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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.

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 them/itself as it works out where to 'sort' them.

A very contentious process, as readers often wonder why a given character is sorted into a given house instead of another, based on their personalities or actions in the years following their sorting.

This tag collects questions about what students are in what houses and why, the characteristic traits of students in the houses, and the system of sorting to houses in general.