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Chapter Five: The Sorting Ceremony
I didn't want to open my eyes, although I could hear movement around the room and little groans of protest to the light breaking through the curtains. My neck was going to hurt for the rest of the day today, I was leaned up against something and my butt was numb.
"Miss and Mr's need to get up. Breakfast is almost ready!" yelped Dobby.
"Ugh, you bastards didn't go back to your rooms last night," complained Draco.
I opened my eyes and rubbed them hard getting the crusts out of the corner of my eyes. I sat up all the way off a sleeping Blaise Zabini who whispered, "five more minutes."
Calypso was sitting on the floor with a bunch of blankets around her and Daphne's head in her lap. She was watching Daphne closely and stroking her hair.
"They're going to take her away," whispered Calypso.
Not sure if she was talking to me or not, I choose not to respond. Why would they take her away that was ridiculous, we're going to Hogwarts today.
Adrian was already up and moving and halfway out the door.
Pansy was nowhere to be seen.
Ariana was snuggled up to her brother Draco.
"Draco quit complaining. You loved it." I told him.
He opened his grey eyes and glared at me.
Blaise was still sleeping, except now that I moved he no longer had a pillow, so he moved to lay on the floor.
"Dobby can you take me back to my room?" I asked.
"Of course!" he yipped.
With a pop we were alone.
"Let my Mrs. Malfoy know I'll be down shortly," I told the elf. "Thank you Dobby."
I quickly went to the shower to wash away my exhaustion. I scrubbed my scalp with a grin on my face. Today's the day. Hogwarts.
Jumping out of the shower I wrapped up in a warm green towel, and used a quick drying towel to dry my hair. I braided my hair in a messy dutch braid pulled back from my face to appear clean and fresh for Hogwarts. I put the black tights on and pulled the pleated skirt over the top, I asked Madam Malkin to shorten the shirt a bit so it fell a little above knee level. I put on a white button up shirt and a black v-neck sweater vest and pulled my braid so it fell over my shoulder.
I quickly packed up the few of my belongings I pulled out for the overnight stay I had at Malfoy Manor, taking one last look I walked out the guest room.
"Hey, I figured you might need an escort to breakfast," smiled Blaise.
Blaise also had his black robes on, however it didn't look like he showered, or got a good night's sleep considering his bloodshot eyes, and messy hair. He quickly started down the hallway assuming I would follow him since I had no idea where i was going otherwise. .
"That was nice of you," I said following him.
"Well after losing your innocence by sleeping with me last night, I figured it was the only decent thing to do," he shrugged with a grin on his face.
"Zabini, I hear you say that one more time and I'll kick your arse!" I said shoving him to the other side of the hallway.
"You snore you know," I stated.
Mouth falling open with wide eyes he exclaimed, "I do not!"
"You do," I lied with a smile.
We walked into the silent breakfast room. Either everyone was super tired from the night before, or really nervous about the sorting hat ceremony tonight.
Sitting down next to my brother who was reading the Daily Prophet, I pulled a plate of scrambled eggs close enough to fill up my plate.
"Pansy, what did you want to say to the group this morning?" Draco grinned.
"I ummm…." Pansy stuttered. "I hope I'm going to be sortedintoHufflePuff!"
There was an audible choking noise from Narcissa Malfoy, along with some snickers of laughter from everyone else. I looked up from my eggs and smiled to Ariana who also grinned at me.
After a while I noticed that the Daphne wasn't sitting at the table.
"Where is Daphne?" I finally asked.
"Her mother decided to transfer her to Beauxbaton's school of witchcraft and wizardry," shrugged Narcissa Malfoy.
"What do you mean! We get on the train for Hogwarts in a couple hours!" exclaimed Ariana.
"Are you assuming you know best for Miss Greengrass?" Narcissa Malfoy asked with a raised eyebrow.
I looked over at Calypso, thinking back to what she said at the dinner party last night and what she said this morning. She made eye contact with me and gave a small sad knowing smile.
"What was the point of bonding with her if she wasn't going to Hogwarts?" I scoffed looking down at my plate.
"That will be enough," said Narcissa Malfoy.
The next thing I knew I was sitting on a scarlet train, when a pudge boy stuck his head in the cabin asking if we had seen a toad.
"No we haven't," Amira said.
"You picked a toad," laughed Pansy.
"I'll help you look," I offered wanting to take my mind off the sorting ceremony.
"My name is Hermione Nott, and you are?"
"Neville Longbottom," he said thrusting his hand forward.
I gave it a good shake and quickly wiped his sweat off my hand afterwards.
"We might be cousins, you're a pureblood," I stated.
He turned beet red and muttered, "yeah maybe."
"So what's the toads name?"
"Trevor. I think we should take turns checking and asking every other cabins," he said while already moving on the the next room.
I knocked on the cabin door before opening it.
"Have you seen a toad, a boy named Neville lost one," I repeated several times over to different cabins. It was more intimidating when enter the cabins of older students, although most of them were kind it still felt out of place.
"Have you seen a toad? A boy named Neville lost one?"
"We already told him no," spoke a red head. I assume he's a first year being similar in height and looked my age, he had a large chunk of chocolate in his mouth becuase he wouldn't chew with his mouth close. He had a wand clutched in his hand and rat in his lap.
"Are you doing magic? Let's see it then," I told him.
Clearing his throat while throwing a look to the boy next him he shouted, "sunshine daisies, conton mellows, make this stupid fat rat yellow!"
After several jabs at the rat nothing happened.
"Stop! Stop! Stop!" i interjected when he was about to try again. "Is that a real spell?" I asked. "Well it's not very good is it?"
"I've only done a few spells myself and they've all worked for me, for example."
I moved closer to the other boy in the compartment and noticing his glasses were broken I pointed my wand at his face and clearly said, "Oculus Reparo."
The broken glass quickly repaired itself like I meant it to. The boy with black hair pulled his glasses off and looked at my in astonishment. He was probably a muggleborn if he was impressed with that little bit of magic. He hair moved just slightly enough that i noticed his scar on his forehead in the shape of a lightning bolt.
"You're Harry Potter!" I gasped. I knew we were similar in age but I had no idea that he was going to be in my year, let alone in Hogwarts!
"And you are?" the redhead said with chocolate in his mouth again.
"Hermione Nott, and you are?" I pursed my lips in disdain. Didn't his mother teach him anything?
"Pleasure," I griminsed. "You should both put your robes by the way, we're going to arrive shortly."
I made my way back to the cabin with the others the light had left the sky and the train was lit by small lights.
"We will arrive at the station shortly, this is the last five minutes before our arrival. First years will leave first, and trunks will be moved onto the platform by Perfects and Heads. Welcome to Hogwarts," a deep bellowy voice of a man said while I sat down in the cabin next to my brother.
"Can we make a promise this year?" I asked.
"What kind of promise?" Ariana replied.
"That no matter what happens, we'll all still remain friends."
Pansy sat thoughtfully.
Theo squeezed my hand, I knew nothing was going to come between us.
"What come possibly happen? We're sacred," laughed Blaise.
"Would you believe me, if I told you this pack will change the course of history. For all of us?" asked Amira.
Just about everyone in the room laughed however a chill went down my spine, if the twins were right about Daphne what more were they right about?
"Well first of all you're completely nuts," said Daraco. "And second of all you guys know were all here for each other."
There were an echo of affirmations around the room, however I still felt pretty sceptical on how the whole thing was going to go down.
The train whistle blew three times and came to a screeching halt, which signalled that it was time for all of us to start our lives with magic.
The gentleman were courteous and allowed us ladies to leave the cabin first and then swifty came out after. Even though they were chivalrous we were all excited to enter the castle and all the first years bustled to exit the scarlet train.
"First years over here!" hollered a large man almost three times the size of a normal man. "First years this way to the boats!"
The giant of a man lead the way with a large lantern held at his waist coming a couple feet above my head.
We walked on a forest trail which had dense trees all around, and animals running around unsee scared for the abrupt noise.
Students walked in packs and quickly fell into clicks, although I fear that all that will change in a few short hours. Although the sorting hat had been known to put families in the the same houses it sometimes doesn't happen. Almost two decades ago in the house of black a family was destroyed by brothers being sorted in different houses. His family disowned him, eventually, when he was swayed away from the roles and responsibilities of a sacred. Sometimes I fear that I won't be placed in Slytherin, I've had nightmares for weeks although it's not something that is easily talked about. I haven't even told Theo and he's my brother, the dreams start off with a letter from my father disowning me and then my brother not speaking to me. I wake up crying often in the night, Flopsy generally shows up with a butterbeer and has me read her Hogwarts: A History, it's our favorite.
"Four to a boat!" yelled the giant.
We came up to a shore line with pebbled rocks and a few dozen boats sitting on the shore line. The sky was pure black although the stars shined bright, the lake was a reflection of the sky and the moon was full.
"Two girls and two boys," whispered Draco. "Come on now."
Panic set in for a moment, who was I going to sit with? What if the sorting hat says I don't have enough magic?
A hand slipped into mine and held firm. I whipped around and saw Ariana looking back at me with a smile.
"Sit with me?"
"Of course," I said with relief.
We crawled into the closest empty boat and tried not to jostle it too much fearful of it tipping. I was hard to make anything out because of how dark it was, after we got situated we felt the boat jerk again. We turned around and saw Theo and Draco who both just gave us a grunts in acknowledgement.
"How are we supposed to get these things in the bloody water?" shouted someone in the dark.
"Is everyone in?" the giant yelled back.
No one said anything to the differ so with a clank and a jerk the boast were pulled into the water by some invisible source.
The air was chilly in August, and I had a feeling that we were farther up north then I was used to. Ariana shifted closer to me in the boat rocking it a bit, which caused a girly yelp to come from the back of the boat.
"Watch it!" Draco whispered harshly in our ears.
I gave a look to Ariana, and we both smiled knowing we were going to discuss it later in much more laughter.
We rounded the large trees and finally we had the castle in our sights. It was everything and more, the books and stories don't do it any justice, I can't believe it's real. I'm here.
Tears built in my eyes but I refused to let them fall, the castle was light up by candles in windows and the stars above.
"Take a good look first years, this is the only year you'll travel by boat!" yelled the giant man.
Sooner than it was humanly possible we arrived at the second shore line and were making our way up the cobbled path into the castle.
After walking through several doorways and chambers we climbed the stairs when the giant said, "Wait here. Professor McGonagall will arrive shortly to take you to the great hall to be sorted."
The giant walked up the last of the steps and in through the giant doors to what I assumed was the great hall.
"How do you think we'll get sorted then?" someone shouted.
"Some sort of test I think, my brother said it hurts a lot," commented Ron Weasley.
I started whispering the different spells I knew out loud trying my best to remember the exact pronunciations.
"Welcome to Hogwarts, I'm Professor McGonagall the start of the term banquet will begin after you all are sorted into your houses. The sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you're at Hogwarts, your house is like your family. You will eat, sleep, and take classes with your house. The four houses are called Gryffindor, HufflePuff, RavenClaw, and Slytherin. Each house has a noble history and have produced many great witches and wizards, to be sorted in any house is a great honor," she said with pride in her face.
"The Sorting Ceremony will take place shortly in front of the rest of the rest of the school. While you're waiting i suggest you smarten yourselves up the best you can," she suggested snidely.
Suddenly a dozen or so ghosts appear through the wall causing several students to scream and others to jump away from them.
"My dear Friar haven't we given Peeves all the chances he could possibly have had by now? He gives us a bad name," the ghost implored.
"Who are you?" the Friar bellowed at us.
When no one answered he came to his conclusion, "First years, well I hope to see you in my proud house HufflePuff,"
They continued to glide into the great hall and Professor McGonagall arrived shortly after the ghosts left.
"They're ready for you," she said while throwing the doors open.
We walked into a large room lit by thousands upon thousands of candles over four long tables each with a different color draping them. Students sat in front of large empty goblets and plates. Another large table was in front of us, I assumed it was the professors table considering they were older than the rest of the students. The ceiling was pitch black other than the stars, it's bewitched to look like the sky, I read about it in Hogwarts: A History. Suddenly we stopped and McGonagall placed a three legged chair at the top and in the center of the four tables. She then placed a old rugged hat on the stool and stepped back with a large scroll in hand.
Suddenly the hat began to move and its creases became eyes and a mouth and sang,
"Oh you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!"
The whole hall burst into applause at the end of the song, in which the hat bowed which quieted the hall once again.
"When I call your name, you will come up and sit on the stool and I will place the hat on your head. When you've been sorted you will go sit at your respective house tables," said the professor.
"Hannah Abbott!" she shouted.
I zoned out at this point, .the hat said that you make true friends in Slytherin and using cunning to achieve their end. Have i do that? Am I worthy of Slytherin?
"Hermione Nott!" she shouted.
I didn't hear her at first however Theo whispered, "Go!"
I walked forward shakily, I nodded to the professor and sat on the stool. She placed the aht on my head and it started saying, "Well look what we have here, one of the sacred 28, from the noble house of Nott. Your family likes Slytherin don't they, eh? Well you would do well in RavenClaw, you're smart and clever."
"Not RavenClaw," I whispered.
"Not RavenClaw, eh? Are you sure? Well you must be SLYTHERIN!"
The table adorned with green respectable clapped and welcomed me to there table, I quickly ran to my table with a smile on my face.
"Congratulations," an older Slytherin said to me.
Slowly but surely everyone in the group was sorted into Slytherin and only a few students remained to be sorted.
We forgot about Pansy! I can't believe we forgot about her.
"GRYFFINDOR!" shouted the hat.
There was collective gasps around the Slytherin table. Arania grabbed my hand and squeezed hard. The Gryffindor table clapped in confusion, and a sobbing Pansy ran to the golden table.
"What is going to happen?" Ariana whispered.
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