( I unfortunately don't own HP, J.K. Rowling does)
Weeks went by after the snake escaped from its tank at the zoo. I hadn't talked much to my parents about what Nico, Sammy, and I overheard. I didn't even tell Sally. It was a week before my birthday and Sally decided to sleepover at my house for the next two nights. I woke up feeling groggy, we stayed up until two in the morning last night drinking soda and talking about the all girl private school we're going to, Aries. We didn't want to go, but we're going because we'll be together.
We slowly made our way downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast. Mum made eggs, bacon, and muffins. Dad was sitting at the table with today's newspaper in his hands, his dirty blonde hair visible over the top of the paper. Nico and Sammy were wolfing down their food as if there is no tomorrow. Sally and I filled our plates with the food and ate quietly. It was a calm morning when someone knocked on the front door making everyone jump. Dad got up to open the door with Sally, Nico, Sammy, and I following behind and waiting in the hall. Dad opened the door to find a tall man with long, white hair and beard. He had twinkling blue eyes that were hidden behind half-moon spectacles. He was also wearing a purple robe with a black cloak draped over his shoulders.
He smiled at us as he spoke. "Good morning, my name is Albus Dumbledore. I'm looking for a Miss Lucinda Everheart."
Dad looked at him for a moment before he nodded "Please come in, sir." Dad moved to the side as Mr. Dumbledore came in. He spotted me and gave me cheery smile. Mum came into the hallway and spotted Dumbledore.
"Honey, who is this," mum asked.
Dad closed the door. "His name is Albus Dumbledore." He faced him with a piercing look. "I don't mean to be rude but why are you looking for my daughter?"
Dumbledore chuckled lightly. "It is true I haven't given you a reason for my unannounced visit. I'm here to offer your daughter a place at my school."
I stepped forward. "But sir. I'm already enrolled in an all girl school in London."
Dumbledore faced me. "This is a very special school, my dear. But before I continue maybe it's best we sit down, don't you agree."
I nodded and led him into the sitting room. I sat down on a couch with Sally on my right and Nico and Sammy on my left, mum and dad took the couch next to ours, and Mr. Dumbledore took the armchair facing us.
Dumbledore started. "As I have said before I'm here to offer Miss Everheart a place at my school."
I was a bit nervous but I piped up. "Sir, what kind of school is it?"
Dumbledore's eyes twinkled. "I am the headmaster of a school called Hogwarts. It is a school of magic."
Everyone in the room looked at him shocked. I was the most surprised. I think I didn't hear him right.
"Magic," Sally asked. He nodded. "Sir, magic doesn't exist."
Dumbledore chuckled like he expected that response. "Magic is real, my dear. I can demonstrate if you like."
Of course I was still skeptical, but I nodded. He took out a long thin piece of wood out of his robes. I realized that the piece of wood was a wand. He pointed it at the coffee table between us and with a flick it turned into a pig. Mum, dad, Nico, Sammy, Sally, and I jumped back in surprise. I couldn't believe it. Magic existed. I smiled despite myself and I looked up at Mr. Dumbledore to see him smiling and his eyes twinkling madly.
"I can do stuff like this," I pointed excitedly at the pig. Dumbledore nodded.
"And much more." He reached into his robes and pulled out a letter made out of parchment and handed it to me. I took it a bit nervously and opened it. I pulled out the letter and unfolded it. I began to read with Sally, Nico, and Sammy looking over my shoulder.
Of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
Dear Miss. Everheart,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find the enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. Term begins on September 1st. We await your owl by no later than July 31st.
As I finished reading, I looked over at Sally to see a bit of sadness pass through her eyes. I turned to my little brothers to see they looked worried. I looked over at Mr. Dumbledore.
"Excuse me, sir," I started, "but have my brothers or my friend here been accepted as well?"
Mr. Dumbledore looked at me patiently before he spoke. "I'm not sure about your brothers Miss. Everheart, but I can assure you that your friend has not been accepted." I looked at him in shock. Sally and I have been best friends since kindergarten, we've practically done everything together.
"Well I'm not going," I declared. My parents, brothers, and Dumbledore looked shocked. I felt Sally punch me in the arm and I faced her.
"What was that for?"
"Your being an idiot as usual, why are you turning this opportunity down?"
"Because you're not going to be there, we've done everything together and nothing is going to change that."
Sally shook her before she continued, "Don't be arrogant about this Lu, you know we can't do everything together, but we will always be best friends even after you make new friends at Hogwarts, nothing is going to change between us, go to that school and get the experience that you will share with me when you get back."
I thought for a moment before I nodded my head in acceptance. Everyone in the room brightened up, and I hugged my best friend. I felt Mr. Dumbledore put a hand on my shoulder before he said, "Don't worry Miss. Everheart, you will have the chance to write to your family and friend here anytime at Hogwarts. But your friend has to swear that she will not reveal this world to anyone not even her parents."
"Why," mum asked, "why can't Sally tell her parents about your world?"
"That is why I'm here to tell," Dumbledore said.
"Now every year a member from the staff at Hogwarts comes to the home of a muggle-born-"
"Muggle-born," Sammy asked.
"It is a witch or wizard born to non-magical parents." Dumbledore answered. "As I was saying, a professor comes to inform the parent of a muggle-born to tell them about the wizarding world, my world. The parents have to be informed of our customs and laws and to take caution. One of the laws is that a young witch or wizard cannot perform magic while under the age of seventeen and never in the presence of a muggle. Breaking these laws is an immediate hearing in front of our largest wizarding court, Wizengoment. But there is also an exception, an underage witch or wizard can use magic if he or she is in a life threatening situation."
"Sir can you tell us, why haven't we been informed from your government that Lu has been performing magic," Mum asked.
"She is not performing real magic, but it was a normal case of accidental magic. Every young witch and wizard experiences this since they have not been taught how to control it. That is what Hogwarts is meant for, to teach the young how to control their magic."
If you think about it, it makes sense. So all this time I've been performing accidental magic. Mr. Dumbledore got up from the armchair he was sitting in and waved his wand at the pig and transfigured it back into a coffee table. "Miss Everheart has to take a train to Hogwarts. On September 1st, you have to catch the train at King's Cross Station, it is located on Platform 9 ¾, to get on this special platform you have to run at the wall between platforms 9 and 10. The place you need to go to get your daughter's school supplies is at Diagon Alley in London. However I would like to have a member of my staff to escort her to London since he is due to take another young lad as well. Is that all right with you, Mr. and Mrs. Everheart?"
Mum and Dad looked at each other as they thought about it. "We don't know. We've never let Lu go anywhere by herself." Dad took a deep breath before he continued. "But I guess we have to let her go anyway. We can't do everything for her anyway. But I want to drop her at the train station."
"Daddy, I'm sure you can see Diagon Alley next year. I have to go shopping for school every year anyways."
Mum and dad let out a chuckle and Mr. Dumbledore eyes twinkled and he smiled. "Splendid, I will have someone pick her up on the thirtieth to take her shopping with her classmate. I will be in contact with you. Good day." With that he left the room and we heard the door open and close.
There was a moment of silence, which was quickly broken by Nico. "Is it me or was that just plain weird?"
The thirtieth came bright and early when I woke up. It's been a week since I discovered I was a witch. My parents took it well and my brothers and Sally thought it was cool. I took off my teddy bear pajamas and put on a red polo and jeans, I had a feeling it was going to be cold so I grabbed my favorite black hoodie and a jean jacket. I didn't know how long I'd be gone so I made my bed, I also grabbed an empty backpack and packed an extra t-shirt, pair of pants, and my Hogwarts letter and exited the room. I went into the bathroom to fix my hair. Two minutes later I walked out of the bathroom with my hair up in a ponytail. I headed downstairs to see a giant man with wild black hair and beard waiting outside in the front lawn. When he saw me, he introduced himself as Rubeus Hagrid but he told me he prefers Hagrid.
Before I walked out the door dad gave me a hundred pounds to but myself a birthday gift. I waved good-bye to mum, dad, Nico, and Sammy and walked with Hagrid until we were in an alley. The giant man seemed sort of lost and he asked me for directions to Privet Drive. It was easy as one, two, three and I simply told him to follow me. When we reached the neat street, I wrinkled my face in disgust.
"Hagrid, does my classmate live here," I asked but saw that the giant was walking down the street. I hurried after him to catch up and stopped running when he turned to the 4th house. He knocked, but no one answered. A neighbor popped his head around the corner saying that the family ran off somewhere.