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Mary Wilkins

Mary was fortunate, at least far more fortunate than Joe had been.

 

When her brother was first required to make this journey, he had also been given a ticket, telling him to take the train from Platform 9 3/4 at 11AM. Normally, for a farm girl, this question would lead to questions as to the authenticity of the ticket and the mental capacity of the one who had issued it.

 

Fortunately, Mary had been armed with a certain amount of foreknowledge about both Hogwarts and the magical world in general. She didn't know everything, she wouldn't claim to. The letters she had received had been quite detailed and informative; the ones from her brother's friend far more so than those penned by Joe himself. Mary had been told about the platform some time ago, and how to find it. She therefore did not have to cope with the struggles many other muggleborn students faced when it was their turn to board the Hogwarts Express for the first time.

 

Mary walked with confidence as she carried the trolley containing her trunk and the cage in which her owl resided. She knew where she was going, and she was ready to face this new school. In fact ,she was looking forward to it. Mary was not approaching Hogwarts blind, she had some understanding of the lessons she would be taking, and she even been given a picture of the school itself.

 

As she stood on the platform, facing the barrier between platforms 9 and 10, she hugged her mother goodbye. Her mother had come down with her on the train from Surrey, a couple of villages away from the family farm but now it was time for Mary to make the final journey alone.

 

She walked forward, briskly, pushing her possessions in front of her, and was not surprised when a moment later she arrived on the platform. The place was crowded, but that was to be expected. She was sure that everyone she saw was either a student or a family member who had come onto the platform to see them on to the train. Mary's mother was back in the station proper though, not wanting to risk trying to pass a magical barrier.

 

Mary made her own way on to the train, walking along the corridor until she spotted an empty compartment. She then pushed the door open, laid her trunk and her owl cage down and took a seat. She was sure that someone would join her here, there were enough people on the platform to indicate that the train would fill up quickly. Mary hoped that whoever might join her , they might be able to strike up a pleasant conversation.

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Artemis Eden

     This was it! She was finally ready to board the train that would take her to her home away from home for the next 7 years. Saying it was a rush was an understatement. Artemis had heard so much and so many stories of the school from her mother. Bedtime was always her favorite because her mother would indulge her with stories of her time at Hogwarts. Needless to say, it allowed Artemis's imagination to run wild with thoughts and dreams of how it would be when she was finally able to attend. Now here she was some years later, trunk packed and on a trolley, wand in her pocket and train ticket in hand.

 

     Artemis looked down at her watch and sighed. 10:38 AM. She glanced back at mother and waited while her and her younger brother got out of the car. "Oh c'mon mum! I don't want to be late!! Just leave him there." She sighed dramatically and waved dismissively, huffing as she heard her brother mutter a defensive "Hey!" She knew she had plenty of time but she did not want to wait any longer. Getting frustrated with how slow the rest of her family were moving Artemis pushed her trolley towards King's Cross station. Halfway across the parking lot, Artemis could hear her family bustling and calling for her to wait for them. Rolling her eyes, she stopped just before entering the station and put a hand on her hip. When her mother and brother finally caught up, they moved to the pillar that marked platforms 9 and 10 and she glanced at her watch again.

 

     10:45 AM.

 

     With just 15 minutes to spare, Artemis gave a small smile and ran through the pillar and onto platform 9-3/4 and moved to the side, staring at the train. Not too long after, her mother and brother also showed up behind her. Turning around, Artemis gave her mother a huge smile as they embraced each other. Yes, she could be somewhat sarcastic and make snide side remarks to her mother but that was HER mother nonetheless and she would miss her terribly. She nodded when her mother asked to write often and apologized that father couldn't make it due to work. She ruffled her brothers hair before enveloping him in a hug and made him promise to look after mom and to take care of he house elves. With that, she gave her family one last wave goodbye and boarded the bright red train.

 

     Sighing, she found a place to put her trunk and moved on to look for a place to sit. Most of all the compartments were full and the people inside looked as if they had already known each other from years before. It somewhat made her wish that she had talked to more people in her father circle of friends. Some of them had children around her age. In her defense though, they were all so snooty, it was hard to like them. Finally, Artemis came across a compartment that only had one girl sitting in it. This girl seemed to be around her age and Artemis smiled. a chance to make a new friend. Without hesitating, she slide the door open and smiled at the girl. "Do you mind? Everywhere is full."

 

 

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Mary Wilkins

Mary smiled when the door opened and a girl entered her compartment who looked to be around her own age. She could see the train was filling up but up until now, nobody else had discovered her compartment. Mary was starting to think that she might travel to Hogwarts alone. Mary wondered where G and Hazel where, they were surely on the train by now and she had given serious throught to looking for them. As she now had company though, she thought hat might not be necessary and maybe this journey might be a good opportunity to maybe make another friend.

 

The new arrival's first words were kindly spoken and offered with a smile. This was a good sign, since it seemed to show that the other girl might have a warm disposition. "Of course you can join me" she nodded at the new girl "I'm Mary."

 

She looked for a possible conversation opener, but it didn't take her long to settle on a possibility. "Do you know much about Hogwarts?" she asked "my brother's letters gave me a certain insight, but I would suspect that there is far more to be revealed." If the girl was of non-magical parentage, like her then perhaps she would know nothing at all but there was also the possibility that she came from a wizarding family and would have been coached in preparation for her first day of school.

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Artemis Eden

     Smiling, Artemis moved into the compartment swiftly and took a seat across from the girl. She sighed and set her small backpack on the seat next to her and made to get comfortable for the long journey ahead. She looked up when the girl introduced herself and smiled softly. "It's a pleasure to meet you Mary. I'm Artemis. You can call me Artie if you like."

 

     It was a only a brief moment of silence before the other girl Mary spoke up. Did Artie know about Hogwarts? Of course she did. What witch or wizard didn't? Artie nodded slowly and chuckled softly. "My mother and father have told my brothers and I a lot about the school. I'm the older sibling so I get to test out if all the rumors my parents told me about are true. Maybe then I can be like your brother and write to my younger siblings all about it." She looked the girl across from her up and down and tilted her head slightly. "Have your parents not told you about their adventures at Hogwarts?"

 

     Artemis heard the little dinging of a trolley. That must be where all the snacks were. She quickly reached into her bag and pulled out a handful of galleons before looking over at Mary. "My mother has always said the treats on the trolley are the best and I think I hear it coming. Would you like anything?"

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Mary Wilkins

The other girl introduced herself as Artemis, and offered a shortened form of her name as an alternative. "Okay, Artie" Mary smiled at her.

 

As she sat down, across from Mary she spoke about her own family. Apparently, this girl came from a magical home as her parents had told her about Hogwarts already, and she was flying the flag for her brothers as she was also the oldest sibling. "I figured that in magical homes, you would have been told about Hogwarts already" Mary nodded "I, on the other hand don't come from a magical household. My dad is a farmer. What I know about Hogwarts was revealed to me by my brother, and his friend." Maybe Artemis automatically assumed that everyone's parents went to Hogwarts, but Mary was happy to set the record straight.

 

When she compared herself to Joe, Mary saw a clear distinction though. "There is a difference" she pointed out "your brothers will know about the school already, but you will be able to confirm or deny your parents' descriptions."

 

There was a sound from somewhere nearby that sent Artie reaching into her pocket. By this time, Mary was familiar with wizarding coins, having been introduced to them by Joe and having spent some herself in Diagon Alley. Her companion offered to buy her some sweets, which Mary thought was particularly generous; they had only just met. She made a mental note to return the favour sometime soon. "That is very kind of you, Artie. Thank you." Mary responded "Joe didn't believe in magic until he was offered a chocolate frog on this train. Unlike my brother, I don't need convincing but I'd be more than happy to try one."

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Artemis Eden

     Artemis smiled and Slid the compartment door open, waving down the lady pushing the trolley. She asked politely for everything she wanted and paid before shuffling back into the compartment with the sweets, laying them all on the seat next to her. Her pile consisted of 3 packs of jelly slugs, 2 packs of Droobles chewing gum, 5 iced mice, 4 chocolate frogs, 1 large pack of Bertie Bott's every flavor bean, 6 pumpkin pasties, and 5 cauldron cakes. To say Artie had a sweet tooth was a bit of an understatement. She picked up a chocolate from the pile and handed it over to Mary. "Be careful with that. They only have one good one so don't let it get away."

 

     She began to stuff her face with a cauldron cake and looked up at her new friend. "You said your family isn't magical. You are muggleborn then? It's nice that you have a sibling you can share magic with. I've heard of some families where only one child had magic while the others didn't. Could cause some sort of rift between them, you know?" She finished her cauldron cake and shoved the wrapper n her bag not wanting to cause a mess in the compartment. 

 

     Zipping up her backpack, she turned to open up the jelly beans and held it out to Mary. "Have you had these yet? They are quite good...if you get a nice flavor. Some can be disgusting...buts it's a 50/50 chance." 

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Mary Wilkins

Artemis ducked out for a moment to purchase some sweets, and Mary was rather stunned by the haul she brought back with her. Whilst Mary enjoyed a few treats, she had been raised on a farm and had been taught the art of cookery by her own mother. She didn't mind a few sweets but that collection was excessive, to say the least.

 

Her new friend handed her one of the chocolate frogs, advising her to be careful. Mary smiled and nodded. "Thank you, I'll keep that in mind" she nodded as she carefully began to release her chocolate frog from its covering. The moment it was free, the frog leapt, but as fast is it was, Mary was faster. In a move that was swift, yet at the same time graceful, she pulled it out of the air. Putting a final end to her frog's escape attempt, she took a bite out of it and found the chocolate was to her liking. Knowing that the chocolate itself was only part of the treat, she looked down at the card that was resting in her box.

 

The image was of a young blonde woman in silver and blue robes, the girl was smiling and waving at her. "Luna Lovegood" she read the inscription "she certainly seems friendly." This card was in stark contrast to the one that Joe had been offered 2 years ago. "Joe didn't care much for his card" she pointed out "or perhaps it didn't care for him. Lucius, I believe its name was."

 

Artie asked if she was muggleborn, and Mary nodded. "I am told that is the term for it, yes" she confirmed "are both of your parents magical?" Hazel came from a magical home, so this wouldn't be too much of a revelation but she wondered if her new friend might offer any more insights into how the magical world worked. Her companion suggested that one child being magical whilst the other wasn't may be be a cause for division, but Mary wasn't quite so sure. "If they truly love each other, I don't see a grounds for separation" she explained "if they value magic as more important than family, perhaps they should reconsider their priorities."

 

By now Mary had finished her frog, and like Artie she too tidied away her packaging, although she kept hold of the card. Artie offered one of her beans, whilst warning her that they really were every flavour. "Thanks again, let's try that one." she picked a random bean from the pack. When she put it in her mouth though, she made a face and swallowed it quickly. "That is revolting!" she exclaimed "I can't say I've ever tasted one, but the image that came to mind was that of a verruca you might find on one of your feet."

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     "I heard that Lucuis was a right slimy git. I hope Joe didn't take him too serious." Artie chuckled a bit and joked. She, herself dug into the box of jelly beans and popped a light blue one into her mouth, laughing at her companions remark about her jelly bean. After a few chews, she scrunched her face. "Bleh! Soap. Maybe you could have had that one to clean out the verruca!"

 

    ''Yes, they both are. I'm a pureblood. I come from a long line of purebloods. There is an image you must maintain among the elite. It's rather bothersome to tell the truth." Sighing, Artie unwrapped a pumpkin pasty and listened as Mary once again, in her mind, undermined what she was trying to say. She was just trying to make friendly conversation. 

 

    "True, they should love each other but jealousy is a natural human trait and some can't over look one sibling getting something they didn't and it can seem unfair. Not everyone sees the good in things and not everyone can be happy for someone when they get to have a life of wonder. It's not about valuing magic. It's about how it makes them feel when one sibling can make a glass horse become animated and run around as if it were alive and the other feeling useless because they can't. Some parents might think its amazing and give so much attention to the witch or wizard and the muggle can slowly feel isolated. Or it can flip and the parents think the witch or wizard was freak and try to hide them and isolate them showing more attention the "normal" one. In both instances, one can resent the other and cause a riff between them. This is all hypothetical though of course. There are also cases, more often than not, where like you said, everyone is happy and handing out hugs and flowers left and right."  

 

    Artemis shrugged and turned to pick up some more candy before looking back at Mary. Deciding to change the subject, she settled for talking about their soon-to-be beloved home. "So, how much do you know about Hogwarts? What house and year is your brother in? What house are you hoping for?" She sat looking at Mary and gave her a small smile. "Also, there are more sweets here if you you would like to try anything else."

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"I don't think Joe took him seriously" Mary pointed out "he's magical, Joe doesn't trust magic." That was a curious admission after 2 years at Hogwarts but you really had to know Joe; he was a farm boy who was slow to adapt to new ideas and really didn't trust anything he didn't understand. Artie didn't volunteer anything interesting about Luna, but Mary could see there was at least a small description on her card.

 

Artie spoke of herself being purblood, and having two magical parents. What she said following that piqued Mary's curiosity though. "Why should you maintain an image" she pondered "what is wrong with just being honest with yourself?" Mary didn't really care for the idea of people trying to be something they weren't When Artie also described herself as elite, Mary raised an eyebrow. Her friend, G might be called elite, as he was a member of the aristocracy. Did Artie have a similar eminence in the magical community? "By what metric do you consider yourself elite?" she queried.

 

Artie expanded on what she was saying before, sayingi it was natural for one sibling to become jealous of another. Mary knew that such feelings could occur, but surely they could be tempered by reasoning and education. "Yes, Jealousy is a human emotion, but I don't think it serves any useful purpose" she pointed out "I think it better that such feelings are nipped in the bud early."  She offered a non-magical example that she felt might still be worth discussing. "I play the violin" she pointed out "Joe doesn't play an instrument. Should he be jealous of me because of my music? Likewise, Joe is skilled with his hands, he is turning into quite a craftsman. Should I envy him for that?" She added just a little more. "The bible describes envy as one of the deadly sins" she explained "I am not that religious, but I do feel the bible is right on some issues."

 

For a time, Mary wondered if Artemis was speaking from experience, but then she pointed out that she was only describing a hypothetical. Artie did offer some more sweets, but Mary wasn't all that familiar with them. "Is there anything in that pile that might contain mint?" she wondered "it might help aleviate  the taste of my bean."

 

By now though, her companion had changed the subject and was talking about Hogwarts houses. "Joe is in Hufflepuff" she explained, before considering which house she might be sorted into. "It would be helpful if I was sorted with Joe" she commented "but I've been told that I'd be a good fit for any house except Slytherin." She looked over at the girl who had asked the question. "How about you?"

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Artemis Eden

Artie leans forward with a packet of droobles in hand. "This should help. It's chewing gum." She decided to not continue with the previous subject if it was going to bring about religion. How did it go from feelings and emotions to religion? Artie wasn't even sure there WAS a God so she liked to stay away from the subject all together. It was better to just drop it.

 

"I can see you as a Ravenclaw. You seem like a know-it-all. I, myself, am hoping for Slytherin. My whole family has been in that house for centuries. I can't see myself in any other house." Artie grinned, knowing how proud her parents would be when she wrote  them telling them the good news. She would be carrying the family tradition.

 

"So, what lessons are you looking forward to?"

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Artie offered a packet of what she called droobles, which she described as chewing gum. "Thanks" Mary smiled, taking a piece from her. As it was described as chewing gum though, she did not eat any quite yet; they were engaged in a conversation and Mary did not care to eat with  her mouth full. Perhaps it would help, at a more appropriate time.

 

Her companion had also dropped their previous conversation, Mary noted which was a shame in a way as it left some of her questions unanswered. Artemis also saw her as a fit for Ravenclaw, describing her as a know-it-all but Mary shook her head. "If I were to be sorted into Ravenclaw, that would not be the reason" she pointed out "I could never be so arrogant as to claim that I know everything, and I know that I do not. The wise girl seeks knowledge, for she knows that she knows nothing." That was an old cliche perhaps, but Mary thought it was relevant. "If I was a know-it-all, why would I ask questions?"

 

She decided to explain her position a little more. "I have some knowledge of Hogwarts" she pointed out "as I am fortunate to have an older brother. He and his friend have armed me with some foreknowledge, but I am certain that you know more about Hogwarts than me. I also read, and that has increased my understanding. Like all of us though, what I don't know is far more significant than what I have already learned."

 

Artemis was keen on Slythern house; the one that seemed like the greatest mismatch for Mary, yet Mary wondered if her reasoning was her own. "If there is a long tradition, I can see you having an affiliation with Slythern" she nodded "but do consider that the hat will be sorting you, not your parents or distant ancestors."

 

She then asked about lessons and Mary could think of one in particular that was of interest to her. "I am curious about Potions" she pointed out "I do like to cook, and I can see certain similarities between preparing a meal and brewing a potion." She thought of another possibility. "Charms sounds useful too; being able to perform quick and useful spells with my wand." Once again she directed the question back at the girl who had asked it. "Do you have any preferences?"

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Artemis Eden

Artemis smiled and nodded at Mary's response about her wanting to be in Slytherin. She understood what the girl meant but her heart was set on it.

 

"I know that. It would be nice to be in Ravenclaw but honestly, other than it being a family tradition, my heart is set on Slytherin.  I often feel as if it's undermined or look down on because of who was affiliated with that house. It's a misunderstood house and I want to be able to be apart of it and show everyone that the members aren't all that bad. Aside from his hatred for muggleborns, Salazar Slytherin wanted his students to have some pretty amazing qualities. He valued ambition and determination. He wanted his students to be cunning strong leaders who were goal oriented and knew what they wanted in life and did what it took to get it. That's why I want to be a Slytherin."  

 

She hoped the other girl would understand. She wanted to be able to be one of the few students that would bridge the gap to promote house unity within the school. Artemis has looked down and her hands and gave a small smile before looking up. "I'm looking forward to potions. Brewing Drought of the Living Dead sounds promising." She smiles softly and unwraps a jelly slug and takes a bite as she looks out the window.

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Artemis pointed out that she, herself strongly desired Slytherin and Mary nodded; satisfied that Artemis was sorting herself, not her ancestors. "If Slytherin is the house that you seek, then I hope you achieve your dream." The other girl spoke passionately about the values she saw in Slytherin house, and how its founder sought those traits in the students he selected. "Ambition and the drive to succeed in life are strong

virtues" she approved "there are some who would step on others on their journey to the top, but I don't see that trait in you." Indeed, Artemis had shown herself to be generous, helpful and friendly, with a girl who was clearly not of magical heritage. She was driven, to be sure but she wasn't selfish. She also did not share Salazar Slytherin's bigoted opinions.

 

She offered a little more. "I hold no prejudice against Slytherin or any other house" she pointed out "All I know about Hogwarts, I have learned in the time since the man from the ministry first came to the farm to speak with Joe; before then I didn't even know that magic was real." She was sure that Artemis had gathered that already though. "What matters to me is the individual, not the hole into which their personal pigeon flew. I'd be more than happy to count as Slytherin girl as a friend."

 

Artemis also expressed an interest in Potions, and mentioned one in particular. "I can't say I am familiar with any specific potion" she pointed out "Joe doesn't really mention them, as though he is purposely trying to put the subject out of his mind. That is hardly surprising though; to say that Potions is not my brother's favourite class would be a gross understatement." From what Mary had heard, Joe had been responsible for most, if not all of the explosions to occur in that classroom in the last couple of years. "What is this Drought of Living Death?" she queried.

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