Such kindness, came the voice, thick as the leather sat around Seokjin’s ears, rough but well seeped in age, so much compassion—you’re meant to love and be loved, my dear boy, and that’s a gift if I ever saw one. He curled his fingers around the hard wood of the stool, occupied by generations of Hogwarts students, both good and bad. Everyone who’s someone who came from Hogwarts had sat in this very spot and that thought made Seokjin’s stomach rumble, his heart skitter in his chest, his breathing pick up just enough for the hat to chuckle in his ears. Excited, are we? Alright then, let’s not dilly dally, and I’ve made up my mind—
And he raised his voice, the tear of a mouth opening wide to shout Hufflepuff!
The long table to the far right of the room burst into cheers and Seokjin had never smiled so wide as he slid from the stool, almost tempted to turn back around and thank the hat, but the next student was already being called up as he made his way to the Hufflepuff table to a slew of smiles, a crescendo of welcome to Hufflepuff and so what’s your name?
He should have thanked the hat, really it was only good manners, but he couldn’t even remember to look back.
His name got called and his newly made friends all gave him a collective shove, telling him good luck because well, what else was there to say when you had no idea what was coming?
Already so popular, hm? You’d do well in Gryffindor really, such bravery—I see it right there, but ah what’s this? There’s much more than just bravery in you, isn’t there? Oh yes, oh yes—and as the hat continued to mutter on and on, Hoseok opened an eye and peeked out at the crowd of upturned faced, his heart beating so fast only hummingbirds would have been able to match it’s pace. He was finally here, at Hogwarts—how he’d waited for this his whole entire life!
…and dedication, yes… Almost too much of that, I see—oh I’ve got it now, I’ve got it now—
A great cheer rose, but not just from the Hufflepuff table; half the unsorted first years were clapping, shouting wait for me there Hoseok, I’ll get in Hufflepuff for sure! And needless to say, that year’s Hufflepuff class was the biggest it had been since Cedric’s year.