Sirius watched as the stone doors magically opened. He looked closer and saw that a strict looking witch wearing a pointed hat and emerald robes was standing there.
"Thank you Hagrid, I will take it from here." She said. "Now, I am Professor McGonagall, deputy headmistress. At Hogwarts..."
As she talked about Hogwarts Sirius couldn't help but notice that James wasn't paying attention either. James looked his way and smirked. Sirius smirked back and they started nudging each other. Out of the corner of his eye, Sirius saw Remus look at them with disapproval. Peter was watching them with awe. James nudged Sirius a bit too hard so that he fell into another boy. The boy scowled at them and James had to put his hands over his mouth to stop the laughter spilling out. Sirius sniggered and saw Mcgonagall's eyes look over to them slightly. She raised her voice and James laughed even harder. She finished her speech and opened the doors to the Great Hall, telling them to pair up. James and Sirius went together, with Remus and Peter behind them.
Everyone gasped as they saw the Great Hall. There seemed to be no ceiling, but a starry night sky. There were four long tables. Sirius looked at the older students sitting at them and instantly knew they were house tables. He saw Lucious, sitting smugly showing off his new prefect badge. Sirius scowled, he would make sure to stay away from him. Sirius saw his cousin Narcissa and her sister Bellatrix. They both glared at him and he glared back.
Sirius suddenly felt nervous as Mcgonagall put the sorting hat onto the stool. What if I'm in Slytherin? What if I'm not in Griffyndor with James? He thought worriedly. She started calling out the names and Sirius knew he was at the top of the list.
James gave him a thumbs up as Sirius walked up to the stool, trying to look confident. He put the hat on and it fell over his eyes, blocking the hall from view.
So, another Black then? Said the hat.
Yes, but I'm not like them.
I can see that.
Don't put me in Slytherin.
Be patient, oooh, I can see bravery, great bravery, and loyalty.
Not in Hufflepuff.
Wait! Hmmm, obviously not in Slytherin, not loyal enough to be in Hufflepuff. Hmmm, I can see intelligence, but you don't work hard enough to be in Ravenclaw Well, better be "GRIFFYNDOR!"
The hat shouted out the last word to the whole hall. The Griffyndor table burst into applause as Sirius' face split into a grin. He saw James cheering loudly, and he knew that he had found a friend.
Remus cheered for Sirius, getting the house he wanted. Remus watched nervously as Mcgonagall got to the Ls in the list.
Remus took a deep breath and shakily walked to the stool. Why do we have to do this with everyone watching? He thought desperately. He placed the hat on his head and it fell down to his nose.
Hmmm, a werewolf? Haven't met one of your kind before. Said the hat.
Remus' insides went cold. What if everyone could hear it?
Oh only you can hear me.
Remus breathed a sigh of relief.
Oooh, I sense intelligence, maybe Ravenclaw? But no, a dark creature, surely Slytherin?
No! Please not Slytherin!
I haven't made my decision yet. I sense bravery, kindness. Hmmm, where to put you? You wouldn't do well in Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw maybe?
Not Slytherin! I'm not a dark creature!
I know that, well, Ravenclaw or Griffyndor?
Remus peered under the hat and looked longingly over where Sirius was sitting at the Griffyndor table.
Hmmmm, well, I see you have a friend in Griffyndoor. But do you fit there? You certainly fit Ravenclaw. But your bravery cancels out your intelligence. Better be "GRIFFYNDOR"
The hat shouted out the last word to the whole hall and the Griffyndor table burst into applause. Remus breathed a sigh of relief at not being in Slytherin. He walked shakily to the Griffyndor table and sat down next to Sirius.
"Glad you were put in Griffyndor!"Sirius told him.
Remus smiled back.
Peter felt more and more nervous when the professor got closer and closer to the Ps.
Peter started to get more nervous now.
She was getting closer to his name. He was sweating now.
Peter shakily walked up to the stool, conscious of everyone watching him. He put the hat on his head and it slid right down to his chin.
What do we have here?
Peter jumped at the sudden voice in his head.
Don't be scared, it's only me.
This feels like it's gone on forever, Peter thought.
No it hasn't
Can you read my mind?
Of course I can dear Peter. Now, let's see, where to put you. Hmmm, not really very brave indeed.
You don't have a lot of intelligence, learning does not come easy to you.
Well, you don't have much ambition, and your loyalty isn't exactly to die for.
Is there anything good about me?
You don't seem to fit in anything, do you?
Can I say where I want to be put?
Well, you're not exactly going anywhere. Oh I see, you have friends in Gryfindor, Do you want to go there?
OK then, better be, "GRYFFINDOR!"
Everyone cheered as Peter walked to the table, legs like jelly. Remus moved over so he could sit down. "Hey Peter, why did the hat take so long sorting you?" Asked Sirius.
"Umm, well, I don't know really, I err..." Peter trailed off.
He knew it must have taken ages. But he didn't want Sirius to think he wasn't supposed to be in Gryffindor.
James swaggered up to the stool with an air of confidence. He sat down and placed the hat on the top of his head. The moment it touched his unruly hair it yelled "GRYFFINDOR"
James grinned as he ran over to Sirius and gave him a high-five. "This is great! We're in the same house!" He said.
The next few people were sorted and James was starting to get hungry. "I'm starving! Now I wish I'd got more sweets from the trolley." Sirius groaned.
"Don't worry, my dad told me there's a huge feast after the sorting!" James whispered.
At this Peter's stomach made a dying whale sound. James and Sirius stiffled their giggles while Peter went red and smiled shyly. Even Remus gave a little smile.
At this Dumbledore stood up to the golden owl podium. He had a long silver beard that went down to his waist. Wearing light blue robes and bright blue eyes behind half-moon spectacles.
"Welcome to Hogwarts and to those who were here last year, welcome back. Mr Filch, the caretaker has asked me to tell you that any pranking toys from Hogsmeade are strictly banned. A list is on his door."
"He sounds like a right old laugh." James whispered to Sirius.
"I also must tell you that this year a tree has been planted in Hogwarts grounds. It is called the Whomping Willow."
At this James noticed that Remus had gone bright red and looked like he wanted to go hide under the table.
"It is there only for herbology purposes and if approched it will try to kill you. You have been warned." Dumbledore finished with a smile.
Then, suddenly food of all kinds appeared on the empty bronze platters, drinks appeared in the silver jugs. Everyone piled food onto their plates as they chatted amitadly.
"My entire familiar are in Slytherin, I guess I'm the black sheep." Sirius grinned.
"Well, my entire family have been in Gryffindor, carrying on the tradition." Said James.
"What about you Remus?" Asked Sirius.
"Oh, I errr, well, my dad was in Ravenclaw and my mum is a muggle" He said nervously.
"That's so cool! I've always wanted to know about muggles!" Sirius said excitedly.
Remus smiled shyly.
As the evening went on all the food had suddenly disappeared and was replaced with desserts. Peter's eyes went as round as saucers at all this food. Everyone politely took a few spoonfuls of everything while James and Sirius took an entire cake for themselves. Lily Evans raised her eyebrows at them and turned away, disgusted. Peter didn't know why Lily didn't seem to like James and Sirius, he concluded that she must be quite stuck up.
He noticed Remus yawn and realised that he was quite tired himself. Peter rubbed his eyes and looked at his watch. It was getting quite late. He hoped that they would get to bed soon.
Dumbledore stood up to the platform and addressed the school. "As we have all eaten our fill and I can see some dreary eyes I think it is time for us to go to bed. Prefects show the first years where to go"He said.
"First years over here! First years over here! This way first years!" Yelled a girl over the heads of the other students.
All the first years sleepily followed her. Peter heard some older students comment on how small they were. The perfect pointed out some rooms, warned them of the moving staircases and told them the password to the Gryffindor common room. Peter didn't hear the password but he was too tired to care. He just wanted to get into bed.
"On the right, boys, on the left, girls. Your things will already be there so unpack."
Remus followed a boy with platinum blonde hair up the staircase. He saw that one dormitory labeled A had his name on the list. He went inside and saw there were four beds, each with four posts and curtains.Each bed had a chair, wardrobe and a bedside table. Remus sat down on the one closest to the door.
Suddenly in burst Sirius and James with Peter following. They were laughing at something James had said. Sirius told another joke and Remus almost laughed with them. Don't get too close, the voice of his dad rang in his ears. He wanted desperately to have friends, but he knew it was too dangerous.
Remus got changed behind his curtains, covering the scars that littered his body. He crawled into bed and fell asleep in an instant.
AN-Ok so I basically thought that there must be more than 40 students in each year right? So there are 4-5 students in each dorm and 4 dorms for each house. For now I will just call the dorms A and B for the boys and 1 and 2 for the girls, if you have any suggestions for dorm names it would be greatly appreciated! so that makes a year group of around 70 students. This is because all the students in Harry's year were war babies so there weren't many (Slowly each year began to gain more students etc) This is just what I think so if you can give me some motivation and constructive criticism that would be great!