THE SLYTHERIN THAT NEVER WAS
31st October 1979
Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizards if, for perhaps the first time in his life, stumped. He has an orphan in his hands, an orphan that he has no idea what to do with. The orphan, a baby girl by the name of Hermione is special and will not do to unceremoniously dump her in an orphanage.
For Hermione is a witch.
Her parents, who were most certainly not magical (their occupation was in fact dentistry) died in a car crash not long ago, leaving Hermione an orphan. There is no family that is known to Dumbledore, and therefore nowhere for Hermione to go.
“A wizarding family will be the only place that will do.” Dumbledore mutters softly, “But I can’t for the life of me think of where to put you.”
At the sound of his calm voice, Hermione opens her deep brown eyes and makes a wild grab for Dumbledore’s silver beard. Dumbledore’s blue eyes twinkle and he laughs loudly, breaking the silence of the night.
“Molly Weasley would be my first, but she is far too busy. She has, what five children now, and is expecting another. I wonder…” Dumbledore trails off, deep in thought.
“The Malfoy family. They’re not ideal, certainly not, but it is the option available. They have been trying to a child for years, but with no luck. Plus, with their wealth, they will certainly be able to care for Hermione. The only problem is their pure blood mania, she is not what they consider to be ’pure’.” Dumbledore murmurs.
At this, Dumbledore disapparates with a resounding crack, and seconds later, appears at the Malfoy Manor.
Dumbledore walks slowly up the terrace, then places Hermione gently on the doorstep. He conjures a simple piece of parchment and a bright green quill and, in a loopy, cursive handwriting, Dumbledore writes a short note to the Malfoy family.
The note reads: "This girl has been placed in your care. Her name is Hermione and he blood is as pure as the rest of us.”
“Goodbye, child.” Dumbledore says quietly, before turning away, and disapparating, leaving Hermione alone. Despite being a genius, even Dumbledore does not realise how much his decision might cost.