September 1st

Dear Diary...

This is my first diary entry for the new school year. I decided with all that has happened over the last 5 years at Hogwarts, I should keep a diary to recount all of the adventures and dangers we have come across. By we, I mean me, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and my brother Ron. I suppose I'll start with what happened this summer. At the end of the school year last year, Harry had returned to his muggle home. He was only there about a week before he appeared on our doorstep, thanks in large part to the Knight Bus. He told us that his muggle guardians had gotten extremely angry with him when they caught Harry studying magic. The night before he showed up at our doorstep, he had picked the lock of the cupboard under the stairs and took all his Hogwarts things, as well as Hedwig and the things in his room, and hitched a ride on the Knight Bus, all the way to Ottery St Catchpole. Needless to say, my mother was ecstatic when she saw Harry. He had become her 7th son in a way. Whenever Harry had to leave the Dursley's house, he'd always come to ours. Ron, Harry and I had a wonderful time together, playing Quidditch in the makeshift Quidditch Pitch hidden in the trees. George and Fred used to play back there a lot when they were home. The week of Harry's birthday, Hermione came for a visit. Hermione shared my room with me, being the only two females in the house. It was snug but fun. We stayed up talking most nights and I learned that Hermione has a bit of a crush on Ron. I think it's kind of cute, though a little weird too since he is my brother...

Ginny looked up from her diary for a moment and looked at Harry who was petting Hermione's cat, Crookshanks. The three others in the compartment were too busy with the cat to notice Ginny's loving stare at Harry. She smiled to herself as she went back to her diary.

I do have to admit that I still have feelings for Harry. I told Hermione and she just kind of giggled, not really saying anything about it. I'm not exactly sure what that meant but we'll have to see. Maybe Harry has a bit of a crush on me as well. Oh, if only dreams came true. Hermione knows something but she won't tell me. Well, back to the summer... Harry stayed in Percy's room since Percy just recently moved out of The Burrow and into some flat with his fiancee Penelope. Fred and George are still hanging around the Burrow, perhaps until mum kicks them out... hehe... I suppose once they make lots of money from their store, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, they'll be out on their own. It's rather weird when someone leaves home. The place just doesn't feel the same with one less Weasley living there. I miss all of my brothers a lot.

I think we're starting to get closer to Hogwarts now. The woman with the sweets cart just passed our compartment not that long ago. Come to think of it, I think I have some money left over from shopping for my school things. I'm having a craving for a Chocolate Frog.

Ginny got up from her seat in the compartment and told the others where she was going. She smiled a bit as she held her diary close to her and stepped out into the hallway. She looked down both ways to see where the sweets cart lady had gone before she started down the hallway towards the back of the train. Ginny wasn't sure which way she had gone. She had been too immersed in her diary to even notice. As she walked, she glanced back over her shoulder to see if the woman had gone the other way. Just as she had looked behind her, someone stepped out of their compartment and into the hall. Ginny bumped right into them, dropping her diary.

"Oh, I'm sorry." She spoke without looking up to see who it was. She kneeled down to pick up her diary, then she heard a very familiar voice.

"You should watch where you're going Weasel." Ginny stood straight up, her diary clutched tightly in her hand. Her ears started to turn pink as she looked up and saw a blonde, tall seventeen-year-old boy. Ginny quickly regained her composure and was about to reply but nothing came to her. She was standing, looking straight at him... Draco Malfoy, Harry's arch-rival.

"Well then Malfoy, you shouldn't take up the whole hallway." With that, Ginny turned on her heels, forgetting all about the Chocolate Frog which had brought her out of her compartment in the first place, and headed straight back in and plopped down in her seat. Her entrance had not gone unnoticed. Hermione, Ron, and Harry were all giving her quizzical looks.

"I ran into Malfoy." Well, that pretty much explained it all. She knew that they probably would have done something similar if they had been in her shoes. As Ginny sat there, waiting to arrive at Hogsmeade Station, she saw through the compartment window the one person she didn't want to see again for the rest of the trip, heading in the opposite direction she had walked in. She sat there quietly for the rest of the trip to Hogsmeade.

It wasn't long until they were ushered off of the train and onto the platform. Ginny watched as the first years were led off with Hagrid towards the boats, remembering having gone to Hogwarts that way her first year as well. She seemed to have drifted off down memory lane for a moment and when she finally snapped back into reality, the carriages that had been brought for them were nearly full, two students in each. Ginny looked around for her group of friends. Ron and Harry had climbed into a carriage together and Hermione was being dragged off by Neville Longbottom, who was already in a tizzy about Potions class. Soon, there seemed to be no one left to pair up with, until she heard the one thing she was absolutely dreading.

"Well Weasley, looks like it's just the two of us left." The voice that belonged to the one person who had nearly tortured her every year since she started at Hogwarts, for the mere reason that she was born into the Weasley family. She spun around in her spot and glared at him; Draco Malfoy. Without so much as a word, she walked over to the last carriage and climbed inside, soon followed by Malfoy. It was a long silent ride up to the school. Ginny shifted in her seat, very uncomfortable sitting next to the one boy in the entire school that just happened to be one of her best friend's arch-rival, not to mention the fact that her family despised his. Ginny tried not to think about it as she clutched her diary close to her chest, just wishing the ride would go a little fast. Draco, on the other hand, looked like he was enjoying himself. She took it upon herself to conclude that he liked seeing her uncomfortable. She hadn't realized that he was looking down at her, almost smiling for a moment before he turned his eyes back to the road ahead. Ginny looked up at Draco, a moment after his eyes had parted from her form, and blushed a bit as she admitted to herself that he was rather handsome, even if he was a despicable git.

The carriage pulled up to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Malfoy let himself out of the carriage. Without either of them realizing it, Malfoy had offered his hand to Ginny, which she took in order to steady herself as she stepped out from the carriage. They stood there for a moment, their hands still together before they both realized what they were doing. Almost instantly, both Ginny and Malfoy ripped their hands from each other. Ginny took off in a jog to catch up with Harry and Ron, trying to get away from Malfoy as fast as she could. Malfoy on the other hand just stood there, a slight glare coming over his face as he walked up to the wooden front doors of his home away from home. Crabbe and Goyle joined Malfoy as they all made their way into the Great Hall for the feast.

As soon as the Sorting Ceremony had finished up, Professor Dumbledore stood up as the room grew quiet. "Welcome to another year at Hogwarts. Before we begin, I have a few start of term notices to address. For the first years, and those who need reminding, the dark forest is strictly forbidden. Also, I'd like to welcome our new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher, Professor Whitby, as well as our new Charms teacher, Professor Weasley." Dumbledore motioned to a middle-aged woman sitting next to Professor Snape as he spoke of the woman, then over to Ginny's eldest brother Bill. Ginny smiled at her brother and waved a bit. Students clapped in acknowledgement and as it grew quiet again. "Now that that is out of the way, let the feast begin." As Dumbledore raised his hands, enormous amounts of food appeared on the tables in front of the students and teachers. The sounds of silverware on plates and chatter started as the feast had begun. Ginny looked over to Harry with a smile as he, Hermione, and Ron began discussing their timetables. She just listened as Harry and Ron chatted on to Hermione about her taking so many subjects all the time. Ginny's gaze shifted up for a second and she found herself looking Draco Malfoy. They both instantly looked away from each other. She mumbled something under her breath as she stood up from the table. She excused herself politely. She got the new Gryffindor password from Hermione and walked out of the Great Hall.

Ginny slowly walks towards Gryffindor Tower, still holding her diary close to her. She started to remember the last diary she had while at Hogwarts that almost got her killed. She shuttered a bit at the memory of Tom Riddle and the Chamber of Secrets. To be on the safe side, she had bought the new diary while out shopping with Hermione in a muggle town. She walks down an empty hall and stops suddenly. She could hear footsteps in the distance. She kept walking as she listened consciously to the footsteps behind her. Her mind wandered as to whose they could possibly be. She prayed that they weren't Filch's. He was so mean to the students and always trying to get them into trouble. Suddenly a hand was placed on her shoulder and Ginny froze. She slowly turned around to see who it was that had stopped her, a little afraid.