As Niki and Hermione left the train, they heard a shout.
"Firs' years, this way! Firs' years, over here!" It was Hagrid, who Harry and Niki had met a few times, because apparently Sirius and Remus had been good friends with him when they were at Hogwarts.
"Hey Hagrid!" Niki heard Harry say, at the same time Ron looked up and said, "Woah!"
"That's so tactless, Ron!" Niki said, walking up beside them, Hermione close on her heels. "By the way, Harry, this is my BFTNMTB. Best friend that's not my twin brother."
"Hi. We met on the train, didn't we? You were helping Neville find a toad." Harry said.
"Yes, we did. Your friend doesn't seem pleased to see me." Hermione said.
Ron was, indeed, looking at Hermione with obvious distaste on his face.
"Hermione, save me a seat in one of the boats." Niki said, for they had been following Hagrid as they talked, and were now standing in front of a fleet of boats. As soon as she had left, Niki rounded on Ron. "What is your problem?" She demanded.
"What?" Ron asked, defensive.
"That's my best friend and you're being absolutely foul to her! Knock it off or so help me-" Harry cut Niki off.
"Niki! Relax!" he exclaimed.
"No, Harry, I will not relax! If Ron doesn't fix his attitude towards Hermione, then we're going to leave and not hang out with him. And as he's always with you, that means that we won't be hanging out with you, either! So you can help him fix his attitude, or I'll fix it for both of you, and then neither of you will see much of me or Hermione for our entire seven years here!" With that, Niki stalked off to find Hermione, leaving Ron muttering to Harry, and Harry staring after her, obviously trying to figure out why she got so mad when all Ron had done was glare.
Professor McGonagall had told the group of first years about the Sorting Ceremony, and about the Houses. She was now leading them into the Great Hall, and she placed the Sorting Hat on the stool. A rip near the brim opened, and the Hat began to sing.
Oh you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see.
I'll eat myself if you can find,
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
And your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat,
And I can cap them all.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart.
Their daring nerve and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors apart.
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal.
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind.
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends.
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.
So put me on,
Don't be afraid,
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands,
Though I have none,
For I'm a Thinking Cap!
As soon as the Hat finished it's song, the Hall rang with applause. McGonagall started speaking again, and the applause died down until it stopped.
"When I call your name, you will put the Hat on your head. It will announce your House, and you will join them at their table." She unrolled a long scroll. "Abbot, Hannah!"
A small girl walked up to the stool, sat down, and put to Hat on. After a few moments, the Hat called out, Hufflepuff!" and she joined the table third farthest from the door. After a few more names, "Granger, Hermione!" Was called.
Hermione walked up to the stool, muttering to herself.
"Mental, that one." Niki heard Ron say, so she stomped on his foot. He gasped in pain, but not loud enough for anyone but Niki and Harry to hear.
"Gryffindor!" The Hat called out, and Hermione joined the table cheering loudest. Again after a few more names, McGonagall called a name that caught Niki's attention.
"Malfoy, Draco!" Before the Hat had even been placed all the way on his head, the Hat called, "Slytherin!"
"There wasn't a wizard who went bad that wasn't in Slytherin!" Ron whispered to Harry. This time, Niki rounded on him.
"Well, guess what, Ronald? I'd like to be in Slytherin, and what you just said wasn't even true. What about Peter Pettigrew? He's the one who betrayed my parents to Voldemort, and he was a Gryffindor!" Niki said. Ron opened his mouth, shut it, and chose to ignore this, which made Niki even angrier. She was about to yell at him, not caring who heard, when Harry grabbed her shoulders, turned her around and kept ahold of her, making it so that she couldn't turn around again. After a few minutes of this, McGonagall called one of the three names she cared about.
Harry walked up to the stool, looking very nervous. Niki was praying that he would get Gryffindor, because she knew that was the House he really wanted. Once the Hat was on his head, Harry started muttering. It looked like he was having a conversation with it, which he probably was. After almost five minutes, the Hat called out, "GRYFFINDOR!" Harry started beaming, took the Hat off, and headed off towards the Gryffindor table. Niki smiled after him, and then heard her name.
Niki walked up towards the stool, her heart hammering. She was so scared. She was okay with any of the Houses, but, well, it was natural to feel nervous. Once she reached the stool, she sat down and put the Hat on.
Another Potter. Your parents were in Gryffindor, so are your guardians, and so is your twin. Of course, not all twins are together, so I mustn't go on that. However, I can see you really want to be with him, even if you don't want to be in Gryffindor.
Niki sat silently, unlike Harry, and waited for the Hat's decision.
You're very brave, and smart, but I don't think Ravenclaw is an ideal choice for you. Ironically, I think that Slytherin or Gryffindor are the only choices for you, and they're almost opposites... I think, it better be, GRYFFINDOR!
Niki smiled, took off the Hat, and skipped towards Harry and Hermione. She was a little disappointed, but she was very happy to be with Harry and Hermione. She sat next to Harry and across from Hermione. After a while, Ron joined them, much to Niki's disappointment. Oh well. After they ate a delicious feast, Dumbledore gave a speech telling them the rules, like the forest was off limits and Filch was a party-pooper who banned anything fun. Once he finished, the prefects led the first years to the dormitories. Niki stuck close to Harry as they walked up moving flights of stairs to Gryffindor Tower.
A/N: Wow. That was a terrible chapter. Anyway, if you put in a comment about your character that you created before August 15, then I'll choose a winner and put you in the story!
Again, sorry about the terrible chapter. It really sucked. If you hated it, please tell me. If you loved/liked it, please tell me. Thanks, no matter what you thought!
Snoodles. That's a funny word. Snoodles. It's just so weird...
Sorry, I'm being weird.