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Abracadabra! by megaaan

Format: Short story
Chapters: 5
Word Count: 11,261

Rating: 12+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: General, Humor
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Teddy, OC
Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione

First Published: 10/06/2011
Last Chapter: 12/01/2011
Last Updated: 12/01/2011

Banner by the wonderful tina.loves at tda

Isobel Davies is an eleven year old muggleborn, who has just found out that she is a witch. If this is not enough to take in, she has also been told that she has to spend a week - by herself - with a wizarding family, who is none other than Harry and Ginny Potter.

Written for WeirdSisters' "Week with the Wizards" challenge.

Chapter 2: Introductions and Flashbacks - Izzy

 I woke up early the next day, expecting the sun to be shining through the window, but it was still dark. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep, but I didn’t want to go downstairs just yet. Instead, I sat up in bed slowly, drawing my knees up to my chin and wrapping my arms around my legs, and I tried to remember how I got here.

It was June, and unusually warm for England. I had spent the school day moaning about the heat and entrance exams with my friends, and I was looking forward to a barbeque for dinner that night. I knew that hot weather didn’t last long here, and so me and my friends were determined to make the most of it by going swimming after school.

The end of lessons couldn’t come quickly enough, and we were out of the door as soon as our teacher had finished setting us homework – maths revision. The school was really piling on the work as our entrance exams for secondary school were coming up, and we all wanted to get the scholarship to Mayford’s High School. I knew maths wasn’t my greatest subject and I would need to work hard – but I was giving myself the day off.

“Izzy, do you have your swimming costume?” Ellie yelled across the classroom.

I held up my swimming bag.

“It’s all in here! You’re both definitely coming to mine afterwards?” I ask her and our other friend, Sophie, who was checking if she had everything for the afternoon.

They both nodded, and we made our way quickly to the edge of the playground where my mum was waiting to take us to the pool. Even though we were eleven, so definitely allowed to swim without an adult, she still wanted to watch to make sure that we didn’t get into trouble. I knew we wouldn’t – and anyway, what were the lifeguards for? – but she wouldn’t back down and so I let her.

The pool was outdoors, and so very crowded for such a warm day, but we still had a great time – seeing who could hold their breath underwater for the longest, and who could make it from one end of the pool to the other without touching anyone. This was really difficult as there were so many people, but that just made it more fun, and we spent almost an hour playing these games whilst my mum sat in the sun, chatting to the lifeguard.

When she finally called for us to get out – although we could have easily spent another hour there – we did so quickly, looking forward to the barbeque.

It was only when we got into the car on the way home that she first mentioned it.

“Iz, have you ever heard of ‘Hogwarts?’”

“No. What is it?”

“I don’t know. You’ve got a letter from them at home, and I didn’t recognise the name. I thought you’d know.”

I shrugged. I had never heard of these Hoggy-people, and how did mummy know it wasn’t someone trying to get money off us? I asked her, and she replied immediately.

“It just seemed genuine. It’s hand-written, and addressed to your bedroom – and it has a seal at the back. It looked quite old fashioned, really. Have either of you heard anything like it before?” she asked Sophie and Ellie, who both shook their heads.

Intrigued by mummy’s description of the letter, I picked it up as soon as we got into the house. I read it out loud, as I could tell that mummy and my friends were just as interested as I was.

“Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorcerer, Chief Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)

Dear Miss Davies,

We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.

Term begins on September 1st. We await your owl by no later than July 31st. At precisely 5pm on the day you receive this letter, I will visit you to tell you more about Hogwarts.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall
Deputy Headmistress”

There was silence for a moment, and then we all began to laugh. Sophie was the first to speak.

“Whoever sent that – how did they think you’d fall for it? It’s just stupid!” She said, as Ellie glanced at the clock.

“It’s nearly five! This Mervy McIggul person should be here in three minutes,” she teased, and we all giggled, and we shared thoughts on how funny it would be if the doorbell rang at 5, before making our way out to the garden.

As soon as I got to the back door, I heard a sharp rap at the front door. A quick look at the clock confirmed that it was exactly 5 o’clock, and Sophie and Ellie both raised their eyebrows at me as if daring me to open it. I did, of course, and in front of me stood the strangest woman I had ever seen.

She was wearing square glasses, and her hair was scraped back from her head, presumably tied up under what seemed to be a witch’s hat. She was wearing a very long green robe that looked like it had come out of a fancy dress shop. One of her eyebrows twitched at our expressions, which were wide-eyed and open-mouthed. I snapped mine shut immediately.

“You must be Isobel?” She addressed me. “I am Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and I am here to tell you more about the school, and to answer many questions you may have. May I come in?”

Without waiting for an answer, she stepped past us and into the hall. As she made her own way into the living room, I glanced at my friends. Their eyes were still wide with shock when Sophie spoke.

“They’ve really thought into this joke, haven’t they?”

We followed her into the living room where she was introducing herself to mummy, who looked just as shocked as us. She then turned, frowning at Sophie and Ellie.

“Would you two mind leaving me alone with Isobel and her mother for a few minutes? I need to talk to them alone.”

They looked at me warily, before going out to the garden. I edged myself closer to mummy. Then, she started to explain. She explained why strange things happened that I couldn’t explain, and she told us all about Hogwarts. I think she knew that we would need some kind of proof, and that just telling us the different subjects I could apparently “learn” there wouldn’t be enough, so she stood up from where she had perched on the edge of the sofa, and began to change.

She shrunk, and her robes and hat seemed to be sucked into her body. She was sprouting fur, and whiskers were produced from her cheeks. The only resemblance to her human form was the thick square markings around her eyes, which matched her glasses. She had turned into a cat.

Mummy gasped, a hand going up to her mouth. Seconds later, she had transformed back to a human shape. She smiled at our expressions, and finished off her explanation.

“Now, we’ve never done this before, but we thought that it would be a good idea for you, Isobel, to get a taste of the Wizarding World before you started at Hogwarts. We have arranged for you to spend a week with Harry and Ginny Potter, who are looking forward to your visit greatly.”

She left shortly afterwards, explaining that I couldn’t tell my friends about the Wizarding World, although there was a twinkle in her eye as she did so, as if she knew that I would anyway.

A loud crash and a shout of “Merlin!” drew me away from my thoughts. I looked at the clock, and frowned. It was quite a lot later than it had been when I had first woken, and yet the room was still just as dark as it was then. Shrugging, I put it down to magic, and went to shower before coming downstairs.

As I walked down the stairs, another flash of green light filled the air, and I knew it was someone travelling through the fireplace. I froze, not because I was scared of the green light any more, but because I was wary of it. Mummy always told me to be careful of things I don’t know anything about, but I had to make a few exceptions – being introduced to another world and everything.

I went the rest of the way down cautiously, not wanting anything to jump out at me. I get downstairs in one piece, and make my way to the kitchen, where I could hear Ginny humming.

“Hello,” I said as I walked in the door.

She looked up, smiling. She was bending over a little boy who could be no more than four or five, and had jet green hair.

“Good morning! Harry’s just left, he said that he’d see you later,” I was still staring at the little boy, which she obviously noticed. “This is Teddy – his godson. He’s a metamorphagus – he can change his features. It’s really unusual, but his mum was one too, so we think he got it from her. He likes green eyes and hair at the moment, which I think he got from Harry, but he has my freckles and Andromeda – his grandmother’s – nose.”

The little boy turned his head fully, showing me all the features Ginny had just described perfectly. If only it wasn’t so unusual – I would have loved to be able to change my hair colour whenever I wanted. I could be my normal dirty blonde one minute, and deep brown the next.

He grinned at me, his mouth full of mushy baby food from where Ginny had scooped in the last mouthful of his breakfast. His hair began to change, morphing from the green to a dark blonde colour, which was exactly the same shade as mine. His eyes also changed to a honey colour, and his freckles disappeared.

“He likes taking on the appearance of new people,” Ginny explained. “It’s very endearing, but difficult when we want to go where there are muggles – it would confuse them greatly!”

“Muggles? What are they?” I asked hesitantly, wondering if it was a silly question.

“Oh, sorry – you wouldn’t know, would you! Muggles are non-magical people, like your parents.”

I nodded my understanding, and turned my attention back to Teddy, whose freckles and green eyes had reappeared, but his hair had stayed the same sandy colour. It suited him, and said so. Ginny smiled and agreed, before telling me what their plan was for the day.

“Harry should be back soon – he only went into work for a bit. Then we’ll drop Teddy off at my parents’, and go to Diagon Alley where we can pick up everything you’ll need for school. Things like your school books, robes, and of course your wand, and then Ron and Hermione want to meet you.”

I looked up at the mention of a wand.

“I don’t need to buy a wand – I’ve already got one.”

She looked at me, surprised.

“How? You aren’t allowed to have a wand until you turn eleven and you only found out that you were a witch the other day – when did you have time?”

I felt uncomfortable. I wasn’t even sure if it was a real wand, but if it was and I didn’t have to buy another one, it would be worth it.

As soon as the lady had left and mummy had gone back to the garden, I called Sophie and Ellie into the living room to tell them everything I had just been told. I knew I wasn’t supposed to, but I also knew them better than Miss McGonagall did, and I knew that they wouldn’t tell anyone else.

They were very surprised, and at first thought I was playing a joke on them. They finally accepted that it was the truth when they remembered that I couldn’t lie to save my life, and showed them the letter again, this time explaining the different Houses in Hogwarts, and how I could do things that I didn’t understand. I wasn’t really sure if I believed her myself, but it all seemed to fit.

Sophie saw it first.

“Wait, there’s another sheet here. Did you see this before?” She asked me, holding up the envelope, which held another piece of parchment that I had missed. She took it out carefully and read it out loud in a dramatic voice.

“Hogwarts School 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, with silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.

Course Books
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 Beginner's 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

Other Equipment
1 wand
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 telescope
1 set brass scales

Students may also bring and owl OR a cat OR a toad.


They both gaped at me, and I grinned. I’d get a wand! I’d be able to make potions…By then I had assumed the lady was telling the truth, and if it was a joke, then I wished it was real.

“This is all going to cost a lot…” Mummy said, reading the second letter over Sophie’s shoulder. “Do you think they’d have a second-hand shop? Or, even better, do we have anything that would work just as well? I know I have some old scales somewhere…They may not be bronze but they’ll work just as well…”

She continued muttering to herself as she clattered around the kitchen, clutching the letter tightly in her hand. Ellie looked at me pointedly.

“Well, I know where you can get a wand.”

I had forgotten about my dressing up box! Excitement overcame me and I raced them both upstairs to it. When we were younger, we spent ages dressing up as witches and pirates and zombies and playing for hours. We quickly retrieved the wand and I held it carefully. The excitement that I had moments ago had been sapped from me, as I realized that it probably wouldn’t even work – after all, it was a kids toy. However, I would bring it with me, just in case.

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