Chapter 7. Ummm, Did He say Her Name was Dumbridge?

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We are sitting in the Great Hall right now, Professor McGonagall is probably on her way with the first years. "Hello Mary," said a dreamy voice next to me, I turned and saw that it was Luna Lovegood. She was sitting on the other side of Isabella. "Hello Luna. Have a nice a summer?" I asked her. "Oh yes," and she started telling about what her and her father did this summer. One thing I learned about Luna, she'll tell you about lots of things and you just have look like your listening.

I looked at the head table and saw that Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper was not there. Instead Professor Grubbly-Plank just sat down at the table, where Hagrid normally sat. "Look guys! Professor Grubbly-Plank is back!" I said as I pointed to where she was sitting. "She must have taken the first years to Professor McGonagall. I'm so happy Professor Grubbly-Plank is back! She's a wonderful teacher." Said Luna in her dreamily voice. "I agree." I said. Of course I liked Hagrid, but he wasn't the best teacher.

"Here come the first years." Whispered Rosalie. The hall got quite as Professor McGonagall who was carrying a stool on which sat an ancient wizard's hat that was heavily patched and darned with a wide rip near the frayed brim. She lead the scared looking first years to the front of the hall. The whole school waited for the hat to start it's song, once Professor McGonagall had put the stool and hat down. After what felt like forever the hat burst into song.

~*~*~*Time skip to after the storing hats song~*~*~*

The hat became motionless once more; applause broke out, when everything died down again Professor McGonagall
Lowered her eyes to her long piece of parchment and called out,
"Abercrombie, Euan." The hat considered for a moment, then the rip near the brim opened again and shouted, "GRYFFINDOR!" The Slytherin's all booed when it said that. And the Gryffindor's booed when someone joined the Slytherin's, they do that every year. I thought as everybody else clapped politely. "Joslin, Sally!" "RAVENCLAW!" Yelled the hat, and we all cheered. "I knew you would get into Ravenclaw! You got all worried for nothing!" Isabella told her little sister, as she sat across from Isabella.

"Welcome, young Clawhead." I said nodding at her with a sirius face. The
slowly the line of first years thinned; finally Professor McGonagall called the last name, "Zeller, Rose" and she want to join the Hufflepuff table. McGonagall picked up the hat and stool and marched them away as Professor Dumbledore rose to his feet.

"To our newcomers," said Dumbledore in a ringing voice, a beaming smile on his face, "welcome! To our old hands - welcome back! There is a time for speech making, but this is not it. Tuck in!" There was an outbreak of applause as Dumbledore sat down. Food appeared out of nowhere, there were pies and dishes of vegetables, bread, sauces, and flagons of pumpkin juice, I took a little bit of everything.

I looked over at the head table and saw a woman in lots of pink. "Hey Rose do who that is at the head table?" I asked and pointed my hand at the lady in pink. "She's the new DADA teacher I think." She replied. Dumbledore got to his feet once more. We stopped laughing and turned to face the headmaster as did everyone else.

"Well, now that we are all digesting another magnificent feast, I beg a few moments of your attention for the usual start-of-term notices," said Dumbledore. "First years ought to know that the forest in the grounds is out of bounds to students - and a few of our older students ought to know by now too." He said an it looked like he was looking at the weasel twins and their friend Lee Jordan.

"Mr. Filch, the caretaker, has asked me, for he tells me is the four hundred and sixty-second time, to remind you all that magic is not permitted in corridors between class, nor are a number of other things, which can be checked on the extensive list now fastened to Mr. Filch's office door. We have had two changes in staffing this year. We are very pleased to welcome back Professor Grubbly-Plank, who will be taking  Care of Magical Creatures lessons; we are also delighted to introduce Professor Umbridge, our new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher." There was a round of polite but fairly unenthusiastic applause. "Did he say her name was Dumbridge?" I asked Isabella, who started choking on her pumpkin juice. Dumbledore continued, "Tryouts for this year's House Quidditch teams will take place on the -"

He broke off, looking at Professor Umbridge. As she was not much taller standing then sitting, there was a moment when nobody understood why Dumbledore had stopped talking, but then Professor Umbridge said, "Hem, hem," and it became clear that she had got to her feet and was intending to make a speech. Dumbledore only looked taken aback for a moment, then he sat back down smartly and looked alertly at Professor Umbridge as though he desired nothing more better
then to listen to her talk. Other members of staff not as adept at hiding their surprise. Sprout's eyebrows had disappeared into her flyaway hair.

"Thank you, Headmaster," Umbridge simpered, "for those kind words of welcome." Her voice was high-pitched, and little girlish, she did that weird ("Hem, hem,") thing again and continued: "Well, it is lovely to be back at Hogwarts, I must say!" She smiled, revealing very pointed teeth. "Maybe she's a werewolf. Wouldn't be the first time we had one as a teacher." I said to my friends and turned back to Dumbridge who was still talking. "- looking forward to getting to know you all, and I'm sure we'll be very good friends!"

"I'll be her friend when She becomes a Vampire." I mumbled. "Oh, but Mary that means that you are the best of friends with her already." Said Josefine. I laughed at that.
Everyone started getting up and I realized that we were all free to go, so Isabella, Luna, Josefine, Rosalie and I left the hall. Sally was going with our Prefect Annabeth Jackson, like the other first years.

We came to a stop in front of the Raven door knocker that would let us into our the common-room "it cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, it lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, ends life, kills laughter." Said the knocker. The Raven is enchanted to speak riddles, to make our minds think. "Dark" Josefine answered. "You may enter." Said the Raven knocker and the door swung open and we all went though. The common room was filled with second, third, forth, fifth, sixth and seventh years, I was glad that the first years hadn't gotten here yet because it leaved more time to get to my dorm with out crowding the first years.

"Well, I think I'm going to go to the dorm." I told my friends. "I'll be up in a bet." Rosalie said and her, Josefine and Isabella stayed down here, while Luna and I went up to our dorm. "Night Tony!" I yelled from the staircase. "Night Mary!" He yelled back, I couldn't see him, but I knew he was somewhere. Luna and I continued up the staircase till we reached the top, where out dorm was on the right. "I. Am tired." I said and flopped down on my bed. "You should get changed before you go to sleep." Luna told me. She was coming back from the bathroom, she had changed into purple pajama pants with a dark blue long slaved shirt. "But it's so much workkkkkkkkkk." I wined. "Mary take these and go change!" Said Isabella, as she, Rosalie and Josefine came into the room. I felt something fall on my back. "Whaaaaaa?" I asked lifting my head up. "It's you pajamas." Said Rose. "Finnnneeeeeeeeeeee." I said and got up form my bed, picked up my pajamas that had fallen when I got up, and went into the bathroom.

I brushed my teeth and got changed. Isabella had given me my black and white pajama pants and black T-shirt that read Sorry, can't gang out I have a date... With my book. I went back into our dorm room and got into bed, about 10 minutes later everyone was in their beds. "Night" I said. "Goodnight" I heard everyone say and I waved my wand and all the lights were out.

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