A/N: I don't know who took over for Dumbledore but I am going to say McGonagall for story purposes.
It was late at night when the train arrived at Hogwarts. Twilight was long past and darkness was falling quickly. The students exited the train in packs, already sorting themselves into groups. Rose stayed next to Albus as they lugged their bags.
Once outside and off the train, Rose looked up and admired the foreboding castle just ahead – its dark shadows towered before her and instantly a wave of uneasiness flooded through her. Albus could sense she was taken back and had to admit that he was too. This was the grand school he had heard stories about from his entire family – stories of friendship, loss, fear, excitement, and war. It was here that his legacy lay and it was here that he would be forever known as the son of Harry Potter. Not a bad thing really, he thought to himself. Quickly, he grabbed Rose's hand and led her up the steps and on inside.
"It is a bit overpowering, isn't it?" She asked.
"It is one of the greatest schools around," Albus shrugged, "It has to be so big and so…"
Rose and Albus turned to see Scorpius pushing his way through the crowds. He wore an infamous Malfoy-smirk upon his lips as he meandered closer to where the two friends stood. He scoffed the second his silver eyes fell upon Albus.
"Potter's kid, aren't you?" He asked, "I can tell – you've got that same strangeness in your eyes, like you are constantly afraid of something. Father has told me all about your family and I must say that defeating the Dark Lord is impressive. My admiration goes out to you but considering the fact that Potter blood runs in your veins, I must take that back."
"You are so positively vile," Rose shoved him away from Albus and the two began to walk on to the dining hall. Their bags were discarded for the elves to carry upstairs; they had to hurry for the sorting and couldn't be late.
"I hope I get Gryffindor," Ablus grinned, "I just have to get Gryffindor."
"As long as it isn't Slytherin, I'm happy."
Rose and her cousin chose two seats at the table of doe-eyed first years. All of them had that same excitement and anticipation plastered upon their faces. Rose saw out of the corner of her eye that Scorpius had walked in and was making his way over to their table, eyeing the Slytherin one with a sense of desperate longing. He needed to be in Slytherin even more so than Ablus in Gryffindor. Rose began to wonder what Draco Malfoy would do if his son was caught being sorted into the Crimson and Gold.
"Welcome Hogwarts students," a woman in long robes and pointed hat addressed the sea of gaggling students. Her eyes were catlike but kind and she had smile lines around her eyes, "I am Professor McGonagall and I am the Headmaster at Hogwarts. As you know, Hogwarts is rich in history and education. There are lots of memories in this school and legends as you all have probably heard from your parents. This is a school for magic but we expect the same discipline and academic achievement as any other school. Now I know all of you are so excited about getting sorted into your correct houses, so let the sorting ceremony begin!"
One of the professors handed McGonagall a ratty old hat and Rose flinched at the thought of that thing being placed upon her head. Who knew what heads it had been on. McGonagall raised the hat and the students all clapped and cheered excitedly. After the presentation of the hat, the professor began calling the students down one by one. When Scorpius' name was called, Rose perked up and watched as he proudly walked down the isle of clapping students. He received several wide-eyed glances from the Slytherins who had clearly heard the legends of his father and his father before him.
Scorpius sat down in the creaky chair and waited with a smirk for the house of snakes, green, and silver to be announced. The hat's wrinkles turned into eyes and a mouth right before the students' eyes. Some gasped and some, familiar with the process or at least the stories of the process, just sat in awe.
"Hmm…this is difficult," the hat mused, "Very difficult. A Malfoy indeed, the blood runs thick and rich within your veins. You have the makings of a great leader young Scorpius if you would only lose the arrogance. Strong indeed, and powerful if given the chance to be. Yet there is also something else there, something every Malfoy has hidden deep within – you have a heart and a passion. Such passion is a valuable trait but one must be careful for it can also be dangerous."
"I wish he'd get on with it," Ablus hissed.
"Sorting takes time," Rose insisted.
"But everyone knows he's Slytherin."
Rose shook her head and listened as the hat continued, "Definitely a Slytherin."
Scorpius smiled excitedly as he hopped down from the chair and made his way over towards the Slytherin tabled. Some random students high-fived him and Rose almost felt sorry for him. They only were interested in the fame that came along with the Malfoy name but were they really interested in being friends with him?
After a pause, McGonagall called out the rest of the names. Albus was sorted into Gryffindor and Rose was also but something was different when the sorting hat was placed upon her head.
"Very difficult," the hat had said upon placement, "Very difficult indeed. Such defiance and dependence! I see great things in your future, Weasley. You are strong, dependant, and self-reliant but you desire something more. This is a hard choice but I must say…Gryffindor."
Rose found that odd but she hopped down from the chair and returned to Albus at their correct table. What the hat said was a bit concerning but she quickly forgot it when the food appeared upon the tables and the students indulged in shoving food into their hungry mouths and talking animatedly.
That evening, Rose made her way back to the commons alone. Albus had found a new group of friends that had flocked to him like magnets to metal upon realizing that his father was The One Who Lived. Rose found it all quite disgusting that they were too busy chatting about Harry to get to know Ablus but she was tired and he had appeared happy.
Once inside the commons, Rose made herself at home. She began to unpack her bags and organize her things into the dresser and desk hat was laid out in her room. After getting everything packed away, she flopped down on the bed and let the memories of the day swim through her head.
All in all it had been a pretty eventful day though she doubted it was as eventful as when her parents where here. Her mother was the brightest in her class and her father the clown. He was constantly getting into trouble with Harry at his side and her mother close behind. Rose hoped that she could have some of the same adventures that her friends had had.
"Hey!" Ablus opened the door, "Where did you go?"
"You were busy and I was tired," Rose shrugged, "Ever heard of knocking by the way?"
"Nope," Albus smirked, "Well see you in the morning. Goodnight."
Rose fell back on her pillow and hoped that maybe tomorrow she'd meet some friends besides her cousin and her new-found arch-enemy Scorpius Malfoy.