Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter, J.K Rowling does.
Italics are people's thoughts except bold italics are when someone signed off or on on IM
Bold is people's screen names and their conversations.
Summary: We know all about Harry and co. but we barely know anything about James and Lily. If, like me, you're interested in finding out what happened, then come along and we'll take a look into the past!
PS: I started this story two years ago obviously, and I am editing this chapter right now (8/9/07) because all the IM talk really annoyed me. I can't believe I used to talk like that…haha anyway I didn't really change the content, just a few words here and there to make it sound better.
Chapter 1: Magical news
Magicalgirl58: Hi. What's up?
Magicalgirl58: Same. OMG I'm so bored!
Emeraldeyes99: I know me too. There's nothing to do.
Magicalgirl58: Yeah, we already had a thousand sleepovers with everybody, video games are getting boring and there's nothing good on TV.
Emeraldeyes99: I know.
Magicalgirl58: Hey, hold on a second, I'll brb.
"Lily!" called Marianne Evans from the kitchen.
"Coming!" Lily Evans replied.
Emeraldeyes99: Oh, me too.
She ran downstairs.
Marianne was looking at a letter in disbelief.
"L-look at this," she said. Lily took the letter.
"Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?" She noticed an owl sitting on the table and screamed. "What's an owl doing on the table!?" Richard Evans and Petunia Evans, Lily's father and sister, ran in.
"What's going on?" asked Richard. He took the letter, read it, and sank down onto a chair. Petunia took it next.
"You're going to throw this away, right?" she asked.
"Well," said Marianne. "Someone went through so much trouble to train an owl to bring a letter, and to think of this. Maybe…"
"Marianne," said Richard. "This is ridiculous. It's obviously some kind of practical joke. Throw the letter away and be done with it." Marianne nodded. Lily looked at the letter wistfully; she'd have loved to see where this would go. Marianne looked at Lily and grabbed the piece of paper from the counter where Richard had put it. Petunia glanced at her family before leaving the kitchen. Richard went after her. He was a great person, but he hated practical jokers who would pull pranks like this.
"Here you go," said Marianne, handing Lily the letter.
"What should I do with it?"
"Keep it," said Marianne. "See where it goes. Tomorrow, you and I can go to this 'Leaky Cauldron' place." There was a brochure type thing that came with the letter, since Lily was Muggle born. It explained everything about the Wizarding world.
"What about Dad?"
"Oh, if it's true he'll be incredibly happy for you, just like I will, and I'm sure Petunia too. He just doesn't like things that he doesn't have proof about. That's why he's such a great scientist; he doesn't stop until he proves something." Lily looked at her mother suspiciously.
"You don't seem very shocked or surprised or anything," she said. "Did you know about this?" Marianne smiled and leaned closer to Lily.
"My brother's wife was a witch," she said. "And a great one at that."
"Yes," said Marianne. "I used to love going over to Sam's house to see her do magic. But I stopped doing it when I married your father."
"Why? Didn't you tell him?" Lily asked.
"No, I never told him. I was afraid he might leave me or something," said Marianne.
"He'd never do that!" said Lily. Marianne smiled.
"This will be the perfect time to tell him then," she said. Lily nodded and ran back upstairs. She could already hear the sounds of her best friend Miranda Mitchell IMing her. Miranda lived right next to Lily. Lily had fiery red hair down to the middle of her back and sparkling green eyes. Miranda had black hair, and clear blue eyes. Lily sighed, thinking that if she went to…what was it called? She looked at the letter. Hogwarts. If she went to Hogwarts, she'd have to leave Miranda behind.
Magicalgirl58: Are you there?
Magicalgirl58: Hello!? Lily!
Magicalgirl58: Fine. I'm leaving in 5 seconds if you don't talk to me.
Magicalgirl58: I HAVE BIG NEWS!
Magicalgirl58: I KNOW WHO LIKES YOU!
Magicalgirl58: …but that always works…
Magicalgirl58 signed off at 5:02:03 PM
Magicalgirl58 signed on at 5:02:05 PM
Magicalgirl58: GET BACK HERE!!!!
Lily sighed again.
Emeraldeyes99: No, no I'm back. Sorry it took so long.
Magicalgirl58: What were you doing?
Emeraldeyes99: Um, I got this letter
Emeraldeyes99: Well, at first I was sure it was a joke…but then Mom told me about her brother's wife, my Aunt Molly.
Magicalgirl58: What about her?
Emeraldeyes99: I dunno if you'll believe this but…she was a witch
Magicalgirl58: Wow! So you're going to Hogwarts!?
Emeraldeyes99: My mom and I are gonna check the whole thing out tomorrow…wait. How do you know!?
Magicalgirl58: Oh my mom's a witch. I'm going to Hogwarts too!
Emeraldeyes99: You're kidding me.
Emeraldeyes99: Wow! I was thinking I'd have to leave you behind if I went!
Magicalgirl58: And soon my SN will actually be true…maybe I should change it to almostmagicalgirl58…
Emeraldeyes99: Lol maybe I should change mine to emeraldeyedwitch99…when I learn some magic.
Magicalgirl58: You seem weirdly cool about this whole thing
Emeraldeyes99: I just know you wouldn't lie to me about something like this.
For the next couple of hours, Miranda told Lily everything she knew about the wizarding world and Hogwarts.
Emeraldeyes99: So then why do you have all the Muggle stuff?
Magicalgirl58: We have to seem like Muggles in case somebody comes to our house…like you do a lot.
Emeraldeyes99: Oh, right. Speaking of which, why are you telling me all of this online? We can just talk in person!
Magicalgirl58: Good idea. I'll be right over
Emeraldeyes99: Ok. Sus (see you soon)
Magicalgirl58: New word, huh?
Magicalgirl58 signed off at 9:20:59
Emeraldeyes99 signed off at 9:30:01
Miranda came over a minute later, equipped with her sleeping bag and pillow. Lily had already told her parents Miranda would most likely be sleeping over and started arranging the junk food and make-up. Whenever they had a sleepover, they would stay up later doing each other's nails, make-up, watching movies, and just talking. And you can't forget eating junk food.
"Hey, Mira," said Lily when Miranda burst into her room.
"I can't believe you're going to Hogwarts!" she exploded.
"I know! Me neither," said Lily. "I just hope I won't be called Mudblood and stuff to often." She gave a weak smile.
"You won't!" reassured Miranda. "Only the crappy Slytherins would ever call you that. Well besides the people who should be Slytherins but aren't."
"Ok," said Lily.
"Let's go online!" suggested Miranda. That was another thing they did at sleepovers.
"Ok," Lily said again. She pulled up a chair near her desk and sat in the big swivly chair in front of the monitor. She logged on. There were a lot of people on (they were both really popular at school).
"Can I go on? I want to talk to some of my friends and find out if they got accepted. They're from magical families too and live in Muggle neighborhoods. Maybe you can even talk to them!"
"Sure," said Lily. Wow! I get to talk to some people who are from magical families. Well, besides Mira. Miranda logged on. Instantly she was invited into a chat room by NotasblackasBlacks. "I don't get that sn…" said Lily.
"I'll explain it later," said Miranda as she accepted the invitation.
Quidditchstar23: Hey Mira. Get accepted?
Magicalgirl58: Hey, guess what?
Magicalgirl58: My friend got accepted too! She's Muggle born so be nice. I'm gonna invite her.
"Get on your laptop," said Miranda. Lily had both a laptop and a desktop.
Lily did as she was told and signed on. Miranda invited her into the chat room.
Emeraldeyes99: Um, hi.
Emeraldeyes99: So…who are u guys?
NotasblackasBlacks: Mira, dear, I'm shocked! You didn't even tell her who we are!
Magicalgirl58: It's not like it's important.
NotasblackasBlacks: – Heart attack –
Quidditchstar23: Well, I hope you're happy. You just killed Sirius! Before we even got to go to Diagon Alley!
Magicalgirl58: Good, I can die content.
Quidditchstar23: Anyway, since Sirius can't introduce himself, the dead person on the floor next to me…I mean at his house is Sirius Black. I'm James Potter.
Emeraldeyes99: Hi. I'm Lily Evans.
Quidditchstar23: So…emerald eyes, eh?
Emeraldeyes99: Yeah…I don't get Sirius' sn.
"His whole family is made up of Dark witches and wizards and the whole lot has been in Slytherin for ages. Sirius is the only good person in their whole family, and he hates them all." Miranda explained.
Emeraldeyes99: Nvm, got it.
Quidditchstar23: Would you look at that. Sirius is up from the dead. AAAAAAAAAAH HELP ME! HELP ME! ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMBIE!
Magicalgirl58: We'll see you in Diagon Alley tomorrow, right?
NotasblackasBlacks: Well James just had a coronary cuz he thinks I'm a zombie and since I pretty much AM the walking undead…we'll see.
Magicalgirl58: Well it's been fun but we g2g. Hope you can transform Jamiepoo into the walking undead too so we can see you guys tomorrow. Byebye
NotasblackasBlacks: James would say bye but he's…indisposed as you should know.
Emeraldeyes99: Lol, yeah.
Magicalgirl58 has left the chat room
Emeraldeyes99 has left the chat room
NotasblackasBlacks has left the chat room
Quidditchstar23 has left the chat room
"That was fun! I can't wait to meet them," said Lily. "They sound so funny!" Miranda laughed.
"They are. They're really big on pranks and stuff. They can get annoying, but when that happens, just walk away. They won't be offended. And one more thing," she added. "They're really cute." Lily laughed.
"I can't wait," she said. The two girls headed down stairs and watched movies for a while. Then they went to bed and talked all night.
The next morning Marianne woke them up.
"I had a talk with Miranda's mom," she said. "We're all going to Diagon Alley today. Well not Petunia and your fathers. So get up, get dressed." (a/n: Miranda's dad is a Muggle – he's a scientist, like Lily's dad, and they work together)
She left the room. In two minutes the girls were gulping down their cereal.
"Ready!" shouted Lily, dumping the bowls in the sink. Marianne winced when Lily missed the sink and the bowls crashed.
"Hello," said Jennifer Mitchell, walking into the kitchen, right when the bowls broke. She whipped out her wand and with a wave of it, the bowls were whole again.
"Thanks," said Marianne gratefully. Lily stared at Jennifer.
"Wow," she breathed. "That was so cool!" Jennifer smiled.
"You'll be able to do much more than that in no time," she said. She ushered the others out of the house and they went back to Miranda's home. Jennifer led them into the living room where there was a fireplace. She took a pot above the fireplace and handed it to Miranda. Miranda took a fistful of something glittery from inside it and stepped into the fireplace. She looked at Lily and grinned. Then she threw down what she was holding in her hand.
"The Leaky Cauldron!" she shouted. Green flames surrounded her and she was gone. Marianne screamed and Lily stepped back. Miranda had told her about Floo Powder but it was still scary.
"Don't worry," said Jennifer. "It's perfectly safe." She handed the pot to Lily who uncertainly took some of the powder inside and, following Jennifer's directions, stepped into the fireplace.
Marianne looked unsure about letting her daughter walk into a fireplace and having unusually green fire surround her but didn't interfere.
"Okay, throw down the powder and scream 'The Leaky Cauldron.' Everything will be fine," Jennifer said. Lily nodded and did as she was told. Instantly she felt herself spinning. Suddenly it stopped and she fell out of the fireplace. She felt someone help her up and brush off her back.
"Come on," said Miranda's voice. "Let's get away so our Moms can get through."
"Okay," said Lily. Soon Marianne and Jennifer appeared behind them. Marianne by Floo powder and Jennifer by Apparation.
"Okay, let's go," she said. She led them to the courtyard and tapped the bricks. Lily and Marianne watched, fascinated, as the bricks moved apart and formed an archway. Once they were in Diagon Alley, Marianne created an account in Gringotts and they started shopping.
"This is awesome!" exclaimed Lily, looking around.
"Miranda, you know Diagon Alley really well. Can I trust you two alone?" said Jennifer.
"Yeah," said Miranda and dragged Lily off before Jennifer could say anything more. And so they started a day they would never forget, by just walking into Flourish and Blotts to buy their books.
"C'mon, Mom, hurry up!" shouted James Potter. Sirius Black was standing next to him, tapping his foot impatiently.
"I'm coming!" said Julia Potter. She came into the living room with a jar of Floo powder. James' father was a great Auror and his family was very rich.. Kathleen shoved the jar into James' hands. "I'll be at Diagon Alley, too, doing some shopping. If I hear about anyone's hair changing colors, I'll know you did it." James and Sirius nodded, grinning. They had been reading spell books non-stop lately.
"Bye, Mom," said James and Flooed to Diagon Alley.
"See ya, Mrs. P," said Sirius and followed James. Julia Apparated.
"Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first," said James, rolling his eyes and pointing at Flourish and Blotts. They walked inside and found their required books. On their way to the prank section, James bumped into a boy with sandy brown hair.
"Sorry," the boy said, gathering up his books.
"It's okay," said James. He picked up a book from the floor and handed it to the boy. "You going to Hogwarts too?" he asked.
"Yeah. I still can't believe I was accepted." Sirius and James looked at him quizzically. "I, uh, thought I was gonna go somewhere else," Remus Lupin lied quickly.
"Right…" said Sirius.
"Anyway, I'm James Potter."
"I'm Sirius Black," said Sirius.
Remus introduced himself as well.
"Wanna come with us to look for prank books?" James asked.
"Sure," said Remus. From that moment on, the three boys were best friends.
"Look! I found something," said Sirius. He went over to where James and Remus were looking and showed them the book.
"Hexes and Tricks for Beginners," Remus read. The bell above the door jingled as someone walked in. The boys didn't pay any attention until they heard someone behind them.
"Sirius? James? Is that you?" They turned around. Miranda and Lily were standing there.
"Hey, Mira," said James, giving her a hug. They were like siblings.
"Hi, James. Hi, Sirius," said Miranda. "This is Lily." Lily waved.
"Oh, is that emerald eyes?" asked James. Lily nodded.
"Yeah," she said.
"I see why," said Sirius, looking at her eyes. Lily blushed since everyone was staring at her. Miranda was right; they were really cute. Sirius had neat black hair that was slightly longer than other boys' and had blue eyes. He and Miranda looked alike. People often thought they were brother and sister, unless they knew that Sirius was a Black. James had really messy black hair and hazel eyes behind round glasses with black frames. Their eyes sparkled with excitement and mischief. 'The other boy is pretty cute, too,' thought Lily. 'I wonder who he is.'
"Who's this?" Miranda asked, indicating Remus. It was as if she read Lily's mind.
"This is Remus Lupin," answered James.
"Hi," said Remus.
"Hi. So what are you guys doing?"
"Looking for good ways to change the color of your hair," said James casually.
"And ways to change it back, of course," said Sirius, noticing Miranda's glare. Remus snorted.
"That'll be the day," he muttered. He had only known them for a little bit, but he felt like he knew exactly what Sirius and James were like. The bell jingled again. A boy with sleek hair so blond it was almost silver stepped in, followed by a man with the same hair. They walked over to the shelves and started looking for the books they needed.
"Can I help you, Mr. Malfoy?" asked the manager coming up behind them. Malfoy turned around and sneered.
"No," he said. "Are you done, Lucius?"
"Yes, Father," said Lucius in a silky voice. "I just need one more. It should be over there, according to the sign." He looked around the shop unpleasantly. "I'll be right back." He walked over towards the group who were looking at him. He found his book in the aisle next to theirs, and started walking back.
Sirius, however, couldn't resist, and stuck out his foot. The blond boy tripped, and fell ungracefully to the floor. Lily, Miranda, James, Sirius, and Remus roared with laughter. Lucius got up and scowled.
"Had a little trip, Lucius?" said Sirius. The group laughed again. Sirius and Lucius had been enemies ever since they were born; their parents were friends. Or enemies on good terms because people who are Dark rarely have real friends.
"You wait until I get my wand, Black," said Lucius and strode over to his father, who walked over to Sirius, after seeing what happened.
"Your parents will hear about this. You mark my words. Nobody humiliates a Malfoy," he hissed and walked out of the shop. Lucius pushed everyone in line aside, dumped some money on the counter and followed his father. The next to enter was an enemy of James'. Sirius didn't know him, but James did because the Aurors had to inspect his family's house. James' father, Michael, had taken James along, and James had met the boy. His name was Severus Snape.
As Snape was walking past them, he saw James and came over with a sneer on his face. James pinched his nose.
"Ugh, what is that smell?" he said. Snape sneered.
"It's probably that Mudblood next to you," he said, looking at the Muggles Guide to Magic brochure that Lily was holding. It had come with her letter. Lily and Miranda gasped but the boys took action. James snatched the wand sticking out of Snape's pocket and pointed it at its owner. "You don't even know how to use that thing," said Snape.
"Oh really?" James muttered something and Snape's mouth closed shut. Snape couldn't move it or make any sounds. "That's a good one I learned yesterday," said James. He threw Snape's wand on the ground and went up to pay for the prank book. He then left the shop and the others followed him.
"I never thought it would start before I even got to school," said Lily quietly.
"Don't pay attention to him," said James. "It doesn't matter what he says. Let's just enjoy our trip to Diagon Alley starting now. Okay?"
"Okay," everyone else agreed.
"Let's go get our wands!" said Sirius excitedly.
"Yeah!" shouted James. He and Sirius ran off giggling like little girls. Remus and Lily and Miranda looked at each other, shrugged, and sighed. Then they took off after their new (in Miranda's case, old) friends.
When they made it to the wand shop, James and Sirius were already sitting in the waiting chairs. There was another boy getting his wand at the moment; he had blond hair and slightly watery blue eyes. He was short for his age but not terribly.
When he finished buying his wand, he sat down next to James and Sirius went to get his wand. James looked at the boy.
"Hi," he said. "I'm James Potter."
"I'm Peter Pettigrew," said the boy in a slightly squeaky voice.
"Haven't you already got your wand?" asked Miranda, sitting down.
"Yeah, but I'm supposed to meet my mom here. Who are you?" Peter asked.
"I'm Miranda Mitchell. This is Lily Evans."
"Hi. I think you heard but anyway, I'm Peter Pettigrew."
"Over there is Sirius Black," said James, pointing at Sirius. Peter squeaked.
"Really?" he asked, sounding scared.
"Yeah," said James slowly. "Why?"
"The Blacks have hated my family for ages because we aren't Dark."
"Oh, don't worry. Sirius isn't like them."
"Really?" Peter asked again, this time sounding relieved.
"Yeah. He's great." Sirius finished buying his wand and James took his place at the counter.
"Who's this?" Sirius asked.
"I'm Peter Pettigrew," said Peter. He was still scared; his mother had taught him to run if he met a Black. Sirius gasped.
"Peter Pettigrew?" he ran at Peter, who was trying to get up and run away. Unfortunately, he was so scared he couldn't move. Sirius stopped right in front of the terrified boy and took his hand. He shook it vigorously. "Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your family has caused my family so much anger. You're my new best friend."
"Hey!" said James, hearing what Sirius said.
"Well, besides James." Remus cleared his throat. "And Remus." Miranda glared. Sirius sighed. "And Mira. And Lily." Lily was happy he said that, even if it was only so she wouldn't be left out. At least, that's what she thought anyway. "Okay you're one of my new best friends."
"Thanks," said Peter happily. He had been worried he wouldn't have any friends and now he had Sirius. And maybe even the whole group!
After about ten minutes and fifty wands, James finally bought his. Then he sat down to wait while Miranda got hers. After her was Lily. She took almost as long as James. Finally they were all done and right when they were leaving the shop, who should enter but Lucius Malfoy.
"Hello again, Malfoy," said Sirius. He made a move to take out his wand, saying how it'll be great to be able to use it for the first time on Malfoy, when Lucius' father walked in. He glared at Sirius and smirked. Then he sat down as Lucius went up to Mr. Ollivander. Sirius rolled his eyes at the Malfoys and they all left the store.
"Let's go get our animals!" shouted Miranda.
"Sure," said James, looking at Lily. 'She's so pretty,' he thought. Everyone stared at him. He sounded really unenthusiastic. Coming out of his trance-like state he looked back at them. "I mean, yeah! Let's go!" Lily and Remus shrugged it off but Sirius and Miranda looked at each other. That was strange. James loved animals. Especially owls. His family had a snowy owl named Ursula and James really liked her. He had a way with owls. Sirius and Remus, it was later discovered, had a way with canines.
The group took off towards the Magical Menagerie. James was glued to the window until Sirius dragged him inside.
"Wow!" exclaimed Lily. Owls were flying around, and sleeping in their cages. Monkeys were swinging from tree to tree in their make-shift habitat. Cats were curled up sleeping, or trying to get the rats from their cages. James and Sirius ran to the owl section. Remus walked slowly over there, as though afraid of them. In truth, he was afraid the animals would start acting strange around him because of his "disease". Miranda went to look at cats and Lily started looking around everything.
"I'm getting him!" shouted Sirius suddenly. The group assembled around him. He had an owl perched on his arm.
"Wow, an eagle owl!" said Miranda. "It's so cool."
"He's creepy," said Peter. "Look at his eyes." Sirius glared at him. "Don't get me wrong; I like him but he's a little…scary." The owl did look intimidating, with its red eyes.
"I think I'll get this one," said James. He, too, had an owl on his arm. This one was a great horned owl.
"He's gorgeous," said Lily.
"Yeah," agreed Remus. James nodded. He and Sirius made their way to the counter to pay for their owls. Miranda went back over to the cats and Lily stayed to look at owls. She decided on a barn owl. Lily paid for her owl (she named her Marigold) and went to join James and Sirius in buying all the food and things.
Miranda bought a black cat and named her Midnight. Remus didn't buy anything. His parents had promised him a broom next year and since they weren't very rich, he didn't want to spend money on a pet. Peter just didn't want anything. Sirius named his owl Ares and James named his Zeus.
Once they were all ready and had gotten everything for their pets, they left the shop together.
"Well, we should go find our parents," said Miranda sadly.
"Yeah, me too," said James.
"It's been fun, guys," said Sirius. "Oh, by the way, Remus?"
"Do you have a computer?"
"Do you have a screen name?"
"Yup. Give me yours and I'll talk to you when I go on," said Remus. "Then you can give everyone else mine and stuff."
"Okay," said Sirius. He wrote down his screen name on a piece of paper. "I'll be online a lot for the rest of the summer and most holidays since I'm staying with James now, and for Christmas and stuff. But when I'm at my house I won't be able to go on. My parents hate anything to do with Muggles."
"Peter, what's yours?"
"Oh, I don't have one," said Peter. "But maybe I'll be able to get one. Anyway, there's my mom."
"She looks kinda mad," said Lily.
"I know. I wonder why….Oh no!" said Peter. "I was supposed to wait for her at the wand shop!"
"See you later, Pete," whispered Sirius as they all fled.
"Well, thanks, guys," muttered Peter. "Sorry, Mom, I totally forgot." His mother was standing right in front of him now. "I made some friends and we walked around Diagon Alley together."
"You made some friends?" said Charlotte Pettigrew. Her son had been unpopular in schools.
"Yeah! And you know the Blacks? Well, they have a son, named Sirius. He's not like them at all. He's actually the reason I have any friends!" And with his mother not mad at him anymore, Peter happily walked to the Leaky Cauldron with her, telling her everything that had happened.
Magicalgirl58: So, did you have a fun time today?
Emeraldeyes99: Yeah, it was awesome! And you were totally right: they are soooo cute.
Magicalgirl58: Lol you know they're here right now?
Emeraldeyes99: Oh my God, are you serious?
Magicalgirl58: No, no jk.
Emeraldeyes58: Good. You don't have to laugh about it.
Magicalgirl58: Why do you think I was laughing about it?
Emeraldeyes99: I can see you.
Miranda looked out her window, and, sure enough, there Lily was looking at her.
Magicalgirl58: You know, that's kinda creepy.
Lily and Miranda both got chat invitations at the same time. They both accepted.
Quidditchstar23: Hey guys!
NotasblackasBlacks: What's up?
Moonsrevil: Hey, I g2g.
Emeraldeyes99: Who's that?
NotasblackasBlacks: Remiepoo .
Magicalgirl58: Why are moons evil?
Quidditchstar23: There's no point in asking him that; he won't answer
And I have a good reason thought Remus Lupin, shutting down the Muggle invention called a computer.