Jan 27, 2021 9:23 AM
where you ought to be
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She turns to address the gathered students.  "Follow me, please," she says in a carrying voice.

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Harriet is not first in line to follow, but she does obediently file in, staring around, wide eyed, at her first glimpse of the inside of Hogwarts.

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The Entrance Hall alone is larger than the Dursleys' entire house, huge and grand and palpably ancient, lit by torches and chandeliers, with a vast marble staircase opposite the entrance and another grand double-door to the right.  Professor McGonagall leads them to neither of these, but to a smaller doorway in one corner of the room.

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Wow!!!!!!

This is definitely what a magic castle should look like.

(Harriet's only kinda watching where she's walking.)

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The next chamber is smaller and less grand, but still large enough to comfortably fit forty eleven year olds, an elderly professor, and a stool with an extremely old, extremely floppy-looking black wizard's hat.

She turns, with a swish of her robes, to face the assembled first-years, as they all gather into the room behind her.

"Welcome to Hogwarts," she says smartly.  "My name is Minerva McGonagall, and I am the Deputy Headmistress of this school; you may call me Professor McGonagall."

"In some minutes," she says, "the Start of Term Banquet will begin, in the Great Hall to the right of the Entrance Hall; but before this, it is necessary to conduct the Sorting.  Each of you must be sorted into one of the four Houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.  These Houses will serve you as a sort of surrogate family during your stay at Hogwarts; each House has its own dormitory and common room, and prefects and a head boy and girl who you can go to if you need help or support.  The Sorting Ceremony begins here; the Sorting Hat," she indicates the wizard's hat on the stool, "will speak with each of you in turn to assess which house you are most suited to.  Then, you will all enter the Great Hall, and one by one you will be called to the front of the Hall, and the Hat will announce your House."

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She shifts from foot to foot, not muttering like a lot of the other kids are, but - anxious, kinda.

(She's - scared, she thinks, of being sorted. Probably the Hat won't think she's any good.)

(But, well, she's gotta try.)

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"I will call your names in alphabetical order," she says.

Of the Four, the first up is Auberon, Ami.

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He's serious, going up, and sits under the Hat with his expression firm and determined.

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