Harry walked over to the Slytherin table uneasily. Everyone was staring at him with shocked and angry expressions on their faces, aside from Draco and the other Slytherins.
Harry sat down next to Draco and leaned into his ear. "Why is everyone staring at me like this?"
"No one expected Harry Potter to get into Slytherin. All the other houses probably think that you're the next dark lord," Draco explained.
"Just because I'm in Slytherin? That's ridiculous," Harry said. It made no sense to him. The hat said he belonged in Slytherin because he was cunning and had a thirst to prove himself. How did people get evil from that?
"Yeah, well, some people are really thick. They think that just because the Dark Lord was in Slytherin, that means all Slytherin's are bad," Draco said. His father and godfather had warned him about this. They'd told him that he would be judged by all the other houses if he was in Slytherin. That didn't deter him from following in his parents' footsteps though.
Harry sighed. He then looked up at the staff table and saw a man dressed in all black staring at him intently. It was almost like the man was trying to figure him out. "Draco, who's that man with the black robes at the staff table?"
Draco followed his friend's gaze to his godfather. "Oh, that's Professor Snape. He's my godfather and our head of house.
"Did you say Snape?" Harry asked in shock. Could it have really been this easy? Could he have found his father already?
"Yeah. I can't wait to have class with him. I've never actually seen Uncle Sev teach," Draco said.
'Uncle Sev?' That sealed it for Harry. Sev was short for Severus, which was his father's first name. It had happened. He'd found his father.
"How the bloody hell did this happen?" Severus asked as he paced the headmaster's office. He and Minerva were there talking about the Potter boy's house placement with the headmaster. Severus couldn't get over it. Harry bloody Potter was in his house. His house. If this was someone's idea of a joke, it was a very, very sick one. Potter no more belonged in Slytherin than he did in Gryffindor.
"I don't know, but we must find a way to fix it," Dumbledore said. He did not want the Potter boy in Slytherin. He needed to be in Gryffindor. Dumbledore had worked so hard to get him there too. He'd spoken to the Weasley family and made sure that the boy would meet their youngest son, Ron. That way the boy could explain to Harry the evils of Slytherin and Harry wouldn't want anything to do with it. Something must have gone wrong along the way, but what?
Severus narrowed his eyes at the man. "And what, pray tell, is that supposed to mean?" He didn't want Harry Potter in his house anymore than the others, but he would not have the headmaster acting like the boy was going to turn out badly because he was in it.
"Now, Severus, calm down. I didn't mean to imply that there is anything wrong with your house. I just think the public will feel better if the Boy Who Lived is in a different house," Dumbledore tried to appease. 'Also, it'll be harder to manipulate him from Slytherin,' he added to himself. That was why he wanted the boy in Gryffindor. He could control the boy there. He wouldn't be able to do that with Slytherin. He didn't have the same kind of control with the Slytherin students. They'd been taught not to trust him and would teach Harry the same. And he needed Harry to trust him. He needed the boy to count on only him. That was also why Dumbledore had never allowed Severus to find out that Harry was his son. He needed Harry to be completely dependent on him to 'save' him. That wouldn't happen if he had someone who loved him.
"How exactly do you intend to get Harry out of Slytherin?" Minerva asked.
"Maybe we can get him to ask to be resorted," Dumbledore said.
"And how do you expect to do that? If the boy didn't want to be in Slytherin, he wouldn't be," Severus said. Not many knew, but the hat could be manipulated by the wishes of the student as long the student had some traits of the house he or she wished to enter.
"We make him unhappy in Slytherin. Maybe you could treat him a bit unkindly, Severus," he said.
"Albus, do you know what you're saying? You're talking about hurting a child," Minerva said in disbelief. She couldn't believe the headmaster would even consider mistreating a child.
"Yes, my dear, I understand, but this is for the greater good. Harry needs to be in a different house," Dumbledore stressed.
"So you want me to torture an eleven-year-old boy for the greater good?" Severus asked in disgust. Honestly, he'd been planning to treat the Potter boy harshly, but now that he actually heard someone ask him to do it, he realized how evil it sounded. "You can forget it, Old Man."
Dumbledore was frankly quite surprised. He'd expected Severus to jump at the chance at talking revenge on James Potter's 'son'. "Severus, please, you must understand-"
"Understand what? That you want to put the so called greater good above a child's emotional stability. No. No way. I don't like the boy, and I want him out of my house as much as you do, but I will cause him psychological damage to get it. You want him out of Slytherin, you're doing it on your own," Severus said before angrily leaving the office.