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After the sorting was finished, Professor Dumbledore, the headmaster, stood up at his podium and took a long, sweeping look at his students, smiling.
"Welcome everyone! Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! I hope everyone is excited to start a new term… I know I am. Now for those who don't know me, well, the first years, I am Professor Dumbledore, previous teacher of Transfiguration class until last term. Professor McGonagall has taken over that post for me and I know she will do a lovely job. I took over for Professor Dippet over the summer. I hope there will be no issues with this transaction from headmaster to headmaster but I'm sure all of you will graciously be there for me if needed. We are going to go through this together," he took a moment to smile out at his audience.
I heard a few murmurs through the hall at the prospect of a new headmaster. How was he going to hold up? Was he going to be as good as Headmaster Dippet was? No one knew for certain. As Professor Dumbledore had said, we are going through it together.
"Now, along with a new headmaster and Transfiguration teacher, there is also a new addition to the Hogwarts grounds. A rare tree called a Whomping Willow was planted on the school grounds over the summer. As you can probably gather from the name of the tree itself, this tree can harm you in many nasty ways. It is okay to be curious. Just make sure you are safe. I would suggest not going near this tree any farther than you need to. Which I hope you don't have to go near it at all. We don't want anyone getting hurt."
For some odd reason, I felt Remus shift uncomfortably in his seat next to me. I turned to look at him and he wasn't looking up at Professor Dumbledore. He was looking down into his hands that were folded in his lap. He looked ashamed. I couldn't figure out why.
I had totally drowned out Professor Dumbledore for the past ten minutes examining Remus. I was suddenly yanked away from my thoughts when I heard everyone getting up from their benches and making their way to the doors out of the hall.
"You coming Tonks?" I heard James call. I was startled. I looked around and all four of the boys had gotten up and were looking at me.
"Yeah. Sorry. Lost in my own thoughts. Haha," I said, standing up and following the boys out of the hall.
The castle was magnificent. I was constantly looking around at everything there was to see on our journey up to Gryffindor tower. I wasn't paying attention to where I was walking so I ended up tripping quite a few times. James and Sirius were nearly on the floor laughing by the time we made it up to Gryffindor tower, where we were met by Sasha, the prefect.
"Hey, Dora," he said, acknowledging me as I approached. "Glad to see you found some friends."
"You make it sound like I have no friends, Sash," I said.
"Just looking out for my baby sis," he said, patting my back.
"This is your brother, Tonks?" James asked.
"Yes I am. And who are you?" Sasha said, eyeing up the boys.
"James Potter," James said, shaking Sasha's hand.
"Sirius Black, at your service," Sirius said, mocking a captain saluting his soldiers.
"Remus Lupin," Remus said, looking up and Sasha. Sasha shook his hand but kept examining Remus. I don't know why. Peter didn't say anything so James introduced him.
"And this is Peter Pettigrew. Must be too shy to introduce himself. Huh Peter?"
"Um. Yeah," he said, not looking up.
"So literate," Sirius said, smirking. "It's really too much for me to handle."
"So there you have it," I said, looking back at Sasha.
"Nice group of friends you got there kid," he said, smiling at them all again. "Saw Aaron a few minutes ago with his friends. You might see him if you hurry up."
"I saw enough of Aaron over the summer," I said, laughing.
"Well, okay. The password is 'Hippogriff.'" Sasha said, with a tip of the head. "I have to wait here until all the Gryffindors get in."
"That sucks," I said, shaking my head. "Well, thanks Sash. Have a good night."
"You too, Dora."
We walked into the common room and I was blown away. It had to be the coziest room I had ever seen. It had a blazing fire, dozens of armchairs and couches, big windows, and more bookshelves than you could count.
"Welcome home," James said, walking around the circular room.
"Your right," Sirius said. "This is home."
I was too late to see Aaron, which I was okay with. We decided that we really needed to get to bed. So we walked to the staircase that split the dorms up. There was a small landing that looked out over the rest of the common room. Then it spilt up into a boy's spiral staircase and a girl's spiral staircase. I bid the boys goodnight and walked up the girl's staircase. I came to a long hallway. The first door on my left had a sign that said:
First Year Girls
I pushed open the door and looked inside. There were five beds in a circular room. If you looked out the windows, you could see everything. It had a fantastic view. It was very nice and cozy. I loved it from first glance. I then noticed four other girls in the room. There was a girl with long blonde curly hair and a smug face. There was a girl who had long brown curly hair and a mellow face. Her and the blonde girl could've been twins with different hair colors. The blonde one looked meaner.
On the other side of the room, there was a beautiful looking girl with gorgeous ginger hair that fell a little past her shoulders and she had a kind face. To be honest, I was a little jealous. This girl was everything I ever wanted to be. Next to her, was a girl with short black hair, who looked very shy. I had no idea what to make of these girls. All I knew is that I would have to live with them for seven years.
"Hullo," I said, looking around the room. The ginger haired girl was the first to respond.
"Hello! How nice to see you! Nymphadora, right?" she said, coming over to me and smiling.
"Um yeah. How did you know?" I said, chuckling a little.
"Well, your name is on your trunk," she said, jesturing to my trunk that lay at the foot of my bed.
"Oh… I see. Well I prefer to be called Tonks, actually," I said, looking back to the girl.
"Oh! I'm so sorry!" she said, looking disappointed.
"No it's fine, honestly. An honest mistake," I said, smiling at her. She had to be the nicest person I had ever met.
"My name is Lily. Lily Evans," she said, holding out her hand for me to shake it. I shook it. "That over there," she said, pointing to the black haired girl, "is Lydia."
"Hullo, Lydia," I said, looking over at her. She said hello back but not much after that. She must've been very shy.
"And that," Lily said, pointing to the brown haired girl, "is May."
"Hullo," I said, looking at May. She looked up and acknowledged me, but didn't say anything back.
"And that," Lily said, obviously unhappy about this last girl, "is Scarlet."
"Um. Hi, Scarlet," I said, looking over at her. She didn't even look over. There was an awkward silence for a few minutes.
"Okay… well, welcome to first year girls, Tonks," Lily said, smiling. I liked her a lot. She was very nice and you could tell she was like this all the time by the way she smiled. It was as if I had known her forever, yet I met her five minutes ago.
As I was unpacking, I had a lot going through my head of the day that had just occurred. I had left my home. I went off to school, just like my two big brothers before me. I had fought a boy much older and bigger than me. I had met three great guys that were totally cool and funny. I been sorted into Gryffindor house. I had met all these girls that I would have to share a space with for seven years. Now I was laying in my very warm and comfortable bed. I couldn't help but think more of the conversation I had heard earlier. Who did I like better? Soft and gentle Remus Lupin? Or obnoxious and hilarious Sirius Black? I'm sure I would have to decide one day. And that day will come. Even if I don't want it to.
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