Lost Chapter 13
Harry sank back into the plush red cushions and sighed. The trolley had just been by and the booys had just loaded up on candy.
"Hey Naruto?" Naruto looked up from the back of his new wizard card.
"Yeah Harry?" Naruto smiled at his older brother. Harry was smaller, but he was a few months older than Naruto, but only by a little as Naruto liked to remind him.
"What do you think Hogwarts will be like?" Naruto picked up another chocolate frog and opened it, quickly catching the frog before it could escape.
"I don't know Harry. Dad said we would be fine though and I believe him. Then again, he also said something about houses." Harry sighed.
"If we're in different houses, do you think we can still be brothers?" Naruto smiled.
"Of course we'll still be brothers. Tell you what, if we get split up for some reason, we should arrange to meet somewhere easy to find, okay?" Harry smiled.
A knock startled the two brothers and they looked up just in time to see the door to their compartment get shoved open.
"I'm looking for a Harry Potter." At the door was a kid with hair so blond it was almost white and two boys who looked as if their only purpose was to be bodyguards.
Naruto smiled at Harry as they both stood up. Harry closer to the front with Naruto almost touching the back of his shoulder.
"I'm Harry Potter, but probably not the one you're looking for as I don't know you." The blond boy flushed.
"I am Draco Malfoy. Heir to-" Naruto cut him off.
"The Ancient and Noble House of Malfoy." Harry laughed almost, but not quite, viciously.
"Seriously? You come into our compartment and try to bully us?" Naruto smirked, Harry was going to take this kid apart with pure logic. He hated bullys.
"I am heir to the Most Ancient and Most Noble house of Potter. My brother, whom you conveniently ignored, is the son of Minato Namikaze and stands to inherit a vast fortune." Malfoy had paled as Harry ripped him a new one. Publicly insulting both the heir to a higher house and the heir to a massive fortune had probably just cost him his father's protection and any chance he had of ruling Slytherin if word of the confrontation ever got out.
Naruto about laughed as Malfoy hastily backed out of their compartment, trying to put as much distance as he could between him and Harry without actually leaving.
"I'm not going to mention this to our father, but in the future, remember your place Malfoy." Harry then shut the compartment door in Malfoy's face.
"That was great Harry!" Harry smiled at his brother, trying not to show how nervous he had been.
"Who knew that Dad's diplomacy lessons could come in handy so quickly?" Naruto laughed and threw a chocolate frog at his brother, sparking a food war that lasted over an hour and cost them both a few boxes of every flavor beans when they split open from the force of a throw.
Harry groaned and stretched as he and Naruto climbed off the train. Sitting in one room for seven hours was way too long. Word had also spread very fast about what had happened to Malfoy and so Harry and Naruto hadn't gotten very many visitors after that incident which made the ride feel longer.
"Firs' years! Firs' years over here!" Naruto pointed to the direction of a swinging lantern and he and Harry made their way through the many students to it.
They were greeted by a very tall man and a throng of kids about their age.
"Right! That all ya? Anyway, follow ma lead! Watch yer step now!" The man led the group down a small gully and to a small fleet of boats on the edge of a huge lake from what they could see.
"Four ta a boat! C'mon now!" As soon as everyone was settled, the man reached out and tapped the side of his boat.
"Forward!" With a mighty lurch, the boats started moving and soon they were gliding across the black waters of the lake.
A short ride later, everyone climbed out of the boats and onto a rocky piece of shore under a bridge.
The man reached out a mighty hand and knocked on the door.
"Firs' years Professor." The stern looking woman who had opened the door nodded.
"Thank you Hagrid. I can take them from here." The small group followed the stern woman through the door and into a small chamber where she left them to wait.
As soon as she left the room, a buzz started up. Harry and Naruto mostly ignored the noise in favor of looking around their new surroundings. They observed a nervous looking boy with his cloak fastened wrong, Malfoy was actively avoiding them, and a bushy haired girl was prattling on about how she had read this or that. All in all, the two were very unimpressed.
Soon enough though, the stern professor came back and gathered them into a group.
"Welcome to Hogwarts. I am Professor McGonagall. Here at Hogwarts, you will be separated into houses that you will live in for all seven years of your time here. Your house will be your family while you are here. Any rule-breaking will cost you points, while good behavior can gain you points. Now, form a line behind me."
Harry fell into the line behind Naruto and poked his brother in the back. Naruto looked back and grinned to give his brother some confidence. Harry still got very nervous in large crowds.
The now named Professor McGonagall led the line of first years into a large hall filled with several hundred students separated into four tables. She led the group down the aisle in between the two middle tables and up to the raised dais in the front of the room.
McGonagall stopped the line and stood on the opposite side of an old tattered hat sitting on a three-legged stool. Harry quickly glanced around the room and discovered that almost all of the students were looking at the hat with undisguised interest, so he watched the hat as well.
As Harry watched, a tear near the brim of the hat opened up and the hat sang.
It was a rather lengthy song and Harry grew more nervous with every verse. He didn't feel any of the things the hat was describing and, judging by his brothers face, he wasn't the only one.
After much clapping, Professor McGonagall pulled out a rather large scroll and unfurled it.
"When I call your name, you will step forward and put on the hat. after you are sorted, you will make your way to your appropriate house. Abbott, Hannah..."
Harry tuned out the next dozen names or so as he waited to be called.
"Namikaze, Naruto..." Harry turned towards his brother and nudged him out of the line.
Naruto sat on the stool for a rather long while before the hat spoke to McGonagall, something that was apparently very uncommon because this caused a wave of whispers to spread across the hall.
"I will need his brother... They need to be sorted at the same time to determine their placement." McGonagall looked at the hat confused. The hat sighed and faced the first years.
"Harry Potter. I will need you to come here please." This caused quite a few gasps and the whispering to increase. Harry stumbled nervously towards the hat as Naruto lifted it up so that the two could sit back-to-back on the stool. They listened for a while as the hat examined them, something Naruto found very awkward, and spoke about stuff that the two had never heard of. Neither of them knew what the twins of prophecy was.
"You are both very talented. You both are very intelligent as well... I see where I should place you very well..."
"RAVENCLAW!"They pulled the hat off their heads and stood as one. McGonagall sighed and waved them towards a very quiet Ravenclaw table. They both sat down in between the other first year 'claws and watched the front expectantly.
Despite the continuing whispers, McGonagall cleared her throat and went on with the sorting.
"Hi. I'm Terry. Terry Boot." Naruto shook the offered hand and introduced himself in return.
"I know, Harry Potter is one of the most recognizable names in the wizarding world." Harry scowled. He didn't like the idea of being famous at all and it had only been a few months since he had found out.
"Namikaze is just as famous. I mean, one of the richest people in the world coming to Hogwarts?" Now Naruto was scowling as well.
"Please, just don't. We didn't actually do anything!" Terry looked down.
"Sorry, I got excited." Naruto smiled to try to reassure the guy while Harry examined the other students at the table quietly.
"Just, don't do it again, okay?" Terry nodded.
Harry looked at his brother and started adding food to his plate.
"So why did the hat sort you like he did?" Naruto looked at Harry who shrugged.
"Dunno, it didn't tell us." Terry looked at them.
"We're not lying!" Terry held up his hands defensively.
"I didn't say you were!" Harry frowned and put a hand on Naruto's shoulder as a warning to get him to calm down.
"I know, I'm sorry. It's been a stressful day." Terry nodded and an awkward silence fell over the group.
They finished eating, still in silence, and stood with everyone else as the headmaster led them in the school song. Harry said nothing almost the entire time and did not join in with the song.
The first years then followed a prefect upstairs to the Ravenclaw tower where the entrance was explained to them.
"And so, you have to answer a riddle every time you enter the tower. If you can't answer the riddle, you have to wait for someone who can." She knocked the brass knocker on the wall.
"What falls but never breaks and breaks but never falls?" Harry touched Naruto's shoulder and Naruto nodded, he had figured it out as well.
"Now, the riddles range in difficulty, this riddle is a fairly difficult one. Can anyone answer it?" Naruto spoke up from the back of the group.
"The answer is night and day." The door knocker nodded and the door opened with a creak.
"Good job." The prefect led them around the common room before showing them the entrances to the dorms.
"Remember, boys cannot enter the girls' dorms. Girls should not enter the boys' dorms." When the group nodded, she continued. "I want all of you first years back in the common room at six in the morning. We will have a house meeting with Professor Flitwick before heading to breakfast." She disappeared up the stairs to the female dorms.
Harry and Naruto were some of the first ones up the stairs to the dorm and were relieved to see that they had beds right next to each other. Harry silently tapped Naruto's shoulder and disappeared behind his bed curtains.
"Goodnight to you too Harry." They were both asleep the moment their heads hit their respective pillows.