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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Did any Gryffindor marry a Slytherin?

Supposedly House Gryffindor and House Slytherin have a centuries-old enmity, but at some point this must have been overcome at least by a few individuals. In canon (books, Pottermore, interviews, ...
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Is there a Flaw with Gryffindor's “Characteristics”?

Is there an inherent and perpetual flaw in Gryffindor House? As someone pointed out in one of the chatrooms, some people have been questioning the sorting hat's decisions when it comes to Gryffindor: ...
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Why weren't Fred and George Weasley Placed in Ravenclaw?

Yes, you read that right. Fred and George are perhaps the most Ravenclaw characters in the entire series, and this is why: Relevant passages from the Ravenclaw welcome message (out of order for ...
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Why wasn't Snape sorted into Gryffindor?

In the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, when Harry’s son expresses trepidation about being sorted into Slytherin, Harry says: “Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of ...
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How many Hogwarts students changed House from book to film?

The only example I can think of is Padma Patil: Ravenclaw in the books, Gryffindor in the films. Were there any other Hogwarts students who were in one House in the books but in a different one in ...
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Why was Percy Weasley sorted into Gryffindor?

He's determined, sure, but he doesn't exactly come across as particularly courageous or chivalrous. I know families tend to all fall into the same house, but of all the Weasleys we meet, Percy ...
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When and by whom was Sword Of Gryffindor placed in Sorting Hat?

"I am confident, however, that the only known relic of Gryffindor remains safe.” Dumbledore pointed his blackened fingers to the wall behind him, where a ruby-encrusted sword reposed ...
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Why was Severus Snape placed in Slytherin? [duplicate]

Well, I have come to understand persons with the following traits will be usually be Sorted to Slytherin Resourcefulness Cunning Ambition Leadership Qualities Self-Preservation Determination ...
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Is it possible to use Polyjuice Potion or Occlumency to mess with the Sorting Ceremony? [closed]

It's established that the Sorting Hat and the Student communicate, and that the Sorting Hat is able to see into the mind of the user, hence why he is responsible for sorting the students into the four ...
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Why does The Sorting Hat sing?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the first book), the Sorting Hat starts to sing, describing the different houses. Why does it do so?
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Sorting Harry Into A House

When the sorting hat was placed on Ronald Weasley's head, it instantly decided Gryffindor, just because he was another Weasley. On the other hand, the Black family were all Slytherins, except Sirius. ...
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Can students in Hogwarts change their houses after official sorting has been done? [duplicate]

People change as we know, as time passes, as they grow, as they face various situations in their life. Even wizards are basically people like muggles except for magic. Say a student is intelligent so ...
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How did the community at large explain Sirius's being a Gryffindor while he was still believed to be a faithful follower of Voldemort?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid says that "there's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin," and yet Sirius Black, a Gryffindor, was still considered to be one of the most ...
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What house of Hogwarts was Barty Crouch Jr. in?

Did Barty Crouch Jr. attend Hogwarts? In which house was he sorted? What's the breakdown of Hogwart's Professor in Houses? lists him as a Slytherin, but gives no evidence. Do you have any ...
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Was Wormtail the only Dark wizard sorted to Gryffindor?

In the HP universe the Gryffindor house is somewhat a metaphor of righteousness and morality. On the other hand Slytherin house represents the dark side. However, there are a few exceptions on the ...
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What house did Albus Severus Potter get put into? Was it Gryffindor or Slytherin? [duplicate]

At the end of the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Albus Potter questions to Harry "What if I am put in Slytherin" So what was he actually sorted into?
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Which house was Fudge sorted into?

I was recently told that many think the lime-hatted Minister for Magic was Sorted into Slytherin, but I always had him as a dead ringer for Hufflepuff. A quick scan of Internet wikis doesn't turn up ...
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Why wasn’t Cedric Diggory sorted into Ravenclaw?

Cedric Diggory was a clever wizard. He was very expert in the field of magic and he also proved it every time. These qualities are suggesting that he should be in Ravenclaw rather then Hufflepuff. So ...
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Why did Slytherin House not get disbanded?

If every former Hogwarts student who goes bad was in Slytherin, why has Hogwarts kept the house over the years? Why not disband it?
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Do other wizarding schools have different houses?

At Hogwarts, there are four houses: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Do any of the other wizarding schools, like Durmstrang or Beauxbatons, sort their students into separate houses?
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Has anyone ever been unhappy with the sorting hat's decision?

Neville was concerned, at least early on, that he wasn't worthy of being a Gryffindor, but I don't think he ever expressed unhappiness about it. Has anyone?
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Why was Hermione not in Ravenclaw?

Why is Hermione not in Ravenclaw? She's clearly the smartest person in her year, and the defining trait of Ravenclaw is intelligence. Why would she be in Gryffindor rather than Ravenclaw?
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What house were James and his friends in?

I have (as I believe most people do) always believed that James, Lily, Sirius, Lupin and Peter were all in Gryffindor house. However I've never found any canon to support this. I half expected us to ...
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What happened to the Sorting Hat after the Battle of Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows our dear friend Voldy sets fire to the Sorting Hat while it is on Neville's head, yet Neville manages to escape and pull Gryffindor's sword out of the burning ...
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What's the breakdown of Hogwart's Professor in Houses?

In the answer to my other question : Why aren't all Professors Ravenclaws? it was pointed out that Hogwarts Professors might be from any House. In actuality, were there an equal number of ...
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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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Which House was Moaning Myrtle From?

I've just read Sorcerer's Stone or Philosopher's Stone with my daughter and watched the movie and we are now beginning Chamber of Secrets. As my husband and I were watching the movie (to decide if it ...
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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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What house did Albus and James Potter end up in?

I know the epilogue to DH doesn't say this, but are there any interviews or other JKR info about which houses the Potter children were sorted into?
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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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In which Hogwarts House would each of the Peverell brothers be in? [closed]

Had the Peverell brothers been at Hogwarts, which house would each of them have been Sorted into? I assume their respective choices of hallows is reflective of their traits and desires. Just so ...
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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 ...
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Why Was Peter Pettigrew Sorted To Gryffindor?

The Sorting Hat says: You might belong in Gryffindor Where dwell the brave at heart Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart . . . Sorcerer's Stone - Page 118 - US ...
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Do students ever get sorted into houses other than what their family is in?

It seems to me that whatever house your parents were in is where you will end up. I know the Sorting Hat initially wanted to Sort Harry into Slytherin, but that had a lot to do with his connection to ...
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Why was Neville Longbottom in Gryffindor?

So, students in Gryffindor are supposed to represent bravery. How does Neville represent bravery, to the point in being accepted into the house. I've always thought of his strongest traits being ...
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Is there any way to prove that you are a true Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin - analogous to pulling Godric Gryffindor's sword?

In HP books, Harry pulled the Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting hat to fight Tom Riddle. It is also said that the sword was said to appear whenever a true Gryffindor was in need of it, like ...