Chapter 64 The Chapter Title Is Missing

"Hufflepuff, line up in ten!"

Observing the disorderly young wizards, Professor McGonagall's lips trembled with anger, and there was a cold anger in her voice.

"Miss Elena Caslana, take your seat immediately."

In the vestibule, a huge hourglass filled with diamonds swayed gently: the Hufflepuff house hourglass.

Beside it, there were three other hourglasses of the same size in sequence, and the upper end of the hourglass was filled with gems of different colors, indicating the houses they represented.

According to common sense, after the professor issues the deduction of points instruction, the corresponding number of gems will automatically fly to the upper end under the hourglass, but due to the new school, Hufflepuff has not marked yet, so it only trembles a little. Elena had to be thankful that the math teaching in Hogwarts did not involve the concept of negative numbers at the moment, otherwise, she would be the sinner of the school's beginning.

Confronted with the cold and stern gaze of the deputy headmaster, the silver-haired Lori strategically chose sensible retreat, didn't continue arguing, obediently went down the stairs, received the applause of the students, and joined the Hufflepuff's long table side.

"Now, according to my list, in turn..."

Professor McGonagall stepped forward, tightly pursing her lips, staring at her wand, gripping her wand tightly, and closing her eyes to take a deep breath, trying to keep calm.

"Forget it, everyone line up and put on your hats. And put away your wands!"

The young wizards looked at Professor McGonagall with a severe gaze, then turned to look at the silver-haired girl who was greeting them at the long Hufflepuff table, and nodded cautiously.

At the next moment, a girl with brown curls and a boy with light blond hair stepped out of the line almost at the same time, reaching for the hat in front of Professor McGonagall.

"Um... Um..."

The girl made a nasal sound, which became soft and pleasant with the active concession of the light-haired boy, took the hat, faced all the students, took a deep breath, and made a loud presentation while firmly placing the hat on her head.

"Hello everyone, my name is Hermione Granger."

"Gryffindor!" The hat almost shouted as soon as it touched the girl's head.

Perhaps it was because no one had responded at first, or for other reasons, the cheers Hermione received were louder than Elena's when joining Hufflepuff.

The Gryffindor students stood up and applauded vigorously, as if they had received some kind of great glory.

"Great job!"

"See? The second one is Gryffindor!"

"Actually, I think Elena looks more like Gryffindor."

Hermione clenched her fist tightly. Before that, she never thought she would have the courage to stand alone in front of so many people. She took a deep breath and took off the hat. She passed the hat to the next person: Draco Malfoy.

"Well, everyone, my name is Malfoy, Draco Malfoy."

Draco nervously raised his head, swallowed, and ascended the steps. He hesitated a little and put on the hat properly.

"Slytherin!" The hat quickly shouted.

"Hello everyone, my name is Harry Potter."

"Gryffindor!"

"Hello everyone, my name is Ron Weasley."

"Gryffindor!"

...

With the previous child as a demonstration, the subsequent progress became exceptionally smooth.

So many things happened tonight, and it was so shocking that even the sensation caused by Harry's presentation was much smaller. This made Harry, who had been a little worried before, couldn't help but heave a relieved sigh. No one wants to be watched like a zoo animal at any time.

Although some of the first-year students were a little shy, with everyone's encouragement, they finally found the courage to introduce themselves.

So in the end, even the face of Professor McGonagall, who had been silent for a long time, became much more beautiful.

For her, standing aside, she could see more changes. For example, after the first-year students joined their respective houses, the overall activity is significantly higher than before, which is invaluable in the chaos. One of the many advantages.

Soon, amid applause, the last first-year student dropped the hat and staggered to their house.

Professor McGonagall glanced at the smiling silver-haired girl in the crowd, shook her head, put away the four-corner stool and the hat, and left the center of the auditorium. Although the final result seems good, from her perspective, she still hopes for such mishaps not to occur in the future.

"Wow, sister Elena, you looked really cool."

Hannah, with two golden locks, tapped Elena on the shoulder and said with an expression of admiration, she never thought she would have the courage to face the hat, or shout her own name to the teachers and students of the school.

"Uh-huh? Oh, that's nothing, you'll get used to it later."

Elena was slightly surprised and unconsciously responded. At that moment, she was staring blankly at the golden plate in front of her.

According to the normal process, after Dumbledore said the odd words "Fool! Snivellus! Plus, Twirl!", Hogwarts's sumptuous dinner would officially begin, and the house-elves would use food to quickly fill all the empty plates they could see. She couldn't wait to taste the legendary luxury banquet of Hogwarts school.

"Keep in mind that although the orphanage kids have enjoyed Hogwarts meals in advance this month, they are only the lower-level meals, which are definitely different from the real meals after classes. According to the original description, it's free to eat and drink freely, and it's rich enough to be able to eat and lose the extravagant and luxurious happy life."

Indeed, after Professor McGonagall reappeared in the auditorium, Albus Dumbledore, who had returned to the faculty seat, stood up, gently tapped the glass, making everyone quiet down, and then opened his mouth, fulfilling Elena's expectation.

"Tonight, many things have happened, and everyone must be hungry," said Dumbledore, looking at the faces of the students, with his eyes pausing on Elena's face for a few seconds before continuing.

"In the first place, welcome everyone to Hogwarts to start a new school year!" said Dumbledore, his tone gradually turning serious. "However, I hope the students will have patience for a few more minutes and listen to what I have to say."

Huh?!

The smile on Elena's face faltered, blinked with confusion, and an ominous premonition surged in her heart. This seemed different from what was written in the script!

"You heard correctly, Hogwarts Castle has been mortgaged to Gu Ling Ge. If payment is not made on time, before the next school year begins, the castle will nominally belong to Gu Ling Ge."

There was a nervous whisper in the auditorium. Although from previous conversations between Fudge, Lagras, and the goblins, they all vaguely understood what was happening, hearing Dumbledore's confession gave it an entirely different meaning.

Everyone looked at Dumbledore with panic and disbelief, hoping to hear some good news from him.

"As a member of Hogwarts, I believe each of you has the right to know the situation the school is facing," continued Dumbledore. "The Ministry of Magic, the school board, the teachers at the school, and even all the enthusiastic wizards in the magical world will find a way to overcome this difficulty together. In the meantime, I hope the students focus on learning and do not add more pressure to the teachers and parents. At this moment, we all work together to overcome the difficulties together."

Dumbledore has always held the vision that it is always better to tell the truth than to lie. He believes that rather than covering up for the students, it is more respectful and wise to put all the difficulties in front of everyone. At least this way, the whole school will inevitably be united, and there won't be too much confusion.

At this moment, every child's face in the auditorium facing Dumbledore was written with seriousness and dignity. Even the newbies who had just completed the Sorting Hat nodded seriously, nervously looking at Dumbledore.

"In addition to this, after preliminary discussions of the entire staff and the board of directors, in the coming year, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will cut down on the number of ingredients including three meals, the supply of clothing in various departments, etc. Wasteful expenditures. Specific regulations will be announced week after week."

Wow!

"Oh no!" The spoon in Elena's hand weakly fell onto the empty plate, her eyes filled with surprise and fear, and she moaned like a wounded beast.

"Of course, today's school feast will not be affected," Dumbledore smiled warmly. "I assure you, I can guarantee that Hogwarts is not so poor as to let everyone go hungry."

"In summary, thank you all! Let's begin!" After that, Dumbledore applauded, and the plate in front of everyone instantly filled with all kinds of food.

But even if Dumbledore said so, almost all the students continued to look at the plate in front of them with a heavy mood, as if this were the last meal in their life, even if it was all the food they missed on vacation: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops, lamb chops, sausages, steak, boiled potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, Yorkshire pudding, pea shoots, carrots, gravy, tomato sauce...

Okay ~ mtlnovel.me ~ Elena is an exception. Since the food appeared in front of her, she no longer felt distressed about the disappearance of "rich" food.

I saw the girl slightly lift the fork and pierced the roast beef in front of her, and her eyes moved slowly from the [Plate for eating potatoes] on the table to the [Recipe Book for Boiled Vegetables at Home], she sighed quietly - Had she made a mistake in seeking delicious food in Great Britain?

Undoubtedly, one still has to be self-sufficient.

————