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Post by Deleted on Apr 1, 2018 9:37:34 GMT -7
(For those Ilvermorny students that desire, they may post in this thread with their sorting experience!)
The start of term feast. The beginning of a new journey. Some would be returning to Hogwarts for the last time. Some would be arriving for their first. And many would be continuing their journey of their education, one year older and wiser. This was a unique year as well. Ilvermorny's summer vandalism had seen many of the Ilvermorny students coming to the impossibly large castle of Hogwarts. The school had been underused for many, many years. Two wizarding wars had reduced the magical population of the UK immensily, so it'd been a logical choice to send Ilvermonry here, to a school that could house so many more students. Headmistress McGonagall could remember a time when she first started to work at Hogwarts, teaching Transfiguration under the head of Department, Albus Dumbledor. Back then it'd been a whole team of teachers teaching one subject. Now, only one was needed. As students flowed into the Great Hall the headmistress couldn't help but crack the smallest of smiles at seeing so many unfamiliar faces. Maybe, just maybe this would be the first step in returning Hogwarts to it's former glory, the one she grew up with and taught at before war ravaged their numbers.
The start of term feast was always a special occassion. But this year was even more so. There would be two sorting ceremonies to be had. The first years, and the Ilvermorny students. Ilvermorny had it's own houses, but it did not translate to the Hogwarts ones. They were simply too different. It would be a bittersweet moment for many of the Ilvermorny students, because friends they'd shared a house with for so many years may end up in different Hogwarts houses. But they would have the opportunity to make new ones.
The sorting ceremony for the first years was conducted by one of the many teachers. First calling the first years up to the stool and placing the sorting hat on their head. Each time the hat would call out a Hogwarts house. Gryffindor. Hufflepuff. Ravenclaw. Slytherin. Next would be the Ilvermorny students, each following suit and taking a seat at their new houses. Only after the ceremony was complete and the sorting hat taken away did Headmistress McGonagall stand, calling the Great Hall to attention before the feast would begin.
"This school year will bring many changes for all of us. We have many new faces among us tonight who will be calling our castle home this year. We welcome each and every one of you as not just guests but also new friends and classmates." a moments pause. "This year will be different in many ways, but if we work together, not as Hogwarts and Ilvermonry but as witches and wizards then we will come out stronger then ever. Change is hard, but sometimes good and needed. Now is one of those times. So let us help each other. Strengthen each other. Our potential and possibilities are only limited by the imagination and efforts of us all."
With that, the Headmistress returned to her seat, and the platters on tables magically filled. The feast had officially begun.