Light peaked through a split in the tan curtains, hitting the face of a young woman. She groaned as her big doe eyes opened slowly. Blinking a few times to get the sleep out of her eyes she looked at the small clock hanging on her wall. It was 7:32 time to get up for school. Sighing she moved to get up only to hear a small quiet knock at the door. Her head swerved over toward the door as a small woman with light brown hair and similar brown doe-like eyes. She smiled at her daughter happy she was already awake.
“Morning sweety, it’s time for breakfast,” her voice was sweet and silky. It brought a sense of calming to the young 11-year-old girl.
“I’ll be out in a minute mama,” she responded voice slightly groggy from having just woken up. The mother smiled at her daughter and backed out the door, closing it lightly. Leona Felix James got out of her bed and looked around her messy room. Grimacing she made a note to clean her room after school. Skipping over to her dresser Leona looked throughout her clothes, wondering what she should wear today. Picking up a light blue long sleeve lace dress she smirked slightly knowing this was today’s outfit.
After she changed and did her normal routine she looked at herself in the mirror admiring her outfit of the day. A short sleeved dress with a white scarf wrapped around her neck. Adorning her feet were white sandals. Sitting on her head was a white flower crown. Smiling she skipped out of her room, excited for the day to come. Leona may not have many friends but, the ones she does have are like family to her and have been there for her through her toughest times. She wouldn’t trade them for the world. Skipping through the halls of her house she comes upon the kitchen, taking in the savory smell of bacon and the sweet smell of pancakes. She could almost taste the food.
“Morning mama. Breakfast smells great!” She spoke excitedly looking at her mother. Se smiled a warm, kind smile as she gave her daughter a kiss on the forehead. Moving through the kitchen she sat in her normal seat and waited for breakfast to finish.
“Leona, have you finished your homework?” Her mother asked looking at her with a serious face.
She looked at her mother noting that her father was also watching her, “Yes mama, I finished yesterday night.” Leona’s mother smiled turning back to the food which was almost done. She seemed stressed and she couldn’t help but, look at her concerned. “Mama, is everything okay? You seem stressed.” Leona asked tilting her head slightly, much like a dog would when it’s confused.
“I’m fine sweety. Nothing for you to worry about.” She dismissed but, Leona could tell she was lying. Something was bothering her and Leona wanted to know so she could help though she knew if she pushed too hard she would get mad. Looking at her mother she observed that the food was finally done. Pulling a napkin from the table she opened it and placed in on her lap, just in case any food fell. As her mother put food on her plate hse smiled. Her cooking was always the best and made her feel at home.
Her mother sat down across from her mirroring her earlier movements of putting a napkin in her lap. “Let’s eat!” She spoke happily.
After breakfast, Leona started getting her bag ready for school when she heard a knock a the door. She watched her mother walk over, peek through the peephole, and open the door with a kind smile saying, “Hello mam, how may I help you today.”
“My names Pomona Sprout. Is this the home of Leona James?” The small woman asked looking around her mother toward Leona.
Leona’s mother seemed surprised that the woman, Pomona, knew Leona’s name. “Yes, she’s my daughter. May I ask what you need with her?”
“Of course! Your daughter has been accepted into a prestigious school. Hogwarts. I can explain more but, I’ll need to come in and talk to both you and your daughter.” Pomona spoke urgently looking behind herself as if to see if she was followed. Leona watched her mother step aside letting the small woman inside. Pomona walked in and right up to Leona, holding out her hand saying, “My names Pomona Sprout a professor at Hogwarts. It’s nice to meet you, Leona.”
Taking her hand Leona shook it letting go quickly. They walked into the living room and sat down. “So, what is this school, Hogwarts? I’ve never heard of it.” Her mother spoke, confusion evident in her voice as she looked at the woman sitting across from her.
“Well, of course, you’ve ever heard of it. It’s a secret school that only certain people get into. People like your daughter. See Hogwarts is a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Thus its name, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Your daughter is a witch, just like me!” Professor Sprout spoke excitedly obviously happy to be talking about the school she works at.
“I’m a witch?” Leona spoke uncertain of the woman was talking about. A witch? Her? That’s not possible. She’s never done any magic before! How could someone like her be a witch?
“Yes! Your name has been on the list since you were 7. Dumbledore the headmaster saw potential in you when he saw you in the papers.” The professor explained before holding out a letter, “Here this is for you, maybe it will explain a bit.”
Taking the letter Leona opened it slowly and read it-
of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Mrs. James
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
First-year students will require:
1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear
3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4. One winter cloak (black, silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupils’ clothes should carry name tags
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk
A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
A Beginners’ Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida
Spore Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal vials
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad
PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS
Looking over the letter again she concluded that even after reading this she was still confused. While it was an acceptance letter she still didn’t believe magic existed. “But how can magic exist? It goes against every law of the universe.” Her mother spoke for her obviously thinking the same thing.
Pomona pulled out what looked to be a stick but, upon closer inspection, you could see the intricate design on the wood. “Here let me show you,” She said waving her wand slowly. A light came flashing through the room, warming them as fire shot from the wand into the fireplace. Leona was shocked, magic does exist. This woman wasn’t lying. “Do you believe me now?” Sprout questioned putting away her wand. Leona and her mother nodded their heads dumbfounded by what just happened.
Breaking from her stupor Leona asked the woman, “If I go to this school will I learn to do that?”
Pomona nodded her head answering, “Yes and many more things. Though it’s entirely up to you if you come to the school. All I need is a yes or a no.”
Leona thought for a moment debating whether or not to say yes. If she went she would learn many things but, she would be away from her mother. If she said no then she might miss the best opportunity she got. Looking over at her mother silently asking her opinion. Getting a slight nod Leona made her decision. Turning back to the small woman Leona spoke, “Yes I’d like to go to Hogwarts.”
Pomona smiled hopping from her seat saying, “Well then we better head to Diagon Alley to get all the things on that list.” Leona looked at her in shock again. They were going to get all these things now!
Her mother stood up saying, “How much will you need?”
“I’m not sure I’ve never dealt with muggle money.” The older witch replied.
Her mother looked to be thinking before she pulled out some money, “Here I hope this is enough. If there’s any left over just use it to buy something she really wants.” Leona’s mother looked at her daughter with a warm smile already knowing she gave the woman more than enough. Rushing over to her mother she gave her a big hug before looking at the professor saying, “I’m ready to go when you are.”