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Hannah Abbott
Wed, Dec. 29th, 2004 11:11 am
Christmas in the castle is always very festive and a bit sad at the same time. I missed Mum and Dad, more than I have missed them in a very long time.

I spent most of the holidays holed up in one common room or another, reading silly books and playing chess and in general not thinking a thing about our upcoming NEWTS, despite Hermione's best intentions. I got plenty of nice gifts, including a really lovely necklace from Harry that I can't seem to take off now. :)

The Christmas feast was cheerier than usual, I think because there were more students left in the castle than usual. Dumbledore got a pair of green elf ears from his cracker and wore them the entire meal. I sent Dobby up to check on Draco when I noticed he wasn't down in the Great Hall with the rest of us, to make sure he wasn't moping more than usual and that he hadn't found a bottle of firewhiskey stashed away somewhere. I think the little elf brought him a tree and some food from the feast. If I'd still had the Slytherin password I'd have gone up there myself and dragged him out, and I told Harry so, much to his amusement. I think he would have enjoyed seeing me dragging Draco kicking and screaming into the Great Hall and forcing him to eat Christmas cookies.

I'm off to loll around some more. It really is nice to not have any homework to do, though I can tell Professor McGonagall wants to have a word with me about some extra work in Transfiguration that I could be doing over the hols. I've managed to avoid her since everyone cleared out of the castle, so I'm hoping I can make it the last few days homework free as well.

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Sun, Nov. 14th, 2004 12:34 am
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Wed, Sep. 8th, 2004 09:32 pm
Got my letter. Well, actually, Professor McGonagall came and handed me my letter. I've been made prefect again. I already knew that. Dumbledore talked to me about that this summer, and I think it'll be fine this year. I'm actually looking forward to it.

I'm taking classes to try to become an Auror. Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. All NEWT level. Ugh. I was going to take Aritimancy as well, but with prefect duties and Quidditch and other things going on, I thought it would be best not to push my luck. I asked Prof McGonagall if she thought it would be beneficial, but she convinced me that a prefect position and excellent marks in five classes would look better than so-so marks in six, one of which is not even required. So there you go.

Everyone arrives today. :) I'm excited to see all my friends again!

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Sun, Sep. 5th, 2004 08:08 pm
I haven't written here much this summer, because I really haven't had much to say. Being stuck (almost) alone in the castle doesn't leave you with a lot of news, and most of what I have had to talk about has been in letters to Harry, Susan, and Megan.

It was a little lonely at first, but once I got used to the quiet, it was actually quite a nice break to have the Hufflepuff dorms and common room all to myself for a few months. After I read every book I had in my trunk, I started begging Professor McGonagall for something to do. I spent a lot of the summer getting a head start on some of my classes with her, Professor Sprout, Professor Flitwick, and Hagrid. Even Snape gave me a few books to study for Advanced Potions. It kept me busy, and I think it'll help with NEWTS at the end of the year.

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Probably the best part of the summer was a couple of weeks ago, when my parents showed up at school one morning! I got to spend a week with them in London... it was really great. I can't even remember the last time I saw them.

Now I'm back at school, waiting for everyone else to arrive. The Hogwarts Express should pull up in a few days. As nice as the quiet castle is, I can't wait to see everyone.

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Mon, Aug. 23rd, 2004 12:15 pm
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Hannah Abbott
Fri, Aug. 20th, 2004 12:26 am
I don't think I've ever slept so much at once, and I'm still exhausted.

I don't even know what to say about what happened at Nott Manor. It all seems like a blur when I try to remember it, but I can remember bits and pieces so clearly. Things like the feel of the walls as we tried to find our way out, and sense of relief when we finally reached daylight. And I remember seeing the Death Eaters and the Aurors fighting. I don't think I'll get that image out of my head.

It was all too much when we got back. Dumbledore yelled at us, McGonagall yelled at us, Snape yelled at us... I wanted to tell them that they were wasting their breath, that we were still too out of it to even get properly worked up. I just wanted it to be over so that I could curl up somewhere and sleep. That somewhere wound up being in Harry's bed, after I helped him up to his room and found myself without the energy to even make it back to my own. It's just as well... as tired as I was, I'm not sure I could have slept without him there, not after seeing him taken away like that. If McGonagall came in to check on him and saw me there, she didn't say anything.

I still don't know how long we slept, but when we finally got up and made it down to eat something, the rumors of what had happened had made their way around the school so many times that there wasn't a bit of truth to any of it. If setting the record straight could be done without talking about it, I'd probably correct the many rumors, but I just can't work up the energy to care.

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Sun, Jun. 6th, 2004 04:16 pm
STRESS! Exams start tomorrow, and even though I've been studying for weeks, I feel horribly unprepared. Hermione, do you want to study Ancient Runes tonight?? I'll be in the library if you do. Why didn't I take Divination?? I could just make some rubbish up and pass.

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Thu, Jun. 3rd, 2004 03:15 pm
Well.

I think that Draco and I are... friends. Maybe. Hopefully. I twisted my ankle in the library and he helped me to the hospital wing and... yeah. I think we may be on our way to not ignoring each other. :)

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Sun, May. 23rd, 2004 11:55 pm
I'm hiding out in my room, away from the scary scary books and scary scary exams. My kitten, Wendy, is keeping me company by climbing all over the Quidditch catalog I'm trying to read. I know it'd be better to just go down to the library and study some more, but I don't think I can. I think if I looked at one more Potions text or tried to memorize one more date, my brain would turn to mush. On the spot. That can't be good for exam-taking.

Now Wendy is pouncing on my head and attacking the pictures on my bedside table. Oh, Harry, she just took the one of you out.

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Perhaps I will join the others, as I now seem to be having a very long conversation with the cat about not destroying everything I own.

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Thu, May. 13th, 2004 11:54 pm
It's almost time for classes to be over. You can just feel it in the air. Everyone is excited and nervous and completely stressed out. I've been spending every waking moment with a book in my hand. Yesterday, I managed to take my studying outside, which was a nice change of pace from studying in the common room, or studying in my bed at night, or studying in the library until Madame Pince kicks everyone out. If it's this bad this year, what's it going to be like when we have NEWTS next year??

Speaking of which... next year is it. It sort of snuck up on me. I mean, I've been going along in my happy little 'two more years at Hogwarts' bubble, but now, it's down to one. Just a little over a year from now, we're all expected to leave this place and go out into the world. It's exciting, but completely and totally scary. At least we still have the summer and next year here. I'm really going to miss this castle when I'm gone.

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