Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those whose ancestry is purest."
Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."
Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those with brave deeds to their name,"
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
In times of old when I was new
And Hogwarts barely started
The founders of our noble school
Thought never to be parted:
United by a common goal,
They had the selfsame yearning,
To make the world's best magic school
And pass along their learning.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin loved those of great ambition.
You could be great, you know, it's all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness.SlytherinSorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
A thousand years or more ago,
When I was newly sewn,
There lived four wizards of renown,
Whose name are still well-known:
Bold Gryffindor from wild moor,
Fair Ravlenclaw from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin from fen.
They share a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan,
To educate young sorcerers,
Thus Hogwarts school began.
You might belong in Gryffindor
Where dwell the brave at heart
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart
You might belong in Hufflepuff
Where they are just and loyal
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw
if you've a ready mind
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends
Welcome, welcome, one and all
The show's about to start
I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And it's time to play my part
You may call me worn and ragged
If that's all you truly see
But listen close and I will tell where you're supposed to be
Go ahead and try me on
There's nothing left to fear
I'll find right where you belong by looking between your ears
I've done this job for centuries
On every student's head I've sat
Of thoughts I take inventories
For I'm the famous Sorting Hat
I've sorted high, I've sorted low,
I've done the job through thick and thin
So put me on and you will know
Which House you should be in
Take only those they wanted, so,
For instance, Slytherin
Took only pure-blood wizards
Of great cunning, just like him
Oh you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
Oh, know the perils, read the signs,
The warning history shows,
For our Hogwarts is in danger
From external, deadly foes
And we must unite inside her
Or we'll crumble from within
I have told you, I have warned you...
Let the Sorting now begin.
Trustworthy, loyal, and modest... all there, I see. And just a hint of tenacity, excellent! They'll appreciate that in Hufflepuff.HufflepuffSorting Hat in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Desire, cunning, a certain moral flexibility - oh, yes, Slytherin could be just the place for you.SlytherinSorting Hat in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened