Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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The Sorting Hat Character Analysis

The sentient hat that's responsible for sorting students into different Houses. While it always sings a song before the Sorting Ceremony, this year the hat takes a newly political tone. It suggests that sorting students is actually a bad idea, as it keeps students from connecting with each other. It also implies that between the four Hogwarts founders, Helga Hufflepuff was the only one who had the right idea when it came to education: rather than choosing students for a particular quality, like bravery or intelligence, she declared that she'd take everyone and treat them equally.

The Sorting Hat Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by The Sorting Hat or refer to The Sorting Hat. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Eleven Quotes

I sort you into Houses
Because that is what I'm for,
But this year I'll go further,
Listen closely to my song:
Though condemned I am to split you
Still I worry that it's wrong
Though I must fulfill my duty
And must quarter every year
Still I wonder whether Sorting
May not bring the end I fear.

Related Characters: The Sorting Hat (speaker), Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 206
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Sorting Hat Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character The Sorting Hat appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eleven
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
Professor McGonagall leads in the first years and sets the Sorting Hat on a stool. A rip in the brim opens and the hat begins to sing.... (full context)
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
...sorting is over, Dumbledore announces the start of the feast. Hermione and Nick discuss the Sorting Hat 's warning, and Nick suggests that since the hat lives in Dumbledore's office, it likely... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...losing his temper with her and Ron. She reminds him that both Dumbledore and the Sorting Hat said that students need to work together. Seeing a group of Ravenclaws looking scared of... (full context)