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?

  • Because teenagers (and tweenagers) have short attention spans? Mar 28 '15 at 19:01
  • 13
    Why does anyone sing?
    – phantom42
    Mar 28 '15 at 19:08
  • 4
    @phantom42 - Revenge.
    – Valorum
    Mar 28 '15 at 19:18
  • Revenge? Singing and revenge?
    – user43664
    Mar 28 '15 at 19:19
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    @user43664 - You know the old saying; 'Singing is a dish best served fabulous'.
    – Valorum
    Mar 28 '15 at 19:20

According to Ron it's a tradition. He ascribed the motivation as probably being boredom.

The Great Hall rang with applause as the Sorting Hat finished.
‘That’s not the song it sang when it sorted us,’ said Harry, clapping along with everyone else.

‘Sings a different one every year,’ said Ron. ‘It’s got to be a pretty boring life, hasn’t it, being a hat? I suppose it spends all year making up the next one.’ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • completely canon.. great observation... Apr 7 '15 at 4:57

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