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The Sorting Hat actually spent a long time deliberating over Hermione. She mentions it when somebody asks her about a particularly complicated piece of magic in Order of the Phoenix: “How come you’re not in Ravenclaw?” he [Terry Boot] demanded, staring at Hermione with something close to wonder. “With brains like yours?” “Well, the Sorting Hat did ...


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Your House can represent traits you value, not necessarily have. This is a good explanation for all the Sortings that that don't seem to match up with the student's traits. Peter Pettigrew could have been a Gryffindor because he wanted to be brave, not because he was. Although he did develop courage later on, unlike Pettigrew, the same thing could be said ...


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First of all, in the first 4 years, it isn't really shown that Neville is NOT brave - the only thing he's really afraid of is his Grandmother and maybe Snape during Potions. With good reason. :) You may be confusing a lack of confidence/assertiveness with not being brave, but they are not the same (for a good in-universe illustration of the opposite, think ...


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You can always fit in a Hogwart House. The houses don't put you where you have your best traits, but what traits you value more. That's why Hermione and Neville were put in Griffindor, for example: Hermione would be more a Ravenclaw and Neville a Hufflepuff, but both of them valued bravery more than anything else. Not being wise or intelligent is not a "NO" ...


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Harry was opposed to becoming a Slytherin for three primary reasons; His visceral dislike of Draco Malfoy The fact that he receives a very negative impression of Slytherin from his newfound friends; a former Gryffindor (Hagrid), two current Gryffindors, (Ron's older brothers) and a would-be Gryffindor (Ron) The fact that the man who murdered his parents was ...


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As you have not read the books, the following conversation happens between Harry and Ron in the train compartment: "What house are your brothers in?" asked Harry. "Gryffindor," said Ron. Gloom seemed to be settling on him again. "Mom and Dad were in it, too. I don't know what they'll say if I'm not. I don't suppose Ravenclaw would be too bad, but ...


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Students are not always sorted into the same house as their family. In Harry, et. al.'s class, for example, the Patil twins were sorted into different houses - Parvati in Gryffindor and Padma is in Ravenclaw. In Goblet of Fire, Harry makes a comment along those lines, and Hermione gives this very counterexample: Brothers and sisters usually go in the ...


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No, Sirius Black is an example of someone that was sorted in an other house than what is family was in. Although he was the heir of the House of Black, Sirius disagreed with his family's belief in blood purity and defied tradition when he was sorted into Gryffindor instead of Slytherin at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which he attended from ...


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Not every member of the Slytherin house has gone bad and neither has every bad wizard been in Slytherin. For instance: Here’s a little-known fact that the other three houses don’t bring up much: Merlin was a Slytherin. Yes, Merlin himself, the most famous wizard in history! He learned all he knew in this very house! Quote from Pottermore, Slytherin ...


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As discussed before on this site, the Sorting Hat doesn't sort based on specific event(s) but on a person's potential (which is why it Gryffindored people like Neville "Timid" Longbottom, Hermione "Nerd" Granger and Peter "The traitor" Pettigrew). As such, the fact that Percy joined the Battle of Hogwarts in the end shows that, as usual, the Hat wasn't ...


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The Hat Knows Best It would be pure speculation for anyone to say where they would have done better, you can't predict what experiences they would have had in any of the other houses. Any of these experiences could have changed their future for the better or worse. Also let's not forget that they did possibly one of the least Ravenclaw like things to do, ...


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When they were still alive, they each chose their house members. When the Founders were still alive, they had all chosen the students who’d be in their house themselves - the Sorting Hat was created to keep their houses’ values intact when they were dead and couldn’t choose, but when they were alive they’d chosen their own favorites for their houses. “...


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The Sorting Hat can whisper. "Not Slytherin, eh?" said the small voice. "Are you sure? ... Well, if you're sure---better be GRYFFINDOR!" Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "The Sorting Hat;" emphasis added So, the Sorting Hat holds conversations much like a normal person. It can ...


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The sorting hat is not a Horcrux From the "Rumors" section of Rowling's old website: Rumour: The Sorting Hat is a Horcrux JKR: No, it isn't. Horcruxes do not draw attention to themselves by singing songs in front of large audiences. The old jkrowling.com - Rumours


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There is not an inherent flaw in having a house reserved for those who value or demonstrate bravery above all else. What about those who seem to demonstrate characteristics other than bravery? As you point out in your question, many have questioned why people such as Peter Pettigrew, Percy Weasley, Hermione or Fred and George ended up in Gryffindor, when ...


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The sorting hat looks at people's minds and finds what they have the potential to rise to, it doesn't look at what they are. Hermione was CERTAINLY qualified for Ravenclaw, but the sorting hat placed her in Gryffindor, seeing within her the capability for great courage and skill. Initially, she didn't display much of this, but she had grown into it by the ...


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Neville is actually quite brave. He might whine a lot and complain, but in the end when the going gets tough he isn't afraid to deal damage. Off of the top of my head Dumbledore once praised him saying: "There are all kinds of courage, it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I ...


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Don't worry you'll end up somewhere, and you will probably have a say in the matter. The Sorting Hat takes your choice into account as we see with Harry and his "not Slytherin" mentality. Hatstalls still go to a house. An archaic Hogwarts term for any new student whose Sorting takes longer than five minutes. This is an exceptionally long time for the ...


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To somehow expand alexwlchan's answer I've tried to gather some information about Cedric's Hufflepuff qualities. I will focus on, why Cedric is in Hufflepuff, not why he is not in Ravenclaw. First let me cite the the Sorting Hat: You might belong in Hufflepuff Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil; ...


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Hermione is smart, intelligent, but also, she is the "take matters into your hands" type person, which is not a very Ravenclaw-y trait. She wasn't very hesitant to create polyjuice potions despite knowing that they are highly illegal. She also went ahead and trapped Rita Skeeter in a bottle! She just goes for the right thing if it fits her conviction. If you ...


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ETA 02.13.12: According to JK Rowling, the Sorting Hat did indeed detect the portion of Voldemort's soul within Harry: "I always imagine that the Sorting Hat detected the presence of that piece of soul when Harry first tried it on, because it's strongly tempted to put him in Slytherin. So that's how I see it." JK Rowling - Pottercast 12.23.07 - The Leaky ...


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Actually, the books answer this question. After all, the Harry Potter series is about three people : Harry Potter : The Boy who lives, defies death time and again and escapes from the tightest of spots. Relatively unattracted by power. In a way, he represents Ignotus. That he is a descendant from Ignotus, owns (and chooses to keep) the Invisibility cloak ...


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As with Hermione, it’s not about being smart, it’s what you do with those smarts. The boys are both clever, but it’s clear that they’re not applying their talents academically: “You know, I don’t get why Fred and George only got three O.W.L.s each,” said Harry, watching as Fred, George, and Lee collected gold from the eager crowd. “They really know their ...


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Lockhart was in Ravenclaw. In Chamber of Secrets special edition, on disc 2 of the DVD or on the Ultimate Edition Bluray, there is a special feature called "Lockhart's Classroom." In that feature, we see a photo of Lockhart during his school days in Ravenclaw's Quidditch uniform, as he played Seeker. I realize the movies aren't as canon as other canon, but ...


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That's not entirely true. It's just that the less-bright kids who end up in the other 3 houses try to make up for it somehow, so you don't think of them that way. You think of them as "hard-working", or "diligent". Let's do our own sorting here... Say you've got a kid who's not too bright, and doesn't like learning for its own sake. We know right off the ...


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Two points: Are there any canon examples of Peter Pettigrew displaying any of the aforementioned traits in a positive way? Yes. He chose not to kill Harry Potter in Malfoy dungeon (for which his silver hand killed him). My sense is that Godric Gryffindor's definitions of "daring" and "nerve" did not include a person joining a group like the Death ...


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The key point comes from Dumbledore’s speech about him in Goblet of Fire: “Cedric was a person who exemplified many of the qualities that distinguish Hufflepuff house,” Dumbledore continued. “He was a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, he valued fair play.” All of those are consistent with the portrayal of Cedric in the canon, hence, he was well ...


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Based on the song that the Sorting Hat itself sang one of the years, it seemed that in the beginning, each of the founding wizards had their own preference on who to accept (except Helga Hufflepuff, who would accept any witch or wizard who wanted to learn). Excerpt: (from Harry Potter Wikia) Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those Whose ancestry's ...


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The text (both Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone and Cursed Child) suggests that Albus, like his father, was influenced by the new friend he made on the Hogwarts Express. To see how, look at the similarities between Albus and Harry. Each was out of place and adrift when he boarded the Hogwarts Express. Harry, because he was new to the Wizarding world, and ...


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First off, Slytherin isn't evil. The answer I linked does a more than sufficient job of debunking that. Similarly, that same answer shows that the "pureblood" stance is not part of Slytherin, as "nowadays you’ll find plenty of people in Slytherin house who have at least one Muggle parent." There's nothing that says intelligence is the sole domain of ...


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