For the time being, Harry Potter lived in Ivan’s Home.
Compared to the Dursley’s it is basically paradise. Moreover, the Mason Couples soon accepted the fact that their son has become a wizard.
Additional, they are also very good to Harry.
Every time Mrs. Mason ate she made Harry’s favorite dishes. Here he could finish his summer work without any qualm, and when he’s free, he can play video games with Ivan or talk about Hogwarts.
Harry loves this feeling, he is free to talk about the magical world.
In fact, Ivan likes Harry very much.
For a week Harry gave a general introduction to each class.
It can be seen that Harry has a prejudice against Professor Snape, the potions teacher, he has a high talent in Defense against the dark arts.
Harry also introduced Ivan to Hogwarts castles, secret passages, ghost, the banquet, Gryffindor common room, Hagrid, his friends Ron and Hermione, and Quidditch, the most Popular wizarding sport in the world.
“Ivan you have to come to Gryffindor its the best house in Hogwarts, its where Dumbledore was sorted.”After a week Harry finally summed everything up at breakfast.
“Well, After listening to everything, I also feel Slytherin is pretty horrible, not to mention my parents are muggles so I shouldn’t be sorted into that house.” Ivan paused, “ But I’m not sure, I might not be able to enter Gryffindor, I may be assigned to Hufflepuff.”
“Be at ease the level of fresh wizards are all about the same, besides Hermione I have never seen anyone learn as fast as you.”
Harry was honest, and when Ivan heard about Professor Snape embarrassing his students in the class, he spent a week or so, going over the material for potions class.
It’s incredible because the only textbook for potion class was the O.W.L.s(Ordinary Wizarding Level) exam book, Harry also started on his homework, but he even stopped to ask Ivan’s advice.
Just as Harry was about to ask him something two owls flew in threw Ivan’s balcony one after the other, it was Hedwig and another owl with beautiful brown feathers, that he had never seen before.
“If my mother saw them, she would faint.”, joked Ivan
“I hope Mrs. Mason doesn’t see them”, said Harry. From his short stay he found out that Mrs. Mason had an extreme fear of birds, so he had to let Hedwig stay at Ron’s house.
“Ivan take care of Hedwig for me.”
Harry turned to look at the other owl, “This is a school owl which brings the supply lists.”
Ivan fed some food to Hedwig, and Ivan looked together with Harry at the list which read,
Second-year students will require:
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk
Break with a Banshee by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Gadding with Ghouls by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Holidays with Hags by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Travels with Trolls by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Voyages with Vampires by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Wanderings with Werewolves by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
Year with the Yeti by Gilderoy Lockhart (Term of 92-93 only)
“These are the textbooks needed for Defense against the dark arts class, which were also required for the first year too, I bet the new teacher is a Lockhart admirer.”
“They seem like novels instead of magic textbooks.”
Harry remembered Quirrell and what happened last year, he had Voldemort on the back of his head, but he luckily stopped
his conspiracy. It is said that The Defense against the dark art class was cursed by Voldemort, and no one could teach for more than a year.
“Just think of something happy and see what the letter that Hedwig brought says.”
“Its Ron’s Reply!”
Harry finally smiled, “Ron and Hermione are going to buy textbooks from Diagon Alley next Wednesday, and are asking if we should go together that day too.”
“I have no objection” Ivan could not wait to see the streets of Diagon Alley, and saw that Harry was a little hesitant, Ivan said in a somewhat strange way, “What did he say in the letter?”
Ron asked me if I wanted to stay at his house for a while, “Harry was a little embarrassed and obviously concerned about how the Mason family would feel,”
“Really, that’s great, I would like to see what a wizard’s home would look like,” said Ivan, “ Don’t worry about my mother, I’ll convince her.”
In no time it was already next Wednesday, Mrs. Mason woke both of them up early, the two packed their bags, and after a hasty meal, Mr. Mason drove them to the Leaky Cauldron.
“ Here it is!” Harry said, pointing to dirty, narrow bar, “This is the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley.”
“I never thought there would be a place like this in this city, it looks like a building from last century,” Mrs. Mason sighed, and with Harry’s advice, she seemed to notice a small bar sandwiched between a big bookstore and a record store.
“Mom, The Leaky Cauldron is a very famous place, there are a protection spell and Muggle deportation curse, it cannot be marked on a map, Muggles that don’t know the address cannot see it….” Ivan said while trying to recall what he saw in the Magical theory book.
“Well, my dear little wizard, I think it’s not the best idea for us to stand on the street and discuss a dirty pub.” Mr. Mason stopped Ivan and pushed him and Harry into the bar.
But for a famous place, it is too dark and dirty.
With the dim candlelight, Ivan saw a few strange dresses, like an old medieval looking witch sitting in a corner drinking a small glass of sherry, sitting at the edge of the bar was a sneaky looking man with bandages, in front of him a little dish of raw liver.
“Welcome, Mr. Potter!” The bartender was a hunchback old man who quietly appeared in front of them.
It wasn’t just the Mason family, but even Harry seemed cautious of him because when he was here last year, Hagrid was with him.
They quickly returned to there usual selves, they were out of there element.
Hermione quickly ran from the other side of the bar to greet them, not far behind her, was the Granger couple standing there with a bizarre expression.
“Harry, I heard that you would come today, and wait here very early, thankfully you look good, Ron said that you have been to the Ministry of Magic because of use of Transfiguration Magic, I was anxious, I hope they didn’t mistreat you.”
“Thank you, Hermione, I’m fine!” “This is Ivan Mason, the New Year’s freshman, and thanks to his help, I escaped from the Dursley’s this summer,” Harry smiled, pointing to Ivan. Ivan this is Hermoine Granger, I told you about her a while back.”
Looking at the girl with the bushy brown head of hair in front of him, Ivan knew it, that she was the brain of the three-man group.
“Nice to meet you, Miss Granger!” Ivan stretched out his right hand, “ I heard Harry say that you placed first in the final exam last year.”
“It was nothing but a little cleverness from being a bookworm!” Miss Granger said with her face blushing, then Miss Granger shook his hand and said, “ you can call me Hermione, so can I Call you Ivan?”
“No Problem, Hermione, actually, I’ve been flipping through Harry’s textbooks for a while, and I have a lot of question for you.”
Harry had a headache from listening to the topic of these two people gradually change into textbook trivia; fortunately, it did not last long, Ron soon arrived to save him.
The fireplace flashed green fire, with the Weasley family coming out of the fireplace.