A/N: The plot is mine and some characters are mine! Nothing else is mine! Most are owned by J.K Rowling. This is set when Harry is at Hogwarts but I don't know what year.

Those of you who know me just might see their names pop up in here.....maybe. Depending on my mood. Hope you don't mind.

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Chapter 1: The Wonderful Idea

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Dumbledore walked into his office after breakfast, whistling "Bridge on the River Kawai", one month before the start of the new term. When a wonderful idea hit him. He grabbed an owl and wrote letters to the staff simply stating:

Staff meeting tomorrow morning. I have a wonderful idea.

Albus

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Severus Snape walked towards the dungeons, when an owl dropped a letter at his feet. He read it and thought, "Great, Dumbledore with a wonderful idea. Now that is something to look forward to." With that he scoffed and trudged down to the dungeons.

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Severus sneered at Dumbledore who was beaming at his rather groggy looking staff. "Now I am certain that you are wondering why I called you in during your summer holiday, but I have decided to start a music programme next term. Hogwarts is lacking in erm.........flair for good music. I will be hiring a new professor within the week." Dumbledore said with a broad smile.

"So, you are starting a music class here, in the hopes that the students will find a talent there. Great, just what we need more noise echoing through the halls." Severus said sarcastically.

"Yes, Severus that is exactly what I am going to do." Dumbledore said with a twinkle in his eye and walked out of the Staff Room. Severus just stood there dumb-founded.

Severus walked out of the Staff Room and went to his study to begin to make the bottles of headache potion that he was going to need if he was going to last this next year.

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"So, Ashley, you have been involved in music since you were two? Is that right?" Dumbledore asked a shorthaired woman.

"Yes, I started playing the piano when I was about two years old. Then I learned how to play the violin around age ten. After that, I learned how to play mallet percussion and every other percussion instrument around age 14. Then I got bored one day and taught myself how to play the clarinet." Answered the shorthaired blonde American woman.

"Now where do you come from exactly?" Dumbledore asked.

"I am from Midlothian, Virginia. Which is just outside of Richmond. Which is about 160 miles south of Washington D.C."

"Ok. You have an excellent background and as far as I see it you are hired. Any Questions?"

"Thanks. I was wondering, am I going to be able to bring my dogs? Back home, in Midlothian, I own and operate a well-known kennel. I breed show quality Beagles, Great Danes, and Clumber Spaniels. I would like to be able to bring them with me." The blue-eyed American said with concern.

"Well of course you can. Just make sure that they do not inhibit your ability to teach. Hope to see you soon." With that Dumbledore smiled and shook her hand. The new American professor smiled and left walking toward Hogsmeade.

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Ashley woke up, fed and crated all eight of her dogs, and loaded them into her black Honda CR-V. She drove down to the Amtrak station and boarded the train from Richmond heading to Union Station, with her dogs. During the train ride she pulled out her copy of Hogwarts, A History and began to read with the newest Josh Groban CD blaring in her ears. Before she knew it she was in Washington D.C., right in the middle of the best train station in the world, Union Station.

Ashley took a taxi to Dulles airport. She loaded her dogs onto the plane and checked her baggage once she got there. Ashley found her terminal and visited the food places and had her last bit of greasy American food before she went to England. She boarded the plane and watched it taxi out onto the runway. She loved to fly, she loved the thrill of take-off and the landing, and it was the bit in the middle that she could do without. After the take-off and once the plane leveled off she pulled out her favorite book, Going for the Blue by Rodger Caras, and her CD player and listened to Josh Groban for a while then it changed to John Williams then to Rascal Flatts. The pilot informed the passengers that they were making their final descent on London. Then the flight was over.

She handed the customs officer all of her dogs' papers, certificate, and PETS certification. Customs still had to keep them for a week, and then she could have them back again, all eight of her lovely little pups. She grabbed her luggage and headed to Kings Cross station.

When she got there she searched for platforms 9 and 10. Once she found it she ran head on into the barrier and it opened up to Platform 9 3/4, she boarded the train for Hogwarts. Within five minutes the train was off towards Hogwarts.

She grabbed her bag and pulled out some of her sheet music and went over the piano and clarinet fingerings at different tempos, to pass the time. Before she resorted to looking at the beautiful scenery out the window. After about a half an hour she placed her sheet music on the seat next to her and began to look out the window humming "You're Still You" by Josh Groban. After waking up from La, La Land, she took out her magically enhanced CD player and began to listen to the peaceful sounds of Josh Groban. Before she knew it, she was singing along to the lyrics:

Tell me his name

I want to know

The way he looks

And where you go

I need to see his face

I need to understand

Why you and I came to an end

Tell me again

I want to hear

Who broke my faith in all these years

Who lays with you at night

While I'm here all alone

Remembering when I was your own

I let you go

I let you fly

Why do I keep on asking why

I let you go

Now that I found

A way to keep somehow

More than a broken Vow

Tell me the words I never said

Show me the tears you never shed

Give me the touch

The one you promised to be mine

Or has it vanished for all time

I let you go

I let you fly

Why do I keep on asking why

I let you go

Now that I found

A way to keep somehow

More than a broken Vow

I close my eyes

And dream of you and I

And then I realize

There's more to love than only bitterness and lies

I close my eyes

I'd give away my soul

To hold you once again

And never let this promise end

I let you go

I let you fly

Why do I keep on asking why

I let you go

Now that I found

A way to keep somehow

More than a broken Vow

After she was done listening to music the train began to slow down and finally coming to a stop at Hogsmeade station. She grabbed her luggage and descended from the train. Hagrid was waiting at the station for her. "You must be Hagrid, Dumbledore told me that you would be here to help me with my things. I am Ashley, Ashley Hammock."

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A/N: More to come soon. I hope you liked the first chapter of many. The book titled Going for the Blue is an actual book. To all of the dog lovers out there that is an excellent book to read even if you are not interested in showing dogs.

For all of those people who were in marching band or are in now, I will not have that in there per say, but I might add some references to it later. I don't want to deal with the torture of writing about band camp, marching maneuvers, and marching band lingo. Also I need some ideas on which characters should play what instrument later in later on chapters.

The song that Ashley is singing is "Broken Vow" by Josh Groban. It is in his new album, Closer, and on his album/DVD, In Concert.