Chapter two: Letters
“Albus! Albus! I’ve found her! I’ve found her!”
“Dawn Summers! She’s a fifteen year old Muggle girl who lives in LA, California, in America! She’s the current Slayer’s sister! I found her through the Watcher’s Council!”
“Ah, that explains it.”
“Slayers have an tremendous amount of magic in them. It allows them their empowered senses and inhuman strength. The sister of a slayer would share her magic. To a slayer, the power is controllable, even unnoticeable. But to her Muggle sister, the power is immense. That is why no slayer in history has ever had a sibling. This Dawn Summers must be the first one. The slayer’s name is?”
“Buffy. Buffy Summers. She has been the slayer for 8 years. A little bit of a record in the Council. She is remarkably powerful as well. She has defeated the demon Lothos, a Master Vampire, the demon Acathla, a pure Olivikan demon, and a Hellgod… Oh, and the First Evil, twice! Need I go on? The thing is, she’s Rupert Giles’ slayer. He’s a friend of mine.”
“We must get Dawn Summers here. I’ll send the letter immediately. She enrols in September.”
Two days later, the owl arrived in LA and went directly to the Hyperion. Luckily it was a Saturday, so everybody was in.
“Wow!” Dawn screamed as the graceful barn owl landed on her desk. It held out its leg, and Dawn removed the letter from it.
‘Dear Miss Dawn Summers,
We are please to inform you that you have a place at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all the necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1st September. We await your owl by no later than 31st July.
Ms Dawn Summers,
You will be going into the sixth year, and you have no magical knowledge, so we would like to meet you and your sister at King’s Cross Station, London, England, on the 1st day of July. We will of course make the arrangements for your journey to England. We will take you to Hogwarts for two months of intensive magical training before term starts.
In the envelope was another letter, addressed to Buffy.
‘Ms Buffy Summers,
We would like to ask you to teach a special new class at our school. We have long believed that our students should have some other form of protection as well as magic, so we would like you to come to Hogwarts and lead a magic-less self-defence class. We would also ask you to keep a special eye on three of our sixth years; Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Since the Dark Lord Voldemort rose again last year, we feel they need so extra protection as they have defeated the Dark Lord’s agents so many times. We understand you would like to be with your sister, so you can come with her to England, to King’s Cross station in London on the 1st of July.
We hope you will accept this position.
Buffy and Dawn took their letters to Giles, hoping he would know what they were about.
“Ah, yes. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” Giles murmured reverently. “A fine school, the best magic school in the world, I believe. You are very lucky to be invited there, Dawn. Especially so late. You should have started at age eleven. You must be a very special cause.”
“So this ‘Hogwarts’ place is legit?” Buffy asked. “It’s not just some weirdo with a cracked imagination?”
“Oh no. The Watcher’s council works side by side with the Ministry for Magic. There is a whole other world inside ours, filled with magical people. There are wizards, witches, and assorted magical creatures. The Council helps keep these people under wraps from us ‘Muggles’ as they call us.”
“Non magic peoples. The Ministry conceals them with spells; the Council keeps the government and any aspiring amateur Wicca from finding out. I was asked by the Council to keep an eye on Willow, Amy and Tara. Make sure they didn’t get too close. Luckily none of them ever did.”
“So who’s Lord Voldymort?” asked Buffy. “And who are Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger?”
“Lord Voldemort,” Giles shuddered. “Is a highly feared Dark Wizard. He uses his immense powers to gain more power and to kill innocent people. He is never called by his name but by ‘You-know-who’ or ‘He-who-must-not-be-named. Only two people in the world freely call him by his name, Professor Dumbledore and Harry Potter, the only two people You-know-who ever feared. You-know-who’s agents, known as ‘Deatheaters’, were feared nearly as much. Harry Potter is the most famous person in the whole Wizarding world, as he is the one who destroyed Him. It is made even more impressive by the fact he was not even a year old at the time. You-know-who killed Lily and James Potter, Harry’s parents, and began to curse Harry, but somehow the killing curse rebounded onto He-who-must-not-be-named destroying him. You must understanding that no one lived, once he decided to kill them. Since coming to Hogwarts, Harry has faced the agents of You-know-who three times, and the Lord himself twice. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are his best friends, and they have helped him countless times. They are rather like Willow and Xander used to be to you, Buffy. Hermione is very intelligent, and a keen learner and researcher. Ron is the funny, yet good and true friend and sidekick. You-know-who has targeted them in particular. It’s no wonder they need a little bit of slayer-style protection.”
“So how do we reply?” Dawn asked. “I wanna go!”
“I’ll contact the Council. They will contact Hogwarts.”