“Just for future reference, don’t use words like “love” anymore. It’s a very sensitive word and it wears out quickly. Romeo barely says it, but John Hinckley filled up a whole journal with it. To put it into your terms, it’s a currency that’s easily devalued. Pretty soon you’re saying it whenever you hang up the phone or whenever you leave. It turns into an apology. Then it’s an excuse. Some assholes want it to be a bulletproof vest: don’t hate me; I love you. But mostly it just means—more. More, more—give me something more. A couple of years from now, when you’re on your own completely, if you really fall in love, if it really comes to that—and I pity you if it does—you have to look right down into the black of her eyes, right down into the emptiness in there and feel everything, absolutely everything she needs and you have to be willing to drown in it, Kevin. You’d have to want to be crushed, buried alive. Because that’s what real love feels like—choking. They used to bury some women in their wedding dresses, you know. I thought it was because all those husbands were too cheap to spring for another gown, but now it makes sense: love is your first foot in the grave. That’s why the second most abused word is “forever”.”—Hot Plastic by Peter Craig
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 AND EQUIPMENT.
TERM BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 1. WE AWAIT YOUR OWL BY NO LATER THAN JULY 31.
THE SECOND PAGE WITH REQUIREMENTS SAYS:
HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
UNIFORM FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS WILL REQUIRE: 1.THREE SETS OF PLAIN WORK ROBES (BLACK) 2.ONE PLAIN POINTED HAT (BLACK) FOR DAY WEAR 3.ONE PAIR OF PROTECTIVE GLOVES (DRAGON HIDE OR SIMILAR) 4.ONE WINTER CLOAK (BLACK, WITH SILVER FASTENINGS) PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PUPIL’S CLOTHES SHOULD CARRY NAME TAGS.
COURSE BOOKS ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
THE STANDARD BOOK OF SPELLS (GRADE 1) BY MIRANDA GOSHAWK
A HISTORY OF MAGIC BY BATHILDA BAGSHOT
MAGICAL THEORY BY ADALBERT WAFFLING
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TRANSFIGURATION BY EMERIC SWITCH
ONE THOUSAND MAGICAL HERBS AND FUNGI BY PHYLLIDA SPORE
MAGICAL DRAFTS AND POTIONS BY ARSENIUS JIGGER
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BY NEWT SCAMANDER
THE DARK FORCES: A GUIDE TO SELF-PROTECTION BY QUENTIN TRIMBLE
1 WAND 1 CAULDRON (PEWTER, STANDARD SIZE 2) 1 SET GLASS OR CRYSTAL PHIALS 1 TELESCOPE 1 SET BRASS SCALES
STUDENTS MAY ALSO BRING AND OWL OR A CAT OR A TOAD.
PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS