pieces of parchment fell out. One of them had a letter. It read:

                                             HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY 

                                                                 Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore

                                               (Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,

                                                Supreme Mugwump, International Conf. of Wizards)


Dear Ms. Smithson,

     We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed list of all necessary books and equipment. 

Term begins on 1 September. We will await your owl no later than July 31.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall 

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress 

                       Kate pulled out the next page and read it over:

                                             HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY


First-year students will require:

1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)

2. One plain pointed had (black) for every day wear

3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon-hide or similar)

4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings

Please note that all the pupil's clothing should carry name tags. 

Course Books

All students should have a copy of each of the following:

The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk

A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot

Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling 

A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch

One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phillidia Spore

Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander 

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self Protection by Quentin Tremble 

Other Equipment

1 Wand

1 Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)

1 Set glass or crystal phials 

1 Telescope

1 Set brass scales

                                               Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.


The letter ended there, and Kate was about to say something when there was a calm knock on the door. Dumbledore has arrived.

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