Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Ginny stood outside the beautiful castle for the first time in her life. She had heard so much about if from her brothers. All the adventures they had had, and she was especially interested in meeting the boy they had all seemed to fallen in love with: the infamous Harry Potter. He was Ron's best friend and she had heard so much about him. She couldn't believe that this was finally it. The youngest Weasley, and often the most guarded by her mother and brother's, felt that she might actually gain some freedom from their protection.

The boat ride over had been a little frightening, not because of the large hairy man leading them, but because of the giant black tentacles protruding from the eerie water beneath them. She knew Hagrid would protect her, she had known him for as long as she could remember. He would come to visit the burrow at least once a year.

The swift breeze blew across her face and through her hair as the doors to the castle were pushed open by Hagrid and the light fell over them like a flood. Some of the first years whimpered in fear, she knew some of them only learned they were wizards a short time ago. She became impatient and began to push her way through to the front of the first year mob. She grabbed Hagrid's torch-free hand and he led them all inside to the great hall.

It was stunning. The lanterns floated silently over the four house tables. Her brothers had explained all four of the houses to her several times, as well as threaten her life if she wasn't put in Gryffindor. Her whole family was put into Gryffindor, she shouldn't have to worry about that right? She spotted the Gryffindor house table and glanced around furiously for the familiar specs of the boy who lived.

Down the middle of the hall and to the front they went, only to find a tall witch standing next to a stool in front of them. "Welcome to Hogwarts everyone. I hope your journey didn't wear you out too much. I am Professor McGonagall and I am about to help you get sorted. Stay right there for one minute and we will start shortly."

Ginny continued to glance around when a tall kind-faced bearded man stood up from the long table at the front of the dining hall. That had to be Professor Dumbledore. Ginny had heard so much about him. "WELCOME! Welcome to Hogwarts. It makes me so happy to see your shining faces here at our school of witchcraft and wizardry. It is an honor to have you here and I cannot wait to see the progress you make as you start mastering the art of magic, but first it is time to be sorted"

Professor Dumbledore continued to explain the qualities of each house only to be followed by a unique song from the sorting hat. A lot of the first year students gasped a little bit when the hat first opened its seam. Apparently they didn't know it could talk. This made Ginny giggle a little bit.

After what seemed like an eternity the hat finally proclaimed her name and without hesitation placed her in Gryffindor. She was so excited, she finally belonged to something, belonged to the house that represented everything she was about.

As she approached the table she was greeted by her brothers Fred, George, and Ron. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there he was: the raven haired boy that everyone was always talking about. She looked at him briefly before joining her brothers and Harry.

Ginny was a little giggly during dinner. She was so nervous to meet Harry potter, but there he was, as normal as could be except for the obnoxious scar on his forehead. Harry leaned over to Ron and whispered something into his ear. Ron immediately looked at Ginny while he was talking and she looked away knowing Harry was asking about her, probably wondering why she was staring at him so much.

Dinner continued a little awkwardly for her, her brother's all began talking about quidditch which she had no interest in at the moment. She was becoming a little lonely when she felt a hand on her shoulder. Ginny jumped at the contact because she wasn't really paying attention to anything other then her noodles dangling from her fork. She turned around slowly only to see a bushy haired girl, only a little bigger than herself. She reached out her hand waiting for Ginny to take it. "Hello, I am Hermione Granger. You must be Ron's sister. I am Ron's OTHER friend. He probably hasn't told you much about me seeing how he's always running his mouth about Harry."

Ginny smiled meekly, took Hermione's hand and knew that this was going to be the start of a very interesting friendship.