In the summer before his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry is drawn to a room in Grimmauld Place. Like the Gryffindor he is, he enters the room without fear. The room is a library, and Harry is surprised to find that he’s eager to learn.
Then he gets the bad news: he’s been accidentally expelled from Hogwarts, and he needs to be sorted again. Everyone is confident that he’ll go straight back to Gryffindor, but with what he's been learning, Harry’s not so sure.
- Part 1 of Mutatum
Apparently, in the wizarding world, having a predestined soulmate is completely normal.
Honestly, Harry really shouldn’t be surprised anymore; after all, he’s been living almost nine years in the peculiar, sometimes downright nonsensical world of witches and wizards, of magic and legendary creatures, having come across his fair share of crazy both during his years at Hogwarts and afterwards in his job as an Auror. And so, when his twentieth birthday arrives and a single letter appears on his right wrist, it honestly shouldn’t affect him so.
Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy is busy getting his life back on track. With the war over, the Dark Lord defeated, his father incarcerated in Azkaban for life, and his new status as an Auror, Draco should for once have no difficulty enjoying his life. Except, there’s the minor issue of Harry Potter apparently being his soulmate to consider.
When someone starts trying to murder Harry, Draco is assigned as his protection. And although neither of the two have any idea what awaits them on the path ahead, one thing’s for certain: This will either end in bloodshed, or something far, far worse.
But, yeah, no need to panic.
In a meting to discuss the safety of the school in the wake of Sirius Black´s escape, an auror´s sneakoscope detects tampering with the Sorting Hat. All new students, as well as those sorted the last two years, need to be re-sorted to see if their housing was a product of the compulsion spell found in the Sorting Hat.
For Harry and Hermione, this might mean they might get the second chance they thought they would not get, both at feeling as they belong and getting the guidance and help they expected when they entered the magical world.
No one expects the Gryffindor Golden Boy, the Boy-Who-Lived, to be placed anywhere other than with the lions, so why is his re-sorting taking so long? As he sits and waits for the annoyingly long sorting ceremony to end, Severus Snape starts to wonder if he has missed something about the Potter brat, for surely there is nothing not-Gryffindor about him.
And more importantly, how was such a powerful magical object as the Sorting Hat tampered with? And why?