If Ivan had to evaluate the trip in one word it would be bad.
Especially considering when they got to Hogwarts the car was losing power and ended up crashing into the whomping willow, making it a disastrous trip.
The branches pounded the car, Ivan closed his eyes from the fear while hearing Ron and Harry scream.
The car was severely damaged, and glass shards cut the boys faces.
Ivan tried to pull out his wand but was unsuccessful, the car was shaking vigorously making Harry and Ron bump into him. Outside, a branch that was as big as the car was pounding the roof of the car making the roof cave in.
“Run!” Ron shouted and pushed the door open with all his might, but was beaten back by another branch.
“We’re done!” If the branch hits the roof once more, it was certain that the roof will collapse completely.
Just as the three gave up hope, the car suddenly started and drove them out of the trees reach.
Before Ivan had a chance to breathe a sigh of relief, he was thrown out of the car, and beside him was Harry, Ron, and the baggage of the three people.Then he saw the car drive off into the distance.
“Can you believe our bad luck, so many trees, but we hit the one that can hit back!” said Ron angerly as he looked at his wand that broke on landing that only had a few pieces of wood holding it together.
He looked back at the tree that threateningly swung its branches.
“Let’s go!” said Harry tiredly. “We need to make it to the castle quickly since Ivan needs to be sorted into a house.”
This wasn’t how Ron and Harry thought they would arrive at school, the three boys were cold and in pain. They grabbed their trunks and began dragging them towards the two oak doors.
“Look it has already begun!” said Ron while pointing at a window, “We better hurry up, I saw Professor McGonagall take out the hat.”
Harry and Ivan looked through the window which Ron pointed at.
In the Great Hall, countless candles floated in mid-air, below were for long tables full of people, glittering with golden plates and goblets, matching the stars on the ceiling.
Based on what Ivan Read in Hogwarts a history, the ceiling was enchanted to mirror the outside sky.
Ivan saw a long line of freshmen and among them was Ginny who was looking around for them.
Soon after Professor McGonagall put the Hogwarts sorting hat on a stool in front of the freshmen.
Professor McGonagall began to announce names and a skinny blonde boy was called and put on the sorting hat.
“From the corridor to the Great hall will take five minutes, I hope Peeves doesn’t bother us.”
“Wait!” said Harry in a low voice. ” There is an empty set at the teacher’s table, where is Snape?”
“Who knows. maybe he’s ill!” said Ron hopefully.
“Maybe he resigned since he wasn’t able to become a defense against the dark arts teacher,” said Harry excitedly.
“Maybe he was fired since a lot of people hated him!” said Ron with excitement.
“Perhaps, he is standing outside the gate, waiting to hear us explain why we didn’t take the train to school.” sighed Ivan
He saw a thin man with sallow skin, a large, hooked nose, and yellow, uneven teeth, standing outside the castle gates, looking at them coldly.
The smile on Snape’s face told the three that they were in a lot of trouble.
“Look who I met, the famous Harry Potter, and two of his companions,” Ivan felt Snape’s disgusting gaze sweep over him, “You must be tired of the school train and decided to have a little fun.”
“Sir, we couldn’t go through the barrier at King’s Cross and …”
“Silence” Snape said coldly, ” Come with me!”
Harry, Ivan, and Ron followed Snape up the steps into the vast, echoing entrance hall, which was lit with flaming torches. A delicious smell of food was wafting from the Great Hall, but Snape led them away from the warmth and light, down a narrow stone staircase that led into the dungeons.
“Sir, we have to go the Great Hall,” said Harry summoning his courage.
“Silence!” Snape interrupted Harry again, “In!” he said, opening a door halfway down the cold passageway and pointing.
Under Snape’s gaze, the three boys trembled into his office.
The shadowy walls were lined with shelves of large glass jars, in which floated all manner of revolting things. The fireplace was dark and empty.
Snape closed the door and turned around and looked at them.
The serpent watched his prey for a while before he coldly asked, “what did you do with the car?”
“What?” yelled Ron, ” he wondered how Snape knew about the car and whether the other could read minds.”
“Weasley, though I know your head is empty, I can’t read minds,” said Snape as he throughout the Daily Prophet, “You were seen!”
He showed them the title of the Paper: FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES
He began to read aloud: “Two Muggles in London, convinced they saw an old car flying over the Post Office tower . . . at noon in Norfolk, Mrs. Hetty Bayliss, while hanging out her washing . . . Mr. Angus Fleet, of Peebles, reported to police . . . Six or seven Muggles in all. I believe your father works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office?” he said, looking up at Ron and smiling still more nastily. “Dear, dear . . . his own son . . .”
Ivan noticed that Harry and Ron had a Depressed look, and seemed to think that if people found out, Mr. Weasley bewitched the car the consequences would be disastrous.
“I noticed, in my search of the park, that considerable damage seems to have been done to a very valuable Whomping Willow,” Snape went on.
“That tree did more damage to us than we —” Ron blurted out.
“Silence!” snapped Snape again, his gaze turned to Ivan, “and you, Mr. Mason, I think you will be the first person in history to be expelled on the first day.”
“No, you can’t expel Ivan!” shouted Harry
“Obviously, I have this right!” Snape’s eyes turned back to Harry and Ron, “Most, unfortunately, you are not in my House, and the decision to expel you does not rest with me so I shall go and fetch the people who do have that happy power. You will wait here while I go find someone who can.”
Harry looked at Snape’s back as he left, and tried to comfort Ivan, but could not think of anything to say, and if Snape had gone to fetch Professor McGonagall, head of Gryffindor House, they were hardly any better off.
She might be fairer than Snape, but she was still extremely strict.
If Ivan were expelled by snape, he and Ron would be punished the same way by McGonagall, and he wasn’t sure where to go after he left Hogwarts, The Dursleys would never welcome him, maybe he could help Hagrid and become a gamekeeper for the school.
Just as Harry imagined what would happen, Professor McGonagall Came in with snape.
Professor McGonagall lips were so thin, as soon as she entered she raised her wand making all three boys flinch, but she merely pointed it at the empty fireplace, where flames suddenly erupted.