There really was a safe-hold of some type in Ballymena.
You don't suppose You-Know-Who reads the Herald, do you? But no, I mean, Nora made it up! Didn't she?
Times like this sometimes I think it would have been easier if I'd never found out about Hogwarts in the first place. Not that I guess I could truly escape it, but it wouldn't seem quite so...scary. I Owled Mum about it and she seemed surprised I asked. Seems like the story with the Muggles is that it's just another one of those terrorist attacks Northern Ireland is known for. Even with me, she didn't make the connection of this whole wide...War.
They do say ignorance is bliss. I wonder if it's really any better, though.
Happy Birthday, Brittany!
How does it feel to finally be of age? I have...less than six months to go!
I'm really in a much better mood than I've been lately - winning our Quidditch match totally helped. I'm so pleased that Viola and Jen got to win their very first game played on the team, and Jen really is quite a Seeker - not up to Cho's level yet, of course, but she'll get there, I think.
In this case, it's probably lucky that Eloise wasn't Seeking for Hufflepuff, so the Seekers were on more even ground.
And the Charity design project is finally starting to come together, which is fabulous. A carnival - it really sounds like it'll be a good time!
Everything seems so quiet and sombre here on the train. Not that I'm complaining about the lack of fights and yelling that usually occur
and are started by people like Sylvie Fawcett, its just a little odd on the whole. Bit awkward, too.
Part of me just wants to stay at home with my family. Things are really scary right now and I'm not sure what I'd do if anything were to happen to them. On the other hand, I know the best thing is to return to Hogwarts so I can continue my education and help defend them and myself better than I would just sitting in my Muggle world.
They're not completely unaware of what's going on, especially now that it seems like things are starting to affect more than just the wizarding world. How long can the Muggles, who have nothing to do with anything, stay out of this?
In fact, how long will 'this' last?
I guess we just have to make the best of it as we can, but God that's hard sometimes...
...Though I guess there's not much happy about it this year.
Still, I hope the day's as good for everyone as it can possibly be, anyway.
My magic's definitely fully back now and it's just utterly fantastic. Today for the first time, Madam Pomfrey cleared me to practise Quidditch again. I'm sure Anthony must be thrilled, and I know I'm certainly very happy about it. It's funny, when I tried out for the team last year, I really never did think I would get quite as attached to Quidditch as it turns out, but I really missed flying when I was sick.
Having to catch up in classes hasn't been quite as fun - I've really been working over time these past couple of days, but at least I did as much as I could while incapacitated, and so many people have been kind enough to help me! Thank you to everyone that has!
Maybe now that magic's back we can finally start to get a bit more organised on this charity design project, too.
I think I did some magic!
I was working on my Transfiguration for tomorrow and I've been practising the wand movements we've learnt in class while I was doing so, because even if it's not working, I want to have the proper movements down for when my magic does come back. And something just happened! Not what was supposed to...but something! Let me try again!
There, yay! I tried Accioing something over to myself, and that didn't work, but I managed to Wingardium Leviosa a piece of parchment! I did magic! I feel like such a first year again but I did magic!
This is so utterly exciting!
I never realised how utterly helpless I would feel without magic. How adapted I've become to the life of a witch that without the powers that make me what I am...I feel like absolutely nothing.
It's certainly...well, something, to sit in on a Charms class when all you can do is take notes because you can't manage the Banishing Charms the healthy portion of your class is doing. Fortunately Muggle Studies isn't much affected by this illness, this...Squibbles. I should probably be fine in History of Magic tomorrow, too. So at least there are a few classes I shouldn't fall too far behind in, once I finish up all I missed last week.
Still, this is absolutely horrible. I really hope it doesn't last too much longer.