Chapter 29

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We were on the boat for four days. It was getting closer to night time and I was getting sick of being in a boat cabin.

I lay on my bed, thinking of everything that's going to be different. The door to our cabin swung open; Professor McGonagall and Hagrid walked in and I sat up.

"The boat is arriving early to the docks." McGonagall said. "Here's your passport, you have your uniform on, and keep the robes close by because you'll need to have those on before you get into the school."

"This is so much information to take in." I mumbled.

"Well I hope you caught it all because I am not repeating myself." McGonagall said.

"What am I supposed to do with this?" I asked, holding up my passport.

"When we get to customs, you will give the officer your passport. Before you get there, press the button on the top of your trunk so that if the customs officer checks your trunk, they won't see any of your magic items."

"Alright." I said. "Can I just press it now so I don't forget?"

"That's fine," McGonagall said. "just be out on the deck in ten minutes. The captain announced that we'll be getting to the docks in twenty."

"Right, out in ten minutes." I said to myself. "I'll be ready."

"We'll leave you to packing." McGonagall said. Her and Hagrid walked out of the cabin and shut the door loudly behind me. I pressed the button and I opened my trunk to see no sign of magic anywhere, only my clothes.

"This is going to be hell." I said to myself as I started packing.


We walked off the boat and into customs. Lines filled the huge deck. We joined the nearest one and waited.

Finally I got up to the security officer at a table.

"Hello sir." I said as I set my trunk up on his table.

"Well good evening to you." He said politely. "May I see your passport please?"

I handed him my passport, still not understanding the concept of it.

"You're name is Iris Black?" The officer said. I nodded.

"And you're from England eh?" He said. I nodded, cringing internally at his strange voice.

"What are you doing all the way out here alone?"

"I'm here to take care of my sick aunt. She's very ill and all her children can't take care of her because they are all over the world; farther than me, and my father couldn't come because of work."

"Oh well tell her I said get well soon." The officer said. "Do you have anything edible in there?"

"No sir." I said confidently.

"What about livestock?"

"No sir."

"Do you mind if I take a look?"

"Not at all."

The officer turned my trunk around and popped open the latches. I wasn't worried because of the button, and it worked, but I was wrong.

I saw a strange look on the officer's face as he opened my trunk.

"I see you do have edible items in here." He said with a concerned tone. He held up a box of Berrie Botts Every Flavour Beans, and I went from being calm to panicking.

"Oh, that's just a joke candy we have back in England." I said. "I completely forgot I had those in there, they were a gift for my aunt, who really misses England."

"Alright," he said. "now do you care to explain this?"

The officer held up my wand, books, and cauldron. My heart be fast as I came up with an excuse.

"Oh, we love to play witches in England, or at least me and my sister did. She died last year because of..." I said, while faking tears at the end.

"Oh my, well I'm very sorry about that." The officer said, putting my things back. "I'll let you go to get to your aunt. Welcome to New York."

"Thank you sir." I said, wiping away a fake tear.

I took my trunk off the table and carried it to were McGonagall and Hagrid stood. Hagrid took my trunk and carried it for me as we walked down the busy New York street.

"I thought you said that the button would conceal my things!" I quietly snapped at McGonagall.

"The enchantment must have worn off during the trip." McGonagall said. "That stupid Scamander said it would last."

"That's not the point." I said. "The point is that the officer back their almost caught us! Do you know how bad that would've been?"

"But you covered it up nicely Iris." Hagrid said, patting me on the back, making me fly forward.

"Sorry about that." He said, helping me up.

"Let's just hurry." I said. "When are we going to get to Ilvermorney?"

"We're going to a pub nearby and use Floo Powder to get to the school." McGonagall said. "It will be late by the time we get there so you'll be sorted then go to bed."

"Alright." I said.

We walked quickly along the sidewalk. McGonagall led us into a pub filled with witches and wizards. We walked to the back of the pub to see a fireplace with a pot of Floo Powder.

"How do I use this?" I said as McGonagall picked up the pot.

"Take a handful and step in the fireplace. Say your destination very clearly and it will take you there." She said.

"What happens if I don't speak clearly?" I asked as Hagrid stepped into the fireplace.

"Let's not find out."

Hagrid took a handful of the dark green powder and held his arm out.

"Ilvermorney School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!" He shouted, then throwing the powder down. I jumped as bright green flames engulfed the half giant.

"Your turn Miss Black." McGonagall said quietly.

I nodded and took a handful and stood in the fireplace.

"Ilvermorney School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!" I said.

A split second later I flew out of a fireplace on the ground. I coughed up smoke and ash from the dirty fireplace as I stood up. Hagrid and short and plump man stood off to the side. McGonagall flew from the fireplace and got up.

"Welcome Iris," the man said. "to Ilvermorney School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

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