Around seven in the morning, the other girls start to stir.
"I--I'm a first year, sir, I've only been here since yesterday--"
"And you're coming with me to talk to your Head of House. Gryffindor, aren't you?"
He starts leading the way.
She follows him.
On the way there she spots a cat, sitting on the floor, staring at her.
She gives the cat a friendly smile.
The cat is judging her.
He leads her through various corridors and stairs to a specific room and knocks.
"Come in," comes McGonagall's voice from inside.
Dorea pushes the door open with barely-feigned nervousness.
The Deputy Headmistress' eyebrows raise in surprise. "Ms. Potter? What seems to be the problem, Mr. Filch?"
"I found her wandering in the forbidden corridor!"
"I got lost!"
She peers at Dorea, then looks at Mr. Filch. "It's the first day of school and she's just arrived, getting lost happens all the time." Then at Dorea again: "Next time you get lost, though, do ask the paintings for directions, they've been here long enough."
"Now, Mr. Filch, do be so kind as to show Miss Potter to wherever it was she wished to go."
"Gryffindor common room."
Filch grumbles but leads the way.
And she thanks him politely when they get there and clambers through the portrait-hole and flops in one of the squashy chairs.
She raises an eyebrow.
"I got lost and ran into a creepy guy with a cat."