The main corridor of the Hogwarts Express was packed to the brim as students piled on board, most taking little notice of the few first-years desperately trying not to get crushed by the crowd.
Minerva spared a moment to think that her unusually tall height did have its advantages as she elbowed her way up the train, paying no heed to the grumbles that followed in her wake.
She was beginning to lose hope of finding an empty compartment to sit in when she came across one inhabited by only one other girl,
who was too absorbed in her book to hear Minerva’s knock on the window. Rather than knocking again, she opened the door and asked “Do you mind?”
The other girl looked up and smiled a bright smile as she motioned for Minerva to enter the compartment. “Of course not! Come in, it’s far too crowded out there.”
Minerva sat down on the vacant seat opposite the girl, smiling back in her thanks. “I’m Minerva McGonagall, and you are?”
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