Prologue:

My name is Hermione Granger and this is my story…

Once upon a time, there was a terrible battle. Many friends were lost in the clamor and confusion of the fighting and many lives were irrevocably changed. Before going into this battle, I had thought that I knew exactly who I was. In the aftermath, I realized that my mind and personality were as shattered as the walls and windows that surrounded me. Things that seemed so solid and so sure were now weak and unstable, no longer sturdy and unchanging. That fact terrified me beyond any of the horrors that I had seen in my life. The simple fact that I could no longer even count on what I knew of myself shook me to my very core.

I had been so sure of myself, so grounded in what it meant to be me and the expectations that came along with it that with that realization I became utterly ungrounded. I was adrift in a way that I could not explain but would change the course of my life forever. Thankfully, it changed it for the better. Emotionally and psychologically, I was separated from what it meant to be me. I had to make this journey to find myself, as cliché as that may sound. Along the way, I discovered a few truths from which I had been hiding. Now I am forever thankful that I made the choices that I did, they led me to a completely unexpected place.