Rose Weasley stood on the misty Platform Nine and Three Quarters with her parents and little brother. They were waiting for their cousin, Albus, to arrive with his family. This was going to be Rose and Albus's first year at Hogwarts.
All of a sudden, Uncle Harry, Aunt Ginny, and her cousins, James, Albus, and Lily were right in front of her.
"Hi," said Albus, sounding like he was relieved to find his favorite cousin.
Rose smiled while her dad jumped into conversation with her uncle.
Her dad and uncle kept talking while they put Albus's truck onto the train.
"I hope that when I go to Hogwarts I'll get into Gryffindor," said Lily.
Hugo began to reply, "Yeah, I hope that-,"
"If you're not in Gryffindor, we'll disinherit you," interjected Rose's dad.
Her mother looked at her father quite disapprovingly.
Rose, having already been worried about the whole sorting process, began feeling even more anxious about it.
Rose was about to say something to Albus to try to reassure him, also hoping it would make her feel a little better too, when the steam cleared for a moment and she was able to see other students with their families.
Rose noticed her dad making eye contact with her uncle.
"Look who it is," murmured her dad to her mum and Uncle Harry.
Rose looked over to where her dad was eyeing. She saw a thin-looking boy with silvery blond hair standing there with his parents. She had never seen these people before.
When Rose began to wonder how her parents knew these people, her dad said, "So that's little Scorpius."
Her dad then looked at her and said, "Make sure you beat him in every test,
Rosie. Thank God you in inherited your mother's brains."
Her mum let out a sigh.
"Ron, for heaven's sake, don't turn them against each other before they've even started school!" scolded Hermione, looking half stern and half amused.
"You're right, sorry," Rose's dad told her mum.
Ron then leaned down to Rose and whispered, "Don't get too friendly with him, though, Rosie. Granddad Weasley would never forgive you if you married a pureblood."
Rose rolled her eyes, wondering what the big deal was about this kid, when James came running back, distracting her from her thoughts. He was saying something about Teddy and Victoire snogging, looking offended. Again, what was the big deal? Teddy and Vic had been dating for what seemed like ages now. Boys.
It was almost time to board the Hogwarts Express. Uncle Harry had pulled Albus aside, probably to remind him to not let James annoy him too much and to write often or something fatherly like that before he got on the train. Rose went to go tell her own parents goodbye.
Rose hugged her dad tightly.
"Rosie, in all seriousness, remember to try your hardest and be kind. I'm already so proud of you," her dad said.
"I love you, daddy," said Rose, "I'll do my best! I'm actually really excited to start start classes."
"Like mother, like daughter," replied her dad, bemused.
Rose let go of her dad and went to tell her mum goodbye.
Hermione hugged Rose and said, "I know you'll be brilliant, Rose. Just remember, be sure never to judge someone by their name and what their family might have done in the past. I know we've talked about all of this before, but now I won't be there to remind you. Set an example of kindness for your fellow classmates, Rose dear."
"Mum," Rose said exasperatedly, "I know! I'm going to miss you so much, mum. Will you write to me?"
"Of course dear," said Hermione, "I'll write everyday if you want."
"Well, maybe just once a week," said Rose.
Rose then let go of her mother and got on the train. The doors began slamming shut. Albus jumped up after her and Aunt Ginny close the door behind them.
"Why are they all staring?" demanded Albus. He and Rose were looking at the other students.
"Don't let it worry you," said Rose's dad, "It's me. I'm extremely famous."
Rose and Albus were still laughing when the train began to move.
"We've lost James," said Rose.
"All the better," replied her cousin, sounding glad to be away from his brother momentarily. "Let's see if we can find an empty car."
Rose thought to herself, Well, here we go!