My first year at Hogwarts was one of the best years. It was the year I met the guy that I never expected to end up with. I still remember it as if it had just happened last year, the much simpler times in life.
I had gotten my letter to Hogwarts the week of my eleventh birthday on June 30th, Hagrid had been the one to take my family and I to get my supplies. It was amazing being part of this world and my parents were happy to hear that I was a witch and that I had gotten accepted into the best witchcraft and Wizardry school.
The best part of that day had been the fact that my best friend Katy was also a witch that was going to Hogwarts. She had told me that she was going to an all-girls boarding school and that she would only be seeing me some times. She had slept over at my house the night that Hagrid had come and told me about who I really was.
“Bye mum, Dad” I said giving each of them a hug and a kiss when I was departing from them the day I was leaving for Hogwarts. After Katy said goodbye to her parents we both walked into the train were we found a compartment filled with a boy and a girl in it.
“He’s not in here” the boy said turning to the girl when he saw us his eyes widened and that made the girl turn to look at me.
“Oh good we have more company” the girl said in a voice that made her sound bossy.
“Would you mind helping us find a toad? Neville her lost it” she said pointing behind herself to the boy who I now knew to be Neville.
“Not at all” I said grabbing Katy who made a grunting noise.
“Any were you would like us to look?” I asked.
“Asking around the train would be nice, I’m Hermione Granger by the way, and you are?”
“I’m Rosie Stark and this is my best friend Katy Parker” Hermione smiled and shook both our hands. Neville had shook our hands as well as we started to look around the train to see if I could find the toad that they were looking for.
Once we walked out of the compartment, Katy started arguing, “Oh no Rosie, why did you say we would help?” I didn’t answer her instead I opened the door to the compartment next to ours and looked inside to see it full of older kids.
“Um, excuse me have any of you seen a toad?” I asked making them all turn. They all shook their heads making me nod and close the door.
After a long time of searching for the stupid toad we finally came to realization that the Neville kid was never going to see that toad again. We began to walk back in the direction of the compartment when three boys bumped into us causing all five of us to fall to the ground.
“Watch were you’re going, are you blind?” One of the boys said, I looked up to see a blond boy looking extremely angry.
“Well maybe if you weren’t running around this wouldn’t have happened” I said back just as angry as he was. He glared at me before walking away with the other two boys catching his tail. We found our way back to Neville and let him know that we did not find his toad.
Katy and I had changed into our robs before meeting them in there and the moment we walked into the compartment Neville jumped up with a hopeful look, “Any luck?” he asked. I shook my head hopping that he wouldn’t start to cry. I hated to see people cry. That was one of my very week deals.
When we finally got to Hogwarts, Hagrid had led us to boats where I rode with Katy, Hermione, and Neville. Despite Hermione’s bossy voice and Neville’s, well… They were great people and I think that I had made some good friends.
“Trevor!” Neville yelled out in a moment making me snap out of my thoughts about what my mum and dad must be doing at this very moment. We had finally gotten to the castle were Neville went up to Hagrid and got his toad.
An old lady came and looked at all our faces as Hagrid announced to her that we were the first years. She nodded her head and said, “Thank you, Hagrid. I will take them from here” she lead us into the castle were we went through many corridors before she stopped us.
“Welcome to Hogwarts, the start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats you must be sorted into your houses. The sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in our house dormitory, and spend free time in your house common room.”
I felt nervous at her words, what if I was sorted into a different house than Katy?
“The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rulebreaking will lose house points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points will be awarded the house cup, a great honor. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours.”
I looked around when I felt somebody looking at me and from affar I could see the boy that I had bumped into on the train watching me with a smirk, I turned my attention back to Professor McGonagall when she said, “I suggest you all smarten yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting” She said something else before turning and walking away.
“Smarten up?” I asked in a panicky voice.
“I’m sure it’s nothing you should worry about” Katy said. I nodded my head and looked up to see about 20 ghost come out of the walls. They were talking but I barley paid any attention to what they said due to the fact that I was too busy looking at every part of their see through body.
“New students!” one of them said making me look up at him, “About to be sorted I suppose?” I nodded my head along with some of the other students.
“Hope to see you in Hufflepuff! My old house, you know”
When professor McGonagall came back she lead us in a line into the great hall, It was awesome in there, the ceiling looked just like it would outside and there was four tables filled with many kids that were watching us as we walked in, I was even more nervous with the thought of all their eyes on me.
When we stopped walking Professor McGonagall placed a stool and a hat in front of us making me feel confused. Why did we have to smarten up for a hat?
The hat moved and it began to sing. After it sand everyone began clapping and the sorting began.
“When I call your name, you will put on the hat and sit on the stool to be sorted” she said looking down at the scroll she had in her hand, Professor McGonagall looked up and said out loud, “Abbott, Hannah” She was called out as a Hufflepuff and everyone began to clap.
“GRYFFINDOR!” I clapped for her as she walked over to the table.
When Neville was called up everybody had started laughing at him for the reason that he had fallin’ on his way up.
“Malfoy, Draco!” My voice hitched when I saw it was the boy that I had bumped into on the train. He had been staring at me this whole time up to the time his name was called and I tried my best not to pay any attention to him. Before the hat had even touched his head the hat yelled out, “SLYTHERIN!”
He got of the stool with a big smile on his face then he looked at me and smirked a smirk at that gave me shivers.
There wasn’t many people left and I was nervous to go up in front of everybody, I was more nervous when Katy was called.
“Parker, Katy!” she gave me a small smile before walking up to the stool, “GRYFFINDOR!” the hat yelled out. I clapped for her but I was nervous, I was afraid I wasn’t going to be put in the same house as her.
Six names latter she called, “Potter, Harry!” everybody began to whisper and I felt confused for what they were all saying.
“GRYFFINDOR!” the hat called out, Harry took off the hat and walked towards his hat. People from the table began to shake his hands as some twins yelled out, “We got Potter! We got Potter!”
I was one of the five people left so when they called my name I felt that I was sweating all over. I looked around the room and caught the eye of Malfoy. The look he was giving me made me feel even more nervous. I took a seat on the stool and the hat covered my eye sight, he started to speak but I didn’t pay any attention to what it said. I was too nervous but when the hat yelled out, “GRYFFINDOR!” all the nerves left my body and I was glad to be put in the same house as my best friend.
I looked around and saw that Malfoy was still looking at me but this time there was something I couldn’t quite read in his expression.
I didn’t start talking to Draco until a day after the Troll attack.
Katy and I were on our way to the great hall to get breakfast in the morning. I had been talking to her about the letter than my mum sent me of this boy who lived right across the street from us named Jacob, he was known for having a huge crush on Katy. He had the idea that Katy and I were in a boarding school in America; my parents haven’t told him which one and were but he always talked about how he couldn’t wait to see us again.
I was stuffing the letter back into my rob pockets after showing it to her only to be pushed into the floor along with Katy. “Watch were you’re going you filthy little mudbloods” Draco said as his friends laughed and he stared down at us smirking. I didn’t say anything even if I was angry with him; instead Katy and I just got up and walked inside the great hall ignoring him and his friends completely. I had wanted to cry, but I didn’t allow myself.
When we had Potions, is when I was really surprised.
☠Draco Malfoy ☠
“So it’s settled then?” I asked Crabbe and Goyle as we were walking to Potions class, “I’ll sit next to the mudblood and ask her” I said keeping a grin on my face. In all reality I felt terrible for what I was about to do but I didn’t allow it to show in my face from fear that the other Slytherins would hate me more than what Potter hated me.
Once I took my seat next to Rosie she gasped, “were is Katy?” She asked sounding a little annoyed. I rolled my eyes at her and put my book on the desk just as Professor Snape entered.
“She’s over there” I said pointing over to the blond girl that was sitting next to the mudblood Granger.
“What is she doing-“
“Miss Stark, if you can’t keep that mouth of yours shut I’ll be sure to take care of it myself” Professor Snape said, Rosie turned back and gave me a glare but I didn’t do anything back. I would have to be nice if I wanted this plan to work out just fine.
“The first pair to finish this will earn 5 points for their house” Professor Snape said after he asked us to make a potion to cure a Scorpion Spider Bite.
“I guess we are working together” I told Rosie as I turned to look at her. For the first time since I got here I saw that she had her hair up in a ponytail and which made her brown eyes more noticeable to me. Rosie nodded with a frown on her face that made me feel better about what I was going to be doing to her. I knew she didn’t like me, not many people did but I knew that her dislike for me has more to do with Potter and me being in Slytherin than it has to do with anything else.
“I’ll go get the ingredients” I say getting up from the table. After I got everything I came back to see that Rosie had the cauldron over the fire.
Half way through us making out our potion in complete awkwardness Rosie began to talk. “This is getting awkward, why aren’t you being your usual rude self?” She asked looking over at me as she stirred the potion. I looked over at her as I put the last ingredient in the cauldron.
“Rude self?” I asked even though I already knew very well what it was that she was talking about. She wanted me to be an arse but I knew that it wasn’t aloud if I wanted her to believe that I wanted to be her friend.
“Because Rosie, I think it’s time for a good change, I want us to start over. To be good friends” I said making Rosie look at me as if I had grown to heads.
“Good friends” she repeated letting go of the ladle as she started to laugh out loud causing Professor Snape to walk over to our table.
“5 points miss Stark, I hope I can trust you to keep your mouth shut” Rosie nodded her head and kept her mouth shut as she gave me a glare before going back to stirring the potion.
We talked again after potions, she was walking out of the class room with Parker, Potter and his stupid friends. I had told Crabbe and Goyle not to come near me when I tried to talk to Rosie for fear that their dumb mouths might set off the plan. They left me behind and I started running after Rosie.
“Rosie” I called out making her stop. She turned around and Potter took a step in front of her.
“What do you want Malfoy?” Potter asked making me roll my eyes.
“Nothing to do with you Potter, I’ve come to talk to Rosie” I said making his eyes widen from the fact that I had called her by her first name.
“It’s okay Harry” Rosie said pushing him away from me.
“I’ll catch up with you guys” With that being said they all started to walk away with both Weasels and Scar head’s faces turned towards me as if they didn’t trust me, I knew that they didn’t.
“It’s true what I said in potions” I said as we walked the opposite direction from her friends, “I really do want to be your friend”
Rosie looked unsure, she looked down before sighing and looking back up at me, “My mum always said, everybody deserves a chance, so Draco Malfoy. I would be honored to be your friend” Rosie said making me smile.
We were perfectly great friends till I messed it up with the stupid dare.
“Everybody listen up!” Goyle yelled out making everybody that was outside look over to our group, Slytherins laughed knowing what was going to happen and other looked at us confused, “Our mate Draco has something to say, Rosie if you could please come up”
Slowly Rosie walked over to us and then Crabbe and Goyle blended into the group of Slytherins and I began to talk. “Did you really believe that I Draco Malfoy a Pureblood would want to be friends with you a mudblood” I started, Potter had made a move to come forward but Parker stopped him and pulled him back.
“It was all a joke and you fell for it you stupid. Filthy. Naïve. Mudblood” I let out and in that moment she step forward and slapped me right across the face one of her nails digging into my face.
She didn’t want to be my friend again and we didn’t talk again until school was almost over and we all had detention.
❦Rosie Stark ❦
“That’s it- an’ if anyone gets in trouble, send up red sparks, an’ we’ll come an’ find yeh-so be careful-let’s go” with that being said, Draco, Neville, Fang, and I started moving in the opposite direction from them.
I had been holding on to Neville so when I let go he looked back at me and then quickly turned forward when Draco made a face, “Have you thought about it?” I looked at his face and nodded. He had been apologizing since he humiliated me and I finally decided that I was a good time to accept his apology after a really long time of not talking.
“I think, yes I will be your friend again but on one condition” I said making Draco nod.
“What is it?”
“Trust, I won’t trust you with anything unless you show me you really are my friend” Draco nodded his head with a smile. Yes I knew that we were friends again now but it wouldn’t be the same for a while, I knew that the other friendship wasn’t real but I hopped that this friendship was.
“So were friends?” Draco asked.
“Yes” I nodded, in that moment Neville let out a little shriek making me look back up at him, I ran over and saw that he had seen a small spider that was climbing on a tree. I was terrified of spiders so I let out a little shriek as well. Draco came over and killed it so that I wouldn’t be afraid to pass by.
I had decided that I would stay near Draco because he didn’t seem afraid of spider, Neville stayed beside fang. I didn’t talk and neither did Draco, Instead we decided to just look around for anymore unicorn blood. Or at least I did, Draco looked board and Neville was so scared I was afraid he would wet his pants.
Really thinking about this year, our friendship has been weird since the beginning. I had never thought that we would have actually been friends again since it was a joke but we made it strong every year. The rest of the school I had been with Draco and Katy and I had helped Harry, Hermione and Ron with the Sorcerer’s Stone.