Mcgonagall led them into the Great Hall. There was an old, battered hat on a stool. As they stared at it, it burst into song.
I may be old and battered
I may be dusty and worn
But forever I have been here
And I have never torn
For I am the sorting hat
I can see where you will go
Whether black, white or mixed
I will always know
So don't be afraid!
Try me on with a smile!
I won't hurt you
Or I'll be thrown on the pile!
When the hat finished, everyone clapped. As the students are sorted by alphabetical order, Belle Abbeys was first. The hat was only on her head for a second, before yelling.
"SLYTHRIN!" Next was a boy called Mack Donald.
"Will Ewe!" Mcgonagall called.
Safi could see Tonks congratulating her, hair turning all different colours. On and on the sorting went. Lizzie went to Gryffindor. Someone called Morgana Hunt went to Gryffindor too. Soon, Safi's name was called. The hat seemed very interested in her.
"Hmm, I see a little bit of darkness, maybe Slytherin would be best for you, am I right?" the hat asked her.
"NO!" she yelled in her head. "I don't want to be in Slytherin, with all the evil brats. I want to be in GRYFFINDOR!"
"Fine. Better be GRYYF-RAVEN-!" the hat shouted. Safi glared.
"GRY FFINDOR!" the hat corrected. Safi took the hat off, and ran to the Gryffindor table. Lizzie had saved a seat for her. A boy called Zed Silverkey became Gryffindor too. Both twins were sorted into Gryffindor. Finally 'Yates, Ioan' was sorted (Hufflepuff!). Dumbledore stood up.
"Welcome, welcome! To another fine year at Hogwarts! Just a quick message to our new students; The Forbidden Forest is forbidden. As you can probably guess." The twins looked at each other. "Now, I have a few words to say before we start. And here they are: DIG IN!"
Food magically appeared onto the plates. Everyone dug in. the Gryffindors started talking about their families. Lizzie noticed that Safi was uncomfortable with the conversation, and hastily changed the subject.
"So, tell me about your pets." Lizzie said cheerfully. Safi went white.
"What's the matter?" George asked in concern.
"It's…It's Jenny! My missing cousin! In Gryffindor!" Safi gasped. Jenny had seen her too. She made her way over to Safi.
"I can't believe it's you! How are you?" Jenny asked warmly.
"Fine. You?" Safi replied.
"Good. So, how are Eliza and Steven?"
"Dead." Safi said.
"Oh. I'm sorry." Jenny muttered.
"Don't be. We hated them, remember?" Safi said, slightly sad. Jenny was suddenly struck with a question.
"What about J-"
"Nothing. Let's end this conversation. Now." Safi finished. The food disappeared and pudding replaced it. Remembering Lizzie, Zed and the twins, Safi turned to them.
"Hey, we have to win the house cup this year! Slytherin have won five years in a row!" she exclaimed. Charlie came up.
"Right, all the first years need to come with me. Because I'm awesome." He said.
"No, you're Charlie." Safi replied. Charlie glared.
"Shut up and walk."
When they got to the portrait hole, Charlie stood in front.
"Lemon Pie." He said. The fat lady in the portrait nodded, and swung open, revealing the room inside.