We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...
Emma's parents are thrilled. Such a good school, so well respected, and those alumni- just look at the battle against the Dark Lord! All that talent!- they're beyond proud. Emma's pleased on their behalf, of course. She wants to make her parents proud. She doesn't ask how badly the school was damaged in the war; she doesn't inquire how many teachers are missing or dead; she doesn't mention wishing she could stay home for a year. Maybe until things are just a little more rebuilt.
(She thinks it, though.)
She smiles and hugs her parents and agrees yes, of course it's wonderful, helping to rebuild the wizarding world is important. She'll start school in the fall, become a better witch.
And, as her mother points out excitedly- now they need to go shopping.
Emma's hardly unfamiliar with Diagon Alley. It's the place to be seen, as far as her parents are concerned, so that's where they've always shopped. But it feels different, somehow, to be shopping for Hogwarts. Her mother is showing every shopkeeper the list, fingers underlining the Hogwarts letterhead. Her father is stopping every friend he sees, talking loudly about "here to shop for Emma's first year, at Hogwarts you know".
Emma wants to scrunch up and hide from the attention, but her parents are so happy. It's only just the once she starts school, she supposes. She plasters on a smile and follows after her mother. Almost done now; all she needs is a wand.
And as everyone knows, there's only one place to get those.
Miranda waves back, smiling, relieved. She didn't really relish the conversation with her mum about wanting to storm off to Australia, even if she thought she could finesse it.
Eventually, the Headmistress stands for a welcome speech and the room quiets.
"Welcome to Hogwarts, all of you. It is our pleasure both to see new faces and to welcome back old ones. A moment of silence first, if you will, for those who will not be returning and for their courage in the Battle of Hogwarts."
This she receives instantly. Towards the end, a couple of students start to cry quietly; all are immediately converged upon by concerned friends with hugs.
"Madam Pomfrey will of course be available to all those who wish to talk. Now, for the announcements. First, Professor Vector will be taking over as Head of Gryffindor House." This receives somewhat scattered applause; Professor Vector is respected, if not necessarily liked, due to her reputation for strictness. "Professor Fisher and Professor Reed are both joining us from Texarcana in the United States. Professor Fisher will be taking over the Transfiguration classroom-"
He stands and waves, then sits back down.
Ignoring the whispers, Professor Reed follows her colleague's lead: stand, wave, sit. Her smile's rather more enigmatic than his, but at least she doesn't look threatening (at least she's not Umbridge) (at least she's not a Carrow).
Miranda sets about collecting details on what she missed from her vantage point in Australia about recent events in wizarding Britain, and what she missed by being as young as she is and therefore not having encountered either Umbridge or Carrow. Also eating, she does that too. And she writes down the teachers' names that she has, so she won't forget them, and receives her class schedule from a prefect, and tucks that into her notebook, and fields questions about her duplicate wand, and generally integrates herself as best she can into her new House, because she had to threaten a hat to get it and she had better like it.
She's here she's here she gets to learn magic! Classes are going to be wonderful.