The Letters and Beginning Of The Journey
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Chapter 2 - The Letters and Beginning Of The Journey
Buffy raced in as soon as she heard the noise coming from the lounge room, she looked around the room, noticing the owl.
"Dawn, what is that doing here," She asked just as her eyes fell on the package in Dawn's lap. "What is that?"
"I don't know." Dawn's responded distractedly. She was too focused on the letter she'd received. She ran her fingers across the delicately written address on the envelope.
"We've barely been here a week, how does anyone know our address?" Dawn frowned with confusion.
She turned over the envelope as Buffy came to gaze over her shoulder. There was a logo stamped on the back, it read 'Hogwarts'. Both the girls looked very puzzled by this.
"Well, aren't you going to open it?" Pressured Buffy, who was highly curious about the letter.
So Dawn did just that. She ripped open the flap at the back of the envelope, opening it. She pulled out a couple of pieces of paper and unfolded the first one. She began to read:
HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc.,Chf. Warlock,)
Supreme Mugwump. International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Miss Summers,
We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.
"What the.." Buffy started to say but her attention was drawn to Dawn when she unfolded the second piece of paper, which was clearly the list that had been mentioned in the letter.
"We await your owl by no later than 31 July." Dawn re-read out loud, she then looked over and noticed the owl still perched up on the back of the couch opposite.
"So, we used the owl to give a reply, the same way it brought that letter here," Dawn figured. "Cool!"
Dawn cocked her head to gaze up at Buffy, a look of complete aspiration on her face. "So, what should I say, this sounds so cool!" She squeaked.
A smile lit up Dawn's face. It'd been the first real smile since their mother had passed away.
"I don't know," Buffy said sceptically. "This is all really weird."
"Witches and Wizards, beats the hell outta Junior High - or whatever they have here." Dawn exclaimed with raw enthusiasm.
"Dawn!" Buffy scolded at her use of language.
"Oh come on, please." She begged, putting her hands together under her chin.
"Well, this is really strange," Buffy started but saw Dawn's face drop. "It could be fake, but the owl and this parchment tells me otherwise and it would take so much trouble to organise something like this just for some hoax."
"So, can I go?" Dawn questioned after listening to Buffy's rationalising.
Buffy nodded her head and Dawn cheered, throwing her hands up in the air and jumping about. Buffy snatched up some paper andscribbled away, with the nearest pen she could find, the answer. She then swung out of the room and back into the kitchen.
Dawn attached the response to the grey owl's leg and watched happily as it flew off into the distance.
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A few days after Dawn had received her letter from Hogwarts, another letter arrived. It explained to her, since she was not of awizarding family or even from the same country, about the places where Dawn and Buffy could shop for her school things.
"Diagon Alley, that sounds cool." She thought as she read the directions on how to get there and which shops she'd have to visit.
Buffy wandered in carrying a duster, it appeared she'd finally got around to cleaning up the lounge room. Her head snapped in Dawn'sdirection.
"What's that?" She asked curiously, strolling over to look at the letter for herself.
"When can we go to get my school stuff?" Dawn buzzed excitedly, hovering around Buffy, as she focused on the letter.
"Oh, we can go tomorrow. Now, dinner's almost ready so go and wash up." Buffy finally responded when she realised Dawn was
"Yay! Thanks Buffy!" Dawn cheered, throwing her arms around her sister. Then she disappeared down the hallway to her roomwith so much energy and enthusiasm that she could be heard throughout the house.
The next day came quickly and Buffy and Dawn made their way around the streets of London.
"Okay, so this 'Leaky Cauldron' should be around here somewhere.." Buffy trailed off, studying the letter intently.
They were standing outside a bookshop when it seemed as though a building appeared next to it. Both the girls hadn't noticed itbefore, it was a very dark, old and dank looking place. A sign stuck out with guilding letters on it, although they were peeling, that read'The Leaky Cauldron'.
They entered quietly, as to not draw attention to themselves. It was full of people dressed in coloured cloaks, sitting at tables, chattingaway to each other. If Buffy and Dawn thought that their dressing was odd, they didn't say a word because they, themselves, nowstood out like a needle in a haystack.
A man behind the bar walked along behind the bar, so he was closer to them, and addressed them.
"Hi, you're looking for Diagon Alley, right? Had new wizards in all week coming to get their things for school." He babbled in his Englishaccent. "Here, follow me and I'll show you the entrance."
He started to walk out from behind the bar and over to the entrance of another room.
"Oh, by the way, I'm Tom." He introduced himself as they entered what appeared to be a courtyard.
"Hi, I'm Dawn Summers, and this is my older sister, Buffy." Dawn responded, motioning to both herself and Buffy as she spoke.
"Well, it sounds like you're a long way from home," Tom commented when he heard their American accent. "Hope you enjoyHogwarts, Miss Summers."
He wandered up to a solid brick wall and tapped certain bricks, slowly so that they could tell which ones, and with that he then walkedback into the bar. Buffy and Dawn watched with amazement as some of the bricks began to disappear and a large archway appearedin their place.
They peered through the archway and what they saw made them stand on the spot, awestruck.