I walked into the kitchen with Hagrid on my heel. "Mother, we have a guest," I called out. "Put 'em in the living room." I did so. She walked in a couple minutes later and froze.
"No, they can't have her. Dumbledore said if the parents don't want it, it can't happen." I interrupted, "What can't happen?"
"Well, I'm afraid that Dumbledore's dead. He died years an' years ago." Mother gasped. Then Hagrid pulled out a white envelope and handed it to me.
I read aloud, "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus. Never tickle a sleeping dragon."
"No, you're just like him," my mother said, diving for the letter. I pulled it out of her reach and continued to read.
"Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry." At this I laughed.
"Headmistress:Minerva McGonagall. Dear Miss Metyll (Unkown Last Name), 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 1rst. We await your owl by no later than 31 July. Yours sincerely, Pomona Sprout. Deputy Headmistress." I looked up Mother was staring at the letter and Hagrid was staring at me.
"If you want to go, go. You'll find what you need in the cupboard." Even as Mother walked up the stairs to her room, I knew what cupboard she was talking about. The forbidden one.
I walked into the kitchen and put my hand on the handle. Bracing myself, I opened it. Gold coins, lots of them, were in neat little stacks. There was also silver and bronze ones too. Staring at it, my mind began to race. What is this? And here I thought she was actually hiding something. What reason does she have to hide gold? I wouldn't use it to my advantage.
"I'll be here tomorrow to take you to Diagon Alley. See you then." With a last wave, Hagrid left, leaving me with one question.
Why hide it?
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