Your Name isn't on the List

It was the most amazing sight Jade had ever seen! Too bad she'd only get to stay in it

for one night.

When the boats reach the edge of the lake everyone was looking in awe at the castle. Hagrid led them into the castle.

It was amazing! All the pictures on the walls were waving at them and there dozens of staircases.

But everyone's attention came back into focus when they heard a cough:

"Welcome to Hogwarts!"

To Jade this person looked very stern and Jade knew that she would never want to cross her if she was going to stay at Hogwarts.

"In a few moments you'll you will pass through these doors and be sorted into your houses there's Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. At the end of each year the house cup is awarded the house cup, the house cup is award to the house with the most house points. While you're triumphs will earn you points, rule breaking will lose you points. Now wait right here until I come and get you."

When she left everyone broke into talk:

"I wonder what house I'll be in?"

"I hope I'm in Gryffindor!"

When Professor McGonagall came back the talking seized almost immediately. Jade along with everyone else followed Professor McGonagall led them up to a stool where a very old patched hat sat. Then suddenly the Sorting Hat burst into song:

In times of old when I was new

And Hogwarts barely started

The founders of this Noble School

Thought never to be parted:

United by a common goal,

They had the selfsame yearning,

To teach the worlds best magic school

And pass along their learning.

"Together we will build and teach!"

The four good friends decided

And never did they ever dream that they

Might some someday to be divided,

For there such friends anywhere

As Slytherin and Gryffindor?

Unless it was the second pair

Of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw?

So how could it have gone so wrong?

How could such friendship fail?

Why I was there and so I can tell

The whole sad sorry tail.

Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those

Whose ancestry is purest."

Said Ravenclaw "We'll teach just those whose

Intelligence is surest."

Said Gryffindor "We'll teach all those

With brave deeds to their name."

Said Hufflepuff "I'll teach the lot,

And treat them just the same."

These Differences caused a little Strife

When they first came to light,

For each of the four founders had

A house in which the might

Take only those they wanted,so,

For instance Slytherin

Took only pure-blood wizards

Of great cunning just like him

And only those of sharpest mind

Were taught by Ravenclaw

While the bravest and the boldest went to daring Gryffindor,

Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest,

And taught them all she knew

Thus the houses and their founders

Retained friendships firm and true.

So Hogwarts worked in Harmony,

For several happy years,

But then discord crept among us

Feeding on its faults and fears.

The house like pillars four,

Had once held up the school,

Now turned up on each other and,

Divided sought to rule.

And for awhile it seemed the school

Must meet an early end,

What with dueling and with fighting

And the clash with friend on friend

And at last there came a morning

When old Slytherin departed

And though the fighting then died out

He left us quite down hearted.

And never since the founders four

Were whittled down to three

Have the houses been united

As they were once were meant to be

Now the Sorting Hat is here

And you all know the score

I sort you into houses

Because that is what I'm for.

But this year I shall go further

Listen closely to my song:

Though condemned I am to split you up

Still I worry that it's wrong,

Though I must fulfill my duty

And must quarter every year

Still I wonder weather sorting

May not bring the end I fear

Oh know the perils read the signs,

The warning history shows,

For Hogwarts is in danger

From external deadly foes

And we must unite inside her

Or we'll crumble from within.

I have told you, I have warned you

Let the sorting now begin!

The Great Hall burst into applause along with whispers. Jade then saw Professor McGonagall give them angry looks and they stopped. She then pulled out a list and said:

"When I call your name you will come forward and put on the hat when it calls out your house you will go join that house's table."

"Abercrombie, Euan"

A scared little boy walked up and placed the hat on his head then a moment later the hat shouted "GRYFFINDOR!"

The sorting continued for about 30 minutes and when Jade and another little girl were the only ones left Jade got really worried.

Then Professor McGonagall called Zeller, Rose(Who was sorted into Hufflepuff)she pick up the Sorting Hat and the stool and started to walk away when Professor Dumbledore said, "Professor McGonagall"

When she turned around Professor Dumbledore Gestured to Jade.

"I'm sorry dear I must have skipped you, what is your name?"

"J-Jade Car-son," Jade stuttered

Professor McGonagall took out the list of first years again and just searched it up and down.

"I'm sorry dear but your name isn't on the list"

The Great Hall broke into whispers once more. Jade didn't know what to do she was about to run when Professor Dumbledore stood up and said, "Well obviously these students are hungry so let Miss Carson try on the Sorting Hat and we'll sort it out later"

Professor McGonagall didn't object although she looked very perplexed.

Jade couldn't believe it she was going to get to try on the Sorting Hat!

Jade stumbled onto the stage, picked up the hat and put it on her head it started talking to her immediately, "Hmm interesting, very interesting, but a desion must be made so how about, GRYFFINDOR!"

"Yes," Jade said softly as she walked toward the table of screaming Gryffindors, at least she knew which house she belonged in.

Then Professor Dumbledore stood up and said, "To our newcomers, welcome! To our old hands welcome back! There is a time for speech making but this is not it. Tuck in!

Jade looked down and the empty plates were now filled, it all looked so good she didn't know where to start. Then Jade realized there was no place she'd rather be than here!