The Woman with Two Souls (Harry Potter's Twin)

Okay, I know there's a million of these, but I thought I'd try it out. Sounds fun. BTW, I'm terrible at descriptions. It'll be better than this description makes it sound. Everyone knows the story of Harry Potter. But nobody knows the story of his twin sister, Nicole. What if Sirius wasn't put in Azkaban? What if Peter was in Azkaban? What if Harry and Nicole went to live with Sirius, and had happy lives while him and Remus spoiled them? Under rewriting. Each chapter that has been rewritten will have (Rewrite) in the title. Chapters that have not been rewritten will probably not make sense until they have been.

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4. The Sorting (rewrite)

"Come on, Hermione!" Niki shouted over her shoulder. "Hurry up!"

"I'm coming, Niki, I'm coming!" Hermione called back. "Slow down!" 

"How can I slow down when I'm so excited?" Niki shouted, not slowing down. 

"Niki!" Hermione shrieked. "Just slow down!"

Niki stopped. "Fine. Then hurry up!"

Hermione finally caught up, and the pair linked arms. 

"We're here, Hermione!" Niki said, walking slower towards the boats with her friend. "We're finally here! We're at Hogwarts!"

"I keep thinking it's a dream." Hermione said, looking around. "That i'm going to wake up, or that something'll happen, and I won't be able to go anymore." 

"Nothing like that is going to happen." Niki grinned, stepping into one of the boats. "We're here, and we're here to stay!"

Niki and Hermione were followed into their boat by Harry and Ron.

"Hello, dear brother." Niki said, turning around. "Have you met my new best friend?"

"Yes, Niki." Harry said, grinning at her. "You made me 'meet' her at least five times on the train."

"Well, I've never had a best friend before." Niki said. "You've had Ron, and I've had... nobody. So I'm allowed to be excited." 

"Of course you are, Niki." Harry said. 

"Look!" Hermione shrieked, pointing.

All the first years looked up from the boats and gasped. 

Hogwarts loomed over the lake, with lights on in the windows, shining like many, many eyes in a large beast. There was the forest off to the side. The castle was perfectly shrouded in mist, making it appear mysterious and beautiful. 

"Wow." Niki sighed. "It's amazing." 

"You took the words right out of my mouth." Hermione grinned at her friend. 

Niki turned around to talk to Harry, and saw him and Ron, both just staring up at Hogwarts with their mouths open.

"Nevermind." she breathed. 

The boats docked, and Hagrid led them up into the castle. 

"The fir' years, Professor McGonagall." he said, before heading into the Great Hall.

McGonagall, however, led them into a small side chamber. 

'Welcome to Hogwarts," said McGonagall . "The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will 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 your house dormitory and spend free time in your house common room.
"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 rule-breaking will lose house points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the House Cup, a great honour. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours.
"The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarted yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting." Her eyes lingered for a moment on Neville's cloak, which was fastened under his left ear, and on Ron's smudged nose. Niki noticed Harry nervously trying to flatten his hair.
"I will return when we are ready for you," McGonagall said . "Please wait quietly."

"That's not going to work, Harry." Niki whispered. "We might want to tell Ron to clean off his nose, though." 

"Be quiet, Niki." Harry hissed back.

A few minutes passed. A few ghosts came into the chamber. Nothing more interesting than that, and then McGonagall was back.

"We're ready for you now."

The group of first years were led across the Entrance Hall and into the Great Hall. There were thousands of students. Niki sensed Harry's nervousness. 

"Are you nervous?" she whispered.

"I'm terrified." Harry said. "I seriously feel like I'm going to be sick." 

Niki couldn't understand what Harry was so nervous about. She, herself, felt like she was going to be sick, but from excitement, not fear. She didn't even care about the possibility of being Sorted into Slytherin; it wouldn't be that bad. Besides, who cared what House she was Sorted into? If she didn't like them, she didn't have to spend her time with them. But she was at Hogwarts! 

She glanced sideways at Harry. He did look green.

"Don't worry." she whispered. "It'll go fine."

Harry tried to smile at her, but it came out as more of a grimace. 

Niki zoned out until she finally heard a name she cared about. 

"Potter, Harry!" 

 

"Good luck, Harry!" Niki whispered, as Harry slowly walked up to the stool. Niki hoped he didn't puke.

It took a few minutes, but the Hat finally made a decision.

"GRYFFINDOR!"

"Yes!" Niki exclaimed, just as her name was called. She hurried up to the stool and let McGonagall put the hat on her head. 

Hmm... A voice whispered in her ear. You're even more complex than your brother... 

"Well, of course I am." Niki whispered. "I'm a girl."

Very funny. Interesting. Niki hadn't known that hats could have that level of sarcasm. You're extremely loyal and hardworking... not to mention kind to those that deserve it... but then there's the academic inclination, which could point to Ravenclaw... and there's the bravery, oh yes, an unusually high level of bravery, and a willingness to put yourself in danger for the people you care about, which points to both Gryffindor and Hufflepuff... But what's this? This is very interesting... I've never seen that much cunning and determination in someone, not even a Slytherin... You will go to any lengths to achieve what you're after, won't you? And you can come up with some highly creative ways to do it... manipulate the mind is always a good way to go if you need resources or information.

Whispers were starting up in the Hall, which made Niki aware of the fact that she was close to being a Hatstall. 

I'm thinking perhaps Slytherin... the Hat deliberated. 

"No!" Niki gasped under her breath. "Dadfoot will be horrified!" 

But what others think doesn't apply in this, does it, Nicole? the Hat asked. Now tell me, do you actually have a problem against Slytherin? Or are you just worried about Sirius, Remus, and Harry? 

"I don't have a problem with Slytherin." Niki whispered. She was now certain she was a Hatstall. "But Dadfoot will be horrified. So will Harry. I don't know if I want to be put somewhere that will cause my family to hate me..." 

Do you really believe it will cause them to hate you? the hat asked. I can tell you don't. 

"Fine." Niki whispered. "Just please put me somewhere that I'll fit in, and be able to make friends." 

Well then, I really see only one way to go. the Hat said. To the Hall, it announced, "SLYTHERIN!" 

Dead silence. Shock. Nobody knew what to do. Nobody had expected this. Harry looked shocked, and a little nervous. Slowly, applause grew, starting at the Slytherin table. Niki hurried over and sat down next to a small, shy-looking girl with black hair and hazel-brown-ish eyes. A few names more, and she finally heard the name she cared about third most. 

"Granger, Hermione."

Hermione walked up to the stool. She came close to being a Hatstall, just over four minutes, but eventually, the Hat made a decision that really startled Niki.

"SLYTHERIN!" 

Hermione smiled, then hurried to sit next to Niki.

After the Sorting finally finished, the food appeared, and Niki began gorging herself. 

"Hermione," she asked. "How did you end up in Slytherin? I was certain that you'd be in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw."

"Yes, well." Hermione smiled, a little awkward. "I demanded that I be placed with you. When the Hat didn't think that would work, I said that I'd sneak out every night to that dormitory and wear Slytherin colors and sleep in the Slytherin dorms and attend my classes with the Slytherins no matter what my schedule said, so he decided that showed an acceptable amount of determination to constitute, 'going to any means to achieve my ends.' So he decided that I'd be okay in Slytherin."

"Aw, thanks, Hermione!" Niki beamed at her friend. "But why do you just assume that the Hat is a boy? That's extremely sexist!" 

"Oh, um..." Hermione looked extremely put out. 

"I'm kidding." Niki smiled. "Judging by the voice, if I'd had to choose, I'd have said boy." 

"Okay, good." Hermione glanced over at the Gryffindors. "Do you think Harry'll be okay with you over here?"

"I think he'll manage." Niki shrugged. "Now I'm going to make friends with this girl right here." she turned to the shy girl on her right. "Hello. My name is Niki."

"I'm Emma." the girl said quietly. 

"No need to be shy, Emma." Niki smiled kindly at her. "Are you a first year?"

"Yes." Emma said, a bit louder. 

"Would you like to be friends with Hermione and me?" Niki asked.

"Um, okay." Emma shrugged. "I've never had many friends."

"Now you have two!" Niki beamed. 

"Off to bed!" Niki hadn't realized Dumbledore had been talking. The Slytherin prefect, a really pretty girl, took the first years up to Slytherin tower. It was beautiful. Everything was decorated a beautiful, deep, forest green. There were large windows, draped in green silk. A fireplace was surrounded by large, squishy armchairs, and a spiral staircase led upstairs to the dorms. 

"The boy's dorms are upstairs on your left." the prefect said. "The girl's, same on your right. My name is Charleigh, if you need anything just ask." 

Hermione, Niki, and Emma hurried upstairs. 

"I don't know why everyone thinks that Slytherins are so mean." Niki said. "Charleigh is really nice." 

"I know." Hermione nodded. She turned to the other girls in the room. "What are your names?"

"I'm Pansy Parkingson." One girl, with short brown hair, introduced herself. "This is Alex."

"Hello." Alex smiled at them. "It's nice to have you all as dorm-mates. You guys seem really nice." 

"So do all of you!" Niki collapsed onto her bed, with green silk hangings and a large, soft green comforter over the top of silky, silver sheets. "Goodnight."

The girls were all asleep before long, and Niki decided she was glad she was in Slytherin.

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Now, before you say anything, yes, I know that the Slytherins were in the dungeons under the lake, so the lights all green and it's full of skulls and stuff. But I thought that I'd delete all that prejudiced stuff, and make it sort of like Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, just Slytherin. The door is still concealed behind a wall, though. 

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