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Marissa and the Wizards by JCCollier

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Summary: Two years after Voldemort's downfall, Headmistress McGonagall finds a puzzling decrease in new Muggle-born students. Consulting the magic Quill, she and Flitwick find even wizarding children being born without magical ability. Each year fewer students are listed. If the decline continues, within decades the classrooms of Hogwarts will be half empty. Concerned how far the problem spreads, McGonagall sends a message to the Quill schools of the other continents.

In Brazil, the world of magic is revealed to a young homeless girl. When Marissa cautiously accepts an education in the wizarding world, the choice will lead her to an object somehow tied to the unknown cause of the wizarding decline. But as she struggles to show any ability at all, she is unsure if she even belongs in their world. What role can a neglected street beggar have in events that wizarding schools of all the world may soon be part of?

Ratings: 1st-2nd Years [ - ] Past Featured Story
Category: Post-Hogwarts
Characters: None
Canon Compliance: None
Warnings: None
Challenge:
Serie: None
Chapters: 14 Completed?: No
Wordcount: 108625 Viewcount: 49983
Published on: 06/16/08 Updated On: 07/02/13



Story Notes: ...

Oh, wow! Marissa now has a WIKI. Many thanks to Inverarity for all the work of starting this, and to OliveOil_Med for her charming chapter illustrations which you can view there also.

Marissa and the Wizards in BOOK format (all chapters to date in PDF file, with illustrations)

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1. Chapter 1 - The Tale of the Quill by JCCollier [ - ] (4464 words)
A conference in the Headmistress' tower leads to another a half a world away.
2. Chapter 2 - The Streets of Sao Paulo by JCCollier [ - ] (6325 words)
Strange events occur around Marissa at just the times her friends need it most. Someone else has noticed too.
3. Chapter 3 - An Invitation From a Witch by JCCollier [ - ] (5512 words)
An unexpected visitor tells Marissa the source of her unusual abilities and offers to bring her to a place she can learn to use them.
4. Chapter 4 - The Fork in the Road by JCCollier [ - ] (6298 words)
The boys she protects are the only ones who have ever cared about her, but Merrythought's offer may be the only chance Marissa ever has to rise from homelessness.
5. Chapter 5 - The Wizards Market by JCCollier [ - ] (7923 words)
She was told the school was far away. But another magical place is much, much closer than she could have guessed. Marissa prepares for Witness Stone with her first shopping trip.
6. Chapter 6 - The Journey to the Rainforest by JCCollier [ - ] (8126 words)
Marissa leaves for school and finds new acquaintances, kind and unkind, on her passage to a far away world.
7. Chapter 7 - Witness Stone by JCCollier [ - ] (6871 words)
Marissa tumbles into new people and surroundings, and learns some history of the witch school.
8. Chapter 8 - Choosing More Teams Than Two by JCCollier [ - ] (8306 words)
Marissa is chosen for her House and for a special job.
9. Chapter 9 - Feathers and Broomsticks by JCCollier [ - ] (8351 words)
As classes begin, Marissa learns about magic and learns that some people remain unhappy with her presence at Witness Stone.
10. Chapter 10 - Proper Girls and Smelly Girls by JCCollier [ - ] (8423 words)
Marissa finds another reason why the Anacondas resent her, and learns magic does not come as easily to her as it does to others.
11. Chapter 11 - The Care of Tragical Creatures by JCCollier [ - ] (8946 words)
Marissa grows closer to a feathered friend, and comes a little too close to some foes.
12. Chapter 12 - A Bird's Eye View by JCCollier [ - ] (9686 words)
The months pass at Witness Stone, yet she cannot cast a single spell. Marissa still hasn't discovered any magic within herself... or has she?
13. Chapter 13 - Smellier Still by JCCollier [ - ] (9690 words)
Marissa doesn't want trouble but it finds her again, while what she wants most she can't seem to find at all.


14. Chapter 14 - She Has An Air About Her by JCCollier [ - ] (9704 words)
Marissa handles her problems in the way she knows how. she would never ask for help, but after a time receives some anyway.