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Thursday, April 7th, 2005
10:40 pm - The Long Awaited Return
The past few months have been long, and hard.

Many thanks go to Alastair Moody. He has been my rock, my confidante, my peace. As silly as that seems, it is true.

For those that don't know (which is most of you), I have been home for the last two months with my family. I have - had - a younger sister, Mary. She has been suffering from a disease that the Muggles call leukemia. It is a cancer, cancer of the blood. There is no cure, not Muggle, not magical, nothing.

Two weeks ago, she died. She had been in a coma for the last months, slowly slipping away from us. And now she is gone.

My entire family was there with her.

I'll be returning to Hogwarts come Monday, to resume my studies and prefect duties.

Private to MoodyCollapse )

current mood: melancholy

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005
8:49 pm
Back at home. Thanks, Alastor, for helping me get my homework and keeping me company earlier this week.

Owl to Alastor MoodyCollapse )

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Friday, February 11th, 2005
11:29 pm
Emergency flight home for the weekend. Mary's desperately ill. I'll talk to people later, if I can.

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current mood: distressed

(Tell me your troubles)

Thursday, February 10th, 2005
3:08 pm
Term, so far, is going well. I've amassed a fair bit of research on the Animagus transfiguration and I hope to gain permission from the Ministry of Magic and the headmaster to actually become one next year. Call it a seventh year project, if you will. I'm sure the Professor Dumbledore will support my request, seeing as he keeps pushing for me to continue my studies in Transfiguration and has hinted several times that I'd be a very good teacher for it. The only problem there is that he is already in posession of the post as Transfiguration prof and I don't want to teach at Durmstrang and my French is terrible, so Beauxbatons is out as well. There are 3 schools in America I could look at, but I'd really rather stay here in England or Scotland. There's a primary in Scotland I might be able to get into, with the right recommendations and proper credentials...

Oh, what am I blathering on about teaching for? I don't want to be a teacher. I want to work in the Ministry of Magic! I want to help shape policy and become a leader in the Wizarding world! And one day, even, become the Minister myself!

I need to go review my Potions notes - the prof hinted at a surprise quiz within the week.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004
8:28 am
I've been rather busy with mid-term exams and prep work - it's amazing how much work I have...

Nothing new to talk about - it's cold and snowy. I'm looking forward to going home for the holidays, even if there is some extensive time spent in London rather than Kinloch Rannoch and the loch. It's so pretty there in the winter.
A painting of Loch Rannoch that an enterprising and surprisingly talented Muggle paintedCollapse )

But it can't be helped. Just a bit more than a week to go and we're done for 3 weeks.

(Tell me your troubles)

Thursday, November 25th, 2004
11:45 pm
Ohh, 'twas a long day.

I'm just tired. Worn out by worrying, I suppose.

Professor Dumbledore assigned the 6th year transfiguration classes a research project - pick an advanced Transfiguration spell and write a report on it. It'll be due after the Christmas holidays. I've decided to research the Animagus transfiguration. I think that he wants us to use this project to get some ideas for our 7th year project - I'd love to be an Animagus. I wonder what animal I'd be?

So I'm starting that on Saturday, after the Quidditch game. Good luck to Hufflepuff. They'll need it.

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004
12:54 am
Well, it's late and I know it, but I can't sleep.

I returned Alastor's handkerchief after Transfiguration today, as per his request. You know, I think that he was a little bit embarressed to be seen taking something from a girl. How odd. Classes went well, and I received a second letter from home, reassuring me that everything was alright. Thank goodness for that.

Note to Moody, concealed in handkerchiefCollapse )

current mood: sad

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004
9:02 pm
I received a rather disturbing letter from home after that embarrasing fight in the Great Hall last night. What a horrid weekend. Nothing went right.

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current mood: crushed

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Saturday, November 20th, 2004
11:25 pm
What a horrible day. Nothing went right. Peeves upset several first years during breakfast, pelting them with bad apples from the kitchen. He hit little Mary Robins on the head, close to her eye, poor dear; I had to take her to the hospital wing. Her pride was hurt more than anything, I think, but she has a rather nasty looking knot on her forehead now. Some of the others mentioned bruises too. I was then late to Quidditch practice, which didn't bode well with the captain. Stupid git, doesn't think that I can fly well just because I'm a girl...As if the nature of your sex has anything to do with it. I don't understand how he's a Gyrffindor some days. He finds every little thing wrong with my game, technique, style - you name it, it's wrong. Never mind that every game I've played in, we've won. I'm not saying that I'm the reason we've won even though we all know it is, just that I am a valuable part of the team and would like to be treated as such. There was a sudden downpour just as we finished practice, so I was cold, wet, and in a relatively foul mood when Peeves started pelting rotten apples at me. It was just too much. I almost started crying. Supper was almost gone and mostly cold by the time I managed to get down after changing, and then I had library duty. At least that's fairly easy. I did manage to finish my History of Magic essay. A fairly useless class for me, I know all this . Dinner was better, some 5th years girls asked me to help them with their Transfiguration homework. Professor Dumbledore assigned them some theory reading for the weekend, and they wanted to make sure that they understood it. Well, that's all for now; I've got hall duty and have heard some disturbing rumors about Riddle abusing his prefect powers. Must look into that.

current mood: melancholy

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