"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Follock,
As you know I will be swinging by next Sunday to pick up you and Charles to buy his school supplies. As this will be both his, and your, first introduction to our hidden world, I wanted to take a moment and explain how our trip would unfold and what you can expect.
I will arrive promptly at 9 AM in a car given to me for the afternoon by my department. I will have already picked up two of my other charges for the trip, so our last stop will be your home. The other families accompanying us will consist of Mr. Grayson Ford and his father Woodrow, and Miss Ekani Tandon, who will be accompanied by her grandmother. They will also be starting at the Randolph-Poythress Institute this autumn and will be Charles’s classmates for the next seven years. I have often found it best that our Muggleborn students have at least one or two friendly faces already known to them going into their first year and, if I may be so bold, our parents often find having a community of their own in which they can confide a great relief.
I will also be bringing along Miss Mildred Frost, a 6th Year at RPI who underwent this same process six years ago and will be able to help Charles, Grayson, and Ekani accommodate to their new surroundings. Miss Frost is one of the most academically gifted students at RPI, and has volunteered to be your son’s go-to resource over the next school year. If has any questions that he is embarrassed to ask his classmates, he can turn to Miss Frost and she will help guide him. While the differences between our world and yours are not so great as some amongst both our communities might like to imagine, there are still certain cultural nuances and bits of lore that often leave Muggleborns at a temporary disadvantage. I can assure you it will only hinder Charles for a short time, but we like to mitigate even that period whenever possible, and an older student who understands the struggle of integration is an immense boon.
After we depart your home, we will be entering Washington, D.C. and proceeding to Dupont Circle, from whence I will escort you into Circle’s Corner, a Wizarding community in the heart of the District of Columbia. We will have a short tour of the area, which will include the local extension of Lockstock’s Bank. I would like to warn you ahead of time that Lockstock’s is a Goblin run bank (see the enclosed pamphlet) and I would advise you let me do all the talking during our brief trip. If you wish, the Goblins can set up an account for you and your child in which you can deposit funds for your child to access during the year. They have connections to all the major banks that I am aware of in the Muggle world, so transactions will not be difficult. Each consultation will be completely private, so have no concerns on that front, and the Goblins are perfectly trustworthy, at least where money is concerned.
From Lockstock’s, we will make a very important journey to Willoughby’s Fine Wands, where your child will undergo one of the greatest rites of passage of our world. The pairing of a witch or wizard with their wand is a moment they will remember for the rest of their lives. A wand is more than a simple tool: I do not think there is an adequate comparison in the Muggle world to the choosing of the wand, but I have no fears that once you have witnessed the process it will become readily apparent. Each wand is uniquely crafted, and Willoughby’s offers a variety of woods, cuts, lengths, and cores. Please remember that while your child’s books and general educational expenses are covered, the wand is a personal expense costing around $65.00. Most wizards go through two to three wands in their lifetime. All wands are equally priced, regardless of their core material and wood-type thanks to subsidies provided to certified craftsmen by our Congress.
You will also be free to shop in the many other fine establishments of Circle’s Corner. As Charles will be allowed a pet in his first year, I suggest a stop by Finnegan’s Familiars should you be inclined to provide him with one. There are also several bookshops that I will point out to you, including Conjury and Creed’s, which has a whole section for the parents of unexpectedly magical children. Formal dress is not required for the first year, but I often advise parents that a few extra sets of robes are generally a good investment.
We will finish our day at the Thunderbird, a restaurant hidden in the famous W Hotel, which we will reach through the secret corners of the capital (I promise this will make sense in time). Do not worry about the cost of the lunch, as my department will be covering it. All the student groups shopping that day will come together to meet one another, and I believe that Headmistress Blair will be joining us with one or two members of her staff. She is generally happy to answer the concerns of parents of Muggleborn students, and likes to meet each of them in person before they start school.
As stated, I will arrive promptly at 9 AM, so please be prepared to go. Do not worry about space or traffic or parking concerns…these are not problems that overly concern our kind.
-Ralph Donald Dubois
Snr. Agent of the Department of Secrecy and Obfuscation - Muggleborn Liaison Wing”
Every Muggleborn Student, upon being identified by the Congress’s agents, seers, or network of magical-detection (which is tuned specifically to the massive outburst of magical energy that generally accompany a young mage’s first outpouring of magic), is assigned to the case-load of a specially-trained agent of the Department of Secrecy and Obfuscation. These agents are charged with inducting the future student into the secrets of the magical world and acting as an intermediary between the Schools, the Department, and the family. In the last 75 years that the program has been in place, the DSO has established very specific and effective protocols in dealing with youths who develop magical powers in Muggle settings. All the proper paperwork and obfuscations are taken care of to help the child begin their magical life (without the scrutiny of local schools and Muggle agencies), and, depending on the amount of time permitted between identification and the start of school, special trips into the Wizarding world are arranged. Since 1955, the DSO has also taken steps to protect magical children in abusive homes. They work closely through Muggle child-protective-agencies to address the issue, but have been known to remove magical children to the homes of Wizarding or squib families when other alternatives have been exhausted. On several rare instances, some students either orphaned, abandoned, or removed from their home due to a threat to their persons have become the temporary wards of their schools until more suitable arrangements could be made.