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“Now, Arthur, why don’t you go first, then Molly Weasley, Ronald, Molly Tazen, Fred, George or George, Fred it doesn’t matter and I can’t tell the difference any ways. Then Emily, Percy, Dad and me, Sound good?” as my mom rattled off the names, we got in a single file line facing the fireplace in the order she had said.

“Mom, how can you not tell the difference between Fred and George? George is most defiantly the uglier one.” I said, pointing to Fred, then quickly switching as if I did not know.

Even though they were ‘identical’ twins, they were not identical. It was easy for me to tell them apart. Fred had an extra freckle on his nose.

My mom just shook her head laughing. “Okay. Let’s go,” as she said this, Mr. Weasley stepped up to the fireplace, took some floo powder, threw it into the fire, stepped into the flame after it and said, “Diagon Ally,” then he disappeared in a burst of flame.

I watched slowly until it was my turn to go. Then I, took some floo powder, threw it into the fire, stepped in after it and said, nice and clearly, “Diagon Ally.” I quickly closed my eyes to stop from dizzying and so no soot and ash could get in them. I squinted through my eyelashes until I saw Fred and George’s faces. I slowly opened my eyes as I stopped turning and stepped out into the blazing sunlight. This was Diagon ally, just as I remembered it.

Once everyone got through the fireplace, we chose our meeting place, Flourish and Blots (the bookstore), and the time.

“Come on Mom, we can’t get all our supplies in only two hours. Give us till 2 p.m. and we’ll meet you then,” George was arguing with his mother how long it will take us.

“Fine 2 o’clock sharp. Any later and you both will be grounded. That means NO seeing Emily!”

“But Mom…”

“No buts… you already stretched my two hours to four hours. You do not need four hours to buy school supplies.”

“Yes we do!”

“We need at least one hour for all the walking up and down the street,”

“At least one hour to eat,”

“Because it’s almost lunch time,”

“And two hours to actually pick and buy our supplies in the stores.” Fred and George were very good manipulators, and very good at wasting time as well.

“Okay. You can have four hours but no more. As I said before 2 o’clock sharp or you’ll be grounded for the rest of the summer!” Mrs. Weasley said sternly.

We started off. As we got closer to Gringotts, the wizard bank, Fred, George, and I snuck up behind Ron and my sister, Molly, and said, in our most ‘goblin’ like voices,
“Enter, strangers, 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”

It scared both of them so much; they almost hugged each other in fright. Now this may not seem too bad to you, but Molly despised Ron so much.

“Okay guys,” I said stopping Fred and George, grabbing an arm on each side, “Where shall we start? I know I need new robes from Madam Malkin’s, and probably some nice dress robes wile we’re there, more potions ingredients from the Apothecary, and of coarse our new book list from Flourish and Blots, but that’s where we’re meeting so we can buy them then. I could use a new hat and gloves, and my winter cloak is excessively short. I need some parchment, quills, and ink. Then there is the quidditch equipment, owl care products, and the second hand store. We also need to eat sometime between now and two. So where do you want to start?” As I tallied off the supplies, Fred and George looked around for the places I was mentioning.

“Well, the Apothecary, Madame Malkin’s, and Flourish and Blots are all that way, so I think we should do those after lunch, closer to 2,” Fred said, pointing west.

“The Leaky Cauldron, Quality Quidditch Supplies, the Owl Emporium, and the ‘Quill’ shop is that way along with where you buy your gloves and hats,” George said, pointing east, opposite Fred. “But do we really want to eat at the Leaky Cauldron?” George added with a disgusted look on his face.

“Well let’s start this way,” I said, pointing east myself. “Let’s go!”

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