Oct 24, 2021 9:10 PM
platform nine and three quarters, and beyond // originally harriet met ron on the train instead of hermione
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"Like... Stuff that tastes like a thing but isn't the thing?"

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"Is it something muggles make?  Instead of whatever charms or potions Bertie Bott uses?"

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"Yeah. They make it in like chemistry labs."

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Ron's pretty sure he knows vaguely what a chemistry lab is.  "What do they make it out of?"

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He shrugs one shoulder and takes another bite of licorice wand.  "My dad works with muggle stuff in the Ministry, so I know a bit about it, but not much.  What's the muggle world like?"

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Shrug. "Complicated? I dunno... There's technology stuff that's probably weird to you guys... There's also bunches more Muggles... I didn't hear lots of languages in Diagon Alley like I sometimes do in London? And some Muggles really like things being normal and predictable and some Muggles really like things being weird and unpredictable..."

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"Yeah, wizards are like that too.  My brother Percy wants everything to be tidy, but Fred and George really like causing trouble."

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"Are Fred and George your brothers too?"

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He nods.  "They're twins.  Fred's in Gryffindor and George is in Slytherin, which they think is really funny."

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"Why? I read a bit about the Houses, but not much..."

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"Gryffindor and Slytherin are rivals," Ron says.  "Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff too, a little, but not as much.  Gryffindor's for heroes and warriors and Slytherin is sort of for sneaky politicians.  But Fred and George are a lot alike even though they got sorted into opposite houses, which is part of why they think it's funny, I think."

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She nods. "Like sports rivals?"

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"Sorta!  All the Houses do have their own Quidditch teams.  But it's not just about Quidditch, either - even the ones who don't care about Quidditch don't like each other."

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"Huh. Why not?"

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"Fred and George say Gryffindors think Slytherins are all sneaky bastards and Slytherins think Gryffindors are loud dumb bullies."

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"Are they?"

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"Well, Fred and George aren't really either one."

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She smiles a little.

"I think I wanna be a Hufflepuff."

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"I'm hoping for Gryffindor, personally," Ron says.  "Why Hufflepuff?"

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"They sound nice. And like the kind of person I wanna be? Loyal and hardworking."

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He nods, slowly.

"I wanna be Gryffindor because Gryffindor's all about standing up to the bad guys.  Almost my whole family have been, too, except for George and Percy."

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"I dunno I'd be good at that..." she says, a bit uncomfortably. "I wouldn't mind helping someone who is, though."

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"I don't know if you're supposed to be good at being your House right away," he says.  "But Hufflepuff wouldn't be bad, either."

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She nods. "Yeah. I think I'll like them, though?"

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