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Harry rode the Hogwarts express in silence, keeping his notorious scar concealed beneath a simple hat. Across from him, in the same compartment, a shy red-head sat, bored out of his mind; Harry ignored him and continued with his reading.
A History of Magic was not the most engaging of reads, but it gave an excellent broad-spectrum account of Magical England's background, and Harry had not quite managed to finish it yet.
Over the course of the journey to Hogwarts, a shy boy in search of a toad, a bushy-haired girl interested in his Demonstrative speech talent skill or favorite material, and a blonde boy full of arrogance all stopped by the compartment.
Harry pointedly ignored them all, refusing to respond to any of them. He knew very well that he was famous within the Wizarding world, and experience had long since taught him that remaining out of sight as much as possible was desirable. The arrogant blonde had been infuriated with his refusal to acknowledge him, and he sensed the girl probably would have driven him harder to respond if she had not already had a task in front of her, but he was eventually left in peace.
Rain was pouring out of the sky in heavy drops when they arrived at the Hogsmeade station; Harry retrieved an umbrella from his trunk before leaving it for the House-Elves to move for him. Strangely, not a single other member of the student body departing the train seemed to have employed a similar device, or even to have dressed in a raincoat.
Harry tucked that fact away for further consideration, then heeded the calls of the enormous man herding the first years towards a dock. Once at the dock, Harry managed to procure for himself a boat without accompaniment, by the simple expedient of waiting until all the other students had boarded, then entering an empty one.
Castle Hogwarts, backed by a stormy night sky and lit by internal fires, cut an impressive silhouette over the lake as they crossed, and Harry was glad that there was no one in the boat with him to notice the slip brief in his composure revealing how impressed he was.
The castle ghosts appearing in the atrium was startling, but he had expected to encounter them at some point or another, and managed to retain an impassive front.
The Great Hall was impressive, but non-magical architecture had long since replicated and surpassed any of the displayed feats, save for the enchanted ceiling, which Harry did not consider all that far beyond glass.
The Sorting Hat, however, caught him completely off-guard, and unsettled him. The sorting mechanism had been specifically omitted from the literature he had been able to study, and he was not pleased with the idea of an intelligent magical artifact rooting around in his brain, nor with his name being openly called in front of the student population, placing him as the center of attention.
As the other first year students began to pass through the sorting, he thought furiously, mind straining for a way to mitigate the consequences of both becoming the center of attention, and potentially having something rummaging through his mind.
He could try to resist having his mind read, but he couldn't come up with any method likely to be even vaguely effective at avoiding having the majority of the student population associate his appearance with his fame. He did not like that, but could see no way around it. Eventually, the Deputy Headmistress reading the roll reached the P's, and then Every muscle in his body tensed, and he felt threatened from almost every conceivable direction simultaneously.
His face, already an impassive mask, stiffened into a rock-hard countenance, and he strode purposefully across the room to where the Deputy Headmistress awaited with the Sorting Hat.
Seating himself in a purposeful but unrushed manner, Harry warily prepared his mind to fend off magical intrusion.
I tell you this to at least lay your fears that your secrets will become known at rest. Thank you," Harry responded quietly after a few moment's thought. You could easily fit into Slytherin, you're more sneaky and subtle than any students I've sorted over there in years, but there'd be blood between you and the upper years by your second year, at the most.
You could fit in Ravenclaw, you're certainly cerebral enough, but you seek knowledge as a means for an end, not for its own sake. You'd be wretched in Hufflepuff. You're gutsy enough for Gryffindor, but are far more likely to execute a discrete plan as an example of your courage, than an overt display of valor, which is not at all like the vast majority of that house these days; what am I to do with you?
Which house would I draw the least notice in? Harry silently asked the hat. Where would people see less of me as I actually am, and more fall into the trap of seeing what they expect? The Hat laughed again, for quite some time, before it spoke to Harry again.
Harry spent the rest of the feast giving polite, but very brief answers to the many people clamoring for his attention. Due to the sheer number of people constantly attempting to gain his attention, he was able to avoid answering anything but the shallowest of questions, and by and large deemed his attempt to be courteous, but distant, successful.
When they ascended to their dormitories at the end of the feast, Harry successfully matched his mental map, formed from illustrations in the books he had read, to real experiences within the castle's interior.
In the dormitory itself, he pleaded fatigue, and ensconced himself within the curtained four-poster bed his trunk lay next to. Privacy and time to gather his thoughts, was something he found himself unexpectedly thirsting for, but it made sense, when he compared his customary pattern of living to this day where he had been surrounded by other people since shortly before noon.
Being around people so much had been unexpectedly tiring.
Over the course of less than a quarter of an hour, what had originally begun as an excuse to have time to himself and gather his thoughts, turned into reality, and Harry slipped under the covers of his new bed to sleep.Disclaimer: Ok, I’m sure you kids all know the rules by now.
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Selecting Your Topic. Persuasive; Informative; Aim to provide a skill that is of value to them, though be careful not to pick a topic that is either overly simple or complex. Here are a few phrases and verbs to frame your demonstrative speech topic. caninariojana.com Words Beginning With E / Words Starting with E Words whose second letter is E.
E The fifth letter of the English alphabet.. E E is the third tone of the model diatonic scale.E/ (E flat) is a tone which is intermediate between D and E. Your teacher or superior comes up to you and asks to do a demonstrative speech in front of a big audience.
For instance, they may ask you how to demonstrate a certain skill such as writing an investigative news article (if in a journalism class) or ask you to teach judo (if in an martial arts class).