Letters from Hogwarts

Letters from Hogwarts

Book One:The Sorcerer’s Stone

Lily sat down in charms and looked across the room at the Ravenclaws they shared the class with. She was very excited to start learning to make things fly and hoped to be able to do it on herself. Ever since she was little she wanted to spread her wings, grab Harry and leave the Dursley’s, flying high above where nothing could touch them. Now she hoped she could make those dreams come true.

River sat in the corner of the charms classroom and stared at the black-haired twins sitting in the middle of the room next to a red-haired boy she’d known since she was very young. Silently, she willed one of the twins to turn so she could see the scar. The girl was slowly turning to take in the classroom and all the students. Yes, now she was facing River and there was the scar that matched her brother’s.

The girls locked eyes with each other and River quickly looked away. Lily turned to Harry, whispered something, then gathered up her things and walked to stand beside River, which caused quite the hullabaloo among the other students.

“Hi, I’m Lily,” she said with a bold, bright smile.

“I’m R-River

Holly” the girl mumbled.

“Do you mind if I sit by you, River?” Lily asked, gesturing to the empty desk beside her.

“No, not at all,” River replied, gradually allowing a small smile.

The girls had fun practicing their charms and laughing when one of their classmates accidentally made his feather explode.

“Friends?” Lily asked, extending a hand.

“Friends.” River soundly returned the handshake.

They walked to lunch together, where Lily introduced her friend from Hufflepuff, Caroline (who also went by Wolfsbane). Later the girls went to an empty classroom to practice charms homework, and each succeeded in levitating books for a matter of seconds. As they were about to leave, Lily got a daring idea, “River, try performing the spell on me.”

“What?” asked River.

“C’mon, you’re the best at it, and besides, I always wanted to fly,” Lily insisted.

“I’m not so sure this is a good idea,” Caroline said, backing towards the door.

“I’m doing it!” River called over her shoulder with her wand pointed at Lily “Wingardium Leviosa!”

The explosion blew Lily backward onto some desks. “Oh dear, I’m so sorry Lily!” River cried as the two ran to their friend, “I didn’t know that—Merlin’s pants! Lily, you’ve got wings!”

Dear Lily,

Christmas here is so dull. Mrs. Weasley sent us all sweaters. Mine says, “RH” because Ron got one too, and there was no need to mix them up in the mail. My twin older siblings are being annoying. Why do they think they’re so much cooler than me? There is no evidence to prove so. Mum’s calling. Time to bake stuff. Bye.

-River

P.S. Presents lost in mail. They’re coming soon.

Dear River,

Merry Christmas! Thank you for the book on Muggle-Wizard Relations. It’ll be interesting to see muggles from a wizard point of view. You should have seen what Harry and I got for Christmas…an Invisibility Cloak! It came only with a note saying that it used to be our Dad’s. I wish I knew who sent it. How was your Christmas? I’ve enclosed a present from Wolfsbane and me. See you after break!

-Lily

P.S. I think Ron is a little jealous of your present.

Book Two, The Chamber of Secrets.

Dear Lily,

How have you been? Why haven’t you written? It’s been at least a month! Are your Uncle and Aunt bothering you again? I can make my brother do something about them!

Are you excited for our second year at Hogwarts? The Weasleys are well. Ron misses you and Harry. Can you believe Ginny is starting her first year? She’s all grown up! My older siblings and the Weasley twins have been constantly pranking us. It’s so annoying! Percy is as uptight as ever…so is my mom…heh heh heh… Gosh I wish you were here! Please write back! I want to tell you all about the Burrow! See you soon!

-River

Dear River,

Sorry I wasn’t able to write lately, Uncle Vernon locked up Hedwig! You won’t believe me , but I’m riding to the Burrow in the Weasley’s flying car! Harry and I have been locked up because a house-elf came and tried to keep us from returning to Hogwarts. I think that if I stay at the Dursley’s for another full year, I’ll go crazy. The elf did a bit of magic that got the M.O.M’s attention and us in a sticky spot with the Dursleys. Tonight the twins and Ron came to liberate us and we’re on our way. I’m sending Hedwig ahead. I think she needs the exercise

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Wow! I’ve been in their car before. It’s fantastic! Sadly, we headed back to Diagon Alley yesterday. We’ll be back at the burrow in about a week or so. My mom and dad need us at the store. My dad got a job at the Owl Emporium. I think my parents are thinking about selling animals in our store. They don’t tell me anything. My older siblings are getting jobs at the bookstore. OH! LOCKHEART IS COMING!!! He’s this really cool writer. Honestly, I think he’s really full of himself, but my sisters are very excited. I think they have crushes on him. See you soon.

-River

Dear Lily,

Sorry I haven’t written. Someone gave us cursed money a few weeks ago. The whole family was in St. Mungo’s for about a week and a half. We are all better now. Yesterday, my older siblings did some prank and turned my hair purple. I do NOT look good with purple hair. How are the Weasleys? Have you heard from Luna or Wolfsbane? Our mailbox has “mysteriously” started eating our mail and I have not received any owls. I hope you are well… And that the mailbox stops eating the mail…

-River

P.S.Our Owls are sick,so I had to use muggle post.

Dear River,

Well, all our efforts about interrogating Malfoy only told us that all Malfoy knows about the Chamber of Secrets is that he hopes Hermione is killed by the monster that lives in there. Not exactly comforting. Oh! Hermione put cat hair in her polyjuice potion and is staying in the hospital wing. See you after break!

-Lily

Book Three: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Dear River,

How is your summer vacation? Harry and I have managed to cobble together a calendar to count down the days until our birthday (July 31) and then until the first day of school!

Ugh! Uncle Vernon Just told Harry and me that his sister, Marge, is coming for a visit. She positively detests Harry and me. And don’t get me started on her dog Ripper. She let him chase Harry and me up a tree and didn’t call him off until nightfall.

We saw a bit in the news about a criminal escaped from prison named Sirius Black. Know anything about him? I can’t help but think that he looks familiar…

-Lily

Dear Lily,

My summer vacation is going well. I have your birthday present, I just need to wrap it. I’ve managed to buy a few books this week. One is about this hobbit trying to get treasure. Another has something to do with a detective and another man doing strange things to solve mysteries. The third is about these two people who love each other but are not allowed to be together, so they kill themselves. Muggle stories are quite odd. When we see each other again, please help me figure this out.

Aunt Marge sounds awful! Want my oldest brother to give her a talking-to? He’ll be 17 in October. He’ll be able to use magic over winter break!

Sirius Black? Oh dear. I am not to talk about him. He’s a murderer, big supporter of You-Know-Who. I would say more… I don’t want you to get in trouble. I’ll tell you later.

-River

Dear River,

Wow, how many brothers and sisters do you have? No I don’t think we need any more trouble with the Ministry. We got our booklists today, and Uncle Vernon said he’d sign our permission slips to Hogsmeade if we behaved ourselves during Aunt Marge’s visit. Do you know what Hogsmeade is like? It sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see you and the others again! You better give me all the gory details about our friend Mr. Black.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Well I have a 16-year-old, oldest brother,and then there are my twin older brother and sister who are fifteen and constantly pranking me, and lastly my younger sister who is about ten.

Oh! It would be no problem for my brother turn her into something when he’s 17. He would turn her back! If only it wasn’t illegal.

Hogsmeade is cool! It’s rare to find an all-wizard village like Hogsmeade. There’s a candy store and at least two bars and a few cafes. Fun! It’s a bit small though. No book stores.

I can’t wait to see you too! . . . I don’t know a lot about Mr. Black. I am not allowed to talk about him, especially with you and Harry—but when have I ever done exactly as I’m told? Just know that… well… he’ll be after you and Harry. Be careful.

-River

Dear River,

What do you mean he’ll be after me and Harry!?!? Why can’t you tell me?!? If no one can tell us then how are we going to defend ourselves?

Things are not looking good here at Number 4, Privet Drive. Harry made Aunt Marge inflate like a balloon! She was insulting our parents, said Dad was a disgrace and a drunk then looked at Harry and said, “Like father like son” and I had half a mind to tell her exactly how our parents died. We’re on the Knight Bus traveling to Diagon Alley right now. Oh no! The Minister is waiting right outside. I’ll send Hedwig with this.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Whoa! Harry did what? What spell is that? I’ve never heard of that before!

You’ve met the Minister?! What’s he like? Is he like his pictures?

I’ve been on the Knight Bus before. My family was in Cardiff and got lost, so the Knight Bus came and got us.

You’re in Diagon Alley?! My family is at our house in the country (the one near the Burrow). We were taking care of the Weasley’s house while they were on their trip. They’re going to Diagon Alley tomorrow. You two will not be lonely for long! I’m coming in two days. I’ll be seeing you then!

Also, the other day, Luna and I were hanging out at a creek near our homes. While we were there, sharing strange tales, my older twin siblings had snuck into Fred and George’s room and took one of their pranks. Sadly for Luna and I, that meant we were suddenly covered in green glop! I’m still getting it out of my hair!

-River

Dear River,

No I don’t know the spell Harry used. It just, sort of, happened.

The Minister seems very imposing when you think he’s here to get you in trouble, but he’s quite warm and cordial if he likes you. He also seems to be quite fond of his bowler hat.

Oh dear! That sounds DISGUSTING! If you and Luna still can’t get it out, try seeing if Hermione knows what to do. Some muggle remedies are quite useful . If that fails, I’ll send you some magical hair-care products.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Too bad. Well in the long run it’s probably better for my well being. My siblings may use it against me.

Fudge seems interesting. I hope we don’t get on his bad side. Knowing us, it will happen. I blame Harry. Ha-Ha! Bowler hat.

I asked Hermione and she suggested that we try putting peanut butter on it. Some muggle remedy. My father agreed with her.

Fred and George were not pleased with the theft. My siblings woke up this morning in beds of pudding. Both sets of twins are in deep trouble. The parents are afraid there is a prank war brewing.

We’re heading to Diagon Alley soon. Oh! I forgot to mention that the Weasley’s headed for Diagon Alley this morning. See you soon!

-River

Dear River,

Ha-ha—beds of pudding. Sounds delicious. I hope the prank war doesn’t happen. I don’t think Diagon Alley could withstand the power of two prank-minded sets of twins.

Blame Harry? What do you mean? It’s Fred and George that need to be worried about! I don’t plan on breaking any wizarding laws anytime soon.

Yes, muggle remedies can be very useful. I actually prefer them to most of the wizard remedies I’ve seen so far.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

It was delicious…and messy! There was pudding everywhere! They’ve come to some sort of stalemate. They haven’t been doing anything but planning, but neither twins will attack until they are attacked. You could cut the tension with a…a…knife! Yes, that’s it!

Well knowing the three musketeers (Harry, Ron and Hermione), they’ll get us in even more trouble this year. You and I don’t plan these things, but with our relations, we’ll get dragged into trouble anyway.

Muggle remedies are alright. The peanut butter worked…in a way. Now we can’t get the smell of peanut butter away, and we found my sister is allergic to peanuts! Fun!

We’re on our way to Diagon Alley!

-River

Dear River,

Yay! the Weasleys and Hermione got here yesterday. Ron took Scabbers to your shop and your mom recommended he buy a new rat, but Ron just got him some tonic. A ginger cat attacked him, and Ron was furious when Hermione bought the furball and named him Crookshanks. I got a gray owl and named her Artemis. Now Harry and I don’t have to wait for each other to send letters.

-Lily

Dear River,

Merry Christmas! Are you enjoying the holidays? It’s been quite eventful here. Remember how Harry broke his broom? He got a brand new Firebolt for Christmas! Hermione is convinced the broom was sent by Sirius Black, so she had Prof. McGonagall take it to see if it had been hexed or jinxed. Harry and Ron won’t talk to her anymore. Do you think it was hexed? Even if it was sent by Black, I don’t think he is what we think he is…

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Merry Christmas! I am enjoying the holidays. I got new books, a new game, and a new hat! I like hats. Did you get the presents I sent you? 100 Ways to Trick your Twin and Secrets, Tunnels and History of Hogsmeade. Can’t write more.

-River

P.S. My siblings are pranking again! Why did they have to get that pack of pranks for Christmas?

Book Four: The Goblet of Fire

Dear River,

Thank you for the sweets! I think we’ll starve if we stick to Dudley’s diet. We’re bone thin as it is! You should have seen the load Mrs. Weasley sent us, it was huge!

We got a letter from Sirius yesterday. He wished us a happy birthday. The birds who bring his letters are magnificent, but I don’t think Hedwig and Artemis like them very much.

Mrs. Weasley wrote to invite us to spend the rest of the summer with them and to go to the Quidditch World Cup with them. Uncle Vernon only let us go when we used the threat of our escaped-convict-murderer godfather. Well, we didn’t really threaten, we said we were going to write to him and he might not think we were being treated well if we’re not allowed to go. See you soon!

-Lily

Dear Lily,

You’re welcome! I hope you like the Every Flavor Beans! I got a vomit one yesterday, the taste wouldn’t leave my mouth.

Ha! Who do you think helped Mrs. Weasley pack the food? Ginny and I had to get all the food. Fred and George were not not helpful.

Happy Birthday from Luna and I. I’m sending you something (hint: Artemis will love it).

I still can’t believe Sirius is a good guy! My parents were always so scared of him. My dad was only following my mum’s example though.

I wish I could go to the Quidditch World Cup. We don’t have the money to afford such expensive tickets. If only the Weasley’s had enough tickets for me too! I wonder what this school year will hold!

-River

Dear River,

Thanks for the thought, but I’d rather play it safe than try Every Flavor Beans.

Uncle Vernon is making us all anxious while we wait for the Weasleys to pick us up. He’s wearing his best suit, Aunt Petunia won’t stop tidying every little thing in the house, and Dudley walks around the house with his backside to the wall (unfortunate accident a few years ago. Tell you later).

What’s that noise? Wha- oh it’s the Weasleys! They’re stuck in the fireplace, must’ve traveled by the Floo Network. Uncle Vernon had the fireplace blocked up- Oh. No. See you very soon. Mr. Weasley blew apart the fireplace covering and there’s dust all over the sitting room!

-Lily

Dear Lily,

My! How exciting! What happened to Dudley? I wish I could come over to the Weasley’s the store is just too busy right now for such things. Business has certainly picked up!

Your aunt must have had a fit with all that dust. Did she have to go to the hospital?

Guess what? The stores in Diagon Alley have come up with a union of sorts! It’s to help each other in the coming trials. The “Evil-escaped-villainous-slug-Sirius Black” really got them thinking that they should stand together. Not all the stores have joined mind you. But my parents have! My mom got voted Co-president! The union is working to send the presidents and their families to the World Cup! Don’t tell anyone but Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys about the union though (and don’t tell Percy). The ministry would have a fit!

-River

Dear River,

Sorry to send this to you so late at night, but there were Death Eaters! They paraded through the campground suspending the muggles in the air above them. And then Harry’s wand was stolen as we were running! It was found at the hands of Mr. Crouch’s house-elf, Winky. Harry was very nearly accused of creating the Dark Mark by Amos Diggory. That man is way too boastful of his son. Is your family alright? Are you even at the Cup? I haven’t seen you at all. I’m still scared and a lot of people have lost their belongings. We’ll be heading back to the Burrow tomorrow. Tell you more then.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I was still awake when I got your letter, and, yes, I am at the Cup. They tried to get my dad, but my mom and oldest brother warded them off.

Mr. Crouch is horrible to Winkey. I wouldn’t be surprised if he PUT it in her hands.

Amos Diggory is a wretched man. I’m surprised Cedric turned out so well. It must be his mother. I know Mr. Diggory because he comes in our store, Mr. Crouch too. They can both be rude. My family is still hiding in our tent. It’s scary. There is fire all over the place and shouting. I’ve never really thought of my dad as powerless, but, it was… horrible. Am I a monster or something being a half-blood? Please write soon

-River

Book Five: The Order of the Phoenix

Dear River,

Have you heard anything about Voldemort? Harry’s going crazy because The Daily Prophet hasn’t reported anything about him. Have you heard anything? In the letters we get from Ron and Hermione, I can tell they’re not telling us something.

What do you think will happen this school year? I can’t help feeling it’ll be above and beyond our expectations…

-Lily

Dear Lily,

MUST YOU USE HIS NAME?!?! You have no idea how much that scares me! I know what’s going on with the Prophet. My brother got a job as a reporter. The Ministry told them not to write about it; to deny everything. My brother thinks it’s mad. I do too. My mum says not to worry, but she’s sent my father to the country house.

I’m not quite sure what will happen this year. I am wondering if the Ministry will mess with Hogwarts too. You can never be too sure.

-River

Dear River,

Harry and I’ve just been attacked by dementors and we might be expelled from Hogwarts. We want to know what’s going on and when we’re going to get out of here.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I heard about what happened! The Weasley’s told us what happened you two are going to have a trial or something. The is going to come and get you and take you to a safe house. They are coming soon, don’t fret! My mom has agreed to let me and my siblings meet you there. She doesn’t like us going over there, but she knows we’re safe with the Weasley’s. I’ll see you soon!

-River

Dear River,

I’m surprised you aren’t here and that your parents aren’t members of the order. You should have heard Harry’s row at Ron and Hermione for keeping us in the dark about what’s going on. Fred and George apparate everywhere and it drives Mrs. Weasley (and the rest of us) completely bonkers . I can’t tell you where I am, but Snuffles is here and it’s got a bunch of deadly objects. Snuffles seems really happy to see us.

Wish you were here,

-Lily

Dear Lily,

My father isn’t in the order, but he supports it. My mom is friends with some members and supports it, but she doesn’t help them directly. Frankly, I think all this scares her. She can be a bit timid. My brother is a member though, and spies on the paper. I know how the Weasley twins are. My siblings are acting similarly. All of my siblings want to be where you are, but now the store needs us more. Write me when your trial is over, I need to know all the details!

Really wish I was there!

-River

Dear River,

WE GOT OFF! It was amazing and they didn’t really have a case against us but I only think we wouldn’t be a part of the wizarding world anymore if it weren’t for Dumbledore! The strange thing is that he wouldn’t look at Harry or me the whole time. Everyone is congratulating me and Harry on our grand escapade and Fred, George, and Ginny keep chanting, “They got off! They got off!'” much to Mrs. Weasley’s annoyance.

Got to go help with lunch, and then its on to cleaning this dungeon.

-Lily

“Luna!” Lily called after the dreamy, blond haired girl swishing toward the Ravenclaw common room. It was a Saturday, about two weeks before winter break and Lily had to ask Luna something.

“Have you seen River today? I can’t find her anywhere,”

“No, I haven’t. Not since the D.A. meeting last night,” Luna said in her usual, dreamy voice.

“Great.” Mumbled Lily, “Thanks.”

“I did hear a commotion in the stairway last night, or maybe it was just a wrackspurt,” Luna rambled on.

Professor McGonagall chose that moment to appear, accompanied by Caroline, “Miss. Lovegood, Miss Potter, would you come with me please?” she said, and turned to walk back the way she came. The three girls followed her to the headmasters office. “Fizzing Whizzbee,” McGonagall commanded the gargoyle, which leaped aside to reveal the stairway to Dumbledore’s office. “Please be seated,” Dumbledore told the girls as he conjured up three chintz armchairs in front of his desk. “You are all close friends of Miss River Holly McMason, is that correct?” he asked looking in turn at each girl.

Lily turned to look at the other girls “Yes, sir”

Dumbledore sat down in his chair and threaded his fingers. He took a deep breath and continued on,” Mr. McMason took ill last week and his wife, the poor timid woman she is, besought that all her children at Hogwarts return home. Professor Umbridge only reluctantly allowed them to go home last night.”

“How ill is he?” Caroline pressed.

“That’s the problem,” Dumbledore replied, “The healers at St. Mungo’s have never seen a disease like this before. It’s a muggle disease called cancer.” he turned to Lily, “Have you ever heard of that before, Ms. Potter?”

Lily turned a little pale before saying, “Yes I have. It is a difficult disease to cure, and expensive to cure too. There are many different types of cancer, and for some of them, a cure hasn’t even been found!”

Dumbledore laid back in his chair. “Dilys!” he shouted suddenly, making the girls jump, “Were you listening?” he asked a portrait of a witch with silvery ringlets.

“Yes, Dumbledore.” she replied.

Tell the authorities at St. Mungo’s that Walter McMason must be moved to a muggle hospital immediately!”

“Yes Sir!” and Dilys disappeared out the side of her portrait.

“Now there is also something else,” Dumbledore continued, “Our spy network for the Order has discovered that the Death Eaters know that the McMasons are secretly helping us, so I have urged the family to split up and go into hiding until I am sure Hogwarts is a safe place to be again.” Lily knew he was referring to Umbridge, “Now, Miss Potter, I know that you are a regular correspondent to Miss River over the holidays but I must ask you to limit your letters to her during this time. I will not stop you, but I will ask you to be careful. Miss River is hiding at her muggle aunt’s house” the last part was whispered in Lily’s ear, and with that Dumbledore dismissed them. But Lily took no thought in writing to River until something big happened in March…

Dear River,

Please! Stay in hiding until I know it’s safe here.

The news from here at Hogwarts is unnerving, Dumbledore disappeared! It happened like this, Dobby interrupted a meeting of Dumbledore’s Army to tell us Professor Umbridge was sending some Slytherin students to find us. Oh!I could just destroy the Ministry of Magic right now. And that Umbridge! I just want to break all of her china kitten plates. Wolfsbane and I managed to escape capture, but we saw Harry get captured by Malfoy. Harry said he was taken to Dumbledore’s office where Cornelius Fudge was waiting. Fudge wanted to suspend all the members of Dumbledore’s Army, but Dumbledore said he had authorized it in the first place! Harry said Dumbledore then disappeared but I think there is something still needing to be said. I wonder if there is a way we can sneak you back into Hogwarts…

-Lily

Dear Lily,

What a time to be a Muggle-born! Oh Dumbledore! I wish I could be there with the army. My mother would have disapproved. It’s been so lonely here in this attic, and I was hoping Dumbledore would let me take my O.W.L.s over the summer. I’ve been practicing spells like crazy! I’m so scared I’ll be found. Have you seen my owl? Twilight hasn’t been around forever. Try looking for a black owl with purple-tinted wings in the owlery. If she will not come to you, try calling, “Mail for River!” and she should come. If you use her, only send her at night. What will happen if Voldy takes over…Oh gosh…Someone is downstairs…Oh Dragonfire…I’ll write soon.

-River

Dear River,

Wolfsbane and I are hiding in the Room of Requirement during breaks with my owl Artemis and her cat Athena I wish I could be in that attic room with you, things at Hogwarts keep getting worse every day. Well, for starters, Umbridge has become headmaster of Hogwarts! I’m so mad I could just spit! When I’m mad I usually like to listen to music. But I can’t here because magic causes muggle electronics not to work . So Wolfsbane and and I sing the songs ourselves.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

That was a close one! They nearly found me. My aunt hid me in a cupboard. She says I may have to move hiding places. All our other letters were stolen as “evidence.” I’m sorry things are so bad there, but I still wish I were there with you. What are the other teacher doing about it all? I miss Athena and Artemis! How are Luna, Wolfsbane and the others? Tell them I said hi! I miss you all. I wish my parents hadn’t taken us out of school! I’d be in that mess with you rather than in this mess alone!

Write back soon!

-River

Dear River,

I think I’ve seen Twilight in the rafters when I feed Artemis. All I can say is that she’s safe. The other teachers can’t do anything about Umbridge becoming headmaster or they’ll lose their jobs. Harry said he heard them encouraging Peeves. Fred and George left Hogwarts and told Peeves to cause as much mayhem as possible. I think this is the first time he’s taken a student’s command to heart. Hagrid left last week when Umbridge set some Aurors on him. When McGonagall went to defend him, she took four stunning spells to the chest. O.W.L.s are going fine. Later

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I have trained Twilight to come when someone calls, “Mail for River!” If that doesn’t work, try going with my friend Tabitha Dempson. Luna should know her, she’s in Ravenclaw. Tabitha has a way with Twilight, as with all animals.

The teachers are encouraging Peeves?!? Yikes! The twins left?!? And who could think of the day when Hagrid would had to run away from Hogwarts! Doomed are we not?

-River

Dear River,

It’s actually a good thing that the teachers are encouraging Peeves, it makes it harder for Umbridge. Sometimes we can hear her having a scream-fest. I’ve found a few interesting objects in the halls , a phoenix feather, a few rocks that look and feel magical, and most intriguing, a time-turner! Now who leaves a time turner just lying around? To quote a favorite story character of mine, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Someone saw all the owls we’ve been sending back and forth. I almost got caught again. I think they know I’m here. I know they’re coming. See you soon.

Love,

-River

Book Six: Half-Blood Prince

Dear Lily,

I got an owl from Dumbledore yesterday. He said they were coming

to get me out of here today. I guess I’ll see you at the Burrow then.

How’s Harry doing? Have you heard from Hermione or Ron? I haven’t seen them in forever! I hope the teachers can give me extra lessons this year. If not, I’ll be held back! I hear something downstairs. I’m hoping it’s the order and not…you-know-what… Write back soon!

Love,

-River

Dear Lily,

It was the Order of the Phoenix! Yay! finally out of that attic! I’ll be seeing you at the burrow soon. Ginny, Luna and I’ve been hanging out, getting prank stuff from Fred and George and using it on Ron. Mr. Weasley took us to the Ministry once, and we used some of it on Percy! That boy’s pants are on too tight! Ha Ha, See you soon!

-River

Dear River,

I miss Sirius. Dumbledore told Harry and me that Sirius left us everything he owned! Something strange though, Dumbledore’s hand is withered and black! like a skeleton hand, turned to ash, feebly held together as though by magic. I’m sending this ahead of us with Artemis. Dumbledore is taking us to meet someone. Tell Wolfsbane and Luna I said hi.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I miss Sirius too. He left you two EVERYTHING?!? Everything? Wow. Dumbledore’s hand is messed up? I’ll look into it. After all I am in Ravenclaw. Tell me everything about the visit. So mysterious! I saw Wolfsbane yesterday. We played Quidditch. Ginny, Wolfsbane, the twins, Ron, and I. Can’t wait ’till you are here. It isn’t a game until you two are here.

-River

Book Seven: The Deathly Hallows

Dear River,

Harry and I can barely believe our luck, after only a fortnight, we are leaving No. 4 Privet Drive. We can’t wait to see you all at the burrow. It isn’t easy to convince the Dursleys that they’re in danger. I think Harry even yelled at them last night. I finished packing at least two hours ago. Harry’s still going through his things. Kingsley Shacklebolt and Mr. Weasley showed up two days ago to help convince the Dursleys. Now they’re asking us why Kingsley can’t be their guardian (He’s mastered the art of looking like a muggle, and guards the Muggle’s Minister). I’m pretty sure Harry still cries at night for Dumbledore. Don’t tell anyone I said that or Harry’ll kill me.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I can’t wait to see you too! The Dursleys are FAR too stubborn for anyone’s good. It’s never a good thing when Harry gets mad…except sometimes. I don’t like when people shout. I leave tonight for the Burrow. My parents are worried. I hope they’ll be okay, what with their Order doings and all. They’ve barely been home since school let out, leaving me to the ‘capable hands’ of my twin older siblings. Prim and Patrick. They’ve been ignoring me and my younger sister again. They’re boggarts sometimes! If they’re not ignoring me, they’re bothering me! Poor Ginny to have so many siblings. Oh, Dumbledore. I still have nightmares. I’d been fighting outside…

No more tonight… I…

-River

Dear River,

Two more hours until I probably never have to see the Dursleys again! Just finished another argument about how all of this is for their own good. Uncle Vernon says he still needs to think on it. We’ve given them days to think it over. Harry’s still packing. 1 hour 45 minutes until Moody takes us to the Burrow by side-along apparition. I’ve convinced Harry to send Hedwig to Grimmauld place, then the Burrow. I’ll do the same with Artemis when I send this letter. One less thing to carry. What happened? Your last letter looked cut off abruptly.

Did you have something more to say to me? Or does it have to wait ’till we’re together?

See you soon!

Say, “hi” to Wolfsbane for me.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Like I said, they’re stubborn. Harry’s being a slow poke! I’m so glad to be back at the Burrow! Home away from our home away from home…if that makes sense. Wolfsbane says “hi.”

I…no..It’s just Dumbledore…I, I watched him fall, I’m crying just thinking about it.

I can’t wait ’till you come! Only a few days and it’s almost yours and Harry’s birthday! And the wedding! I wish my birthday wasn’t in October. I might be able to help more.

Love,

-River

Dear Lily,

I’m…okay, The Weasley’s hid me before the Death Eaters could “arrest” me. At least I’m hiding with friends now. They are going to try to get me home (the Order). Or maybe they will not. My muggle dad is in the muggle world right now, trying to go unnoticed or something. My mom is still at work. For both her business and the Order (that’s why my dad must hide).

Luna and her dad sort of disappeared. I hope they are alright. Her dad bothers me, I don’t trust him…You want me to reply with my midnight black owl with feathers that gleam purple? I’m borrowing the Weasley’s owl. Much less noticeable. Be careful you. I don’t want you to die. I’ll be careful too.

-River

PS. Ginny and Wolfsbane say “hi”

Dear River,

We caught Fletcher (he had an object Dumbledore told us we needed) But he didn’t have what we needed but now we need to penetrate the Ministry of Magic. Sounds easy right? Maybe we’ll meet Percy and pull his pants down (those boy’s pants are too tight!). We can see Death Eaters camping out in the grass patch outside. “It’s almost like they expect us to walk out carrying our trunks and head for the train station!” Hermione said. We’ve got plenty of good food and Weasley Wizard Wheezes products. it feels weird not being on the Hogwarts Express today.

Write back soon,

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Had to write. No time. Death Eaters. I’d gone to visit Luna before the train. She’s gone. Taken. Kidnapped. You-Know-Who. Leverage over her father. Don’t know where she is. Missed train. I’ll find a way to get there. Letter may get intercepted. Don’t go to Luna’s house. I’ll be fine.

-River

Dear River,

We’ve had to leave our hidey-house. We’re camping out now. Harry and Ron had a bit of a row. Harry, Hermione, and I went to Godric’s Hollow, you know, to see our old house. Then You-Know-Who’s snake showed up and we barely missed You-Know-Who by seconds.

We’ve got the sword of Godric Gryffindor. I heard You, Neville, Luna, and Ginny tried to take it from Snape’s Office. Well. I can tell you now, it is safe. So how are you surviving Snape and his Death Eater friends?

-Lily

Dear Lily,

I’m glad you’re okay. Hogwarts is worse than anything Umbridge brought on. Everything is wrong. Punishments are horrible. They beat us, do all sorts of terrible spells, and practically refuse to teach me! Mud-blood my hippogriff! We got in HUGE trouble for trying to steal the sword. We’re all pretty beat up. Neville looks horrible. I guess I must not look so good myself. Asking a question in class lands you a 3-6 hour detention for 1-7 weeks! People (Neville found it first) have been hiding in the Room of Requirement. It’s very required right now. I think I’ll be going to hide there soon. Can’t take much more of this oppression. Oh, last night I saw You-Know-Who on the grounds with Snape, walking to Dumbledore’s grave, he took something from it, I couldn’t see what. Write back soon.

-River

Dear River,

Just escaped from Malfoy manor with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna & Dean, as well as Ollivander and a goblin. Do you know the Malfoy’s old house-elf, Dobby? he was very attached to Harry, especially since Harry helped set Dobby free. Bellatrix Lestrange was there. She tortured Hermione when she saw we had the Gryffindor Sword. She threw her dagger at us as we apparated out and it hit Dobby. Harry is so distraught that Dobby’s dead. Otherwise we are fine. I wish there had been some way to save Dobby.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

Dobby?!? Sirius, Dumbledore, Moody, and now Dobby?! That is where Luna was? I still don’t like her dad. Poor Hermione. Is she okay? Is Harry okay? I mean emotionally. I hope you all are alright. What was Ollivander doing there? Did anyone else die? I am officially hiding in the Room of Requirement now. After my latest, ‘detention.’ I don’t even remember what happened but Neville said it was bad. I’m okay now. Everyday more people come to the Room of Requirement to hide. Ginny is here too. You can tell Harry if you want. Us D.A. members get most of the punishment. Mud-bloods too. Yay for those who are both (sarcasm). Neville’s out on a scouting mission. We’re always on the look for people who need to hide. He’s back. I have to go now. Enough complaining. Be safe.

River

Dear River,

Warn everyone, we are coming to Hogwarts. One step of our mission is there. Be ready to fight if Death Eaters and You-Know-Who show up. Recently I’ve been having nightmares about the Chamber of Secrets. Maybe it’s because I’m nervous about facing You-Know-Who.

-Lily

Dear Lily,

What?! You are coming here??? I let everyone read the last letter. Neville will meet you in the painting at Dumbledore’s brother’s house. The dreams…You’re not doing a Harry-dream-thing now are you? The chamber’s safe. I checked it out (the bathroom) yesterday. Moaning Myrtle said no one had ‘visited’ her. Have to go. Death Eaters outside.

-River

Nineteen Years Later…

It’s been 19 years. 19 years since Hogwarts went to war. 19 years since River’s father died at the hand of Death Eaters while her family was tortured. 19 years since Lily and Harry left the Dursleys forever. 19 years since Harry Potter’s scar last burned. All was right with the world.

“Mummy! Mummymummymummy!! Henry’s tryin’ to cut my hair again!” River’s youngest daughter Claire cried out as her 13 year old brother Henry chased her with scissors.

“Henry Harry Goldstein! If you don’t stop right this minute, not only will we be late for the train, but you will also have to face your father!” River cried. At that, Henry stopped and dropped the scissors. Just before they could stab her son in the foot, River used mental magic to stop them toss them to the side.

“Now that that’s over with, Tabitha Lily get your bloody imp face down here now!” River Holly Goldstein shouted at her first year student.

“Honey! Sorry I was gone so long. The stores were a mess. I did manage to find Tabby a notebook. Where is she by the way?” Anthony Goldstein said walking out of the fireplace.

“Still up prettying herself for Albus Potter,” River smirked.

“Got to wonder what Harry’s got to say about those two,” her husband remarked.

“We’ll find out soon eno-”

“Here! I’m here, mum, and don’t call me imp face. I’m 11 now and that’s, like, practically fully grown,” Tabitha Lily complained.

“Please! I’m 13 and she still calls me Jr!” the boy she named after her father cried.

“Alright kiddies! In the car. Dad grab the trunks. I’ll grab the owls. Yes, Tabby you look fine, no Henry your sister’s hair does NOT need cut, and Claire, please stop chasing the cat!” River cried at their front door.

“Emma! Eric! Come on, we need to get going! Neville, don’t forget your D.A. Galleon, it’s still on the table,” Lily Longbottom shouted.

“Right, dear! Thanks for reminding me. Come on kids! We don’t have all day!” Neville called to his children who were still upstairs.

“Eric! You imp!” came a shout from the second floor, “How could you set off a stink bomb in my suitcase!”

“Haha!” Eric laughed at his twin, “Your expression was priceless!”

“And why are there monkeys in my socks?” Emma cried.

“I love monkeys!”

“Oh come on you two! If you’re not down here in one minute I am going to call Uncle Harry over and he’s going to make you wish you’d been down five minutes ago!” Lily shouted. Neville scuffed at his wife’s lack of a threat, but the two kids came down instantly nevertheless.

“Alright, lets get going,” Lily cried closing their front door

After traveling to King’s Cross Station and running through the wall to platform 9 3/4, it was time to say good bye.

“Bye, mum! Love you!” Emma said hugging her mother, running to her friends.

“Yeah, mum, love you!” Eric echoed hugging his mother as well and started to run after his sister before being grabbed by his mother.

“No pranking, alright?” Lily asked her son.

“Alright, mum,” Eric shouted and ran off with a wave.

“Well, bye dear,” Neville said to his wife.

“See you soon. I’ll be by with whatever you forgot by Monday,” Lily teased.

“ALL ABOARD!” the train conductor called.

“See you soon,”Neville agreed kissing his wife on the lips jumping on the train.

Lily stood there on the platform for a long time after the train left. Slowly all of the other parents as their young children left, leaving Lily on a near deserted platform.

She knew she was supposed to meet up with Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Luna at the Leaky Cauldron like they always did, something held her in place. She was used to her husband going off to teach, and now her kids going with him, but she still stayed in spot like her heels were nailed to the ground.

“… Lily?”

Lily looked around, snapped out of her day dream.

“River?” she asked putting a name to the voice.

“Holy Hippogriff! It is you! How’ve you been?” River cried running and hugging her old friend.

“Great! I’ve been great! How have YOU been? Why haven’t you written me since that short birthday card you sent me?” Lily asked.

“Three kids, a cat, and an overly busy store! I haven’t had any time for anything but those things. I’ve been up to my wrists in customers lastly, but I’m fine! Oh! I haven’t seen you since Christmas! How are Neville and the kids?”

“Last I saw them they were fine, but I have a better idea of where to catch up. We’re going to meet up with everyone at the Leaky Cauldron,” Lily stated.

“Well actually, Anthony and I were-”

“It’s alright love, you go catch up with up your friends, I’ll go meet up with Terry and Michael. You take Claire though, alright?” Anthony smiled.

“Alright, Tony, see you at home,” River said kissing her husband, “Alright, Lily, Claire, let’s go!”Two hours later, eight old friends were still laughing at old jokes and their crazy school days.

“Remember that time my wand was broken and I’d tried to curse Draco, but the curse backfired and I ended up puking slugs?” Ron laughed.

“Remember how stupid that was of you?” Hermione countered, creating another round of laughter.

“Remember that one D.A. meeting that we had to duel each other, and Hannah Abbott and Susan Bones made each other unconscious?” Luna recalled. The friends laughed yet again.

“My oldest daughter still has a crush on Albus,” River said, deciding to change the subject.

“Why does Tabitha have a crush on our son?!” Harry cried.

“I have NO idea! But wouldn’t it be funny if they got married one day?” River laughed.

“Then we’d actually be family!” Ginny exclaimed.

“That be something, alright,” Ron agreed.

“And wouldn’t it be funny if either of my sons marries Rose or Emma?” Luna added.

“Speaking of them all, I wonder what houses Albus, Tabitha, and Rose will be in,” Ron stated.

“I’m not worried about Albus. I have a feeling he’ll be a Gryffindor,” Harry said.

“Yeah, just like his OLD man,” Ron teased, “I’m not so sure about Rose though. I know she’ll be either a Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor. She’s got her mother’s brains.”

“Come on, Ron, that’s the third time you’ve said that today. I think Albus and Rose will be Gryffindors and Tabitha will be a Ravenclaw like her mother. She doesn’t show it, but she really is quite clever,” Hermione said.

“Mummy!” a young girl screamed. Automatically every female in the room jumped up and ran to the shout, the men not far behind.

It turned out that Lil’ Lily and Hugo were playing tag with Claire and the youngest of the three accidentally used magic to knock some crates in the back room onto the older two.

“Oh dear, not again!” River cried.

“It’s alright, an easy fix. Wingardium Leviosa,” Ginny said lifting the crates off of Lil’ Lily and Hugo.

“Are you two alright? Anything hurt?” Hermione asked.

“I’m fine, mum” Hugo grumbled standing up.

“I’m okay, too. Sorry we scared you,” Young Lily apologized to all of the parents.

“Claire, for goodness sakes! It’s alright now, but you have to try to stop doing that, agreed?” River spoke quietly to her daughter.

“Okay, mummy,” the eight year old agreed.

“Does this happen a lot?” Ron asked.

“I own a store that my children feel is a playground,so yes, it does,” River replied with a sigh.

“I say, now that that’s all sorted out, we get another round butter beers and continue our earlier conversation,” Harry suggested.

“I agree with Harry. Come along kids, Aunt Luna has another tale for you,” Caroline said said to the young Potter, Weasley, and Goldstein as she gave Luna a little shove forward.

Back in the dining area, they started back on the conversation on their school years, though they didn’t mention their 6th or 7th years of school in front of the children.

“Remember that time we were learning how to ride our brooms, and Draco stole Neville’s remembrall-”

“And Harry chased Draco all around trying to get it back-”

“I swore he was going to fall to his death!”

“I swore he was going to get himself expelled!”

All the adults laughed. The kids had heard the story a thousand times already, and didn’t bother listening that time.

“Remember that time time Harry crashed in a match and Lockhart made him lose all the bones in his arm?”

“Remember that one or two times at quidditch practice in our second year, that Colin kept snapping pictures of Harry and distracting him?” The last remark stopped the old friends from their playful remembering and a long silence followed.

“Who’s Colin?” Hugo asked when the silence was too heavy for him.

“He… He was a very very brave boy who… helped fight Voldemort with us,” Hermione told her son.

“Why haven’t you told us about him before?” Lil’ Lily asked.

“Be-Because he… he,” Hermione struggled to put it lightly to the children.

“Because he was so brave, he gave his life. He gave his life to help us win,” Harry finished. “Colin was brave and died as a hero. He may not be alive anymore, but he’s still with us in memory and in our hearts.”

The children were silent, not completely understanding what Harry had said, but knew that not everyone their parents had known as kids were still around today. They knew that one day they would understand and that their parents were trying to protect them from their parent’s past.

The war was long over. The friends and family they lost were long gone. That didn’t mean they didn’t still feel the loss like a sharp knife, but it did mean that it was easier to continue with their lives after the memories stabbed them in the back yet again.

Today was supposed to be a celebration of their kids coming of age, not a day of sadness and grief.

“A toast?” Luna asked.

“A toast indeed,” River agreed, “To friends, family, future, and fun!” The old friends laughed sadly, toasted River’s signature toast and went back to spinning their old tales.

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