Ella Hope

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After a while, the train finally stopped and we all scrambled out. It was dark outside and really crowded.

“Right, then! First years! This way, please! Come on, now, don’t be shy! Come on now, hurry up” called Hagrid.

“Hello, Harry, Ella,” Hagrid said waving a lantern around.

“Hey, Hagrid,” Harry and I said at the same time.

“Right then. This way to the boats! Come on, now, follow me” shouted Hagrid as he started to march away.

Hermione caught up with me, as I walked away with Harry and Ron. The four of us got a boat and started down a river. As we rounded a bend, a beautiful castle came into view. It was on a hill and was covered with lights. All four of us gasped in delight and I forgot to blink! Soon we reached the other side and we all walked up the front steps to the castle. A woman in a green robe was standing at the end of the hallway we entered.

“Welcome to Hogwarts. Now, in a few moments, you will pass through these doors and join your classmates. But before you can take your seats you must be sorted into your houses. They are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Now, while you are here, your house will be like your family. Your triumphs will earn you house points. Any rule-breaking, and you will lose points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the house cup,” said the lady, “The sorting ceremony will begin momentarily”, and then she walked through two huge doors.

Not long after a boy with really blond hair came forward. “It’s true then, what they’re saying on the train. Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts. This is Crabbe and Goyle and I’m Malfoy...Draco Malfoy” the boy said. Ron started to laugh and Draco glared at him. “Think my name’s funny, do you? No need to ask yours. Red hair and a hand-me-down robe? You must be a Weasley,” Draco said and I felt Ron ball up his fists beside me.

“You will soon find that some wizarding families are better than others, Potter. Don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there”

Draco said and reached out his hand towards Harry. “I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,” Harry said and Draco got really angry until the lady from before returned and smacked him on the shoulder with some paper. He retreats went back in line with a glare. We all turned to see what the lady had to say. “We’re ready for you now,” she said and opened a huge door.

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