A character in J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter that evaluates first year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and assignes them to a house: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. The character is literally a hat that sits upon each students' head and talks to ...

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Does the Sorting Hat ever win an argument with a student?

It's in the first book that we see Sorting Hat arguing with Harry over placing Harry in Slytherin. In the end, Harry wins, and the Hat puts him in Gryffindor. Sometimes, the hat just can not decide ...
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Muggle Borns in Slytherin

Is it possible for a Muggle-born to be sorted to Slytherin? We know that half-bloods can like Snape and Voldemort, but how about Muggle-borns? If it is possible, was there an example from canon to ...
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Why was Lockhart sorted into Ravenclaw?

Lockhart is a bumbling idiot - except when it comes to memory charms, and he was so driven to be a famed writer that he used inscrupulous means to obtain his status as star autobiographical wizard and ...
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How was the sword of Gryffindor pulled from the hat a second time?

Spoilers follow, and this is from the books (not the movies)... In The Chamber of Secrets: Then in The Deathly Hallows: Then, in the battle at the end of the book: However, if the sword ...
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What's the point to the houses?

In universe, students are sorted into houses based on their qualities. But when Harry Potter was sorted he was told, "He would do well in Slytherin." The question is why? There doesn't seem to be ...
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What is the point of the Sorting Hat?

The Sorting Hat determines what the inner qualities of each student are and then decides the Hogwarts House they will go into. Why does this need to be done though? I titled this question this way for ...
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Were there (or are there) any Dark Wizards who were Sorted into the Hufflepuff House?

I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone on DVD. Not my first time seeing in the movie by a long shot, but Quirrell captured my attention during the film. He was ...
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Can one's House change?

In Harry Potter, when a witch or a wizard is 11 they go to Hogwarts and their first major experience is their own Sorting. In front of the Great Hall, each new student goes to the stool, sits down, ...
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Why wasn't the sorting hat used to prove Harry didn't put his name in the Goblet of Fire?

The question is pretty much what the title says. Harry was not skilled at Occlumency and according to the Potter wiki, it can use Legilimency to interpret their thoughts and respond to them ...
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Is the Sorting Hat Necessary to Ask Hogwarts for Help?

I'd like to know exactly how a person would successfully ask Hogwarts for help. In Chamber of Secrets Dumbledore assures Harry that Hogwarts will always provide help to those who ask for it; later in ...
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How far can a Hogwarts student persuade the Sorting Hat?

Several times, in the Harry Potter series, we are led to believe the sortee has some control over the House they are sorted into. Most famously, Harry Potter turns down his chance at being in ...
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Which House Was Gilderoy Lockhart In?

. . . And don't automatically say Slytherin just because he was a huge ponce. ;) Seriously, though, using canon as a guide, what house would Gilderoy Lockhart have been Sorted into? He certainly had ...
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Why was Prof. Slughorn in Slytherin?

It seems to me that Horace Slughorn would have belonged to Ravenclaw if anything. He wasn't terribly ambitious himself (Slug club was about his vanity, not ambition). He wasn't really evil (I mean, ...
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Does the Sorting Hat Ever Get Stumped?

Actually, there's a few parts to this question. When the Sorting Hat was on Harry Potter, it picked up the part of Voldemort's soul and suggested Harry would do well in Slytherin, but went with ...
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How did the Sorting Hat know what each student's thoughts and abilities were?

The hat was sorting students into houses according to - what seems to be - "what's in their head". How is that possible? In Harry's case, he spoke to the hat, but most students just sit there ...
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Do Hogwarts Houses have quotas?

Not a year goes by where we don't see at least one person Sorted into each House, and it's usually a fairly even distribution. The Sorting Hat doesn't get a chance to study the mind of each child ...
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Could the Sorting Hat Have Told Dumbledore That Harry Was a Horcrux?

The Sorting Hat is a sentient magical artifact that has the ability to initiate communication and have conversations with the person wearing it. There's two things that make me wonder if it would have ...