Platform 9¾. She’s been waiting for this day ever since she was born. To escape family life, to make friends. Olive boarded the train with Casper; her owl. She didn’t even wave back to her mother or her father whom she both loathed. Rabastan and Edith Lestrange. Shyly, she moved through the train, searching for a lone compartment. She settled for the end compartment with a girl her age facing the window with a black cat asleep on her lap. Olive slowly opened the door “Do you mind if I sit here?” She put on the friendliest smile she could muster. She girl smiled back “Sure” and resumed looking out the window.
Still looking out the window; “I’m Celina Abraham, Muggle-born”
“Olive Lestrange, Pureblood”
“Nice to meet you Olive. What house do you thing you’ll be in?”
“Unfortunately Slytherin, the whole of my family have been for centuries”
“Well I hope we end up in the same house. I’m terrified and I have no friends here”
“I’m sure we’ll be able to help each other out”
“Let’s get our robes on”
They both dug around their trunks for their robes and slipped them on. They bought a few chocolate frogs off the trolley and talked until the journey was over. Olive didn’t want the journey to end, it was the most fun she’s had for eleven years.
The train stopped, they grabbed all their belongings and hurried off into the moving crowd when they heard; “First years! First year over here! We’re taking the boats.” They followed the half giant to a dock and clambered onto enchanted boats that rowed themselves. Astounded, they made their way across the lake towards the castle.
They arrived and made their way up a long flight of steps. Waiting at the top was a woman in green robes and a black witches hat. “Welcome to Hogwarts,” said Professor McGonagall. “The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will be sorted into your houses. The Sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory and spend free time in your house common room.
'The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule-breaking will lose house points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the House Cup, a great honour. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours.
'The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarted yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting. I will return when we are ready for you,' said Professor McGonagall. 'Please wait quietly.'
Olive turned to Celina and they both had horribly nervous looks on their faces. 'Move along now,' said a sharp voice. 'The Sorting Ceremony's about to start.' Professor McGonagall had returned. They both scurried up the stairs, gasped as they walked the enchanted great hall and stood around the sorting hat. Names were called out and eventually Celina went up. Olive struggled to look over all the shoulders of the crowd and saw Celina frozen on the chair with the hat almost touching her shoulders. “GRYFFINDOR!” Olive’s heart sank, she knew they wouldn’t be in the same house. Celina got off the stool shaking, smiled at Olive and went to join all the other Gryffindor’s. Olive’s name was called and she warily walked up to the stool. She sat down and the hat was placed on her head. A voice whispered in her head and she froze, just as Celina did.
“A tough one you are. You have the ambition, the cunning and the steel heart of a Slytherin. But there is more, you have courage. Oh yes, plenty of it. You also have brains.” She wondered if anyone else could hear the voice of the hat “However, your ambition rules out the rest,” There was a hurtful pause as the whole room watched her. “SLYTHERIN!” Her heart sank deeper than before. The hat was lifted off her head and she slowly made her way to the cheering Slytherin table.
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