A Mermaid in Hogwarts

Ariel sighed as she flipped through the pages of the book. Ever since she had seen Eric on board his ship, dancing around and having fun, she'd had wanted to be a human, to walk on land. And now that her dream had come true... she was bored! Eric was long gone, he had cheated on her with a maid, and learned the hard way not to mess with a mermaid. Those long red fingernails weren't just for show!

Tap tap tap

Her snowy owl, Wakka (a present from Eric), perched on the ledge outside the kitchen window. He tapped on the glass with one talon, a letter firmly grasped in his beak. She unlatched and opened the window. Wakka hopped in a dropped the letter on the countertop before jumping on to her shoulder, and gently nibbling her ear. She affectionately ruffled the feathers on the head before picking up the letter. Flipping it over, she gazed at the seal she had only seen previously in the "Daily Prophet". She broke the wax and opened it. "Dear Ms. Ariel Bluecoral, we are pleased to inform you that you have accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. Term begins on September 1. We await your owl no later than July 31. Yours Sincerely, Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress." She quickly looked over the list.

UNIFORM First-year students will require:
1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear 3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4. One winter cloak (black, silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupils' clothes should carry name tags

COURSE BOOKS All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling A Beginners' Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble

OTHER EQUIPMENT 1 wand 1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials 1 telescope 1 set brass scales Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad

PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS

"Hmmm... I have everything but the wand, since father didn't allow me to take mine with me." She frowned, remembering how her father had told her she wasn't allowed to perform magic on land, as it might frighten Eric. She had been able to sneak all of her other magical items away, but he had her wand locked up tight in the royal vault.

Ariel fed Wakka a few owl treats before sending him back to the owlery. She shut and latched the window, smiling. She would have to do a lot of packing tonight!