Chapter 4

Classes at Hogwarts

[Disclaimer:I do not own Naruto manga or Harry Potter, a series of seven fantasy novels. They belong to Masashi Kishimoto and British author J. K. Rowling. This fiction is just for fun.]

"Character Dialogue"

'Character Thought'


"Telepathic Conversation"

"Magical Spells"

"Demon /Monsters/Summon"

There was only few seconds passed in the outside world. All students and teachers were waiting for the sorting hat's decision. Suddenly, the hat declared the house name.


The entire Slytherin table burst into applause and shouts of triumph. Naruto took off the hat and walked towards the Slytherin table. They started to congratulate him for being in their house as he took the seat between Draco and Bella.

Draco clapped a hand on Naruto shoulder. "Naruto, why didn't you tell me, you're the son of Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze?" he asked.

"Well, because you didn't ask me," Naruto said.

"Now, we can show the Gryffindor their place," One senior Slytherins said, "because we have someone who is more famous than their Harry Potter."

"Is Naruto really famous?" Bella asked.

"Yes, he is," Draco said. "Naruto is not only the son of Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze, but also..."

When Draco was telling Bella about Naruto at Slytherin table; Weasley twins were explaining same thing to Harry and Hermione at Gryffindor table. Like the other members of the Weasley family, they had sports flaming-red hair and freckles.

"He is the heir of the Uzumaki Enterprises," Fred said.

"The company who work in both Magical and Muggle world," his twin brother George said.

"The Uzumaki Enterprises controls the majority of trading business in the wizarding world," Fred said.

George said, "He is—"

"—Multi-billionaire," his brother Fred completed his sentence.

"Wow!" Hermione said.

"Sadly, he is now Slytherin," Percy Weasley said. He was older brother of Ron, George and Fred, and was both a prefect of Gryffindor and Head Boy.

"Hey! It is Ron's turn!" Fred shouted.

"Weasley, Ronald!"

It was the turn of the Ron, who had turned a delicate shade of green. He needn't have worried, though-the hat immediately yelled, "GRYFFINDOR!" Ron took his seat next to Harry.

"Well done, Ron, excellent," Percy said to his brother.

Finally, "Zabini, Blaise", was made a Slytherin and the Sorting was over. Professor McGonagall rolled up her scroll and took the Sorting Hat away.

Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms opened wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than to see them all there.

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

He sat back down. Everybody clapped and cheered. The golden dishes before them were suddenly filled with a rich variety of food.

"What does nitwit blubber oddment tweak mean?" Bella asked.

"It's just meaningless noise if you asked me," Draco said while putting some sausages onto his plate.

"Always look Underneath the Underneath," Naruto said as he piled food onto his plate.

Both Bella and Draco turned towards him.

"What do you mean?" Draco asked.

"Well, each of the words represents the negative aspects of the four houses. It says what they think about other houses," Naruto said as he took a bit of a roast potato. "Nitwit is for Ravenclaw, Blubber is for Gryffindor, Oddment is for Slytherin, and Tweek is for Hufflepuff," Most of Slytherin student were now looking at him from their meal, "or maybe they are just random words for fun." As everyone went back to eating.

"I want to say that again, you have weird philosophy," Bella said, putting some food onto her plate.

"But that makes me special," Naruto said, smiling.

Bella shook her head and began to eat her food.

"So you are an Uzumaki?" A voice asked in a hoarse whisper, making Naruto looked up from his plate.

He saw a ghost, sitting opposite him. He was very pale, pearly-white and slightly transparent. He had wide, staring, black eyes and a gaunt face. He dressed in robes covered in silver bloodstains, and carrying chains.

"Yes," Naruto answered without showing any fear. "And you are?"

"Baron, the ghost of your house," the ghost said.

"Well, nice to meet you," Naruto said before returning back to his food.

"You are a brave," Baron said, "just like your clan."

"You know about my clan?" Naruto asked as he looked at him.

"Yes. I had fought with some Uzumaki when I was alive. They were formidable opponent," Baron said. "So tell me which branch are you from?"

"I'm the son of clan head," Naruto said.

"Then you must be a royal blood," Baron said.

"What is special about them?" Bella asked.

"In my time, they were an extraordinary wizards and witches. Their spells were always stronger than any other witches and wizards," Baron said. "And they had a special power."

"A special power?" Draco looked at him questionly.

Naruto bit his thumb and showed it to them. They watched as the wound on his thumb had completely closed up as if it was never there. "Advance healing factor," he said. "We can even grow back our lost limbs or any other body parts without any help from healing magic."

"It is still there, Nice," Baron said, looking at Naruto closely. "But if you're from royal family then you've more than just that." After saying that, he'd gone.

"It's a first time, Bloody Baron's talked civilly to someone," One Slytherins said to Naruto, who had gone back to his meal.

When everyone had eaten as much as they could, the remains of the food faded from the plates, leaving them sparkling clean as before. A moment later the desserts appeared. Blocks of ice cream in every flavor you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate eclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, Jell-O, rice pudding, etc.

"Naruto, what's your Quidditch team?" Draco asked and they began to talk about the most popular game among wizards.

A half-hour later, the desserts too disappeared, and Professor Dumbledore got to his feet again. The hall fell silent.

"Ahern—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."

Dumbledore's twinkling eyes flashed in the direction of the Weasley twins.

"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 in playing for their house teams should contact Madam Hooch.

"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."

"He's not serious, is he?" Bella muttered into Naruto's ear.

"I'm not sure," Naruto said. "Maybe, he is not joking."

"And now, before we go to bed, let us sing the school song!" Dumbledore cried as he gave his wand a little flick, as if he was trying to get a fly off the end, and a long golden ribbon flew out of it, which rose high above the tables and twisted itself, snakelike, into words.

'Seriously, is every great wizard weird?' Naruto thought. 'Grandpa Sarutobi is a pervert. Tsunade is a gambler and alcoholic and Now Dumbledore.'

"Everyone picks their favourite tune," Dumbledore said, "and off we go!" And the school bellowed:

"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 brains all rot."

Everybody finished the song at different times. At last, only the Weasley twins were left singing along to a very slow funeral march. Dumbledore conducted their last few lines with his wand and when they had finished, he was one of those who clapped loudest.

"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!"

"Slytherin first years, follow me!" A tall boy called, who was obviously a Slytherin prefect.


The Slytherin first years followed the prefect all the way to entrance of the Slytherin Common Room that located behind a stone wall in the dungeons of Hogwarts Castle.

"Through this door is the Slytherin Common Room, where you will be spending much of your life during your time at Hogwarts. To enter, all you need to do is speak the password, which changes every fortnight and the door will swing open and let you in. Don't give the password to anyone who isn't in Slytherin–we wouldn't want anyone else snooping around our Common Room. The current password is 'Sanctimonia' so don't forget it! You'll need to find your dormitories although your belongings have already been taken there so you don't need to worry about that. Okay, that's about it and congratulations on making it into Slytherin!" the prefect explained. He said the password and the first years followed after him inside.

The common room was a fairly dark room and the cold stone plastered with dim green lamps. It extended partway under the lake, giving the light in the room a green tinge. The room had lots of low backed black and dark green button-tufted, leather sofas; skulls; and dark wood cupboards. They were all very grand and expensive looking.

"Naruto, let's find our rooms," Draco said. He was with his cronies and another first year Slytherin Blaise Zabini, who was a tall, dark-skinned, young man with high cheekbones and long, slanting eyes.

"Sure," Naruto said. After saying goodbye to Bella, he went with them.

They had walked up a small flight of stairs and had found their respective rooms except Naruto. He searched his room until he found it. It was not too big or too small. It had everything he needs: a nice bed, a desk, a wardrobe, a bookshelf and a bathroom. Naruto saw his trunks stood next to his new bed and Nagi's glass tank on the table.

After entering his room, he took his wand out from his magical waist bag. He flicked his wand at Nagi, releasing him from his glass cage. With another flick of his wand, he opened his trunk and placed his clothes properly inside the wardrobe.

"Soo, vhhat novv, Masstterrr?" Nagi asked.

Naruto didn't answer him. He pulled out a paint-brush and ink bottle from his magical bag. He put the brush in the ink and started to write various symbols on the wall near the door.

"Vhhat arre youu doing, Masstterrr?"

"Nagi, I'm writing runes," Naruto said in English because he knew Nagi can understand it.


"Because I like privacy."

After writing down runes on the wall, Naruto placed a paint-brush and ink bottle back to his bag, and took his wand in his hand. Placing tip of wand on the rune marking, he said, "Fūin!" as the rune markings on the wall lit up with bright light and spread over other walls in the room.

A few minutes later, everything went back to normal. Rune marking on walls had disappeared, leaving them clean as before.

"Vhhat theyy can do?" Nagi asked.

"They are mixture of soundproof runes, Anti-thief runes..." Naruto said as he explained the runes to him.

He moved to his wardrobe to pull out some fresh pajama. He sat down on his new bed before placing his magical charm bag beside him.

"Karasu-chan, you can come out now," Naruto said as familiar black bird came out from his shadow and sat down on his left shoulder. "Have you found the book?"

"Yes. Master," Karasu said as she summoned a large, brown leather book. It rose into the air front of him. The title of the book was in Japanese. It translated in English:

'The Book of the Amazing Magical Creatures— by the Uzumaki Clan'

Naruto had opened the book and was searching particular information. "So I was right," He said, after reading certain information.

"Vhhat, Masstterr?" Nagi said. He had climbed on the bed and was looking over his shoulder to the book.

On the page was picture of a large white-snake, hissing and striking of a very stressed-out snake. It had a red diamond in the middle of his head. He also had four horn-like protrusions on his head.

"It iss lookked like mee," Nagi said.

"Because it is from your species. The Legendary White-snake," Naruto said. He began to read information about the White-snake:

The White-snakes are a symbol of rebirth because of their shedding skin. They are originally from China.

They can grow up to hundred and sixty feet in length. They have large yellow eyes. Their scales aren't just white; they are more "Mother of Pearl" in colouring. Their sharp fangs are full of most deadly powerful venom, powerful enough to kill a human in a few seconds. Most noticeable trait of white-snakes is a red diamond in the middle of their head. It said that the diamond has power to heal anything even most deadly venom and injuries.

White-snakes are highly powerful magical creature. They can generate powerful magical electricity, and can change their own size. Their scales can deflect spells cast upon them, and has power to turn themselves invisible.

They are highly intelligent giant serpent, and can live a natural life more than ten thousand years. They are true king of serpents.

There have been no recorded sightings of White-snake in world after the 10th century.

"If Nagi's species were from China then how is he in England?" Karasu asked.

"I've no clue," Naruto said, shutting the book. He looked at Nagi. "You need to learn how to control your power," He fell back into the bed, "Good night."

"Good night."

"Goodd nightt, Masstterr."

Karasu disappeared into the shadow while Nagi went under the bed to sleep.


"There, look."


"He is tall blond kid."

"So he is Uzumaki Naruto."

"Yes, he is."

Whispers followed Naruto from the moment he left Slytherin common room. People lining up outside classrooms stood on tiptoe to get a look at him, or doubled back to pass him in the corridors again, staring.

'Look on the bright side Naruto; at least they are not fangirls or...fanboys,' Naruto thought himself. He shivered at last part. Then he remembered 'Pansy Parkinson.'

Pansy was first year like him, and was a big fan of both of his parents. The girl was a nightmare. He didn't even know her for a full two hours and she had already asked him many questions about his parents.

'Who'll tell her that I don't know much about my parents? I've met my parents only one time in my life and that time I was a new-born,' he thought while he was walking with Bella.

They headed to their next class. Finding a class room in the Hogwarts wasn't their first day of their class, they had found out that the Hogwarts was actually like one giant maze with constantly changing staircases and stuff that was ether invisible or a false representation of what was supposed to be there. Some wall you could walk through to a different part of the school, there were doors that were actually fake and if you touched it. It was also very hard to remember where anything was, because it all seemed to move around a lot.

'Next time, I'll put tracking rune in the class,' Naruto thought.

About their classes, they had to study the night skies through their telescopes every Tuesday at midnight and learn the names of different stars and the movements of the planets. Three times a week they went out to the greenhouses behind the castle to study Herbology, with a dumpy little witch called Professor Sprout, where they learned how to take care of all the magical plants and fungi, and found out what they were used for.

Then there was History of Magic, which was the only one taught by a ghost. Professor Binns had been very old indeed when he had fallen asleep in front of the staff room fire and got up next morning to teach, leaving his body behind him. He taught them about numerous historical personalities such as Uric the Oddball and Emeric the Evil.

Professor Flitwick, the Charms teacher, was a tiny little wizard who had to stand on a pile of books to see over his desk. He was also Head of Ravenclaw House.

Then there was Transfiguration class. Professor McGonagall was their teacher. She was Head of Gryffindor house and Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts. She wasn't a teacher to cross. She was very strict and took nothing from students. The instant the Slytherins sat down McGonagall burst into a speech.

"Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts," she said. "Anyone messing around in my class will leave and not come back. You have been warned."

Out of nowhere McGonagall pulled her wand out. She changed her desk into a horse and back again.

After taking a lot of complicated notes, they were each given a match and started trying to turn it into a needle. No one had any luck except Naruto, who had turned match into needle in his first try.

After seeing this, Professor McGonagall gave Naruto a rare smile. "Well Mr Uzumaki, I must say, you have great talent in the Transfiguration," she said.

"Thank you," Naruto said, "but I've natural talent in controlling my magic. And every magic needs good control."

"Yes, that's true," Professor McGonagall said. "Five points for Slytherin for your remarkable skill and... answer."

The rest of the class was spent continued to practice on the needles. By the time class ended about five kids had made any difference on their needles.

The class everyone had really been looking forward to was Defence Against the Dark Arts, but Quirrell's lessons turned out to be a bit of a joke. He had a horrible stutter that was so annoying. Not one Slytherin had refrained from making fun of him. His room always smelled like garlic and it was really strong around his turban. Naruto felt something suspicious about him.

Friday came up quickly and Naruto could be found in the Great hall in between Pansy and Bella. Naruto was reading a book as Draco, Blaise, Crabbe and Goyle sat down across from Naruto.

"Naruto, aren't you hungry?" Bella asked, pointing toasts in his plate.

"Sorry," Naruto said, looking up from his book. "But this book is interesting."

He took his wand out and tapped twice on his plate. A knife lifted in the air and began to spread butter on toast.

"Seriously, Naruto, How can you use magic so easily?" Draco asked Naruto. The same question other wanted to ask Naruto.

"In Japan, Nobel families and some old clan teaches their children to control magic from age six," Naruto said, lifting one buttered toast, and took a small bite. He chewed it slowly.

"But what about wand?" Pansy asked. "How do they teach children without wand?"

"We uses practices wand. They are not suitable for high class spells but for simple spells like this and teaching basics, they are useful," Naruto said as he finished his toast. "Anyway, what have we got today?"

"Double Potions with the Gryffindor," Blaise said.

"Well, this will be fun, the Gryffindors first taste of Snape," Draco said, smirking.

All the kids around them grimaced, and both Bella and Naruto sighed.

'Slytherins and their rivalry with Gryffindors,' Naruto thought.


Potions lessons took place down in the dungeons. Naruto sat with Bella, Blaise and Pansy while Draco sat near Crabbe and Goyle. The door slammed open and Severus Snape stormed in. He walked down the aisle between the tables, looking at no one. His black robes billowed behind him. When he reached his desk, he turned and stared coldly at all the students.

Snape started the class by taking the roll call, and he paused at Harry's name.

"Ah, Yes," he said softly, "Harry Potter. Our new—celebrity."

Draco, Crabbe and Goyle sniggered behind their hands. Snape finished calling the names and looked up at the class.

'Look like Professor Snape doesn't like Harry,' Naruto thought.

"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion making," Snape said in barely more than a whisper, but all students caught his every word. "As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even stopper death—if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."

A moment of silence followed after little speech. Naruto raised his eyebrow.

"Potter!" Snape said suddenly. "What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"

Harry glanced at Ron, who looked as stumped as he was; Hermione's hand had shot into the air.

"I don't know, Sir," Harry said.

Snape's lips curled into a sneer. "Tut, tut—fame clearly isn't everything," He said. He ignored Hermione's hand. "Let's try again. Potter, where would you look if I told you to find me a bezoar?"

Hermione stretched her hand as high into the air as it would go without her leaving her seat, but Harry didn't have the faintest idea what a bezoar was.

"I don't know, Sir."

"Thought you wouldn't open a book before coming, eh, Potter?" Ignoring Hermione's quivering hand, Snape asked, "What is the difference, Potter, between monkshood and wolfsbane?"

This time Naruto had decided to answer his question. He raised his hand while Hermione's hand was still up.

"I don't know," said Harry quietly. "I think Naruto and Hermione do, though, why don't ask them?"

A few people laughed.

Snape narrowed his eyes at him before looking at Naruto. "Mr Uzumaki, please answer the question," he said.

Naruto stood up from his seat. "Monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Aconite is most commonly known as an ingredient of Wolfsbane Potion. It is highly toxic, although they are used in medicine as a pain-reliever, diuretic, heart sedative, and to induce sweating," he said. "About asphodel and wormwood, they make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death.

"And a bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat that acts as an antidote to most poisons. This is the reason why bezoars are used in the preparation of the Antidote to Common Poisons."

"You may sit now," Snape said. A cruel smile crossed his lips. "Obviously some people can live up to their reputation. Ten points to Slytherins. Copy down everything that Mr Uzumaki said."

There was a sudden rummaging for quills and parchment. Over the noise, Snape said, "And a point will be taken from Gryffindor House for your cheek, Potter."

The rest of the lesson was more torture for the Gryffindors as it continued. Snape put them all into pairs and set them to mixing up a simple potion to cure boils. Naruto paired with Blaise while Bella paired with Pansy. As for Draco, he was with Crabbe while Goyle was with some other first year Slytherins.

Naruto went to the ingredients cabinet and grabbed everything he needed. He walked back to his table and put the ingredients down and looked at Blaise. "We are going to do it in my way," He said.

They carefully started to mix the ingredients for the potion in the cauldron—dried nettles, crushed snake fangs and other ingredients which weren't in the recipe. They added four horned slugs to in the mixture. After taking the cauldron off the fire, they added the porcupine quills. Then after stirring the potion five times in clockwise, Naruto waved wand to complete the potion. There was pink smoke rising from the cauldron. It meant potion was successful.

Snape walked up to their cauldron as a look of interest crossed his face. "Good job, another ten points to Slytherin for making successful potion in time," he said. He was pleased by the result.

Suddenly, there was an explosion then clouds of acid green smoke and a loud hissing filled the dungeon. Neville had somehow managed to turn Seamus's cauldron into a twisted blob, and their potion was seeping across the stone floor, burning holes in people's shoes. Within seconds, the whole class was standing on their stools while Neville, who had been drenched in the potion when the cauldron collapsed, moaned in pain as angry red boils sprang up all over his arms and legs.

"Idiot boy!" Snape snarled, clearing the spilled potion away with one wave of his wand. "I suppose you added the porcupine quills before taking the cauldron off the fire?"

Neville whimpered as boils started to pop up all over his nose.

"Take him up to the hospital wing," Snape spat at Seamus. Then he rounded on Harry and Ron, who had been working next to Neville. "You—Potter—why didn't you tell him not to add the quills? Thought he'd make you look good if he got it wrong, did you? That's another point you've lost for Gryffindor."

'It's official that Snape hates Gryffindors but not more than Harry Potter,' Naruto thought.

By the end of the class, Slytherin had earned more than thirty points while Gryffindor had lost more than thirty. Naruto had stood up his feet to walk out from the classroom when Snape called him.

"Mr Uzumaki!" he called, "Wait for a minute; I want to talk with you."

Naruto nodded as his friends said goodbye to him and left.

After everyone left the classroom, Snape said, pointing at potion that Naruto made, "It's not regular recipe to make Boil Cure."

"Yes, it's not," Naruto said. "It's my godmother's personal recipe. She'd taught me it when I was nine years old."

Snape had impressed by this. "Are you interested in advance potion?" he asked. Naruto nodded. "If you want I can teach you some advanced potion."


"Yes. Meet me here this Sunday."

"Thank you," Naruto said, giving him a short, polite bow before he left the classroom. Outside of the classroom, he saw Bella waiting for him.

"Bella," he asked, "What are you doing here?"

"Waiting for you," Bella said, walking towards him. "So what did Professor Snape talk with you?"

"Nothing special," Naruto said.

As they began walked toward Slytherin common room.

"Naruto, can you teach me?" she asked with slight hesitation in her voice. They were still walking.

"Sure," Naruto answered, happily.

"Thanks," Bella said, smiling. "So what are you doing today?"

"Are you asking me on a date?" Naruto said. "Well, I'm—"

"I'm not asking you on a date!" Bella shouted with red face. "Just—Hagrid has asked me for a cup of tea. Do you like to come with me?"

"Well, this is a unique way asking someone date," Naruto said. "But sure why not!"

"It's not date!" Bella shouted again, but Naruto had ignored her again.

'Is he doing this on purpose or he is just like that?' She thought.


At sharp three, both Naruto and Bella had left the castle. They dressed in their normal cloths. Bella wore a simple dark purple blouse with a black pant while Naruto dressed in black jeans and white T-shirt with black-grey hooded varsity jacket.

They walked towards Hagrid's Hut. It was a small wooden cabin located outside of Hogwarts Castle, on the edge of the Forbidden Forest. A crossbow and a pair of galoshes were outside the front door.

Bella knocked the door. A few seconds later, Hagrid opened the door.

"Welcom' Bella," he said. He saw Naruto. "Who is yer frien'?"

"This is Naruto Uzumaki," Bella said.

"Yeh're the famous Naruto," Hagrid said." 's nice ter meet yer."

When they went inside his home. They saw two familiar faces—Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.

Ron stood up on his feet. "You!" he yelled, pointing at them.

"Me?" Naruto said, smirking, pointing his right thumb towards himself.

"Yes," Ron said. He hurriedly turned to Hagrid. "What are Slytherins doing here?"

"Well, I haven't seen 'No Entry for Slytherins' board on the door," Naruto said as Ron's ears turned red.

Hagrid decided to answer his question. "I've invi'ed Bella fer a cup of tea and Naruto is with her."

"But they are Slytherins!" Ron cried again.

"What's wrong with that?" Bella asked, frustrated. Thus red-headed boy was getting on her nerves.

"There is nothing good about Slytherins they are rude and annoying," Ron said.

"Really," Naruto said, "Then what about Merlin? He was in Slytherin."

"About th-at-" Ron opened his mouth, ready to deliver an answer, but he didn't have any word to say on that.

"Not all Slytherins are bad people," Naruto said, "unless you happen to get on their bad side for some reason."

Ron sat down on his seat after murmuring something under his breath while both Naruto and Bella sat next to Harry.

"Bella, wha' is Slytherin house like?" Hagrid asked sheepishly. He was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes onto a plate.

Bella was surprised by the question and stared at Hagrid. "What do you mean?"

"Besi'es yeh and Naruto, ev'ryone else in here is in Gryffindor. Back when I was in school I was Gryffindor also so I wan' to know abou' Slytherins."

Bella sat there thinking for a second. "Well, they are not bad. They are always striving to be the best. Most of members are not afraid to admit it as one of the Slytherin traits is ambition and greatness," she said. "Anyway, most of them are unbelievably arrogant and very biased. They like to talk about muggle born and how they are less than them. It is all quite annoying."

While she was telling Hagrid about Slytherin house, Naruto was reading a book—he had pulled out from his charmed bag. A few minutes later, Bella finished her talking. Hagrid offered them rock cakes, which shapeless lumps with raisins, and tea. While Naruto politely refused cakes, saying he doesn't like to eat sweet in evening, Bella said she is in dieting, and declined cakes offer. But they took tea cups.

As for Harry and Ron, they ate cakes that almost broke their teeth, but they pretended to be enjoying them. They told Hagrid all about their first-lessons. Bella also told him her experience in the school. In the meantime, Naruto had pulled out his book again and was reading it.

Harry told Hagrid about Snape's lesson. Hagrid, like Ron, told Harry not to worry about it, that Snape liked hardly any of the students.

"But he seemed to really hate me," Harry said.

"Maybe because he hates your parents," Naruto said, suddenly, without looking from his book. He flipped a page and took a sip of tea. "Or he hates your father."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, maybe your father had done something with him in past," Naruto said. "And according to many people, you look just like your father. Maybe, that why he dislikes you."

"My father was good person," Harry said with some anger in his voice.

"I'm not saying your father was bad," Naruto said, closing his book as he looked at Harry. "Time changes people, Harry. Maybe your father was different person when he was in the Hogwarts."

There was tension between Naruto and Harry for a few minutes before Hagrid broke it.

"Well, Harry," he said, nervously. "Yer father was good man but—he had a bad habit—habit o' hexing students fer no other reason 'n because he could—esp'cially Professor Snape," Shock clearly visible on both Harry and Ron's faces, "But Later years, he had change'. He was no longer the bully tha' he once was."

"What?" Ron shouted finally.

"Not all Gryffindors are good and not all Slytherins evil, Ron. The houses are not all about stereotypes," Naruto said as everyone looked at him. "Everyone makes their own choices and decide what kind of people they'll be not some old Sorting Hat," He turned to Bella, "Bella, let's go," He stood up on his feet and looked at Hagrid, "Thanks for tea, Hagrid."

"Thank you," Bella said to Hagrid, standing from her seat.

"Yeh're welcome," Hagrid replied.

Before leaving Hagrid's hut, Naruto said to Karasu, telepathically, "Keep your eyes on Harry Potter."

"Yes, Master," Karasu replied.

Then he and Bella left Hagrid's home and walked back to the castle.


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