The students arrive at Hogwarts for the Sorting ceremony. The Sorting Hat sings a song which warns that Hogwarts is in danger and pleas for unity. Dumbledore announces that the supply teacher Professor Grubbly-Plank will be taking over Hagrid's post without saying how long it would last for. He also announces that Professor Umbridge (who Harry first saw during [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC8TheHearing his hearing]]) will teach Defence Against the Dark Arts. Umbridge interrupts Dumbledore to give a long-winded speech introducing herself. She sounds like a MisplacedKindergartenTeacher but she also hints that Ministry is planning to interfere at Hogwarts.
Back at the dormitory, Seamus is among those that Harry was telling the truth about Voldemort's return. The other roommates agree with Harry, but the rift with Seamus leaves him further disturbed.