Chapter 1 : Platform 9 3/4
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I shook my head and washed my hands in the sink. As I was drying my hands, I was shoved roughly out of the way by some lady in 8-inch high heels and a slutty business suit. She was blabbering on and on, but I couldn't hear her, so I just stood there, crossing my arms over my chest.
The lady finally turned to look at me. "Are you even listening to me?" I saw her say, standing with her hands on her hips.
I shook my head, smiling slightly. "No, I'm not listening. You know why? 'Cause I'm bloody deaf, that's why, you bitch!" I brushed past her and left the bathroom before I could see her say anything else.
I made my way through the crowded station to where Hagrid, Harry and I had had lunch. As I reached the table, Hagrid was standing up.
"It's all on yer tickets, all you have to do is look." I saw him say. I turned to Harry and looked at the tickets he was holding. They said platform 9 3/4.
"What does that mean?" I signed to Harry.
"Don't know." He signs back. Then he turned to where Hagrid had been standing, his lips moving. But I looked up and saw that Hagrid was already gone.
Harry turned back to me, shrugged, and signed, "Come on."
We steered our carts and headed through the station. Harry stuck right by my side the whole time.
"There's platform 9." I said, pointing. "And platform 10."
I saw Harry sigh. Then he turned around like he'd heard something. He was watching a family of redheads as they passed us.
I tapped him on the shoulder. "What is it?" I signed.
"They know how to get on the train!" He signed urgently. He waved to me and we pushed our carts after the family hurriedly.
When we reached them, I saw that there were only three. There had been 6 to begin with. Harry started talking to the one who looked like the mother. She smiled at me and I waved back. "Hi." I said, seeing that the two other redheads were kids, a boy who was about Harry's and mine age, and a girl who was younger. The lady pointed to the wall between the stations.
Harry signed to me that we had to run straight at the wall to get into the real station.
"What are you crazy?" I signed back as the woman and her two remaining children stared at me.
"Trust me." Harry signed. "Please."
I nodded. "Okay." I signed.
Then I grabbed my cart and ran for the wall, trying not to wince. I came out on the other side in a station that looked exactly like the other one, but only had one train and people were...different over here. I turned around in time to see Harry run through and laughed at the look on his face. He looked shocked to see that he was still alive. Harry smiled when he saw me laughing. He says that my laugh is really pleasant to hear.
"Can you believe this?" Harry signed as the other redheads burst through the wall. I shook my head as we pushed our way through the crowd.
We came to a compartment towards the middle of the train that was still empty. We stopped and I was about to pick up my trunk when I was rammed into from behind. I fell and felt something fall on top of me
I looked up and one of the redheads had fallen on top of me. His mouth was moving a mile a minute and I couldn't follow what he was saying. I held up my hands to my ears, but the guy had stopped and was gaping at Harry.
"What did you say to him?" I signed furiously, knowing the answer.
Harry looked pained. "I...said you were deaf." He both spoke and signed.
I turned away from him and grabbed my trunk and threw it into the compartment along with my new owl Evalinne. I felt a tap on the shoulder and turned to see the guy.
I was able to read his lips this time.
"I'm awfully sorry I fell on you." He said, half smiling.
Smiling in return, I waved my hand in the air. "It's fine. Don't worry about it."
"I'm George Weasley." I saw him say.
"It's nice to meet you, George." I said, turning to the compartment where Harry was waiting.
George tapped me again."Wait, I didn't catch your name."
I blushed. "Sorry. Hollie. Hollie Potter. I'll see you." I turned and climbed into the compartment then, shutting the door behind me. I sat across from Harry and glared at him as he tried to avoid my gaze.
"Why? Why did you do that,Harry?" I signed rapidly as the train started moving.
"I-I'm sorry,okay?" Harry said and signed. "I knew he was going way to fast for you to understand. I was just trying to help you."
I shook my head violently. "You want to help me?" I signed to him.
"Then STOP doing that!" I signed furiously. "Please." I signed not as harshly, my face more relaxed.
"Okay, I'm really sorry." Harry replied, obviously relieved that I'd calmed down.
Then he looked to the compartment door on my left. I turned and saw the younger redhead boy standing there. He said something to Harry who signed to me quickly, "Do you mind if he sits here?"
I shook my head and waved the kid in. He shut the door and sat down next to Harry, watching me warily. He said something really fast and I couldn't understand.
Harry kept his mouth shut, watching me.
"I'm deaf. I can't hear you." I said,pointing to my ear. "Could you speak a little slower so that I can read your lips?"
The kid nodded hurriedly. "Sorry, I didn't know." He said a little slower. "I'm Ron Weasley. You met my mum earlier."
"Hollie Potter." I said, smiling.
Ron's jaw dropped. "Bloody hell." He said. "You're the famous Potter twins?"
Harry and I both nodded.
"And do both have scars?" Ron gestured to his forhead.
Harry held up his hair to show his scar and I turned my head to the side, lifting my own hair up. I turned back around just in time to see Ron say, "Bloody hell."
I laughed and Ron grinned.
"Sorry." He muttered, turning red around the ears.
"Is your family all wizards or witches?" Harry signed and spoke.
"Yeah. I'm pretty sure." He said, staring at Harry's hands. "Can...can I ask what you were doing just now?" Ron asked, looking from me to Harry and back again.
I nodded. "He was signing so that it would be easier for me to follow the conversation. It gets hard to read lips after a while."
"So you guys sign to each other all the time?" Ron asked.
Harry nodded and said/signed, "Yeah,it's like our special code when we're at the Dursleys." He caught my eye and I laughed, remembering all the times we'd made jokes about the Dursleys without them knowing at all.
The three of us kept talking and laughing as the train continued on its way. The trolley came by and Harry bought a ton of candy that we stuffed ourselves with. My favorites were the pumpkin pasties. I was eating another one of them, leaning against the side of the compartment and looking out the window, wondering what Hogwarts would be like. Then I started falling asleep.
I saw a small house on a dark night.Inside I could see a happy family of 4- my happy family of 4! I realized with a jolt.
"Mum?Dad?" I whispered, reaching out to touch the window. But then the dream changed and I saw my mum and dad dying, and saw Harry and I crying in a crib.
Then something dark was creeping towards us. "No." I said, jumping in front of the crib-
I was jolted awake,realizing that Harry was shaking me.
"What was it?" he signed, concerned.
"Nothing. Just a dream." I said, sitting up.
I saw Ron watching curiously as Harry signed that we were almost to Hogwarts and that I need to go get dressed.
"Okay." I signed, standing up and grabbing my robes.
"Be right back." I said, waving.
After I had changed into my robes, I left the loo and ran right into someone.
"Oh my God, I'm so sorry!" I said, looking at the person.
"Jem?" I signed, staring at him.
Jem grinned and hugged me. I laughed and hugged him back.
When we broke apart, I signed, "What are you doing here?"
Jem shrugged and signed that he was gonna be a wizard like his parents had told him.
"Wait! You knew about all this? And you didn't tell me?" I signed, my hand gestures getting faster and more harsh. "I thought we were best friends!"
Jem held up his hands as I began to sign again. "We are." He signed urgently. "I wanted to tell you, I swear. But Dumbledore wouldn't let me or my family tell you guys who you were. I would have told you if I could have, Hollie." He stopped and looked me in the eye.
Jem signed, "I'm sorry, Hollie. Forgive me?"
I grinned. "There's nothing to forgive." I said and signed. "Wanna go see Harry?" I signed. He nodded and I grabbed his hand and led him back through the train to our compartment.
When we reached it, there was girl in there with long brown hair talking to Harry and Ron. Jem and I stepped into the compartment and Harry saw us.
"Jem!" I saw him say, looking surprised. "Are you a wizard, too?" He signed, looking between Jem and I.
Jem nodded and signed something quickly. I laughed, but Harry didn't get everything, so he looked at me questioningly.
"He said that this morning his mom was all fussy and was crying about how her little baby was going off to Hogwarts." I said&signed, still laughing.
Ron and the girl were staring at us and I turned to them.
"Hi, I'm Hollie." I said, waving to the girl.
Harry was signing for Jem behind me.
"And this is Jem." I said,pointing to him.
"Guys, this is Hermione Granger." Harry said and signed.
"The driver says that we'll be there any-"
Hermione was cut off by a loud horn and the fact that the train had stopped.
"We're here!" I said&signed, jumping up and down and grinning at Jem.
"Nervous?" He signed. I rolled my eyes. "Me? Nervous? Please, give me a break." I signed, grinning.
Then we followed Harry, Ron, and Hermione off of the train. I looked above the other students' heads and saw Hagrid waving to us.
When he saw me looking, he signed, "Hello,Hollie!", using the sign for my name that Jem had given me(it's the sign for crazy but with the sign for the letter h). I grinned and waved back.
"Hi,Hagrid!" I managed to yell as the swell of students pushed me along. He was shouting something, but I couldn't see what he was saying. Then Harry grabbed mine and Jem's arms.
"He said that first years are supposed to go with him." He signed, motioning for us to get to Hagrid. When we reached him, Hagrid smiled and then started walking towards a huge lake. He held up four fingers and then pointed at a boat, talking really fast.
"What is he saying?" I asked Harry.
"He said that we can only have four people to a boat." He signed.
I nodded and motioned to a boat. Harry, Ron, and Jem and I all climbed into it. When all the first years were seated, the boats magically started moving across the water. Then we rounded a bend and I got my first look at Hogwarts.
My jaw dropped and I tapped Harry and pointed at it.
"Oh my gosh, look at how big it is!" I said&signed, turning so Jem could see.
"Huge!"Jem signed, laughing.
Ron and Harry were similarly mesmerized. When we got out of the boats, we were led into the castle by a tall woman whose name Harry said was Professor McGonagall. She showed us into a hallway, turned, and held up her hands in a gesture that I knew meant, "wait here."
All the students seemed nervous. I was terrified, but I was trying to keep it controlled.
I looked up just in time to see a boy with white-blond hair say, "So it's true,is it?" The boy was right in front of me, talking to me like I could hear him. "Everyone's been talking about how the Potter twins are coming to Hogwarts. I'm Draco Malfoy. You're Hollie, then?"
I raised my eyebrows and crossed my arms over my chest as I saw Harry and Jem begin to laugh.
"Hollie, you'll see that some wizarding families are better than others. Like mine." Malfoy held out a hand to shake, glaring at Jem. "My friends and I can help you."
I rolled my eyes."I'm so glad that I couldn't hear that." I said&signed, shaking my head.
"Excuse me?" Malfoy said, looking offended.
I saw Jem, Harry, and Ron laugh even harder.
"I'm deaf, Malfoy." I said&signed, disgusted. "I can't hear a bloody word you're saying. I can read your lips, but it doesn't mean I agree with you. And I think my brother and I can tell who the wrong sort are for ourselves, thanks. We certainly don't need your help."
Malfoy sneered and opened his mouth to say something, but then I saw Professor McGonagall step up behind him. I saw her say, "Follow me."
Jem grabbed my hand and we followed the professor.