Devviona Montelli was described as 'strange', 'weird' & 'different' by most students at her school for 10 years. She knew all those words were true but didn't get the answer to why they were until her 11th birthday. After receiving her Hogwarts letter, her family moved to Europe: Surrey, England, shortly after. Away from the people she loved and grew up with, having to start it all over...all just to go to some wizarding school.
On the Hogwarts Express, she met and befriended people but one person she met stood out from the rest: Draco Malfoy. He was a pale boy with a pointed face, platinum blond hair and cold grey eyes with a hint of blue. Although the two had differences, they also had similarities. One was that they both had a deep, dark secret. Their first meeting...it wasn't so friendly and make matters worse, they were sorted into the same House, Slytherin.
They could talk to each other and get along at times but anything else, no. The argued and the more they did so, the more they were convinced they weren't gonna be the best of friends. The older they got, the more things changed and the more they learned about each other. They always wondered why one minute, things could be calm between them and the next minute, they could be nearly killing each other. What they were experiencing were changes and they could've been for the good or...they could've been for the bad...
It's funny really, how my whole entire life changed with that one letter that came through the mail.
July 17,1991: Today was my birthday, my 11th birthday to be exact. I'd just woken up & looked out my window: it was a beautiful day out on 83 Mary Drive in Roanoke, AL. I hopped out of bed, ran to the bathroom & took my shower. After 25 minutes, I was downstairs, eating breakfast & smiling as my little brother,sister & mom sung me happy birthday. My dad wasn't here because 2 years ago, when I was 9, he'd died in a car accident after he slipped off the road because of the slippery road caused by the rain. It was all over the newspapers in town. Ever since then, I never talked about him nor had I mentioned it.
I was more of a daddy's girl than a momma's girl so this hit me harder than Ellie & Zane. The kids in my grade kept trying to talk about it, all of them either had both of their parents or a step-mom or dad. They didn't know what it felt like to lose a parent so they kept saying stuff like:
"Do you miss your daddy?" "If your dad wasn't such a reckless driver & wasn't so stupid to drive in the rain, he'd still be here." "Good thing your mom is a responsible driver or she'd met the same faith as your dad, Devvi." I'd got in trouble for fighting since then because if you talk about my family, I'll hurt you.
My full name is Devviona Savanne Montelli so that's where Devvi comes from. I'm a straight "A" who's 5'5 with hazel eyes that changes with mood, a head full of dark brown hair & ends that reminded you of fire, a decent smile & medium skin. No, I wasn't a supermodel but I was pretty. Apart from the fighting, the teachers thought of me as "A sweet and smart little girl who's pretty and very mature for her age." They weren't so wrong on that.
I was in the middle of eating my birthday breakfast: Eggs, waffles with whipped cream & strawberries, orange juice, toast & a blueberry bagel when my younger brother, Zane, nudged my side & pointed towards the door. A little yellowish envelope had just fell through the little slider in the middle of the door. I put my fork down, walked over and picked it up. On the front it said:
Ms. D Montelli
83 Mary Drive,
What is this? I wondered. I flipped it around only to see a red stamp with a design on it and an H in the middle of it, sealing the letter. I opened up the letter & it said:
HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Ms. Montelli,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books & equipment.
Terms begin on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
After that, it had a list of supplies like books, uniform, other equipment & something about first years aren't allowed their own broomsticks. At first, I thought this was a prank but then I remembered reading called Myths: Wizards & Wizarding Schools & it said something about a school, over in Europe called Hogwarts. There was also a boy called Harry Potter, he was the boy who lived against the Avada Kedavra spell, also known as the Killing Curse.
I was super curious to know about the letter so I asked my mom "Mom....do you know about a school called Hogwarts? I just got a letter about it." I held up the letter for her to see.My mom looked frightened but that soon turned into an angry look.
"I know nothing about Hogwarts, just throw it away."
"Are you sure? It's got my name & list of supp-"
"I said, I don't know anything about, Devvi!"
"Mom, are you hiding something from me? You've never acted this way bef-"
"Devviona Savanne Montelli, I said I don't know anything about it! Throw. the.damn. letter. in. the .trash.!!!"
Everyone in the kitchen went silent and after that, she threw a biscuit at my face. Even though it was a biscuit, she's made them so hard, they were like scones so it hurt like crap.
No later than 20 minutes after that, my mom was holding me in her arms and kept apologizing about the biscuit. We were in the living room were Ellie and Zane were playing tag. I kept telling her "Mom, I'm fine, really" and I was being honest. Yes, it hurt but not for long. If someone punched me or I got injured, it only lasted for a minute or so but I guess since my face was still shocked, she thought it was emergency pain. Finally she let go of me and looked at me, her face was serious.
"Devvi....do you wanna know why you received that Hogwarts letter & why I kept denying knowing about it?"
I nodded my head.
She took a deep breath & said "Devvi, you're a witch. Not fully but half blood. Your father was a muggle. That's what we wizards call non-magical beings who are also known as humans. I'm a pure-blood witch. We were gonna tell you the day he died. Hogwarts is short for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. It's a school, hidden from the naked eye, for wizards & witches who age from eleven to eighteen. There are four houses: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. They are named after the last name of their founders: Salazar Slytherin, Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. It's like regular school but you don't come home till summer. You also spend seven years there.
Slytherins: They're known for their ambition, cunning, leadership, resourcefulness and willing to do anything to get their way. Their house mascot is the serpent and colors are green and silver. The Head of this house is the Potions teacher, Severus Snape.
Gryffindors: They're known for their courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry. Their mascot is the lion and colors are scarlet and gold.The Head of Gryffindor is the Transfiguration teacher and Deputy Headmistress, Minerva McGonagall.
Ravenclaws: They're known for their intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit. Their mascot is an eagle and colors are blue and bronze. The Head of this house is the Charms professor, Filius Flitwick.
And last but not least:
Hufflepuffs: They're known for their hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty. Their mascot is the badger and canary yellow and black are their colors. The Head of this house is the Herbology teacher,Pomona Sprout.
There are seven subjects that first year's have to take: Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, History of Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy and Herbology. At the end of the year, the students take a test and if they pass, they continue onto their second year. Each house has a ghost but you'll see them when you go to Hogwarts."
"Wait...you're letting me go to Hogwarts and I'm a witch?!" I asked, shocked by all she'd told me.
"Yes, I'm letting you go, Devvi. Since I went, I think it's fair that you go too." She hugged me tight & I hugged her back.
"This is awesome!" I exclaimed, jumping around and was super excited to tell my best friends: Logan, Alex, Ezra, Mikey, Bree and Jackson.
I guess my mom read my mind because she said, "Devvi, sweetie.....you can't tell your best friends. We have to move to Europe in order for you to go because Hogwarts is in Scotland." She looked away when she said that.
"What?!" I stopped jumping to look at her. "I have to move to Europe.....I'll never see my best friends again...." I was on the urge to cry.
"But you'll make new friends at Hogwarts" She said trying to cheer me up.
"Yeah but it won't be the same" I said, wiping the tears that escaped from my eyes away. "So um....when do we move?"
"We'll have to move in 2 weeks in order to get everything straightened out in time."
"Ok.....I guess this is still awesome" I told her, a smile forming on my face.
I stood up and yelled, "Europe, here I come! Hogwarts.....I hope you're ready for me because I'm not your ordinary eleven year old!