The Sorting Hat is one of the most relevant pieces in Hogwarts and it is the first thing that every student who enrolls in the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry encounters. If you are a Potterhead, then chances are that the speech given by the Sorting Hat to Harry Potter was one of your favorite throughout the series. Its popularity has grown to the extent that the Sorting Hat is one of the most sought after t-shirts dresses for women.
The best at its job!
The main purpose of the Sorting Hat is to sort students into one of the four Hogwarts houses. It originally belonged to the founder of the Gryffindor House, Godric Gryffindor. However, it was bewitched by all the four founders of Hogwarts (Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw) for the sorting purpose. Its magical properties include talking, using legilimency, and singing. It divides the students into the four houses using legilimency. Legilimency is also known as mind-reading in the muggleworld. The Sorting Hat navigates through the many layers of the student’s mind to interpret which House is best suitable for him/ her. The Sorting Hat knows how smart it is and takes pride in it.
People’s love for the Sorting Hat!
Apart from the fact that the Sorting Hat delivers unbiased results, the reason why people love the Hat is because it takes the student’s opinion into consideration. Yes, that is why you will find so many t-shirt dresses online with the Sorting Hat design being sold out so quickly.
Remember the time when Harry was being sorted? The Hat saw that Harry was courageous and talented, with a good mind and the thirst to prove himself. Just as the Hat was wondering which House would suit Harry the best, Harry mumbled saying, “Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.” The Sorting Hat took this into consideration even when it knew that Harry would be great in Slytherin and put him in Gryffindor. This act made the fans fall in love with the Sorting Hat.
Old but the smartest Hat in the world!
The Sorting Hat is battered and very dirty. It has a tear along the brim which opens like a mouth, from where the Hat speaks and sings. It might take a second to about five minutes for the Hat to sort one student. It talks to the wearer in a low voice and once decided, declares the result to the entire hall in a loud voice. The Hat has hardly made any errors while sorting the students and refuses to admit it has made any at all. It is kept in the Headmaster’s/ Headmistresses’ office when not in use.
Other notable uses!
The Sorting Hat can be used for another purpose in addition to sorting the wizards and witches. The hat can be used to magically pull out the sword of Godric Gryffindor, the original owner of the Hat. The sword and the Hat are his only known relics. However, the sword cannot be pulled by anyone. It can only be done by a Gryffindor who is considered worthy enough for it. In short, regardless of how secure the sword’s location is, you can magically pull out the sword from the Sorting Hat if you are a worthy Gryffindor. Both Harry and Neville were able to pull out the sword from the Hat; in the Chamber of Secrets and during the refusal to join Voldemort’s army respectively.
A hat with a personality of its own!
Although it’s just a hat, the Sorting Hat comes up with a new song at the beginning of every term. The song describes all the four Hogwarts Houses. The Sorting Hat represents the unity of Hogwarts and urges all the students to maintain unity regardless of the division of the Houses. If you have watched the series closely or read the books carefully, you will realize that the Sorting Hat has an expansive memory. When the Hat was put on Ron Weasley, it instantly remembered that this is another Weasley and declared Gryffindor. The same was said to Malfoy being in Slytherin.
By now it is apparent why the Sorting Hat is loved dearly. Apart from the t-shirt dresses, you can also get t-shirts for women with the Sorting Hat design.