It doesn’t matter how long ago the last Harry Potter book came out (10 years ago, FYI, if you exclude the script for the Cursed Child), fans are still going over every detail and uncovering some pretty convincing theories.
The latest is all about the Sorting Hat, and how it chooses which house to place new students in, with each one boasting its own set of individual traits. We’ve longed believed if you have courage, you’ll find yourself in Gryffindor, and if you have a slightly menacing surname, you’ll snarl and embrace the Slytherin common room.
No, but seriously, the general belief is that the Sorting Hat chooses where to place you based on the personality you already have. What if that wasn’t the case? A theory that’s proving popular on Reddit says: “The Sorting Hat sorts students based on what traits they value, not possess”.
The author continues: The world of Harry Potter holds that the Sorting Hat sorts a child based on what traits they possess.
“The brave go to Gryffindor, the intellectual to Ravenclaw, the cunning to Slytherin and the hardworking to Hufflepuff (or, if you believe the Sorting Hat in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hufflepuff just gets the leftovers).
“However, as I was rereading the series, I came across a lot of holes in that line of thinking.”
They then explained that many of kids’ personalities don’t match the house they’re placed in. For example: “11-year-old Neville isn’t brave at all; he’s even scared of his own shadow. 11-year-old Draco isn’t anywhere near cunning (basically alienating Harry Potter, the wizarding world’s biggest celebrity). And don’t get me started on Crabbe and Goyle.”
Er, don’t get us started on Crabbe and Goyle.
But, of course, Neville and Draco’s traits changed as they got older. Some might say that Draco got more cunning, and Neville found the courage to speak up in front of Voldemort and deliver one hell of a speech.
“The point is, they didn’t have those traits the moment they were sorted,” the Reddit user continued. “So perhaps the Sorting Hat can somehow predict their future?”
We’re sold on this theory.
Via: Cosmopolitan UK