{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
SilverPointDespair would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Better NOT Be Slytherin

By SilverPointDespair

Drama / Horror

Better NOT Be Slytherin

Title: Better NOT be Slytherin

Author: SilverPointDespair

Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.

Pairings: None.

Rating: T

Warnings: Major Character Death. Some gore.

Summary: Severus was never sorted.

A/N: An alternate outcome to the Marauders' sorting. Inspired by Rumour of an Alchemist's "Alternate Scene by the Lake" stories.

After that horrible train ride and the scuffle against those Pureblood boys on the boats, Severus and Lily were glad to finally arrive at the incredible Hogwarts castle. They had been travelling for what seemed like eons, neither of them the adventuring type. Needless to say, they were very glad to be back on dry land.

Black was sorted, Evans was sorted, Lupin was sorted, and Potter was sorted. There were only a few more first year students left. Professor McGonagall called out, "Severus Snape."

No one came forward.

The Deputy Headmistress looked over the handful of young people remaining in the queue before her. The boy had to be there somewhere. She frowned at them and repeated herself, "Severus Snape, step forward and be sorted into your House."

Yet again, no one came forward. The students began to grow restless and uncomfortable, looking at each other in askance. Despite their desires to begin the festivities, no one dared to speak. No one admitted that they were Snape.

McGonagall looked to the Headmaster in exasperation. "Headmaster?" She quietly asked, knowing that he would know what to do.

Dumbledore rose and slowly walked from the Head Table to the short cluster of unsorted students. Bending down ever so slightly, he looked each one of them in the eye, using legilimency to check their memories for a boy named Severus Snape.

If just one person knew the name and face of their unwilling boy, Dumbledore was sure he would be able to track him down. It was only when he got to the final person in the cluster that he realized the boy was not known to be in the room.

Finished with his unsuccessful scan, he looked back at his Deputy Headmistress and sighed, "The feast will be delayed until we can find Mister Snape and sort him. Students, remain seated. Faculty, please check the path to the boat house."

Looking at Hagrid, Dumbledore peered over top of his glasses, "I assume you loaded Mister Snape into one of the boats, Hagrid."

The half-giant nodded worried, "Yes, sir, Professor Dumbledore, sir. He was in the boat with Miss Lily Evans, Miss Mary MacDonald, and Mister Dexter Wordsmyth, sir."

As the rest of the professors lit their wands and proceeded outside to search for the lost boy, Dumbledore looked over at Lily Evans and touched her mind. Hagrid had indicated she'd accompanied Mr. Snape in the boats, so she should at least be able to show him what the boy looked like.

Professor McGonagall had only good things to say about her meeting with the Evans family, when she had gone to let them know their daughter was a witch and would need schooling for her gift.

Dumbledore read Miss Evans' gleeful hope that Mr. Snape had been killed when Mr. Black had knocked him down and stomped on his head, before kicking him off of the steps altogether.

With an unreadable expression, the headmaster scanned the boy sitting across the table from her. James Potter's mind was an open book. The headmaster read the argument on the train about what House was best to be sorted into, and how James was happy that Sirius had probably killed a Death Eater before he was even sorted.

Outside, the DADA Professor, Alex Morningstar, shouted that he had found the boy – bloody mess that he was – and took action. Moments later, his broken body was levitated into the Great Hall.

The students gaped at the sight before them. Several of the more sensative amongst them covered their eyes as others averted their gaze. The boy's skull was crushed on one side, and most of his blood had drained out of his body in the time it had taken to sort pupils A through R. His black robes were wet and dripped blood onto the stone flooring. His ashen pallor was going a faint shade of grey-blue.

Dumbledore clapped his hands and called, "Fawkes!"

The phoenix flamed into existence, and flew over to the boy, rubbing against his fractured skull in sorrow. His sad trill was all that was needed before he flashed away, only to return with two morose-looking men in red uniforms. They locked eyes with Dumbledore, and the trio exchanged looks of anger and regret.

Dumbledore's voice was furious, "Sirius Black, you are hereby expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These Aurors will take charge of you, now."

McGonagall put a hand over her mouth in horror. She could hardly believe that one of her lion cubs could do such a thing.

The Aurors seemed to know exactly which child had just been expelled, and wasted no time in dragging him away from the Gryffindor table. They searched him quickly and effortlessly, taking his wand before putting magic-dampening handcuffs on him.

The staff seemed stunned to stasis, except for Madam Pomphrey. Despite the shock, she quickly regained enough wit to spell the Snape boy into a medical coma, and conjure a stretcher for his levitated body.

Dumbledore indicated a nearby room for the Aurors use for their investigation, as it had a floo. The Aurors dragged the boy with them as they left the Great Hall. Sirius Black was far too shocked to try to charm his way out of their grasp. He had never expected to be caught. He had never expected anyone to notice that the wannabe Slytherin boy was missing. He had been too careless.

Once magical law enforcement was no longer present, the Headmaster glared at James Potter and Lily Evans, "Neither of you will enjoy popularity nor privilege at this school. You may want to reconsider and submit a revised application to one of the other schools on the continent."

The occupants of Gryffindor table looked at each other uneasily. Their puzzled looks said it all: no one knew who the famed Headmaster was speaking to.

The Headmaster enlightened them, "Yes, I mean you, Mister Potter, Miss Evans. As best friends of both parties involved in the -" his voice waivered, "- murder, neither of you spoke up."

All at once, every set of eyes in the room was locked onto the pair. Some eyes held confusion, but most held disgust. Lily Evans and James Potter opened their mouths to speak, but could find no words to explain themselves.

Dumbledore waved a hand at them, stopping their protestations of innocence before they could begin. "Don't worry, the Aurors are trained professionals. If either of you are culpable, they will determine the degree."

As the rest of the students digested that bit of news, the Ministry med-wizard finally arrived to take charge of the body. Madam Pomphrey nodded to Dumbledore and they both released it to the proper authority.

Once poor Snape was removed from the room, Dumbledore turned to the final handful of students and said, "Let's get the rest of you sorted."

When each of the final S through Z students went under the sorting hat, they all prayed, "Please not Gryffindor. Not the house with those murderers. Any house but Gryffindor…"

Not another student was sorted into Godric's house that night.

FIN

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, SilverPointDespair
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Laraine Smith: My only suggestion on the grammar is to use www.grammarcheck.net. I have it bookmarked on Google Chrome. I see myself in the determination in this beautiful story! I have Cerebral Palsy, and I have dreams that I have been working hard for, too! The humor made me laugh!

romboili000: As I read this book it made me realize the importance of trusting big God. And believing that you can love even when it feels impossible. This story definitely has made me what to become a better person in Christ and just life. So thank you that's all I have to say because you wrote this story so...

Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...

Ayesha Shaikh: I love the twists. 😆I like how the writer describes everyone's point of view and the character development. I'm gonna read all the books by this author (current and upcoming). She's one of my favorites now. The spelling mistakes are normal no big deal, the amazing plot makes up for it. Thank you ...

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

Jason Phang: I'm pretty new to Inkitt (this is only my 4th book) and I must say I've been thoroughly impressed by the quality of the authors here. Remnants of Chaos is an excellently written book that hooks the reader, and doesn't let go. There are some grammatical and typographical errors, but nothing too se...

Grapes Are Juicy yes!!!: I give this novel FIVE STARS ! This novel is worth reading from the beginning to the end! The plot and conflicts in this story are very smartly integrated. The language facility is a little odd , but i guess this was done on purpose, given the novel's set era. Other than that, this should definit...

debmart6901: I could not put this story down. I stayed up reading when I should have been in bed. could not get enough, could not wait to find how it ended. Great story telling. Great detail. Loved it. The characters were very vivid.

Dessie Williams: loved the book. the plot the characters all just great.I think it's a must read. once you start this book it's hard to put down. hope it gets published....I think this book is a must read.great job!!!!

More Recommendations

jessiehs: This was absolutely amazing. I loved how it went back and forth between perspectives. I actually cried at the end I was so happy. This was amazing. I can't even think of another word to describe it. Thank you for writing his.

Alex Rushmer: Chapter One: Not much is happening in this chapter, but I was absolutely fascinated by the depth of your character development. I love how you just sat there with the reader and explored Eddward. Usually, that sort of thing gets boring very fast, but this was actually really cool! He's so unique ...

allisonflin: Without a doubt the most well written story that I have read on this site. Informative, discriptive, well punctuated. Then we have the story itself, which by the way I am waiting on the edge of my seat for part two of, the characters are more than likeable, you feel them and their emotions...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.