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It was Rachel's first day at her new school – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her parents had met there – all the magical people in London went there. Before today, Rachel hadn't met many other magical people. When she'd asked her mum and dad why, they'd smiled and told her that she would meet lots when she started high school.

Rachel boarded the train and found a compartment where some other girls her age were sitting.

"Hi, I'm Rachel," she introduced herself to them.

"I'm Melinda Burrett, but you can just call me Mel," said the black-haired girl sitting on the left. She gestured to the other girl in the compartment, "and this is Vanessa Dray."

"Hey," said Vanessa. She had blonde hair in a waist-length plait, and dark eyes that looked very dramatic against her face.

Rachel sat down next to Melinda and the three started talking. As the train pulled out of the station, Rachel leaned out of the window to wave goodbye to her parents. She was always being told that she looked just like her mother, except for her eyes. She had her dad's hazel eyes.

When the train reached the station, Rachel, Vanessa and Mel climbed down to see a giant figure calling out "firs' years this way! Firs' years over here, please!"

"Come on," said Mel. "Let's go."

Vanessa and Rachel followed her over to a group of other first-years who were standing near the giant.

"Righ', that everyone? Good, now let's go. Oh, and by th' way, I'm Hagrid, 'ogwards groundskeeper." With that, Hagrid led the first-years down a track away from the station towards the lake.

"Where are we going?" called out someone from the back of the group.

"Yeh'll see," replied Hagrid. A few minutes later, they reached the edge of the lake. Several boats were tied there.

"What do we do?" called out the same voice as before.

"What's your name?" asked Hagrid.

"Derick. Derick Yeel," replied the boy, stepping forward.

"Not terribly bright, now, are we Derick?" said Hagrid as Derick flushed scarlet. "We get in th' boats, so as to get to th' other side! Alright, everyone in the boats! No more than four to a boat!"

Rachel, Vanessa and Mel got into a boat together. Derick was the last person to get to a boat so he climbed in with them. Hagrid took up an entire boat by itself. As soon as everyone was into a boat, they started gliding magically across the lake towards the castle. There were a few startled shrieks before people realised what was happening, and then gasps of amazement as the castle came into view.

"That's our school?" asked Rachel.

"Yep. That's Hogwarts," replied Vanessa.

At the castle, the first-years were met by a strict-looking teacher who introduced herself as Professor McGonagall, before leading them up into a room that looked as though it hadn't been used in years.

"Wait here for a moment, please," said Professor McGonagall. "When I return, I shall take you into the Great Hall, where you will be Sorted into one of the four houses; Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Gryffindor."

With that, Professor McGonagall swept out of the room, leaving behind the now paranoid first-years.

"How will we be sorted?" asked Rachel. This was something her parents had never mentioned to her before. "Do we have to pass some sort of test?"

"I don't know," replied Melinda, looking equally as worried. "I haven't been able to do anything much, magic-wise."

"What happens if we don't pass?" wondered Vanessa out loud. Before she had a chance to say anything to the horrified looks on her two friends faces, the doors of the room opened again and Professor McGonagall entered.

"We are ready for you now," she announced. "Follow me please."

Not wanting to be last, Mel, Rachel and Vanessa hurried after her through another set of large oak doors. What they saw on the other side of the doors amazed them – the enchanted ceiling, the candles floating in midair, and the hundreds of students all dressed in identical black robes, and all staring at them. Professor McGonagall led the nervous first years between two of the long tables towards to front of the Hall, where Rachel could see a rather battered-looking hat sitting on a stool, in pride of place. She vaguely wondered what it was doing there.

When they reached the front, Professor McGonagall turned to the first-years and said, "when I call out your name, sit on this stool and place the Sorting Hat upon your head. The Hat will then place you in your house."

Rachel secretly thought that this teacher must be crazy if she thought that a Hat could do any such thing, but decided to play along anyway. Maybe this was part of the test?

"Burrett, Melinda!" called out Professor McGonagall.

"Good luck!' whispered Rachel and Vanessa as Mel made her way up to the stool, looking incredibly nervous. She perched on the edge of the stool as the Sorting Hat was lowered onto her head. After a moment of expectant silence, the rip at the top of the hat opened and it shouted out, "Hufflepuff!"

People at the table to the far right cheered, and Mel made her way, grinning, over to sit with them. A few minutes later, Vanessa was placed in Gryffindor. Now feeling slightly alone, Rachel waited until her name was called. Eventually, it was her turn.

"Potter, Rachel!" called Professor McGonagall. Suddenly, the Great Hall fell deathly silent. Wondering why, she looked around. For a second, she thought she saw her dad, sitting about halfway up the Gryffindor table. Then she shook her head, telling herself not to be silly. Her dad wouldn't be here at Hogwarts, he was back at home in London, with mum. Slowly, Rachel made her way up to the stool and sat on it. Professor McGonagall placed the Sorting Hat on Rachel's head, looking oddly at her as she did so.

"Ah, another Potter," said a voice in her ear. Another-? thought Rachel. "I suppose I'd better put you in Gryffindor as well, then, hadn't I? Gryffindor!" it shouted out to the Hall. Rachel didn't have time to wonder about what the Hat had said to her as she gratefully climbed off the stool and went to sit down next to Vanessa at the Gryffindor table.

After Derick Yeel had been sorted into Ravenclaw, Professor Dumbledore stood up to make a speech. But Rachel didn't hear it; she was too busy being glad that the ordeal was over. She only paused for a moment when the tables filled magically with food, before piling it onto her plate and beginning to eat.

After dinner, Rachel and Vanessa stood up, trying to work out where to go. Then they saw red-haired boy and a girl with bushy brown hair calling out "Gryffindor first-years, over here please! Follow us!"

Grateful that someone was showing them where to go, Rachel and Vanessa made their way over to them. Rachel shook her head. She thought she'd seen her dad again, talking to the brown-haired girl. It must be tiredness from the trip, she thought. As they reached the group of other Gryffindor first years, the brown haired girl spoke.

"My name is Hermione," she said. "And this is Ron. We're going to show you to your dormitories." And with an odd glance at Rachel, Hermione and Ron lead the first-years out of the Great Hall.

What is it with everyone looking at me funny? wondered Rachel. Maybe it's just my imagination… But something told her that this was not so.

After a few minutes walking, the group stopped in front of a large portrait of a fat lady. Suddenly, it spoke.


"Port Luck," answered Hermione.

"Correct." With this, the portrait swung forwards to reveal a room with a fire burning merrily behind the grate. The first-years filed in, taking in their surroundings.

"Boys up the stairs to the right, girls to the left," instructed Hermione. "Your things have already been brought up."

"Yeah, what she said," said Ron, looking as though he'd never done this before in his life and would rather be somewhere else now.

Without a word to the others, Rachel followed Vanessa up the stairs. At the top, they saw a door with a sign saying, "First-years."

"I guess this is us," said Rachel, and she pushed open the door. Inside were five or six four-poster beds. They quickly found the bed with their belongings piled neatly at the end, and changed into our pyjamas.

"Well, goodnight," said Vanessa from the bed to Rachel's right. "See you in the morning."

"Goodnight," replied Rachel. She was asleep only seconds after her head hit the pillow.

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