Nice beginning. I can't wait to see where this one goes.
I like your description of the city, and the idea of Ginny reading the paper in Kensington Gardens. She's adapted to Mundane life well. And her reason for reading Muggle newspapers in the first place was wistful and sad and thought-provoking.
Harry's insight into the difficulties of getting back into training when he's been away from school so long struck a particularly familiar chord here.
And what's up with Hedwig?
I hope you'll update soon.
You introduce us to this slice of Harry's history very subtly with that bar of soap, and you highlight Ginny's personality deftly in her reading material.
You intrigued me with the mention of the 'gray eyes' that irritate Ginny so. I can't wait to hear that story.
I like subtle writing that develops relationships slowly.