Chapter 2 : The Sorting
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The first years soon found themselves in the Entrance Hall of Hogwarts. Isabella Lestrange stood next to her older, twin brother, Rabastan, and a few of his friends, Michael Avery, Evan Rosier, and Severus Snape. Isabella made sure to stand behind Avery and Rosier (who were both taller than her) in order to avoid James, Sirius, Peter, and Remus from seeing who she was with.
"I am Professor McGonagall, head of Gryffindor House, deputy Headmistress, and your Transfiguration teacher. In just a few moments you will enter these doors, walk up to the front of the room in front of the stool, and then I shall call your name for you to be sorted. Understood?" A woman with black, graying hair pulled back into a bun and square glasses overtop her beady eyes told them, before she vanished behind large doors ahead of them.
"You ready, Ella?" Rabastan asked, looking down at his sister. He gave her a small smile.
"I think so, but I'm rather nervous," she replied, trying to return his smile. Rabastan reached over, took his sister's hand, and gave it a small squeeze, before the woman with the square glasses came back into the hallway. Rabastan was quite worried his sister wouldn't be put in Slytherin.
"They are ready for you now," she said before leading them into the Great Hall.
Isabella followed behind Avery, Snape, Rosier, and her brother as they entered the room. In the very front there was an old hat sitting atop a wooden stool. Within a few short moments that hat began to sing a song about house unity.
When the hat finished, the professor went to the front of the room and began to read off from a list.
"Avery, Michael," she called, as the boy went up to the front and had a seat.
Immediately the hat replied, "Slytherin." The boy hopped off the stool and joined his housemates at the green and silver table as they clapped loudly for him.
The hat continued, until a new name perked her interest.
In a matter of seconds, the old hat replied with a "Gryffindor", shocking many of the students throughout the Great Hall. McGonagall just gave a nod, before continuing down the list. Isabella was almost certain she saw McGonagall let a small smile grace her lips.
A little while later, Isabella heard the older woman say, "Lestrange, Isabella".
As Isabella walked past the other students she noticed James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Sirius Black (who was all the way at the Gryffindor table) give her confused looks that soon filled with hatred. Isabella almost felt like crying.
She reached the front, took a seat on the stool, and allowed the older woman to put the hat atop her head. A voice immediately filled her ears.
"Ah a Lestrange! Where should I put you? You aren't much like your family; you’re too kind and brave. You'd do well in Gryffindor, proving your bravery. Or perhaps Hufflepuff where the hard working and kind reside? Or maybe Ravenclaw, with brains like those you'll sure to succeed. But in Slytherin you can do some good and have the power to unite. Where should I put you? A tough one you are, but I know what to do. It better be... SLYTHERIN"
If it was possible, James and Sirius sent Isabella even more looks of hatred, as she climbed off the stool and walked down to the Slytherin table, but not before receiving a pat on the back from her brother, Rabastan.
As she sat down at the table, Rodolphus congratulated her and gave her a large smile. "Well done sister! I knew you would be here with us!" he said, before continuing his conversation with a group of older Slytherins. In reality, he didn't know she would be in Slytherin, but was quite pleased that she was.
Within a minute, Rabastan finished his sorting also and took a seat next to her.
"I'm starved. I hope the sorting is almost done," Rabastan exclaimed, before turning to watch the rest of the sorting.
"Lupin, Remus" and then a little while later "Potter, James" were sorted into Gryffindor, just like they wanted.
"Snape, Serverus" and "Rosier, Evan" both found themselves in Slytherin, which came to nobody's surprise.
Dumbledore said a few strange words to them and then the food magically appeared before them. Rabastan, Avery, Snape, and Rosier started talking about quidditch, leaving Isabella all alone to ponder what the Sorting Hat said to her.
'The power to unite what?' she thought as she took a bit of her bread. 'And what kind of good can I do in a house full of evil? I hope James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter don't hate me for being sorted into this house. It's not like I chose to be here. They seemed really nice, I hope we can still be friends.' She stole a glance over to James and Sirius who were laughing at something Remus must of said. Sirius looked up briefly, but only long enough to give her a hard glare before he returned to his food and his friends. Isabella's eyes grew wet, but she didn't let a tear fall down her beautiful face.
Rabastan turned towards his sister. "You okay there, Ella?"
"Oh, what? Oh, yes I'm fine!" she answered coming out of her thoughts, quickly rubbing her eyes.
"Good! You know tryouts for quidditch are next Friday. I hope Rodolphus makes the team." Rodolphus was a second year, so this was the first time he would have an actual chance of making the team.
"Oh, really. What position did he say he was going to tryout for?" she said, trying not to think about the Sorting Hat or the boys currently laughing at the Gryffindor table.
"Beater, most likely. Are you going to watch the tryout?"
"Probably. I really hope he makes the team." Isabella looked down at her plate. 'Stupid Sorting Hat. Stupid Gryffindor boys.'
Before Rabastan could reply, Dumbledore stood up and the tables were cleared of food. He gave a short speech saying what was out of bounds and a couple of the school rules.
Shortly after, the students found themselves being led to their house dormitories, before they eventually headed to bed. Rabastan and Rodolphus said goodnight to their sister, and they disappeared into the boy's dormitory.
'Tomorrow is going to be a long day,' thought Isabella.
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Preview:"You're just like the rest of them aren't you! Just as bad, just as evil. You tricked us on the train into thinking you were a nice, innocent person, but you are anything but! I'm surprise you didn't call Remus a 'dirty halfblood' or me a 'blood traitor.' I'm just surprised you weren't with the rest of the Slytherins, thinking up new insults and curses to use on us." He turned and walked away, leaving her all alone as the tears began to pour out of her sparkling blue eyes.
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