A/N: So here is the next chapter. Sorry it's a bit late, but school does not let go very easily. Hope it pleases everyone!

Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter or Castle. I just own some of the plot.

CHAPTER 7-

Kate looked up at the woman. She turned around and motioned them to follow her. Kate looked over at Rick and shrugged. They followed her to a small room. Kate looked up at the tall ceiling, then back at the witch standing before them all.

"Welcome to Hogwarts," said the woman. "The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will be sorted into your houses." Kate remembered her mother mentioning the houses. Kate glanced over her shoulder at Rick. His face seemed to be caught between confusion and pure joy. She couldn't help but giggle at him. She turned away before she could catch his reaction.

"The Sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts." continued the witch. Kate looked around at the students around her. She highly doubted that any of them could be like her family. " You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory, and spend free time in your house common room.

"The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule breaking will lose house points." For some reason Kate knew that Rick would be the first to break any rules.

"At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the house cup, a great honor. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours.

"The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarten yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting." She looked around at the students in front of her. Her eyes lingered on the pudgy boy and the red head who were in the boat in front of them.

"I shall return when we are ready for you," said the older witch. "Please wait quietly." The witch left the room. Rick and Kate turned to look at each other. They couldn't help but grin.

"What house do you think you're going to be in?" Kate asked Rick. She had been thinking about it ever since her mom had told her about the houses. She didn't think she'd be in Hufflepuff. It sounded like only the weak minded were put in there. And Slytherins only turned out dark wizards from what Johanna had told her. Kate was sure it was going to be Ravenclaw or Gryffindor.

Rick only shuffled his feet and looked down at them. "I don't know much about the houses." He looked up at her. "I'll probably be in the worst house."

Kate actually felt sorry for him. She put her hand on his shoulder, "I'm sure you're going to be in a great house. Any house that gets you is going to be getting the best guy I know." She smiled at him. "And the most annoying. They won't know what to do with you" she gave him a sidelong smile and turned to examine the room.

She was looking at the stained glass at the back when suddenly a ghost came through it. It looked like a monk, he was at least wearing what looked like a habit. Kate gasped as what seemed like twenty other ghost floated through the wall as well. Kate had known about the ghosts of Hogwarts castle, but she hadn't thought she would be introduced to them so soon. She took a step back and stepped on something. The gasp from Rick behind her made her realize it had been his foot.

The monk one was talking to another of the ghosts, who seemed to be from Shakespeare's time (at least Kate hoped so, otherwise he must have been crazy to wear those puffy sleeves and way too tight pants). They seemed to be arguing about something, but Kate was too far away to hear what it was about. Suddenly, the Shakespearian one seemed to notice the twenty odd eleven year olds below them.

The monk looked absolutely pleased. "New students!" he exclaimed. He looked around at all the students. "About to be sorted, I suppose?"

Kate nodded mutely. Rick just stared at the ghosts, motionless with his mouth open.

The monk just smiled even wider. "Hope to see you in Hufflepuff! My old house you know."

Rick jumped when a voice came from right behind him. Kate looked over her shoulder. The older witch was standing right behind Rick. "Move along now," she said sharply. "The Sorting Ceremony's about to start."

Kate looked back at the ghosts. They were already disappearing through the opposite wall they came in.

"Now, form a line, and follow me." The witch turned on her heel, and led them out the door. Kate and Rick had no choice but to follow her out the door in the side of the room. It led them right into the dining hall.

Kate looked up at the ceiling stunned. She almost stumbled over Rick, who was also looking up at the ceiling. It was filled with candles just floating in the air. As the witch was walking through them, her hat almost touched a couple, but they seemed to move out of the way on their own. Above the candles was the sky. Instead of a ceiling, there was the sky. Kate was sure it was enchanted, she still couldn't keep her eyes off of it.

Before she knew it, she was at the front of the room in front of the head table. The man in the middle seemed to be the headmaster. He had long silver hair, and half-moon glasses. In between the head table and the first years was a stool with a ragged wizards hat on it. Kate turned around and looked at the entire room. There were four tables filled with students in the black school robes. Kate looked over at Rick. He seemed to be deep in thought. She decided not to bug him. And it was a good thing because at that moment, the hat began to sing.

"Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,

But don't judge on what you see,

I'll eat myself If you can find

A smarter hat than me.

You can keep your bowlers black,

Your top hats sleek and tall,

For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat

And I can cap them all.

There's nothing hidden in your head

The Sorting Hat can't see,

So try me on and I will tell you

Where you ought to be.

You might belong in Gryffindor,

Where dwell the brave at heart,

Their daring, nerve, and chivalry

Set Gryffindors apart;

You might belong in Hufflepuff,

Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true

And unafraid of toil;

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,

If you've a ready mind,

Where those of wit and learning,

Will always find their kind;

Or perhaps in Slytherin

You'll make your real friends,

Those cunning folk use any means

To achieve their ends.

So put me on! Don't be afraid!

And don't get in a flap!

You're in safe hands (though I have none)

For I'm a Thinking Cap!"

The hall was deafening. Everyone there was cheering once the hat had finished his song. It bowed to each of the tables then became still. Kate could only stare at it. This was too much that her mom hadn't told her. Kate felt like she was going to be sick.

"When I call your name, you will put on the hat and sit on the stool to be sorted." She opened the roll of paper and began to read names. "Abbott, Hannah!" Kate watched a girl with pigtails go up to the hat. She sat down, and the older witch placed the hat on her head. Kate watched, wringing her hands wondering what it would do. A moment later-

"HUFFLEPUFF!"

The table furthest to the right exploded with cheers. The girl jumped off the chair and stumbled towards the table.

Then came the two words Kate was dreading. "Beckett, Katherine!"

Kate shouldered her way through the people in front of her. She walked up the few steps to the stool and sat down. The older witch placed the hat on her head. It slipped over her eyes, and Kate was suddenly blinded to the rest of the hall. Suddenly a voice sounded in her ear.

"Hmm quite an intelligent mind, but brave too." Kate nearly fell off the stool. She gripped the sides and tried to keep her hands from shaking. "Not a hard decision though,"

Suddenly the voice changed and Kate knew that the rest of the hall could now hear the hat. "RAVENCLAW!"

The older witch pulled the hat off, and Kate hopped off of the stool. It took her only a few seconds to find the table she was supposed to go to. It was the table cheering the loudest. Kate tried to keep her emotions under control while she strode over to the table of blue and bronze. As she sat down, several of the older students patted her on the back.

Kate turned around just as another girl was sorted into Hufflepuff.

"Boot, Terry" was sorted into Ravenclaw as well, along with "Brocklehurst, Mandy". "Brown, Lavender" a girl with curly brown hair was the first sorted into Gryffindor, and "Bulstrode, Millicent" was the first to be sorted into Slytherin.

"Castle, Richard." He looked over at Kate. She gave him a smile and a thumbs up. He stepped up to the hat, and sat on the stool as the older witch placed the hat on his head. It wasn't long before it called out "HUFFLEPUFF". Rick looked almost relieved as he stepped down the few stairs and walked over to the table of yellow and black.

The Hispanic boy was next. When "Esposito, Javier" was called, he calmly stepped up to the stool and put the hat on his head. The only indication that he was nervous was his hands, which were shaking. After a short moment, the hat announced "HUFFLEPUFF". Javier slowly walked to the table and sat down next to Rick.

"Finch-Fletchley, Justin" also went to Hufflepuff, while "Finnigan, Seamus" went to Gryffindor. "Granger, Hermione" was called next, and the bushy-haired girl from the boats eagerly ran to the stool and stuffed the hat onto her head. Kate thought she looked a bit too eager for someone whose head looked like it could house a family of birds in it. Hermione was sorted into Gryffindor.

The plump kid stumbled up to the stool when "Longbottom, Neville" was called. When "GRYFFINDOR" was called, he was halfway to the Gryffindor table when he realized that the hat was on his head. He had to run back to the stool to give the hat to the next in line.

Kate was starting to feel hungry. She barely paid attention when "Ryan, Kevin" was sorted into Gryffindor, or when "Parish, Lanie" joined Kate at the Ravenclaw table.

The one name that did catch her attention, along with everybody else's in the hall, at once and was "Potter, Harry".

Kate looked up so fast that she nearly got whiplash. The black-haired boy she saw on the platform, then in the boats was walking up to the stool. He looked nervous, but walked up to the stool calmly. The whole hall seemed to be holding their breaths while the hat made up its mind (if it had one) about where to place him. Kate knew that every person in the hall was hoping it was their house. He seemed to be mumbling something.

It was a few minutes before the hat called to the entire hall "GRYFFINDOR". The whole hall filled with the cheers from the Gryffindor table. Kate was nearly deafened by the sound. Kate looked over at Rick. He was staring at Harry in amazement. Obviously someone had told him the story of Harry Potter.

The red head from the boats was put into Gryffindor, then a dark boy was sorted into Slytherin. Finally all the first years were sorted.

Kate could hear her stomach growl as a man with long silver hair and half-moon spectacles stood up. She immediately recognized him as Albus Dumbledore—headmaster of Hogwarts and the best known wizard in the world. Even muggleborns had heard of him.

"Welcome. Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts!" he smiled around at all the students. "Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!"

Kate stared at him. She was sure her mouth was hanging open.

"Thank you!" Dumbledore finished and sat down to a thunderous applause. Kate still had her mouth open when the food appeared on the table. It was more food in one place than Kate had ever seen. There was pork, chicken, and beef, along with every vegetable existing under the sun.

"Pass the potatoes?" asked the girl sitting next to Kate. She remembered that the girls name was Lanie Parish. Kate picked up the bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes in front of her and passed it down the table to Lanie.

"Lanie, right?" Kate asked. When the girl nodded, Kate extended her hand. "I'm Kate," Lanie put down the potatoes and shook Kate's hand. As Kate reached for the beef roast, Kate asked Lanie "So Lanie. Where are you from? Definitely not from around here, by the sounds of it."

Lanie took a swallow. "Nope. New York born and raised. Where are you from? You sound like you're from the states too."

"Yep. New York as well actually," Kate said. Kate and Lanie spent the rest of the meal talking about New York, and what they were expecting from Hogwarts. As it turned out, Lanie was a muggle born. Both of her parents were shocked when she had gotten the letter, and almost didn't let her come, thinking it was a scam. Kate occasionally looked over at Rick. He seemed to be enjoying himself. He was talking to the Hispanic boy from the train.

After dinner came the desserts. There was ice cream, pie, parfaits, and any other dessert you could imagine. Once everyone had eaten their full of the sweets, the plates and tables magically cleared.

Dumbledore stood up. "Ahem—just a few more words now that we are all fed and watered. I have a few start-of-term notices to give you.

"First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. And a few of our older students would do well to remember that as well." Kate noticed that he looked over at a set of red headed twins at the Gryffindor table. She knew that she probably would never enter the forest. There was probably bats in there, and she could not stand bats.

"I have also been asked by Mr. Filch, the caretaker, to remind you all that no magic should be used between classes in the corridors.

"Quidditch trials will be held in the second week of the term. Anyone interested for their house teams should contact Madam Hooch."

Suddenly Dumbledore seemed to get very serious. "And finally, I must tell you that this year, the third-floor corridor on the right-hand side is out of bounds to everyone who does not wish to die a very painful death." With that, a few students laughed, but it died down very quickly. Kate looked around the Hall. Most of the students seemed to be worried about this premonition by the headmaster. Apparently this was not something that happened very often.

Dumbledore quickly gained back the twinkle in his eye. "And now, before we go to bed, let us sing the school song!" He flicked his wand, and a scroll appeared above the head table and unrolled. "Everyone pick their favorite tune, and off we go!"

"Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,

Teach us something please,

Whether we be old and bald

Or young with scabby knees,

Our heads could do with filling

With some interesting stuff,

For now they're bare and full of air,

Dead flies and bits of fluff

So teach us things worth knowing

Bring back what we've forgot

Just do your best

We'll do the rest

And learn until our brain all rot."

Every person in the hall finished the tune at different times. The last ones were the red-headed Gryffindor twins.

When it was finished, Dumbledore was the one to clap the loudest. He even had tears in his eyes, which he wiped away before continuing "Ah, music, a magic beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!"

All of a sudden, the entire hall was moving. Kate stood up and looked around. An older student was calling over all the ruckus "First year Ravenclaws follow me! First year Ravenclaws!" Kate quickly followed the student, with Lanie close behind her. Kate noticed Rick was heading towards the doors too. He was just behind Harry Potter. He looked over at her and they both smiled at each other. Then she lost him in the crowd.

They left the Great Hall, and crossed the entrance hall to the main staircase. They climbed for what seemed like ages. Finally they turned down a hall and then headed up another set of stairs. This time they wound in tight circles. There was barely enough room for them to fit single file going up the stairs. Luckily Kate was towards the front and was able to see a very plain door. It didn't even have a keyhole or door handle.

The older student knocked once on the door, and to Kate's surprise, an eagle's head appeared from the door and called out in a sing song voice "You can take away the whole and still have some left. You can take away some and still have the whole left. What is it?" The older student seemed to think about, then answered "The word 'wholesome'." The eagle merely nodded, and the door swung open.

The first year Ravenclaw's walked into their common room. It was a very large room, with arched windows surrounding the room. The ceiling was a dome painted with stars that seemed to be reflected in the carpet under their feet. Everywhere seemed to be draped in blue and bronze silks. And standing just on the opposite side of the room was a large marble statue, next to a staircase. The statue was of a woman wearing a tiara. There were words on the tiara, but they were too small for Kate to read them from where she was standing.

"Welcome to the Ravenclaw common room," said the older student. "Up the stairs and to the right are the girls dormitories. To the left are the boys dormitories. Your trunks and other things have already been taken up. Welcome to Ravenclaw."

The group of first years split into two groups—boys and girls. Kate led the way up the stairs and to the right. She kept climbing until she reached a door that read 'First Years'. She opened the door, and walked into her new bedroom. The other four girls followed her. There were five four-poster beds and dressers spread around the circular room, with a door leading into what must have been the lavatory.

"Oooo…a girl could get used to this." Kate heard Lanie admire the room from the bed to her left.

Kate, chuckled a bit at her new friend's words and was starting to realize just how tired she was. She walked over to her trunk and pulled out her pajama pants and a t-shirt. She changed into them, then crawled under her new blue comforter. She saw the other girls doing the same thing.

Kate couldn't help but smile as she fell asleep.

A/N: Thank You to everyone who is alerting, favoriting, reviewing, etc! We (Hufflepuff519 and I) were thinking of changing the title. Seeing as there is no 'murder' (and other than Quirrell wouldn't Harry have known about it?), we are gonna take the murder out of the title.

Also, we are sorry that the stories seem to be repetitive. Even when we are reading them, they become repetitive. But hopefully now that they are at Hogwarts, Kate and Rick will be separated more, so the stories will be different too.

Now I need a favor from all the wonderful readers. I need riddles to get into the Ravenclaw common room. If I don't get help, I'm sure I'm gonna start using lamer riddles, and none of us want that. So either review some good riddles, or pm me and I will hopefully put the riddle into the story.

R&R please!