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Chapter 5: The Sorting Hat

Lily and her new two friends had to follow a gigantic man with the rest of the first years until they reached the boats that would take them up to Hogwarts. It was a beautiful night out. The three girls got into a boat and were joined by a frightened looking girl with blond hair that was up in pigtails.

"Hello" said Lily. She knew that she was scared, too, but she knew that she wasn't as afraid as this girl was.

"Hi.." she said finally looking down at her feet, she was extremely shy.

"I'm Lily Evans, this is Athena Muring, and this is Alice Turner." Lily said hopefully.

"Hello!" said Athena, and Alice happily.

"Hi," the girl said again, "My name is Kaitlin Abbott, but everyone calls me Katy." she said finally after about a minute of looking at her shoes.

James and his new friend Sirius Black sat down in a boat which had two other people in it.

"Oh, hello!" said James, "Mind if we sit here?"

"Oh go right ahead!" said a rather sickly looking boy with light brown hair.

"Thanks, I'm James by the way, James Potter." said James.

"Yeah, and I'm Sirius Black."

"Oh hello, I'm Remus Lupin, and this is Peter Pettigrew." said Remus.

"Hello!" piped up Peter in a squeaky voice.

They rode in the boat across the lake. James swore that he felt something knock against the boat from down below in the dark lake.

When the first years got their first look at Hogwarts they saw that it was perched atop a high mountain. There was a loud "Ooooh" from all of the first years. They finally came to the other side of the gigantic lake and followed the huge man named Hagrid up to the castle. Then he knocked three times on the castle door.

The door opened up to a black haired witch in emerald-green robes, she had a very stern look on her face.

"Good-evening," she said, "and welcome to Hogwarts. I am Professor McGonagall. The Sorting Ceremony will begin shortly. During which, you will be sorted into one of the four houses. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. The Sorting Ceremony is very important because the house that you will get sorted into will be like your family whilst you are at Hogwarts. You will sleep in your dormitory, and have classes with the rest of your house. You may also spend any free time in your house common room." she said, while everyone listened intently.

"Each of the four houses has its own noble history. While you are here your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule breaking will lose you points. At the end of the year, the house cup will be awarded to the house with the most points. Now please follow me into the great hall where you will be sorted.”

Lily and the rest of the first years followed Professor McGonagall into the Great Hall. Lily gasped, as did a lot of others. She saw that it was lit with thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long table.

She looked up at the ceiling and saw that it looked like the sky outside, dark with thousands of stars. They walked towards a stool that had a hat on it which was very patched and frayed. Just then to Lily's great surprise a rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth as it began to sing:

"Oh, many people wonder how the great Hogwarts came to be,
Listen up, for I will tell you the very grand story!
It started when the four founders had a great ambition,
To start a school, was there great and noble mission!
There was Gryffindor, the bravest, who taught those who were daring,
Patient Hufflepuff, who took the hard workers who were caring.
Wise Ravenclaw took those whose intelligence mounted high and tall,
And lastly, cunning Slytherin who took those who would never fail or fall.
Now you may ask yourself 'Which house is right for me?'
Well never fear for the Sorting Hat will tell you where you ought to be!
Now try me on, and I will look deep within your mind,
I will look at all the things that you may not even be able to find!
So come now students and try me on,
And never fear for the Sorting Hat is never wrong!"

Then the song was over, and the hall burst into applause. Lily watched as Professor McGonagall unraveled a long roll of parchment and said the first name on the list.

"Abbott, Kaitlin!"

Katy Abbott walked rather slowly and shyly up to the Sorting Hat. It was slipped onto her head and after a moment the hat yelled out, "Hufflepuff!"

Katy got up and walked over to the Hufflepuff table, which was now cheering. Lily sighed for she didn't think that she would be in Hufflepuff, after Athena explained the four houses to her. She thought that she would probably go into Ravenclaw since she was very smart, and usually had her head in a book.

"Balet, Colin!"

After about two seconds that hat cried out "Ravenclaw!" and the boy named Colin got up and rushed over to the Ravenclaw table.

"Balet, Laura!"

Colin's twin got up and walked over to the hat. "Gryffindor!"

"Black, Sirius!" was the next name that was called, and a boy with black hair that fell into his eyes walked up to the hat, looking nervous.

It was about two minutes before the hat finally called out an answer.
"Gryffindor!" The boy named Sirius looked rather relieved as he walked towards the Gryffindor table.

James was clapping hard as Sirius walked over to the Gryffindor table. He had to get into Gryffindor, he just had too! There were a few more names until one in particular was called. The name meant nothing to him at first, until he saw the familiar looking red hair.

"Evans, Lily!" said Professor McGonagall, as slowly a girl with long red hair, and almond-shaped green eyes walked nervously up to the hat.

James just stared at her like he did on the day that he had first seen her in Diagon Alley. She was very pretty he thought to himself. He only snapped out of it when the hat called out a name…

Lily felt as if she had been sitting under the hat for ages. She could hear the hat discussing to itself where it should put her.

"Well, I see that you would do well in Ravenclaw, very wise. Ah but what is this, bravery, yes I can see a lot of bravery. Very well I have made up my mind." and then Lily could her the hat cry out "Gryffindor!" So she got up and walked over to the cheering Gryffindor table and sat down.

'Well that surprising,' she thought to herself, 'I was so sure that I would be put into Ravenclaw, but it said that I am very brave. That isn't right! If I am so brave then why didn't I stop Petunia from making my life so horrible?'

Her thoughts were interrupted however when she heard a name that she recognized get called.

"Muring, Athena!" said Professor McGonagall, as Athena made her way up to the hat. Lily was hoping, praying that she would become a Gryffindor. Then the hat opened its mouth and called out, "Gryffindor!"

Athena ran over to the table and sat next to Lily. She smiled at Lily happily, as Lily beamed back at her. There were several more people who were called. Then they got into the P's.

"Pettigrew, Peter"

"Gryffindor!" A very short, fat boy came over and sat near Sirius.

"Potter, James!"

"Gryffindor!" A boy will untidy black hair came over to their table and sat next to the boy named Sirius. They were a few seats down.

Then a name that Lily was not expecting got called, “Snape, Severus!”. Lily stared up in confusion at this. Where had she heard that name before? As she stared at the boy with greasy black hair, she suddenly remembered. It was the boy that lived nearby her in Spinner’s End. The two had played together when they were both eight.

They had started to become good friends when he suddenly stopped coming over. She had gone to his house to see why he had stopped playing with her, when his father opened the door and told her to leave. He had said that she wasn’t welcome there and that Severus wasn’t allowed to see her anymore.

It had nearly broke her heart, seeing as she had no other friends. But seeing as she was a child, she bounced back easily after some time. It was odd, thinking back to her time with him she remembered some of the conversations they had together.

She remembered telling Severus about the weird things that seemed to be happening to her. And he in return told her about magic and this amazing school that took in witches and wizards and trained them up. It was odd that she had not thought about any of this until now. When she was younger, she had dismissed what he told her as being nothing more than mere fairytales. It didn’t help that he disappeared a few days later, so that he could do nothing to persuade her that he was serious.

She nearly missed the hat as it called out “Slytherin”. Lily stared after Severus with a curious but warm gaze as he made his way slowly to the house full of green and silver decorations. Severus, who must have felt those stunning green eyes boaring into him, turned his gaze to Lily. He instantly recognized her, but instead of smiling, he sent her a quick nod and continued on to find a seat.

Lily frowned at this, but then turned back to the hat, seeing as it was Alice's turn. She sat under the hat. It took about three minutes for the hat to decide before it called out, "Gryfffindor!"

Lily was so happy that the two friends that she made on the train where in her house. She didn't even notice that a young boy named James was staring at her during the feast. She was too focused on her new friends, and seeing quick glances towards the Slytherin table.

The feast was marvelous, the food just appeared after their Headmaster Albus Dumbledore had welcomed them and told them that the Forbidden Forest was, well, forbidden, and also a list of items, which were not allowed at school.

The food was amazing, there was just about everything that Lily could think of, and it was even more amazing when as the food began to disappear the plates would refill themselves automatically.

When they had finished dessert they were asked to follow the prefects to the entrance of the Gryffindor common room, which turned out to be a portrait of a fat lady.

On the way there Lily and Alice were looking at all of the pictures stunned as they all moved. They also noticed that they were ghosts floating all around the castle! When they got to the Fat Lady she asked for the password.

"Tarantallegra," said one of the prefects to the Fat Lady, and then to us added, "Remember that, because you will need it each time that you wish to enter the common room." Then the prefects walked inside and the first years followed.

"Girls dormitories up and down the stairs to the right, boys the same on your left." said one of the prefects.

Then all of the first years went inside there dormitories for a bit of rest. Lily, Alice, and Athena went up and stopped at the door labeled 'first years' and went in. Their luggage was already there.

They picked a bed, got changed, and laid down to rest. The girls were so tired from the feast that they didn't even introduce themselves to the two other first year girls that shared there dormitory.

Lily thought about this as she drifted off and mentally reminded herself to meet them in the morning. Then she smiled, while she was lying there in her four-poster bed. She smiled at the thought that she actually left her old no-friend life behind, left Petunia behind, and was starting a new, and what she hoped would be, a better life.

She fell asleep thinking about all the strange things she had done as a child. Now she knew that there were others like her and she wasn't a 'freak' as Petunia liked to call her.

James Potter lie in bed thinking about the very busy day that they just had. He was so glad that he was in Gryffindor. He was so glad that he had already made three friends. However that wasn't the only thing that was in his head while he began to fall asleep. James thought of the girl named Lily Evans. The one with the unusual red hair, and almond-shaped green eyes. James thought of her and smiled as he fell asleep.

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