Anything But A Fantasy (A Hogwarts Love Story)
First year at magical school. Unheard of by Muggles. Only the best can succeed in the walls of Hogwarts. This includes many Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins. But very few have discovered the secrets. Had the courage to face the deadly challenges. Harry Potter. Ronald Weasley. Hermione Granger. Draco Malfoy. And Riley Carlos.
New Friends and A New Home
I opened my eyes to see my nine year old brother, Ryan, jumping on my bed.
"What is so important that you had to wake me up at ~" I consulted my clock. "Six in the morning?" I ask.
"Hogwarts day!" Ryan smiles and walks out of the room.
That's right! Today's September first! My first day at Hogwarts: School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
I get out of bed and head to the bathroom to take a shower. After that, I dried myself off and dressed in denim shorts and a dainty yellow and white tank top. I slip on some yellow flip flops and put in my emerald earrings. My natural curls are down and I head back to my room to grab my suitcase and my green pygmy puff, Shamrock.
I then head downstairs to see my brother ready to go, along with Mum and Dad. I grab a water bottle, granola bar, and an apple. I'll eat on the train. We all get into our Mum's muggle car, and drove to the train station.
We were there in no time, and stopped between the barrier between platforms nine and ten.
"Ok Chris, Riley. Bye and be sure to write!" Mum says, hugging us both, Dad doing the same.
"Mum! When can I go to Hogwarts?" Ryan complained, crossing his arms.
"When you're older honey." Mum says.
"Be sure you get into Ravenclaw for me!" Dad says as they walk away.
I smile and roll my eyes, then run through the barrier with Chris. We make it through and I see a red, black, and gold steam engine that reads, 'THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS'. I smiled and Shamrock jumped on my shoulder.
The train blows a warning whistle, and we rush onto the train. We get on just as it starts moving off the platform.
"That was too close," I say, patting Shamrock.
"Yeah it was," Chris agreed. "So... I have to go find Alex and Andrew, see if you can find a compartment with some other first years."
I nod and we go our separate ways. When I get about half way down the hallway, I run into a compartment with a single girl in it, reading her book. She had bushy brown hair and brown eyes.
I open the door, "May I sit here? It seems like everywhere else is full." I say.
"Sure!" the girl says, putting her book away. "I'm Hermione Granger, by the way."
"Riley Carlos." I say, and smile.
"Aw! Is that a pygmy puff? I have read about them!"
"Yes," I say proudly. "Her name is Shamrock. Do you want to see a trick she can do?"
She nods and I tell her to hold out her hand. She does and I place Shamrock on her hand. Shamrock started bouncing and making little noises.
"So cute!" She says and patts Shamrock on the head.
Suddenly, there was another knock at the door. We both turn around and Shamrock jumps back on my shoulder. It was a boy looking very flustered.
"Sorry to bother you, but have you seen a toad?" the boy says.
Hermione and I shook our heads. "No, but we can help you look for him!" Hermione says, standing up. "I'm Hermione Granger, and she's Riley Carlos."
I smile at the boy and he looks very relieved. "I'm Neville. Longbottom." He says quietly.
We walk down the hallway, looking for the frog when Hermione and I pull open a compartment with two boys in it.
"Have you seen a toad? A boy named Neville lost one." Hermione says.
The boys turn to us, and the boy with black hair smiles. He had the most beautiful green eyes... wait... why do I recognize those eyes?
"Wait a minute... blimey! You're Harry Potter!" I say.
"Yep," he says and lifts his bangs reveal a lightning bolt scar. "And that's Ron Weasley."
We turn to the red haired boy, who is waving his wand at a rat.
"Oh, are you doing magic?" Hermione asks curiously and sits down next to the boy.
"I'm trying to do a spell my brothers taught me." He says. "Sunshine daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow!"
Nothing happens. "Are you sure that's a spell?" I ask. The boy shook his head. "I'll do some real magic." I sany and look around, then notice Harry's glasses are broken.
"Occulus Reparo!" I say, pointing my wand to Harry's glasses and they are instantly repared.
"I read that in 'A History of Magic'. Its a simple spell. My brother is in Ravenclaw, so he is pretty smart." I say proudly.
"Wicked, oh and what house do you want to be in?" Harry asks us. "I was hoping for Gryffindor."
"Gryffindor of course! My brothers are in there!" says Ron.
"Well, I haven't really decided yet, but I heard Ravenclaw is nice and so is Gryffindor." Hermione says. "What about you Riley?"
"I like Ravenclaw, but I am really fine with any house." I say.
"Well, we'd better get back to looking for Neville's toad." Hermione says and we stand up, heading out the door. "Oh, and my name's Hermione Granger."
"And my name's Riley Carlos." I say and we head off. But I couldn't get Harry Potter out of my head...