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Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About The Sorting Hat

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The Sorting Hat is one of the most recognizable magical items at Hogwarts, but there is a lot about its creation that isn't a part of the story. These Redditors and fans are pointing out a number of details about the hat and its selection process.

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    The Sorting Hat Never Admits It Makes Mistakes

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] The Sorting Hat is notorious for refusing to admit it has made a mistake in its sorting of a student. On those occasions when Slytherins behave altruistically or selflessly, when Ravenclaws flunk all their exams, when Hufflepuffs prove lazy yet academically gifted and when Gryffindors exhibit cowardice, the Hat steadfastly backs its original decision. On balance, however, the Hat has made remarkably few errors of judgement over the many centuries it has been at work.

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    The Hat Has The Personality Of All Four Hogwarts Founders In It

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] Legend has it that the hat once belonged to one of the four founders, Godric Gryffindor, and that it was jointly enchanted by all four founders to ensure that students would be sorted into their eponymous houses, which would be selected according to each founder’s particular preferences in students.

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    The Hat Is Highly Skilled At Legillimency

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] The Sorting Hat is one of the cleverest enchanted objects most witches and wizards will ever meet. It literally contains the intelligence of the four founders, can speak (through a rip near its brim) and is skilled at Legilimency, which enables it to look into the wearer’s head and divine his or her capabilities or mood. It can even respond to the thoughts of the wearer.

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    When The Sorting Hat Takes More Than Five Minutes It's Called A Hatstall

    From Redditor u/tectonictigress:

    A hatstall is just a sorting that takes longer than five minutes, I think it still debates until it reaches its own conclusion on how to sort, a hatstall just means he took longer, but he still takes the persons preference into consideration but doesn't necessarily follow it.