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Ruby McPherson
post Sep 30 2018, 03:34 PM
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Ruby McPherson hated the color grey. It was all around her, saturating her reality with its drabness. The walls, drapes, furniture, clothing, and sky were all grey. Her grandmother's hair was grey. Even her scrambled eggs this morning looked grey as she pushed it around with her fork. So, when a tawny owl flew in, it caught her attention and lifted her spirits immediately. Owls were rare in this house. The McPhersons were a family closed off by choice from the rest of the world, clutching strangely to old ideas of who qualified as acceptable company. Occasionally, though, Ruby's other grandmother would send an owl. Since today was her birthday, she hoped it was greetings. Perhaps even a corny joke from her muggle grandpa. She dare not get her hopes up though. Her grandmother had plans of her own for the day. Ruby was to wear some moth-eaten robes every woman in her family had worn on their 11th birthday. It was grey of course. She was supposed to have tea with her grandmother's friends. She knew it was unkind but these were the last people she wanted to spend time with. They were gnarled and scary to her, speaking of bygone eras when being from the right family really meant something. If words could be grey, everything they said would be that color. As she repeated in her head "the owl isn't for me", she kept her eyes down on her unappetizing breakfast. Her grandmother took the letter from the owl and all too soon the bright spot in the world of grey was gone.

"It seems to be a letter for Ruby." Anneliese, Ruby's grandmother stated.

"Oh, how lovely! Ruby, it's for you!" Cecelia exclaimed, reaching for the letter to pass to Ruby. Anneliese pulled it away from Cecelia and began to carefully open it with a tarnished and ancient silver letter opener. She put on her reading glasses and silently read the letter. Then, she folded it and placed it beside her breakfast, before returning to the toast on her plate.

"Grandmother..." Ruby began.

"Mother, what was the letter?" Cecelia asked, interrupting Ruby.

"Oh, just junk mail. Hogwarts wanting her to come to their school in the Fall." Anneliese answered. "Ruby will, of course, be going to Beauxbatons."

Cecelia and Ruby cast their eyes back down. Ruby thought of her father, who she had never really known. Hadn't he gone to Hogwarts? Her mother had told her that. Her mother didn't talk about Beauxbatons much, except to say she wasn't much of a fan of school.

"Beauxbatons is awfully far away. Hogwarts is so close. I know that Robert had a wonderful time when he went there." Cecelia stated after a long pause.

"I'm sure he did. Hogwarts is a veritable haven for half-bloods." Anneliese spat out. Anneliese had never quite forgiven her daughter for parting from the traditions of McPherson and marrying a half-blood. Ruby felt her blood begin to boil. She knew she should stay quiet. She knew she should silently eat her breakfast and not rock the boat. However, as much as she would never admit it, she was enough like her grandmother in that she didn't much care if her opinion caused a quarrel. Before thinking anymore about why she shouldn't speak up now, she cleared her throat.

"Well, then, I'm sure I will get along just fine there then!" she said strongly, clearly, and a little testily, "Seeing as I am technically half-blood."

"Excuse me! The McPherson line has been pure blood for hundreds of -" Anneliese began just as a white owl swooped in with another letter. Cecelia grabbed it hastily and opened it up.

"Oh, it's a birthday card from Maggie and Ian!" she said cheerily, as if the fight of the century wasn't brewing at the breakfast table.

"Any muggle jokes from Grandpa Ian?" Ruby asked, keeping her defiant eyes on her grandmother and a triumphant smirk on her lips. Without waiting on her mother to answer, Ruby continued on "Grandmother, I am going to Hogwarts, just like my father. We can't really afford Beauxbatons anyway."

Anneliese harumphed, but Ruby knew she had won. She shoveled a forkful of eggs into her mouth, wondering what house she would be sorted into. No matter which house, she was looking forward to looking at something other than grey and perhaps making some friends along the way.
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Leone Kwon
post Sep 30 2018, 03:50 PM
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Observing his hard work, Leone was certain that Mr Appleton would be pleased this time. It wasn’t easy planting flowers but after asking his mother for advice, Leo had been able to pick up on three things; they needed soil, water and sun. He was a bit worried about the last part, the first two he could provide but a brief glance at the sky confirmed his suspicions that it would likely rain that afternoon judging by the dark clouds. He had found some daisies in the garden right next to their house and had instantly thought they looked really pretty so he had decided to borrow some. Now that he had managed to plant them properly in the front yard, Leo wiped the dirt off his hands on his trousers before hurrying inside to find the old man. “Mr Appleton! Come and look at the flowers, I made your garden pretty!” watching him appear in front of the window, Leo offered him a bright smile and pointed excitedly at the slightly crooked daisies.

Something seemed wrong however by the look on his face as he stared appalled at the flowers, “daisies? Are you out of your mind boy? This is the season for tulips! Oh no, this is all wrong, you didn’t even plant them next to each other!” feeling his lower lip jut out in a small pout, Leo couldn’t help but to think that Mr Appleton was being dramatic again, like always, what was wrong with daisies? Noticing his mother come down the stairs, she sighed and shook her head, “Leo, stop bothering poor Mr Appleton and help me out in the kitchen instead.” Opening his mouth to protest, he quickly shut it again after noticing the look his mother was giving him as he sighed and followed her into the kitchen with a defeated look on his countenance. It wasn’t until he spotted a weird-looking letter on the kitchen table that he realised his mother was only messing with him as she was smiling cheerfully and urging him to pick it up. Reaching out, his eyes were wide with wonder as he picked it up, the red wax seal unfamiliar as he opened the letter hurriedly and peered inside. Unfolding the parchment, he tried to read it as quickly as possible before he finally remembered the stories his mother told him about a wizarding school that trained children with magical abilities. “This is amazing mom! I’m going to Hogwarts!” he needed to show Mr Appleton straight away.


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Kalaya Grimes
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Kalaya woke up that summer morning with an extra pep in her step. She practically jumped out of bed and she rushed to the bathroom to brush her hair and teeth. She did these things in record time and went to her closer to find the new dress she's picked out just for this occasion, her eleventh birthday. The dress was a yellow one that looked almost like an exact replica of the dress Belle wore in Beauty and the Beast, which was her favorite. The young girl quickly put on the dress and bounded down the stairs.

She was greeted by her parents, though her brother was nowhere in sight - not that she minded. She loved her older brother but he was a pain in her bum. "Morning!" she returned the greeting. On the kitchen table was her favorite breakfast, cinnamon french toast topped with powdered sugar and a side of bacon. Without waiting for her family to sit she grabbed a chair and immediately dug in and ate. Her parents only chuckled at their daughter who was clearly unable to contain her excitement.

The dark haired girl had only gotten a few bites in when there was a tapping sound on the window. This wasn't a sound that normally grabbed her attention. She was used to OWL's delivering mail to her father due to him being a wizard and his job at the Ministry. This wasn't just any day though and for the past few weeks Kalaya had been eager to get the mail herself. "I'll her it!" she shouted as she ran to the window. When she reached it she opened it and untied the piece of parchment from the owl. It flew off as the witch opened it. As she read the letter he smile grew wide.

"It's here!" she yelled so loudly that she could have sworn glass rattled. Kalaya ran up to her parents to show them the letter, the letter that solidified her future at the great magical school of Hogwart's.


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Kalaya woke up that summer morning with an extra pep in her step. She practically jumped out of bed and she rushed to the bathroom to brush her hair and teeth. She did these things in record time and went to her closer to find the new dress she's picked out just for this occasion, her eleventh birthday. The dress was a yellow one that looked almost like an exact replica of the dress Belle wore in Beauty and the Beast, which was her favorite. The young girl quickly put on the dress and bounded down the stairs.

She was greeted by her parents, though her brother was nowhere in sight - not that she minded. She loved her older brother but he was a pain in her bum. "Morning!" she returned the greeting. On the kitchen table was her favorite breakfast, cinnamon french toast topped with powdered sugar and a side of bacon. Without waiting for her family to sit she grabbed a chair and immediately dug in and ate. Her parents only chuckled at their daughter who was clearly unable to contain her excitement.

The dark haired girl had only gotten a few bites in when there was a tapping sound on the window. This wasn't a sound that normally grabbed her attention. She was used to OWL's delivering mail to her father due to him being a wizard and his job at the Ministry. This wasn't just any day though and for the past few weeks Kalaya had been eager to get the mail herself. "I'll her it!" she shouted as she ran to the window. When she reached it she opened it and untied the piece of parchment from the owl. It flew off as the witch opened it. As she read the letter he smile grew wide.

"It's here!" she yelled so loudly that she could have sworn glass rattled. Kalaya ran up to her parents to show them the letter, the letter that solidified her future at the great magical school of Hogwart's.


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There was no future in ballet dancing, but Savannah Sare saw no reason to let that stop her from practicing it now. Soon, she would be off to Hogwarts with only Quidditch as her option for something to do. Quidditch, and escaping killer plants in the middle of the night. It was important to her to maintain a sense of grace and athleticism while she had the option. She would figure sometbing else out once she got to Hogwarts.

If she got to Hogwarts.

Savannah Sare had two talented magical parents, she knew she would get there. But her letter had yet to come. It was impossible to fully shake the notion that she might be missed. The girl stretched out on the floor of her private ballet room, nothing more than a room of mirrors with a wooden barre, and hoped she would get her letter soon. Lorcan would be off to shop and she did not want him to leave without her.

Something clattered against the window of the room, and Savannah leapt to her feet. An owl was outside, a pretty parchment envelope bearing emerald green ink with it. There was only one letter that could be inside. She let out a whoop of joy and hurried to let the bird inside. She could barely contain her excitement as she ripped open the letter.

It was happening. She was really going to Hogwarts with Lorcan.

She was going to need a new hobby.


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Paige had known she would get her letter for a few years now; she had shown signs of magic pretty early on and seeing as her parents had both been Ravenclaws, she knew where she would be going when she turned eleven. It didn't stop her from being overwhelmingly excited as her eleventh birthday grew closer. Every day the brunette would watch for the owl, despite knowing that it wouldn't be until her eleventh birthday until the owl actually arrived to drop the letter.

She knew her sisters were feeding off of her excitement because when the day finally arrived, it was her youngest sister that rushed to tell her that there was an owl at the window for her. "MUM! DAD! It's here!" She yelled down the hall towards the kitchen, scrambling to get the latch unlocked to retrieve the letter. "Allie, go get a treat for the owl, would you?" Paige directed at her sister as she took the letter in her hands.

The eleven year old almost didn't want to open it.

The best adventure was about to begin.
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Tatiana Ross
post Oct 1 2018, 08:31 PM
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The sea was always cold, but it barely bothered Tia any more. Her long slender limbs cut through the salt water as she swam around the calmer enclave of water which her village was so proud of. Her long dark hair was pulled into a lurid pink swimming cap, and goggles allowed her to see into the murky water. There was only really seaweed and pebbles, but the swirling eddies from the tide and her movement were calming to look at. For a girl who spent so much time on her own, she didn't give herself much peace - apart from here. Here her brain was quiet, and she wasn't thinking of stories she'd read or made up.

Half an hour later, she burst from the water, dredging up sand as she walked back to the shore. A few ripples threatened to trip her up. Sometimes Tia could've sworn she was supposed to be a mermaid instead of a human, because she was much more awkward on land. Not that it bothered anyone, because all of the children in her school were younger and smaller and her parents were only full of love. She pulled her hoodie on over her wetsuit, tugging the goggles and cap from her head and putting them in her pocket. As she pulled her hand out, she'd made a fist around the small peg doll that had been in here.

"Hey Rhea," Tia said with a grin to her imaginary friend. Together they walked back up the track in the cliff face to the village, and to her house. The door was unlocked, as usual, and she kicked off her flip-flops before heading to the hallway so she could go and get changed.

Then she heard a strange flapping noise in the kitchen.

"Come on, let's go look!" It took only a few steps to get there, but when she looked around she saw nothing. Only the windows creaking slightly, and... what was that on the floor? Frowning a little in confusion, Tia picked up the thick envelope which was sat on the lino. There was a feather stuck to it, in the old wax seal. That was odd. "How did a letter get here?" She asked Rhea, but got no response. She was stumped. Her dad wouldn't be home yet, and she'd taken the post to the coffee table as soon as she'd returned from school. "It's addressed to me. I guess I should read it." Tia liked reading things, but mainly they were books not mysterious letters.

Peeling off the wax, the green ink was as striking on the main letter as it had been on her address. Her eyes drank in the words. "No way..." She breathed. A witch! She'd always been able to make weird things happen, just like Matilda in her favourite book, but she could never do it in front of anyone and they just attributed it to her overactive imagination. But she had magic! Wow. This was enough to feed her play time for months.


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Green eyes stared out of the window towards the river that passed by the grounds of her grandparents' summer house. She refused to acknowledge the place as her new home, for she still kept a slight hope of going back to Austria, where her friends were waiting for her to pack their things together and attend Beauxbatons, just as they were supposed to from the beginning. And yet, with each passing day, the hope weakened a little and her mood and patience decayed much more.

It was a hot day outside, and the figures of her younger siblings jumping into the river and splashing water made her feel a pang of jealousy that she hadn't asked for. How could they be so carefree and painless when their world had also changed as much as hers?

Her eyes shifted from them towards the envelope that rested on top of the kitchen counter. She hadn't opened it, even when her name was written on it with emerald ink. This was the final confirmation of the death of her hopes. She knew there was nothing to be done now, and she was supposed to accept that this was her fate. Michaela huffed angrily and looked away from the envelope, just as her mother entered the kitchen.

"Hey, love, what are you doing?" She asked lightly, with a soft smile on her face. Michaela shrugged her shoulders and tried to make her way out of the kitchen before her mother noticed the envelope, but she wasn't fast enough. "Oh! Your Hogwarts letter is here!" She exclaimed with tears in her eyes "oh, my little girl is all grown up!" She said as she tried to capture Michaela in her grip. The eleven year old, however, evaded her mother's embrace and glared at her "I don't want to go to stupid Hogwarts!" She cried. The look on her mother's face changed from surprise, to sadness, to anger in just a second. This was a discussion they had had all summer, and she was through with it.

"You're going and that's final, Michaela. We've been through this all summer. Enough is enough" she added as she saw that her child was ready to protest again. Michaela let out a frustrated scream and without stopping to think, she uttered the words "I hate you" before storming out of the kitchen and slamming the door behind her, leaving her mother behind and locking herself in her room.
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