Diagon Alley.   Posted by Hogwarts Academy.Group: 0
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 16 posts
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 03:32
Diagon Alley


Tapping just the right brick in the wall behind the Leaky Cauldron in London ("Three up...two across...") will reveal an archway which is a portal into Diagon Alley, a long cobbled street where is to be found a strange and exciting assortment of shops and restaurants. It is unquestionably the hub of commerce in the British wizarding world, with virtually every wizarding business stationed there. Consequently, the demand for space here is steep, and rent costs "loads of Galleons."

Since the take over of the Dark Wizards and witches Diagon Alley has become a far more subdued place.  The business of Knock Turn Alley often spills into its street.  The Weasley's shop is the once source of brightness in the area.

Madame Malkin's is now run by her daughter and bears the same name while Florean Fortesque's has been taken over by Luna Lovegood, who has kept the name.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:32, Mon 22 Nov 2010.

Ethan Zusak
 player, 2 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 01:02
Re: Diagon Alley

Ethan stood in the middle of Diagon Alley, unsure of exactly where to start.  He had his large trunk sitting on a cart with wheels in front of him.  Resting on the cart was a pet carrier.  He had never really been out on his own before, it was all very exciting and a little intimidating.

He was very conscious of the coin purse full of coins tucked into the inside pocket of his jacket.  He had a lot to buy, but luckily his parents were wealthy enough to give him the coin needed to make his purchases.  Eagerly, he pulled his shopping list out of his pocket to decide what he should get next.
Robert Smith
 player, 2 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 01:45
Re: Diagon Alley
 As his mother openned the brick wall he stared open mouthed at that sight and was finally nudged by his father with a low sound of "O' my" that escaped his lips. His mother just smiled and lead them thru the large hole in the wall out onto diagon alley.

 The feeling of being overwhelmed threatened with a bad case of nerves for several seconds as the people walked by dressed in all manner of strange garb and tall hats poking up over them.

 Then he spotted other kids running around talking about school and something called Quidditch and brooms that flew, he remembered his mother had talked about seeing them as she was here but she didnt like them so much as other ways of travel.

 She pointed out the bank in the distance called Gringots bank and warned him not to make a scene when he got his first good look at a goblin. Onward the moved into the bank and she arranged to have some muggle money exchanged for the wizard coins that they used..He chided himself, You are a wizard robert, you have to stop thinking of using words like Them or those people, they are you.

 Hurrying outside he found new energy and desire to explore this place, pulling out the school list, he began naming off the items required of first year students. One by one they went along buying the new items that was called for, with one minor scene of trouble at Ollivanders, he had to try three wands before
found one that sent tingles up his arm and little sparks off the tip. It was a walnut wand with a single hair from a Siren inside. Putting the stuff into his bag the finished at the Eeylops owl emporium where he chose a smaller owl for himself.

 The stopped and had dinner with his father now looking bemused at all the witchs and wizards going about their lives, he truthfully hadnt seen that many while in his world despite what his wife had said.

 I can hardly wait, just think iam going to this famous school and learn to be a wizard and be able to do magic and such stuff.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:11, Sun 21 Nov 2010.

William Talvins
 player, 2 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 06:07
Re: Diagon Alley
"Okay, squirt, just get the stuff on your list.  I'm going to be checking out the brooms."  The fourteen year old was basically talking down to the eleven year old he was accompanying.  The two were obviously siblings, even more obvious as the elder painfully rubbed his knuckles over the younger's head.

Will didn't respond much more than to shoot a nasty glare at his elder brother's retreating back, with a show of his tongue to boot.  He pulled out the paper from the pocket of his baggy pants, staring at the writing for a moment, then looking all over the alley at the different stores.  Finally his eyes settled on Olivander's, that was the part he had been looking forward to the most.  His wand.  Of course, he wouldn't be allowed to really use it until he was at school, but it was a sign of being a real wizard.  He started off in the direction of the shop, whistling a tune as he went.  At least his brother wasn't going to be tagging along to heckle him.
Athene Shoe
 player, 6 posts
 Muggle-born
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 07:59
Re: Diagon Alley
Athene arrived in Diagon Alley with her sponsor, Professor Bones.  She hadn't seen the woman since her 11th birthday, when she and a member of the Ministry of Magic had shown up at the orphanage to explain her position in the magical world, but she had received (and sent) several letters from the witch since then.  She really didn't know what to make of the witch.  She liked to smile a lot and gave the impression of caring about Athene's education and well-being, but the young girl rarely took people at face value.  Everyone wanted something and rarely did that mean anything good for her.  Still, the witch was willing to fund her education, so Athene played nice with her.

Bones smiled and nodded to many of the witches and wizards they passed as they made their way to the bank.  Once inside the witch handed her a key.  "Now here is the key to your vault, Athene.  Keep it in a safe place.  The goblins get very testy if they have to replace them.  There is enough money in there to cover all seven years of your schooling.  Do not waste it on frivolous things and you shall do just fine."

"Yes, Professor Bones." was Athene's polite reply.  Athene planned on being very frugal with the money; pinching every penny's worth... no knut's worth out of what was in the vault.  Athene had always hid money aside.  She didn't trust that she wouldn't one day get thrown out of the orphanage or something bad happening.  She would just add any saved wizarding money aside along with her normal money.

The Professor shook her finger in mild rebuke, "Now what have I said about that?  To you I am Cordelia.  I am your sponsor after all.  Although at Hogwarts, if it is a school matter, then you should refer to me as Professor.  Any other time, please, call me Cordelia."

Athene nodded, "Of course... Cordelia."  Together they went up to one of the goblins sitting behind a desk and the witch showed her how to properly conduct business with them to get at her monies.

She was still dizzy a half an hour later when they returned from the wild ride down and back to her vault; a purse stuffed in the inside pocket of her jacket.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:19, Sun 21 Nov 2010.

Severus Snape
 GM, 38 posts
 Resistance Leader
 Fallen Hero
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 08:58
Re: Diagon Alley
The imposing figure of Headmaster Snape appears suddenly beside the brick wall that leads into the leaky Cauldron.  A small disrupted looking boy cowers behind his robes.  His cold black eyes survey the alley for several long minutes before he grabs the boy by the arm and thrusts him forward.

"You shall not cower behind my robes for long James.  I have important matters to attend at Hogwarts, get your supplies and meet me at Florean's with alacrity."

After that Snape sweeps into the alley towards whatever errands he ahs awaiting him leaving the boy looking very discomfited.
Ethan Zusak
 player, 4 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 12:35
Re: Diagon Alley

Ethan stepped out of Ollivander's, holding his latest purchase in his hands and smiling from the sheer excitement of it.  The wand was 10 inches and had a real springiness to it, it could really bend when he gave it an experimental wave.  The wood was white oak, giving it a nice light color, and it's core was chimera fur.  His parents would be eager to hear all about the wand that had chosen him.

He looked up to see that the streets were much busier than they were before.  He saw several other younger kids like himself, most with their parents laughing alongside them.  This put a bit of a damper on his mood.  His parents had been too busy with work to come with him, claiming that he was old enough to shop on his own.  Besides, Diagon Alley was full of people, it was really quite safe.  His father said that going off on your own to prepare for school was part of the experience.  Ethan wasn't sure if this was true, but he decided that he wouldn't let it bother him.

His cart was pushed up against the store's outside wall, on the sidewalk.  It was nearly full now, since he had purchased nearly everything on his list.  He walked with his head down as he opened his jacket to find the special pocket that would hold his wand.  He had just found the pocket when he walked directly into someone.

Tag:  Anyone!  (William was on his way to Ollivander's, but Ethan will meet whoever he just walked into.  :)  )
William Talvins
 player, 3 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 13:31
Re: Diagon Alley
Will managed to ctach himself before bumping into the other unaccompanied boy, only looking up from his list of school supplies in time to bounce back a foot and try to keep his balance.

He looked at the other boy for a moment, then his eyes darted to the cart that was parked by the wall.  Another first year then, normally Will would have just murmured an apology and tried to slide around the other boy.  But he figured he has better get to know at least some of the students.  So instead of his normal quick escape he decided to try and pipe up a conversation.  "Sorry, I wasn't looking where I was going."
Ethan Zusak
 player, 5 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 13:58
Re: Diagon Alley
LocationEntrance to Ollivander's

Ethan let his jacket close around his wand, having finally found the pocket, and looked up at the boy he had nearly walked into.  He noticed the list in his hand and figured that he was a first year as well.

"Sorry, I wasn't looking where I was going," William said.

"No, my fault.  I just got my wand!" he said, reaching back into his jacket to fumble it out again.

He tugged at the wand, but it had twisted inside his pocket, so he ended up pulling part of his jacket inside out.  He'd need to work on that.  Once he finally got his wand out, he used his other hand to try to put his jacket back to normal.

"Are you going in?  It's really neat, he has you try a couple and really crazy things happen," the young boy said with a goofy smile.

"Hi, I'm Ethan, Ethan Zusak."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:59, Sun 21 Nov 2010.

William Talvins
 player, 4 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 14:05
Re: Diagon Alley
Will stared at the wand for a moment, almost looking hungry, or at the very least excited.  It was his likely reason for coming to this shop, and of course most wouldn't be able to resist getting there first wand almost as soon as they could.

He did smile a little as the other boy fumbled around trying to get it out.  not a mocking smile, but it was a bit of an amusing sight, but he doubted he'd be much better than him at first, if at all.  He'd seen one of his brothers pull out the wand quickly enough and poke it in his face, no spells of course, but still not a fun experience.  Will bet himself that Mark probably sat in front of a mirror pertending to pull it out for a duel, he was like that.

"Yeah, I.. I've been looking forward to it."  Even as he looked up at the store he hopped a bit from foot to foot, letting out some of the excitement before hewent nuts with it.

"I'm Will Talvins."
Ethan Zusak
 player, 6 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 14:16
Re: Diagon Alley
Ethan watched the boy jump from foot to foot.  He probably had to go to the bathroom, he'd seen other kids do that when they had to go.  He glanced over at his nearly full cart, he'd been one of the first to arrive that day, so he was pretty much done his shopping.

"You mind if I come in and watch?" he asked.

His reason for asking was exactly what he had been talking about, it was exciting to see the unexpected stuff come out of wands that were not meant for the wizard.  He'd read a little about Wandlore, it was a fascinating subject.  Immediately after he asked, he became nervous.  He wasn't a popular kid, he didn't have any real friends.  This boy probably did, he'd probably not want to have a boring guy like Ethan tagging along.

"I mean, unless you're in a hurry or meeting someone, or something."
Robert Smith
 player, 5 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 15:03
Re: Diagon Alley
 Having finished with the school robes being adjusted to his size, he smiles at his parents in excitement and did a spin to let them see it from all sides.

 His father mentioned that he had to be at a meeting in about a half hour and that his mother was going to "gate"(his words) him to the meeting place and then meet back here after the meeting. He smiled as he looked down at his son, Look, sorry to leave you alone but i think you will be ok if you stay around this area. Here is a few coins from the wizards bank over there and if you really need us  give us a call on your cell phone and your mom will be right back.

 He had seen here appertate ?, I think thats the word she used to describe what she was doing? so wasnt surprised to see them vanish from in front of him.

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William Talvins
 player, 5 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 15:23
Re: Diagon Alley
"Uh, sure, if you want.."  Will looked back down the road the way he came, as if looking for someone, and he actually gives a small sigh of relief when he turns back to the other boy. "Looks like my brother did decide to leave me alone."  Even saying the words makes him smile a bit.

"Probably drooling over the brooms.  All he's good for, drooling."  Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh, but without the elder brother around he feels at least a litle obligated to poke fun at him.  Not that he'd ever do it to his face, mind you.

He pulled open the door to the wand shop, peering inside for a second before ducking through the door.  He does keep the door open with a hand for Etha to grab it if he was going to follow Will in.
Vwalda Lithy
 player, 2 posts
 Disabled Student
 Pureblood
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 15:41
Re: Diagon Alley
A big batch of white streaming clouds reaches Daigon Alley as a young witch in a wheelchair and two adults one holding each side arrives with a cat in the girls lap, traveling by Apparation. Mostly due to the wheelchair and the childs health issues over showing off but both are skilled at the art.

Already having all the things she needed bought over the last few weeks thankfully her mother is a good shopper and got most of her books and supplies used. But her wand and uniforms are another story so had to pop in for those. And to go to the Weezes to get a protective item from magic that might try to prank her. And there is the book sellers she wants to get some supplemental books for charms and potions.

"I don't want to waste time maybe one of you can help get a few books on Muggle Studies its not a class like using magic so it should be something I can teach myself. And we must Owl my medical records and requirements to Hogwarts while here. We can thank mother for cutting our chores here down to practically nothing.," Vwalda hugs her mothers arm.

"Wand first.," she seeing the wand sho hits the control and the chair levitates a few inches and flies not to fast towards the fameous wand shop. Her father opening the door she comes in and lands then rolls around while inside.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:58, Sun 21 Nov 2010.

Ethan Zusak
 player, 7 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 15:53
Re: Diagon Alley

"Yeah, drooling over brooms.  Quidditch is awesome," Ethan said with a twisted smile as he walked into Ollivander's behind William.

He winced as soon as he said it.  He hated Quidditch, his parents never watched it so he really had no exposure to it.  He'd tried to get into it when some of the neighborhood kids were talking about it, but he found the rules confusing and the game boring to watch.  Flying on a broom looked like fun, but he really wasn't into sports.

He heard some talking behind him and turned to see a girl in a wheelchair following them in, her father opening the door for her.  He smiled at her and then turned back to William.

"Problem with the wand already, young sir?" the man behind the counter asked as he saw Ethan enter the store with the others.

"No, Sir.  I mean, I haven't used it and it seems great.  I'm with him," Ethan said, nodding his head toward William.
Vwalda Lithy
 player, 3 posts
 Disabled Student
 Pureblood
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 16:14
Re: Diagon Alley
Vwalda pets her familar stroking the sleek white and blue haired cat its big green eyes closed as it purrs as she waits for service then suggests her parents start getting wands for her to try. After all a wand will like her or not its not rocket science.

Rolling around she startsopening boxes and trying wands her chair only able to fly up to five feet off the floor so is not rushing. After one flies out of her hand, another activsted a little sparking and scaring Cleo from her lap, one made the chair spin around and bounce that scared the hell out of her and one caught fire her cat knocking a box to the floor brought one over in its mouth.

The wand 9 3/4 inches long, an odd wood for a British wand Chinese Willow and the core was noted as dragon heartstring from an Asian Longspine made from someone in China after she checks the box cover inside where its noted. And made in the early 18th century bought on a trip to Peking by a former owner. It even had carved green jade around the part one holds as a sleeve. It glows, she glows, wind goes off in a nice way and it just feels good to her hand. Even her cat is happy as itsits in her lap.

"I'll take this one it chose me I think, its old apparently this wand was very picky.," she hands it to her mother and father to look over before they buy it.
William Talvins
 player, 6 posts
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 16:26
Re: Diagon Alley
"Yeah.. Quidditch." Oddly enough, Will doesn't seem to enthused by the subject either.  It's something he has to hear about all the time anyway, so it's no wonder that as soon as it's brought up he veers away from the topic.  He was just lucky that first years were rarely accepted onto the Quidditch teams.  So even if he was forced to try out, he'd probably not make the house team.  Though watching a game or two might not hurt.

He walked around the store, peeking in certain boxes and wrinkling his nose at a few.  He picked out a crooked looking wand of some dark brown wood, but one flick of his wrist made the thing leap out of his hand and stick point first into the wall.  Where it remained firmly stuck despite Will's efforts to pull it free.

The second wand, a long narrow wand of a paler wood made a glass of on Mr. Ollivander's desk explode and drenched everything within five feet in a fine mist of water.  Will quickly dropped that one back in the box.  "This is harder than it looks.."
Vwalda Lithy
 player, 5 posts
 Disabled Student
 Pureblood
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 16:36
Re: Diagon Alley
"At least tried to break your neck good thing my chair has safety spells for unusual situations but it still scared me almost to death.," she said to the wizard.

"Oh I'm Vwalda by the way, my mother got most of the supplies used I needed over the last few weeks I came for my wand, to open a bank account and visit the Wheezes to get a protective spelled necklace I ordered. I'm in a wheelchair some bully might try to curse me for fun so thought better safe than sorry. THEY won't let me get a spell checking quill - big meanies.," at the last sentence gesturing with her thumb to her parents speaking playfully as she pouts in a funny way.
Ethan Zusak
 player, 8 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 16:39
Re: Diagon Alley

Ethan laughed as the chaos in the shop escalated.  The girl in the wheelchair bounced around the shop, glasses exploded and sparks erupted across the room.  The little bit he had read about Wandlore made the subject seem dry and boring, but standing in the shop itself was anything but.

He saw the girl in the wheelchair make her pick and take it to the store clerk to pay for.  He himself had been very particular.  He had read about the different types of wood and possible cores.  He had studied how length correlated to caster and how different wand flexibilities performed in various situations.  It wasn't the way most people chose a wand, but it was good for him.  The very first wand he picked up had immediately accepted him.  It wouldn't be a story to share with his grand kids, that was for sure.

As William continued to try wands, Ethan did a double-take at the strange cat in the girl's lap.  It was part blue!  Maybe she dyed it?  His own pet was in the pet carrier stacked on his cart.  Dreamer would be fine in there.

"Nice cat," he said awkwardly when the girl caught him looking.
Vwalda Lithy
 player, 6 posts
 Disabled Student
 Pureblood
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 16:55
Re: Diagon Alley
"She's an Egyptian Blue Tip, they bred them in the Middle East for wizards and witches familiars they are similar to the Siamese and make excellent familiars. There are two varieties the black tip that is not magically attuned and blue tips that are. My mother gave me Cleo as a kitten after a buying trip to the region for potion ingredients.," she replies as the cat sniffs the wizard tail swaying.

"Fortunately the laws elsewhere are looser when magically breeding but since its a cat even if oddlycolored the Ministry allows them.," she added as she gets her wand back. She slips it into a case at her side.
William Talvins
 player, 7 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 17:08
Re: Diagon Alley
Will picked up one that was almost white and a bit on the short side.  He looked at it like it was some strange creature, almost afraid to know what it might do.  He gave it a light flick, of course that light flick sent him flying across the room about ten feet to land firmly on his bottom in a way that didn't look entirely comfortable.  He got up, rubbing his back side, and walked back over to the box, dropping the wand inside.  "Not that one, not at all."

He walked about a bit more until he found a dusty box in one corner.  He blew of the dust and opened it carefully.  For some reason once he picked it up Mr. Ollivander seemed intrigued by what would happen.  The wand was a faint red color, about eight inches, it tapered from a broad handle to a narrow tip.  He gave it an experimental wave, along with flinching away from it by response.  However all it did was send up a few sparks and work up a pleasant breeze.

Mr. Ollivander chirped up from where he was. "Ah, so that one's finally going.  Tempremental wand, that one.  Cedar, eight inches, unbendable.  Core is werewolf fur, hard item to harvest, and not my best idea, as I said, tempremental.  But it's chosen you."

Will stared at it for a long moment, turning it over in his hand.  He walked over to the desk and put down a few galleons.  "Thanks, I think."  HE turned towards Ethan, unable to do anything more but shrg.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:08, Sun 21 Nov 2010.

Ethan Zusak
 player, 9 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 17:45
Re: Diagon Alley

Ethan smiled and nodded as the girl went on and on about her cat.  Like most girls, she obviously enjoyed the sound of her own voice.  It was interesting, the part about the magical breeding, but he had only spoken because he had been startled into it.  Still though, the girl seemed friendly enough.

"It's blue," he added inanely.  "I'm Ethan Zusak, first year."

William crashing through the air caught his attention.  Once he realized the boy wasn't hurt, he smiled.  Wandlore was definitely not for the faint of heart.

"That's William, I just met him."

Ethan watched as William tried the wand from the dust covered box, flinching when he waved it.  When only a few sparks and a pleasant breeze was conjured, he let himself relax.  After the shopkeeper spoke to William and William shrugged to Ethan, Ethan shrugged back.  Yes, Wand Shop Keepers had a dangerous job.
Athene Shoe
 player, 9 posts
 Muggle-born
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 17:58
Re: Diagon Alley
Professor Bones turned to her charge after they left the bank.  "Now we passed Flourish and Blott's on the way here, that's where you'll get your books.  I'll show you where Ollivander's is then I'll pop off to get your potions ingredients and cauldron.  It can take some time to get your wand, so don't feel like you have to rush.  Remember, the wand choose to witch.  If you are still busy with Ollivander I'll take your measurements to Madam Malkin's so they can get started on your school robes.  They can do the final fitting once you're done getting your wand."

She had kept talking while taking Athene towards the wandmaker's shop.  Every word however made the girl's heart sink; that is, until she saw the second hand robes shop.  She stopped and pleaded with her sponsor.  "Can't I just get some used robes?  I'm just going to grow out of them this year after all.  It would be a shame to spend so much on brand new ones only to have to replace them next year.  Besides, I'm more use to having hand-me-downs.  I don't know if I'd feel all that comfortable with brand new clothes.  Please, Cordelia?"  Athene deliberately added the witch's name hoping it would tip the scales in her favor.

The witch looked at her both in surprise and confusion, but relented none the less.  "All right.  But I won't have you wearing anything that's been patched all over.  We'll see if we can't find you some gently used clothes.  I'll meet you here."  Ollivander's was just two doors down from the used robes shop and Athene entered the rather crowded store and hung back to one side of the door until the shop owner was done with the others.
William Talvins
 player, 9 posts
 Pureblood
 Ravenclaw
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 18:05
Re: Diagon Alley
Will smiled at the girl in the Wheelchair.  "Will Talvins, I'm a first year, too.  Though that was probably obvious."  He motioned with the wand, but nothing happened of course.  Odd how that worked sometimes.

He pulled up his sleeve to show a wand sheath strapped to his arm, in which he slid the wand before pulling his sleeve back down.  He smiled at the other two. "My brother made it to keep his wand in place when flying.  I nicked it from his room this morning."  He seemed oddly pleased with this small triumph over his sibling.
Athene Shoe
 player, 11 posts
 Muggle-born
Sun 21 Nov 2010
at 20:22
Re: Diagon Alley
Athene watched with great interest as one of the kids put his wand in a sheath he had on under his sleeve.  'That would be very handy.  Wonder if I could jerry rig up something like that?'  While she was still pondering this, Mr. Ollivander approached her and started taking her measurements.  For the life of her, she couldn't imagine why he'd need to know how long her nose was, but soon enough his magical measuring tape was done and he pulled several boxes from the shelves for her to look at.

She tried a whippy fir wand first. In length, it was ten and one-quarter inches long and had a core of merfolk hair.  She gave it a flick like the shopkeeper suggested and dropped it right away as a loud bang and smoke issued from it's tip.  The elm wand with a kraken heartstring core did nothing at all.  Where as the mahogany wand with it's  core of kraken heartstring flung her up towards the ceiling.  It was only Ollivander quick response that kept her from face planting on the floor as she fell like a rock.

He took the rest of the first selections away without letting her try them and brought out a few new ones.  The first was an oak with a powdered dragon claw core.  That one sent sparks into the air just fine, but she couldn't keep it from shaking in her hand.  With that response in mind he handed her another one while pulling a few more wands from the shelves and putting a few of the second set away; again untried.  This one however was a bit disastrous as a huge gout of flames erupted.  Despite that reaction, Mr. Ollivander seemed quite pleased and handed her another wand.  This was had a very unusual wood grain, black and very dark brown.  She carefully gave it a flick, ready to drop it the second anything bad happened.  But this time, it whistled as it shot red and blue sparks in the air.  She also felt a warmth flow through her from the wand; straight up her right arm and all the way down to her toes.

"Wow!  That was cool." she said.

Ollivander explained that this wand was a perfect match for her.  Macassar Ebony wood, 10 and a half inches in length, somewhat rigid and with a dragon heartstring core.  He put the wand back in it's case and put it in a bag for her.  She was a bit appalled at how much it costed, but the shopkeeper explained that unless something happened, she's being using that wand for many years to come.