Imagine Harry sees Narcissa in Diagon Alley several months after the end of the war. He approaches cautiously, because he wants to thank her for saving his life, but he doesn’t know if her views on blood purity have changed at all. To his great surprise, when he gives his thanks, she tears up. “It’s I who should be thanking you, Mr. Potter. You saved my son’s life as well that day.” They trade nervous smiles and then, awkwardly, she hugs him. After that, they talk whenever they meet on the street, and they often send owls back and forth as well. Then one day Draco comes home from work (he’s waiting tables at a restaurant while he gets his N.E.W.Ts through private study) and finds Harry and Narcissa in the kitchen together, drinking tea and laughing. Narcissa looks up when her son enters. “Did you actually climb a tree to mock him in fourth year?” she asks with a snort. Harry, laughing even harder, giggles, “Is your Patronus really a /ferret/, Malfoy? That’s amazing.” Draco looks back and forth between them in horror.
“The brick he had touched quivered — it wriggled — in the middle, a small hole appeared — it grew wider and wider — a second later they were facing an archway large enough even for Hagrid, an archway onto a cobbled street that twisted and turned out of sight.”
Quality Quidditch Supplies » DIAGON ALLEY . “Several boys of about Harry’s age had their noses pressed against a window with broomsticks in it. “Look,” Harry heard one of them say, “the new Nimbus Two Thousand — fastest ever —”
Goblins and wizards shrieked and ran for cover, and finally the dragon had room to stretch its wings: turning its horned head towards the cool outside air it could smell beyond the entrance, it took off, and with Harry, Ron, and Hermione still clinging to its back, it forced its way through the metal doors, leaving them buckled and hanging from their hinges as it staggered into Diagon Alley and launched itself into the sky.
Harry and Draco once
got surrounded by reporters and photographers in Flourish and Blotts. To annoy
Harry, Draco kissed him full on the mouth in full view of everyone. The next
day, the photos were on the front page of every wizarding tabloid.
decorated their front room in the newspaper clippings of the story.
Alert your special someones, ladies and gentlemen: Hogsmeade’s Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop has reopened after its two-month long renovation!
Chiefly frequented by loved-up teenagers, often seen canoodling and/or crying in Puddifoot’s signature pink booths, the tea shop has expanded its premises to include a second-floor gift shop. Their signature teas, biscuits, and Every Day Valentine’s Macarons™ are all available in the shop, along with signed copies of proprietor Priscilla Puddifoot’s autobiography Every Day is Valentine’s Day.
Enlarged premises aside, Madam Puddifoot looks to be expanding her clientele as well, toning down the pink-on-pink extravaganza and opting for a slightly more chic, relaxed atmosphere. Her redesign strategy seems to be working. More working adults have been visiting the shop, sometimes crowding out their amorous teenage counterparts during Hogwarts term breaks.
In fact, just last week, Chang Communications CEO Cho Changwas spotted with a mystery man in one of the pink booths.
Worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth and are not newly single.
Rating: 3.5 stars (overcrowding is an issue) Nearest floo station: Hogsmeade
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