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Sorting Hat is a pan-fandom Extranormal High School A.U. Journal Roleplay community set in Hogwarts, during the years of Voldemort and the Death Eaters' rise to power. Each member applies as a character from any fictional medium and plays him or her as a student or teacher in Hogwarts, as the game focuses on the cast's day-to-day life in the school. Every two weeks, a random event will happen and cause either hilarity or bring out the trauma and angst that almost every student secretly has.

It was started in 2005 and lasted for eight years before fizzling out in 2013, making it one of the longer-running roleplays. It can still be read here.


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Sorting Hat provides examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: Forget Voldemort, our students provide enough excitement.
  • Adorkable: Firo fits this trope ridiculously well. Mobsters, Italy and Frank Sinatra, anyone?
  • Alternate Universe: The entire premise. Take any character from any canon, give them magic powers, stick them in Hogwarts, and see how much you can screw with them.
  • Big Eater:
    • Roxas. Almost every journal entry is about seasalt ice cream to some degree. Mukuro calls him out on it. Roxas denies of course.
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    • Also Kyoko. Watch her eat/talk about cake and you'll understand.
    • Alfred ate two whole cakes. That's as many as two ones. He denies the effect this has on his waistline.
  • Blessed with Suck: Death the Kid was cursed when he was young. This curse makes him impervious to physical outside toxins but also gave him three horizontal stripes on one side of his head. This bothers him slightly.
  • Bus Crash: The dropped characters Zechs, Anya, Anise and Asuka died in the Death Eaters' attack on the Ministry.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Most characters that are Japanese in canon have such heritage glossed over, and is hardly ever/never mentioned at all. Some characters incorporate it by making them have close Japanese relatives or be a child of immigrants.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: The "I fell down the stairs" variant has been used a few times by injured characters. In at least one of those cases, it was technically true, but the character was actually pushed down the stairs.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Half of Gryffindor's sixth year is ready to go after Rasiel with torches and pitchforks because he... Hurt Mitsuki's feelings and scared her.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Leading to jokes about how, at Hogwarts, the guys are prettier than the girls, along with other merciless lampshading. There's been at least one occasion where someone forgot Saralegui is male. And some of the guys have even hit on him.
  • Flying Broomstick: It's Hogwarts.
  • Friendly Enemy: Mukuro and Joshua were this for years, playing mind games back and forth before they eventually chilled and became frenemies. Feel sorry for Link and Puck. Please.
  • Future Badass: Quite a few of the students that went on to become Aurors and a few Death Eaters in the Ten Years Later event.
  • Lady Land: Considering the girl to guy ratio in Hufflepuff, it might as well be. Never mind the fact that some of the guys are pretty girly looking.
  • Lampshade Hanging: It's not rare to find a character complaining that the school seems intent on screwing with them.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Enough to set Actual Pacifist Cierra and Maron out for blood.
    • Professor Peixes (The Condesce) whenever anything even slightly improper could get in the hands of her daughters.
    • Bro Strider will punch you in the face if you insult or otherwise mess with his crotchdroppings.
  • The Matchmaker: Dear God don't let Maxim find out about your crush, he won't stop until he's satisfied.
  • Put on a Bus: What usually happens to characters that are dropped. What happens in character can go from simply not using their journal, to transferring, or in some rather nasty examples, being in a coma after falling out a window.
  • Remember the New Guy?: When a new character joins in the middle of the year. Usually explained by saying they'd 'lost their journals' beforehand.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: It's assumed by default that everyone wears uniforms most of the time.
  • Setting Update: The game's backdrop was formerly the beginning of the first Wizardry War set in the current day, but has been changed to the aftermath of Voldemort's first defeat by Harry.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Firo wears suspenders. Enough said.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "... got lost" and "... on a desk" have become euphemisms among the players for... certain activities, the latter pertaining to it being someone's first time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Soul and Maka. Sure, they argue and insult each other a lot which often ends with Maka quieting Soul her own way, but they're nigh inseparable.
  • Wham Episode: Hey kids, you know that field trip to the Ministry of Magic you've all been looking forward to? Well, guess when the Death Eaters will decide to attack the Ministry!

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