Sofia's Story- Goblet of Fire

Sofia enters Hogwarts in Harry Potter's fourth year, the year of the Triwizard Tournament and the return of Voldemort. She is a member of the Adema line, the oldest and most powerful pure blood family alive. The timing of her entry to Hogwarts is no coincidence. She has a secret that she can tell no one. She is cursed to a life that gives her no free will.

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4. The Teacher's Meeting

Sofia had been relieved that news of the Triwizard Tournament had taken some of the spotlight away from her.  She could still feel people staring at her and hear them whispering about her whenever she passed them, but much of the talk now surrounded the tournament and the new strangers from foreign lands that graced the school.

Tonight was the selection.  Classes seemed to speed by as students and teachers all waited anxiously for the results.  Sofia seemed to be the only person who did not care.  She was just glad that she could have peace and quiet.

She sat in transfiguration, allowing half of her mind to wander while the other half listened to Professor McGonagall drone on about turning a teacup into a goblet.  She missed her friends in Denmark.  Though people here were nice to her, she knew that she could never really allow herself to get to know them, or for them to know her.  It was too dangerous.

“Miss Adema, perhaps you would like to stop daydreaming and attempt the spell.”

Sofia, who had accidentally allowed the other half of her mind to wander as well, looked back to the Professor who was standing right in front of her now.  She had obviously dismissed the class to practice the incantation on the teacups on their desks.  Sofia had been the only one not to try.

“Of course, Professor.”

She raised her want and pointed it at the ivory teacup in front of her.

“Mutafigure.”

The entire class of first years gasped as her cup turned flawlessly into a golden goblet.

Object to object transfigurations were easy.  Though the rest of the class struggled, Sofia knew she could turn any object she was handed into a similar one.  She had a bit of difficulty with animal to object transfigurations, but that was why she was in school.

By the looks on the faces of her classmates, none of them had come even remotely close to success.

“Very well done” Professor McGonagall said. “But next time at least try to act like you are paying attention, even if this class is too dull and boring for you.  Five points to Gryffindor.”

Professor McGonagall stepped away from Sofia and began to walk among the other students, monitoring their attempts.  Sofia began to work on the Charms essay she had been assigned earlier that morning, listening to the class to see if anyone seemed to be having success.  No one did.

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The teachers were gathered in Professor Dumbledore’s office an hour or so before the selection for the Triwizard Tournament.  Though it had been weighing on their minds all day, they were gathered here to discuss something else.

“The girl is very talented.  Her parents have no doubt allowed her to break the Statue of Underage Wizardry.  She knows much of what I am teaching already” said Professor Flickwit.

“Yes, she does seem very advanced for her age” agreed Professor Sprout.

Professor Dumbledore nodded, looking at the other teachers to see if they had anything else to add.  When no one said anything, he turned to Professor McGonagall.

“What about outside of the classrooms.  How is she getting along with the other students?  What is her personality like?”

“Well…” Professor McGonagall thought for a moment. “She is very shy.  She does not interact with her classmates more than she has to.  They are kind to her, and she to them, but she hasn’t truly found a strong group of friends like most of the first years are beginning to do.”

Professor Dumbledore nodded.

“She is very polite and never shows off or brags about her abilities” Professor Sprout chimed in.

“However,” Professor Snape, who had been quiet since the meeting began, interjected.  “She does seem to have her own ways of showing off.  She will blatantly daydream in class and then snap back into focus to answer you correctly when you call her out for it.”

“Ah,” Professor Dumbledore said knowingly. “I thought we would soon uncover her talent.   It seems that she has a special ability to split her mind.  Her brain can literally multitask.  She can listen to one thing while think about something entirely different and still fully be active in both.”

“Splitting her mind? I have never heard of this.”  Professor Flickwit said.

“It is not a learned ability,” Professor Dumbledore replied.  “It is a born ability, like Sight and Parseltongue.  It is a second nature to her, like eating, swallowing, breathing.”

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