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"Thank you Hagrid. Follow me." She instructed. She led Charlotte and the other students inside the castle. Charlotte was amazed by its beauty, it was lit by torches and its walls were stone. She and Bryce pointed things out to another as they reached the end to a flight of stairs. "Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I am Professor McGonagall. In just a moment you will all be sorted into one of four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Your house will be like your family, you will eat, sleep, and learn with the people in your house. You all stay here, I will come for you when we are ready." Professor McGonagall said and went away.
"I'm nervous." Bryce finally said after a couple of minutes. Charlotte looked over towards him, his face was white and he looked very clammy.
"I am too."
By that time Professor McGonagall had returned, "Follow me." she said. They walked in a single line with Bryce in front of Charlotte. She led them through more of the castle and flicked her wand to open the doors to the Great Hall. Charlotte had never seen anything more beautiful, there were four long tables stretched from one end to the other and a long table in the front with what seemed to be the staff table. Bryce looked back to Charlotte and with a nervous expression. Professor McGonagall led the first years to the front of the Hall and walked up the steps to put a wooden stool in front of the staff table and placed a hat on top of it. Charlotte turned around and saw hundreds of students looking at all of the first years, it made her get nervous.
Bryce pulled Charlotte's robe and pointed to the hat. It flinched! She thought maybe she was seeing it but then she saw the folds of the old hat resembled the form of lips. A voice that seemed to come from the hat startled them all as it started to fill the hall.
I may be old and frayed
But I'm not for display
For I am the Sorting Hat
And I am here for you
Deeper Through Hogwarts you go
The more you will know
For the Sorting Hat knows best
I know where your loyalties will rest
Come! Come, try me on
Wear me, wear me! But not all at once
The four houses I can choose:
The snake, cunning and clever
The eagle, majestic and wise
The lion, courageous and brave
The badger, fair and kind
Come now, for I know where your future lies.
The hall broke into applause, the hat spoke! She couldn't believe it. "The Sorting Ceremony will now start." Professor McGonagall said. "When I call your name, you will put the hat on to be sorted." Charlotte's hands started to sweat. "Alas, Nick"
A chubby, blonde headed boy walked from the group and sat on the stool. Professor McGonagall put the Sorting Hat on his head and after a few seconds the hat yelled, "GRYFINNDOR!" A massive amount of shouts came from one table and the boy jump off the stool to join his house.
"Bainbridge, Tabitha" The hat was sat on top of the girls head. "SLYTHERIN!" It yelled, another table cheered as the girl joined the table.
"Bradston, Eleanor" was sent to Hufflepuff but "Burke, Rachel" was put into Slytherin. More names were called to the stool, "Castley....Creevey....Dawn...Eastchurch.."
"Ghoston, Bryce" He turned to Charlotte and took a deep breath, she smiled at him as he sat on the stool. The hat took longer than usual on Bryce, he looked to be whispering to the hat. Finally it shouted "RAVENCLAW!" The far left table broke into cheers and clapped as Bryce took a seat at their table.
Professor McGonagall put the hat on two more first years when a man came to her and whispered into her ear. She gasped and went to the staff table and gave the parchment with names to a small wizard, the size of a goblin, and she rushed out of the Great Hall. Whispering of students began to break the silence of the Hall. Charlotte noticed that the old man in the center of the table had gotten up too and left as well. "We will continue with the sorting." The wizard had a high pitched voice and had to stand on a chair to reach the students heads.
The sorting started again with "Kerridge, Joan" then "Kershaw...Lovegood...Lucas...McPhail.."
There were not a lot of first years left to get sorted and after "Pamar, Benjamin" was sorted into Hufflepuff Professor McGonagall returned to the Hall and took over the sorting. "Peebles, Gareth" "SLYTHERIN!" As Gareth sat down at the Slytherin table the Great Hall's doors opened again, this time it was a teacher who had horrid greasy hair.
"Potter, Charlotte" The hall went completely silent, even the teacher that had just walked in stopped in his tracks. Charlotte could hear people whisper her name as she nervously walked up the steps and sat on the stool. She looked over to the greasy haired teacher who was still staring at her intensely. The hat was placed over her head. Her eyes were wide as she waited for the hat to speak. Her heart pumped harder as the hat delayed its answer. It started to speak, "I see into the future but what house to put you in.. smart, brave, kind... I will say..." It paused for a few moments, "GRYFFINDOR!" Cheers erupted from the table in the middle and Charlotte went to go sit with her new house. She walked in front of the teacher who was still standing and she could feel his eyes still on her as she sat down next to Jennifer Dawn. Everyone reached their hands out to her and she congratulated her.
The sorting ceremony ended after "Whiddon, Norman" was sorted into Slytherin. Gryffindor gained three more members: Jackson Shepard, Richard Sky, and Ginny Weasley.
The stool and hat were taken away and a very old man with a very long beard stood up from the table. "I welcome you all to a new year here at Hogwarts," The man started. "Let us start with our Feast! May it begin." And with that trays and dishes appeared onto the tables and students began to fill up their plates. Charlotte asked an older girl with bushy hair who the teachers were and the girl replied by telling her all about each teacher and what they taught and how easy or hard their class was. The girl talked for some time and when Charlotte could get herself out of the conversation, she did.
Charlotte grabbed a roll and roast beef and started to eat. The girl to her left turned to her, "Hi, I'm Ginny."
"I'm Charlotte." She replied. She and the girl talked all during the feast and even through desert. Charlotte found Bryce and saw that he had already made friends with a couple first year boys and seemed to be in a deep conversation. Ginny seemed nice and so did most of the other Gryffindors. At the end of the feast with everyone tired and full, Professor Dumbledore (so the girl told her) stood up again and said, "Now with everyone fed I will now get on to announces then everyone can get to bed. We have a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mr. Gilderory Lockhart." There were many cheers for him as a blonde haired man stood up. Dumbledore made a few more announcments about quittich, "And now everyone off to bed! Start the term off good."
Charlotte and Ginny both got up and followed the Prefect, which was one of Ginny's many brothers, throughout the castle along with all the other first year Gryffindors. Percy finally stopped in front of painting of a large woman. "This is where our common room is located. You can't get in here without the password so listen up I'm not saying it again." Percy turned to the painting and everyone else went quiet. "Wattlebird." and with that the painting swung open and they all filed in. The common room was fairly large, it was colored with red and gold all around the room and held many different sizes of chairs and couches and one big fireplace. It was full of students and everyone was coming up to Charlotte and shaking hands with her, she didn't understand.
All of the sudden there was an uproar of cheers as two boys came from the picture. Everyone yelling about a car and were congratulating them for what they had done. Ginny and her were fixing to go to bed when the girl that Charlotte talked to at the Feast about the teachers pulled her away and in front of the two boys. "This is her, Harry! This is Charlotte!" She said, breathlessly.
"Blimey Harry, you never told us you had a sister!" The red haired boy told the other. Charlotte had guessed that he was another one of Ginny's brothers.
"I didn't know." The black haired boy replied. He looked at her like she was crazy and his friends did about the same. Harry, so his friends called him, looked angry, very angry.
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I hope you like this, this year may be a little boring, but as we go through the years it will most likely become much more interesting. I promise. I have so many ideas for this and so far this should be a trilogy. I'll tell you guys how this will work in on going chapters. What did you guys get for Christmas? I got a camera and I can't wait till I can use it!