Sorting Hat

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The Sorting Hat is a pointed Wizard's hat that is used to sort new students into their Houses each year at Hogwarts. It is described as patched, frayed, and extremely dirty. The hat is brought into the Great Hall at the begining of the start-of-term feast and is placed on a stool, from which perch it will sing a song about the sorting. The song is different each year. After the song has been sung, each new student puts the hat on in turn, to find out in which house he or she belongs. The Sorting Hat looks into the mind of the student to see what traits and characteristics each has that define their personality and will decide which House fits best. (PS/SS 7)