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The Sorting Feast

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Jenna James

When the last first year had been assigned a house, Professor James vanished the stool and would normally have taken the excuse of transporting the Sorting Hat back to the Headmaster's office as her way out of the sorting feast all together. Professor James was not what anyone would call a people person. Unfortunately for everyone, she'd received a short missive only an hour ago from Theobald Gawkrodger. 

 

She passed off the sorting hat, regrettably, and moved to take the small podium-like structure at the center of the head table. "Good evening students." Were she truly the cruel monster her reputation granted her, she would just pause there - stare down the student body and let them assume she'd taken over the school.

 

...

 

So of course she did that for a few seconds, because that was fun and she was only human. Not a Hag despite the third years' consensus. Then she continued efficiently:

 

"Headmaster Gawkrodger had urgent school business to attend to at the ministry. I'm sure were he here, he would welcome you all to the new year and bumble politely for several minutes over administrative things." Professor James pulled out a pair of small readers and a sheaf of parchment. "However, I'm not him. In Summary:  Professors Pellegrini and O'Brien have joined us for the study of Ancient Runes and Professor Addams will be taking over some of the Charms lessons." Jenna squinted at the parchment in her hand, Krusty old Kruegey? "Professor Krueger will also be on hand," to... bark at people? "Filling in as needed." Scoff. 

 

"Let's see, we'll be having a new course in apparition for those students who are of age. You can see about that later in the year." Jenna steadfastly ignored the dinosaur that had started beating his head against her leg for attention.

 

"Oh and through some extremely genius maneuvering by the Headmaster and myself this year will mark a return of the Quidditch Cup competition." Her need to send the head of Ravenclaw House a rude gesture was strong - but she prevailed in quelling the urge. "Your heads of house will have information regarding the teams, captains and how to assemble for your team's participation. You're welcome and you also have my condolences." That ought to cover all the bases, right?

 

There was no grand gesture of applause for the end of her address but Professor James expected none. She sat down and then looked up at all the expectant faces of the students and staff. "Well what are you waiting for, a golden ticket? Eat already." As she unfolded her own napkin at her place-setting just to the left of the Headmaster's chair all of the tables in the hall filled with food.

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Bryony King

Bryony had watched the sorting feast with a lazy interest. It would be her last one and as bittersweet as it was, she was sick of the first years and their dear in headlights expressions. 

 

She pouted her heavily painted in red lips and raked her eyes up and down the table, surveying the new baby Slytherins. 

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Ryan Alterton

Ryan sat at the Hufflepuff table, applauding the Sorting of each new student. She clapped particularly loud for @Columbia Newton and @Hazel Wheeler. Especially when Hazel was Sorted into Hufflepuff. She'd have to congratulate her later; after the tour. For now, she listened as Professor James welcomed everyone to a new year. Ry paid close attention to the new professors and then dug into her food.

 

Nudging Fin in the side, Ryan said, "It's good to be back, isn't it?"

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Ollie Celeste

"Thanks turtledove!" Ollie called over to Professor James after the announcement Quidditch was being brought back was made.

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Seeley Pichardo

Ollie was going to get herself maimed.  

 

Or lit on fire.   

 

One of the two.    

 

'Turtledove.'  Seeley laughed.   

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Atlas Wyrmwort

Atlas had just face-dived onto @Riddik Rhomulus and @Murchad Teague, the poor blokes were all screaming at one another when the whole hall seemed to fall silent. 

 

Glancing up, Atlas saw a woman glaring at them all. 

 

"... Is she about to tell us a troll broke into the school?" He whispered to his friends as he hung off the bench they were sitting on at the Slytherin table.

Edited by Atlas Wyrmwort

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Juan Garcia

James… Had taken over? What was this blasphemy? However, she went on to explain that, really, she was just filling in, which was perfectly okay by him. Juan eyed the new professors, understanding that the odds were strong he’d have one of them, if not both. And… apparition? Could he sneak in and learn that stuff?

 

QUIDDITCH?! QUIDDITCH WAS BACK?! YES!!!

 

“QUIDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITCH!” he roared, ignoring Ollie and Seeley’s remarks, calling James a turtledove.

 

Ok, no, he didn’t ignore. “She’s gonna use you in some kind of evil ritual if y’all don’t cool it with the names.”

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Professor Mendelssohn

Professor Mendelssohn tried to ignore her innate desire to retch upon being reminded of the pet names Kasper gave Jenna. She just glared in the general direction of the third years instead.

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Juan Garcia

While Mendelssohn was staring, he offered her a waggle of the eyebrow and a wink. "Hey turtledove!" he yelled towards her. Maybe the nicknames didn't work on Sera, but they might just work on grown women.

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Professor Mendelssohn

She glared harder, contemplating whether a bone breaking spell would be apt, before remembering Juan was on the quidditch team thus couldn't be injured for the first game.

 

"Save it for Miss Faust, Garcia," she grumbled.

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Bryony King

An eyebrow raised at the fact all the third years were randomly shouting 'turtle dove'. 

 

But she dismissed it quick enough. They were idiots anyway.

 

she paused to now survey the new professors, wondering if any would be joining Slytherin. They already had some good professors,but some more couldn't hurt surely. 

Edited by Bryony King

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Juan Garcia

...Save it... for Sera?! He slammed his forehead down on the table. Did everyone think they were still a thing?

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Ollie Celeste

"She could use me in whatever," Ollie said with a wink because she was living on the edge!!! "You okay over there Juan? Or did Mendel just, like, ruin your night?"

 

...If Sera and Juan weren't a thing... maybe she and Sera could be a thing!

 

Best. Sorting. Night.

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Margaret Schoenberger

...If Sera and Juan weren't a thing... maybe she and Juan could be a thing!

 

Best. Sorting. Night.

 

Margaret gave Ollie a wave from afar.

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Behati Gadot

Professor James did not seem like the warmest person, but Behati was too busy clinging to @Hazel Wheeler and @Nari Bae to pay attention to the woman's less-than-warm welcome. When she heard "Quidditch" her head perked up and she turned to both of her mates, asking "What's Quidditch? And why's it back?" Then she grabbed a totally 100% kosher chicken leg and bit into it.

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Nari Bae

"Um, its a s-sport you p-play on brooms." She answered @Behati Gadot's question and was trying to find something that resembled a balanced meal in all this food. Nari gave up and just grabbed desserts instead.

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Behati Gadot

"Like..in the air?" She asked @Nari Bae. Behati was now mesmerized.

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Olwen Hier

 

"YES QUIDDITCH!" Olwen said excitedly through mouthfuls of potatoes. Her extracurricular outlet had returned! "Aren't you excited @Altair Shafiq?"

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Maria Addams

Maria, presently known as Professor Addams, sat at the Staff Table, a look of apprehension plastered on her face. Why had she made this decision again? All of these germs with hands were rowdy and flirting with the professors. She smirked a bit. They reminded her of herself at that age.

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Columbia Newton

Columbia was pretty excited to hear quidditch was back this year - not that she had been aware that it had not been played the year before. She didn't think she wanted to play, but she loved watching and she couldn't wait to cheer on her new house. Now, she needed some of those mashed potatoes on her plate.

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Hazel Wheeler

Hazel smiled at the two girls, "I'm sure you'll like it @Behati Gadot. It's all done in the air."

 

The food before her was utterly amazing, and Hazel wasn't entirely sure what to eat. Then sausages and mashed potatoes came into her point of view. Okay. This night was looking up.

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Julian Pritchard

As the speech drew to a close, Julian glanced around the table a little sadly. The only person he felt really comfortable talking to was most definitely not there. And while he recognised some of first years who'd been sorted into his house, he didn't really know what to say to them. It really was a good thing that he'd not listened to Tamsin and had stuffed a book into the pocket of his robes. Looking around to make sure no one was watching him, he pulled it out, lay it on his lap and started reading as he munched on his food.

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Ollie Celeste

Ollie grinned and waved across the room to Margie.

 

"Yo, new Ravie," Ollie leant across the table and gave a rather sad looking @Julian Pritchard a small prod with the tip of her ham and cheese baguette. "I'll give you ten fireworks if you can hit Juan with a sprout."

Edited by Ollie Celeste

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Casper Abernathy

He didn't really care if Professor James took over the school. Nor did it matter that Quidditch was back. He was only concerned with getting dinner before escaping back to the common room as soon as possible. 

 

"Can you pass the mashed potatoes?" A pause. "Quickly," he urged. After last year's sorting feast had dissolved into a food fight, Casper wanted to eat as much as he could before he ended up wearing the food.

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Julian Pritchard

Julian looked up at the girl who had just prodded him with foodstuffs, his eyes wide. 

 

"I don't - know who Juan is?" He didn't really think that he ought to be throwing food at strangers, either. He didn't want to get in trouble. 

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