Get on board

Harry checks Fabian Prewett's old watch before his children depart for Hogwarts

Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

He checked the battered, old watch that had once been Fabian Prewett’s.

‘It’s nearly eleven, you’d better get on board.’

‘Don’t forget to give Neville our love!’ Ginny told James as she hugged him.

‘Mum! I can’t give a Professor love!’

‘But you know Neville –’

James rolled his eyes.

‘Outside, yeah, but at school he’s Professor Longbottom, isn’t he? I can’t walk into Herbology and give him love ...’

Shaking his head at his mother’s foolishness, he vented his feelings by aiming a kick at Albus.

‘See you later, Al. Watch out for the Thestrals.’

‘I thought they were invisible? You said they were invisible!’

But James merely laughed, permitted his mother to kiss him, gave his father a fleeting hug, then leapt on to the rapidly filling train. They saw him wave, then sprint away up the corridor to find his friends.

‘Thestrals are nothing to worry about,’ Harry told Albus. ‘They’re gentle things, there’s nothing scary about them. Anyway, you won’t be going up to school in the carriages, you’ll be going in the boats.’

Ginny kissed Albus goodbye.

‘See you at Christmas.’

‘Bye, Al,’ said Harry, as his son hugged him. ‘Don’t forget Hagrid’s invited you to tea next Friday. Don’t mess with Peeves. Don’t duel anyone ’til you’ve learned how. And don’t let James wind you up.’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling