Previously posted elsewhere, this story now includes canon up to and
including Half-Blood Prince. Thanks to Aggiebell for the beta.)
red-headed blur erupted from inside the kitchen and Bill Weasley,
freshly arrived home from his fourth year at Hogwarts, whuffed out a
huge breath as the blur slammed into his stomach at high speed.
"Hey, Red," he wheezed.
miss you," his little sister squealed, her arms clutched tightly around
his waist. Bill smiled as he looked down at his sister, not yet four
years old, her feet dangling inches above the floor as she held tight
to him. Reaching down, he lifted her up so that he could hug her
"I missed you too, Red. But I'm back now. We've got the whole summer together."
Ginny smiled, but then looked sad.
"You'll go away again," she said.
"Yeah, I will," Bill admitted. "But I have to go to school, Red," he added, ruffling her hair. She giggled.
"Will you come back after?"
"Of course. I love Hogwarts, but I love you even more, little'un."
"I'm NOT little," she pouted. "I'm three foot one inches."
"You're over three foot now?" Bill asked. "You're getting big, Red. You'll be taller than any of us soon."
"Yeah!" she grinned. Then a thought struck the young girl. "If I get big enough, can I come with you to school?"
Red, you know you can't come to Hogwarts yet," Bill said. He always
felt slightly sad that he'd miss out on his younger siblings time at
Hogwarts. He'd be at Hogwarts with Charlie and Percy, but he would have
liked to have the twins, Ron and Ginny there with him as well.
"When can I go, then?" she asked persistently.
going the year after Ron does," Bill said. It had become the standard
answer, as they didn't want Ginny thinking too much about the seven
years before she could go to school. It was bad enough that Percy was
already counting the days, and he still had two years left to
go. Bill felt slightly bad for Charlie as well, who'd have to spend a
year alone at school without any of his brothers and sister around.
Bill had fit in well enough during his first two years, but it was only
when Charlie had come to school at the start of Bill's third year that
he felt really at home at Hogwarts.
I started in nineteen eighty-one, Bill thought. Ginny
won't finish there until nineteen ninety-nine. Nearly twenty years of
Weasleys. Old McGonagall should be ready to retire after that. If she
isn't in the mental ward at St Mungo's first.
Looking down at his sister, who was still held in his arms, Bill grinned.
"Want to hear about Hogwarts, Red?"
"Yeah! Tell me e'ryfing, Bill."
he said. He carried Ginny all the way up the stairs to the room he
shared with Charlie, and made sure that his bag was on the good bed.
When Charlie returned from his friend's house in a few days, he wanted
there to be no doubt who was sleeping where. He shifted Ginny onto his
back, which she loved, and stuck his head around the door of Percy and
Ron's room, but neither of his brothers were there. In fact, the whole
house was quiet.
"Where is everyone, Red?"
"Fred and George are in trouble," Ginny answered. "Mummy made them chuck the gernomes ‘cos they made Ron cry."
Bill grinned in spite of himself.
"What'd they do this time?"
"They made his teddy turn into a spider again," Ginny sighed. "They silly."
"Mum must have gone bananas."
"Yeah. She went to town with Ron."
"Okay. Well, let's get a drink and I'll tell you all about Hogwarts."
carried his sister all the way down to the kitchen where they poured
themselves big glasses of milk and raided Molly's biscuit jar.
"Hogwarts is great, Red," he said. "Every year you learn new spells. They teach you all kinds of things."
"Well, this year I learned how to turn a chair into a dog," he said.
"What's the magic word?" Bill grinned.
enough," Bill laughed. Waving his wand at one of the spare chairs, he
turned it into a black Labrador that licked Ginny's face and made her
"Slobbery doggy," she said, patting it. She looked sad when it turned back into a chair.
"Nice?" Bill asked.
"That's the sort of thing that we do at Hogwarts."
"I want to go!"
"I know, Red. I was the same as you when I was your age. You'll be there before you know it."
"Okay," she said. "Tell me more, Bill!"
"Okay, Red. What do you want to know?"
"Tell me ‘bout the teachers. Are they as nice as my teachers?"
"Some of them are," he said. "Some are horrible. Professor Snape teaches us Potions. He's not very nice."
"I don't know. I don't think he was hugged enough as a child," Bill grinned.
very silly, Bill," Ginny giggled, before turning serious. "Do I get
hugged enough? I don't want to be horrible when I grow up."
there's always room for another hug," Bill said, holding his arms out.
Ginny jumped off her chair and wrapped her arms around her brother's
"You're nice, Bill. You musta got lots of hugs."
"Well, if you ever think you're running low on hugs, I'm always happy to help," Bill smiled.
"Yeah! Then when I go to Hogwarts I be really nice to evvyone."
"I'm sure of it," Bill said. "You're going to love Hogwarts, Red. Absolutely love it."
"Hey Ginny," Ron said, hunting under his bed for a missing pair of socks. What's up?"
Ron came up from under his bed. "Really?"
don't want you to go,” she said. "I'll be all alone. Bill's gone and
Charlie's moved out to Romania. Percy's at Hogwarts, Fred and George
are there. And now you're going."
Ron sat down on his bed and patted the spot next to him. "Come here," he said. She sat down obediently next to him.
know it's only for a year," he said. "This time next year you'll be
hanging out with all of us. There'll be five Weasleys at Hogwarts, can
"Yeah. I still wish I were going this year," she sighed. "You're only just over a year older than me, Ron. It's not fair."
come on," Ron said. He put an arm around his sister's shoulders.
"You're not even ten yet. You know it has to be this way."
I've known since I was two and Charlie and Bill went off and I missed
them a lot. It just seems like I keep losing more and more people, and
now you're going as well."
write you all the time, Ginny," Ron said. "It's okay. Once you come
it'll be great, and you won't have to worry about settling in, ‘cos
you'll already know everything about it."
"Yeah. If you want, I'll find you a boyfriend and every-"
"Ron!" she squealed. She slapped him on the arm. "As if I want a boyfriend."
"Not unless it's Harry Potter, right?"
Potter wouldn't look at me," she said, with a ferocious blush that the
Weasley boys loved to provoke. "He must be really famous and handsome
and he'll have loads of friends."
dunno," Ron said. "You know he has to live with Muggles. They probably
don't even know he's famous where he lives. You heard what Mum said,
though, he's the same age as us. He's probably going to start at school
this year or next year. I wonder what house he'll be in?"
"I bet he's in Ravenclaw," Ginny said. "I bet he's really smart."
"Won't be there with me then," Ron said gloomily. "Have you seen my wand?"
He held up the battered looking object. Unicorn hair was poking out of the end.
"I'd kill for a new one. They work better if they're your own."
"I bet you're in Gryffindor," Ginny said, suddenly.
"Well, you beat up Fred last night, didn't you?"
"Yeah, but Fred's an idiot. He knows I hate spiders, but he still does that stupid trick. I hope he gets suspended next time."
"Maybe when I come next year we can get him back?" Ginny said.
"Yeah, that sounds good. It's a deal, Ginny. I'll find out all about the place, and then we can go mad when you come."