The rumors had spread up and down the train as they traveled from London to Hogwarts. It bounced from car to care, and from trolley witch to conductor and back to the students again.
"Did you hear who Dumbledore hired as the Muggle Studies professor this year?"
"My father tells me he'll be sacked for sure. Can you imagine hiring one of *them*?"
None of their wild speculations prepared them for the Feast, when the new teacher introduced himself. He stood up in front of the whole schoo.
"Hello. I'm Blair Sandburg."
It was true. Dumbledore had hired an American.