In the series of books by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter belongs to which house at Hogwarts?

And the answer: Gryffindor.

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In the books, at the beginning of each school year, new students at Hogwarts are placed in one of four houses, based on the Sorting Hat's assessment of their personalities and tendencies. While Harry Potter embodies some traits of Slytherin, the Sorting Hat makes him a Gryffindor.

Interestingly, the Sorting Hat dates far back in the wizarding world of Harry Potter– at least a millennia, in fact. According to Potter lore, the four founders of Hogwarts – Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin – decided to magically imbue an otherwise ordinary hat with their combined intelligence. As a result, the quartet was able to maintain their tradition of sorting posthumously.

The Sorting Hat also boasts a plethora of other intriguing skills. In addition to the yearly sorting, the Hat opens the students' banquet with an original song. Curiously, the Hat is sometimes able to offer warnings of violence or other dangers on the horizon.

"Sings a different [song] every year. It's got to be a pretty boring life, hasn't it, being a hat? I suppose it spends all year making up the next one." - Ron Weasley, on the Sorting Hat's existence

The Hat also has the unique ability to summon the Sword of Gryffindor. Should a true, worthy Gryffindor shove their hand into its brim, the sword will magically appear. This is thought to be due to the fact that the Hat's original owner was none other than Godric Gryffindor himself.

How would the Sorting Hat sort you? Check out this quiz to determine your Hogwarts house. And, check out the Sorting Hat scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone below.

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