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It's August 2017, five years on from Greg Bennett's graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There's a changing of the guard in order at the school, however, and to Greg's great surprise he soon finds himself at the forefront, and closer to the Next Generation than he could ever have thought possible.
For Greg Bennett, it's the second day in his new job as Transfiguration Professor at Hogwarts. There is work to be done before lessons start, however, with a new year's batch of muggle-borns to be readied for the wizarding world, and a tribe of cousins who must be met in order to do so.
Shields and Secrets
Meeting eleven-year-olds for the first time is one thing. Meeting eleven-year-olds who don't want to meet you and then taking them to visit other eleven-year-olds who don't know they're wizards is quite another.
It's less than a week until term time, and for the muggle-born boys, this means it's time to head for the Leaky Cauldron, and get the Galleons out...
A New Start?
This wasn't in the plans when Hermione talked about her muggle-born integration programmeat that staff meeting...
11:00 - Friday 1 September, 2017. A last goodbye to family, and a first full step into the magical world: for better, or for worse, things are somewhat different when there are no adults around to watch your language,
Hats and Houses
‘When I call your name,’ Hermione announced, ‘you will step forward and try on the Sorting Hat, and then join your House Table.’
There's a lot more to the History of Magic than dates, names and Goblin Rebellions. It's amazing what a competent teacher can do for a subject.
It's one of those inescapable truths that the most memorable lessons are those that have not quite followed the traditional script. Whether that's for good or for ill, however, depends an awful lot on who's playing the lead roles.
Needle (noun) a small, slender, rodlike instrument, usually of polished steel, with a sharp point at one end and an eye or hole for thread at the other.
Slytherins Stick Together
If you say something often enough, people will start to believe it
It's a long-held adage that you shouldn't believe everything you read in the papers... but how do you decide what you can - and can't - you trust when it's in front of you in black and white?
Secrets and Lies
There are two sides to the Statute of Secrecy for muggle-born wizards: the doorway to the magical world... and the friends they leave behind.
Sometimes people forget things because they simply don't want to remember. Other times, it's just slipped their minds. Sometimes, however, it's not down to you.
Coincidences and Consequences
‘It’s got to be a coincidence,’ Albus swallowed, realising that his housemates were all gazing at him. ‘Hasn’t it?’
The Dorset Derby
No matter what sport is being played, derby matches tend to bring up more than a few talking points for the following day's newspapers.
The after-effects of the Dorset Derby hang in the air, poisoning both school and home life for Greg Bennett. The Prophet's reaction to the match isn't all that's bothering the first-years, though.
Pyrrhus of Epirus
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep the score? - Vince Lombardi
Sons of Walpurgis
There are clues in history; but often we rely on hindsight to see them after the event.
Just Like Magic
The Christmas holidays are approaching, both in the Muggle and Magical Worlds. The end of term is something that schoolboys on both sides of the divide have in common - but is there more than just the forthcoming festive break connecting the boys?
When Worlds Collide
As Nathan keeps his promise to meet Charlie on the first day of the Christmas holiday, he can't help but wonder how he'll keep quiet about the magical world; or, indeed, whether he'll have a choice in the matter...
The Borthwick Ward
One way or another, this was a story that was always going to end up in St. Mungo's.
One thing leads to another...
Rules are there to be followed... or broken. I can never remember which way around that sentence is meant to finish.
‘Lucas,’ Nathan turned to the Healer. ‘What’s a magical signature?’
I would like to claim the prize for being the first author ever to use the word "karyotype" within an HPFF story.
House of Cards
It might be the end of term, but there is still no shortage of questions for the first-years - and the adults around them - to find themselves unsure how to answer.
A few chapters ago, I became the first author to use the word "Karyotype" in an HPFF story. This time round, I wondered whether I'd become the first writer to send their characters to Swindon... but apparently plenty of other people have been equally heartless...
The Waiting Game
Tick followed tock followed tick followed tock.
‘Full call tonight,’ Joshua explained. ‘Everyone who can be here has to be here. No chances when the Statute of Secrecy’s at stake.’
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