What Is the Hogwarts Sorting Hat?


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According to the Harry Potter Lexicon, the Sorting Hat is an enchanted hat that decides which of the four houses each first-year student at Hogwarts will be sorted into. The hat is old, patched and speaks through a rip along the brim that acts as its mouth.

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The Harry Potter Lexicon also states that the Sorting Hat was originally enchanted by the four founders of Hogwarts so that it would possess intelligence and have a personality that decides whether a new student is best suited for the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin house. The hat also has the ability to read the thoughts of the person wearing it.

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