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James Grey
Posted: Apr 10 2013, 08:17 PM


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    Even though his main hobby at Hogwarts since he had gotten there had been wandering around aimlessly (exploring! Adventuring!), Jamie was still interested in discovering everything about the castle. His current fixation was with the unused classrooms, which were all sort of entertaining because they were dusty and empty and had interesting things in them sometimes. He had ended up in one when he had gotten an idea, brought on by the fact that the classroom had two doors going into it.

    The (possibly against school rules) idea involved stacking the rickety desks that were scattered haphazardly around the classroom against the door he hadn't used to get in. After moving one desk up to it Jamie had gotten sick of that, and as so was playing with his wand and trying to ignore the fact that sometimes the spell didn't work or the desk fell partway through its journey.

    He sat on top of the one desk he wasn't planning on moving and flicked his wand. "Wingardium Leviosa!"

    Well, he did need practice to get better at the spell.

    (And blockading one's self in a classroom was super fun.)


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Katy Farthing
Posted: Apr 22 2013, 10:57 AM


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As per usual, Katy had nowhere to be at this precise moment in time. She'd just finished eating in the Great Hall, and had at least an hour before her next lesson. So, due to the fact that the girl hated sitting still, and that her common room contained nothing but armchairs for that very purpose, she had decided to commence her usual pastime: wandering aimlessly around school.

This was by far less boring than it sounded. Katy hadn't been at Hogwarts all too long, and the school was neither small nor uninteresting, so there was never a shortage of things for her to discover. Only last week she could swear she had discovered a secret passage out of school. One day, she might follow it. Maybe once she had been exceptionally good for a long while, so that they might forgive her for one naughty thing. Cheered by this exciting thought, the girl skipped slightly up the flight of stairs she was on, and the sudden rumble of movement caught her off guard, flinging her into the bannister.

Soon, she found herself outside a disused classroom. She often found herself outside this particular one, because it had two doors, something she found very interesting and unusual. She put a hand on the handle, and pushed the door. But it was locked. Katy frowned, suspiciously. She pushed herself against the door again, but still it would not yield. This room was never locked. She had visited it so often that she was certain no lessons were ever held in it, that no clubs or teams met there. And even if they did, why would they lock the door? She thought about turning back, continuing her ramble and finding somewhere else in which to occupy the next hour, but her curiosity overwhelmed her, and she tried again to force entry to the room.
"Hello?" she called, not in an unfriendly way, pushing her shoulder against the door, and hammering on it with her fist. "What are you doing in there? Open up!"


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James Grey
Posted: Apr 25 2013, 10:06 PM


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    The hammering on the door broke Jamie's concentration, sending the chair he had been levitating clattering back down upon the floor. He winced at the sound but decided to respond to the knocks anyways; he could not identify the age of the person from voice alone, and if it - it? maybe a she - was a prefect he supposed he might be in trouble.

    Jamie didn't care much about detentions, but he did care about losing house points. He was pretty sure that he had his priorities in the right order, especially because having lots of house points would let Gryffindor beat his step-sisters' house in the house cup.

    He approached his pile of chairs and stood on his tiptoes for a second, as if this might help him somehow learn to see through doors. It didn't, so he settled for making conversation with whoever it was.

    "I'm making the room a fortress!" Jamie yelled. "The other door's still unlocked if you really want to come in." Hopefully they would be fun, and not a prefect - but if a prefect, Jamie hoped that this stranger would decide that one door being open was just as good as all the doors being open. Not that he had left the classroom accessible because of that.

    He wasn't blocking everything because, unfortunately, his need to leave the abandoned classroom eventually meant that he could not properly barricade the place. Jamie was very disappointed by this, but not so disappointed that he would block the entire classroom off anyways.

    He also wasn't sure that he had enough desks for that project.


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Katy Farthing
Posted: Apr 27 2013, 09:02 AM


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Katy's eyes lit up. A fortress! Oh, how exciting! This was better than she had hoped. The room, exciting though it was to discover new places, was usually fun for a good fifteen minutes, after which the girl's short attention span would take over and she would find somewhere else to play.

Ignoring the great crash from inside the room (she decided that an important battle must be taking place), she ran a little further up the corridor, dragging her hand lightly across the wall until she came to the other door. A gleaming smile still on her face, she put a hand on the handle and opened the door to the classroom.

Desks. A huge pile of falling-apart desks were pushed up into a great mountain against the door, completely blocking any access to the room that way. They must have been placed there by magic, because judging by the small stature of the boy standing next to them, there was no way they could have been manually stacked.

The girl tore her awed gaze from the desks, and faced the boy. "Hi," she announced. "My name's Katy Farthing, and I've come for the fort!"


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James Grey
Posted: May 4 2013, 10:40 AM


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    Jamie turned around and grinned broadly when he saw that the knocker had joined him. "Hello!" he said. "Jamie Grey! Thanks for joining me." He could use all the help he could get, especially because Wingardium Leviosa was sort of hard, and he wasn't sure how long it would take him if he kept accidentally dropping the desks. Also, he liked having company.

    "You're in Gryffindor, right? Me too," Jamie said. He was pretty sure that Miss Farthing was one of his house and yearmates, although they had never really spoken before. If she liked forts, though, he was certain that she wasn't boring, and that he wouldn't find her objectionable.

    "I've been using that spell we learned in Ollivander's class to move them," Jamie said, "Wingardium Leviosa? Except I dropped one." He frowned at it. Oh well - practice was the only way to get better, right? And at least the desk hadn't broken.


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Katy Farthing
Posted: May 5 2013, 09:56 AM


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Katy grinned back. The boy had a mischievous air about him which she found quite interesting.
"Yes, I think you are in my Charms and Transfiguration classes," she said, recognising his name. "And yes, I am a Gryffindor! I'm definitely not cut out to be a Ravenclaw, I don't like to think I would ever be in Slytherin, and... Hufflepuffs are boring." Suddenly, the girl remembered with an unpleasant feeling what Odira Browne had told her about generalising based on house. "I mean, well, a lot of them," she finished, lamely.

"Oh yes, Wingardium Leviosa, I can do that spell," Katy smiled, pleased that she'd just finished writing an essay on it back in the common room. It was unlike her not to leave her homework to the very last minute. Her eyes followed where Jamie was pointing, to the only desk in the room that wasn't serving as part of the barricade.

She stared at it, screwing up her concentration. Oh, please let me be able to do it, she thought. It would be simply dreadful to make a fool out of myself in front of a potential new friend. Pulling her wand from her robes, she swished and flicked, and chanted "Wingardium Leviosa!"

Slowly but surely, the desk began to rise. Yes! It had worked! In jubilation, her arms flailed, and the desk rocketed upwards.
"Oh, owl droppings!" Katy cried, steadying her wand hand just before the desk crashed into the ceiling. Exhaling with a small laugh, she manoeuvred the desk and managed to stack it onto the summit of the barricade without anyone sustaining any injuries.

"See?"


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James Grey
Posted: May 18 2013, 09:00 AM


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    Jamie laughed. "Gryffindor is the best house, don't you think?" he said cheerfully. "My sister Becky is in Slytherin, but I think she's the exception because - have you ever talked to Kristoffer Lestrange? He's awful." Jamie didn't like Lestrange at all, but he supposed that that was okay because Lestrange was in a different house than he was, so he did not have to see him very often.

    He had hoped to be in Becky's house, when he had first arrived at Hogwarts, but it was not worth rooming with Lestrange. Jamie rather liked being a Gryffindor - he wasn't with the Chaucer twins, which was good, and instead he got to room with Benji Lee and Charles Cardew and his cousin Kenton.

    Obviously the best situation he could have asked for.

    He watched in anticipation as Miss Katy performed the spell, just barely keeping himself from gasping as she almost struck the ceiling. But no; Katy Farthing had performed the spell successfully, and Jamie was very pleased.

    "That was excellent!" Jamie said, "This'll go so much faster with the both of us." He wasn't even sure what the point of making a barricade was; just that it was fun, and it would certainly catch the attention of the next person to try to get in through the blocked door.


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Katy Farthing
Posted: May 20 2013, 01:25 PM


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"Oh, I don't think I know who that is," Katy said, thinking hard. No, she definitely didn't know that name. "Well, I'm sure your sister is very nice," she nodded. Inwardly, the girl wasn't sure that she had met a nice Slytherin thus far, but, remembering Miss Browne's words, she decided there must be a first time for everything.

"Honestly, I've been here for many months now and I still know very few people," she groaned, more to herself than to the boy. Though she was never one to have a small group of close friends, and was more friends with everyone, she didn't feel like she had many friends at all at Hogwarts.

However, this was not too much of a problem, as she found many ways of keeping herself amused in such a magical and interesting place.

Very impressed with the standard of her magic, she let out a little laugh.
"Oh, I'm not too good at magic!" she explained, grinning. "That was probably the best I have ever been able to do it! Even after writing a terribly long essay on it. I do dislike essay-writing. I would much rather practise the magic. Although more often than not that tends to end in injury." Katy bit her lip, instantly remembering the dreaded Exploding Hair incident, and then trying to push it out of her mind.


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James Grey
Posted: Jun 4 2013, 07:56 PM


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    "Sometimes I think it's a bit hard to meet people you're not rooming with," Jamie said, thinking that maybe this was actually because he spent so much of his time traversing.

    "I'm sort of bad too," Jamie assured her, "That's why I'm doing this, to practice. And essays are boring and stupid and terrible. I wish that we never had to do them." Essays were Jamie's least favorite part of life at Hogwarts, and if he could have set them all on fire, he would have.

    Unfortunately, if he did that he would fail out of school and die in a ditch or something equally unfortunate.

    "Maybe when we're older we'll be better!" Jamie said, "And then when the firsties are talking about how they're bad at magic we can be smug because we know how things'll change!"

    He really liked the idea of that.


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Katy Farthing
Posted: Jun 12 2013, 11:25 AM


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"Yes," Katy agreed. "The girls in my dorm are..." she paused. "Well, they're all perfectly lovely, but I don't know... they just don't particularly attract my friendship."

Being quite an amiable girl, Katy was happy to hold a conversation with just about anyone, but she was quite particular over choosing friends she really liked. Unfortunately, that meant she hadn't very many friends. Fortunately, she thought, smiling at the boy in front of her, she might have just made one.

Katy was interested to hear the small boy come out with such a strong opinion on essays.
"Oh, I don't mind the short ones," Katy said, realising she was still clutching her wand and slipping it back into her robes. "It's when they're feet and feet long and take up your entire evening writing them when you could be trying to find hidden rooms in the castle that I take offence at them!" she laughed, thinking of hidden room again. She wondered if there really were any? She'd heard some of the second-years talking reverently of one a few days ago, and she was determined to find one. She felt her year at Hogwarts would be completely wasted if she didn't.

"Maybe when we're older we'll be better. And then when the firsties are talking about how they're bad at magic we can be smug because we know how things'll change!" Jamie grinned.

Katy enjoyed this idea, and the smugness the boy spoke of played about her face for a minute as she thought of it. "Yes! And we'll know so much magic by then, we'll be off having so much fun, and they won't!" She grinned, wickedly. "Oh, I can't wait until I can do a Confundus charm..!"


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James Grey
Posted: Jun 21 2013, 06:07 PM


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Jamie grinned. "You're right," he said, "Those are so much worse than the shorter ones. I always feel like I'm repeating myself too much." If only essays were always only as long as he could talk about the subject without feeling bored! Although, Jamie supposed that would make all of his essays only a paragraph or two long. He just couldn't win, could he?

Obviously this was part of a massive conspiracy by the teachers to make him eventually accept the evil of essays as something normal. Well, Jamie wouldn't stand for that - or at least he wouldn't stand for that if there was absolutely anything he thought he could do about it. Humph.

"A confundus charm!" Jamie said, "Oh, that'll be brilliant - I can't wait until we can disarm people, that'll be fun." He hoped they learned that one within the next few years, because as of right now Jamie thought that they all just looked silly when they competed in the dueling competitions.

"I think there ought to be hidden rooms," he added, "I mean, there are staircases that can move and walls that pretend to be doors - why not doors that pretend to be walls?" It certainly made since in his head; if some things broke the logical rules of the non-magical world, then their opposites should break the same rules, right? Right.

"We should vow to find the hidden room," Jamie said, "Before we're done with school, I mean."


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Katy Farthing
Posted: Jul 1 2013, 10:11 AM


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"I think..." Katy began, concentrating hard on levitating a spider on the windowsill, "...I think that if they wish us to answer a question, they should simply ask us normally. Or ask us to demonstrate our knowledge practically, like this." She looked to Jamie for agreement, and the spider dropped silently back onto the sill. "When are we ever going to have to write feet and feet of parchment in order to answer one simple question in the real world? Imagine, you walk into a broomstick shop, and the cashier asks if he can help you. And you begin with, 'It is widely debated whether or not cashiers can in fact help you..." Katy chuckled. Oh, how odd life was.

"Oh yes," Katy agreed, nodding. "Disarming is very important, I think. Although I do think we learn it this year, or next year at the latest, because they do regard it as quite a basic spell. Which, I suppose, it is, but I think it could be quite useful. Especially if you were about to die. They couldn't cast the Killing Curse then."

As Jamie told her this plan, the proposal to find the hidden room she was so sure existed, Katy's eyes began to shine.
"We must," she vowed, solemnly. She grinned. "I've definitely heard people talk about it before!" she insisted, slightly annoyed with herself that she could not remember whom. "We absolutely must find it, I shall simply die if we don't!" she proclaimed, dramatically. Well, she did have such an insatiable thirst for adventure. (And being dramatic, actually, too.)


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James Grey
Posted: Jul 3 2013, 04:15 PM


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    "I should hope that we don't get into any real duels before we can disarm people," Jamie said, immediately mildly worried by this option. He wanted to be a great warrior - a knight really, even though knights didn't really exist anymore - but he did not want to die!

    The heroes were never supposed to die. Sometimes in darker stories they did, but they were not supposed to.

    "I'm confident that we will," Jamie said, "I mean if people have found it on accident, how hard can it be? We're determined." And the determination was the important part, Jamie was convinced; the people who had found it on accident were just flukes, because if he and Katy really wanted to locate the room they just had to.

    Maybe it was a twisted sort of logic, even he knew that, but she would just die if they didn't! Surely the secret room would understand that, or at least he hoped it would understand it. Jamie would be awfully sad if his new friend - he hoped they were now friends - died because they had failed on their quest. (Even if she - and him too, now - was just being a little bit dramatic.)


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