I could not believe it. I was now expected to not only start a new school but go to one on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!
Don't get me wrong. I have no problem having to go through the ritual of making new friends and all that but what I couldn't understand was why did my parents have to choose a school in England for god's sakes!
In a very un-lady like fashion I collapsed into my bed with the sole intent of wallowing in my distress. I only had all summer to contemplate this.
'Are you sure this is the right place? Why the hell does it say Platform 9 3/4?' I whispered to my mother. I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown at any second.
'Hush. I'm told that you go through the wall between Platform's 9 and 10 and it transports you to the Platform 9 3/4 Hun.' My mother states with a smile. Always trying to stay level headed in these types of situations.
'I've also heard from colleagues that for your first time it's best to jog; as to not make you afraid of the idea that you'll just run into the wall.' My father chimed in with a crooked smile.
'Right. This looks completely sane. Something normal No-Maj would do, in broad daylight no less.' I mumble to myself.
Pushing away the feeling of embarrassment as the three of us took off at a jog towards the wall. I really didn't know what to expect when we hit the wall. It fell as if liquid was pouring over us and before I could blink I was staring at a crammed train station with parents, Hogwarts children and galore chatting and fretting here and there.
'Well. I'll just give this off so your belongings are boarded up with the rest of the schools.' Dad states merrily pushing the luggage off into the sea of people.
I glanced at the Hogwarts students, most not paying attention to a new face staring intently at them. There was this huge group of red heads clustered together and it wasn't hard to assume they were all family or relatives. A few made eye contact with curiosity in their eyes.
'Honey, now be safe and write us when you settle in- and at least once a week. I want to know everything.' My mother began; jolting me back to reality to tear my eyes away from a blond head boy.
I looked at my mother and smiled, we shared the same honey hair and dimples that graced our cheeks when we smiled. I had my father's green eyes and temperament.
Smiling at her, 'Yes mother.' I tease slightly as she got teary eyed. 'No don't cry.'
'You know I can't help it when I have to be away from my baby.' My mother began
' -she'll hold it only until she sees the train leave the station.' My father interjected in a teasing manner.
'Love you both.'
We hugged one last time before the last horn went off signaling a last call for stragglers to board the train. I turned, readjusting my bag that held my school clothes and I stepped onto the train and made sure not to look back to see my mother crying.
Glancing through the first couple of compartment I was nervous to figure out who I should sit with when many of these looked filled to the brim. It was loud on the train and you only had to look at the people around to see how excited they all were to see each other again after the long summer, and to be going back to Hogwarts in the excitement of what the new school year would bring.
There was a compartment that held a few kids and I took my chance.
'Can I join you? Most of the other compartments are filled.' I state giving them my warmest smile. Making friends was always nerve raking.
'Sure!' The blond girl states with a smile. 'I'm Luna Lovegood and this here Neville Longbottom. You're new here.'
The girl was nice but very strange. She had on these crazy glasses and even the strangest outfit. The boy who she introduced as Neville was a shy, nervous boy.
'Thanks!' I state taking a seat by the boy, 'Yes, I'm Evangeline Edwards, but you can call me Eva.'
'It's a pleasure to meet you.' Luna and Neville stated together.
Well, this wasn't so bad after all; I humor to myself. We spent the rest of the train talking about each other and our summer. I explained that I was American and that since my father worked for the military I was always moving around. While I was aware of the rise of Voldemort here in Europe it was strange to hear it from them and how much Harry Potter has had to do since starting school at Hogwarts.
'We should go and change into our robes. We'll be there shortly.' Luna suggested
I changed into the school uniform, checking my appearance in the mirror before heading out of the girl's restroom. The isles were crammed pack, people also trying to change or running into friends.
Trying to watch where I was going I still ended up trying over someone's foot and fell forward, colliding into a boy that was leaning against the door.
'Hey! Watch where you're going-' the boy hissed stopping as he turned around and noticed me. 'Well, well. Looks like we have a new face.' the boy drawled out as he observed me.
'Sorry, I tripped.' I smiled sheepishly trying not to flush from embarrassment.
'Draco Malfoy. This here is Crabbe and Goyle.' the blond hair states after moment, ushering to the grim looking boys behind him.
'Evangeline Edwards, but my friends call me Eva.' I reply, realizing now that Draco was the boy I locked eyes with outside the train this morning.
'Well Edwards.' Draco drawled out, 'Try not to make it a habit of falling into me.'
Before I could respond he turned into the compartment where a dark-haired girl was smirking at Draco's response. When I glanced back at him slightly lost he winked in the process. Rolling my eyes and glared at him and continued my way to the compartment I was sharing with Luna and Neville.
We shared candy we got of the trolley and we were soon joined by the appearance of two twins who were making their way to each compartment. Fred and George Weasley were their names and they were the schools number one mischief makers. I also learned that they had more siblings and a boy in my grade named Ronald.
When the train lurched to a stop I followed everyone out of the train where we gathered around what must be our transportation. They were carriages that were pulled by magic.
'ahem.' a deep voice came from behind. Woah! When I turned around I found a giant man with just as large giant beard looking down to me.
'My name is Hagrid. You must be Ms. Edwards.' He bellowed
'I am, nice to meet you.' I reply curious on why he knew to look for me.
'Since this is your first time coming to Hogwarts, if you would follow me.' Hagrid began motioning me to keep up with his long legs
Shrugging my head, seeing that I would get no explanation I jogged to catch up to him. Passing the carriages, we took up a path that headed slightly away from the train. A great lake was out in front of me that reflected the stars and the moon on their shimmery surface. Huddled in a group, you could feel the excitement and nerves bouncing off them. They must be first years by how young they looked.
'Dumbledore thought it was best for your first view of the castle to be just as everyone did their first time. If you don't mind you'll be sitting in the first boat with me.' Hagrid stated and when I made no objections he started to order the first years into the boat, with three to a boat.
Settling into my seat I watched at the boat were magically moving away the docks and soon after I was greeted with the lake opening wider and there, not too far away stood the castle called Hogwarts. It was a bit surreal to me, to see it and to already think that it was best school I've seen out of the two I've already gone to.
Once we were docked and in the castle, I followed Hagrid where we were then met with what must be another professor at Hogwarts.
'If you would follow me please. Ms. Edwards come first, while you are not a first year, you will be sorted first so you may sit with your new class mates before the first years.' the tight lipped but not mean professor states.
Following her up I try to keep my hands from shaking, I couldn't fool myself. I was beyond nervous. No other school I went to required students to be sorted into House, let alone make you do it in front of the whole school!
Once walking through the great wooden doors, I was in the most beautiful room I had ever saw. The ceiling reflected the night sky and there were thousands of candles floating as well. The hall was packed but quiet.
Luna gave me a reassuring smile and behind her not far off I found the blond hair boy named Draco who smirked in my direction. Turning back to the front the stern professor now motioned me to come up to the stool that had a hat sitting on it.
After placing the hat on my head after I sat down on the stool I jumped when the hat began to be speak. There were a few chuckles in the students and I tried to focus on the hat.
'Hm now. Let see a new student…. And a fourth year. Plenty of courage, very loyal…. I have to say Gryffindor!' The hat bellowed making what must have been the Gryffindor table applause.
I hoped off the stool and made my way to the table where Neville was kind enough to motion me to take a seat by his friends. I gave him a grateful smile.
'I'm Ginny Weasley, a fourth year.' the girl next to me stated with a smile. She had bright red hair and I already was guessing she must be related to the twins I met on the train.
'Evangeline Edwards, but just call me Eva.' I state with a smile.
On the other side to me I found I was sitting next to Hermione Granger who whispered a greeting and a hello. On the other side of the table I found out was two boys named Seamus and Dean. Who then had Ron Weasley and the famous Harry Potter next to them. I focused and watched the first years get sorted in their houses.
Dumbledore stood up and walked to the front, 'Now we're all settled in and sorted, I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year, but home to some very special guests as well. You see Hogwarts has been chosen-"
He was interrupted when a man ran up the aisle, whispered something to Dumbledore before leaving in the same fashion
'That's Flinch the caretaker. If you ever sneak out watch out for him or his cat.' Ginny whispered to me as Dumbledore began his speech again.
'So, Hogwarts has been chosen to host a legendary event. The Tri-Wizard tournament. Now for those of you who do not know, the Tri-Wizard tournament brings together three schools for a series of magical contests. From each school, a single contestant is selected to compete. Now let me be clear, if chosen you stand alone. And trust me, when I say these contests are not for the faint hearted; but more of that later.' Dumbledore states with a smile before continuing
'For now, please join me in welcoming the lovely ladies of the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and their headmistress Madam Maxime.'
I followed everyone's gaze as the wooden doors opened once again a group of girls of all different ages came dancing into the main isle. They were dressed head to toe in blue and as they moved up the isle they would release butterflies into the air.
I rolled my eyes along with Ginny as all the guys melted in their seats watching the girls prance in their dresses, obviously focused on watching their behinds in those dresses.
'And now, our friends from the North. Please greet the proud sons of Durmstrang and the high master Igor Karkaroff.' Dumbledore stated as the doors opened
A series of older boys walked up the aisle brandishing bo staffs, twirling them around stabbing them into the ground making sparks fly. They were quite handsome and they jumped about before settling in the front at a table with the girls.
'Blimey it's him, it's Viktor Krum!' Ron whispered loudly pointing out the boy or… he seemed more like a man.
Food was then magically appeared on the tables and I sampled as much as my stomach would allow. When all was finished Dumbledore stood up and the food vanished before speaking once more. He sure did like giving speeches
'Your attention please! I would like to say a few words. Eternal glory, that is what awaits the student who wins the Tri-Wizard tournament. But, to do this that student must survive three tasks. Three extremely dangerous tasks.' Dumbledore began with a serious tone
'For this reason, the ministry has seen fit to impose a new rule. To explain all this, we have the head of the Department of International Magic Cooperation, Mister Bartimus Crouch.' He continued
A strange and wary man came through a back door behind the Professors and greeted Dumbledore before taking a seat. Whispered began, noting that some of them knew who he was.
'After much deliberation, the ministry has concluded that for their own safety no student under the age of seventeen shall be allowed to put forth their name for the Tri-Wizard tournament. This decision is final.' Minister Bartimus Crouch states before taking his seat.
A loud roar settled in the room from the students in all the houses booing this decision. Toward the front I noticed one the twins shouting angrily.
'That's rubbish! You don't know what you're doing!'
'Silence!' Dumbledore shouted.
I was memorized as he casted magic over a box that once it began to meld away, it showed a large goblet containing a blue flame.
'Wow I don't think I have ever to been to a school where so much excitement started and this is the beginning of the year!' I whisper to Ginny
Chuckling, she shakes her head, 'Every year here is exciting especially with Harry Potter.'
I smile in response and go back to listening to Dumbledore, 'The Goblet of Fire. Anyone wishing to submit themselves for the tournament merely, write their name upon a piece of parchment and throw it in the flame before this hour on Thursday night.'
'Do not do so lightly, if chosen there's no turning back. As from this moment the Tri-Wizard Tournament has begun!' Dumbledore proclaims giving a few different people serious stares before dismissing us to bed.
I followed the Gryffindor's with Ginny pulling me along when I would get distracted by everything Hogwarts had to offer. What scared me the most was the moving staircase.
'How the hell do you remember where you're going with moving stairs!' I manage to blurt out to Ginny in amazement
A few chuckles followed my outburst before Ginny states, 'You just do. Don't worry! You'll figure it out, and any of us will help you.' grinning she pushed me through the Fat Lady's entrance and into the common room.
I received many curious stares but I was too tired to meet people so once Ginny showed me the girls dormitory I changed and passed out on my bed.