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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Three: The Goblet, Again, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Three: The Goblet, Again, pt. 1
James et al are back at Hogwarts, waiting for the Sorting Ceremony. The Triwizard judges are debating about something, and Dani does not look pleased.

I've decided to go back and clean something up, since I goofed by having Robards take on the role as Headmaster. I'm still going to have Sprout retire--poor Pomona's getting up there, and deserves some time off!--but Robards is just the acting headmaster this year, while they search for for someone, as he's Deputy Headmaster as well as DADA teacher. Of course, he'll immediately need to go off to France as Headmaster duties suggest. Who, oh who, will be acting Deputy Headmaster? ;p

I also decided that maybe a Sorting Song should sound like it was sung, instead of being read at storytime. ;p Apologies to the old "Cherry Tree Carol" for ripping off its melody for fanfic.

And both the Hat and Robards surprised me with things they had to say here...

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

"What was that about?" Celia whispered, nodding back toward the antechamber, when they sat down at the Gryffindor table.

"No idea," James said.

There was no chance for further discussion of what the judges might be debating, because the doors to the Great Hall re-opened with aplomb, and Professor Longbottom led in the first years. Hugo was up front, talking to a boy with a large overbite (Hugo could sympathize, James was sure--before Aunt Hermione had fixed his teeth, he'd borne an uncomfortable resemblance to a curly-haired guinea pig). Lily had found several of her friends from home--James could see Amelia Macmillan, Laurel Shacklebolt, and Simon Mockridge, at least--and Professor Longbottom had to go back to them to get them to at least whisper in somewhat respectful tones.

The Sorting Hat, sitting on its stool at the front of the room, bent its tip and seemed to look around. A few older students cheered, which got everyone's attention. The Hat waited for silence, then sang.

When Hogwarts school was new-built, and I was freshly sewn
the Founders lived in peace, and their vision was as one.

They sought to shed the light, to children far and near
to teach them all the magic, and protect them all from fear

Each founder valued one thing, beyond all on earth
but at the beginning, together, it worked

Gryffindor sought courage, in arm and in heart
While Slytherin sought greatness from the very start

Ravenclaw prized wisdom, the life of the mind
And Hufflepuff loved those who were helpful and kind

But bloodshed came one evening, on midsummer's night
and darkness fell on Hogwarts, with whispers and spite

For 'twas a Muggle lairdling from high in the hills
who tried to purge from Scotland the magical skills

Slytherin lost his dearest to the lairdling's sword
And believed that it had come from a student's loose word

So Founder set on Founder, with students close behind
And Hogwarts nearly fell, as they drew the battle lines

The battle was averted--Slytherin left at the end
with bitter accusations toward his erstwhile friends

But they did come together, one final time
for each to give me part of his or her mind

And now, I sort the young ones--the future we hold
And find the home that calls you... just wait, you'll be told!

I choose the brave for Godric, the fierce and the true
For Gryffindor I'll call you if the battle, you'll see through.

For Helga, the kindhearted--the loyal and fair
The quiet, unsung heroes, Hufflepuff will take with care

Salazar still seeks the great ones, ambitious and sly
In Slytherin you'll find your home if you reach for the sky.

Rowena the Wise asks for those with questions sage
Ravenclaw will give a home to the clev'rest of the age

So come and try me on, I'll see through to your soul
And tell you for all time, to which House you shall go!

The Hat bowed this way and that, and got its customary applause. It then sat back and appeared to look expectantly at Professor Longbottom, who rolled his eyes and said, "Alderton, Sophie." A scared-looking girl with a brown pony tail went to the stool and put on the Hat. It almost immediately declared her a "SLYTHERIN!"

"Last chance for bets on the pool for how many we get," Michael whispered, moving over to sit by James. "I think we'll get the most again."

"At least we know we've got Lily," James said. "Can't think where else it would put her."

"Carmichael, Evan" became the first new "GRYFFINDOR!", and they paused to give him a hearty welcome. By the time they'd finished, "Comstock, Luna" had also joined them, and "Davis, Edwina" had gone over to Ravenclaw.

"Do you think they'll bring out the Goblet of Fire tonight?" a fifth year named Harry Bidwell asked.

"Dani said so at the station," James said. "She was talking to the reporters."

"I can't wait."

But Bidwell had to wait as more first years were Sorted. To no one's surprise, Amelia Macmillan went to Hufflepuff, giving Lily a quick wave before heading off to the Hufflepuff table. Evan Mockridge joined the Ravenclaw table. "Nelson, Ronald" became a Slytherin, and Gryffindor gained a pair of twins, "O'Neill, Herman" and "O'Neill, Harriet."

"Potter, Lily."

James sat up a bit straighter, so he could see, and down the bench a bit, Al was doing the same.

Lily went to the stool and put the Hat on. James was expecting it to call "GRYFFINDOR!" as quickly as it had when he'd tried it on three years ago, but it just sat on her head, moving a bit, obviously carrying on a long conversation.

Lily's jaw dropped partway through, and she said, aloud, "I think NOT!"

The Hat squirmed a little more.

Al looked back at James, confused.

Lily crossed her arms over her chest furiously, and James could see her mouth working, though she wasn't speaking aloud anymore.

Professor Longbottom was watching with some amusement.

"Hurry up, Hat!" Laurel Shacklebolt called, with good humor. Hugo was obviously anxious, casting nervous glances at the Ravenclaw table.

Lily finally took a deep breath and smiled like she always did when she won an argument, and the Hat called out--with less enthusiasm than usual--"GRYFFINDOR!"

She took the Hat off, set it down, and flounced over to the table, sitting between Celia and James.

"Where did it try to put you?" James asked.

"Slytherin. Same as it tried to put Dad."

"You know, it wouldn't be a death sentence," Al said. "I have mates in Slytherin, they're much better now."

"I have brothers in Gryffindor," Lily said, "and I obviously need to keep an eye on the pair of you." She shook her head. "Really, its reasons were very silly. I thought Slytherin wasn't supposed to be obsessed about blood issues anymore, and all it kept talking about was the house, and being heir, and all that sort of nonsense. And I'm the youngest, I'm not anyone's heir, but it wouldn't listen. I finally told it I'd take better care of the House of Potter if I remembered which is my sword arm. Will the Goblet be before supper, do you think? I'm starving."

This was obviously the last she intended to talk about her long conversation with the Sorting Hat. James watched the rest of the Sorting numbly--Laurel Shacklebolt went to Ravenclaw, and Hugo was put in Gryffindor without any discussion at all.

Once everyone was settled, Robards stood up and raised his goblet (the ordinary sort of goblet) and said, "Welcome back, students! I'll continue on as acting Headmaster this year, as the governors haven't selected anyone yet, but as you may know, there's a certain event coming up which will necessitate my absence for most of the year. Acting deputy Headmaster Longbottom will serve as Head of the school until either the tournament ends, or new Headmaster or Headmistress is found."

This was met with great applause, as Professor Longbottom was wildly popular, though James wondered how he would do the duties of the Headmaster while going home to Hannah and Abbott and Allie at night. James had never heard of a Headmaster who didn't live at the school.

Robards waited for the applause to die down, then went on. "We will bring out the Goblet of Fire at the end of the Feast. You will have one week to submit your name for the contingent of Hogwarts students who will spend the year at Beauxbatons, and one of whom will be our champion. These students will attend classes at Beauxbatons as they are able, though I will see to their continuing Hogwarts education as well. Do not put your name in if your parents object--you're on your honor with that, because the Goblet has no way of knowing, but I assure you--your parents will know if you're chosen, and you'll have to deal with them." He looked out sternly, his eye falling most keenly on Rosie. "For the rest of the school, our routines will go on as usual. As we are not hosting the tournament, there's no reason to suspend Quidditch"--more applause came--"and no reason to change your classes. We will gather here in the Great Hall to listen to the reports from the tournament. And, I will add, possibly see visuals. After the last tournament, the organizers have been quite keen on being able to see what happens to the champions at all stages of the competition, and spectators may well benefit from that interest."

James looked around the Great Hall. Students were starting to get restless, but Robards seemed to have more to say.

"There is one more thing," he said. "As I have not left my position as a teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts, that position was also threatened with vacancy this year. I am working with the Ministry to find someone willing to take the post temporarily, who can be spared from his duties as head of the... well, let's say I am hoping to get you an extremely competent teacher." He smiled, as no one at all had the slightest doubt who he meant. "And that, as they say, is that. Winky?" He glanced over at the arch from the kitchen, where Winky the elf was standing in her chef's whites. "Are we ready?"

Winky nodded and raised her hands.

The feast appeared on the tables.
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From: severely_lupine Date: August 24th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting tidbit about Salazar there. Is that going to come up later?

Very curious about the hat's reasons for wanting to put Lily in Slytherin. Maybe I'm reading into it too much, but that can't be some oblique reference to her future with Regulus, can it?

Neville's head of the school!? Hee!

Heehee, oh no, Harry's going to be DADA teacher, isn't he? (Does sort of make his reluctance to see the kids leave kinda funny.) Man, if I were one of the students, I'd be so stoked for this year, I wouldn't even mind missing out on the action. I do hope you're going to share with us some of the goings on at Hogwarts with Harry there and Neville in charge while James is off in France.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I'm going to do anything with Salazar's past; I think I was just trying to make up something new for the Sorting song. I've written a few too many. ;p

Lily is extremely attached to 12GP, Kreacher, and the family tree. In a lot of ways, with or without the Regulus story, she becomes the heir to the Blacks, as far as their central line is concerned. What was important to them--other than fanatical blood purity--is important to her, and the Hat senses that, I think. She can also be a little sneaky when the situation calls for it, and of the three, is the most likely to cheat at a game, though not maliciously--she'd think of it as changing the conditions.

But, as Harry pointed out, if you ask not to be placed somewhere, it can work. The very family loyalty that the hat noticed was to her Gryffindor brothers.

Yes, I'm going to give Harry a chance to do what he actually wants to do instead of what he feels he has to do. And I have a plan of sorts to make sure we get Hogwarts news.
From: severely_lupine Date: August 24th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
It must be hard to keep coming up with new versions. I've never even tried writing one.

It should be interesting to see more of Lily now that she's not just this little kid.

Good to hear it. Looking forward to it. Actually, I look forward to new novel-length fics from you about as I would look forward to a new novel from Jo. Maybe more so, because if I don't care for something in your version, I can ignore it more easily if I decide to write my own. ;) (Not that you've written many things I don't care for.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lily's sorting

I think the Sorting Hat had more cause to want to put Lily in Slytherin than he had Harry. We've been in Harry's head for 7 books and, apart from unknowingly hosting a Slytherin maniac's horcrux, we've seen nothing to make us think he'd have found his place with the serpents.
On the other hand, from what we've seen of [Fern's] Lily, she's more outspoken and seems more goal-oriented than her father was at her age. I'm guessing she would have done well in Slytherin, particularly after Maurice's "house cleaning".
a_blue_jay From: a_blue_jay Date: August 25th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lily's sorting

Oh, I disagree about Harry. He's quite good at sneaking and getting people to do what he wants them to do, and he has quite a healthy dose of ambition, too. This gets overwhelmed by his Gryffindor qualities, but it's definitely there.

Fern - This story is lovely, for all that I haven't been commenting. :P I really like Dani - she seems like someone who hasn't been spoiled by being famous. And James... oh James.

Incidentally, I suppose you don't actually mean that Evan Carmichael is a "GRYFFINODR"? :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 25th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lily's sorting

LOL, yes, Gryffinodr--it's the new house, right by Sparkly-Poo. ;p

:facepalm: Unfortunately, it doesn't catch that in all caps!
daksian From: daksian Date: August 24th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unless you include it here somehow, my next challenge query is Lily's conversation with the hat, possibly from the hat's perspective! (if I happen to miss it, could you include it anyway? I do check your previous entries!!

And wouldn't you know it? The year Harry teaches is the year James will be away...and so we won't see him at it all year. Ah well, I look forward to the snippets!

I always love sorting chapters! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I promise to get Hogwarts sections in. :D

Sorting chapters are fun--kind of repetitive, but in a ritualistic way.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: August 24th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

love it!

the new sorting hat song is great!

(any info from pottermore- houses in there?)

also three cheers for headmaster neville longbottom *however temporary that is, and hope he manages to go home too*

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: love it!

I didn't put anything from Pottermore in, no.

I'd really love to see Neville end up as Headmaster on a permanent basis, but given what we saw Headmasters get up to, I'm thinking it wouldn't be practical while living above the Leaky Cauldron. But, as with Harry not "becoming" a teacher, I can always work around little details with temporary situations. ;p
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 24th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Enjoyed Lily's sort--I think the Sorting Hat might as well give it up as a bad job when it comes to trying to place Potters in Slytherin; they're simply not having it. But I hope we discover the significance of that conversation someday. Looking forward to the next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seriously considered letting the Hat win this round, but ultimately, I wanted her in Gryffindor to make storytelling easier.

But yeah, their associations are just Not Good, so they're all going to fight it.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: August 24th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! I'm so happy to see Neville as acting Headmaster and Harry as DADA teacher! Lily's Sorting was very amusing, too.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm sure Harry will have a few reservations--a lot of ghosts in that job--but he did seem to love teaching in OotP, and I think it will make him happy. And I'm all about the "Making Harry Happy" thing. :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I think NOT!" :-D

Thank you for this latest update, another mid-afternoon treat for me.

I was really looking forward to Lily's sorting and this has surpassed my expectations. I officially love imperious!Lily - she is fast becoming my favourite of the Potter kids.

Great job as always, Fern!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "I think NOT!" :-D

I don't know where imperious!Lily came from (her only lines in the book imply a sort of dreamy romantic), but I like her that way, too. That was just the voice that came into my head for her for some reason!
oliversgal07 From: oliversgal07 Date: August 24th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

The visuals of the tornament

So the description that the judges want to see all aspects of the game made me think of the Hunger Games and how everything was on camera.

Anyway, I like Lily, and really Harry has a way about him that would have done well in Slytherin.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The visuals of the tornament

Heh, I still haven't read HG. (Mental block, at this point.)

I was more thinking, "Hmm, last time we couldn't see them at their tasks under the lake, we had to count on a judge speaking Mermish to tell us what happened, and then while they were hidden in the Maze, one of them got Imperiused, another Crucio'd, and the other two Portkeyed to God knows where, and one of them was murdered. Hmm... maybe we should see about monitoring all of this somehow..." ;p
oliversgal07 From: oliversgal07 Date: August 24th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The visuals of the tornament

I think the reason why you are doing it is great if the perspective doesn't stay with someone who was a champion but that was my gut reaction.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh boy. If Frances Hodgson Burnett cemented anything for me, it's that Agains (and Reprises) are never sedate. (Presumably, that goes double for a Harry Potter fanfic.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, though there aren't that many fireworks in this chapter.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 22nd, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Fernwithy,

Your stories are really amazing to read and I always come back to them time and time again! Just letting you know also that your journal's slightly light font against a white background is kind of difficult to read...

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