The day I boarded Hogwarts Express was easily one of the best in my life. I hugged my mother and father in turn before I got on the train- I would miss them. They understood, though, that I needed to do this, no matter how over our heads this all felt for now.

"Bye, Mum. Bye Dad. I love you." They were both a little teary as we said our goodbyes, and then I picked up my bags, and set off towards my future.

I boarded the train enthusiastically, and faltered only slightly when I realized I had no idea where to sit. I stepped off to the side and watched people board. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was a school for witches and wizards between the ages of eleven and seventeen, and I saw people of varying heights walk past me. I watched the clearly older people walk by until finally, I saw a girl about my height with soft brown curls and I quickly followed her to a car and sat across from her.

"Hello! I'm Hermione, and this is my first year here. What's your name?" I spoke eagerly. This could very well be my first friend in the wizarding world.

"Lavender Brown. I'm also a first-year."

"Nice to meet you, Lavender!"

It was my first time talking to a witch my age and, unable to curb my curiosity, I asked her question after question about Wizard Society until she got up to use the restroom and didn't come back. I felt somewhat awkward, but still somewhat giddy.

When we arrived at the school, well, the castle really, Lavender was forced to reappear, and we followed a large man named Hagrid to some boats and set off across a lake. When we got inside, we were directed to a large hall, set for a huge feast. Before we could eat, however, all of us were sorted into four groups by a singing hat. The hat put me in Gryffindor House, which was known for its brave members. I was excited to find out Lavender would be sharing a dormitory with me. She didn't seem to be as excited, but still seemed grateful, like I was, for a familiar face. The feast was glorious,and when I was sure I wouldn't be able to eat ever again, I was instructed to follow a Prefect named Lily to the Gryffindor common room. She also showed us where our dorms were. I went to bed full, excited, and utterly exhausted by the amazement I'd had to experience that day.