Among the most emblematic objects in the world of Harry Potter and of everyone wizarding there is certainly the sorting hatwhose decisions in the first film of the saga inevitably shaped the fates of many of its characters.
The decisions of the sensitive headgear – used to sort incoming Hogwarts students into their respective houses – have, however, been repeatedly questioned by fans, inevitably leading to questioning. how exactly does this determine their respective memberships. But let’s go back a bit.
As we know, the Sorting Hat – which was originally a normal headdress – belonged to Godric Gryffindor. The latter, along with the other founders of Hogwarts, later cast a spell on him. The hat was therefore used as the student sorting so that it can provide for families’ choices even after the death of the school’s founders.
This has always had a certain decision-making autonomy in the choice, however, as can be seen from the first chapter of the cinematographic saga, it also takes into consideration the greater inclinations of the students and student wishes, like when Harry Potter longed to be sorted into Slytherin. If rarely the Hat has ever been wrong about the allocation of a house, he is also known to refuse to admit a possible error, defending with iron his decision whatever it is.
In some situations, however, the hat choices seemed questionable. In fact, there are several occasions where a student has behaved diametrically opposed to the spirit of his own family. These episodes therefore inspired a theory that he wishes the Sorting Hat could actually See the future.
This would explain the insertion of Neville Longbottom in Gryffindor despite – at least at first – he was anything but a brave guy, thus foreseeing his decisive role in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Or that would explain the insertion of Draco Malfoy in Slytherin with his family’s ties to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself. In short, Il Cappello instead of quantifying the potential of students according to their qualities, would rather give a quick overview of their future by basing decisions on this aspect.
There are however some details that work against this interesting theory. First, the fact that the notorious Peter Minus, widely referred to as the wizarding world’s greatest coward, was precisely a Gryffindor. According to some fans, he was brave for simply betraying his friends and joining Voldemort, actions far removed from Gryffindor values, yet undertaken under the pressure of cowardice and fear.
If confirmed, the Sorting Hat’s ability to see the future, however, would carry with it. some perplexities. After all, Harry Potter has shown throughout the saga that he’s a true Gryffindor, so it wouldn’t make sense to sort him into Slytherin, and not just for Harry’s clear desire. The most debatable decision of all time remains the sorting of Peter Minus into Gryffindor, but it remains to be considered that if the Hat had truly seen his future, any choice would have been controversial.
It may not see one of the possible futures based on the traits of the students as they carry it, this could explain some decidedly hard-to-understand choices.
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