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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.53

Hogwarts-Crest“Hagrid!”

“Who goes ere?”

“Hagrid, it’s Belinda,” said the tall fifth year through the front door of the rumpled down shack at the corner of the forest.

“Belle?” came the response, just seconds before the door to Hagrid’s cabin swung open. Although tall and muscular for her age, Belle was dwarfed by the great bear of a man that stood in front of her, with great mats of hair framing his face and flowing over the shoulders of his old tattered moleskin coat.

“There ya are!” said Hagrid as he reached down and took Belle into a great bone crushing hug. “A’righ there, Belle?”

“I was ‘til a minute ago,” gasped Belinda.

“Sorry ‘bout that,” said Hagrid sheepishly as he relinquished his grip. “What ya doin’ down here? Shouldn’ ya be in class?”

“I’...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.52

Tommy year 6 avie1The cold September rain pounded the windows of the Gryffindor common room. It was nearly midnight and the room was near deserted. The only two people still in the common room were Aeryn and Tom, The two both sat on the rug in front of the fire pouring over Quidditch charts and plays. “Okay, I see what you want to do with this, yeah, yeah. That bloody well will work.”

“That’s what I thought,” Aeryn smiled at Tom. “If we get Cee over here..” She tapped the page to get Tom looking back at the page. “And then I can sweep around over here..” She looked up again. “Are you following?”

“Oh yeah,” Tom leaned in closer to the parchment, and tapped it with his wand making the small quidditch players move around,as they did, he moved closer to her, “Now if the beaters fly in this formation, close to...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.51

Orlando year 6 avie1“Gather around, my first-year friends! Gather round!” Danny’s arms goaded them near as the barker began to ramp up the sales pitch. “Hear a tale so wondrous that it will make yuir eyes goggle! Yuir mouths water!”

His partner popped up behind him, a fantastic grin spread across his face. “Yuir heid an yuir stomach spin in turkish delights!” His tongue ran quickly over his upper lip.

“The sweetest secret!”

“The tastiest treasure!”

“The most toothsome trove the halls of Hogwarts hides!” Danny threw one arm around Foozle’s shoulder.”Lads an’ lasses! My good friend Orlando MacFoozle an’ I, when we were no older ‘an ye, discovered one o’ the great wonders o’ this very castle.”

“Aye!” chimed in Foozle, patting his belly. “Th’ first year we were here, A practically put on a stone in weight!”

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.50

Hogwarts-CrestNicolette walked up to professor Quirrel’s classroom after the students had been released and leaned her back against the cold stone wall, crossing her arms and waiting. She watched the students file out and her eyes were drawn to Laun as he left the room laughing with some other student she did not know nor care about. Her attention was snapped back into focus as Aeryn stepped out of the classroom slinging her satchel over her shoulder.

“Hey Girl!” Aeryn hugged Nicolette tightly. “What’re you up to?”

Nicolette smiled and hugged her friend back. “I just thought I’d steal you for a little walk. We haven’t been able to talk since term started...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.49

Nicolette year 6 avie1Professor McGonagall walked through the class as they prodded the snails that sat on their desks with their wands, “You must apply yourselves if you want to pass you O.W.L.S. this year. There is not one reason any of you should not be able to achieve an O.W.L. in Transfiguration. Now the first step on that route is Vanishing spells. This is a much easier task than Conjuring spells, which will be on your N.E.W.T.S., but it is still difficult and you must master these for your O.W.L.S.”

An hour and a half later and only a little more than half of the class had been able to make their snails disappear...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.48

Hogwarts-Crest“There you are!” Sam said in an exasperated voice. “Sprout’s just about to start. How could you possibly be late on the first day of classes?”

“Sorry, I got tied up,” panted Belle who seemed slightly out of breath. “I had something I had to do.”

Belinda had just slid into the greenhouses for the last period of the day settling herself in between Aeryn and Sam, directly across the long center table of the third greenhouse from Foozle, Tom and Lizard, known to the teacher’s as Elizabeth Thacker. She was Sam and Belle’s roommate, a quiet girl whom Belle had developed a fondness for over the last few years, despite her Gothic appearance which often made her the brunt of cruel jokes...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.47

Danny year 6 avie1“You’re not like mad at me for the train thing, are you?” Ambrosia’s bare feet bobbed in the air as she lounged upside-down on a couch near Danny, her head hanging halfway off the seat causing her golden ringlets to fan out across the immaculate blue carpet. “I mean, it wasn’t really a bad thing and I did it with your best interests at heart.”

The Ravenclaw common room was slowly emptying; the post-feast excitement had worn off and now students had begun to seek their beds, eagerly anticipating the first classes in the morning. Rose knew she should probably do the same, or take advantage of the quiet to do some reading in preparation for Defense Against the Dark Arts in the morning, but at the moment she decided her time was better spend on something equally important...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.46

Hogwarts-CrestThe light from the fire was beginning to die down as the last group of Gryffindors yawned their goodnights and started sluggishly up the stairs towards their dorms. Tom, Aeryn and Cecelia were the only ones left, sat in the three armchairs around the fire.

“I’m going to head out too,” Tom yawned. He gave Cecelia a little hug and started off towards the stairs himself.

“What? No hug for me?” Aeryn mockingly asked, giving puppy eyes.

Tom smiled wearily and shot the blonde gryffindor a wink as he started up the stairs. When she was certain Tom was out of earshot, Aeryn leaned in closer to Cecelia.

“So Cissy. I heard you had a little bit of fun on the train today,” Aeryn smiled as she took a sip from her mug of Hot Chocolate. Cecelia blushed a little...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.45

Hogwarts-Crest“Crumb, Gideon,” Professor McGonagall called out as she stood in front of the faculty table next to the familiar stool holding the sorting hat. A portly brown headed boy walked nervously toward the stool and sat down. Professor McGonagall placed the tattered old hat on the boys head. The the entire room watched silently as the hat contorted as if thinking until it finally yelled out…

“Hufflepuff!!!!”

The Hufflepuff table exploded into applause and cheers as Gideon joined them.

“Just place the little kids already, I’m starving.” Belle glanced at the first year seated next to her. “No offense Gideon, but I’m wasting away here.”

“Belle, the sorting’s important,” chided Forster.

“So is sustenance. I haven’t had anything to eat today other than a couple of doughnuts.”

“Your dad bought breakfa...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.44

Céilidh year 6 avie1“MacAllister,” Melissa Upton called out as Céilidh stepped from the car, “I need you to help escort the first years across the lake.”

“Uh, sure Mel, no problem,” Cee replied. She stole a glance at the rest of her friends as they made their way toward the carriages, a look that was not missed by the Head Girl.

“Sorry, Cee,” Mel said, clapping her on the shoulder, “I know it’s a suck duty, but I really need your help on this one.”

Céilidh shrugged and gave Mel a half-smile and headed off to the sound of Hagrid’s booming voice calling for all the first year students to gather around him. The wide-eyes youths clustered about the gigantic man in awed silence. “Now don’ be worry’n aboot yer bags, they’ll be makin’ their way to the castle their own way...

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