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Questions tagged [sorting-hat]

For questions about the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter franchise. Use when asking about the Hat itself, its decisions, and possibly when asking why a certain character belongs to a certain house. Use with the [harry-potter] and [hogwarts] tags when appropriate.

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How come Ron knew nothing about the Sorting Hat? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and Philosopher Stone Ron is oblivious about the sorting ceremony same as everyone else. "How exactly do they sort us into Houses?" he asked Ron. "Some sort of test I think. ...
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Have any students not been sorted?

Based on an answer on Ilvermorny school's sorting ceremony, multiple houses of the school can express an interest in a student, and some students have received a request for all four houses. Have any ...
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Does the Ilvermorny School have a sorting hat?

Many fans of the Harry Potter Universe are continuing to learn more and more about the wizarding world, as the world expands through new media content, including Pottermore. One of the more recent ...
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Why would the Sorting Hat consider Slytherin as an option for Harry? [duplicate]

Following this question I asked myself why the Sorting Hat would see Slytherin as a good option for Harry. As far as I know Harry wasn't cunning, he wasn't pureblood, nor was he power hungry or had ...
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How did the Hogwarts founders sort students?

Currently the Sorting Hat looks inside a student’s head and determines the traits that best match one of the Hogwarts houses. These may be traits the student has yet to demonstrate or even be aware ...
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What does Ravenclaw mean by being clever?

As far as I am concerned, one is sorted into Ravenclaw when being highly intelligent or wise or scholar type. In the real world, intelligence can be understood in different ways. Like there are ...
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When Harry was getting sorted, did the sorting hat speak out loud or in Harry's head? [duplicate]

I know that Harry and The Sorting Hat had a conversation while he was being sorted, but did they talk in their heads or out loud. If out loud, did anybody hear the conversation?
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Why exactly did the Sorting Hat originally want to put Harry in Slytherin?

I know that the Sorting Hat wanted to for other reasons, but if he made the right decision then why did he ever want to? The Sorting Hat made it very clear that he chose the right house, then why did ...
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Does the Sorting Hat try to fill the Hogwarts houses equally? [duplicate]

In Harry’s year, the 40 students are evenly split, ten to each of the four houses. Does the Sorting Hat deliberately try to fill the houses equally? If all 40 students had courage as their strongest ...
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Does the Sorting Hat use legilimency? Can an occlumens prevent it from working? [duplicate]

The Sorting Hat is able to look into a person's mind to learn about their talents, and can hear the thoughts of the person as well. Hmm," said a small voice in his ear. "Difficult. Very difficult. ...
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Who exactly can draw the Sword of Gryffindor out of the hat?

As long as I remember, it is implied that only Gryffindors (and not all of them) may get the sword out of the Sorting Hat. As far as this goes, the rules are pretty clear. However, the fact that you ...
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Is the Sorting Hat a not-Dark version of a Horcrux?

We know, according to Hermione, that [...] a Horcrux is the complete opposite of a human being. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the Ghoul in Pyjamas But that does not necessarily ...
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Is the Sorting Hat a Horcrux?

The Sorting Hat is significantly different from most other enchanted objects we've seen in the Wizarding World. The hat is sapient - it not only converses with Harry on multiple occasions but invents ...
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What was the other house that Seamus might have been placed in?

In Sorcerer's Stone we find: Sometimes, Harry noticed, the hat shouted out the house at once, but at others it took a little while to decide. "Finnigan, Seamus," the sandy-haired boy next to ...
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Why do less-bright students end up in Slytherin?

The main trait of Slytherin house is ambition and cunning. Malfoy fits the bill. Snape fits the bill. Harry Potter has both, to an extent. But how can someone argue that Crabbe, Goyle or Millicent (...
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How do they keep the Hogwarts houses the same size? [duplicate]

How does the Sorting Hat prevent one house from being way bigger or smaller than the others? Related: How big were the houses at Hogwarts?
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Does the sorting hat distribute students equally? [duplicate]

A series of questions, so I'll split them up if needed. I'm working my way through the books again and was wondering if the sorting hats sorts the students into houses equally, or if there are some ...
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Why was Albus Severus sorted into Slytherin?

What made the Sorting Hat sort Albus Severus into Slytherin? I’m OK with an answer based on specific traits that match known house characteristics if an unambiguous canon explanation doesn’t exist.
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Ravenclaw House - is it really a good place for eccentric people?

The Ravenclaw House's motto is: "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasue." (Rowena Ravenclaw) And from their welcome letter, it seems Ravenclaws associate eccentric behaviour with creativity ...
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The sorting hat's priorities and it's influence on the wizarding society [closed]

When sorting Draco and Ron It seems the hat didn't waste time to find out their character traits . In Ron's case he even says: "Another Weasley! I know just what to do with you." It seems as if ...
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Are there any non-Slytherin Death Eaters (besides Pettigrew)?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid explains to Harry: All wizards who turned evil have been in Slytherin. Later we learn that he was wrong, as Peter Pettigrew was in Gryffindor and has been a Death ...
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What Houses was the Sorting Hat deliberating between for Minerva McGonagall's sorting?

The Pottermore article on Hatstall includes the following passage: The only true Hatstalls known personally to Harry Potter were Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew. It's obvious that for Peter ...
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Into which house was Rowling sorted?

I've heard that JKR is both a Gryffindor and a Hufflepuff, so I'm not sure what to believe. Has J. K. Rowling revealed the house into which she was sorted, and has her answer been consistent?
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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 within a ...
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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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Why didn't Harry want to be placed in Slytherin?

I just read a question regarding Slytherin, then I searched around and found this question and corresponding answers: How far can a Hogwarts student persuade the Sorting Hat? This brings up another ...
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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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Are these different looks in accordance with the Harry Potter canon?

I got this pic from Movies Now which says that Hermione would have different makeovers if she belonged to different houses. Is this in accordance with the canon? Does Ravenclaw not have blonde girls? ...
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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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Does the Sorting Hat speak only to the person wearing it?

My question is straightforward. Does the Sorting Hat speak only to the person wearing it, or to the Great Hall? Did all of the students hear it say, "Not Slytherin, eh?" when Harry used it?
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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, 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?

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 ...