Sorting Ceremony Sept 28, 2023 11:45:18 GMT -5
Post by ELIZA MARIE CUNNINGHAM on Sept 28, 2023 11:45:18 GMT -5
The morning of September 1st was a little chaotic. Eliza delegated at Hogwarts to make sure everything would be ready for the students. The castle was clean, someone would meet the first years at the boats, and all of the carriages were being prepared to take the rest of the students up to the castle. All of the faculty were back at Hogwarts now after their various adventures in the world during the summer. Not everyone left, but it was fairly customary for most of the professors to go off doing things around the world. Maybe going on an adventure or otherwise just enjoying their time off away from teaching.
After that, Eliza went to Ava's house to pick up Blaise, as she had been looking after him. He really wanted to take the train with his friends rather than waiting in Hogsmeade but as Lottie wasn't a first year like him, she was perfectly fine walking to Hogwarts when it was time. Eliza thanked Ava for looking after him and brought him back home, where they grabbed his packed rucksack for the train trip. It didn't make any sense bringing his trunk on the train as Eliza could just bring it up to Hogwarts when she went back there after dropping him off at the train station.
They took the floo to Diagon Alley and then made their way to King's Cross where Eliza dropped him off. "Be good," she said, though he usually tended to be. She kissed him on the forehead. "Make sure to eat some lunch, but remember there's a feast tonight!"
"I know, I know, mum." Blaise looked a little embarrassed at her. She remembered when she was a first year going to Hogwarts the first time. Of course, it was different for Blaise. He had been there many times his whole life.
"I'll see you soon, I love you, have fun!" she said as she watched him get onto the train with his rucksack and then she left to go back to Hogsmeade and then Hogwarts.
The rest of the day was spent enjoying how quiet Hogwarts was for a few more hours. There were additional things to do in her office, and Eliza had lunch in the Great Hall with a couple of the faculty. Then it was biding their time until the students arrived.
Finally the second to seventh years arrived by carriage first and the whole castle got a lot louder. They all came in and found their seats at their respective House tables and were busy chatting about their summers and catching up with each other. By the time the first years arrived, all of the faculty were at the high table except for Morgan, who was waiting outside to explain things to the students. Not quite the stuffy McGonagall Eliza had, he would probably find a way to make the Sorting sound fun.
The first years entered the Great Hall and many were amazed at everything they saw around them, especially the ceiling, which was bewitched to look like the sky. It was a clear night so the stars could be seen overhead.
They all made their way to the front of the room with Morgan, who went into the side chamber. The first years looked forward to the stool in front, thinking they would probably have to sit there and be judged or something! Some of them were murmuring about what was going to happen.
The most common word murmurered throughout the room was 'scarf'. Professor Shepard was going to get the Sorting Scarf.
But when Morgan returned, he was not holding the Sorting Scarf, which was safely stored in Eliza's office. Instead, he was holding no other than the Sorting Hat. Gasps and loud murmurs erupted throughout the entire Great Hall, not just from the first years. Actually, a lot of the first years didn't even know why this was important, unless they had older siblings or their parents went to Hogwarts and told them it was a shame they no longer had the Sorting Hat.
Eliza raised her hand to quiet the room. "Yes, we do have the Sorting Hat back. Professor Devine and I rescued it a year ago and myself, Professor Channing and Professor Da Costa have been working all year to ensure that it is safe and still the same Sorting Hat. It has had quite the adventure! But I'm sure is happy to be back with us once more." Eliza smiled to the sea of faces before her. "And I believe the Sorting Hat has been working on a few words for us."
Morgan put the Hat on the stool and it came to life. Some of the first years gasped. Although actually, none of the students there had seen the Sorting Hat! Many knew about it, but it had been missing for 8 years, which meant that everyone there had been sorted by the Sorting Scarf.
"I've been on a journey,
It's plain to see.
But I am back,
Your professors found me!
The Scarf was good
For a short time,
But I can listen
And make a good rhyme.
So try me on
And you will see
Where you belong
And where you'll be.
You might be a Gryffindor.
They're brave at heart
With chivalry and more.
You might be a Ravenclaw.
Full of wit
And creative awe.
Or you might be a Hufflepuff.
Loyal and true
And very tough.
Or you might be a Slytherin.
Loyal to their kin.
So step right up
Sit on the stool
And try me on
Me you can't fool.
I will know where you truly belong.
I'm the Sorting Hat, and this was my song!"
After that, the Hat got quiet and Morgan stepped up to announce the names of the first years.
"When I say your name, please sit on the stool. I will place the Hat on your head and you will be sorted into your House." Morgan lifted up the Hat from the stool so the students could sit on it before he would place it down on their head. They were so little, the Hat would likely slide over half of their head, as what usually happened as the Sorting Hat once belonged to a great man, Godric Gryffindor. He didn't have a particularly small head.
"Bakshi, Nisha!" Nisha walked up and Morgan put the Hat on her head. It didn't take long for it to announce the first sorting.
Everyone clapped and cheered, but especially the Ravenclaws. She looked back at Morgan, not sure what to do. He nodded towards the Ravenclaw table and she scurried off to join her new friends. She was in the same house as her mother, Eliza noted.
Dustin walked up and sat on the stool. It took a little bit of time, but the Hat eventually decided on "Slytherin!" Dustin looked back at his friends momentarily, probably hoping they would join in the same House as him, before going towards the Slytherin table. Of course, all their talk at Blaise's birthday about Gryffindor being the best House and all of them wanting to be in it probably didn't bode very well.
"Burke, Ella!" There sure were a lot of Burkes this year. Ella was only the second name, but Eliza thought they might end up being like the Weasleys of their time! Of course, only Eliza (and Hermione) knew that Dustin and Ella were actually Weasleys. Genetically anyway. It was a little complicated and Eliza and Hermione never got around to telling Phoebe or Harry or Ron about the people from an alternate universe. But it had been 12 years now since they discovered this. It seemed a little too late to bring it up now. But maybe eventually they would get everyone together to tell them. Not that it would really change anything for their lives anyway, though.
Ella sat on the stool and the Hat barely touched her head when it announced, "Gryffindor!"
Thalia walked up and sat on the stool confidently. At least it seemed that way since she wasn't a muggleborn who was confused or fearful of the things around her.
Eliza knew her mother and wasn't surprised at all when the Hat shouted "Slytherin!" She wouldn't hold it against her, but she hoped that she wouldn't cause any trouble for Blaise. Pansy had bullied Eliza all their years of school together and she didn't want the same thing to happen for Blaise. Of course, it was a different time now. The students didn't seem to care too much about blood purity. Although from what Eliza knew of what was coming... Maybe that would change.
Eliza leaned forward anxiously. She hoped that Blaise would get in Gryffindor but whatever it ended up being, she hoped that it would be a good House for him and that he would make good friends like Eliza had when she was in school.
After a short time, the Hat shouted, "Gryffindor!"
Eliza let out a sigh of relief and smiled brightly at him when Blaise looked up at her briefly before running off to the Gryffindor table with Ella. She was very glad that he was in the same House she had been in.
Trent came up and Morgan placed the Hat on his head. It wasn't instant, but it did quickly decide on "Gryffindor!"
Anushka walked up and Morgan placed the Hat on her head after she sat on the stool. The Hat fairly quickly decided on "Hufflepuff!" which was different for her family. Her mother was Parvati and a Gryffindor. But families didn't always keep the same House from parent to child and that was completely fine.
Sandeep sat on the stool and the Hat was placed on his head.
Two twins in two different Houses? Well that actually was as normal as normal could be for kids of a Patel. Padma and Parvati were twins and had been placed in different Houses as well.
Nova stepped up and got her father to help her onto the stool since it was a little high up for her. Then he placed the Hat on her head, making sure she was okay. There wasn't much time to think about it, though, because the Hat made a very quick decision.
"Hufflepuff!" She was too excited to think much about her dad as she ran off to the Hufflepuff table.
Finally it was the last one. The Weasleys were often last or nearly last. There were already so many at Hogwarts, Eliza would have to concentrate to count them all. It seemed like a lot to have 5 of them at Hogwarts at the same time during Eliza's years but the next generation Weasleys were far more than that.
Unfortunately Ron and Hermione weren't at Hogwarts. Hermione hadn't taught there for two decades now. So Eliza would have to be excited for Ezra on behalf of them. But she also was excited too. Ezra was definitely someone she watched grow up from a baby, since she was so close with Ron and Hermione. Eliza hadn't been very close with Ron during school, but after school once they started running the Order together, they became a lot closer.
The Hat only took a moment to decide for Ezra. "Gryffindor!"
Ezra was the last one to run off to the Gryffindor table.
Morgan then took the stool and the Hat off to the side chamber. The Hat would later be transported back to Eliza's office but right now was time to eat. A lot of people were very hungry and the House Elves worked very hard on the meal.
Eliza stepped up again to address everyone. "Welcome first years to your Houses. I hope you will enjoy your time and make lasting friendships. But now, I'm sure that we are all excited to eat! However, there are a few start of term notices to attend to."
A lot of these were things that the rest of the students knew already. However, the first years needed to hear it and everyone else probably needed reminding anyway.
"A reminder that the forest is forbidden to all students and the large willow should be avoided should you wish to keep your limbs. Classes will start tomorrow as today is Sunday, so make sure to get plenty of rest after the feast! But first... we must sing the Hogwarts song!"
There were quite a few groans from the students. Or was it hungry bellies?
"Feel free to sing at whatever tune you would like!"
Eliza gestured her hands like a conductor for a moment as she started the song and everyone else joined in too. Unfortunately as everyone sang at their own tune, it sounded completely chaotic and like nonsense. No one who walked in would know what they were singing at all.
Once everyone was finished at their own pace, Eliza clapped her hands and the food appeared on the plates in front of the staff and students. She walked back up to the high table to join the rest of the faculty at their meal. The students didn't notice where she went or even cared, though, as they were far more transfixed on the food in front of them as they dug in after waiting for so long.