July 17, 1991
I bought this stupid book, my mom called it a diary but that is way too girly for my taste, so I'll call it my…writing book. I got a letter from Hogwarts, the school my mom and dad went to when they were young. Hmm. Mom and Dad young…scary thought. Anyway, when I got the letter, my mom was so happy that she said that we were heading to Diagon Alley the next morning. I love that place. So many interesting shops…. For a birthday present, which was yesterday as well, my dad bought me a beautiful dark feathered owl. I named him Midnight.
We went to Flourish and Blotts and got my spell books, that reminds me, I need to read them later, and then we finally went to Olivander's and got my wand. It was a very interesting experience. I walked in the shop, alone might I add, Mom and Dad wanted some ice cream from Fortescue. I saw a boy who is so annoying. Well, that is my first opinion anyway. He had dark hair, fair skin, and a very annoying Irish accent. But that's not important. I waited for the annoying boy to leave, and then I started to notice the man behind the counter. He was an old man, very little hair, and he was strangely creepy. He said, "Hello Mr. Smith." I wondered how he knew my name for a second, but then remembered the task at hand.
I said, "Mr. Olivander, I need to get a wand." I said that rather shakily, might I add. Then the man laughed at me! He laughed at me!
"Of course you do! That's why you're here. So let's see how this works…." I then tried about six wands before he found the perfect wand. It was 12 inches, made from oak, and had a phoenix feather core. I kept staring at it with awe. My own wand, finally. The man continued talking, "This wand is rather swishy, so it will most likely be good for charm work."
I then paid for it, and quickly left the shop. I found my mom and dad pigging out on ice cream. The nerve of them, I was in there being scared to death by a crazy senile old man and they were pigging out on ice cream. That's just what I needed. I showed them the wand. My dad was pleased with it.
"Reminds me of my first wand, it was made of holly and had a unicorn hair core. It was perfect for transfiguration work." He then continued eating his ice cream. We had three stops left, the Apothecary, to get my potions stuff, Madame Malkin's, to get my robes, and then into Muggle London to get some stuff for my mother.
"I bought you this diary so that you could record your thoughts. I remember when I had one. Very fun thing diaries are." I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I'm not a girl! Only girls have diaries! Boys have writing books! Doesn't everyone know that?
After they finally finished pigging out, we headed to the Apothecary. That place smells horrible. Madame Malkin's was a very uneventful place, though I saw that annoying boy again. And this time, he was with his mother, who also had an Irish accent. Gosh they are annoying! Hopefully the boy isn't in my house in Hogwarts.
We got home later that night. I quickly started reading my spell books. I looked at a few simple ones, and my favorite so far is Wengardium Leviosa. It supposedly makes objects fly. I couldn't make this writing book fly though. Maybe it's a dud spell. Only in there to make children think that it will make all of their possessions fly. I'll have to ask Dad later. I think I will. I'll write what happens when I get back.
I just asked Dad if it worked. He laughed at me too. First that weird wand guy and now my own father?! Was I doomed to not have a normal wizarding career? Maybe I'll be in Hufflepuff. I hope not. That's the house of pansies, so my cousin said, who graduated last year. I better not worry about that quite yet. I don't even know how they sort you into houses! Mom said that she wants it to be a secret. She said to read Hogwarts, A History, one of the books I bought to day. So far it is very interesting. Gryffindor and Ravenclaw sound like the best houses in my opinion.
And I'm not biased! Just because my mom was a Ravenclaw, and my dad was a Gryffindor doesn't mean that I favor them! Or does it? I better go to sleep and stop rambling for now.
I'm starting to get really bored. I've read most of Magical Herbs and Fungi, my book for Herbology, and I've read part of Beginner Trangsfiguration. Transfiguration sounds really hard for now. I'll have to study, and study well!
I also succeeded in doing a spell! It only took six hours to get it right! I can now make my wand light up a little. Very little. I asked Mom, and she said to keep practicing. Practice makes perfect, she always says. Her Ravenclawness is coming out. I hate it when that happens.
I might write a little more depending on how bored I get! Hopefully once school starts I'll be writing more often, and have things to write about. Gosh I'm such a dweeb.