14 Letters Arrive, and The Decision

It was another usual morning in the West Manor, and Quinn came down from his room to the dining hall to have breakfast. He hummed as he walked into the hall but was surprised when he saw quite a few people in the room.

His grandfather, George West, Quinn's sister, Lia West, butler, Elliot Dalton, and his caretaker, Ms. Rosey, were all in the dining hall. It was an unusual sight, as Quinn's grandfather and Lia had their breakfast before Quinn even woke up in the morning, and Quinn ate the first meal of the day alone, with either of Elliot, Ms. Rosey, or Polly, the house-elf giving him company.

So, this sight that was out of the norm in the West Manor surprised Quinn. His first course of action was to check the time. Quinn looked at the clock in the dining hall while saying, "Did I wake up early or something?"

But that was not the case, as Quinn was following his daily timings, and neither Lia nor George should be at the house and should be out for work.

He walked to the table with a curious gaze, wondering the reason behind this anomaly, but his curious gaze turned into one of suspicion as he noticed that all the people in the hall were staring at him.

His first thought was that of a minor scare as he turned to Ms. Rosey and desperately tried to assure her, "Ms. Rosey, I properly brushed my teeth, properly took a bath, and combed my hair. I promise!"

Ms. Rosey had grilled Quinn about the importance of proper appearance, and Quinn, on multiple occasions, had failed to stand up to those expectations because he was too busy thinking/daydreaming about magic. The result of failing to comply with the standards set by Ms. Rosey were long dreadful lectures from her. And because of his experiences with Ms. Rosey and her lectures, Quinn wanted to avoid those.

His suspicion got stronger when he saw Ms. Rosey smile. His caretaker smiled a little. She smiled when Quinn performed well, but currently, he was sure that he had done nothing of note that would make her smile. Plus, Lia was giggling in the corner.

George decided to free Quinn of his suspicion and said, "Quinn, today we received two letters addressed to you." Saying that he placed two letter-envelopes in front of him.

The left-side envelope was made from thick beige stationery, and the one on the right was made from very royal blue stationery of similar thickness. Written on the envelopes was the address of the West Manor.


Mr. Q. West.

West Manor, West Estate,


West Midlands.


The beige letter had the address written in English, while the blue letter was in French.

Quinn noticed there was no sender's name on the envelopes, but when Quinn turned the beige envelope, he was the Hogwarts' logo on the lip of the envelope and a Hogwarts' logo-shaped wax seal sealing the envelope.

His eyes widened as he turned to the royal blue envelope, and similarly, it too had a printed logo and wax seal. But this time, they were of the Beauxbaton design that Quinn had seen on Lia's stuff.

"T-this... this!" A stunned Quinn said as he looked up at his grandfather, "A-are these...?"

George West nodded with a smile gracing his face, "Acceptance letters from each Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Beauxbatons Academy Of Magic."

George pointed at the Hogwarts' letter and said, "Since you have been living in Britain, Hogwarts sent you an acceptance letter." He pointed at Beauxbatons' latter and stated, "Beauxbatons sent you the letter because of pedigree. Your grandmother, father, and Lia all went to Beauxbatons. Family members get invitations even if they don't reside in the area where Beauxbatons recruit from. It is up to you where do you want to attend."

Quinn didn't open the letters but looked at George and Lia. George had attended Hogwarts while Lia had attended Beauxbaton, so he had people from both schools, and he knew that both of them would want him to go to their school.

Quinn breathed out and looked at all the people and said, "I will think about it." He looked at Ms. Rosey and asked, "Ms. Rosey, please send me my breakfast to my room. Please, excuse me." Quinn collected both of his letters and walked out of the dining hall before Ms. Rosey could stop him.

George looked at Mr. Rosey and stopped her from calling out to Quinn, "Let him go. He needs to think about it. Please, have Polly send food to his room."

George gazed at the entrance of the dining hall from where Quinn had exited the room. He wondered what would be his grandson's choice.

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Quinn always thought the day he got the acceptance letters from a school would be a happy one. He would be delighted, and it would be time for celebration. But currently, he was feeling down. He was in his room sighing.

When he realized the letters were acceptance letters, his first thought was how he would have to leave his home and stay at a dorm for a major portion of the year. Well, actually, his first thought was how his letters didn't mention the specific room as they did in Harry Potter's letter. He isolated the reason and concluded that it must be because of the wards present around the estate. The wards around the estate didn't allow Hogwarts' magic to find the interior of the West Manor.

But then it hit him. He would have to leave the comfort of his home. The home he had lived in since he had come to this world. He thought how his lessons with Mr. Baddeley would come to an end. How he would no longer be able to maintain the herb garden with Uncle Elliot and their potion lessons would also stop. Even the thought of freedom from Ms. Rosey's tough lessons saddened him. He had a lot of things that he liked in this house, and all of them would end when he left for school.

Even his usual secret magic studies would come to an end, and even though he would be able to do magic in public, it would still take time to get used to a new place. He would need to find a secure place to practice his magic. His worries and vigilance wouldn't ease up because now there would be so many people nearby him at a school full of magical children. One mistake, and the entire school could potentially know things he didn't want them to know about.

Except for the time he had spent traveling, Quinn had spent every day of his new life in this place. The thought of leaving this place, which had become important enough for him to base his mindscape, was an unpleasant one. He wouldn't be able to meet his family for most of the year.

While feeling down, and thinking about the future, Quinn absentmindedly opened his letters. He used magic to safely undo the wax seal without damaging the envelope. The wax seal detached itself from the envelope but stayed on the lip of the envelope.

He gently removed the letter from the envelope and unfolded the two yellowish-beige parchment papers. Just as it in the series, Quinn's letter read.



Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore

(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,

Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)

Dear Mr. West,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.

The term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress


He put aside the first page of the acceptance letter, and on the second page was the list of books and equipment. A smile appeared on his face as he read the list of books.






First-year students will require:

1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)

2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear.

3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar).

4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings).

Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.




All students should have a copy of each of the following:

The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) - by Miranda Goshawk.

A History of Magic - by Bathilda Bagshot.

Magical Theory - by Adalbert Waffling.

A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration - by Emeric Switch.

One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi - by Phyllida Spore.

Magical Drafts and Potions - by Arsenius Jigger.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - by Newt Scamander.

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection - by Quentin Trimble.




1 wand

1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2).

1 set glass or crystal vials.

1 telescope.

1 set brass scales.

Students may also bring if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad.



Yours sincerely,

Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus

Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions


Quinn had already read all the books from the list. The amount he had learned with the first-year focus and power was much more than what a single school and curriculum taught. Even though many magical communities had joined together to form the International Confederation Of Wizards, they were still pretty xenophobic in nature and isolated from each other.

He could do more things with limited focus and power that any student could imagine doing with the same amount of magical capabilities. Quinn could say that buying books from different cultures and communities was his best decision in both of his lives.

He carefully casted a stasis charm on both pages and the envelope before packing the letter back into the envelope. It didn't matter what school he committed to; Quinn was going to frame the acceptance letter of that school.

Quinn opened Beauxbatons' acceptance letter, and inside were two pale-blue parchment papers. He unfolded the letter, and Beauxbatons' content more pronounced than Hogwarts'.



Directrice Mme Olympe Maxime

(Education Magique, Ministere de la Magic, Cooperation Internationale, Ordre du Flamel, La Victoire.)

1 July 1990

Cher Monsieur West,

We are pleased to inform you that you have a seat at Beauxbatons Academy Of Magic, "Where Magic Meets Magnificence."

At Beauxbatons Academy, people of an unimaginable nature attend to learn more about their gifts. As well as improving our magic, we learn etiquette, poise, and more.

Look to the back to find enclosed a list of supplies and equipment needed.

The term begins on 1 September. We await your response by no later than 31 July. On reception of your reply, we would book you a portkey for travel at the Ministry Of Magic.

Further details would be provided based on your response.

Au revoir,

Madame Rochelle,

Directrice Adjointe.


Quinn nodded as he read the letter, and it certainly had a better first impression than Hogwarts' letter. Even Beauxbatons' equipment list was extensive than Hogwarts' and asked for things like dancing shoes and formal robes.

Quinn repeated the same process of placing stasis charms on parchment papers and the envelope before repacking the letter. He left the letters on his study table and walked to the bed to lie upon it.

He stared at the ceiling in thought. Choosing between two schools was an important decision. He was going to give the next seven years of his life to one of these schools. Quinn wanted to make sure that his decision was the correct one.

As he was pondering on his upcoming decision, Quinn heard a pop; when he turned his head to look, Polly, the house-elf, was standing there with food.

Quinn smiled and spoke to the long-time resident of the West Manor, "Thank you, Polly. Please leave the food on the bedside table. I will eat it shortly."

Polly complied, and before leaving, insisted that he ate his food soon before it cools down, but he knew Polly had already charmed the food to stay warm.

It was not before lunchtime when Quinn came out of his room. He straight went to his grandfather's study to talk. When he entered the study, George West was working on something, but when he saw Quinn enter, he put aside his work and gave all of his attention to his grandson.

Quinn was the first one to speak, "I have looked at both of the letters. I read the equipment and book lists. It is an important decision for me; I would like to have some time before giving you an answer. I will tell you my decision after a week of thinking."

George nodded and spoke, "Take your time."

Quinn sighed before asking, "Can you tell me your experience when you studied at Hogwarts?"

George leaned back, and a small smile of nostalgia surfaced on his face. "My time in Hogwarts was a joyous one. I made lifelong friends, built connections to different people, and grew as a person. I was in the Slytherin house. You see, there is a house system in Hogwarts..."

George went on to explain the house system in Hogwarts. Quinn said nothing and silently listened as he had never talked about Hogwarts with his grandfather, so there was no way he would know anything about Hogwarts. Plus, he was enjoying seeing his grandfather smile and recall his childhood.

George also told him about the castle and its mysterious nature, "Your grandmother went to Beauxbatons, so we told each other our school stories, and if there is one thing that Beauxbatons would never beat Hogwarts is the castle. It is mystical in nature, and if you take time to explore the castle, you would definitely have a magical experience."

George told him stories about the castle and his experiences of being a Prefect and the Head Boy. They continued to talk till lunchtime.

That week Quinn also sought out Lia to know about her experience at Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons sounded like an amazing and unique place to study. She told him about Flamel's annual lecture Beauxbatons hosted. She also explained how Beauxbatons had a diverse and large alumni base, and the academy made significant efforts to keep in contact with their alumni. It sounded like a traditional alumni base present in non-magical colleges.

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The promised week passes, and Quinn had made his decision. At supper, Quinn told his family which school he was going to commit to.

Like a certain basketball player, he announced,

"In this fall... it was a very tough decision. In this fall, I am going to take my talents to Scotland and join the Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry."

Lia looked at her younger brother and asked, "Hogwarts, are you sure?"

Quinn nodded, "Yes, Hogwarts."


Quinn grinned and spoke, "I talked to both you and grandfather. I felt attracted to Hogwarts more than Beauxbatons." He quirked his eyebrow and teased, "Grandfather sold me on Hogwarts, certainly better than you trying to sell me on Beauxbatons. You still have a long way to go, sister."

"You little!" Lia reached over and pinched his cheeks, which he avoided, and stuck out his tongue.

"Quinn, are you sure?" asked George, halting the interaction between the siblings.

Quinn turned to look at his grandfather and retrieved an envelope, and handed it to his grandfather. "Yes, I have made my decision, and it is Hogwarts." The letter in George's hand was Quinn's response to Hogwarts' acceptance letter informing them he will be attending their school.

Quinn's future knowledge heavily influenced his decision. The sole existence of the Room Of Requirements was a crucial factor in his decision. He didn't know if Beauxbatons had a similar room, and even if there was, there was no guarantee he could find it. And, his grandfather had said that Hogwarts castle was a mystical place, and maybe he could find things not shown in the series.

Even though he hadn't extensively thought about the future of Voldemort, death eaters, and the upcoming war. It did factor in when he thought about the school he wanted to go to.

It was the dilemma if you went back into the past and could stop 9/11 or if you could kill Hitler when he was a baby, or stop any major terrorist incidents where lives were lost.

Quinn decided that even though he didn't want to interact with the golden boy as it would attract a lot of unnecessary problems and attention, he would still do his part in secret to prevent lives from being lost.

The next morning, George sent out the letter written by Quinn to Hogwarts via an owl and another letter to Beauxbatons informing that he wasn't going to attend there, and that solidified his decision.

Quinn West was going to Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.


Sorry, couldn't help but include the letter in the chapter. It is my first Harry Potter fanfiction, and I wanted the letter to be a part of it.


Quinn West - MC - Finally ELEVEN years old (DOB - July 10, 1979) - Would be attending Hogwarts.

George West - Grandfather - Attended Hogwarts (Head Boy)

Lia West - Elder Sister - Attended Beauxbatons, failed to convince Quinn.

Ms. Rosey - Caretaker - Strict, yet loving.

Polly - House Elf - Takes care of the West Manor and its residents.


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