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Harry Potter had spent his entire summer (minus two weeks) with his favorite family in the world, The Weasley’s. Just starting to get over his godfather’s death it had not been an easy summer and he was happy to go back to Hogwarts where he would have classes and most of all Quidditch to distract him.

Arriving on Platform 9 ¾ at ten minutes to 11*00. Mrs. Weasley was in a very rushed mood.

“Okay, all of you, let’s just say goodbye now and then you get right on the train”

She brought each of them, one at a time, into a bone-crunching hug.

“Behave yourselves, all of you” she glared at them.

“We will,” chorused Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny.

They all set off toward the Hogwarts Express.

“I promised Dean I’d sit with him, I’ll see you guys later” Ginny said as they stepped onto the train. Ron looked as if he was about to say something but Hermione cast him a warning look and he just walked towards the end of the train.

Looking into compartments for an empty one, Ron inquired, “Why are all these compartments full?! I expected there to be a lot less people here this year, with You-Know-Who back and all.”

“Oh, everyone knows that Hogwarts is the safest place at times like these, Ron” Hermione replied matter-of-factly.

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“Well, well, well, what do we have here? The new transfer student, I believe.” The tall blonde boy drawled.

“Who’re you?” Ryan asked coldly.

“Draco, Draco Malfoy” he answered while stepping closer. She fought to suppress a laugh. He looked her up and down.

Before Ryan could even ask herself what this boy could want he had one hand on either side of her near her shoulders.

“You’re not entirely unattractive” he sneered.

She’d made up her mind, she did not like this boy, and because her wand was in her trunk there was nothing else to do except--- she brought her knee up, hard. He jumped backed and groaned in pain. Then she heard someone yell.

PETRIFICUS TOTALUS

Suddenly Malfoy’s legs snapped together and his arms snapped to his sides. He fell over backward and landed with a thud on his back looking up at Ryan, his eyes still watering.

Looking over Malfoy, Ryan saw a boy with messy jet-black hair, gorgeous green eyes, and black glasses looking at her. He smiled and said, “I figured he was up to something.”

Ryan looked at him questioningly, “Thanks, why would you think that?”

“Oh, well… he’s always lurking around acting like he owns the place, he stalked away from his friends, so I figured it wasn’t anything good he was doing.” The boy answered. “But, it looked like you had a good handle on things” he added with a smirk.

“What? Oh, yeah… well, my older brother taught me how to take care of myself, with and without magic.” Ryan told him.

“Right. Look, do you think it’d be okay if my friends and I joined you in this compartment.” He said after dragging Malfoy back into the corridor. “Everywhere else is full.”

“Uhmm… sure. Why not?” Ryan replied hesitantly. The boy walked away and Ryan watched after him. She sincerely hoped that he wasn’t going to bring a lot of friends. He looked a bit like a jock, which would mean he was popular, which would mean he has a lot of friends. Yet, he looked oddly familiar. Thinking about where she had seen him before she turned back around into her trunk to get those owl treats for Chloe.


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“Guys!” Harry said sharply, calling down the corridor to his friends. “HEY GUYS!”

“What?!” Hermione turned around after looking into a compartment. “Everywhere is full Harry, we can’t find a seat anywhere.”

“I found a compartment” Harry replied. “The one at the very end of the train, there’s a girl in there but no one else.”

Finally” Ron said exasperated, as though they had been searching for hours rather than 10 minutes.

“Ooo Harry! We’ve just met one of the new transfer students. I guess there are two of them. Well, the one we met was Lucas and he’s starting his 3rd year. He said that his sister was starting in our year!” Hermione said excitedly.

“Well… let’s just hope she’s anything but a Slytherin” Ron said.

“I think I just met her,” Harry told his friends, while walking down towards her compartment.

Stepping over Malfoy and into the compartment Ron laughed. “What happened to him?”

“Me. Oh, and the new girl, it was pretty good, nailed him right where it hurts.” Harry said laughing. Ron laughed even harder at this.

“Nothing he doesn’t deserve” Ron said after his laughing subsided. Ron looked around the compartment, “Harry, I thought you said someone else was in here”

“She was, she probably just left for a minute… or something. Look, her luggage and owl are still here”

The trio heaved their luggage onto the racks and sat down to talk. “I wonder who Dumbledore got to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts.” Harry wondered out loud.

“Anything’s better than last year though, isn’t it?” Ron reminded Harry.

“True… So, what do you reckon her name is?” Harry asked his friends.

“Well, her initials are R.N.A. See? On her trunk? And I would assume that her last name is Aikens considering that boy we met, Lucas, his last name is Aikens and he said it was his sister” Hermione answered.

“Well, really, how many names start with R” Ron inquired.

“Yours does” Hermione pointed out. “There are actually quite a few… I mean… it could be Rachael, Renee, Rebecca, Regina…”

“Ryan?”

“Ryan’s a bloke’s name, Hermione” Ron said, turning around from looking out the window.

The compartment door had slid open and a very pretty girl was standing in the doorway. She looked about 5’4” (which was about the same height as Hermione) and had golden-brown hair that was held in a loose bun at the back of her head. Her eyes were bright blue and she was wearing an outfit that no one had ever seen at Hogwarts, but looked good all the same. She was really quite tan, but it looked natural, like she lived somewhere very sunny.

“Well, honestly, why didn’t you tell my parents that 16 years ago? I really would have appreciated it.” Ryan said.

“Oh, sorry, I just thought…” Ron said as he trailed off, blushing.

Ryan laughed. “Don’t worry about it, I get it all the time.”

She walked into the compartment and took her seat. It was silent for a few seconds.

Hermione decided to break the awkward silence, “I’m Hermione Granger”

“Ron Weasley”

“Harry Potter” The boys said quickly.

Ryan finally got why that boy had looked familiar; she had seen pictures of him before of course. He was Harry Potter after all. She had also heard a lot about him from her grandfather.

Harry was surprised to see that upon announcing his name she didn’t look up at his scar, but simply into his eyes and smiled.

“I’m Ryan… Aikens” Ryan said, breaking eye contact with Harry.

“Yes, we met your brother Lucas, while looking for a compartment. He’s very nice.” Hermione said quickly.

“Yeah, he’s alright, a little crazy sometimes, especially when he’s with our cousin, Jesse” Ryan explained to them.

Just then the compartment door came crashing open and two boys stood there laughing.

“RYAN! RYAN! You’ve gotta see what this boy in our compartment has. It’s so—“ He broke off looking around. “Oh, Hi again”

“Yeah, that’d be Lucas and Jesse everyone” Ryan told them.

“Whoooa.” Lucas said, “You’re Harry Potter, aren’t you?!”

“Luke, way to be blunt.” Ryan said incredulously.

Lucas blushed and said, “Sorry, we’ll just—“

“Leave” Ryan finished. She smiled sarcastically and Lucas stuck his tongue out and the younger boys walked away. “Sorry, he doesn’t think before he talks sometimes.”

“It’s okay.” Harry said.

He stood up and shut the compartment door. His eyes met Ryan’s and they held eye contact for a few seconds, Harry got this tingly feeling all up his arms, then she looked away out the window. Harry had just sat down again when the compartment door opened, again. This time it was a much less pleasant visitor. It was Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, and Pansy Parkinson. Harry was disappointed to see that any of the other three actually knew how to take a full body bind off of Malfoy. He decided to voice his opinion.

“Wow… I underestimated your friends, Malfoy. I really didn’t think they were smart enough to figure out how to take the body bind off. You should be proud,” He said sarcastically. Ryan laughed lightly and Pansy Parkinson said quickly.

“Who are you?!”

“What’s that any of your business?” Ryan asked, mock sweetly.

“Transfer student” Malfoy said, giving her a look of loathing.

“You were singing a different tune half an hour ago, Malfoy” Ryan said nastily making Malfoy flush.

My name is Pansy Parkinson,” she said looking very proud of herself. “R.N.A” Pansy said reading her initials off of her trunk. “You must be the other transfer students sister, so your name is Aikens?”

“You’re a quick one, aren’t ya?” Ryan replied sarcastically. “And yes, my last name is Aikens, my first name would be Ryan.”

Pansy laughed shrilly. “RYAN! RYAN’S A BOYS NAME”

“Uhmm… yeah” Ryan looked at her like she was a bit of an idiot, “It’s not that funny… I mean, it’s a little funny, but you really just took it a bit too far and made yourself look like an idiot, good going, and plus I’d rather my name be Ryan than Pansy. I mean seriously, could I call you sissy, or pussy or…” Ryan trailed off. She looked around at the other occupants of her compartment; the boys were red in the face as though trying not to laugh and Hermione looked satisfied. Ryan noticed that the boys had their wands out and Hermione had a hand on each of the shoulders holding them back from hexing the Slytherins.

Ryan received another look of loathing and they walked away without another word.

The trio was looking at Ryan; she said “What? I don’t like it when people make fun of my name.”

Harry laughed. “That was about the most pleasant encounter we’ve had with them since first year.”

Everyone sat back down and starting chatting, lightly.

Ryan was still glaring at the door and Harry looked at her questioningly.
“I don’t like them” Ryan said.

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