So I have a confession to make. I'm a time traveler. I know some of you may have been confused on how I was blogging from 1938. The truth is I wasn't really. So I'm going to fill you in on the details and tell you how I discovered I could time travel.
About 8 weeks ago, the upperclassmen students were excitedly discussing their upcoming Apparition Tests. Apparition allows a person to move between locations quickly, often long distances. Two seventh year girls had sat near a friend and I at breakfast, and were going over their notes with each other. Melinda and I began asking them questions on what apparition was like, and how they did it. The girls explained that you had to firmly think about where you wanted to go, and hold it in your mind, while you did a quick turn. They said it was really difficult to learn, many adult wizards never achieved it. Hogwarts is protected so that no one can apparate into or out of the school or school grounds. Later that afternoon, Melinda and I have finished our classes, and it was a unusually sunny day, so we went to study outside near the Herbology greenhouses. They had moved the Flutterby bushes out of Greenhouse #4 to give them some fresh air, so we sat in their shade and enjoyed sweet smell of the blossoms. We were taking a small break from our reading and Melinda and I were talking about how neat it would be to be able to apparate anywhere we wanted. We were both standing up at this point saying out names of places we'd like to visit and spinning like some sort of silly ballerina. Finally I said, "I know where I'd like to go, tonight's dinner! I'm starving!" I turned around, and as I did, I could picture the Great Hall laid out with the roasted chicken, potatoes, rolls, and chocolate cake I knew were on the menu for that night. And then the strangest thing happened. I heard a crack, and then I was actually standing there at the entrance to the Great Hall and it was full of students. I was starting to get really scared when Professor Dumbledore walked over and said, "Ah, there you are Miss Emily. I've been looking for you, would you join me in my office?" He was just so calm, all I could do was follow him.
He said I had been missing for over 3 hours, and said Melinda had come to him scared when I had disappeared. He asked me to explain what had happened, and not to leave any detail out. I told him all about talking to the older girls, playing behind the greenhouses, and turning and imagining dinner. He sat there apparently thinking deeply for what seemed like an eternity. I was so afraid I'd get in trouble some how. Finally, said he thought I was a natural time traveler. He said that people who could time travel without the use of a device like a Time Turner were exceedingly rare. The last known one was recorded over 500 years ago, and it was a little known fact that Rowena Ravenclaw was one. He said it was a wonderful gift, and knew that since I was such a dedicated student I would use it wisely. At this point he smiled, and I knew I wasn't in trouble. The idea began to sink in what he was saying. I could travel through time! He asked me not to try it again without him present. We set up times to meet each week so that he could help me learn how travel safely. Professor Dumbledore said he couldn't time travel himself, but had read many detailed accounts, and felt that he would be able to help me learn enough to stay safe.
So far we've just practiced coming to the same day of the year, but moving from 1938 to your present day. I seem to be able to do that jump easily, which Professor Dumbledore finds interesting. We learned how to set up this blog so that I can journal my life, he says thats important to making sure I have good accuracy with my time travel.
Well, I'm sure that was a lot for your to process today, so I'll leave you there for today, but I'm excited to be able to write and tell you more of my time travel adventures!