Recap / Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone C 7 The Sorting Hat

Professor McGonagall takes the first-years into the castle, where they meet the Hogwarts ghosts and are soon taken to the Great Hall, where they encounter the Sorting Hat, an ancient, frayed object that sings a song about the four Hogwarts houses (through a rip in the middle of it). One by one, each new student is called forth, the hat is placed on their heads, and it proclaims the house to which each student is to be sorted very loudly for all to hear. Hermione Granger gets Gryffindor, as does Neville Longbottom. Draco Malfoy, of course, gets Slytherin. When it is Harry's turn, he hears the hat whisper to him that he would do well in Slytherin. Harry, however, doesn't want to be in Slytherin (knowing Lord Voldemort was in that house), and the hat listens to his wishes, putting him in Gryffindor, where he is soon joined by Ron.

During the ensuing celebratory feast, Harry takes a look at those around him. After realizing that Professor Quirrell is wearing a strange purple turban, he spots the dark, sallow Professor Snape, Potions Master, and his scar inexplicably aches severely. After the feast, Dumbledore informs the students that the forest remains forbidden territory, and now so is a third-floor corridor, for as-yet unspecified reasons. This is followed by a spirited rendition of the school song before bedtime. As Percy Weasley escorts the Gryffindor first-years to their tower common room, they run into Peeves the Poltergeist, a mischievous spirit with a serious penchant for prankage.

After falling asleep in a cushy four-poster bed high up in the topmost floor of the boys' dorms, Harry has a seriously bizarre nightmare about the Sorting Hat wanting to put him in Slytherin, then turning into Quirrell's turban. The other details don't really matter, because by the next morning Harry has completely forgotten the dream ever happened to begin with.