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Character : The Sorting Hat

Harry quickly looked down again as Professor McGonagall silently placed a four-legged stool in front of the first years. On top of the stool she put a pointed wizard's hat. This hat was patched and frayed and extremely dirty. Aunt Petunia wouldn't have let it in the house.
Maybe they had to try and get a rabbit out of it, Harry thought wildly, that seemed the sort of thing.

Related characters : Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall, Petunia Dursley, The Sorting Hat

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 2,97/5 (394 votes) - Comments
Everyone in the hall was now staring at the hat, he stared at it, too. For a few seconds, there was complete silence. Then the hat twitched. A rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth -- and the hat began to sing:

But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffis are true And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!"


The whole hall burst into applause as the hat finished its song. It bowed to each of the four tables and then became quite still again.

Related characters : The Sorting Hat

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,00/5 (316 votes) - Comments
"So we've just got to try on the hat!" Ron whispered to Harry. "I'll kill Fred, he was going on about wrestling a troll."

Related characters : Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Fred Weasley, The Sorting Hat

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 2,99/5 (408 votes) - Comments
"Granger, Hermione!"
Hermione almost ran to the stool and jammed the hat eagerly on her head.
"GRYFFINDOR!" shouted the hat. Ron groaned.

Related characters : The Sorting Hat, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,05/5 (406 votes) - Comments
A horrible thought struck Harry, as horrible thoughts always do when you're very nervous. What if he wasn't chosen at all? What if he just sat there with the hat over his eyes for ages, until Professor McGonagall jerked it off his head and said there had obviously been a mistake and he'd better get back on the train?

Related characters : Harry Potter, The Sorting Hat, Minerva McGonagall

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,08/5 (355 votes) - Comments
When Neville Longbottom, the boy who kept losing his toad, was called, he fell over on his way to the stool. The hat took a long time to decide with Neville. When it finally shouted, "GRYFFINDOR," Neville ran off still wearing it, and had to jog back amid gales of laughter to give it to "MacDougal, Morag."

Related characters : Neville Longbottom, The Sorting Hat, Morag MacDougal

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,08/5 (352 votes) - Comments
Malfoy swaggered forward when his name was called and got his wish at once: the hat had barely touched his head when it screamed, "SLYTHERIN!"
Malfoy went to join his friends Crabbe and Goyle, looking pleased with himself.

Related characters : The Sorting Hat, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,04/5 (387 votes) - Comments
"Potter, Harry!"
As Harry stepped forward, whispers suddenly broke out like little hissing fires all over the hall.
"Potter, did she say?"
"The Harry Potter?"
The last thing Harry saw before the hat dropped over his eyes was the hall full of people craning to get a good look at him. Next second he was looking at the black inside of the hat. He waited.
"Hmm," said a small voice in his ear. "Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There's talent, A my goodness, yes -- and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting... So where shall I put you?"
Harry gripped the edges of the stool and thought, Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.
"Not Slytherin, eh?" said the small voice. "Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it's all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that -- no? Well, if you're sure -- better be GRYFFINDOR!"
Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took off the hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he hardly noticed that he was getting the loudest cheer yet. Percy the Prefect got up and shook his hand vigorously, while the Weasley twins yelled, "We got Potter! We got Potter!"

Related characters : Minerva McGonagall, The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter, Percy Weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 : The Sorting Hat

Rating : 3,13/5 (398 votes) - Comments
ALBUS pulls on HARRY’s robes. HARRY looks down.
Do you think – what if I am – what if I’m put in Slytherin...

HARRY
And what would be wrong with that?

ALBUS
Slytherin is the house of the snake, of Dark Magic... it’s not a house of brave wizards.

HARRY
Albus Severus, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.

ALBUS
But just say...

HARRY
If it matters to you, you, the Sorting Hat will take your feelings into account.

ALBUS
Really?

HARRY
It did for me.

Related characters : Harry Potter, Albus Potter, The Sorting Hat, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Act 1 - Scene 2

Rating : 3,09/5 (362 votes) - Comments
He puts his hat on ROSE’s head.

GRYFFINDOR!

There’s cheering from the Gryffindors as ROSE joins them.

ROSE
Thank Dumbledore.

Related characters : The Sorting Hat, Rose Granger-Weasley, Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Act 1 - Scene 4

Rating : 3,01/5 (332 votes) - Comments
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