I waited in the hall area as McGonogal took Hermione and Harry away to her office and a small professor turned up instead.
"Hello. I'm professor Flitwick." He squeaked. I liked him already. He seems really nice. "I shall take you into the great hall to be sorted now. Please sort out your uniforms and look presentable." He shot a look at me and I grinned at him. I did up my top button, sorted my tie and then made my cardigan look a bit better.
"Let's get going then shall we?" He spoke and then opened the doors. We all followed him and stood at the front of the hall. Some people looked at me funny and I realised that I must have a weird looking face or something.
People stared at me in Diagon Alley, on the train, in the boats and now the hall. Even Lupin stared at me funny the first time we met yesterday.
The little professor took out a scroll and put a stool down. It must have the names or something. He was holding an old looking hat and put it on the stool.
It suddenly broke out into song and it was Wikid!
A thousand years or more ago
When I was newly sewn,
There lived four wizards of renown,
Whose names are still well known:
Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.
They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan
To educate young sorcerers
Thus Hogwarts School began.
Now each of these four founders
Formed their own house, for each
Did value different virtues
In the ones they had to teach.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.
While still alive they did divide
Their favorites from the throng,
Yet how to pick the worthy ones
When they were dead and gone?
Twas Gryffindor who found the way,
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
Now slip me snug about your ears,
I've never yet been wrong,
I'll have a look inside your mind
And tell where you belong!
Everyone roared with applause and I clapped and I think I was the only first year that did.
"I shall call your name and you can come up and put the hat on. Albright, Frank."
"Black, Alexis." Whispers started around the hall and I really wanted to know why. I confidently walked up to the hat and sat down on the stool. The hat was placed on my head and I chuckled as it went over my eyes.
"Ah another Black. I haven't seen a Black for a while. I see determination here, but you like to prove your friendship. Very brave and you don't back down do you?"
"No sir I don't." I confidently spoke.
"Good. One fiery temper though. You would do well in Gryffindor or Slytherin."
"I don't know anything about the houses so I'm not bothered." I shrugged. I hadn't even been told about the houses yet! I forgot to ask someone.
"You don't like snobby and stuck up people do you?"
"God no. I don't care how people act or where they come from. Everyone is their own person."
"You are very correct. I believe you should be..." He paused. Stupid hat. I just want to know what house. I wouldn't mind being in the same house as Hermione, Harry and Ron.
"GRYFFINDOR!" I fist pumped the air and pulled the hat off my head as a few cheers came from the red and gold table. They looked so welcoming.
I sat down next to the Ashley girl who had been sorted before me. The sorting carried on and I looked over at Lupin who smiled brightly and raised his glass to me.
Then it carried on and on. Finally it finished and I caught the last name.
That was the sorting over. McGonogal then came in with Hermione an Harry and they sat down at my table. Dumbledore then got the hall to quieten down as he stepped up to a bird like podium.
"Welcome to another year at Hogwarts! I have a few things to say to you all, and as one of them is very serious, I think it best to get it out of the way before you become befuddled by our excellent feast..." He got the while school to e silent and everyone seemed to hang on his every word, I did anyway.
"As you will all be aware after their search of the Hogwarts Express, our school is presently playing host to some of the dementors of Azkaban, who are here on Ministry of Magic business." Great! Them horrible creatures are going to be here all year. I wonder if there is a spell or something to get rid of them?
"They are stationed at every entrance to the grounds, and while they are with us, I must make it plain that nobody is to leave school without permission. Dementors are not to be fooled by tricks or disguises - or even Invisibility Cloaks. It is not in the nature of a dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. I look to the prefects, and our new Head Boy and Girl, to make sure that no student runs afoul of the dementors." Oh yeh, cus I'm just gonna walk up to one and introduce myself aren't I!
"On a happier note, I am pleased to welcome two new teachers to our ranks this year. First, Professor Lupin, who has kindly consented to fill the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher." I stood up and cheered really loud but everyone else seemed to not clap much. Lupin gave me a grateful smile and I sat back down. Dumbledore carried on after the claps had finished.
"As to our second new appointment, well, I am sorry to tell you that Professor Kettleburn, our Care of Magical Creatures teacher, retired at the end of last year in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs. However, I am delighted to say that his place will be filled by none other than Rubeus Hagrid, who has agreed to take on this teaching job in addition to his gamekeeping duties." I clapped light heartedly but the whole hall seemed to erupt at the news. It took ages for the applause to die down and he nearly knocked over the dinner table which I laughed at.
"Well, I think that is everything of importance. Let the feast begin!" He raised his hands and I gasped at what happened. All four tables filled with immense portions of food. It was great.
There were potatoes, lamb, beef, pork, hotdogs, burgers, loads of different vegetables, lasagne, cottage pie, crispy duck and loads more. It was absolute heaven. I probably looked like a right pig but I ate as much as I could.
After a while the table changed and I gasped again. Now I was definitely in heaven. Cakes of different flavours, ice creams, cheesecake, eclairs, profiter roles, merengue, custard, ride pudding...
Personally, I grabbed a huge chocolate cake and put it in front of me. I just dug my while face right into it. It tasted soooo good! I heard laughing though and I looked up and people were staring at me.
"What? Have I got something on my face?" I asked stupidly. People laughed more and I looked at the headmaster and Lupin who were chuckling as well. "I love chocolate cake. Don't judge me." Then I just delved into the cake again.
"You could suffocate doing that you know." I heard a voice speak. I looked up and a dark girl with frizzy brown hair was smiling at me.
"Yeh. Well if I was going to die, id like to die surrounded by food." I shrugged. I picked up a napkin and wiped as much if the cake off my face as I could.
"I'm Romilda Vane by the way." She held out her hand across the table and I shook it.
"Alexis Black. Nice to meet you."
"I hope you are all well and truly full now. Prefects I you could escort the houses back to the common rooms. Have a nice nights sleep." I looked over at the headmaster and he smiled at the hall. "Never forget, happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light. Sleep well!"
Wow, powerful speech making Dumbledore. We followed the prefects back to the common room and it looked really cool. Leather sofas and comfy chairs, with a bit warm fireplace. I skipped up to the dorm and I found out who I'll be sharing with.
Romilda Vane, Astoria Greengrass and Ashley Bates. We introduced ourselves and then I just got changed and went to sleep.
A/N-- yay! Another update!!! Sooo, how was this chapter?? Running out of time to put character ideas in so hurry up!! Haha.
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