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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1985

By Nicole DiekerMay 23, 2017
Dear Diary, None of this was supposed to happen. It was unimaginable. IT’S NOT FAIR Time spins on while I stand still, stuck, lost.   Elphinstone has been dead for nine days now. I thought I would not write about it because I could not, how could I write about the great ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1985

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 30, 1982

By Nicole DiekerMay 3, 2017
Dear Minerva, Thank you for sharing your diaries with me. I read them all, from the beginning—the earliest ones opened eagerly, as if they were excited to be read after so long. The ones written during your adolescence were more reluctant. One volume in particular was ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 30, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 1, 1982

By Nicole DiekerApril 13, 2017
Dear Diary, Elphinstone has asked me to marry him—and I have said yes. Of course, you will know from my entries of late that this was not a surprise; we had been discussing, in between discussing everything else, what it might look like to build a life ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 1, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: March 22, 1982

By Nicole DiekerApril 4, 2017
Dear Diary, I want to keep this short because I want to write Elphinstone. I want to send him all my diaries, even the old ones where I was young and foolish, so he’ll know everything about me. Even the pages I wrote about him—what I ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: March 22, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

By Nicole DiekerMarch 27, 2017
Dear Diary, Is it wrong to say that age has improved someone? I know that I am a stronger, kinder, and more compassionate person than I was in my youth—and, meeting Elphinstone for the first time in years, found him to be… it’s hard to say. ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 21, 1982

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 28, 2017
I got a letter from Elphinstone today. He writes that he wants to see me: “It is strange to think that we haven’t spoken since before the war.” I hadn’t thought it was all that strange; I suppose we could have spoken, but I was ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 21, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: November 2, 1981

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 16, 2017
Dear Diary, I have had so many emotions in the past 48 hours that I don't know how to write them in order—or how to feel them. They've all blended together into one giant lump around my heart: Hope. Grief. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Trust. I suppose I'll ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: November 2, 1981

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 23, 1981

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 9, 2017
Dear Diary, I need to list our successes, because at the moment the war seems full of failures. First: Minister Bagnold has put several Death Eaters into Azkaban. This was the sort of thing people had been hoping would happen for months; why were the Death Eaters ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 23, 1981

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 23, 1981

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 1, 2017
Dear Diary, Some days I think I’ll avoid reading the news until the evening. I tell myself that I need to teach, I need to be present for my students, I need to be what they need right now. But copies of the Daily Prophet are everywhere, ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 23, 1981

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 3, 1980

By Nicole DiekerJanuary 19, 2017
Dear Diary, I got to meet baby Neville today. The Longbottoms have taken him home from the hospital, and Alice invited me to visit. I’d forgotten how perfect a new baby can be; they’re entirely themselves, experiencing life for the first time, being passed from one loving ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 3, 1980
About the Author
Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer and occasional nerd musician. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, Boing Boing, Yearbook Office, The Write Life, and The Toast, among other sites. She collects owls, but has yet to train them to deliver her mail. You can find the Patreon page for her novel, "The Biographies of Ordinary People," about three sisters, at www.patreon.com/NicoleDieker.

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