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Emma Mason ([personal profile] parental_guidance) wrote2014-07-17 09:56 pm

back to school shopping

Dear Miss Mason,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...


Emma's parents are thrilled. Such a good school, so well respected, and those alumni- just look at the battle against the Dark Lord! All that talent!- they're beyond proud. Emma's pleased on their behalf, of course. She wants to make her parents proud. She doesn't ask how badly the school was damaged in the war; she doesn't inquire how many teachers are missing or dead; she doesn't mention wishing she could stay home for a year. Maybe until things are just a little more rebuilt.

(She thinks it, though.)

She smiles and hugs her parents and agrees yes, of course it's wonderful, helping to rebuild the wizarding world is important. She'll start school in the fall, become a better witch.

And, as her mother points out excitedly- now they need to go shopping.



Emma's hardly unfamiliar with Diagon Alley. It's the place to be seen, as far as her parents are concerned, so that's where they've always shopped. But it feels different, somehow, to be shopping for Hogwarts. Her mother is showing every shopkeeper the list, fingers underlining the Hogwarts letterhead. Her father is stopping every friend he sees, talking loudly about "here to shop for Emma's first year, at Hogwarts you know".

Emma wants to scrunch up and hide from the attention, but her parents are so happy. It's only just the once she starts school, she supposes. She plasters on a smile and follows after her mother. Almost done now; all she needs is a wand.

And as everyone knows, there's only one place to get those.
chanuphis: (i ~ pronunciation)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
There is a girl her own age mid-argument with Ollivander himself.

"Are you planning to mistreat this wand?" he asks. "Perhaps you would prefer to return it and get a more disposable model -"

"No! I just want to have two. I'll be very good to the both of them."

"Are you planning to lose your wand, Miss Swan?"

"No one plans to lose things. I just want two. I have enough money for a second one from my mum, please, let me try some more."
chanuphis: (j ~ middle name)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's going to be the most important thing I own," says Miss Swan. "I don't mean to lose it or break it or let someone steal it, but if it happens I don't want to be wandless until I can replace it. They only cost seven Galleons, and my mum said it was sensible of me to want two."

"Nevertheless, Miss Swan, I will not be accommodating you," says Ollivander.

"This is a store, and I have another seven Galleons," Miss Swan begins, but Ollivander shushes her with a gesture and turns to Emma.

"Now, you're starting Hogwarts this year too, are you?"
chanuphis: (m ~ hufflepuff)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"I can wait," says Miss Swan, folding her arms.

"You will be disappointed," Ollivander warns Miss Swan, and he proceeds to take bizarre measurements from Emma and then present her with wands to try.
chanuphis: (h ~ the owly)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mr. Ollivander," says Miss Swan, "if you won't sell me a second wand, can you tell me who will?"

"The highest-quality wands are in this very shop, Miss Swan."

"I came here first. I'd buy my second from you if you'd let me. I'm not insulting your quality. Please tell me where I can find another wand shop for a spare."

Ollivander hems and haws and gives her an address that "may have something secondhand".

Miss Swan nods, thanks him, curls her mass of braids into a bun at the nape of her neck and sticks her new wand through it, and marches out.
chanuphis: (g ~ hat)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
The address is a pawn shop. It is not principally devoted to wands, but the proprietor has produced about thirty of them for Miss Swan to try, and she's working her way through the lot diligently.

"Oh, hello again," she says to Emma.
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's not your fault. I'm Miranda," adds, apparently, Miranda.
chanuphis: (e ~ chimera)

[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not yet, but it's worth a try." Miranda picks up another wand; nothing. "Do you want a second one too?"
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"My mum is unpacking the new apartment," Miranda says. "She said I could get my things myself if I liked, so I did."
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"The new apartment is just down Plur Alley, I can run home if I need her," says Miranda. "But I don't see why I would. I know not to go into Knockturn and I know how much my things are supposed to cost and we moved back in the first place because You-Know-Who is properly gone again so it should be pretty safe."
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's okay. My mum is very excited that I'm going to Hogwarts instead of the Owly." Miranda tries another wand; nope.
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mum went to Hogwarts so she prefers it but I would have been fine staying in Australia, too. Except it's very far from my dad. Also it gets beastly hot in summertime."
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Miranda shakes her head and goes through the last five wands briskly. Nothing.

"Excuse me, do you have any more?" she calls to the proprietress.

"Not in the standard varieties, dear - I mean, we have some curiosity pieces. I could let you try them if you insist, I suppose it would be all right since you have a perfectly good wand already..."

"What makes them curiosity pieces, please?"

"Nonstandard materials, mostly. I'll get them." She scoops up the ordinary wands and bustles away with them.
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[personal profile] chanuphis 2014-07-17 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
The new wands are odd shapes and lengths and colors. Miranda gamely tries them. In one case she has to be corrected about which end is the handle. The proprietress watches curiously.

When she picks up a relatively normal-looking hazel-wand from its dusty old box, a globe of light sprouts at its tip and engulfs a diameter of six feet inside of two seconds before it goes out just as abruptly.

"Whoa," says Miranda. "What's in this one?"

"Hazel and - well, the person who pawned it said chimaera hair, but it's hard to be sure unless we wanted to take it apart," says the proprietress with interest. "Whatever it is clearly is both magical and friendly to you, though! Do you want that one?"

"It's not hideously expensive for having chimaera hair, is it?" Miranda asks.

"Oh, no, dear, it's not even as much as a new Ollivander, five galleons," the proprietress says.

"Oh, good," says Miranda, and she hands over the requisite gold and stick the wand in her hair.

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