Chapter one: Arrival
Disclaimer: THIS IS FOR THE WHOLE STORY. EVERYTHING YOU DO NOT REALISE BELONGS TO J.K ROWLING, AND/OR WARNER BROS STUDIOS. DO NOT SUE US!!!
"Remus, make sure you stay out of trouble, and listen to everything the headmaster and the teachers say, okay honey?"
Faith Lupins eyes were filling with tears. "Oh, honey," she said, her voice trembling. We are both so proud of you. You remember that."
Remus nodded. He still couldn't believe his brilliant luck. He was actually coming here.
He was going to Hogwarts!
Remus glanced up at the clock, and gasped.
"Mum," He said "I gotta go! The train leaves in ten minutes."
Faith nodded, and watched her son leave.
The small boy grabbed his trunk, and went onto the train. He lugged it behind him, and finally found an empty compartment, and sat down, leaning against the seat heavily, and ran his fingers through his sandy hair.
Remus Lupin was of average height, but very thin, and pale. He had honey coloured eyes, and his light brown hair was quite long and shaggy; he gave up keeping it short long ago, because it always grew back in a couple of weeks.
He looked down at his trunk, and smiled. To him, this was all a dream, that he was here. Someone up there must really like him. That letter he received a few shirt weeks ago changed his life.
All four of the Lupins were sitting at the table eating breakfast. Faith and Edmund quietly eating, Remus gazing down at his food, and Romulus cheerfully chatting away about how he and his father were going shopping today, to buy school supplies for Beauxbatons, The school he had just been accepted in.
"-And then, Ill finally be able to get my wand!" Romulus finished. "I soooo cant wait!"
"well, you have a good time, then." Remus said softly.
His brother sighed, and gazed at Remus.
Although the two boys were twins, there were definite differences, in their mental, and physical appearance. Rom's hair was much shorter, and more… normal, than Remus's shaggy mop that
Was almost long enough to tie up. While Remus had warm, honey eyes, His twins were a strong, sharp blue, and the same hue as his fathers.
Overall, there was also a difference in the pair's stature. Remus was thin, pale, almost frail looking, with permanent purple shadows under his eyes, While Romulus was a strong, robust little boy, who - at that time of year- had a golden summer tan. While Remus was the quiet, shy boy, usually found in the corner, reading a book, Rom always wanted to be outside, kicking a ball around, or climbing a tree. He was loud, and confident, always wanting to say what was on his mind.
"Well, I think its stupid you're not allowed to come!" Romulus announced to the brooding table. "I mean, being a werewolf is hardly enough of a reason to stop someone going to school!"
"Yes, it is." Remus said quietly. "I've been looking in all those old law books about magical creatures of Dads-"
"You what??" Edmund said dangerously.
"- and Technically, Im classified as a magical creature. Youre not going to send a centaur, or a unicorn to Beauxbatons, are you?"
"Well, no, but-"
"And anyway, where would I go every month? Lock myself in a classroom?" Remus sighed. "I cant go there. Especially if they found out, which they definitely would."
Edmund was staring at his son angrily. "I told you NOT to go reading those books!" he growled. "You disobeyed me!!"
"I-I only wanted to find out the truth," he said softly, staring down. "I-I'm sorry dad, I wont again, I promise."
The tense silence at the table was broken by a loud screech, and and owl flying in, landing promptly on the toast.
"What the heck?" Romulus said in surprise, as he pulled the letter off. "hey, Remus, It for you?"
"Wh-what?" he stammered. "I-It cant be!"
"No, it is!" He said "Mr R Lupin, the north bedroom, Lupin household, south ca-" He was cut of by Faith tugging the letter out of her sons hands.
When she took a look at the seal, her eyes widened.
"Oh-oh-oh my!" she gasped. "Its, its"
Remus tugged it out of his mother grasp. "Its MINE." He said, opening the red seal of the parchment envelope, and tugging out the letter.
At The first line, his jaw dropped, and his eyes were wider than the side plated holing their eggs.
"What does it say!?!?!?" Romulus asked eagerly, leaning forward.
His voice and hands shaking, Remus read the letter aloud:
Dear Mr Lupin,
We are pleased to announce that you have been accepted into Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Enclosed is a list of nessacery books and equipment
Please be ready to leave platform nine-and-three quarters by September first. We await your owl no later than the thirty-first of July.
P.S Several safety measures have been taken to ensure you safety and the safety of others regarding your condition. We look forward to your arrival.
Remus was in shock.
"oh. My. GOD!!!" That was all Romulus could say.
Faith was beyond speaking, as she hugged her son tightly, tears prickling her eyes.
"Oh, sweetie," She said softly. "Im so glad."
Remus was in numb shock.
He was actually going to school. He had a chance.
"Um, Hello, can I sit here? Everywhere else is full."
Remus was torn away from his thoughts by a feminine voice. He looked up, and his eyes widened.
There, on the threshold was a young girl, a first year, by the look of things.
She was short for an eleven-year-old, wearing a simple pair of flared jeans and a Lime green Tank top, and was even paler then Remus, with stormy dark-grey eyes.
It was her hair that made Remus stare, though. It was a deep purple-black, and hung straight to her shoulders.
He mentally shook himself, and nodded.
"Sure," he said good-naturedly. "I don't need all of these," He said, indicating to all of the empty seats.
"Thanks!" The girl said happily, and sat down across from him.
"Oh, Sorry," She said. "My name Is Isabelle Smith, And I'm a first year, If you couldn't tell. I don't have any brothers and sisters here yet, but my mum and dad came here, and they were both in Gryffindor, so I'm a pureblood, as you Can tell. I don't know what house I'm going to be in."
This came out in a huge rush of words, and Remus blinked, surprised. Wow, He thought. She likes to talk.
"Oh, I'm so sorry!" She said. "There I was, gabbering away again. What was your name again?"
"Oh, um, My names Remus Lupin." He said.
Isabelle nodded. Then, she was off again.
"What house are do you think you'll be in? I mean, My parents were sorted into Gryffindor, but I'm not really all THAT brave, but I'm no brain box, either. Ill probably be in Hufflepuff," She said Miserably.
Remus smiled. "Well, you never know, Bravery tends to hide itself until its most needed."
Isabelle grinned. "You reckon?"
Remus nodded. "Um, My Mum was in Ravenclaw," He said, "And my Dad didn't go to Hogwarts."
"Oh, Is he a muggle?"
Remus was indignant. "No!" He said. "He went to Beauxbatons."
Isabelle raised one eyebrow "where?" she said.
Remus sighed. "It's a French Wizarding school. My father ended up head boy."
Isabelle raised her eyebrows, impressed. "So…. Your family is French?"
Remus nodded. "Just my dad, though. My Mums maiden name is Williams."
They were interrupted by the sound of the door opening. They turned, and saw two boys.
The Taller had Shaggy Raven hair, that fell into a kind of casual Elegance, and he had bright blue eyes, a bit like Remus's used to be. He wore a casual blue shirt and jeans, with sneakers.
"I'm Sirius Black," He said. "And this is James Potter."
Remus gazed at the shorter one. He had Hair even blacker than Sirius, and had it cut short and messy. James had Hazel eyes, which were framed by round glasses, and wore a white tee-shirt and black jeans. Remus noted that they both had a mischievous glint in their eyes, which could only mean trouble.
"I'm Isabelle Smith," Isabelle said in a perky voice. "And this is Remus Lupin." I nodded and smiled. The other boys sat down, and Sirius dragged in the trunk. On top of James's, he had a cage, with an owl on it.
When the owl saw Remus, it screeched, and flapped its wings. Sirius calmed it down, but it kept one beady eye on him for the rest of the journey.
Remus sighed. All animals hated him, and after six years of that, it was getting on his nerves.
By the time the food trolley had come around, James and Sirius were talking about brooms, and Isabelle joined in when she could. Remus was by the window, reading 'Hogwarts, a History,' and was engrossed in it.
"Hello!" The voice of James dragged him out of a legend about the merpeople in the lake, and into the train.
"yes?" he said.
"The foods here, you hungry?" James asked. Remus nodded, and bought himself loads of food. The others stocked up as well.
Remus closed the book, and started with some bertie botts every flavoured beans. The only thing that interested him more than reading was food. He grabbed what he thought was a chocolate one, and ate it.
It wasn't chocolate.
Remus choked, and spat it out. "ew!" Isabelle said. "Don't spit!"
Remus gagged. "Guys," he managed to say. "Not all of the brown ones are chocolate flavoured."
Isabelle, who was just about to put a brown one in her mouth looked at it is disgust, and threw it out the window.
"Oh, that is disgusting!" She said. "I'm never eating a brown bertie botts EVER again!"
Remus nodded. "A wise choice."
Meanwhile, The two other boys were plotting something.
".. no, its gotta be something BIG so we can start off our education with a bang, like a-"
"Like a what?" Remus interrupted James.
He looked flustered. "Uh, nothing," He said, trying to look innocent.
Isabelle giggled, and looked out of the window. "oh, guys!" she said. "we gotta change!"
She grabbed her stuff, and left the room, so the others could change in peace.
"At least she didn't make us leave," Sirius said dryly as she pulled on his robed.
James snorted, and Remus rolled his eyes. "you guys manage to get a laugh out of everything, don't you?" He said.
They nodded. "yup, that's us!" James said.
Shortly, Isabelle returned. Her robes were brand new, like Sirius and James, but Remus had robes from his elder cousin. He didn't care though.
All four of them were standing up, packing the last of their stuff up.
"We should be there soo-" Isabelle started, and the train stopped.
Everyone fell on top of each other, as the train ground to a halt.
"Owww," Sirius groaned as he untangled himself from James and Isabelle.
"Ow-ow! Remus your squashing my foot!"
"Uh, that's me.."
Sirius laughed so hard he nearly cried as he helped the rest of them to get sorted out.
When they got off, the train, they heard a voice call out, "firs; years, firs' years over here!"
The children followed his voice to a HUGE man.
"Woa…" Sirius was impressed.
"He's huge…" James said.
Remus frowned. There was something he could sense from this huge man that wasn't completely… human.
He shrugged, and followed the group to the edge of a dark lake.
"All righ', all righ', no more'n for ter a boat, okay!" The man called out. "Now, My name is Hagrid, and this is the way we get to Hogwarts, so in the boats!"
James, Sirius, Remus, And Isabelle sat in a boat, and it pushed off.
They glided over the dark water, and Remus sighed in happiness. Isabelle was dangling her finger in the water, and Sirius and James got stuck rowing.
Suddenly, James Gasped.
"Th-theres something in the lake!" he said. Remus sat up.
"oh," he said. "That's just the giant squid. He's like the school pet."
"His name if Frankie." Isabelle announced. Everyone turned and stared at her.
"What?" Sirius said.
"The squids name is Frankie!" Isabelle leaned out. "Here Frankie, here Frankie!!" she called, and held out a squashed cauldron cake.
A huge squid tentacle rose out of the water, and another joined it. 'Frankie' waved his tentacles around, and giggling, Isabelle threw in the cake.
The tentacles grabbed it, and there was a munching noise heard under the lake.
There was an odd crooning noise coming from the squid.
"Your welcome Frankie!!" She called, before sitting down.
"She weird," Sirius whispered to James. He nodded fervently.
She's not weird, Remus thought. Well, not really…
Finally, they got to the last part, and everyone got their first glance of the school.
Remus gasped, Isabelle Squealed, and Even Sirius and James stopped talking to look at it in awe.
"woa…" James said in shock and amazement. "That thing is huge."
Sirius nodded, never taking his eyes off it.
The four of them continued to stare at it, and didn't notice when the boat ran ashore. They jumped out, and followed the group of students through a door, and into a small side hall.
There, they met a woman in her early forties. She looked severe, with emerald robed, and her black hair pulled into a tight bun.
"My name is Professor McGonagall," she announced. "welcome to Hogwarts. There are four houses in which you will be sorted into. Hufflepuff, Gryffinor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw. Follow me."
She swept out of the hall, and the students followed.