Chapter 1 : Chapter 1: The Sorting
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"Albus!" She exclaimed, irritated, "I was trying to see my mum and dad!"
Albus, however, didn't respond, his face was glued to the window as her's was. No matter how hard Rose shoved him, he didn't leave the window. Sighing, she sat down on the compartment bench. A few minutes later and the train started to set off, and Albus sat down on the bench across from her, "Rosie?"
Rose glared at him, still mad that he hogged the window, "What?!"
Albus was taken aback at her outburst, "I- I just wanted to know if you think I will be in Slytherin."
Rose groaned, this was all her cousin has been thinking about ever since his older brother, James, came home from school over the summer. "I don't know, Al, but you should stop worrying about it and stuff."
"Well, what about you? Aren't you scared? Just a little?"
Rose had thought about the Sorting over the summer, but really, she couldn't care less. To her, being sorted will be a great way to make friends with similar interests, "No, not really."
"But, what if it puts you in the wrong house? What if it puts me in the wrong house?!"
"Al, that won't happen."
"But what if it puts me in Slytherin?"
"Then you'll be in Slytherin."
"But I wanna be in Gryffindor! Like James and my dad!"
"Well, it isn't up to you, now, is it?"
"Actually, it is. My dad said I can pick if I want to!"
"Then why are you worrying?"
"I don't know. I guess I'm kind of nervous..."
Rose smiled at her cousin as he looked down, obviously frightened, "Oh, Al, it will be alright."
He looked up, "You think so?"
"I know so!" She exclaimed, happily.
Albus smiled, "What have you been doing over the summer?"
Before Rose could answer his question, the door slid open and a skinny pale boy with almost white hair stood in the frame, "May I sit with you? All the other compartments have older, scary kids."
Rose vaguely remembered this boy as the one her father pointed out. The one in which she was supposed to beat at every test. †She didn't think it would be a good idea to have him sit with her. If her father found out he might get mad at her, but before she could deny him a seat Albus nodded and he sat down beside him.
"What's your name?" Albus asked curiously.
The boy smiled, "My name is Scorpius Malfoy. What's your name?"
"I'm Albus Potter."
Scorpius nodded, "What's your name?"
He was looking at Rose. She looked back at him, there has to be something wrong with this boy if her dad wanted her to beat him at every test, "Rose Weasley."
"Nice to meet you two," he said politely.†
Rose nodded, curtly. She was suspicious. He had to be planning something. She trusted her dad full heartedly and if he thought this boy was shady, then so did she.
Albus didn't seem to be as suspicious though, Rose noticed, because he was happy to talk to Scorpius, "What house do you think you are going to be in?"
"I don't know. My mum and dad were both in Slytherin, so I guess that one. They could get really mad if I wasn't."
Albus' eyes widened, "You want to be in Slytherin?!"
Scorpius nodded, "Yeah, because if I'm not my parents would probably kill me."
Scorpius sighed, "They get really mad at me for stuff and they told me I gotta be a Slytherin."
Albus frowned, "That's really sad."
Rose rolled her eyes, "You're lying." She knew that this is a tactic to play with their sympathy, and even if Al fell for it, she wasn't going to.†
Scorpius looked at her, "No, I'm not."
"Yes, you are!" Rose retorted.
"No, I'm not! My dad would be really mad if I wasn't in Slytherin."
"Maybe, but I bet he wouldn't kill you."
"It's a figure of speech!"
"Stop fighting!" Albus burst out.
Rose and Scorpius shut their mouths and looked at Albus.
"Stop fighting," He repeated, "Rose, he isn't lying."
Rose was about to argue, but decided it was pointless. She†looked out the window as the compartment fell into an awkward silence. She watched as the train passed rolling hills and small lakes and ponds. Albus and Scorpius picked up conversation sometime later, but Rose wasn't paying attention. She was lost in her own thoughts. Was he lying? If he was why? What is wrong about him? So wrong that her father wanted her against him?
The squealing of train wheels against the tracks took Rose out of her thoughts. She looked out the window again and it was dark. How long had it been? Albus and Scorpius stood, ready to leave. Rose stood with them and they walked out of their compartment and off the train, into the cool, early September night.
Rose then heard a loud voice, "Firs' years! Firs' years over here! Follow me! Firs' years!"
"Al, this way!" Rose grabbed her cousin's hand and dragged him toward the huge man that was calling for them. Unfortunately, Scorpius followed them. Rose was hoping he would be left behind.
The huge man then smiled, "Rose! Albus! Good to see yer!"
Rose then recognized him as Hagrid. How didn't she see that earlier, she didn't know. But, she smiled back, "Hi, Hagrid!"
Albus greeted Hagrid as well, then they were off. On the walk to wherever they were going, the huge group of first years seemed to separate Rose from her cousin. Before she knew it, she was walking side by side with a girl that had curly honey blonde hair.
The girl smiled at her, "Hello."
Rose grinned back, "Hi."
"I'm Ellie Waters."
Ellie smiled, she was much smaller than Rose, but seem kind and friendly. Suddenly the group of first years stopped, and Ellie was jumping in her tiptoes to try to see what was going on. Rose was tall enough to see that they were at the edge of the lake. There were many wooden boats floating in the lake's calm and small waves.
"We are going to ride the boats across," Rose whispered to Ellie, not even listening to Hagrid.†
There was four to a boat, Rose climbed in an empty one. She assisted small Ellie into the boat. Albus ended up finding her again and jumped into her boat and, unfortunately, Scorpius clambered in behind him.
"Ooohs" and "aaahhhs" could be heard from the first years as they crossed the lake and Hogwarts castle came into view. Rose thought it was beautiful. It was a stone castle with windows that seemed to be golden by the light within shining outward through the glass. The reflection fell upon the rippling lake. All in all, it was definitely what it was supposed to be aiming for. It was magical.
The first years were then filed out of the boats and into the castle. They were led down a long corridor and stopped just before grand looking double doors that no doubt led to the Great Hall. Then, a professor, Rose recognized him at once as Neville Longbottom, a family friend; stood out in front of all the first years and cleared his voice. All the chuckling and chattering subsided and Longbottom smiled, "Welcome to Hogwarts! Soon, you will be led into the Great Hall and lined up alphabetically. Then, there will be a hat place on top of each of your heads, that will sort you into one of four houses. These houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Once you are sorted you will sit at your house table and Headmistress McGonagall will make an opening speech. After that, we will have a nice feast and everyone will be able to have a great school year!"†
After a few minutes of nervous glances, the first years were lined up alphabetically. Rose stood behind Ellie and in front of a tall boy who looked like he could break her in two. They filed into the Great Hall. Rose was amazed by how beautiful it looked. White candle floated in air and the ceiling wasn't really a ceiling at all. It showed the night sky, beautiful and perfect. The first years stopped in front of a rather old and tattered witch's hat. A rip that was just above the brim opened and began to sing.
Watching young one's being sorted and make friends that are dear,
They can be sorted amongst the courageous Gryffindors,
Where bravery and friendship can make one's happiness soar,
Or might one be suited for the intelligent Ravenclaw,
Where knowledge beyond belief can make one know it all,
Maybe you are a Hufflepuff,
Where†trust and finding friends is the stuff,
Last, but not least, we have cunning Slytherin,
Where the bold and self-confident stand,
So come on don't be shy,
Put me on and give it a try!"
Once the hat was done, Longbottom took out a roll of parchment and began to read it, "Aberston, Frank."
A boy with brown, mousy colored hair stepped forward and sat on the stool. Longbottom placed the hat upon his head. All was quiet for a second before the hat announced, "HUFFLEPUFF!"
The students at the Hufflepuff table stood and cheered. Frank ran to them and was seated amongst them. Rose thought that it seemed easy enough, but she looked ahead in the line and saw Al's hands shaking. She sighed, once this is over, he'll be so much happier. A few names were called out and Rose wasn't paying attention until she heard Longbottom announce, "Malfoy, Scorpius!"
Scorpius took a deep breath and sat upon the stool. The hat was placed upon his head and he closed his eyes, whispering. Rose thought his was taking a ridiculous amount of time. The hat finally said, "Alright, I guess if that's what you truly want, SLYTHERIN!"
Scorpius looked relieved as he walked over to the cheering Slytherin table. It was only a little while before Rose heard Longbottom exclaim, "Potter, Albus!"†
Albus made his way to the stool, still nervous looking. Rose watched as the hat was barely placed on his head before it rang out, "GRYFFINDOR!"
Albus, beaming, ran and sat next to his older brother, James, at the jeering Gryffindor table. Rose sighed as she watched Marlena Quimp be sorted into Slytherin; Richard Ross, Ravenclaw; Penelope Ruthine, Gryffindor; Alaina Sathers, Hufflepuff; Quinton Trimmers, Gryffindor; Anne Vain, Ravenclaw; Steve Votts, Slytherin; and Mary Waine, Hufflepuff. She then heard Longbottom announce, "Waters, Ellie!"
She watched Ellie's curly blonde hair swing back and forth as she skipped up to the stool and sat upon it. When Longbottom placed the hat on her head it went over her eyes and almost covered her nose. It took a few seconds then announced, "RAVENCLAW!"
Ellie sprinted to the celebrating Ravenclaw table and sat amongst them, happily. Then, Longbottom announced, "Weasley, Rose!"
Making her way up to the stool, Rose suddenly knew how Albus felt. Her stomach seemed to twist into knots as she sat in front of her peers upon the stool. She then felt the hat being place upon her head and watched as all light disappeared, the hat covered her eyes.†
She then heard a voice in the darkness, "Ahh... A Weasley. But, you aren't like the rest of them, are you? No. You seem more smart, cunning, intelligent. You do have some bravery within you, but your knowledge is outstanding. But, you would stand up to others, and help others. Oh, tough choice, tough choice indeed. It must be... RAVENCLAW!!!!"
The hat was lifted from her head and she was walking toward the cheering Ravenclaw table. She sat beside Ellie as Trevor Zonts is sorted into Slytherin. She couldn't help but smile.
An older looking woman made her way to a podium in front of the staff table she smiled and everyone fell silent, "Welcome to another year at Hogwarts. We welcome our newcomers and I wish you all a happy school year. May I remind you that the Forbidden Forest is forbidden by all students and that there is to be no magic in the halls. Everyone, again have a great year, enjoy your meal." With a flick of her wand, food appeared on platters and Rose, who was hungry ate until it was time for the prefects to lead her to the Ravenclaw tower. A girl named Faith Garden led them up to the tower and explained you needed to answer a question to gain access.†
†Once in, Ellie and Rose made there way up to bed, too tired to pay attention to any details about the common room. Rose slumped under the covers and fell asleep.
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