Hello everyone! this is my first Marauders fanfic on this website. I hope you all like it and please do me a favor and review, comment, criticize and whatever other helpful thing you can do. Also, please note that I do not own anything to do with harry potter except my own OC Winnie. Also, I would just like to confirm that this story DOES indeed get better as you go along.

Chapter 1

A wave of familiarity washed over me as I stepped onto the platform. There was something significantly special about getting on the train and going back to Hogwarts. Maybe it was the fact that I would be able to see my friends again but it might have to do with the fact that Hogwarts always felt like home and despite the fact that this year would be my sixth year, I always felt a rush of excitement surging through my veins when I made eye contact with the Hogwarts Express.

I scanned the platform but could see no sign of my friends. It was almost time to board the train and I suspected that they had all arrived early and I was probably the only one who had 'accidentally' slept in and arrived late. Not very surprising. But before I could continue my train of thought, my mother pulled me into a warm and bone-crushing hug.

"Oh, I'm going to miss you so much darling! Please be good and do take care of yourself, for once." I laughed and hugged her back.

I patted her back, comfortingly. "Alright mum, I promise to be good." I said as I escaped her hug.

She gave me a disbelieving look.

I threw my head back in laughter, "Okay, lets be more realistic here. I promise to try and be good." I said, a small smirk on my face.

My dad smiled at me and patted my shoulder, "Send us a letter here and there, won't you? I'd like to know my daughter is alive and well."

I laughed and replied, "Alright, alright. Now, don't worry about me. I'll be fine but I got to go, take care of yourselves! I love you both, bye!" I quickly gave both of them a kiss on the cheek and boarded the train. Once I got on, I gave them one last wave and then went to find my compartment.

I smiled as I saw people reuniting and hugging, it was actually quite nice to see- THUMP! In that exact moment a person decided to collide with my shoulder. The same shoulder I had accidentally hit earlier when I was rushing to the car.

"Hey! Watch where you're going!" I exclaimed angrily to the person that bumped into my shoulder. "I'm fragile, you know!" I huffed in annoyance, but the person had already ran off.

Rolling my eyes, I swiftly grabbed my bag and ran my fingers up and down on my 'injured' shoulder as I walk towards my compartment, it had only been five minutes and I had already gotten hurt. Typical Winnie. I was so lost in thought that I almost walked passed my compartment, but when I heard the familiar, loud laughter of my friends through the glass door I stopped. I could recognise their voices anywhere.

A smile attached itself to my lips and I slid the compartment door open with ease.

I leaned against the door frame, "Hey, anyone see a bunch of animals around here? There was a dog, a mouse, a wolf and what was the last one? a moose?" I said, teasingly.