Inside, all three kids were shivering. Hagrid was letting them borrow his coat to keep them warm while one of the teachers got their bags for them, so they could change out of their wet clothes.
"Worst...boat ride...EVER!" Peter exclaimed through his chattering teeth. Andrea giggled quietly. Albus looked around and realized that practically all of the kids were staring at them. He was extremely relieved when the teacher walked up with their bags.
"Th-th-thank you!" Peter said as he grabbed his bag. It was surprisingly smaller than Albus's, but Albus really didn't care at the moment. All he cared about was being warm and dry. The three of them were escorted to the nearest bathrooms by the same teacher who had brought them their bags. They went in, got changed, then came back out, dry and happy.
"Ah, much better." Peter sighed with a smile. They walked back to the line of first years and waited for whatever was coming next.
"Hi," someone said to them. Albus looked over and saw a boy with short blond hair holding his hand out to him. "I'm Scorpio Malfoy." The boy said. Albus shook his hand.
"I'm Albus Potter, and this is Andrea and Peter." Scorpio shook hands with them and smiled.
"Um, I really don't want to get off on the wrong foot with you, like our dad's did..." Scorpio said nervously.
"Well then, let's not." Albus said with a smile. Scorpio smiled back. "So, what common room are you hoping for?" Albus asked him. Scorpio shrugged.
"I don't know, really. I suppose I'll be fine with what I get." He replied. "What about you?"
"I definitely want Griffindor." Albus replied immediately.
"Well, there are perks and faults to all of them," Peter began.
"I'm not sure which one I want. I'll just take what I'm given." Andrea said politely. Just then, an older woman waked out to where the first years were waiting. They all immediately quieted down.
"Good evening, first years to Hogwarts," she began. "I am Professor McGonagal, and headmistress of the school. When you go in, you will stand in a line quietly and wait for your name to be called. When it is, you will come up to me, where I will have a stool for you to sit on. I will place the sorting hat on your head and it will decide which common room you will be assigned to." She finally finished and looked at all the first years. "Well, now, come along!" She turned around and led them all into the huge dining hall.
"Shouldn't she be retired by now?" Albus whispered to Andrea. "I mean, the woman's got to be at least ninety!" Andrea elbowed him in the ribs as they entered into the dining hall. They all formed a line and waited, all eyes on them. Professor McGonagal set an old and dusty hat on the stool in the middle of the room, and everyone watched closely as the hat suddenly grew a mouth and began to sing.
"Quite a few years ago, when the world was old, four magical people made me, and this entire school, in which you now stand, for the enlightenment of a great many! There were four founders, as there are rooms, in which you may stay, and the founders made me, a little hat, to tell you which is your way! Griffindor, Slytherin, Huffelpuff, Ravenclaw, all do have their perks. Griffindor's: Strong of heart, brave till the end, and always being good. Slytherin's: sneaky, but still extra-tough, and sometimes in a bad mood. Huffelpuff's: Not afraid to do hard work, whenever the time calls. Ravenclaw's: Smart, with brains that are good, and sometimes take some hard falls. Now, which one is for you? That I will decide! Now come on now, don't be shy!" The hat finished singing and everyone clapped and cheered. Professor McGonagal held up a long list of names and began calling up first years.
One after another, kids went up and were given their common rooms. "GRIFFINDOR!" The hat would call out, and the table erupted with cheers. "HUFFELPUFF!" Another table would cheer loudly as the chosen child went to sit down. "RAVENCLAW!" The hat yelled out, and the process was repeated.
"Scorpio Malfoy," Professor McGonagal yelled. Albus watched as Scorpio walked slowly up to the stool and sat down. The hat was placed on his head and there was silence for about three seconds.
"SLYTHERIN!" The hat boomed. The Slytherin table erupted with cheers, but Albus thought that he saw a tinge of sadness on Scorpio's face as he walked over and sat down.
"Albus Potter," Albus swallowed hard as he walked up to the stool and sat down. The hat was placed on his head and slid clear down to his nose. Please, not Slytherin... Albus thought desperately. Well, there isn't much of a choice with you. Albus heard another voice taking. He realized that it was the hat and sighed.
"GRIFFINDOR!" Albus smiled as he heard the table erupt with cheers. James was cheering the loudest, Albus could tell. He smiled and walked over to the table and sat down right next to James.
"Good job, little bro." James said, patting him on the back. They turned their attention back to the hat and the rest of the kids waiting.
"Andrea Fordison," Andrea walked up, fear showing on her face. She sat down and Professor McGonagal put the hat on her head. Everyone waited as the hat was silent. It opened it's mouth to say something then closed it without saying a word. Andrea fidgeted in her seat as the wait grew longer. Finally, the hat spoke.
"SLYTHINDOR!" It yelled. Professor McGonagal looked at it, shocked. Everyone started whispering. "Sorry..." The hat mumbled. "RAVENPUFF!" It yelled. Albus looked at James.
"What's wrong with it?" He asked. James shrugged.
"It might be getting too old, or it might be her." He replied. Albus looked at him, confused. James merely shrugged in reply.
The hat seemed to sigh then spoke again. "Oh, just put her in Griffindor!" Andrea sighed then quickly stood up. She walked over to the cheering Griffindor table and sat down.
"Derek Finnigan," Derek walked up slowly and sat down. The sorting hat was placed on his head and immediately spoke.
"GRIFFINDOR!" It yelled. Derek smiled wide and practically ran over to the table. He sat down and smiled at his sister. She looked back at him nervously.
"Holly Finnigan," Holly walked up solemnly then sat down.
"She will get Griffindor, won't she?" Derek asked Albus. Albus shrugged then they both looked back to the stool.
"GRIFFINDOR!" The hat shouted. The Griffindor table erupted with cheers and Holly skipped over. She sat down happily next to Derek.
"Peter Brown," Peter walked up with his head hung then sat down. There was a pause while the sorting hat decided where he should go. Albus saw Peter's mouth form the word "Griffindor" silently.
"GRIFFINDOR!" The hat boomed. Albus clapped and cheered with his fellow Griffindor's as Peter blushed and made his way over.
The line eventually came to an end and everyone quieted down. Professor McGonnagal took her place at the teacher's table and stood up. "Welcome to all of you," she started out, "it is another wonderful year here at Hogwarts and I just want to go over a few things. The Forbidden forest is...forbidden. And we have a brand new teacher at school this year." Proffessor McGonnagal motioned to a man with red hair and square glasses who stood up and took a short bow. "Mr. Percy Weasly will be teaching broom handling this year, and will be Quiditch referee. As always, behave and use your magic wisely. Now, dig in!" She clapped and plates full of food suddenly appeared on the tables. There were "Ooh"'s and "Aah!"'s from the first years as they looked at all of the food.
"Well, don't just look at it!" James said to Albus and the rest of the first years around them. "Dig in!"
*NOTE* If there are spelling errors, like names and such, please point it out to mii, for I would like to know for future reference.