The Escape, Part 5
By: *~Rivina Granger~*
When Ron had sat down on the train, Neville decided to stand up.
"Neville! What are you doing here? I mean, how nice to see you!"
"I, uh was looking for Trevor, my toad! Do you mind?"
"No! Just don't tell any one about our conversation!
"What conversation? See? I already forgot it! Plus, I didn't
hear you. I just heard voices, you were whispering!"
Suddenly the train
slowed down, then stopped.
"We're here!" Hermione sang.
happy!" mumbled Harry to Ron.
"I'm not surprised!" Ron grumbled back.
spotted Hagrid above the many heads.
"Firs' Years! This way! Firs'
Hagrid boomed to the crowd. "Harry! Got's to talk to you's three
Hagrid yelled to Harry. The three just waved, for they were being
along towards the invisible-horse drawn carriages which would take them
Once in a carriage, Hermione asked, "What do you think
wants to talk to us about?"
Ron sighed. "We haven't gotten in trouble
Harry laughed. "No! We won't get in trouble either! We've
rules loads of times, and all we've gotten is a detention or two!"
scowled, and put her nose in the air. "You say that so casually......"
Hermione said the last word as she were sitting by a pool on a lawn
chair. "Detention! Who needs it?" Hermione pretended to laugh, Harry and Ron
stared. Then Hermione's laugh turned into a scowl again. She looked out
window to avoid eye contact.
The three didn't talk on the way to the castle. When the carriage
Hermione got out and stomped up the stone steps. Harry just shrugged,
motioned for Ron to follow him up the steps. As soon as everyone was
at their tables, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, the
years walked in. Professor McGonagall took out a stool, and set in
the line of first years. Then she placed a tattered old black hat on
stool, and took out a scroll. She started calling names.
became a Hufflepuff, "Bernan, Terry!" became a Ravenclaw, "Begald,
"Connel, Angy!" and "Ciplet, Erin!" all became Slytherins. Many more
were called, and they mostly went to Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, except
Professor McGonagall called the M's. "Milter, Jonathan!" was a
Hermione clapped the loudest at the Gryffindor table, but she didn't
why. "Mert, Chris!" was a Hufflepuff, and then Professor McGonagall
and gasped. She held the scroll up for the other teachers to see, and
all gasped too, except, Professor Snape. He smiled and coolly sat back
chair. Professor McGonagall stuttered the next name. "M-M-A-L-F-F-OY,
The whole room gasped. Professor McGonagall stared at the crowd, and
the name again. "Malfoy, Leal!" Again, everyone gasped. A pale faced
resembling Draco Malfoy, walked forward, looking the least bit
She sat on the stool and waited. Harry noticed Malfoy sitting at the
Slytherin table, looking quite red in the face, and he could tell he
whispering "Slytherin! Slytherin!" very quietly. Leal Malfoy could hear
hat talking to her.
"Well, let's see! I see a long line of Slytherins!
don't look as if you belong in Slytherin! Leal held her breath, and
herself, "Slytherin! Slytherin!" The hat spoke again, You want to be in
Slytherin, eh? Why is that my dear? Leal thought for a minute, then said
her mind, "Because Draco's in Slytherin!" Oh, I see! Well, it looks as
the chain of Slytherins will be broken! Because you're in
The hat said the last word to the whole room. Malfoy looked terrified.
did Harry, Ron and Hermione. Leal strode over to the Gryffindor table,
a faint smile on her face.
"Welcome!" Percy hissed. Leal sat down next
Harry. Harry noticed she looked sweeter than Malfoy, she had a soft
"Hi! I'm Harry Potter!"
Leal gasped, and closed her eyes. "Are you
really?" She had a American accent. "I'm Leal Malfoy! Draco's sister!"
held out her hand to Harry. Harry, remembering when Malfoy had held out
hand on their first train ride to Hogwarts, and Harry had refused.
smiled. He shook Leal's hand. It was warm, and smooth, and she had a
Ron butted in. " You're, not like Malfoy, are you?" Harry glared
Leal smiled. "Malfoy is a bit rude, I've noticed! I'm not though,
don't understand his rudeness! My mom's sweet as candy, but my
well, let's just say he gets up on the wrong side of the bed, every
Harry and Ron stared at her. Mom? That must be American, thought Harry,
Ron wanted to ask. "How come....." Harry punched him in the ribs. "Ow!"
squealed, and backed away from Harry. Luckily, Leal hadn't heard, she
staring at Malfoy, and making rude faces. Malfoy sneered, and kept on
talking with his friends. Dumbledore cleared his throat. The room
"As you all know, we have had a shortage on Defense Against the
Arts teachers!" the students laughed. "And last year, we had quite a
teacher, some think he was the best, well he's coming back!" The whole
cheered, except maybe the Slytherins. Harry, Ron and Hermione cheered
loudest. Professor Lupin had been Harry's favorite teacher, but he had
turned out to be a werewolf, and he left. Now he was coming back.
Lupin walked out from the shadows of the exit, and everyone cheered
He waved, but Hermione could see that he was blushing.
Harry, and turned to him. " I think Leal's going to be OK! She seems
nice!" Harry agreed, and thought, if Leal's friends with us, maybe
would lay off his back. Leal was smiling, and clapping.
"Hey Leal, how
Malfoy's so rude?" Ron was starting to annoy Harry, and Harry looked
Leal changed the subject, "I'm starved! When's the food
Hermione looked at her with soft eyes, "In a moment!" suddenly, the
filled with food, and their goblets filled with a sweet liquid. Leal
kidding, she was hungry! She gobbled down a plate full of boiled
roast turkey and gravy, a bowl of steaming soup, lamb chops, a plate of
salad, and a glob of some kind of green stuff Ron wouldn't touch. The
disappeared, and was replaced by deserts of all kinds! There was
tart, Rice pudding, Jell-O, pies of every flavor ice cream, and mounds
doughnuts. Again, Leal grabbed a bit of everything.
"Are you getting
Harry, cause I am!" Ron yawned. They pulled their chairs away from the
to leave, but Dumbledore stopped them.
"One thing students! Kwikspell
not be held here at Hogwarts! Please see your head teacher for
information!" Harry looked at Ron, and Hermione looked at both of them,
Harry mouthed, "Tomorrow!" and Ron and Hermione nodded. Harry looked at
Leal, she was blushing, for some reason, and was trying to gather the
bit of her doughnut into her bag. Harry stepped towards Leal, wanting
explain about the houses and such, but when he began, she said she
knew all about that, and she hurried towards the front of the
Hermione smiled at Harry. "You know, she is a girl, and I am a girl, so
leave it to me, okay?" Harry didn't answer. He liked Leal, as a friend,
thought she might need a few pointers about the school, but it seemed
Leal didn't want any help, or at least, not from him.
That was part five! Read the next one in this intriguing series... The Escape, Part 6 By Rivina Granger