One sunny morning about two weeks after Harry had arrived at the Burrow Harry, Ron and Hermione came down for breakfast to find Mr. Weasley at the kitchen table with Mrs. Weasley and Ginny holding three identical letters.
Hogwarts letters are here!" He said brightly, passing them over as the three sat down "They sent us Hermione's as well."
"You two have got them too!" He added as Fred and George ambled in, still in their pajamas.
The kitchen went quiet as everyone read their letters Harry's reminded him to catch the Hogwarts express from platform nine an three quarters at Kings Cross station on September first. He put his letter aside and looked at his new book list:
SECOND YEAR STUDENTS WILL REQUIRE:
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk
Break with a Banshee by Gilderoy Lockhart
Gadding with Ghouls by Gilderoy Lockhart
Holidays with Hags by Gilderoy Lockhart
Travels with Trolls by Gilderoy Lockhart
Voyages with Vampires by Gilderoy Lockhart
Wanderings with Werewolves by Gilderoy Lockhart
Year with the Yeti by Gilderoy Lockhart
Fred, who had finished reading his own list was glancing over Harry's shoulder.
"You lot have been told to get all the Lockhart books as well.." He observed.
"But this lot's going to be expensive..Lockhart's books aren't cheap and Ginny needs robes a wand and everything.." George muttered with a quick look at his parents. Ginny was going to be starting her first year at Hogwarts and talked about it almost constantly.
"We'll manage." Said Mrs. Weasley quietly. Harry looked awkward, he had already offered to share his gold with his new family but they'd flatly refused even when Harry had said he wanted to repay them for saving him ("We don't need repaying, dear, we're happy to have you." Mrs. Weasley had said.)
"We'll make the trip to Diagon Alley next Wednesday." Mr. Weasley said
Hermione nodded "Hey Harry, can I borrow Hedwig? I told Mum and Dad I'd let them know when we went to London so they can meet us there. They want to see me one more time before I go to school and.." She chuckled nervously "They wanted to meet you two.." she added, looking from Harry to Ron. Fred and George snickered.
"Shut up." Ron said, rolling his eyes at his brothers.
Harry nodded at Hermione who left the table to go find Hedwig.
When next Wednesday came Harry, Ron and Hermione were cuddled up in bed snoozing happily, the sun had barley started to filter through Harry and Ron's window when the door creaked open
"Breakfast time you three, up and at 'em." Mrs. Weasley said, approaching the bed and patting each of them on the head in turn.
"Ugh.." Ron grumbled twisting away and hiding his face in Harry's shoulder "It's the crack of dawn.."
Hermione groaned and got up slowly, rubbing her eyes. Harry pulled his snitch and lightning bolt blanket over his and Ron's heads
"Good girl, Hermione." Mrs. Weasley said, patting her on the shoulder as she ambled out of the room to go get dressed "Boys..up, now..we have to get to London!"
"Five more minutes..." groaned Harry sleepily.
"No." Mrs. Weasley said sternly, pulling the blanket off of them
"Alright, alright." Harry grumbled. He extracted himself from under Ron's arm and, yawning and stretching, clambered out of bed. Ron, having now lost both his cuddle partners, gave up and followed suit.
After breakfast everyone pulled on their coats and Mrs. Weasley took a flowerpot from the mantle and peered into it.
"Running low..never mind..we'll buy some more today." she said "Well, Harry, how about you go first." She offered him the flowerpot.
"What do I do?" he asked nervously
"Oh yeah! You two have never traveled by Floo Powder before have you.." Ron said suddenly looking from Harry to Hermione.
"Really never?" Said Mr. Weasley
"It's the quickest way to travel." Mrs. Weasley said "But if you've never done it before..."
"They'll be alright, mum." Fred said "Watch us first guys."
He took a pinch of glittering powder out of the flowerpot and tossed it into the fire. Instantly the fire turned green and rose higher than Fred, he stepped right into it and called "Diagon Alley." and a split second later he was gone.
"Don't forget to speak clearly.." Mrs. Weasley said as George too vanished into the fire
"O-okay." Harry muttered. Hermione nodded beside him, looking nervous.
"They'll be fine Molly, no fussing." Said Mr. Weasley.
"Oh alright, Harry dear, you next." Mrs. Weasley said "Just throw in the powder, and say where you're going."
"Tuck in your elbows." Ron said
"And keep your eyes shut, the soot!"
"Don't fidget or you might fall out of the wrong fire."
"Don't panic, just wait until you see Fred and George."
Harry tried to bear all this in mind as he took some of the Floo Powder and tossed it into the fire. Once the flames had turned green he stepped into them, it felt like a warm breeze. He opened his mouth and inhaled a mouthful of hot ash
"D-Dia-Diagon Alley." He choked out. It was like being sucked down a drain. Faster and faster he spun. His stomach was churning the blur of green flames was making him feel sick, he closed his eyes tightly, wishing it would stop-