Beyond the Foggy Path

Chapter 2: Empty Feeling

HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRYHeadmistress: Magaera Ridgebit

Dear Erela Harris,

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 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.

Yours sincerely,Rhonda MoonDeputy Headmistress

HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

UNIFORMFirst-year students will require:1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.

COURSE BOOKSAll students should have a copy of each of the following:Conjurations One Step at a Time (Grade 1)by Demetrius ScrivnerMagic Made Historyby Herbert PembrokeMagical Theoryby Hermione WeasleyA Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration (updated edition, 2042)by Annie TootsHerbology Made Easyby Musidora MacdonaldBrew and Boilby Avery StewartMagical Beasts of the Worldby Gawaine DogeSelf-Defense Against the Dark Artsby Harry Potter and Hermione Weasley

OTHER EQUIPMENT1 wand1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)1 set glass or crystal phials1 telescope1 set brass scalesStudents may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad.

PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARSARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICK

Yours sincerely,Lucinda Thomsonicle-PocusChief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions

Erela wasn't entirely sure how she felt about getting her acceptance letter from Hogwarts. Her father had told her stories about it for as long as she could remember. As if she was guaranteed acceptance to go with half wizard blood she inherited from her father. Her mum was a muggle from America and a part of her was so sure that she didn't have any magical ability.

She honestly hadn't had anything magical that she had done unintentionally, only her father would do some magic from time to time in the house and at work at the Ministry of Magic in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He was an Auror, so he was the eyes and ears of what was happening in the magical world. He made sure to pay great attention to any threats that could endanger both the magical world and the muggle world, all in order to protect his family.

Kind of high expectation to follow his footsteps since she just learned she was magical after all. With muggle blood running through her veins and magical blood mixed in, she really had to try hard to fit well with her future classmates.

Erela's mum was so excited for her daughter to go to Hogwarts. She had been hoping her little girl would be a witch ever since she found out she was pregnant with her. Immediately, they all planned to go to Diagon Alley the next day to get all the shopping out of the way. All the students would have gotten their letters by then and were most likely going to take up all the space, scrambling around for all their required needs.

The strange part was . . . Erela didn't seem so excited. She wasn't entirely sure what she was feeling. The eleven year old girl felt . . . rather empty, actually . . .

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