ByJaqlyne Hatfield, writer at

We might not know the anxiety of the Sorting Hat choosing your destiny, but we all have experienced the anxiety of writing (I know I am right now). There is a lot that goes into it: hooking the audience, intriguing content, buildups, conclusions, and the list goes on.

When one of the most successful authors of all time, J.K. Rowling, was writing the book that would change our lives, she too went through all of that and more. One of her challenges was figuring out how to place the young Wizards and Witches into their groups. She figured out that there were to be four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff.

The Sorting Hat does not appear in my earliest plans for Hogwarts. I debated several different methods for sorting students (because I knew from early on that there would be four houses, all with different qualities).
-J.K. Rowling,

She goes on to say that her first idea was a sort of Heath Robinson machine, but that it was both too complicated and too easy.

Her second option was to have a statue for each founder of each house in the Entrance Hall. The students would gather as the statues would come to life and choose each pupil carefully, but again this did not feel right to Rowling. Surprisingly, the Sorting Hat was inspired by the most simplistic choosing methods we use today.

Finally, I wrote a list of the ways in which people can be chosen: eeny meeny miny mo, short straws, chosen by team captains, names out of a hat - names out of a talking hat - putting on a hat - the Sorting Hat
-J.K. Rowling,

Thus, the Sorting Hat was born!


Were you satisfied with J.K. Rowling's choice to go with the Sorting Hat? Or would you have wanted to her to use one of her other ideas?


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