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Iverian hopped off of the Hogwarts Express, ready for a new year at Hogwarts. This was only her second year at Hogwarts, but she was a fourth year since she had transferred from Durmstrang after her second year. Looking around, she spotted her friend from last year, Ivy Field. She was a year ahead of her, but was a really sweet Hufflepuff. Iverian, however, was a Slytherin (Alright, I know I said I was a Gryffindor, and am on HOL, but I just really want to be a Slytherin). She approached Ivy and noticed a prefect badge on her robes. “Cool! You made prefect!” She said. They started walking towards the Great Hall for the opening ceremony.

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Yeah, I really wanted to be Ravenclaw here, cause that's what I am on Pottermore. You can still call me Hufflepuff, just not that I really love the colors blue and bronze and will use those colors sometimes))

Also note that Jason Carter is not a real person on HOL, it just sounds like a cool name. I have no grudge against anyone on this site))

"Yeah, I did. It was awesome when I saw that attached to my letter! I wonder who's the other prefect. I couldn't see them when I patrolled the cabins, so I'm wondering if they're coming later and are sick right now. That would be a drag. I just hope it's not Jason Carter. He can really get annoying. Put one toe out of line, he'll get you for that," she explained. "I bet you'll get it too! You have quite a chance. Aren't you top of your classes? I bet you could've made Ravenclaw. Professor McGonagall included in my letter that I was picked because of my kindness and humbleness. I bet there were better choices, though," Ivy added quickly. "She said that I was smart and deserved to become one. I've heard of many people like that, but I really want to meet the Minister of Magic, Hermione Granger, and her friends, Ronald Weasley and Harry Potter. I won't bombard Albus or Scorpius with questions though. I met them on the train and said hi to them. They said I had the calmest greeting that anyone had ever said to them."

They approached the thestrals. Ivy could see them, but she hadn't told anyone else, not even Iverian. She was scared she'd get teased. Ivy tried not to get involved in anything with thestrals. She might've said it on accident.

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Iverian hopped into the carriage with Ivy. She thought about what Ivy had said, “You could have made Ravenclaw.” Iverian knew she would be a Slytherin though the moment she found out she was transferring. Her mother’s family were pure-blooded, however her father was muggle-born. They had attended Hogwarts together and even though one was in Ravenclaw and the other was in Slytherin, they had fallen in love. However, her mother’s family did not at all approve of the marriage, so Iverian had grown up not really knowing her mother’s family that much. Feeling pressured to, her mother had convinced her father to place her in Durmstrang. Iverian had not done well with her peers though. She was often pushed around by the stronger kids. Finally, her father insisted on transferring her. She was immediately placed into Slytherin, however, a professor had the sorting hat sort her quietly after the feast away from the prying eyes of the students. She had felt lonely for a week until Ivy had run into her one day and noticed her sad demeanor. She began to sort of follow Iverian around and then began to talk with her. It didn’t take long before they had instantly become friends and had spent a lot of the year together. They were almost to the school now. Turning to Ivy, she asked, “What is it that pulls the carriages? I was going to look it up in the library unless you know.”

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"I mean, I could have. You weren't there, of course, but the Sorting Hat had the longest talk with me. 'You have the wits, the boldness, and the loyalty in you,' he said. 'Definitely the toughest one so far.' Not a big deal, though. I was sorted into Hufflepuff," she added hastily, going red. A few Gryffindors and Ravenclaws greeted her: they were in her year and heard she had had the potential to make their house. "These things are invisible to most. They're called thestrals. I saw it in the library. They're only visible to the ones who have seen someone die before. I saw it in the library." Which wasn't entirely true, but not false. Ivy had actually wanted to research these things. They were most peculiar looking, and she wanted to know about them. But when Ivy saw what was so special about them, she had walked away, half-numb.

Truth be told, Ivy was embarrassed and scared. She was in one in 5 children. There was one set of triplets, and the other two were a year apart. Ivy was the oldest out of all of them, surpassing the second oldest by a minute. That was the one who died, Rose Field. She had a very sudden illness, a stroke. Not even the people in St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries could cure it because it was a common Muggle disease. Ivy stayed up late into the night, watching over Rose, who was struggling. There weren't words to describe the feeling in Ivy. It was worse than the Cruciatus Curse. Her insides were churning so much that they felt like they had liquidized. Ivy was the only one there. She didn't want the rest of the family to feel the worst that she was feeling. When Rose heart stopped beating, Ivy had to do everything to stop herself from jumping out the window herself. This was during the first summer break after they entered Hogwarts, at age 11. Ivy had gained depression after that, and spent hours in her room, crying and reliving (against her will) the moment Rose lay dead on the bed.

The youngest sibling was starting Hogwarts today, and the other was in 2nd year. Lawrence was in Ravenclaw, and Ivy knew that Prescott just belonged in Gryffindor. The triplets all ended up in Hufflepuff. They were pretty evenly split.

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Iverian didn’t ask anymore about the thestrals. They were at the castle now, so they hopped off the carriages. Before they left though, Iverian held out a hand blindly and touched a thestral. It pushed its invisible head into her hand. They stepped into the Great Hall. “See you afterwards!” Iverian said as she and Ivy separated and went to their own tables. The sorting went on and then Ivy’s sibling went up to be sorted. Iverian watched. This was the only first year that she really cared about. 

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Prescott went up. He seemed really nervous. He looked over to the Hufflepuff table and located his sister. She smiled. You'll do great, she mouthed. Prescott looked over to Ravenclaw. Don't worry one bit, Lawrence said. Prescott didn't seem nervous now. He stepped up to the Sorting. 

"GRYFFINDOR!" the hat yelled. Ivy and Lawrence cheered the loudest of their tables. They could be heard over the Gryffindor table. Ivy smiled over to Iverian.

"He made it!" she squealed. "He really made it!" 

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“I’m so happy! Gryffindor was built for him!” They didn’t have long to re they were carted off to their dorms. Iverian’s dorm mate hadn’t left the last year, so she was by herself. Walking into the room, however, she found another student in there. “What are you doing? You must have the wrong dorm.” “No, I was told that this one was built for three people and since it was only you in here, they decided to move me from a packed dorm and put me in here with you.” Iverian was a bit taken aback by this. “Fine, but don’t mess with my stuff. What’s your name anyway?” “My name’s Ophelia. What’s yours?” “I’m Iverian. Just choose whatever bed you want. This one’s mine.” She motioned to a bed by a window. Iverian began to unpack. “I wonder how Ivy’s doing,” she thought. “We’ll have to regroup later and look over our school schedules together.”

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Let's pretend that I have a phoenix at home, a domesticated one and I'm a Ravenclaw please please please please please))

Meanwhile, in the Ravenclaw common room, Ivy was by the fire, poring over the Standard Book of Spells, Grade 5. She wanted to be prepared for not only Charms, her favorite class, but also her O.W.L.s. After she practiced the Summoning Spell (with success), she went over the Draught of Peace. One by one, everyone made their way out of the common room until it was just Ivy there. She decided that she would go over Arithmancy one more time and call it a night. 

After she settled into her dormitory, she went over to her small (but capable) small whet owl.

"Send this back home, will you, Gizmo?" Ivy asked her sweet owl. "Give it to Snowflake." 

That was, ironically, her pet phoenix's name. Rose had come up with it. Snowy hadn't responded to anything since.

The letter wrote:

Dear Mum and Father,

I just started at Hogwarts. First I went on the thestrals as usual, then got off at Hogwarts. Of course, I met Iverian, she's nice as always, somehow even nicer! I can't wait for this year. There are these things called OWLs, Ordinary Wizarding Levels. I'm taking mine in Care of Magical Creatures, Arithmancy, Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Ancient Runes, Astronomy, and History of Magic. You know the grading system (O, E, A, P, D, T). This year is the real deal. Today I studied the subjects I have tomorrow, so I should be good tomorrow. I hope you are doing good. Tell me about your days. Also, Prescott got into Gryffindor! That's the house where, according to the Sorting Hat that one year, "Where dwell the brave apart, their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart." If you forgot, I was in Ravenclaw. Lawrence is in Hufflepuff. Please write back, I'm really lonely here! Everyone wants to be with me, but I just want to be with Iverian. 

With love, 

 Ivy

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Meanwhile, in the Slytherin common room, Iverian had finished unpacking. She looked over to the new kid. "Well, at least I'll have a bit of company," she thought. It was late when she finished, so she went and got a shower before throwing the big sheets off of the bed and adding her own fluffy comforter. The next day, she had charms class, right before she went to her Arithmancy class. Walking into Charms, she realized her timing was definitely wrong. She stared at her schedule and then at her watch. "Oh no!" she thought. She was at least ten minutes late because her watch was obviously broken. "Reparo!" she said. Her watch switched back to the right time. Standing in the back of the room, she looked at the professor who seemed a bit annoyed. The class began to laugh. Her face went red. "Shut up!" she yelled. "My watch is broken." She went to sit down in a seat before she spotted Ivy looking rather sympathetic. She hadn't seen her before, so she went to sit next to her. It was nice to see a friendly face. "Now, after that interruption, which I will excuse since it is indeed the first day of class, let's continue," their professor said. 

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After they got their work for the class, Ivy explained to Iverian why she was here. 

"I decided to intern for you guys. It is pretty hard since some Slytherins decided they would make fun of a Ravenclaw, but I'm glad you made it. I'll help anyone who needs help with the Invisibility Spell. Here's how you do it." She modeled making the rock on her desk invisible, then turning it back. "If nobody needs help, I'll be practicing the Invisibility Charm for O.W.L.s. Professor Normandy (I needed a name, so if you want to see the full biography of him, go here: https://www.character-generator.org.uk/23m4xfl6/richard-is-friendly-wizard-who-enjoys-casting-spells.html ) will assign me the homework at the end of the class and teach me the spell if I come here early. Apparently, I was the only trusted volunteer. Course, there are others that Professor Normandy trusts, but I was the only volunteer that wasn't a Slytherin. Trust me, no Slytherin in my year is as decent as you." Ivy taught Iverian the spell, and as an afterthought, she added with a smile, "I see why you were sorted into the house you're in. Shut up isn't something most people in other houses would say. Also, I'm volunteering in Arithmancy and Herbology. They're one after another after this. What are you doing?"

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Iverian watched carefully as Ivy conducted the invisibility charm. After perfecting some of her own, she tried out that one. It was a bit difficult at first, but then she got it. "Great!" I have Arithmancy next and then Care of Magical Creatures, but that's a while after. Do you think I can come with you to Herbology class? I might learn a bit. (Herbology was one of her worst subjects) I heard that over the weekend, we are going to Hogsmeade. Are you coming too?" Iverian stopped to catch a breath. They had just left Charms class and were walking to Arithmancy together. 

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"Whoa, Iverian. One at a time. You did well on the Invisibility Spell, maybe just a little revision. Your rock's outline was still a little visible, though. Make sure you do exactly the incantation. And you are probably ready for the invisibility charm next year too!" Ivy beamed at her. "Arithmancy is better than trashy Divination. I think you'll be fine coming to Herbology, there's extra space everywhere, from what I've heard. I can help you there," Ivy informed her with a smile. "Herbology is one of my best subjects. At least, Professor Sprout thinks so." Truth was, she studied a little too much and every one of her professors thought so. Snape obviously didn't admit it. "But I just study a lot. It's nothing much, I mean, everyone's great at it. In my year, it's easy," she added hastily. "And of course I'm coming! Why wouldn't I be? My parents were thrilled at the idea, thinking about what kind of candies there are. I'm going to send some to them. Want to meet up at The Three Broomsticks? I'm thinking of going to the post office first, just to mail them what happened over the week."

Before they knew it, they arrived at Arithmancy. (I'm researching it, so I'll do the lesson. You can reply. 😸)

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(Sorry for late reply, been busy in RL)

The weekend finally arrived and Iverian waited at the exit to the school for Ivy. She finally saw her and they began to make their way into Hogsmeade. “How about Honeydukes first? I need a lot of sugar to energize me through the next month :)” Iverian laughed. 

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“I’m going to get some Drooble’s blowing gum! It’s always nicer to chew gum while you walk! I am also in desperate need for some chocolate frogs right now. ;) And, ya, let’s go to Scrivenshafts. I need a spelling-correction quill and some rainbow ink!” They entered Honeydukes.

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