You all know that we have the ‘Hat’ problem now, and you were expecting this for a long time I hope ( check this). I hope you like my first post. For any thoughts leave a comment bellow.
The Sorting Hat is the magical object used to sort the students in each of the four houses at Hogwarts. It is very fascinating how it comes to life once a year and passes judgement that may very well shape the future of the bright impressionable minds that cross its path. But where did this hat appear from and what is the story behind it. I unfortunately could not get a direct interview from the source in question but there are many ways to gather information. One such place is of course Hogwarts a History, a book that is very often overlooked but contains information of the highest accuracy.
We find that the hat originally belonged to Godric Gryffindor, whom is one of the four founders of Hogwarts. When he, along with Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, began to wonder how they would manage to sort the students after their death, Gryffindor took his hat off of his head and, with the other founders, enchanted it with brains and some amount of personality. The Sorting Hat, now animated, was able to Sort and divide the students into the Hogwarts Houses, and continued to do so for a millennium, being owned by each Headmaster and Headmistress. It does so at the beginning of the start-of-term feast, when it is placed on a three-legged (sometimes four-legged) stool in front of the Great Hall.
The hat is battered and old; it’s patched, frayed, and extremely dirty. In order to speak and sing, a tear along the brim opens like a mouth. It speaks inside of the hat with a small, quiet voice to the wearer and it can read thoughts and respond to them. When not sorting students, the Sorting Hat rests on its stool in the Headmaster’s office where, some students speculate, he composes the songs for the beginning of the year feast.
Godric Gryffindor’s Sword, one of the founder’s only other known relics, can be magically pulled out of the hat by any Gryffindor considered worthy, no matter how secure the sword’s location. This has been first proved by one Harry Potter, student of twelve years old, second year in Gryffindor. He has managed to pull the sword out of the Hat when he was in danger in the Chamber of Secrets. And who could forget when Neville Longbottom managed to obtain it in the Great Battle of Hogwarts?
But having the sword inside is not the only way the Hat has helped over the years. In every song the Hat sings truly and almost prophetically. I am sure many of the readers remember the warning the Hat issued in 1995 during Mr. Potter’s fifth year to be exact. In the words of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington( Nearly Headless Nick) who’s been around a long time as the Gryffindor House ghost, the Sorting Hat feels itself honour-bound to give due warning when it detects great danger for the school. Nick says he’s heard it happen several times before, and that the advice is always the same: Stand together, be strong from within. And I leave you with the last part of the most famous warning:
And now the Sorting Hat is here
and you all know the score:
I sort you into Houses
because that is what I’m for.
But this year I’ll go further,
listen closely to my song:
though condemned I am to split you
still I worry that it’s wrong,
though I must fulfil my duty
and must quarter every year
still I wonder whether sorting
may not bring the end I fear.
Oh, know the perils, read the signs,
the warning history shows,
for our Hogwarts is in danger
from external, deadly foes
and we must unite inside her
or we’ll crumble from within
I have told you, I have warned you…
let the Sorting now begin.
The judgement of the Hat is usually very wise, but that is not to say that it had not made a few mistakes during the years or that it has always sorted the children quickly. The Hat is extremely stubborn and will never admit to making a mistake. It is a very prideful fellow. We also have what is called a Hatstall. According to Pottermore, a Hatstall is ‘an archaic Hogwarts term for any new student who’s Sorting takes longer than five minutes. This is an exceptionally long time for the Sorting Hat to deliberate, and occurs rarely, perhaps once every 50 years. Of Harry Potter’s contemporaries, Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom came closest to being Hatstalls. The Sorting Hat spent nearly four minutes trying to decide whether it should place Hermione in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. In Neville’s case, the Hat was determined to place him in Gryffindor: Neville, intimidated by that house’s reputation for bravery, requested a placing in Hufflepuff. Their silent wrangling resulted in triumph for the Hat.’
So we can see that in almost all cases it sticks with its original intent. Even though Harry Potter has managed to circumvent it and also advises his son of the same methods it is extremely rare for it to occur often. We can only say that it is a great honour to have such a wise hat serving Hogwarts even after a thousand years and we hope that it will not decide to retire in the near future. What are your thoughts on the matter?