Alright this is my new story which will be about a boy called Daniel Sythe who similarly to Harry has no idea he is a wizard until the letter comes on his birthday and he goes to Hogwarts meeting loads of friends along the way. It won't be super action-packed as it will be more focusing on the classes and friendships but their will be small plot twists they will deal with and one bigger plot-twist the whole way through hopefully. Also bare with me on the sentence structure because it's not something I am amazing at. I must say that I am not very good at dialogue so please tell me about my mistakes but only if you can tell me how I could improve it thanks. Please review because I really appreciate it and you get to feel more like part of the series however long it goes on for.
I am a New Zealander so that is why Dan is a New Zealander because I wanted a relation between my family and the Sythe's family because I think I find it easier to write with the thought that it's a real life person so the traits are easier to describe and remember
The 11th Birthday
It is early morning in Chelsea and the dazzling orange sunrise was just crashing over the historical buildings sending a wake-up call to all those who were in their comfortable beds.
Edward Sythe was already up and about in number 14 Ravenwood Drive and was making his wife her usual cup of tea, what no one else apart from him knew; is that he was using magic to pour the milk and heat the water and even stir the tea bag. Magic? Yes Magic!
Edward Sythe was a wizard and a very good one at that. To use his magic he had a 13 inch long wooden wand that he held out of his right hand like an extension to his already long arm. He was a tall man with small square spectacles that sat on his slightly crooked nose. He is very well groomed and looks like a very ordinary person, the only problem; he isn't.
Today was his son, Daniel's birthday and to Edward and Anne Sythe it was a very big birthday, his eleventh and although it sounded as good as any other birthday, later on in the day Daniel would find that this particular birthday would be very different indeed.
Without his father noticing Daniel had crept up behind him but luckily Edward had already whipped his wand away and any sign of magic had vanished.
'Morning Dan!' Eddie exclaimed, 'Happy Birthday buddy,' 'thanks dad' said Daniel smiling, 'my first birthday in England' said Daniel matter-of-factly, his dad thought for a moment and then answered 'Yes, your right, I suppose eleven year olds are always right are they?' The father and son exchanged glances and Dan started laughing when he saw the mad glint in his fathers eye.
It was true though, the Sythe's had been living in England for only just over a year now, but Daniel's tenth birthday was celebrated in Ireland with some of his family. Daniel and his sister, Jasmine were born in New Zealand and moved to England for some reason that their mother will not mention. Daniel enjoyed England but New Zealand was where he really belonged and he missed all of his friends that he had to leave behind at his old primary school.
The house that they lived in now was a lot bigger than in New Zealand but it was very close to the Chelsea and Fulham football pitches so Saturday traffic's a nightmare. Although Daniel loves going to the matches his parents never enjoy them. Apparently they follow a completely different sport which Daniel didn't understand because he had never seen them watch such a sport.
'Hey Dan, 'appy birthday' said Jasmine, his nine year old sister as she jumped onto his straightened back intending to give him a hug, 'thanks Jaz' he said and pushed her off in a joking manner. His whole family was down in the spacious living room now and Daniel's mum, Anne who had the most English accent out of the family had brought down a bundle of gifts that were hidden in colossal amounts of wrapping paper. Daniel was getting excited as his family sung 'happy birthday' but out of the corner of his eye he noticed a large wing soar past the kitchen window and he got up curiously and had a look. 'Hey guys look, there's an owl!' He said excitedly and the other three flooded to the window to watch it soar away quite quickly, 'it must be coming for an answer-' muttered his mum quietly to Eddie who nodded his head. 'I think so' he said with a grin on his face as he cocked his head over to look at his son who was gawking at the owl that had just flown past in broad daylight.
'Hey Dan, can you go get the post' asked his mum cheerily after his parents had a muffled conversation about something Dan really wanted to know.
Dan was curious. They didn't usually ask him to go get the mail but then again he didn't really think about it much as he was accustomed to odd things happening in his life.
Once in the playground in New Zealand he had suddenly flown from one side of the climbing wall to the other and only minutes later he was being quickly rushed home by his dad who was flustered at the news. Another time he was reading a book when suddenly random words had turned bold from all over the page saying 'Hope your enjoying the book' and then on the flight back from Ireland he had been thinking of how nice a plate of food would be when suddenly with at least three strangers watching a plate of Hawaiian pizza appeared in front of him as if it had read his mind.
But most of the odd things that happened around him were to do with his parents, they always seemed like they were hiding something, like a portion of their lives was a secret, locked away forever and Dan had a sneaky suspicion that it had something to do with their move to England. But he's learned that there's no point in asking questions that you know won't have an answer.
The air was coldish as it usually was in the early hours of the morning but it was heating up a bit, Dan pulled the latch on the small white letterbox and the Sunday paper fell out of it and into his hands, he pulled out a few other letters and he looked at the top one, it was addressed to him, he figured it was a birthday card from someone back in N.Z. As he re-opened the navy front door his dad sped over to him and took the paper and looked over at the letters, 'what you got there' he gestured towards the letters in Daniel's hand, there were at least five of them and Daniel was flicking through them himself, they were from his Grandma and Grandad, a good friend from primary school, his Uncle Anthony and all of his dad's brothers and sisters who lived in Wellington. As he finished reading his letter from his uncle he looked at the last letter of the pile, it was addressed like so...
To Mr D. Sythe, 14 Ravenwood Dr, Chelsea, England
Immediately Daniel was intrigued and his dad gestured for Anne to come over and see as well as he grinned wildly staring from his son to the letter in his hands. Dan had no idea who it was from so he flipped the envelope over and on the other side was a small wax seal that was shaped like a school crest, it was split into four colored quarters, green, blue, red and yellow, each with a small animal emblem representing it.
Daniel looked over at his father who was still grinning like a psycho-murderer and said 'what' 'just open it' said his dad who seemed very edgy, 'but who's it from' Daniel asked trying to get answers 'I dunno' exclaimed his father trying to cover up his smile.
'yeh you do, you look like your about to go live in a theme park' mentioned Daniel and his father sighed, giving up, 'just open it and you'll find out' he said mysteriously and Daniel carefully took off the small seal and opened the envelope, there were three different letters in the envelop but before Daniel could pick one out it picked itself out and the top letter flew into Dans hands, 'Woah' he said in surprise and Jasmine craned over in awe as well, though the parents looked like it was just part of there ordinary lives.
Dan opened the piece of parchment up and begun to read it aloud:
HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Anderworth Obbin
(Order of Merlin, Second Class, Chf. Sorcerer,International Codebreaker)
Dear Mr Sythe,
We are please to inform you that you have been accepted into Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry where you will be sorted into one of the four school houses, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Griffyndor and Slytherin. Please find an enclosed list of all necessary books and equipment. Term begins on the 1st September 2011. We await your owl by no later than 31st July
the next letter explains to you the international wizarding secrecy act but your parents or guardians may wish to talk to you about it themselves.
Daniel was shocked, so was Jasmine but still by the look on Mr Sythe's face he had known it was coming from the beginning and he was thrilled by it, 'what the heck' said Daniel as he sat there dumbfounded, then he laughed. 'Stop pranking me dad, I know it's you why else would you do it on my birthday' His dad's grin turned to a look of astonishment, he didn't know what to say, he couldn't believe that his son thought that was why he had gotten the letter.
As he stood there awkwardly trying to react he was thankful that his wife had been quick enough to make a decision and had whipped Edwards wand out of his pocket to show Daniel. 'This is a wand' spoke Anne 'it is the wizarding tool we use to cast spells' she finished, 'wait so youu... you and dad are wizards too' Dan said clearly befuddled, 'well your dad is, I'm a witch, you'll be a wizard at Hogwarts' said Anne but Daniel still wasn't buying it. He begun bombarding her with questions until finally he asked, 'show me a spell' he said clearly thinking he had just won the argument, that there was no way she could prove it now.
Anne cleared her throat and held her wand pointing to the old rickety chair in the back corner of the living room, 'Wingardium Leviosa' she spoke clearly, and very quickly the chair followed exactly where her wand went and it came sailing around the family and out the window where she dropped it onto the lawn outside. 'What!' yelled both Daniel and Jasmine clearly in awe. He definitely believed his parents now, 'so what is this Secrecy act thing I'm supposed to read' asked Daniel as he pulled out the second piece of parchment. 'Read it and find out' said his dad laughing.
Mr D. Sythe-we are sorry that you could not learn or understand about the wizarding world earlier but we are under a special code of law which we must stick by, young witches and wizards under the age of 11 are not aloud to know that they are very different indeed to their muggle counterparts. After the publication of Lord Voldemort's downfall in the Muggle world as well as the wizarding world, it was unsafe to tell the muggles we could magick them away. It was proven that the most likely way something was gonna slip was if a small child was to tell people they knew, our whole society would be wrecked so we had to keep it a secret from these young kids, but how. By forcing the children's parents to not tell them about the magic powers they would one day posses and sending them to a normal muggle school which also benefits our young wizards because they can understand everything about muggles education as well as wizards which is an important skill. At the age of eleven you will be told about the wizarding world and you will be sent off to Hogwarts to become and adept witch or wizard. Also this letter will only apply to the eldest sibling, the others are all allowed to know about the wizarding world at their age at the time of the eldest getting their first letter, parents can decide whether to keep their younger kids at a muggle school or take them out of school to be home-schooled..This is stated in the International Wizarding Laws Vol. 3 and once again I am sincerely sorry we couldn't tell you about this when you were young.
Yours Sincerely. Mr J.D Everett
(Assistant Minister of Magic, Order of Merlin 1st class,
International wizarding secrecy act councellor)
'Muggles' was all Daniel said but his father immediately understood, 'non-magical folk, not like us, although some witches or wizards are muggle-born but that's uncommon' said his dad knowingly, 'who's Lord Voldemort?' said Daniel and Mr Sythe geared up for a torrent of questions to be fired at him and Jasmine listened intently picking up on everything that he said. 'Hey Daniel wanna get back to opening your presents' asked his mum and he realized that after the crazy letter he had just recieved that he had forgotten all about them, he wasn't very excited for them because they would probably just be some 'muggle' stuff that he wouldn't be interested in for much longer. As he sat down at the table to open his presents his dad was whistling out the window, and suddenly the Owl that they had seen earlier was perched on their dads arm looking rather proud of his work. 'Daniel; this is Quimby, a Barn Owl, he's professor Obbin's, your new headmaster' said Ed and the Owl nodded proudly looking right into Daniel's bright blue eyes.
Daniel had walked back over to the table after patting Quimby to finally open his presents, he first opened a small soft package he quickly knew was a bunch of clothes, it was from his family in Ireland, it was a green and white sweater with a leprechaun picture in the centre and the name, Limerick Leprachauns, surrounding the now-moving picture. 'Oh their coming 12th on the table at the moment, not too bad, they just beat the Warsaw Wasps this morning.' said Eddie but Dan looked clueless, 'what are you talking about' Daniel asked curiously, 'Quidditch teams' answered Eddie and then he figured he would have to explain all of that to Daniel as well.
Daniel now knew all about Quidditch and the EQL (European Quidditch League) which the Surrey Snipers were winning at the moment. The next present he decided just for good measure to unwrap ferociously, it turned out to be a box of lollies, but not any ordinary box of lollies, these were wizard lollies, Bertie-botts every flavored beans. 'Why did you get me magic lollies if you didn't know when I'd find out about Hogwarts' Daniel asked curiously to his mother, 'because we saw Quimby put the letter in last night, we knew we could wrap them up,' 'Oh' said Daniel understanding know.
The rest of the morning whizzed by and he also had gotten, a small box of Weasley Wizard Wheezes pranks, a couple pairs of shorts and lastly a huge sack of wizard coins from his grandma and grandad in N.Z, when Dan finished counting he exclaimed that he had thirty-one gold galleons, 12 silver sickles and 113 bronze knuts.
During the day Daniel was running round the house back and forth between his parents asking about the world that he was only just entering, just before dinner the crappy old telephone rung, Daniel now found it weird that they had a telephone, I mean, they won't need one anymore unless they wanna keep catching up with muggle friends. That was exactly what this call was about, his mum had picked it up and from the voice on the other side of the phone he could tell it was one of his best-friends mums, of course they lived in New Zealand. When they finished on the phone Anne looked thrilled, wonder why?
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