There weren’t many people left now.
‘Moon’... ‘Nott’... ‘Parkinson’... then a pair of twin girls, ‘Patil’ and ‘Patil’... then ‘Perks, Sally-Anne’... and then, at last –
When Harry’s name was called a fit of whispers suddenly broke out over the whole hall. His fame founding an even bigger rivalry between the four houses. Every single one of them wanted to collect him. Everyone wanted a good look at him and the last thing he saw before the old, ruffled hat slid down over his eyes, was the Hall full of people craning to get a good look at the raven boy. Next second he was looking at the dark inside of the hat, waiting.
“Hmm,” said a small voice in his ear. “Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh my goodness, yes – and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that’s interesting... So where shall I put you?”
Harry grabbed the edges of the chair, thinking with all his might not Slytherin, not Slytherin, not Slytherin.
“Not Slytherin?” The hat asked surprised. “Why wouldn’t you want to be in Slytherin? Is it because of what the Weasley boy said?” The hat waited for an answer but decided to take the heat creeping up on the boys cheek as an answer. “Boy, you shouldn’t be so preoccupied. I really think the house would do great for you.” Before Harry knew it the Hat called out at the whole Hall:
No, no, no! This couldn’t be happening! A pale and shaken Harry walked towards the silver and green table who was cheering loudly because they had ‘The boy who lived’ in their house. Harry’s eyes searched for Ron’s but the redhead didn’t dare to look at him. Like he had said, nothing good comes out of Slytherin, all dark wizards were born there. Harry felt the happiness he had had after he had befriended the Weasley leaving his body when he sat down at the Slytherin table, not looking up from his empty plate. Maybe the Dursleys had been right all the way, maybe he was a dark and evil wizard.
“You probably wished you had befriended me while you could huh, Potter.” He heard Malfoy sneer from a couple of seats away. He didn’t answer the pale boy, not wanting to make more enemies. If this house was his family for the coming seven years he better make some friends or become invisible. He’d rather do the second thing. If Ron’s description was true about this house it wasn’t the most friendly one.
“Hey there.” A soft, female voice said. “Are you alright?”
Harry looked up and saw a pale, platina blond girl looking at him. Her grey eyes reminded him of a stormy air and for all he knew she could be Malfoys sister. She looked a lot like him. When he didn’t answer the blond girl looked at her friend, a girl with dirty blond hair and blue eyes.
“Not much of a speaker, are you?” The blonde’s friend said amused. “I’m Diana Michaels and this here is your prefect, Kali Knight.” She introduced themselves. Still looking very amused.
“What got you so depressed, boy?” The blond perfect who was called Kali asked.
“You are sitting in the most awesome house ever!” Diana cheered. Seeing the unbelievable look on Harry’s face the two girls looked at each other with another look on their face this time.
“You didn’t grow up in the wizard world, didn’t ya?” Diana asked dryly. Harry shook his head and Kali sighed.
“You know, not everything people tell you about Slytherin is true.” Kali started. “What did you hear? Slytherin is full of dark wizards? We are all bad, evil traitors?” She waited for an answer but when she saw the small blush on Harry’s face she knew enough. “Harry, Slytherin is the house of ambitious, cunning people who know what they want.” She had gathered an audience now. “What is wrong with people knowing what they want and going for that?”
“Nothing, I guess.” The raven boy said timidly. The blond smiled and looked at the other people listening.
“Now, listen closely first years. There are a lot of prejudices for Slytherins. We aren’t the most loved house because one wizard destroyed our good name.” She started passionately. “Just keep in mind Merlin was a Slytherin as well and he was the greatest white wizard ever, even more powerful than Dumbledore.”
“And not all dark and evil wizards come out of Slytherin. Don’t know if you had the pleasure of meeting the Weasley twins but those two boys are evil geniuses.” Diana said almost in awe.
“Weasley’s evil geniuses?” Malfoy snickered. Both girls looked at the blond boy with pulled up brows.
“You’re a Malfoy right?” Kali asked with a sweet smile. The blond nodded and gave her a frown.
“Do I know you?” He asked confused. Diana chuckled before she answered instead of her friend.
“No, she’s just a close friend to the family.” With that the conversation was over and Harry looked down at his plate again. The last person just had been sorted. Zabini Blaise had joined them and sat down next to Malfoy, giving the boy a high five. With a sad look Harry looked at the Gryffindor table. Weasley had joined his brothers and the boy who always tended to lose his toad. The twins caught his eyes and gave him a wink before the whole hall got silent. Albus Dumbledore had stand up and was beaming at the students, his arms wide open, like nothing could please him more then to see all of them there.
“Welcome!” He started. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you.” When the headmaster sat back down everybody cheered and clapped and Harry didn’t know whether to laugh or not.
“Is he... a bit mad?” Harry asked Kali a bit uncertainly.
“Mad?” Kali asked, looking at the headmaster. “Some say he is the greatest wizard in the world...” He saw the blond sending a look towards a redhead at the Gryffindor-table. “And you could say he’s a genius.”
“But yeah, he is mad.” Diana said chuckling. “Do you want some potatoes?”
Harry looked confused at the girl before he let his eyes travel over the table and his mouth fell open. He never ever had seen so much food he wanted to eat. There was roast beef, lamb, chicken wings, roasted potatoes, French fries, pasta, rice with curry and for some strange reason mint humbugs. The Dursleys never really starved Harry but he never could eat what he want because Dudley always took what Harry wanted, even if it would make him sick.
“Whit all those new Slytherins we probably can beat Gryffindor for the seventh time in a row.” Diana said amused. “I mean, we’ve got the boy who lived. Gotta be something special about him that will earn us points.” She joked. Kali chuckled when she saw the raven boys blush.
“Oh, give him a break.” She said still chuckling. “Dig in Harry.”
The boy did as told and put everything except the humbugs on his plate so he could eat. He listened to all the other talking and joined in when asked but kept most of the time silent. Everyone seemed to get along with Malfoy rather well and with their rivalry it made him an outcast. Luckily Kali and Diana didn’t think so low of him and told him about all the jokes the Weasley twins had pulled out. Apparently they were one of the only Gryffindors they respected.
“Their brother Percy, he’s a prat!” Diana moaned. “I don’t get it. Charlie and Bill were pretty awesome and good in Quidditch and then Percy came... He’s just plain boring and a stuck up know-it-all.”
“You’re not the one who has to work with him.” Kali groaned, putting a slice of apple-pie on her plate. “He of course is a prefect as well... This is going to be so much fun.” She drawled sarcastic.
“You’re not the only one working with him, sis.” Harry looked at a blond boy, sitting down next to him. His eyes turned to the raven boy. “You must be Harry Potter.” He said. “I’m Devin, Kali’s twin.”
“Nice to meet you.” The boy said, shaking the elders hand.
“I’m sure he’s pretty awesome as a prefect.” Diana snickered.
“You’re not his partner...” Kali growled. “It’s easy for you to say something like that.”
Harry who didn’t wanted to be pulled in an argument between siblings looked at the head-table. Hagrid was drinking deeply from his goblet. Professor McGonagall was talking to professor Dumbledore and professor Quirrel, in his absurd turban, was talking to a man with greasy black hair and a hooked nose. It happened suddenly. The man with the greasy hair looked passed the turban and his eyes locked with Harry’s. A sharp pain shot through Harry’s scar and he groaned in pain, bringing his hand to the scar.
“Are you alright?” Kali asked concerned. Harry saw some of the other Slytherins looking at him, most with a glint mock in their eyes and some with concern.
“Yeah, hurt my knee.” The boy mumbled. As sudden as the pain had started it had left again. “Who’s that man next to professor Quirrel?” Kali frowned a bit at his answer before she followed his gaze and smiled.
“So you met Quirrel already. No wonder he’s so nervous. That’s professor Snape, our head of house and the potion master.”
“But everyone knows he wants to be the D.A. teacher.” Diana filled in.
“Dumbledore is a fool.” Devin grumbled. “Everyone knows Snape knows more about dark arts then every single professor here in Hogwarts.”
“Why doesn’t he get the job?” A boy with brown hair who was sitting on Harry’s other side asked.
“I don’t know.” Kali shrugged her shoulders. “Devin’s probably right. The old men is a fool.”
Harry looked back at Snape but he didn’t looked back at him. It wasn’t the pain that had shocked him the most. It was the look of hatred that he had given him that scared Harry. If he really was his head of house this would be some fun seven years.
At last the desserts disappeared and the headmaster stood up again. The hall fell silent.
“Ahem- just a few more words now we are all fed and watered. I have a few start-of-term notices to give you. First years should note that the forest in the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. And a few of our older students would do well to remember that as well.” The headmasters twinkling eyes shot to the Weasley twins.
“Told you they were trouble.” Diana whispered chuckling earning a glare from Kali.
“He may be a fool but he’s the best headmaster Hogwarts has. Show him some respect.” She whispered back.
“I have also been asked by Mr. Filch, the caretaker, to remind you all that no magic should be used between classes in the corridors.” The headmaster proceeded. “Quidditch trials will be held in the second week of term. Anyone interested in playing for their house teams should contact Madam Hooch. And finally, I must tell you that this year, the third-floor corridor on the right-hand side is out of bounds to everyone who does not wish to die a very painful death.”
“Best headmaster huh?” Devin sneered, looking at the headmaster. There had been some people laughing at that comment but the sixth year Slytherins sitting with Harry weren’t amongst them.
“If he’s serious I think you’re wrong as well.” Diana mumbled, frowning.
“Normally he gives a reason why something is forbidden.” Kali mumbled. “I hope the twins listen to him, I’m not planning on dragging their sorry ass out of there.”
“And now before we go to bed, let us all sing the school song!” Dumbledore cried. Diana groaned and shook her head.
“No, no, no! Why?!” She cried out pouting. “I hate that song.”
. . . . . . .
“First years! First years gather around!” Kali yelled to gather the first year Slytherins around her. She was accompanied by a dark boy with black hair, probably another prefect. Harry hadn’t seen him at the table, he probably had been sitting at the other side. “Follow us!”
Harry followed Kali and the boy together with the other Slytherins. They went down some stairs and were lead to the dungeons. After some time they arrived at a wall and he heard the boy trying to get their attention.
“The password is Merlin’s beard. Don’t forget it, we’re not here to keep you by the hand.” He snarled. He didn’t seem as nice as Kali who gave him a glare. The wall had slid open, giving them the room to enter the common room. When Harry entered he looked surprised. When he had seen they were going to the dungeons he had expected a prison, not this cozy common room. There were black seats all over the place and a crackling fire. The common room was glooming in green light.
“We like to feel that our hangout has the aura of a mysterious, underwater shipwreck.” Kali commented. “We are under the great lake. This is something entirely different than some stupid tower right.” There was some laughing under the firs years.
“Boys to the left because girls are always right!” Diana informed them, pulling Kali with her to their room probably.
“This is going to be an awesome year.” A girl with long black hair said to a girl with short brown hair.
“I know right!” She answered. “This really is a common room Daphne!” She cheered before they went upstairs, followed by the other girls. The boys didn’t linger much longer downstairs, all very tired. Harry followed the brunet boy up, Malfoy and his two cronies Crabbe and Goyle already went upstairs before the girls, making sure they got the best beds. The Italian followed behind Harry and they entered a room with six four-posters hung with deep-green velvet curtains. Their trunks had already been brought up and too tired to say much they climbed into their pajamas and climbed into their bed. Harry probably had eaten too much because he had strange dreams. He was wearing Quirrel’s turban and tried to get it off while it kept talking to him, telling him he was dark and that it was his destiny. When he finally got the turban of he saw Malfoy and his cronies laughing at him before they turned into the hook nosed professor and a green light woke him up all sweating and shaking. He tried to shrug it off and rolled over, falling asleep again. When he woke up the next morning he didn’t even remember the dream.