Dear my faithful reviewers, I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SOOO SORRY that I haven't updated in sooo long! I've had a lot happening in the past 2 years and I promise I shall try and update as much as I possibly can! I've slightly forgotten the plot of this story, but I'm sure I shall remember as time goes on. I hope you can all find in your hearts to forgive me and enjoy! Xxx

Rachel began to pace nervously, whilst Draco and Blaise looked bored.

"What's wrong with you?" Ella questioned, watching Rachel pace.

"N-Nothing at all," she stammered and smiled. Draco grinned evilly.

"I think she's worried that she won't be put in Slytherin. Her mum and dad were both in Gryffindor."

"Oh," Ella looked at her curiously, "Why do you want to be put in Slytherin? Don't you want to keep the family thing going?" she questioned. Rachel laughed nastily.

"You must be bloody joking! No way! My brother can do that! But me, I'm different! I want to be in Slytherin; it's probably going to be the best house by far!"

Blaise and Draco looked to each and smirked. Rachel was definitely a Slytherin. She definitely had the nastiness for it!

"I'll be put in Slytherin without a doubt," Blaise commented. Ella nodded in agreement.

"Well, I can't wait to see what house my brother will be in," Rachel giggled, "I bet he'll be put in Hufflepuff," at which both Draco and Rachel burst out laughing.

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"I'm so nervous," Ashley whispered, going pale.

"Ash, don't worry! Everything will be fine," Harry reassured him.

"And how do you know? Hey, uh ... what house do you guys want to be in?" Ashley asked.

"I'm probably going to be in Gryffindor," Ron commented, "I mean, everyone in my family have been in that house, unless I'm the black sheep of the family or something …"

"I don't know what house I'll be in. Uncle Sirius told me that Mum and Dad were in Gryffindor, I suppose I could be too, but I really don't know," Harry said, looking slightly ill, "I mean I don't even know how we get sorted …" he said, gulping slightly.

"Dad refused to tell me," Ashley said, looking dejected, "yet he told my sister apparently."

"Yeah. My brothers told me I have to wrestle a troll." Ron said, looking terrified at the very thought.

"WHAT!" Both Harry and Ashley cried.

"They were probably joking!" Ron said hurriedly, trying to reassure them, "they like to scare me."

At that moment, Hermione wandered in.

"Has anyone seen a toad? A boy named Neville's lost one." She said, looking irritated, then she stopped on seeing Ashley.

"Oh, um, hi," she stammered, going bright red. Ashley waved slightly to her, then stopped on seeing the look on Harry's and Ron's faces. He grinned sheepishly.

"Yeah, I found one earlier … it was hopping around one of the compartments earlier," he said, pulling it out of his pocket, "I put a sleeping charm on it so it wouldn't keep hopping about," he told her, handing her the toad. Hermione just continued to stand there, seemingly frozen to the spot.

"Are you gonna go yet? We were kinda busy," Ron snapped, looking annoyed. As this was said, Hermione went, if possible, even redder and quickly fled from the room.

"That was a bit rude," Ashley said, looking surprised.

"Well, she was just standing there like a melon," Ron said, rolling his eyes, "Girls are so weird."

A few minutes later and Hermione re-entered the compartment.

"Hi, I thought I'd just say that you should get changed into your robes. We're going to be arriving soon." She saw Ron holding her rat and watched him interestedly, "Oh, are you doing magic? Let's see then."

As Ron tried to cast his spell, nothing happened. Hermione raised her eyebrows at him.

"I don't think that's a real spell, and if it is, it's not very good is it?" She pointed her wand at the rat, and managed to turn it green, "Now that's a spell." Ron rolled his eyes in irritation.

"I could do a spell better than that," Ashley told her, grinning.

"Oh yeah? What's that then?"

Ashley cleared his throat and chanted a spell which made the rat do a little tap dance. Both Harry and Ron laughed, but Hermione looked affronted.

"Well, I've got to go now." She snapped and stormed from the room. Harry looked stunned.

"I hope she's not in the same house as us!" Ron said, throwing his wand on the table, "It would suck if she was …"

"I think it would be fun," Ashley smirked "a competition with everything. See who's smarter …"

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As they entered the Great Hall, they all waited in front of McGonagall whilst they were told they would be sorted into Houses using the Sorting Hat. Severus eyed both the Lupin twins with, what could only be described as, interest. What would be the result for those two? He wondered. His eyes wandered and clapped on Harry. He looked just like his father; Severus thought disgustedly, it was not going to be a good seven years. As his eyes scanned the rest of them, one person caught his interest. A young girl with long black hair; she had a scowl on her face and her eyes … they looked strangely familiar. It was almost as if he was looking at himself, he realized, then felt alarmed. The girl … who was she? As far as he knew, he didn't have any relatives … how odd. He'd have to talk to Dumbledore about it after the feast.

As McGonagall read out the names, it eventually arrived at Lupin, Ashley. Ginny would've wanted to be here, Severus suddenly thought, feeling slightly guilty that he was there to witness it and not her. He'd promised to inform her as soon as he knew.

As Ashley seated himself on the stool, Severus hoped that at least one of the Lupin twins would be placed in Gryffindor. As soon as this thought went through his mind, the hat immediately shouted "GRYFFINDOR!" and Ashley quickly dashed over to the Gryffindor table, looking delighted.

Next was Lupin, Rachel. Severus watched as she caught his eye, looking slightly worried. The hat had barely been placed on her head when the hat screamed "SLYTHERIN!"

Severus froze. For the hat to say it so quickly obviously meant that this wasn't good news at all. Rachel Lupin was going to be a Slytherin through and through. He immediately felt worried for Remus and Ginny, how would they feel knowing what had just happened?

Draco Malfoy was put in Slytherin, alongside Blaise Zabini. Ron Weasley was in Gryffindor. And next was Harry Potter …

After about five minutes, the hat placed him into Gryffindor. Severus scowled. It was no surprise to him at all … his father had been in Gryffindor too. The younger generation of Potter and Lupin, thank god there wasn't a Black to go with it otherwise that really would've finished him off!

After a lot of waiting, there was finally only one girl left. The girl who looked so much like him. Severus took a big gulp as McGonagall read out, "Ella Snape." As this was said, Severus spat out his drink and started choking violently, to which Dumbledore started patting him on the back. Severus immediately calmed down and looked up; the entire Great Hall was staring at him. To which he just chose to look at McGonagall who carried on with placing the Sorting Hat on Ella's head.

"SLYTHERIN!"

"Well that shouldn't be much of a surprise," one of the students muttered. Severus felt his anger escalating. Who was this girl? He had to know! Was she related to him? He looked to Dumbledore, who was watching him with a concerned look on his face.

"Meet me in my office after the feast," he murmured to him. Severus looked at his food, immediately losing his appetite and pushing his food away, and chose to discreetly watch Ella eating with Draco, Blaise and Rachel. He would tell Ginny; but how would she react to this? Only one question burned through his mind throughout the entire feast: Who on earth was Ella Snape?