Over the past two years, I had almost forgotten about the magical world. Almost. I still remembered it by the locket I had received on my seventh birthday of my parents and me. I looked at it every night and said goodnight to them. I know it was sad but I missed them, even if I didn't know them very well.
Anyways, this morning I woke up to the sound of the boiler in my room, groaning as somebody used the shower. I sat up and stretched so that I heard my bones crack. It relaxes me. I got out of bed and got dressed into a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, and a grey T that went very nicely with said jeans. I put on my converse and walked downstairs after combing my hair. I followed the scent of frying bacon and found myself sitting at the table with my family.
"Good morning darling." Aunt Petunia sang, as she brought me my breakfast while Uncle V and Dudley already had theirs. Just as I was about to take a bite of my bacon, a tawny owl flew in through the window and landed right in front of me. It stuck it's leg out and I could see a letter addressed to me, attached to the bird.
"It wants you to take the latter Mione." Dudley said with his mouth full, making my stomach turn. Ew, it was not a pretty sight! I undid the knot that was keeping the letter attached to the bird, and gave said bird a little bit of bacon. It squawked affectionately and flew out of the kitchen window. I looked at the letter, and then to the three people around the table. Dudley was looking greedy as he once again began to fill his face with as much food as possible. Hey, I said Dudley was skinny, not that he didn't like to eat.
On the cover of the letter, it read:
Miss Hermione Lily Potter
Number 4 Privet Drive
Wow, they even had my bedroom on there. They must be magical. I smiled slightly at the thought. I turned it over to find an emerald green seal that had a H in the middle of it. I tore it open, and two bits of old parchment fell out. I took the one that didn't look like a list, and read. It went like this.
Dear Miss Potter,
I am pleased to inform you that you have secured a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please be at kings Cross station on the 1st of September. Please enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. I understand that you are the only person to ever have survived the Killing Curse, and I will make the whole school not ask you about it. Now, to get your school supplies you will need to go into Diagon Alley. I am sure that your Aunt will know how to get there from your mother's years with us. And as you are very special and soon to become more famous than you already are, we are allowing you to have your own broom. I recommend the Nimbus Two-Thousand. See you in school. Good luck!
Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Professor Dumbledore? What a peculiar name. Must be magical.
"Aunt P, do you know how to get into Diagon Alley? It says here that you do." I asked her in my sweetest voice. Aunt P smiled at me and then nodded.
"What will you be needing? I know that we haven't got any wizard money, but in the letter Dumbledore gave us, he said that you had a volt made for the whole Potter family. So we will need to go to Gringotts." She mused after a minute of thought. "Alright, over to the fireplace!" She shouted and Dudley jumped. I giggled at his silly antics.
"Can't I finish my breakfast first mum?" Dudley asked. Typical, always wanting to finish his food before stepping foot out of the dining room.
"No! Now over to the fire place! We need to get to Diagon Alley before all of the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks of summer." Aunt P said as she maneuvered Dudley out of his seat at the dinner table and pushed him towards the living room fireplace. By this time, I was very confused as to why we were gathered around the fireplace.
As I was standing there, I saw Aunt P take an old pot from the side of the fireplace. It was filled with a powdery green substance. Hmmm, next thing you know she'll be telling you to step into some flames! I thought haughtily in my head. As Aunt P stepped up to the fireplace, she took a nice big handful of the powdery stuff and threw it in. Next thing I know, there's a huge green fire!
"Now, you can either, drop the powder when your standing in the fireplace, or throw it in before you stand in there. You choose." After she had said that, she stepped onto the platform and shouted, "DIAGON ALLEY!" And then she was gone. And so were the flames.
"You next Dudley." Uncle V said. Dudley nodded and did the same as his mother. He was gone within five minutes. Wow. "You next honey." Uncle V said, motioning me forward.
I took a nice handful and stepped on to the platform. I dropped the powder and shouted, "DIAGON ALLEY!" And then I felt a pull from my abdomen and two seconds later I found myself seeing different grates. After five different grates, I saw Aunt P dusting Dudley off. I was instantly pulled to said grate, and landed standing in the middle of the fire. I stepped out and saw that I was in a part of the world I had never seen before in my life.
"Hermione, dear, dust yourself off and watch out, your Uncle is about to come through." Aunt P muttered as she pulled me away from the fire opening. As she had said, Uncle Vernon came wheezing out of the fireplace just mere moments after Aunt P have pulled me away. Once we were all cleaned off, Aunt P started walking.
We walked behind her as she came infront of a medium sized building that had a gold sign above it saying, 'GRINGOTTS BANK FOR WITCHES AND WIZARDS'. I murmured a 'Wow' as I saw the little elf like people.
"They're Goblins, by the way, and they protect the volts here like they protect their lives. They say that in some of the more top-security volts there are dragons down there. You would be made to try and rob something from here." Aunt P said after passing through two sets of double doors, with one of them having a little poem on it that read;
Enter, stranger, but take heed Of what awaits the sin of greed For those who take but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn, So if you seek beneath our floors,
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware Of finding more than treasure there.
Wow, talk about exaggerating, I thought. We walked in through the poem doors and found about twenty to fifty Goblins, at high desks with people in cloaks were waiting at. I guess they must be how witches and wizards dress then. I might have to buy one of those, hmmm . . .
Aunt P took hold of my hand, unneccesarily of course, and walked us over to the far desk that was free from witches and wizards. on hearing our approach, an old looking Goblin peaked it's head over the desk and looked from Aunt P to me and then to Dudley and Uncle V.
"We would like to see the contents of the Potter family vault." Aunt Petunia said in a strong voice to the stern looking Goblin.
"I will have to make certain that which ever person here is a Potter, actually is a Potter and not an impostor. Please follow me. Oh and Call me Patterano." said Patterano, who then led us into an office behind his desk. Hmm, they don't seem like very happy creatures, these goblins.
Once we were in there, we all took a seat, Me and Aunt P in front and the other two behind us.
"Now, which one of you claims to be a Potter?" Patterano asked. I raised my hand, my shaking hand at that! Why I was so nervous I will never know. It may be the fact that a weird little magical creature has just talked to me when I thought that Goblins only lived in fantasy books and fairy tales. Obviously not! "Ahhh. Hold on one moment."
Patterano then dipped into one of his desks many draws and pulled out a blank peice of parchment and a small, yet very pretty knife. I looked at him as if to say, 'You are NOT going to cut me up!'
"Do not fret young one. This is merely to see who you are, and if you are actually the last remaining heir of the Potter family. Now all I need to ask you for is for three drops of blood, hens the knife." Patterano explained after seeing the amount of shock my face was in. I nodded and took the knife. I cut open my finger in one slice, boy was that blade sharp! Patterano put the piece of parchment under my finger to catch the blood droplets. When three drops of my glistening red blood was on the parchment, they began to disappear. In there place, words began to appear.
I recognised my name, and then my parents, and then my grandparents and so on until the page was nearly full. At the very bottom of the page, were four names that stood out immensely. They were, Godric Griffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Roweana Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. After seeing this, I looked up to Aunt P to see that her face was in a matter of shock.
"Hermione, your related to the Four Founders of Hogwarts! It must be on James' side of the family yes?" She asked Patterano. He nodded his eyes wide.
"Well, it seems, Lady Potter, that I have a few things to give to you." He then stood up and walked swiftly from the room. I watched him with my eyes as he made his way over to a huge steel door behind one of the desks and jump inside, only to appear once more, mere minutes later. He was carrying something, I was sure of that much.
He made his way back towards his desk, carrying a small-ish glass box that had a letter on the top. As he made himself comfortable, I got a closer look at the beautiful glass box. It was beautiful before I saw that it was crystal and not glass, but the crystal made it more beautiful.
Patterano cleared his throat, which made me look up at him. He smiled as much as a Goblin could and took out a very small key. He pushed it into the small lock that was on the box and it clicked, reveling that it was now open. He took the letter out, and I saw six keys sitting on a black velvet cushion. Two of the keys were bronze, and four of them were silver. Each key had a little letter on it that I hadn't noticed until I glanced back at them. One of them had a 'P' on it, another 'F' on it. They were the two bronze keys. Now the little silver keys had a 'G', 'H', 'R' and a 'S' on each of the silver keys.
Patterano opened up the letter that looked as if it had been opened a hundred times probably had.
"Now, in this letter My Lady, it states what each key does, and how special it is to the owners. This letter is from the Four Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Do you understand?" Patterano asked me in a grave voice. I held onto my locket and nodded once I felt the comfort of my mother. "I shall now start reading this letter. It says;
Dear Mr/Miss Potter,
If you are hearing this letter being read to you, and you are a direct descendant of the Four Founders, then the Gringotts Goblins are doing their jobs. Now, if you are an adult then you should have come to Gringotts earlier as you may not be able to use the keys being an adult. But if you are a child, starting Hogwarts then you are definitely going to need these keys if you like reading.
Now down to business. In the box you found this letter, you will find six keys on top of a black velvet cushion. Each of these keys mean something. As you have probably guessed by now, the little bronze keys are the keys of two volts in Gringotts. The one that has a 'P' on it, is the Potter Family volt. In said volt, it has belongings of your ancestors and probably parents too. It has things like old school trunks, and a certain invisability cloak that has been in that volt since we were alive, except for when a Potter was using it. Also there is a lot of galleons, sickles and nuts. Mountains of them should have gotten there from over the years.
The next gold key with the 'F' on it, is the volt of the Four Founders. In this volt, there is one heirloom from each of the Four Founders, as well as money and some spell books. Now the heirlooms are as follows; The Griffindor Sword, The Crown of Hufflepuff, The Spell Book of Ravenclaw and The Potions Book of Slytherin. Each of these may come in handy for you when in school. Do not be afraid to use them.
Now, onto the silver keys. As you can see, on each key there is the enitial of one of the Four Founders. Each of these keys will allow you access to the four common rooms in Hogwarts.
The silver key with the 'G' on it, belongs to Griffindor. It shall allow you to enter the Griffindor Dormitories, Godric Grifindors private quarters in the Griffindor Tower and into his historic broom cuboard, where each Potter has left either a replica or the real broom in that room. If you are the first to receive these keys then there will only be Godric's broom, other wise there could be a lot more.
The silver key with the 'H' on it, belongs to Hufflepuff. It shall allow you to enter the common room wether you know the password or not, just state your full name(that counts for all dormitories). It shall also allow you access to Helga's private quarters in said dormitories as well as into her private green house. Use it wisely.
The silver key with the 'R' on it, belongs to Ravenclaw. It shall all you to enter the Ravenclaw common room, in to her private quaters in said dormitories, It should also allow you access to her personal never ending library. Every potions, charms, herbloogy, DADA, DA, biography, basically any subject you can think of, is in Rowena Ravenclaws personal never ending library. You shall never need to buy school books as they will be in said library. Now, if new books are published, a copy of them will automatically appear in the library.
The last silver key with the 'S' on it, belongs to Slytherin. Now as you are an heir of Salazar, we must warn you that you will be parsltongue like every other Potter was. Do not be scared aboutit, because it runs in the family. This key will allow you access to the Slytherin common room, private quarters and also a secret to which only the Four Founders know of. It is called the Chamber Of Secrets. There is an old pet of ours down there, and only a Potter can control it. We shall not tell you where it is, only because it is more fun for you to look for it. To open it either, use a bit of Parsletongue, or press the key against the snake head.
Now that the six keys have been sorted, there is still another that we have not told you about. If you lift up the cushion, you will find Golden Key. This specific key and this alone will open the door to the Founders Manor. It is a mansion in between two mountains. It has wards all around it and over the top between the two mountains. The two mountains are there to hide the mansion from the muggle villages on the other side of the mountain, and also so that you can play quidditch (that also runs in the family). On the key there is a small ball that sticks out. Press the key in and it will port key you away to the manor. This key also opens the gates to Hogwarts. If the lock is ever changed, the key when near Hogwarts will morf into the correct shape of the new lock.
Use all of these keys well. If you loose any of these keys, they cannot be replaced. If I were you, I'd get a Goblin made, key-chain that the keys never come off of. If the keys are still seperate when you receive them, then others have not taken our advice.
If you are a girl, who marrys and has children, make sure to put Potter in ALL of your childrens names. Or else the Potter name will fade away. Have a great life!
Godric Griffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin."
Patterano finished the letter to meet four very shocked faces. He coughed and brought us all out of our little day dreams. "Would you like to have a Goblin made key chain?" Patterano asked me. I nodded absentmindedly. Wow. I have access to all four houses. Wonder what parsletongue is? I wonder how many brooms are in the broom cuboard? I wonder how long the never ending library is? If it is really big, I might get lost.
As Patterano bent down into his draw, I was wondering about where all of the wizard volts were. I could only see one big volt door on my way in and that was the same volt that Patterano got the crystal box from. Confusing.
Patterano's head popped back up to the desk and he magicked the keys onto a pretty golden key-ring that was encrusted with pink diamonds. I didn't even know you could get pink diamonds! As he handed them to me, his eyes looked straight into mine as if saying, 'You loose these keys, and you loose your life'. It was kind of scary.
"Um, I'll take good care of these keys, I swear." I murmered to Patterano. He coughed in reply. "Patterano, I was wondering if I could possibly ask you something?" I asked him being sweet. He nodded for me to continue, so I did. "Well, I was wondering what Parsletongue was?" I asked him, confusion written all over my face. He laughed a little and then looked at me.
"Parsletongue, My Lady, is where you can talk to snakes in their language. All of the Potters have asked me that, as it is not something you come across everyday My Lady." He replied. I smiled my thanks to him as I let it sink in that I could possibly speak to snakes. Creepy. "Would you like to see your volt now, Miss Potter?" He asked me. I looked at my family to see that they were all in a state of shock.
"Okay, yes please, but I think it would be best for my family to stay here and possibly have some tea?" I asked him. He nodded, snapped his fingers and a tray of tea and biscuits appeared on the table with a note on it.
"Follow me and keep them keys safe." Patterano said, while walking towards a door that I hadn't noticed was there until he walked over to it. Show how much attention I pay. So I followed him through the door and was met by a sudden chill and a set of rails at which a small cart seemed to be waiting at.