20th September 1996:
The instructions for fixing the Cabinet came today. I quickly used a spell to read them. It was quite complicated. Borgin had told me that there was a spell that would be needed to be cast twice a day to fix the Cabinet. It depended on how broken it was. And I had gone to the Room of Requirement to see it. It was straight-up AWFUL. I could only hope for the best. I went down to the Room to cast the spell once. It was really easy to spot because it towered above all objects. I picked some things up at random and put them inside, just to see how it worked. But when I opened it back the things were all there. Of course they’d be there. Why was I excepting it to even work?
Feeling a little dejected and pleased at the same time, I went to the library to do some reading on the Vanishing Cabinet. I asked Madam Pince if any books were there on the aforementioned topic. She told me that the books would be available on the back shelves. I picked up a book called Mysterious Objects of the Wizarding World.
‘A Vanishing Cabinet is a magical item that conceals whatever is put inside it (including people) but also acts as a getaway if connected to another. Vanishing Cabinets were highly popular during the First Wizarding War; in the event of a Death Eater attack, one could simply disappear to the other cabinet until the danger had passed.’
I didn’t need to read more because luckily for me, a pair of Vanishing Cabinets sat in Borgin and Burkes and Hogwarts, which make them absolutely perfect for my mission. But my only problem was fixing it.
School was getting really difficult. We were studying as thought we had exams every day. Thank goodness I dropped three subjects. I don’t know what would happen if I took even one more subject. It would probably drive me mad. I went towards the dungeons and into my dormitory and then to the common room to do my homework.
Speaking of homework, Potter was suddenly a Potions prodigy. I didn’t think Potions through his thick skull because I know for a fact that he got fail grades on at least 5 of his Potions assignments last year.
Potions didn’t take a lot of time. I quickly did Ancient Runes homework and translated the story ‘The Tale of Three Brothers’ using the Spellman’s Syllabary. Defence Against Dark Arts was really easy as compared to all the other subjects but Transfiguration was the most difficult of them all. Professor Sprout didn’t really give much homework. I started feeling sleepy and packed away my books and went to sleep.
Written by Snigdha Tiwari