JAMES (Snickers and leans in to whisper to Albus)

1. Planning the Surprise

James and Albus were feeling mischievous as they sat in the Gryffindor common room, brainstorming ideas to surprise their friend Esmeralda. They had always been close friends since their first year at Hogwarts, and they wanted to make her sorting ceremony unforgettable.

After much debate and laughter, they finally came up with a plan. They decided that during the sorting ceremony, right when Esmeralda was about to be sorted into her house, they would conjure a spell that would shower her with vibrant, glittering confetti, much to the surprise of everyone in the Great Hall.

The excitement of the upcoming surprise filled the boys with glee, and they could barely contain their giggles as they mapped out the details of their scheme. They made sure to keep their plan a secret, knowing that Esmeralda would be even more surprised and delighted if it caught her completely off guard.

As they sat in anticipation of the event, James and Albus couldn’t help but grin mischievously at each other, thrilled at the thought of the joy and laughter their surprise would bring to their dear friend. The anticipation of the upcoming surprise made the days leading up to the sorting ceremony feel even more exciting and magical for the trio of friends.

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2. The Sorting Ceremony

Esmeralda arrives at Hogwarts, filled with both excitement and nerves, prepared for the sorting ceremony that will determine which of the four houses she will belong to. As she enters the Great Hall, she is greeted by the sight of all the students and teachers gathered, the atmosphere buzzing with anticipation.

Unsure of what to expect, Esmeralda stands in line with the other new students, watching as each one takes their turn in front of the Sorting Hat. The hat, with its ancient and wise appearance, seems to be making a decision based on more than just their outward appearances.

As Esmeralda’s name is called, she approaches the stool and sits down, heart pounding. The hat is placed on her head, and she can feel its presence in her mind, sorting through her thoughts and feelings. Just as she starts to wonder if the hat has forgotten about her, it announces her placement into a surprising house.

Esmeralda is both shocked and delighted by the twist that awaits her, realizing that her time at Hogwarts will be far from ordinary. With a new sense of excitement and curiosity, she embraces her new house and looks forward to the adventures and challenges that lie ahead.

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3. Esmeralda’s Confusion

Esmeralda finds herself in a state of utter shock as her name is unexpectedly called to be sorted into one of the four houses at Hogwarts. Her mind races with a million thoughts as she makes her way to the front of the Great Hall, where the Sorting Hat awaits her.

She had heard stories about this moment from her older siblings, but nothing could have prepared her for the overwhelming emotions she is experiencing now. As she sits down on the stool and the hat is placed on her head, she can’t help but feel a sense of unease creeping up on her.

Esmeralda’s heart pounds in her chest as the Sorting Hat delves into her mind, sorting through her thoughts and memories. She is torn between excitement and trepidation, unsure of which house she truly belongs in. The voices in her head whisper conflicting messages, adding to her confusion.

Minutes feel like an eternity as Esmeralda waits for the Sorting Hat to make its decision. Finally, after what seems like an eternity, the hat announces her house to the entire hall. Esmeralda’s heart skips a beat as she is ushered to her new house table, surrounded by cheering students.

As she takes her seat among her new housemates, Esmeralda can’t shake off the overwhelming feeling of confusion that still lingers within her. She knows that this is only the beginning of her journey at Hogwarts, but the uncertainty of where she truly belongs weighs heavily on her mind.

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4. The Reveal

James and Albus laugh as Esmeralda realizes she is the one being sorted at the ceremony.

As the sorting ceremony continues, Esmeralda nervously fidgets in her seat, eagerly waiting for her turn. James and Albus exchange mischievous glances, trying hard to contain their laughter. Suddenly, Professor McGonagall calls out, “Esmeralda Blackthorn!”

Esmeralda’s eyes widen in shock as she realizes that it is her name being called. She looks around, expecting to see another student with the same name, but there is no one else. James and Albus burst into uncontrollable laughter, unable to hold it in any longer.

Esmeralda’s face flushes with embarrassment as she stands up shakily and walks towards the Sorting Hat. As she sits down, the Hat whispers in her ear, “Ah, a surprise indeed! Let’s see where you truly belong.” The whole hall falls silent as the Sorting Hat ponders over Esmeralda’s fate.

After what seems like an eternity, the Hat shouts out, “RAVENCLAW!” The Ravenclaw table erupts into cheers as Esmeralda breathes a sigh of relief, grateful that the ordeal is finally over. James and Albus high-five each other, their prank successfully executed.

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