Owl Post

HarryPotterwasahighlyunusualboyinmanyways.Foronething,hehatedthesummerholidaysmorethananyothertimeofyear.Foranother,hereallywantedtodohishomeworkbutwasforcedtodoitinsecret,inthedeadofnight.Andhealsohappenedtobeawizard.

Itwasnearlymidnight,andhewaslyingonhisstomachinbed,theblanketsdrawnrightoverhisheadlikeatent,aflashlightinonehandandalargeleather-boundbook(AHistoryofMagicbyBathildaBagshot)proppedopenagainstthepillow.Harrymovedthetipofhiseagle-featherquilldownthepage,frowningashelookedforsomethingthatwouldhelphimwritehisessay,’WitchBurningintheFourteenthCenturyWasCompletelyPointlessdiscuss.

Thequillpausedatthetopofalikelylookingparagraph.Harrypushedhisroundglassesupthebridgeofhisnose,movedhisflashlightclosertothebook,andread:

Non-magicpeople(morecommonlyknownasMuggles)wereparticularlyafraidofmagicinmedievaltimes,butnotverygoodatrecognizingit.Ontherareoccasionthattheydidcatcharealwitchorwizard,burninghadnoeffectwhatsoever.ThewitchorwizardwouldperformabasicFlame-FreezingCharmandthenpretendtoshriekwithpainwhileenjoyingagentle,ticklingsensation.Indeed,WendelintheWeirdenjoyedbeingburnedsomuchthatsheallowedherselftobecaughtnolessthanforty-seventimesinvariousdisguises.

Harryputhisquillbetweenhisteethandreachedunderneathhispillowforhisinkbottleandarollofparchment.

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