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14 May 2011 @ 11:14 pm
April Showers, prompt 6 | Inter-House Unity (Harry Potter)  
Title: Inter-House Unity
Author: shimotsuki
Prompt: #6, change
Fandom: Harry Potter
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Teddy Lupin, the Sorting Hat
Genre: Humour, AU
Rating & Warnings: G | canon denial (but it's subtle this time)
Word Count: 472 words
Summary: One very excited Teddy Lupin meets the Sorting Hat.
Author's Note: When I sent Teddy off on the Hogwarts Express in this AUverse, I couldn't decide what House he'd be Sorted into. Now I've finally figured it out. ;)

Inter-House Unity

The Great Hall.

Teddy had been here before, of course, dozens of times, when Dad came to visit Professor McGonagall or Hagrid or Neville—who he’d best be remembering to call Professor Longbottom now. But it wasn’t the same at all when you were a first-year, here for your own sake, facing a sea of faces and voices that contained the as-yet undiscovered friends you would spend the next seven years having adventures with.

He couldn’t begin to contain his grin.

Teddy didn’t know anyone out there, beyond the handful of kids he’d met on the train. Well, all right, technically he did know Callie Kimball, because she was one of the werewolf kids Dad had worked with—but she was loads older, a prefect already, and she was definitely the only one. Standing on his own like this was an exhilarating novelty. At home, there were Potters and Weasleys around all the time. But he was the oldest of all of them, and the first to come to Hogwarts.

“Lupin, Ted!” squeaked Professor Flitwick.

Teddy took a deep breath and strode over to the stool where the battered, charred Sorting Hat waited.

He set it gently on his head.

“Well, Mr. Lupin,” came a voice in his ear. “What shall I do with you?”

I’ve always wanted to know how this works, he thought at the Hat. How do you Sort us, anyway?

“Bit cheeky, aren’t you!” But the Hat rather sounded like it had a smile in its voice. “Gryffindor for you, then, I suppose?”

My dad’s a Gryffindor, though. That’d be a bit like siding with him against my mum, wouldn’t it?

“Loyal to your mum, eh? That’s a Hufflepuff way of thinking—and she was in that House, if I recall.”

The Hat did recall, perfectly well, Teddy suspected. But then I have the same problem the other way round, don’t I?

“Aha, so you’re trying to find the best position to stand in. That’s a bit Slytherin, I’d say. And you’ve lots of ancestors in that House, after all.”

Teddy grinned. Yeah, like my Gran—and there I’d go, taking sides again.

He’d given this whole Sorting business quite a lot of thought, lately. There were people who followed their families, like the Weasleys, or Harry. There were the people who rebelled, like Gran’s cousin Sirius. And then there were the ones like Hermione, following their heroes, or the ones with a dream, like (he suspected from a conversation or two he’d overheard) Neville—Professor Longbottom, that is.

I’m guessing, Teddy thought, that really, you Sort students into the Houses where they most want to go.

“Clever boy,” said the Hat, fondly. “And a fondness for puzzles, too, it seems. All right, then. Let it be—RAVENCLAW!”

* fin *
chococoffeekiss: gryffindor quidditchchococoffeekiss on May 15th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
This is too cute! Of course Teddy is a Ravenclaw. He's such a perfect blend of his parents here, and I love his theory on the Sorting Hat.

Wonderful, as always. :)
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 15th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! I love the idea of all four Houses being represented in their family (since in my AUverse they all live with Andromeda).
arctic_comet: rtarctic_comet on May 15th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Awww, this is so cute! I love your Teddy, he's such a smart little guy :)
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!
litlover12 on May 15th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
What's Taters, Precious?mrstater on May 15th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I always imagined Ted Tonks was a Ravenclaw (because Ravenclaw and Slytherin would get on so well), so I like the idea of his namesake following in his shoes! Adorable fic, I can totally see Remus and Tonks in him, clever and sweet and funny! Great job!
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 15th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!

I think I sort of imagined Ted as a Hufflepuff (thinking that Tonks takes after him in various ways), but Ravenclaw could work for him, too! Nice idea.
jobey_in_errorjobey_in_error on May 16th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Man, there is all the background and personality one could ever need on Teddy, right here in one fic. I love him in this drabble. He's a great mix of cute and shrewd.
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 17th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. I think he'd be a pretty smart and interesting kid especially if he had Remus and Tonks as parents.
gilpin25: Filmgilpin25 on May 16th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Observant and warm and humorous, and that goes for the writing as well as Teddy! You fill him full of glimpses of Remus and Tonks and yet he has his own strengths as well - I love the description of Neville as pursuing a dream.

shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 17th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you could see his parents in Teddy here! And I like to think of Neville hanging out with Harry and co., so surely Teddy knows him pretty well.
bookish_brownie: Remus Tonks IIbookish_brownie on May 19th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
There's so much to like about this fic. First, I can totally imagine the child of Remus and Tonks being sorted into Ravenclaw. I love the mention of the werewolf kids being allowed to go to Hogwarts; it suggests some progress toward a more egalitarian Wizarding society. And Teddy himself so cute.
shimotsuki: hufflepuffshimotsuki on May 20th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm glad you noticed the detail about a werewolf student openly attending Hogwarts! (I actually have backstory for Callie that I'm hoping to write sometime.) And it's good to know you think Ravenclaw makes sense for Teddy. :) Thanks for the comments.