When I eventually wake up the morning after the sorting I’m the second last to wake. I try to wake Kat by calling her name, she just rolls over and stays asleep. I get dressed quickly and head down to the great hall, just as I open the doors I see that the mail is arriving. Then what I dread shows up, the family owl is flying my way with a red envelope in her beak, one I immediately recognize as a Howler. I catch the envelope and run outside, I don’t want the entire school hearing my Mother or Father yell at me, as soon as I’m out of earshot of anyone I open it, I know it’s worse if you try to ignore it.

          “LISA IRIS MALFOY! HOW DARE YOU BE SORTED INTO ANY OTHER HOUSE THAN SLYTHERIN! YOU WILL GO TO THE HEADMASTER NOW AND BE RE-SORTED INTO SLYTHERIN! IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS YOU WILL NOT BE WELCOME BACK HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS” my Mother’s voice screeches from the envelope. I find a large tree to sit under near the lake and start to cry.

           “What’s this? A Gryffindor crying on the first day of classes?” A boy’s voice calls out.

          “How about we try and cheer her up?” a similar voice asks. I look up and see the Weasley twins looking at me.

          “What’s your name? I’m George, and this is Fred.” the first twin says.

          “What’s that behind your ear?” Fred asks. I put my up to my ear and feel nothing behind it.

          “I don’t feel anything there. Oh, I’m Lisa” I reply.

           “Here.” Fred says pulling a Knut out from behind my ear. I’d read about that muggle magic trick and I can’t help but smile.

          “You know about muggle magic too?” I ask surprised, not many wizards would know muggle magic.

          “You bet!” George replies smiling. “Have you seen this one?” George shows me the one knut in one hand,  pretends to take it into the other hand, shows that hand as open and empty, pretends to blow his nose with the first hand and the knut drops into the open hand.

          “Yeah I do, the coin never left your first hand” I start to giggle, I feel a little better now.

          I suddenly realize that it’s almost time that I should be at class.  “I’ve got class now, I don’t want to be late.”

          “We’ll take you” George starts.

          “We know all the shortcuts.” Fred finishes. The twins then lead me through the corridors and soon I’m outside the classroom. I’m the second to arrive, Laoren was already there with Hermione.

          “Did you get breakfast?”

          I shake my head and she swiftly hands me a small parcel in brown paper. I peer under the edge of the paper and see toast.

          “I grabbed some just in case.”

          “Thanks.” I smile gratefully, suddenly realising how hungry I am.

          “Unfortunately I didn't think to get any butter or jam.”

          “That's alright.”

          “Catch you later then, Lisa.” says Fred.

           “Have a good first lesson!” says George, and they wave goodbye to me before walking away.

          I try to wave back, but they've already turned around and don't see.
Kat, Tori and Lavender show up almost late. As we walk into class, Laoren sneaks them some toast.

           The first week flew by, and I had a lot fun, I knew that it would be a lot of theory before we even get to using magic. The only class that we had practical lesson in the first week was potions. Professor Snape was horrible to Harry, and praised my brother endlessly.

          Of course, we had astronomy at midnight. Professor Sinistra seemed pleased when we entered the astronomy tower on Wednesday night.

          “Oh, you've all got your uniforms on! Well done! Usually I get half a class still in their pyjamas.”

          It was difficult to concentrate considering I hadn’t slept since that morning, I managed to scribble down the positions of the stars.

          The whole first week of school went by really quickly and the letter from my mother was mostly forgotten. By the end of the week I’d made some new friends.

           I didn’t get to see Draco much, but I’m sure that I’ll get to see him properly sometime soon.  He hangs out with two guys that I really don’t like, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. I think Draco only likes them because they're a bit dim and he can boss them around.  The first of my new friends is Laoren Granger. She can be a bit of a know–it–all, but it comes in handy sometimes, plus she's not as bad as Hermione in that way, and is usually perfectly friendly. She’s a muggle-born but I don’t think any less of her (like my family would). She has brown hair that never co-operates with her.

          Next is Kat, she is the most fun of our group, she is much like her twin - always there if you need a laugh or to be cheered up. She has bright ginger hair and lots of freckles, and she's fairly pretty.

          Finally there’s Tori. She has sleek red hair, few freckles and hazel eyes. She’s very pretty and talkative so long as you don’t try to talk about her family. Harry, Ron and Hermione occasionally hang out with us but usually we are two separate groups.

 


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