“Please turn to page 12 and read over the list of ingredients needed to produce a boil cure potion. You will have one hour,” declared Professor Dorny, a slight little man, to the first year potions class. Lucy sat at the back of the class, at a table by herself. This was a potion she was familiar with from home, so she almost didn’t need the book to make it. She was glad that it was easy, because it let her mind wander to other thoughts. She was surprised to find that they drifted to the other girls in her room. She never really had friends growing up, and always looked forward to attending Hogwarts so that she could have that opportunity. Lucy found that she really liked the other girls, and really hoped that the Headmaster made them stay in Slytherin. Just as she was starting to become sad over possibly losing these new acquaintances, the door creaked open and the four girls tried to quietly slip into the room.
“You came ba –,“ Lucy started, only to be cut off by the Professor.
“Well ladies, thank you for joining us. I assume you are Miss Weasley, Miss Bobbin, Miss Singh, and Miss Hillsford, am I correct?” he asked.
“Yes Professor,” chimed the girls all at once.
“Well, I received a note ahead of time, so your tardiness is excused for today, but let’s try not to make a habit of this shall we?”
“Yes, sir,” they all replied, a hint of relief in their tone.
“Now, girls, two of you take a seat with Miss Pucey, the other two go to the next table over. Turn your books to page twelve. You now have less than an hour to make this potion. Proceed.” The girls scrambled to their tables, Rose and Amanda taking the seats with Lucy.
“So you all are staying?” Lucy asked as she helped them to get their potions underway.
“Looks like it,” Rose replied in hushed tones, “But we want to make a new name for Slytherin. We don’t want people to think all Slytherins are evil or bad. It’s time for a change for this house. Show them all that we can be true, brave, clever, and loyal and that the time for Slytherin’s bad reputation is past.”
“That sounds like an excellent idea!” Lucy exclaimed, getting her a quizzical look from Professor Dorny. “It’s exactly what Slytherin needs! We may even be able to clear the name of some of the older families. Scorpius Malfoy is a student here you know.”
“Son of Draco Malfoy?” asked Amanda.
“That name sounds familiar,” Rose mused, “But I have never met any of the Malfoys.”
“Draco was your uncle’s rival when they went to school. He became a,” Amanda lowered her voice even further, “Death Eater, at an early age, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named gave him the task of killing the great Albus Dumbledore. Didn’t your uncle tell you any of these things?”
“Not really. My mum told me the overview of their history, but it really was never interesting to me. My little brother, Hugo, eats it all up. He knows the history of my family better than most historians I think. So, Scorpius is this Draco’s son, eh? Well, maybe he isn’t a bad kid either. We’ll see. First, I think we need to let our names be known. In a good way,” Rose ended with a smile.
“And before that,” Lucy added, “We need to finish this potion!” They all giggled quietly, and spent the rest of the class finishing the potion, and quietly telling Linda and Jasmeen their ideas.
After Potions was Herbology for Rose, Amanda, and Lucy, while Jasmeen and Linda went off to History of Magic. To Rose’s surprise, it was a combined class with first year Gryffindors. At a table near the rear of the greenhouse, she saw Albus and Xeno sitting down in front of their alihotsy plants. Before she got a chance to approach them, Professor Longbottom walked into the greenhouse.
“Good morning first years, let’s get stared shall we?” The professor said with a huge smile. “First, I want to all to mix up who you are sitting with. I want two Gryffindor and two Slyeherin students at each table! Make haste!” All of the students scrambled to readjust themselves quickly. The three girls quickly decided that Rose and Amanda would go sit with the boys while Lucy went and sat with a cute, but shy, Slytherin boy named Gabriel Addams.
“Oy, you two!” Rose said to get Albus and Xeno’s attention, “Do you have room for us?”
“Rose! Yeah, of course,” Albus said surprisedly. “So, you got turned down I see.”
“Yeah, but it’s all for the best. We are aiming to make a new name for the house in general. It’s not just up to Gryffindors to look good you know!” Rose said with a smile. “Oh, and this is Amanda, you met her this morning.”
“Hi,” said Amanda sheepishly. “I’m sorry if I was a bit too forward this morning, I am just amazed that I am getting to meet you. I mean, all of this is amazing for a muggle-born like me, but after reading all of the histories and autobiographies about your parents…it’s overwhelming.”
“That’s…alright,” Albus said warily. “Just as long as you’re not some sort of stalker – OW!” Albus yelped in surprise as Rose smacked him on the arm. “What was that for?”
“Be nice,” Rose said, glaring at her cousin. “Now, what are we doing Xeno?”
“Not sure, my da didn’t tell me. Probably some sort of basic care or something,” Xeno said, looking bored. He had been caring for plants of the magical and non-magical varieties since before he could talk. Just then, the Professor got to the head of the tables and spoke.
“Well, there, that’s better. Might as well start some friendly house relationships early in the year. Now, we are going to begin our studies of magical plants with some basic pruning. These alihotsy plants are robust, and none too delicate, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. But please wear gloves, the leaves can cause hysteria, so getting them onto open wounds or small cuts would be very bad. All of them need some pruning due to overgrowth, so just turn to page 5 of your books to see the basic theory. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!” The rest of the class was passed in amiable conversation between the three friends and Amanda, whom the boys were finding was quite funny as well as knowledgeable. They only glanced at the description in the textbook, because Xeno was more than happy to tell them how to do it properly. Because of this, they each pruned two plants each, while their classmates barely finished one. Before they knew it, the bell rang for their lunch break.
Rose, Albus, and Xeno, as well as Amanda and Lucy, all left Greenhouse 2 in light spirits. They made their way quickly to the Great Hall, prompted by growling stomachs.
“Wow, who knew that brewing one potion and trimming a few plant could make me this hungry?” Lucy said, poking her stomach.
“I know! We had a huge breakfast, and I’ve been hungry since the middle of History of Magic. Obviously, Professor Binns hasn’t changed much since our parent’s days here,” Xeno said.
“That is one class I am definitely NOT looking forward to,” said Rose. “Thankfully, I don’t have it until tomorrow. Oh, Look! It’s Jasmeen and Linda! Hey!” She called to the two girls, who crossed the hall to catch up with them. “Hi! How was your first History of Magic class? Xeno said theirs was awfully boring.”
“Oh it was,” Linda said with a groan. “Nearly fell asleep during the first half hour.”
“It could have been interesting, if Professor Binns didn’t have such a droning voice,” Jasmeen grumbled. “Anyway, how has your first day gone so far?”
“It’s been okay,” Amanda said with a smile. “Herbology is going to be easy, well, that is if Xeno keeps helping us.”
“Of course I will! That book is wrong a third of the time. It will not only cause you to get a bad mark but, even worse, you could damage a plant!”
“That would be your priority wouldn’t it?” Albus said with a laugh. That caused them all to laugh as they entered the Great Hall. It was there that they realized they had an issue.
“Well,” Lucy began. “Where do we sit?”
“It makes no sense to split up just because we are in different houses,” Linda said.
“Yeah, I see many people sitting at tables that isn’t their house table,” Xeno said indignantly. “Besides, it’s not like it’s a rule or anything.”
“Let’s just switch off, one day at Gryffindor table, one day at Slytherin,” Rose decided. “This will also help make Slytherin and Gryffindor seem like we don’t have to be ememies!”
“Sounds like a good plan,” Jasmeen decided. They all trekked to the Gryffindor table and sat down to get food. Nobody looked at them twice. It seemed like they were on their way to making Slytherin and Gryffindor become friends. They talked with other Gryffindors like James, and his second year friends, and they thought it was a good idea. They gathered that there were more and more intra-house friendships as the years went on. Maybe, Rose thought, she could learn to be truly happy with her house. She really might belong here, surrounded by new and old friends.
The first year Slytherin’s last class of the day, for the other four for them were the next day, was a double Charms class with Ravenclaw. Professor Wimple was a retired Ministry official, and used to work on experimental charms. From what the girls could gather, he was a fairly good teacher. That first day, they started on a tickling charm to start the year off on a light note.
“Rictusempra,” Linda pointed her wand at Rose with a little flick. A weak pinkish light came out of the end and flew towards Rose.
“Hehe! Okay, I felt that one,” Rose said giggling. “My turn! Rictusempra!” A whitish light was what emanated from Rose’s wand, flying towards Linda.
“Not much,” Linda said with a shrug. “Think you need more feeling. Try again.”
“Okay. Rictusempra!” Rose added more of a flick this time, and focused a little harder. This time, the light was a bright pink, and it caused Linda to hold her sides with laughter.
“Well done Miss Weasely! Well done!” Professor Wimple said encouragingly. “Okay, class! Let’s pack up. Homework is a paragraph on the Mending Charm, which is what we will work on next class! Good work today everyone!” With that, the five girls pack up their bags and made their way to the Slytherin common room to relax and get some work done before dinner. Besides the paragraph on the Mending Charm, Rose also had to do research on a wart removal potion and write and entire scroll on proper pruning, so she wanted to get started. As they got down to the hall where the entrance to the common room was, they saw that a platinum haired boy, also in Slytherin robes, was just ahead of them.
“Salazar Slytherin,” The boy said to the proper part of the wall, which opened to reveal the common room. He stepped inside, and the girls hurried to follow. He quickly headed up the stairs to the boy’s dormitories and out of sight.
“That was Scorpius Malfoy,” Amanda said in a hushed tone.
“Well, he didn’t seem too friendly,” Rose observed. “He didn’t even say hello. Well, maybe he’s shy, or doesn’t have time for first years. I’ve heard a lot of second years try to act like they are better than us. Oh well, we will talk to him later.” The rest agreed and started to work on their homework until dinner. All in all, Rose thought today had gone extremely well, and she had high hopes for this year. Not only had she made new friends, but they were friends who wanted to make a difference with her, or at least try to. Maybe they would even get past the cold exterior of people like Scorpius Malfoy…