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Welcome to Tallygarunga, an original roleplay set in the Harry Potter universe. Set in present-day Australia, tensions are high between the Ministry of Magic and the only Ministry-run wizarding school in the country. Become like the other snooty private schools? Not a chance.

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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
December, 2019 :: Summer


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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Diana had very much been looking forward to that day - it was a rite of passage in the Wizarding World, the day one finally had the opportunity to acquire the various materials that would help them throughout the first school year; and, more importantly, the day when their first wand would be purchased. It was an important day in Gideon's life and she battled heaven and hell to be able to be present, despite her crippling schedule.

It caught her off guard that the Fairgoods had requested her to bring Theodore along to purchase what he needed for his second year. Even if she didn't get along with the boy too much, she couldn't exactly deny the request: she lived in the couple's home after all, and to do so would be nothing short of rude. An Apparition to Narragyambie and some involuntary retching later on the part of the young boy, and they set off to pick up Gideon from the Whitlam Bilby dormitories.

"Now, where should we start...?" Diana pondered aloud as the trio wandered down Tallygarunga Road. They had to go for Theodore's books, even if Gideon's were already covered for; it felt like where they should go first, if only to get the obnoxious young boy's things out the way and so she could properly focus on Gideon's big day. "Let's buy Ted's books first. You get to look around in the meantime, hm?" The blonde led the pair into such a store, and let Theodore go gather whatever it was she needed while standing near the entrance of the store.

Wrapping an arm around her brother's shoulders as a simple gesture of affection, she smiled at him. "How are you feeling? Ready to start a new chapter of your life?" The mild pun brought a smile to Diana's own lips as she was a writer by trade.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

This would be quite a day.

After spending years at the Whitlam Bilby division, Gideon Sharpe was finally at the age where he could attend the main school area: Tallygarunga. Part of him was rather scared of the brand new environment he had to face, but at the same time, he couldn't felt but sense a bit of excitement! The wizardly world that Diana showed him was filled with much more wonders than he could imagine, and given what she told him about Tallygarunga, it would only get better from here on out, albeit a lot more difficult as well.

And in order to prepare himself for said difficulties, the siblings were doing a shopping spree to get the material he needs. A lot of the stuff he had was mostly inherited by Diana, but there were some things they could only purchase, including his very first wand! However, something that caught him off-guard was how they would only accompany another kid. Diana was friends with a family who's kid was roughly his age, and to be honest... The main reason he was nervous was not just starting the new year, but also being around Theodore. The boy was a big jerk, and it made him cling to Diana very closely through the entire walk.

Their first stop was a book store, where Theo could go ahead and buy his books, leaving Gideon and Diana alone. The tinier boy merely looked around in both wonder and ambivalence, until Diana spoke to him, feeling her arm around him. "Uuumh... I think so." He said, not looking as ready as he claimed to be, shifting a little bit as if to nudge himself closer to her. "I was told that Tally was very spooky by my classmates..." Although, little did Diana know, those classmates were also being mean to him.

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"You don't look so sure of yourself." Diana spoke in a low tone, although she gave her little brother a small encouraging smile. She squeezed his shoulder in the hold with a hand before continuing. "It will be okay. It's... Strange, in some aspects." The smile widened as she remembered the hijinks she had gotten herself into back in the day alongside Kyle, May and Olivia - they were truly precious memories to her. "But I think you'll like it. Trust me."

"Spooky? Well it depends." Said Theodore as he strolled up with a cart full of books, such as 'Magical Drafts and Potions', 'The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2', 'One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi', among others. "You come across as a Flinders to me, so I don't think you'll run into the ghosts too often. Unless someone drags you there."

"Ted..." Diana wanted to chide the boy, but she was unsure how to scold a child that wasn't hers. She was limited to sighing in disappointment while Theodore gave the siblings a smug grin. "Just... Go buy your books, will you? Mr. Fairgood told me they gave you the money for them."

"Yeah, yeah." The blonde boy left the pair behind to pay for his books while Diana pulled Gideon into a tighter hold. "Don't mind him... You'll be okay. I promise. And if anything happens, just contact me, okay? I'll come to you immediately."

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

He definitely didn't get any better when Diana noticed the way he didn't answer very confidently. A wavy frown appeared in his face, which she tried to soothe by a small squeeze and a smile from her. "Y-You really think so?" He said, his eyes now looking a little but more curious. A little bit more eager. An eagerness that dropped ever so slightly with the arrival of Theo holding many books, as well giving him a bit of insight regarding ghosts.

"D-Drag me? Can they do that?" He said, looking rather spooked by Theo's words. Diana managed to make him walk away, but it did little to alleviate his fears, at least until she actually held him closer. "Aaah... You'd do that, big sis?" He asked, visibly relaxing at her hold. "But... I don't want others to laugh at me..."

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Could they do that? Yes, absolutely, but Diana didn't have the heart to tell Gideon such a thing while the boy was already terrified. It was a magical school - in theory, students could do whatever the hell they wanted to one another as they had a weapon of mass destruction at their beck and call, and it was only a matter of them mastering it. She knew some were very liberal with its use as well, especially if they belonged in the Sturt or Spencer houses.

"Now, what reason do they have to laugh at you?" Diana tilted her head at the young boy, placing her free hand on his cheek. Perhaps it was her own bias, but she didn't see a thing that could lead into Gideon becoming a laughing stock. That was, of course, ignoring the fact he looked like a prime target for bullies: but, at that point, she trusted the school would get in touch with her so to have it handled. "Ted's just trying to get under your skin. Are you gonna let him?"

Looking at the aforementioned boy, he was stepping forth in line to get his books checked out. Diana sighed - he was hard to get along with, but she knew better. He cared for Gideon. He had an odd way of showing it, but if anything, it was a layer of protection that he had but didn't realize it.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Because... Well... People are, mean, and stuff." There was clear reluctance in his voice, as even he couldn't understand why he would get such a treatment. Of course, not everyone was mean to him during his time at Bilby, but quite a handful took advantage of the fact he was an outsider, an outlier, and one very easy to push around as well. But that was quite a question: Would he let Theo get under his skin? "Uumh... No...?" The answer was No, of course, but it was hard for him to get it out considering how Theodore would often take advantage of him, and how he wasn't use if he could even stand up to the older kid.

And speaking of which, he was already standing in the queue line to purchase his books, something which made Gideon curious. "So... You will give me all my books?" He said, looking up to his older sister. "Do we need to purchase anything for me?" Would he get one of those messenger owls too? Hopefully not, owls are spooky!

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"Yes, I don't think we need anything from here. The first year subjects are the same for the most part, I'll see to it you get whatever you're missing if you happen to pick different electives." If her memory served, they had Flying, Muggle Studies, Ancient Runes and Divination as options. Unfortunately, she didn't recall which ones Theodore took on with accuracy; but, if she had to take a guess, she would say Muggle Studies and Ancient Runes were more his style.

"From other places... We have to get you some clothes. Work robes, a hat, protective gloves, the usual." Herbology, in particular, needed those; she doubted hers would fit him, and that Theo would be willing to part with what belonged to his favorite subject. "You could also use a Remembrall, a cauldron, phials, scales... And most importantly, a wand."

It didn't take too long for Theodore to rejoin them. His books were all neatly packed in two bags that Diana promptly took from him so to lighten the load - she was the adult, after all. "Are you done here?"

"Yeah. Let's introduce the baby to proper magic now, shall we?" Diana had to keep herself from rolling her eyes at the boy, and she led Gideon out of the store. Theodore quickly followed the siblings, though it only took a few steps for him to call out for them once again. "Actually, hang on. I think I messed up."

Diana blinked in confused as the blonde boy took one of the bags and went through its books. Shortly after he started rummaging, he found what he was looking for and took it out - a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander. Diana's brows furrowed - as far as she knew, the Sturt hadn't bothered taking on the Care for Magical Creatures subject that year.

"I got a duplicate. I thought so, I saw it through the plastic." Theodore lied through his teeth. He looked at the store for a moment before shrugging, pressing the book to Gideon's chest instead. "You keep it, you'll need it next year anyway. Can't be bothered to go back in that hell hole."

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Mmmmh..." When she made that mention, Gideon began to think over the kind of electives he had. He already knew of the four he has open for him at first year, which weren't a lot compared to the amount he will get in the future. Muggle Studies seemed to be the closest thing to the kind of classes he used to have back home, so that was already something he would opt for, but for the three remaining classes? There was only one that called to him. "I'd be taking Muggle Studies and Flying. Would we have materials for those?"

She then kept talking about other elements he would need for his studies, and among them, the one thing that got him interested was the mention of the wand. Often he has seen her utilize it as the catalyst for her spells, and very often he wanted to try one out of his own, an endeavor that was fruitless considering how she'd often tell him that wands were a more personal thing than he thought, and thus made him wait anxiously for this day. However, his enthusiasm was quickly cut short when Theodore arrived again with all his items. The insult he gave Gideon made him look at the older kid ambivalent, remaining close to Diana for protection. "..."

But as they were making their way out, it turned out that Theo made a mistake, and got himself an additional book. 'Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them'? Wasn't that one of the books for one of the later subject? If it wasn't for the fact that was a second year subject, he would have taken it. And then, as if Theo was reading his mind, he went ahead and gave the book to Gideon. "W-What? ... uh, okay?" He said, very confused by his gesture. He wasn't going to reject it, this would come in hand from later in his course. But did he have to get it from him...?

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Flying? The very thought sent an involuntary shiver down Diana's spine. She was very much afraid of heights and anybody who knew her when she was Gideon's age could attest to the fact maneuvering a broom wasn't the strongest skill she had; it was downright miraculous that she had even survived the very first class, having quickly shifted from Flying to Muggle Studies after that particular incident which she didn't want to dwell on for too long; unfortunately, imagining Gideon flying around on a broom had almost the exact same effect on the journalist.

"They should provide you with a broom... As far as Muggle Studies go, if Ted doesn't have it, I do."

It didn't take too long for Theodore to make his move and hand Gideon the book. A small smile tugged at Diana's lips as she figured out what the boy was doing, out of watching him grow up - for as much of a negative reputation that boy attracted to himself, he certainly knew how to look after those he saw as his people.

"Thank you, Ted." She spoke up once noticing her brother failed to thank the boy. Predictably enough, Theodore rolled his eyes and shrugged.

"Whatever. Let's roll, this is all his show now and my personal chauffeur recuses to leave him on his own." Theodore scratched the back of his scalp while looking around. Spotting a convenient next target, he pointed out at a store that sold various magical items. On his own, he wandered towards the shop, knowing it to be the next thing on the list; Diana's eyes followed the young man, and then realized where they were headed.

"Next up on your supplies list is a Remembrall." She spoke up to her little brother, remembering said school provided list by heart. "Do you know what that is?" She asked while guiding the boy towards the store, and hopefully indoors.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

Would it be considered cheating? To get books from someone else that already had to go through the subject? He wasn't sure if they were clean slates or if perhaps Diana had written something in there to guide him along, but at least it would mean less of a burden on her pockets if she were to hand them over to him. Yes, he would prefer getting them from her than anything from Theodore, wanting nothing to do with the mean boy.

And then, he spoke up, wanting to continue the trip before his eyes went towards a store nearby. Given how neither were following him, Gideon turned to his sister with an expectant look, as she mentioned that their next item would be a Rememberall. At the pop quiz, Gideon looked at her thoughtfully, and gave her a dry response. "My classmates said they are useless. Something about telling you about things you forgot, but not telling you what..."

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"If you think of it that way, I suppose it's useless." Diana replied with a smile as they reached the storefront. An arm came to hold the young boy around his shoulder once again as if shielding him from the people walking in and out of it and keeping him close; Theodore didn't seem preoccupied with being whisked away, his presence lingering around the window of the shop.

"But, I think of it this way. If the Remembrall didn't tell you that you forgot something, you wouldn't know that you did, and you wouldn't be able to think about it. Imagine a situation where you're about to leave for class and forget a book. Your Remembrall turns red and you're basically getting prompted to search your bag." In the journalist's point of view, it could be useful in a number of situations - even if magic wasn't always too direct in its wording, it made for a valuable ally.

"Blah, blah, blah. I'm gonna go get it before all your jabbering drives me insane." Not bothering to stick around to get a reply, the young Sturt soon disappeared into the store, not getting cash from Diana either - he had a bit of it leftover from what his parents gave to him, and could afford to spend it as it served as his allowance anyway.

"I'm sure you're excited to get your wand at least. How about we save the best for last?"

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Huh?" Usually, when Diana made such a reply, it meant that there was something more that he might have not perceived at first glance. It made the boy get closer to her, looking at his older sister with confusion and intrigue, as he felt her arm wrap around him to keep him close at the store. Of course, she would then impart her knowledge unto him, making him understand that the Rememberall's purpose is meant to cause. "Oooooooh..." Gideon cooed in awe, amazed by his sister's cleverness, even if Theo didn't think the same. "That sounds pretty useful." Little did Gideon know, such an apparatus would be essential for his survival at school, thanks to his perchance of being rather clumsy.

And at the mention of the wand, Gideon perked up, with Diana mentioning that'd be the last item, the anticipation being rather palpable. "Oooh! Sure! I hope Ican get a very neat one."

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"It really is. Saved my life back in the day, more than once." Diana let out a light laugh as memories of her first few years in Tallygarunga filled her brain. Much like Gideon, she was a Muggleborn; however, unlike him, she went in cold to the magical school, having had no sort of preparation or exposure to the wizarding realm like the Flinders had. That in itself had exacerbated her own general clumsiness, and it wasn't uncommon for her to forget various vials or ingredients on her way to her favorite class, Potions - let alone any other.

"Whatever wand you end up getting, it'll be pretty 'neat'. It's yours." Different woods and wand cores had different properties and inherent capabilities, but she wasn't that much of an expert to expand on the matter without making any erroneous conclusion past what was common sense. "Plus, you don't choose your wand. The wand chooses you. It becomes an extension of you."

Taking the opportunity of them being absolutely surrounded by wizards and witches in that bustling shopping zone, Diana retrieved her wand from its holster for Gideon to look at it. "Mine's made of poplar. It's kind of short... But it has a Veela hair core." She had heard legends about Veela dying if a hair was plucked from their mane. Morbid, but she doubted their veracity. "At the time, I was told poplar wands usually pick consistent, strong people with a clear moral vision... I suppose that's a strong vouch for me." Another laugh escaped at her joke, and she held out the wand for Gideon to tinker with it if he so wished.

As she did so, she glanced into the store through its window. Theodore had just grabbed a Remembrall off the shelf - was he going to buy it himself? 'He's working overtime today...'

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It was rather surprising to hear such a thing from Diana, considering how Gideon, being the younger brother that he was, always had the idea what she wasn't as quite haphazardous with her feet as he knew he was, thus he didn't believe she would have needed such an item so much. But then again, Tallygarunga being the magic school it was, probably had it ways to screw around with the students, kinda like how there were spooky ghosts around every corner! The mere thought made him feel quite scared. "Oooh my."

And then, she began talking about his wand, and how it wasn't going to be him who would choose the wand, but rather the other way around. "Wait, it will choose me? But how will I know if it wants me?" He asked, sounding rather confused about it. So by 'extension', it meant that the wand was capable of representing him as a person? "I wonder what kind of wand I'm going to have..." Hopefully he wouldn't get an evil looking one, as that would concern not only him, but Diana as well. So much as his daydreaming, that he didn't notice Theo get his own Rememberall, and instead went ahead to ask another question to Diana. "What wand do you think I will get?"

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"You'll get whatever wand is perfect for you. Like I said, I don't know much about wand lore... You could ask the seller, or I could look it up to you later today. How's that sound?" The only wood she knew a thing or two about was her own, poplar; she didn't think he'd get the same as her, as he was more of a scaredy cat type of fellow than Diana was. In fact, she was expecting him to turn out to be a Flinders precisely because of that, rather than follow her footsteps and become a Bourke - not that she minded, as she wanted Gideon to carve his own path.

"You'll know, though. It's hard to put it to words, but, you'll just know. Trust me on that. Plus, those who don't suit you have visible... Side effects."" While Diana's had been chosen fairly quickly, she remembered in vivid detail watching people fumble their own tries - it sometimes resulted in broken objects and general destruction. She hoped Gideon would strike luck right away as well lest the whole process end up frightening him and ruin the moment.

It wasn't too long before Theodore returned, tossing the acquired Remembrall upwards with his palm and catching it as it came down a number of times. Once he was close enough, he held it out for Gideon without bothering to spare him a second look. "What sort of fresh hell are we walking into next?"

"Hm..." Diana tilted her head, not letting go of her little brother as she considered her options. The wands shop was the last place, the books and the Remembrall were dealt with. That left clothing and potions equipment. She figured she could get Gideon's uniform specific things within the school proper, but there were still a few things he'd have to get on his own. As for potions equipment, Gideon was lucky that it was Diana's specialty - she had enough spare vials and scales to lend him, but the cauldron in itself was a different conversation.

"How about you choose? We could go get you stuff like work gloves and a lab coat, or a cauldron." She told the youngest of the trio while smiling down at him.

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"Ooooh! I definitely want to know!" A wand that was perfect for him? Now he was definitely more than curious over the kind of wand he would get. Of course, being the young kid that he was, he was rather impressionable about the prospect, and his modesty wasn't 100% developed, leading him to wonder if he'd be able to get the coolest wand around, he certainly hoped for one that could match Diana's in usefulness.

However, he definitely was not thrilled when he heard her mention that the wands that don't chose him are prone of having visible side effects, something which concerned Gideon. "Huh? ... What kind of side effects?" And he couldn't help asking, holding his sister's hand a bit more tightly as he did. But then, Theo reappeared with a Rememberall in his possession, readily handing it over to the younger kid. "H-Huh?" He was also confused by this display, but just like before, he thought it would be impolite to just reject the gift, leading Gideon to hesitantly take it.

Now they needed to choose the next step, with Diana giving him two suggestions: Clothes or a cauldron. Clothes were always a boring option, instead he was more curious about what kind of cauldron he would need for school, and how to even carry one around. "Mmmmh... how about, cauldron?"

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
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"What are you looking at?" Theodore snapped at the young boy as he hesitated to take the Remembrall, growing annoyed at the wait - the sooner it was taken off his hands, the quicker they'd get out of that infernal place. Diana, however, wasn't too pleased with the treatment her brother was receiving.

"Theodore..." She warned, even if her tone didn't raise much at all. The Sturt arched an eyebrow at the woman with skepticism over the 'scolding' - he knew she wasn't one for conflict - and ended up chuckling and shaking his head.

"Let's get off our asses and continue." The boy said as he made his way to Gideon's choice of shop. As Diana led Gideon to follow Theodore through the crowd, the Sturt boy couldn't help chuckle. "Oh yeah, cauldrons. I guess it's your time to become a verbal machine gun, D-Sharp?" He couldn't resist pointing out, knowing the woman to be a bit too fond of Potions in general.

"U-Um..." Diana's eyes widened as her cheeks flushed in embarrassment - indeed, she knew a bit too much about the matter. For a moment she was rendered speechless, awkwardly guiding Gideon into the shop - or at least, she would have, if Theodore had held the door open. Instead, she smacked right into the shutting door, taking a step back and holding her nose.

"Ow..."

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
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No doubt, Gideon trembled a bit when Theodore expressed his impatience at him taking the Rememberall. He still wished he could have had this trip be only with his sister, as it would have made him feel less pressured in having to also deal with whatever schedule Theo set up for himself, but ultimately it was a product of unlucky chance that brought them here. At least Diana was able to make sure the boy wouldn't be too mean to him, even if it didn't stop Theo from being uncouth.

He did make a mention about cauldrons and Diana being a 'verbal machine gun', which made Gideon look at her in confusion. "Huh? You know a lot about cauldrons, big sis?" He asked, managing to understand what Theo at least tried to get across. However, his inquiry was cut short when suddenly Diana got smacked in the face by the door, causing the taller (to him) woman to stagger. "S-Sis! Are you okay?" He asked, as he prepared himself to heal whatever wound she had, as small as it may be.

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Gideon's question went unheard due to the loud smacking of the glass frame against Diana's nose, from which she had stumbled awkwardly backwards, gripping the afflicted area. It was fortunate that she hadn't broken clean through the door (though when she thought about it, she figured it to be some sort of charm protecting it, to her own benefit), and her nose didn't feel broken as she felt it up; nevertheless, it turned quite red from the impact area as she was one to bruise easily, pale as she was.

"...Y-Yeah..." Came the muffled confirmation as she pinched the damaged nose, winced and sighed in defeat, letting her hand drop so the Rudolph-like nose was now visible to the world. She wound up shaking her head as she saw Theodore through the window perusing the various flasks on display without a care in the world, almost as if Gideon and Diana weren't there with them.

"Don't... Don't worry about it. Clumsy me, haha." She forced a laughter in an attempt to stop the future Flinders from worrying, although she suspected it would do no good. Taking her own words into action, she proceeded to hold the door open for her brother. "Let's just go in. The quicker we're done here the quicker you can get your wand."

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The sight was not a pretty one. Not because Gideon was squeamish to it, despite him being squeamish in general, but because of the mark that the crashing left on Diana. And even if he wanted to help her, Diana's words discouraged him to continue, knowing that not listening to big sister was not a good idea. Of course, it didn't stop Gideon to look concerned at her as she held the door for him to enter.

The store itself was a mix of fantastic and mundane. The many items on display definitely showcased its nature of being a magical location, but at the same time, the structure and architecture still looked rather normal, like any other regular shop he has been to. Staying close to Diana, Gideon looked around as he tried to find the one item they were looking for. "I guess... a cauldron wouldn't be hard to find, right?" How were they supposed to carry one should they find it?

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The pair entered the store. Diana closed the door behind herself and followed her younger sibling close enough to have her hand at the back of his neck as they walked as means of calming him down in the new environment. Given it wasn't an ingredients store, the first year wouldn't have his mind fried by the sheer variety of options and what each could do to a given concoction; rather, it was a hardware type of store. Cauldrons, vials, pincers, measuring cups and other things of the sort were on display. Cauldrons, however, weren't the most intuitive thing to find - at least, not for someone who didn't know what to look for.

"Come on. Let me think... At least back in my day they used pewter cauldrons in class. That's what's on your list too, right?" Diana asked aloud as she guided Gideon to the respective area from memory. She hadn't gone to a Narragyambie store in a while, having taken a liking to the various stores in Oliphant Lane instead, but during her youth she had spent too many days just wandering that very same store in hopes of determining what to save her meager allowance for next.

"Here we are..." There was a cauldron, alright, although it was filled with a lot of miniature replicas of itself. The former Bourke took one and placed it on the floor. "Step away for a moment, please." Once her little brother obeyed, Diana tapped the miniature with her wand. It promptly expanded to a standard size 2. A smile in victory spread across the wounded woman's lips.

"This is a fairly common cauldron, and due to it being inexpensive, it's the best type of cauldron to start with." She couldn't help herself, information spilling out with glee as she eyed the object. "It's a bit slow in brewing but ideal for people who are just learning. If you take to potions well, I can probably get you something nicer down the line..." She ignored the snort coming from Theodore a little ways away from him, being far too deep in her element to care.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Pewter Cauldron? Uuuhhh..." Gideon checked the list to see if it contained a similar item, but it merely said a cauldron, without specifying materials or anything. "No, I don't. Maybe it was different back in the day?" She was from a much different time, it would only be natural for her to have had a different set of instructions when she was a first year student. But on their quest to find a suitable cauldron, Diana came up to a set of tiny cauldrons, ones which made Gideon giggle a bit due to how they looked like toys.

The urging for him to back off caught him off-guard, and thus he stepped back to see what she had in mind. With a flick of her wand, she made the cauldron grow big in size, causing the younger kid to gasp in surprise. "Wow! That was neat!" He said, getting closer to see the cauldron was indeed in good condition, just like he'd imagine. "That sounds so convenient! I'd like this!" Of course, he had no idea if what she said was sound for his own abilities, but given how unaware he was to the intrinsic nature of potion brewing, he deferred to her judgement, a move that in the future prove to be fruitful during those late hour moments studying for his Potion classes. "We can make it smaller again too, right?"

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He didn't? Diana's eyebrows furrowed a bit in confusion. How couldn't he? Each cauldron was fashioned in such a way that the types were better suited for different skill levels and specialties, and it was the school's job to tell the students what to start with. How couldn't Gideon have that noted in his school list? While she didn't like confrontation too much, she felt like she should bring such a thing up to Headmaster Burdett. Even with Tallygarunga's constant budget cuts, it didn't make sense to cut one simple word off a list.

The blonde nodded to her brother upon his inquiry. "Yes. Just like this." With another tap of the wand, the cauldron shrunk to its initial diminutive size. "I'd say you should remember to clean up your cauldron to squeaky clean conditions before shrinking. You don't want the stuff to leave inside to jump up with the sudden growth whenever you want to use it again."

"Are you done yet?" Asked the blonde boy with the siblings, peering down the aisle. It was ironic that his hair made him look like more of Diana's sibling than Gideon himself, and he could pass for a member of the family very easily. "I feel like if I hang around any longer they'll want to use me for potions."

Diana fought the urge to roll her eyes at the Sturt, her eyes flickering between him and Gideon momentarily before she continued. "I have enough vials and scales for you, so you don't need to worry about those. Are you good to go?"

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Mmmh... Wait, wouldn't it be easier to clean while it's shrunken? It'd be like cleaning a cup." He replied to Diana's tip regarding proper cauldron maintenance. Considering how big it was at normal size, it would probably be a pain to clean it properly. Unless there was some sort of cleaning spell? He might need to start thinking like a wizard, and get more creative over how to solve things rather than keeping his normal, muggle, way of seeing things. But as he stared at the tiny cauldron, Theo would make his presence be known again, urging the two of them to hurry it along.

Gideon frowned at the boy, but then was asked by Diana if he needed anything else. "Well, according to the list... uuuhh, vials and scales... nope, that appears to be all, counting the cauldron here." He said, holding it with one hand. "We got enough for it, right?" And as soon as they finish with this purchase, they'd move to the last, but definitely not least important item; the wand.

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