A/N: So, I just made some changes to chapter 8... Because I realized that while I had written the scene where Harry met the Weasleys in my head... It wasn't actually in the chapter... Go ahead, laugh at me, I deserved it this time. Anywho, make sure you read that!
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And now, on to the sorting!
Harry furrowed his eyebrows as Professor McGonagall called the first student (Abbott, Hannah) up. The girl sat on the stool as McGonagall placed the Sorting hat on her head. A minute later, the rip at its brim opened and it yelled out "HUFFLEPUFF!" One of the tables began cheering as Hannah stood and headed over to it.
The sorting progressed and Harry lost interest until he heard "Granger, Hermione". She looked at him with a small amount of fear in her eyes, but as she turned to walk up to the stool, she squared her shoulders and raised her chin. Not thirty seconds after the hat was placed on her head did it yell out "GRYFFINDOR!" and she rose to go and seat herself with Ron's older brothers. Harry grinned at her and clapped along with the others. Not long after, Neville was sorted into Gryffindor as well. He almost got to the table before realizing that the Sorting Hat was still on his head. Harry laughed and clapped him on the shoulder as he passed to go and sit with Hermione.
Draco turned to Harry. "Harry... I don't want to be in Slytherin. What'll happen if that's where the hat puts me? I don't want to lose you as a friend," he added quietly.
Harry just shook his head. "I don't Draco, but I do know I don't want to lose you as a friend either." He grasped Draco's hand and held it tight until McGonagall called out "Malfoy, Draco." Harry gave his friend a little shove while whispering, "It'll be alright. I'll always be your friend, no matter what." With that, Draco went and sat on the stool. The Scottish woman placed the hat on his head and stepped back. Draco sat there with a look of fear and then hope on his face as the hat yelled out "GRYFFINDOR!" There were many loud gasps as he jumped up and sat with Hermione at the Gryffindor table.
Harry could feel someone watching him and glanced up at the Head table. Professor Snape was looking at him with curiosity written all over his face. Professor Dumbledore also looked down at him, but with a twinkle in his eye and a small smile on his mouth.
Professor McGonagall continued to call out names just as the hat continued to call out Houses. A hush desended over the hall as she called out, "Potter, Harry". The boy took a deep breath before walking up and seating himself upon the stool. The professor placed the hat on his head, which was suddenly filled with whispering.
"Talent, not a bad mind either. You cheat at Monopoly? Who doesn't. You want to prove yourself, eh? Slytherin would help you out there." At this, Harry began thinking not Slytherin, please, not Slytherin. "Not Slytherin eh? If you're sure, then it better be- GRYFFINDOR!" Harry let out a sigh and relaxed as McGonagall grabbed the hat from his head. He saw his friends cheering for him, saw the Weasley twins chanting "We got Potter!" Smiling, he joined his friends at the Gryffindor table and watched the rest of the sorting, cheering whenever someone as sorted with Gryffindor. Ron joined them and he cheered louder than he had for any of the others.
The sorting ended with "Zabini, Blaise" who was sorted into Ravenclaw. An older student grabbed the stool and Sorting Hat and took them through a door behind the Head table as Professor McGonagall took her seat beside the Headmaster, who rose.
The hall grew quiet as he spread his arms and smiled down at all of them. "Welcome, my students, to another year at Hogwarts. Before the feast, I have a few start of term announcements. Firstly, the Forbidden Forest, as it says is in its name is forbidden to students. Some of our older students would be wise to remember this." At this, Fred and George grinned at each other. "I must also inform you that the third floor corridor, on the right hand side is out of bounds, to anyone who does not wish to die a most painful death." Students looked at each other, perhaps trying to discern whether or not he was jesting. "Now, I hope that you all will tuck in." As he spoke those last two words, the tables became filled with all manner of foods, from stews to chicken to wat appeared to be a roast pork resting in the middle of each table.
Harry glanced up at Professor Snape, who was in conversation with a strange man in a turban. He winced as a sudden feeling of pain shot through his scar. Draco and Ron both noticed and asked what was wrong. "N-nothing, just a bit of a headache, probably from all of the excitement of today." Turning back to the food in front of him, he filled his plate and began eating.
At the end of the feast, a slightly pompous looking red head boy stood and began directing the new Gryffindor first years to follow him. Ron rolled his eyes. "That's my brother, Percy. New Gryffindor Prefect. He's been bragging about it ever since he got his letter. Been a righ pain, let me tell you." Harry laughed and followed Percy with his friends in tow.
Percy led the new Gryffindors up to the seventh floor, occasionally taking a hidden passage, but mostly sticking to the stairs. "Remember to be careful on the stairs, they like to change," he said at one point. Moments after saying it, the set of stairs they were on began moving. Ron turned white and Hermione squeaked. Harry laughed at his friends while gripping the hand rail. Finally, they reached the seventh floor, where Percy stopped in front of a portrait of a large woman clad in pink.
"Caput draconis," he spoke clearly. She looked at them all and smiled before her portrait swung open, revealing a hole in the wall that they all climbed through. Harry hung back to help Neville get a leg up.
"Thanks, Harry," the boy whispered as they all gatrhered around Percy.
"This is the common room. You can be here at any time, but it is usually best to sleep in the dorm rooms. Most people like to sit in here and do their homework, where they can always ask others for help if it's necessary. Now, the boys' room is up the stairs to the left, girls, the same but on the right. All of your belongings have already been brought up." With that, Percy waved the first off and went to sit with some older students.
Ron shook his head. "Well, I'm knackered. Think I'll turn in now. What about you guys?" Hermione, Harry, and Draco all agreed and with that, the boys bade Hermione good night, with plans to meet her in the common room before going down to breakfast in the morning.
A/N: So, I really suck at overcoming my slight fear of posting... I've never been flamed, but I'm always afraid that it's gonna happen... I'm very self-conscious... So, here ya go!