Magic is Might

AsAugustworeon,thesquareofunkemptgrassinthemiddleofGrimmauldPlaceshriveledinthesununtilitwasbrittleandbrown.Theinhabitantsofnumbertwelvewereneverseenbyanybodyinthesurroundinghouses,andnorwasnumbertwelveitself.TheMuggleswholivedinGrimmauldPlacehadlongsinceacceptedtheamusingmistakeinthenumberingthathadcausednumbereleventositbesidenumberthirteen.

Andyetthesquarewasnowattractingatrickleofvisitorswhoseemedtofindtheanomalymostintriguing.BarelyadaypassedwithoutoneortwopeoplearrivinginGrimmauldPlacewithnootherpurpose,orsoitseemed,thantoleanagainsttherailingsfacingnumberselevenandthirteen,watchingthejoinbetweenthetwohouses.Thelurkerswereneverthesametwodaysrunning,althoughtheyallseemedtoshareadislikefornormalclothing.MostoftheLondonerswhopassedthemwereusedtoeccentricdressersandtooklittlenotice,thoughoccasionallyoneofthemmightglanceback,wonderingwhyanyonewouldwearsuchlongcloaksinthisheat.

Thewatchersseemedtobegleaninglittlesatisfactionfromtheirvigil.Occasionallyoneofthemstartedforwardexcitedly,asiftheyhadseensomethinginterestingatlast,onlytofallbacklookingdisappointed.

OnthefirstdayofSeptemberthereweremorepeoplelurkinginthesquarethaneverbefore.Halfadozenmeninlongcloaksstoodsilentandwatchful,gazingaseverathouseselevenandthirteen,butthethingforwhichtheywerewaitingstillappearedelusive.

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