********************************************************************* Beginning of a New Life. ********************************************************************* Harry ran down the stairs to breakfast humming the happy birthday tune. He pulled his dressing gown tightly over him and skipped the last few steps of the stairs. He was happy, which was a usual feeling for him don’t get me wrong but, today was more special today was his eleventh birthday and today was the day he got his letter to Hogwarts. He’d been waiting for it since he was a little child sitting downstairs with Sirius as he was told about the marauders various adventures. He had dreamed of what his own adventures would be like. His own set of friends like the marauders except for Pettigrew the rat. He had friends of course but only people he hung around with in the area muggles but he had never really met any other wizards his own age. He was happy with that though Remus and Sirius were so special to him he wouldn’t trade them for one hundred friends. As he walked into the dinning room he sniffed the air around him and a sweet scent of pancakes and treacle hit his nose. He smiled. He saw Remus standing over a stove. He sat down at the dinning table and grinned happily at Remus who chuckled. “No Harry,” he said knowing the boys question. “The post hasn’t come just yet.” Harry thumped his head on the table. “It should be here soon.” Remus said sitting next to him pulling off oven gloves. Harry laughed and played with his fingers. Time was going sooooooooo slow! There was a crashing sound from above their heads. The two laughed out loud. Obviously Sirius had fallen out of bed again. And as on schedule five minutes later down the stairs came a half conscious Sirius Black ruffling his black hair and yawning loudly. He sat down on the seat next to Harry and hugged him. “Happy Birthday kiddo.” He said in a tired voice. This was Sirius though constantly eating and sleeping. Harry’s comedian of a God Father. “Your presents are right there.” He said pointing to a bare spot on the floor with his wand and straight after it was filled with presents and cards and at the very front of the pile was a letter with emerald green writing. Harry jumped up at it when he saw it he pounded to it and ripped it open. “Remus you said it hadn’t come.” “What can I say - I’m a Marauder.” Harry laughed and read the letter in his hands. HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore (Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards) Dear Mr Potter, 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. Yours sincerely, Minerva McGonagall Minerva McGonagall Deputy Headmistress Harry then pulled out the second piece of parchment and it read: HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY ***** UNIFORM 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 nametags 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 Waffliing 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 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 an owl OR a cat OR a toad PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS He was ecstatic. He Harry Potter was going to Hogwarts he’d make some good friends they’d solve mysteries and get into trouble and cause Snape the Potions Master hell! He was laughing his head off at the idea. But his attention was drawn to the last line of the second letter. No broomsticks he said allowed. He couldn’t go a whole year without flying – that was his life flying. He cursed the rules and sat down. “We already have all your stuff for you Harry.” Remus said. “Come on kiddo I’m sure you’ll find some way to fly.” He joked, “Besides I want some breakfast.” Harry giggled and they ate happily. ********************************************************************* It wasn’t to long before Harry was standing at Platform 9 ¾ with Remus and Sirius at his side. He was grinning loudly and as the many people walked passed and said Good Morning Mr Potter. He tilted his head to them and walked on. He was famous and he wasn’t ashamed to admit that he slightly liked it. Everyone knew him and most people liked him, but there were things he missed – his parents for one. HE sucked in his gut ran his hand through his hair and stepped aboard the Hogwarts express to start a new life. ********************************************************** AN: i hope the wait wont be as long - i'm so sorry! ! ! ! Please leave a little review and tell me what you think. Disclaimer: I must be DELLUSIONAL if i say i own Harry Potter!

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