the pearl

Early September

Even though it's been years since they finished school, they still get this strange little mix of anticipation and dread every September. It roils in their stomachs, causing a rise in the sale of Professor Sonningcutt's Sickly Stomach Soothing Solution (or, for the potionmasters, a rise in the raw ingredients that make up the solution, save, of course, for the 99.9% chalk mix), and the nervous tension in some areas of the Ministry of Magic seem to be almost at a breaking point.

And there's always a sudden subconscious collective sigh as, slowly, the Express leaves St. Pancras again.

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