Disclaimer: I don't own any of this except for the characters of Lyra and a few of her friends- the rest was all the genius mind of J.K. Rowling.
- The Sorting Hat
As the students entered through the door behind Hagrid everyone was amazed at the sheer sight of the Entrance Hall. The young witches and wizards looked around in awe before all stopping right behind Hagrid.
In front of them stood a tall witch in emerald-green robes with a very stern look on her face. Her black hair was pulled back in a bun and her glasses were sitting on the tip of her nose.
Lyra heard Fred and George next to her chuckle and shook her head smiling.
Hagrid spoke up, "The firs'-years, Professor McGonnagall."
"Thank you, Hagrid. Students follow me."
The Professor led the students through the Entrance Hall and into a small chamber off the hall.
Lyra was impressed by everything she had seen so far. It all seemed magical and mysterious and it made her want to find out every small detail of the ancient castle.
Professor McGonnagall cleared her throat to get the attention of the many students who were talking very loudly. The muttering immediately stopped which was probably a sign that McGonnagall had all the respect from the students.
To be honest she doesn't really look like someone you would want to mess with, thought Lyra.
"Welcome to Hogwarts," spoke Professor McGonnagall. "The start-of-term banquet will commence in a few minutes, but before you can join the feast, you will be sorted into you houses. While you are here your house will be considered a family to you within Hogwarts. Your classes will be with the rest of you house, you will sleep in your house dormitories and have free time to spend in your houses common rooms.
The four houses are called Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. You will learn that each house has it's own history and has produced many outstanding witches and wizards. Your triumphs here at Hogwarts will earn you house points whereas any rule breaking or failures will loose you points. At the end of the term the house with most points earned will win the house cup, a great honour.
The Sorting Ceremony will be held in the Great Hall in just a few minutes. I suggest you all get prepared. I shall return when we are ready for you. Please wait here quietly."
As the Professor finished her speech and exited the room the muttering started again. Lyra had calmed down from her small anxiety attack and now looked around the room.
"Do you know how we get sorted?" Lee Jordan asked and looked at Lyra and the twins. All three just shrugged.
Fred chuckled, "You would think we'd know, but we don't. Every time we ask Mum changes the subject and Bill and Charlie just ignore us."
"I suppose it's something that doesn't take up to much time- it's pretty late already and they need to show us to our common rooms and want to have a feast.", George said.
Just then Professor McGonnagall came back into the room. "Follow me- the ceremony is about to start." she said in a sharp voice and led the first years back across the hall and through a pair of double doors into the Great Hall.
Lyra was astonished. Her eyes fell on the long table at the other end of the hall which was studded with teachers. There were thousands of candles floating in mid-air above the four long tables that represented each house. It was outstandingly magical even for Lyra who had grown up with magic.
Professor McGonnagall led the students right in front of the teachers where they stood in a line facing all the other students in the room.
Just then did Lyra see the ceiling which didn't really look like one at all- it was enchanted to make it seem like the sky outside. Right now it was dark blue sprinkled with stars.
The Professor then pulled the attention of the students back to her when she placed a four-legged stool in front of them. A pointed wizard's hat was put on top of it.
Lyra looked over at the twins, who were standing next to her and saw that they had just as puzzled looks on their faces as she did.
Suddenly there was a noise in the room and the young witch looked back at the hat who now had a rip near the brim which looked awfully similar to a mouth. Then the hat abruptly started 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,
Your tops hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell brave of 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 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 you won't get in a flap!
You're safe in my hands(though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!'
There was a big round of applause from all the students and teachers and the hat bowed to each of the four tables before settling still again. Then Professor McGonnagall returned with a piece of rolled up parchment in her hand.
"When I call your name I want you to each step forward, sit on this stool and put on the hat." the Professor spoke with a stern voice and looked at all the first years before shifting to the roll of parchment. "Avery, Rick"
A raven-haired boy with a fazed look on his face sat on the stool as McGonnagall placed the hat on his head. A few silent moments passed before the hat shouted, "RAVENCLAW!"
The table second to the left cheered and several students got up to greet Rick.
"Davies, Roger" was next and was put in Ravenclaw as well.
When McGonnagall called up "Diggory, Cedric", a few girls next to Lyra started giggling- Cedric was put in Hufflepuff.
Fawley, Alec was the first to be put in Slytherin and Johnson, Angelina was the first Gryffindor. Next was Lee Jordan who sat on the stool for solid three minutes before being put in Gryffindor as well.
They were nearing the letter M and Lyra was growing more nervous each time someone new got sorted.
She took one last glimpse at the twins who didn't seem to be nervous at all and both shot her a reassuring grin. The girl drew in a short breath before sitting down on the stool. The hat had barely touched her head before sliding over her eyes.
"Ah! Interesting…", said the hat's voice in her ear. She shuddered."I see great intelligence and hard work lies within you- fear to be overshadowed and, yes, I see ambition. I shall put you into SLYTHERIN then!"
Lyra felt relieved as soon as the hat left her head. Had the hat known that she wanted to be in Slytherin and had just put her there because of that? She didn't want to worry about that. She sat down at the table second to the right and was greeted by a few kind looking students. A girl, Katherine Grey, that had been sorted into Slytherin before her even gave her hug.
Professor McGonnagall went on with the list. Lyra caught a few names after her- "Spinnet, Alicia" who was put into Gryffindor, "Stimpson, Patricia" who got into Hufflepuff and a few others that came to sit next to her and Katherine.
Only three students were left standing behind the stool. One of them, Cassius Warrington, was put into Slytherin. Then the Weasley twins were the last ones to be sorted.
There were a few spiteful chuckles behind her that made Lyra roll her eyes as Professor McGonnagall called up "Weasley, Fred". The hat didn't stay on his hat for too long before it exclaimed "GRYFFINDOR!" and the table to the left then cheered loudly. When it was George's turn the hat barely touched his hair before putting him into Gryffindor as well.
Lyra turned took a glimpse at the Gryffindor table and saw that a rather broad red headed prefect shook George's hand- that must be their brother Charlie then.
While Professor McGonnagall was rolling up her parchment and putting the hat and the stool away, Lyra looked along the Hufflepuff table to see if there was a girl that looked like someone who was called Nymphadora. She only saw a girl with bright yellow hair who looked at her with a confused look, but she doubted that was her cousin. She still had time to look for her later so for now the blonde turned her attention back to Katherine who had started a conversation with Alec Fawley, the son of an old family ally.
"I'm okay with being in Slytherin I think. As long as everyone treats me alright.", Katherine said.
Alec just leaned back and wrinkled his forehead, "I mean you're not a Muggle-born so I don't think there will be trouble. Hey Lyra, what-" The young wizard didn't get to finish his sentence as suddenly everything went quiet.
The headmaster of the school, Albus Dumbledore, had gotten up from his thorne and smiled warmly at the crowd in front of him. "Welcome!", he started. "Welcome first-years and welcome back all the other students. As I see the hunger in all of your faces I do not care to bore you with a long speech. Thank you and enjoy the food!"
He shortly raised both his hands before the dishes filled with food. The loud chattering started again and Lyra shook her head in awe- she had never seen so much food in her life. She smiled and filled her plate with the most delicious food she had ever seen.
The houselves at Malfoy Manor cooked like five-star cooks but this food was even better. It was warm and fresh and their was something for everyone. If every meal at Hogwarts looked like this Lyra would roll her way down to the train station at the end of the term.
While stuffing her mouth with potatoes she remembered that Alec had wanted to ask her something before. She quickly swallowed her food and turned to look at the brown-haired boy. "What was your question before again?"
Alec gave her look that told her that he was thinking before he nodded, "I just wanted to know what your reaction would have been if a Muggle-born would have sat at the table with us?"
"Um … I don't know. I guess it would have been weird and I definitely would have questioned the hat's decision- but I guess I would have gotten used to it. Why?"
"Well, Kitty-Kat over here said that she would have loved for a Muggle-born to be sitting here with us.", Alec muffled with his mouth filled with food.
Katherine just looked at him- unimpressed. "My father may be a wizard but he is also a Muggle-born and he is a really good wizard. He works for the ministry in the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes and if that doesn't make him a qualified ´wizard I don't know hat does."
Lyra could see that Alec wanted to give a witty response but that moment an auburn-haired girl with a prefect badge turned to them.
"My name is Gemma Farley- I'm one of your prefects this year. So if you have any questions just ask.", the girl spoke with a confident smirk. She sat next to another first-year, Adrian Pucey, who didn't look all that comfortable.
There was a drop in temperature as the ghosts of Hogwarts came into the Great Hall. Everyone looked up from their food as the house ghosts took place at their tables which made students feel cold and uncomfortable.
The Bloody Baron, the house ghost of Slytherin sat down next to Cassius Warrington. He looked rather miserable and creepy- the blood stains on his robes and the chains around his translucent body didn't make him look any more nice.
Lyra shuddered as she felt the house ghost of Ravenclaw, the Grey Lady, float right behind her. It was not something she had expected so soon but it was fairly interesting to ghosts interact with wizards and witches.
"You'd think we'd have potions with Snape considering he's the only teacher at this school that can do stuff like that.", Alec spoke as he rolled his eyes at something Katherine had said before continuing to eat like an animal.
Katherine looked like she was going to loose her temper at the boy in front of her any minute. "How am I supposed to know? Professor Snape wasn't friends with my parents. And he never will be." She crossed her arms and leaned back in her seat.
Lyra had to chuckle. It was barely the first night and the two Slytherins were already bickering like an old married couple. They were only eleven at that.
"Bloody hell, Kitty-Kat! He's not that bad! He might look like a creepy old dude but he's known to be very generous when it comes to giving Slytherin house points and I hear that he loves to take points from other houses for no reason at all.", Alec smirked.
Katherine frowned, "I really don't see-" The young witch was interrupted by Dumbledore who had gotten up from his seat again.
"Ahem- now that we are all fully satisfied I have a few start-of-term notices to give to you.", he spoke after the hall had fallen silent once again.
"All students should be reminded that the forest on the grounds is forbidden for all pupils.
'The caretaker Mr. Filch also reminded me to tell you that magic is not allowed to use in between classes in the corridors.
'Quidditch trials will be held in the second week of the term as always. Madam Hooch will be responsible for everyone who wants to try out for their house teams.
'And at last- before we all head to our dormitories, let us sing the school song."
The headmaster gave his wand a flick and a golden ribbon flew out of it, which rose above the tables and formed itself into words.
"Everyone decide for their favourite tune- and off we go."
Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling,
With some interesting stuff,
For now they're bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us things worth knowing,
Bring back what we've forgot,
Just do your best, we'll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot.
There was not one person in the room that finished the song at the same time as another. It sounded like someone had let a herd of werewolves loose on the school. It definitely didn't sound like singing.
Lyra heard Alec next to her swear "Bloody Hell!" over and over again before everyone was finished. The blonde laughed at her fellow Slytherin who looked like he would be throwing up at any moment. If for the enormous amounts of food or the horrible sound of everyone 'singing' the school song would only be known to Alec himself.
Dumbledore's kind eyes looked around the hall after everyone had finished and gave an approving nod, "Very well. Never heard it any better. Now off to you dormitories you go! First- years will follow their respective prefects to the dorms! Have a good night!"
Students immediately started getting up and created a big chaos, which didn't seem to disturb any of the teachers or students whatsoever.
Lyra got a quick glimpse of Fred and George exiting the hall with their fellow Gryffindors behind their brother. It made her slightly sad that they wouldn't be seeing each other all that often but then she remembered that they had agreed on meeting in the Great Hall tomorrow afternoon.
Katherine was walking next to her as they followed Gemma through Hogwarts. They saw talking portraits, ghost flying by and even a cat walking around freely. More that once Gemma had to stop dead in her tracks because her first-years had found something extraordinary.
"First-years! Come on now we don't have all the time in the world! You'll have enough time in the following months to wander around the castle!", groaned Gemma.
The students continued through Hogwarts and while Lyra saw the Gryffindors and Ravenclaws make their way up the enchanted staircases, Hufflepuff and Slytherin went down.
Lyra had heard from her parents that the Slytherin common room was in the dungeons and one had a great look out into the lake.
They parted ways with the Hufflepuffs before they reached the dungeons.
"As you can see are know in the dungeons.", explained Gemma exasperated. "I will now lead you to the Slytherin common room. Here is also your Potions classroom- pretty easy to find. Potions is being taught by Professor Snape- he is also our head of house. Now come on, follow me!"
They walked a little bit further into the dungeons before stopping in front of a wall.
"Behind this wall is a short corridor that leads to the common room of Slytherin. You will need the password to enter- it is always written on the board that is hung up on a wall in the room. If you ever forget the password or forget to look either turn to one of you housemates or simply wait until another Slytherin arrives and enter with them." Gemma explained before turning to the wall and saying, "Sacer sanguis."
The wall started to open at that. Gemma led them indeed through a short corridor before she opened an old heavy door.
The Slytherin common room was huge, dark and cold. There were huge windows that granted look into the depth of the great Lake. A fireplace was right across the room and there were many comfortable looking leather couches and chairs standing around the room.
Ancient artefacts such as skulls or weirdly shaped jewels were displayed on top of cupboards and tables.
The left wall of the room that was situated behind two pretentious staircases was basically a huge bookshelf stacked with ancient looking books.
The stairs were made completely out of glass which had an emerald glow to them. The room in general was lit in a rather dark emerald lighting- it gave the room a mysterious feeling.
Gemma stood in the middle of the room and turned the attention of the first-years back to her with a very loud single clap.
"So, this is were you will spent most of you time. This room can be used to study-", she pointed to a huge round table to the right "- to celebrate or to just simply have conversations with your housemates.
'A few quick notices- if there ever is something swimming by the window or looking inside from the lake don't be scared, the creatures are just curious. Just- don't piss any of them off.
'It is also good to know that even though the other hoses allow students from every house into their common rooms when accompanied by a student of the house we don't allow that here. The Slytherin common room is only accessible by Slytherins themselves, teachers and the headmaster himself." She paused to see if everyone was still listening.
"There is a second entrance to the common room. It is near the Entrance Hall and will be shown to you by your other prefect, Terrence Higgs.
'As for you schedules- they will be handed out to every student tomorrow after breakfast in the Great Hall. Some classes will be taught in cooperation with the other houses.
'Any questions?", the prefect asked. She was looking expectantly at the crowd in front of her. When there were none she clapped loudly again.
"Well then- if you come up with any further questions, everyone who wears a prefect badge like mine-", she presented her badge proudly. "- can be asked, even those from other houses. We also have a Head Girl and Boy which can also be identified by badges. Otherwise there are always the teachers."
With a fake smile and a wave she led the first-years to the staircases. "The dormitories for the girls are on the left- for the boys on the right. Your belongings have already been brought up. Have a good night and don't forget to be at breakfast tomorrow morning."
A short chaos commenced as boys and girls wanted to get to their respective side right away. There were murmurs that were heard from further away- probably the other students.
Lyra was the last girl to arrive at the dormitories for the first-years. She shared the room with three other girls, who had already started talking to one another and Katherine.
The blonde went to her bed which was right next to Katherine's. She sat down and smiled at the brunette. "You like it here?"
The dorm had a similar look to it as the common room but it was a lot warmer. The four-poster beds were big and had side-tables on one side and a small drawer, which was enchanted with an expansion charm, on the other side. The duvet was emerald-green and the cushion was a silvery-white.
"It is a bit dark but aside from that I really enjoy it. Although the sea-creatures thing kinda creeps me out." Both girls laughed.
"Are you two going to sleep?", one of the girls asked them with a polite smile. "Name's Ophelia. Ophelia Cruore."
The other two introduced themselves as Harley and Josephine. The five girls quickly got into conversation about Hogwarts and how everything was so mysterious. Harley and Ophelia even asked question about Lyra's father, which was admittedly a bit strange but they quickly got.
Lyra sort of distanced herself from the conversation after a while as she was very tired from the tiring day. As she closed her eyes she thought once again about how happy she was to finally be at Hogwarts before falling into an amazing nights sleep.
Author's Note: Hey guys! Hitting you with a new chapter. I really like how some of this turned out but it's all up to you know :)
I'm not really sure if I got everything about the Slytherin common room and dormitories right- if it's not just see it as my interpretation, haha
Please review if you liked it and I hope you are enjoying this