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The Sorting Hat Said Slytherin

The Sorting Hat Said Slytherin

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Author: janus
Title: The Sorting Hat Said Slytherin
Fest: genhpldws
Rating: G
Pairings: None
Word Count: 350
Summary: The Sorting Hat recommends Slytherin House to two different first-year students.
Author's/Artist's Notes: The challenge was to write from the point of view of the Sorting Hat.

The boy approached the Sorting Hat with a confidence that was surprising in a first-year. His brown hair was a little long, falling over one eye. A poor haircut, probably free.

When she was placed over the boy's head she nearly jerked away as she was assaulted by an aura of ambition, power and intelligence that was almost overpowering in its strength.

"Obviously Slytherin, then," she said into the boy's mind, a little wryly. She was just about to shout the House name when the boy resolutely declined.

"If I am in Slytherin I will be watched and hampered by assumptions about my intentions." The boy had tried to confabulate an excuse, but one could not lie to the Sorting Hat.

"You are obviously intelligent. Ravenclaw? I do not think you are rich enough in the qualities valued in Hufflepuff." This was also said a little wryly.

"Gryffindor," the boy insisted. "Gryffindor is for the adventurous and brave. I intend to bend the Wizarding World to my will, and that is both adventurous and brave. It will be easier to accomplish my goals under those banners than under that of ambition."

The Sorting Hat sighed. "Gryffindor!"

And Albus Dumbledore moved happily to join the table cheering him, his pockets full of offerings of innocuous sweets.




The boy approached the Sorting Hat with a confidence that was surprising in a first-year. His brown hair was a little long, falling over one eye. A poor haircut, probably free.

When she was placed over the boy's head she nearly jerked away as she was assaulted by an aura of ambition, power and intelligence that was almost overpowering in its strength.

"Obviously Slytherin, then," she said into the boy's mind, a little wryly.

"Obviously," the boy agreed, believing he had wrested the natures of the Houses from the Sorting Hat. "It will be easier to recruit like-minded companions to my causes, whatever those may become."

"Slytherin!" announced the Sorting Hat.

Tom Riddle stepped from the stool and made his way to his welcoming table with dignity and an air of smooth solicitude.

first posted to my dreamwidth account.
  • OMG - how perfect is this?!?!! I have often wondered how Dumbledore escaped being sorted into Slytherin when he has often seemed to me a much better embodiment of the traits this founder valued than Riddle. Now I know! I love, too, Riddle's arrogant misassumption that he understands the hat, compared with Dumbledore's true understanding of it, and of how the Houses are seen by the rest of the Wizarding world (which Riddle couldn't have known, since he grew up outside of it). The arrogance and ambition of them both, differing really only in style rather than in substance, come through beautifully. Thank you for this new little slice of what will be canon as far as I'm concerned :-).
    • This has been my canon for a long time. When I had to write from the view of the Sorting Hat it was a natural choice. Dumbledore would not have been nearly so Slytherin if he were in Slytherin. And Tom needed to be there. But oh, how brightly ambition flames in each of them!

      I love your icon. <3

      And thank you SO much again. These are such small little writings, and it is so kind of you it makes me feel almost shy. 8^)

      Edited at 2010-09-24 05:35 (UTC)
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