'Hope to see you in Hufflepuff!'

A group of startled first years meet the Fat Friar, the Hufflepuff ghost

Extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Then something happened which made him jump about a foot in the air – several people behind him screamed.

‘What the –?’

He gasped. So did the people around him. About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall. Pearly-white and slightly transparent, they glided across the room talking to each other and hardly glancing at the first-years. They seemed to be arguing. What looked like a fat little monk was saying, ‘Forgive and forget, I say, we ought to give him a second chance –’

‘My dear Friar, haven’t we given Peeves all the chances he deserves? He gives us all a bad name and you know, he’s not really even a ghost – I say, what are you all doing here?’

A ghost wearing a ruff and tights had suddenly noticed the first-years.

Nobody answered.

‘New students!’ said the Fat Friar, smiling around at them. ‘About to be sorted, I suppose?’

A few people nodded mutely.

‘Hope to see you in Hufflepuff!’ said the Friar. ‘My old house, you know.’


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling