Never in her short life, had Harmony ever felt so small.
Rowing to Hogwarts with all of the other first years and Hagrid had been incredible, and when they turned the corner and saw the castle for the first time, it was really nothing like she had been expecting in her head. This was a huge, magical castle, and she had never felt more like a tiny little girl in a boat.
Fast forward to now - stood in the Great Hall, surrounded by students in robes, all rowdy and significantly taller than herself. She hadn't thought she would be scared about the sorting, since everybody ended up getting assigned a house eventually, so what was there to be worried about? Yet here she was, trembling and shaking along with the rest of them. Perhaps it was the pressure of it happening in front of the whole school that was the problem.
She took a deep breath, and walked up to the stool with as much confidence as she could muster. Closing her eyes, she pulled the hat over her head.
Hale, I've seen that name before. Now, strength of character, loyalty and a fierce sense of what is right, I know exactly where to put you...
A huge sense of relief and pride suddenly washed over Harmony, and a small smile crept over her lips. She suddenly couldn't get away from the stool far enough, and she rushed over to the Hufflepuff table and sat down at the nearest free spot she could find on the bench.