I hope that you have arrived home all right and that your summer is
well- I feel terrible that after all you've gone through you should
stuck with the horrible Dursleys. Please keep Ron and me posted, and
us all know that you are all right- we will worry!
You do know that Viktor invited me to visit him this summer in
Well, I am going to go, much to my own surprise! I had pictured the
"Dad, can I go by myself to a former Eastern bloc country to visit
eighteen-year old boy? Oh, and he's a professional athlete!" I
even think I would have the nerve to bring it up. But Viktor's mum
ahead, inviting me on behalf of his whole family (my parents have
used to receiving the occasional owl-post). It was a very sweet
and commendable considering Viktor told me he speaks the best
of anyone in his family. Mum and Dad seemed to be very charmed by
and not only are they letting me go but they are paying my
fare to Sofia. I swore I'd never ride in one again without at least
levitation charm or a dozen broomsticks strapped to each wing, but
the only practical way to go.
Well, I feel really embarrassed to be asking about this, but do you
I should tell Ron that I'm going? He seems to get very dodgy when it
to the subject of Viktor. In fact he gets downright nasty. I am sure
if I told him he would give all sorts of silly reasons why I
go. I don't want to feel bad about this, and honestly it's not his
Anyway, what do you think? I'm really sorry to bother you about
Stay in touch!
I'm doing all right, thanks. It's been really quiet around here-
old enough now to go out terrorizing all the neighbourhood kids with
stupid friends, so I get to stay in the house while Aunt Petunia's
Diddly-kins runs riot. Except for the couple of hours' worth of
Aunt Petunia ropes me into every day I get pretty much left alone,
suits me just fine.
Yes, I know what you mean about Ron. Tell him that you're going- I
he'd be angrier still if he found out later. But maybe I can talk to
I am sure that he doesn't mean to be nasty. We are all three of us,
protective of each other, and it's his way of showing it. He's
used to having you around, and wouldn't like to think there was
that could split us up, especially now. I will see what I can
That would be very kind of you if you could talk to him. You're
of course. I will let him know.
How are things at the Burrow? Sorry I haven't written yet. I just
a letter from Hermione last week telling me that I must write to all
you often so that you won't worry. I'm doing well- Dudley's out of
house most days now so as long as I stay in my room I can live
as if the Dursleys didn't exist. So you both will have to write to
a lot too so I don't get bored!
Did you hear from Hermione? She'll be going to visit Viktor in
She was sure she wouldn't be allowed. That will be quite an
for her. Look- maybe it's not my place, but I wanted to say that we
be pleased for her. Do you promise me you won't be angry?
Say hi to Fred, and George, and Ginny, and, well, you know the
list! And give your mum a hug from me.
What an odd thing to say- why would I be angry? It's up to her if
wants to risk her neck on one of those dirty great Muggle brooms to
visit some mountain shack halfway round the world. I'm not angry,
in fact I'll be delighted to hear when she's got back safe in one
Everyone here is well.
P.S. Hermione is right- write to us a lot.
How smashingly delightful- I hope you have a flipping great time in
I hear it is very lovely in summer. Please say hello to Viktor for
and stay in well-lit, crowded places.
Thank you for your good wishes. I'm sure I'll have a marvellous
you infuriating prat.
Oh, I have had it with Ron! Did you see what he wrote to me? I've
the letter. You can burn it when you're done. I didn't expect him to
pleased but does he have to be cruel like that? Thanks for speaking
him- it made all the difference! Sorry, I am not blaming you- nobody
do miracles. Anyway, I am going tomorrow, and you can let Hedwig
to find me in Bulgaria. Please do keep writing, even if it's just a
it always makes me feel better to hear from you.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are an idiot.
told me about the letter you sent her. I think she managed to read
the lines and spot a note of sarcasm. Continue like this and you are
going to spoil it.
As you both instructed me, I am writing often, but it's beginning
get a bit wearing! You might want to write Hermione a bit of an
but promise you'll let me read it over first.
Spoil what, exactly?
Do I have to spell it out! She's not gone to get married, you
I do not know *what* you are on about.
P.S. Ginny says hi. (That enough, Gin?)
How is Bulgaria? I do hope you are having a good time there. I was
I'd hear from you by now, but I expect your time is all taken up.
you heard from Harry? He seems to be doing well, having a quiet
which really is the best for the poor fellow, don't you think? At
his cousin is off his back.
We are all well here. Ginny, Fred, George and Mum all wanted to
sure I said hello.
Do you see this letter? Does he imagine he can say things like that
just have a nice chat? I have absolutely no intention of writing to
you can tell him I am having a wonderful time.
In fact I find it very strange here, very lonely. Everyone's
enough, in fact I'm a bit of a local celebrity. Apparently during
Communist era wizards went so deep into hiding that they hardly had
contact with the outside world, so everyone in the town is just
to see a foreigner. Everyone just calls me "Angleshka", the English
and nobody except Viktor bothers with my name (he's finally learned
drop the "ninny", though!) It's a beautiful but forlorn country- we
near the mountains. Viktor's family lives in a very small house- it
in Bulgaria even Quidditch stars don't make a ton of money. I am
a room with three girls. All in all I don't get any time alone with
(and I don't think I'm supposed to- my parents certainly have no
to be concerned!) but I spend a lot of time with great crowds of
people I can't even speak to.
Harry, I feel awful, everyone is being so kind, but I can't wait to
I am sorry to hear that. I hope as you get used to the place you
have a bit more fun. Are you learning any Bulgarian? I've bet with
that you'll be fluent in two weeks.
I need to ask you a favour, though. Will you please, please write
Ron? I know how insufferable he can be, *trust* me. But the last
of his you sent to me sounds a lot more like the real him than the
one, don't you think?
I nearly cried when I read your last letter. You are so right, as
Right now fifteen seconds of Ron yelling at me would be like a drink
water in the desert. I will write to him, you can tell him I meant
but my owl lost her way. I'm having a bit better time, getting used
the place, and yes I am learning a few words of Bulgarian, but
lose your money if you bet I'd be "fluent"! I even got to go on a
ride through the countryside with Viktor yesterday, almost got out
but his sister was sent along with us. I don't think I'll mention
to Ron though, appreciate it if you didn't (I'm not *that*
P.S. Keep writing!!!
You know what? Hermione wrote to me! I was sure she wouldn't,
as she hasn't even written to you yet. It sounds like she's not
a very good time. I feel terrible for her- wish we could go cheer
up, eh? She and Viktor hardly get any time alone, what with
and all, and nobody speaks English. Poor girl.
Here's your birthday present- hope you like it. You know what else?
having a great big birthday dinner tomorrow in your honour. She's
a huge cake, just like the one here, and we'll be having that after
and toasting your health! Wish you could make it here, but
told Dad you should stay put for now. By the way, Ginny insisted on
to you. Her letter's in the box.
How are you? I hope you are well. We miss you.
Thanks a lot! Thanks for the party- my ears were red all through
yesterday! You guys are so great. Yeah, I heard from Hermione too.
just lucky she's so nice, though- you really ought to apologize to
She notices everything, you know.
Say thanks to Ginny, will you? Tell her I'm fine, and that I miss
What do you mean, "she notices everything"? You're our little
on women, aren't you? I passed on your message to Ginny last night,
she was inconsolable- she ran up to her room and wouldn't come out
an hour. I would have thought she'd faint when you said you missed
Anyway, I'm writing to Hermione now. I'll try to apologize for
I guess, but she'll probably think I'm cracking up.
Is Ron cracking up? He just wrote me a wonderful long letter. I
even knew he'd put two sentences together if he could help it. Oh,
mean of me- it was really very kind. He told me all about the
party they had for you. Aren't the Weasleys the best people on
I am sorry I did not send you your present yet. I bought it before I
then forgot to send it, in all the excitement of leaving! I will
it to you first thing, when I come home next week. I did not forget
on the 31st, though! Viktor wishes you a happy birthday too.
Hope we can get together before the summer's out!
P.S. He even apologized for being so nasty about Viktor. Did you
him up to that?
Harry old chap!
How are you doing? We never thanked you properly for your
Thought the least we could do is send you a free sample of our
Couldn't help showing it off.
WEASLEY'S WIZARD WHEEZES PRESENTS
AMAZING CRYPTO-STATIONERY PARCHMENT
The infallible way to send secret messages!
Got a private message to send by owl? Got something to get off your
but you just don't know when is the right time to bring it up? Just
your message on one of these sheets, and people will be able to read
*only if it says something they want to hear!*. Otherwise all they
is a trite, polite hello!
Give it a whirl, Harry- it works, we've tested it!
Fred (and George)
Thanks for your letter- you were so kind to send me all that news.
re-read all of your and Harry's letters every night before bed, to
me think of home. I'll be flying back tomorrow. I had a good time
I suppose, but very different from how I expected. I can't wait to
you both to tell you all about it.
I think you're getting funny ideas. I owed Hermione a proper
didn't I? Nothing more to it than that. So let's drop it, all
Dad says maybe you'll be able to come down a week or so before term
but he's trying to make some arrangements with the Ministry first,
raising Fudge's eyebrows. It'll be tricky, but hopefully we can get
out of there soon. Everything seems to be quiet for now, everyone
waiting for something to happen. Dad's not telling much, though.
Did Fred and George show you the stuff they came up with? It's
it even works on yourself. Last night I wrote "Ron loves Moaning
Regards, Ron." on the paper and when I looked back at it, all I
see was "How are you? I am well. Regards, Ron." Guess I'm not quite
to face up to that reality, eh?
I just got home an hour ago and I am exhausted and depressed. I
to write to you, because it's not exactly something I can talk about
Mum and Dad- on the ride back from the airport it was all about how
interesting Bulgaria is. It's just not going to work, this whole
with Viktor. He's too far away, he comes from a place that is very
to me, he's really a lot older... I feel like I've wasted three
Which is terrible because Viktor's family tried to show me the best
they could, and it was very interesting as an adventure and as, I
know, a cultural thing. I had a terrible, terrible awkward parting
Viktor- he's not exactly demonstrative, especially in English- but I
he knows how strange I felt and it breaks his heart. And mine too.
still write, but- well you know.
I am so confused.
Don't tell Ron any of this, please, although I'm sure he'll be
to hear the whole thing was a fiasco. I am so unhappy. Do write me
soon- shame on you for being so far away!
I'm so sorry- I don't know what to say. And I think I can speak for
by saying he'd be very upset to know you were that unhappy, no
what the reason. There aren't too many more days, I hope, before we
all together again at the Weasleys'. It certainly has not been a
summer, though, has it?
Fred and George sent me this paper. Can you believe them? Try using
sheet of it to write to me- I'd love to see if it works.
Hugs back to you
Forgive me for my last letter. I shouldn't be dumping all that all
you. I am just very confused, and there's nobody to tell except you.
maybe Ron. I'm sure you're right that he would not be happy to see
upset. But if he is cruel to me like that one more time, well, at a
like this I'd just break into pieces.
Right now I am just glad to be home, looking forward (I hope) to
you soon, going back into my books (as I hope you are, by the way!).
to make you worry- you have much more important things on your mind,
What an odd invention this is. How could it possibly be useful?
Can you believe, that paper works like a charm (well, I suppose it
one, isn't it). I was reading your letter last night and Dudley tore
out of my hands, and said, "Some good friends you have, eh? 'How are
I am well.' ".
Hermione, don't be ridiculous- please "dump" whatever you like on
whenever you want. Only I'm a bit busy with my own reading now, of
I heard from Hermione yesterday. She's really down. I don't think
trip went too well after all. I suggest you write another super-nice
to her- sounds like she needs cheering up.
Sorry, friend, but I won't "drop it". She is telling me all sorts
stuff I think she should really be telling you, and she isn't, just
she's afraid you'll jump down her throat. Pretty stupid situation,
it, seeing as you are mad for her. Try to deny it and I'll come over
punch you in the nose, Dumbledore or no Dumbledore.
P.S. My compliments to Fred and George! Tell them from me that I
they're a menace.
Ouch. Maybe you want to just write to me using Fred and George's
from now on, there's a good chap? Nevertheless, I will write
as you suggested, and I swear it will be the nicest letter ever
How are you doing? I'm well.
P.S. Please don't show this one to Harry.
Erm, I'm fine, thanks.
Dad says we'll be down Sunday about 4. Hope we can have a bit more
a chat then.
P.S. Donít worry, Iím keeping it to myself.
Harry old pal,
Dad has the go-ahead to pick you up next Sunday morning. You'll be
in the garden-shed.
How are you? I am well.
How are you? I am well.
How are you? I am well.
How are you? I am well.
How are you? I am well.
How are you? I am well.