The doors opened and revealed a giant hall. Candles lit the ceiling and they roof was bewitched to look think the night sky everyone walked in twos along the isles. And at the front of the before the teachers and the whole school sat a single stool with an old witches hat on it. ‘So that what the sorting Hat looks like’ Chloe thought looking at it. She read about it in ‘Hogwarts; A history; but it hadn’t shown a picture of it, it had only said ‘you would know it if you saw it’
McGonagall stood in front of the hall with a piece of parchment, in her hands she ignored the rest on the school and focused, only on the first years. She acted as if they were the only ones in the room with here. She cleared her throat and unrolled the parchment.
“Now, before we begin the sorting, Professor Dumbledore would like to say a few words” she said and nodded to the man in the middle of the table of teachers. The man rose form his seat and began to speck in a croaky voice.
“A few start of term announcements before we begin” he looked right at the first years in front of him. “First years please note that the forbidden forest is strictly forbidden to all students” she said seriously and then pointed to the man at the back of the hall who had a cat at his feet. “Also our caretaker, Mr Filch would like me to remind you that the third corridor, on the left hand side is out of bound to anyone to does not wish to die a most painful death” he then nodded back to McGonagall, who now stood by the stool.
“I would also like to remind the students that language that may be used by some of you parents use to decide other student should not be used in this school anyone court using this language with be punished severely, if you are uncertain what ward these could be, do as First year Mr Draco Malfoy as he has already got detention for the rest of the week with me and he now holds the record for the fastest a first year has had a detention set for them, however no point will be taken form whatever house he may be placed in” she then turned back the first years. “Now let us move on with the ceremony” and as she said that the old brown hat that was on the stroll began to sing.
“Oh you may not think me 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 top 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 the brave at 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 in 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 folks use any means,
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!
And with that the whole hall burst in applause for the singing cap. Chloe and the other first years looked at the hat in amazement. She had read about the hat in ‘Hogwarts: a history’ but never in a million years did she think that the talking hat would have been that good. The hall stared to settle down again and McGonagall began to speck.
“Now when I call your names, you will come fourth and I shall place the sorting hat on your head and you will be sorted into your houses” and with that she turned to her parchment. “Hannah Abbott”
“Hufflepuff” the Hat shouted out into the hall. And it kept on doing it for the other students as well.
“right then right then better be Gryffindor” the hat said after a few minutes.
“Gryffindor” the Hall went silent then this was yelled but Eve brushed it off and walked toward the Gryffindor table, she had Rhiannon to be friends with, she just hoped Chloe got in the same house because even though it was just a train ride, Chloe was the only girl she had really opened up too.
“Yes” call from Fred from Gryffindor table. He then yelled to a guy on Hufflepuff table. “You owe me two Galleons” Chloe round her eyes as she walked to sit between Eve and Rhiannon and McGonagall frowned but continued.
“Gryffindor” the Gryffindor table cheered loudly and he sat by Neville.
“ha another Weasley I know just what to do with you, Gryffindor”
And that was the end of the sorting into the houses.