*The following article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter books and films.*

So the Sorting Hat of Hogwarts chooses which new students go to which of the four houses. I'm assuming each house has a quota. Otherwise, Slytherin would be bare-bones and then the other houses would have an unfair advantage in the academic, sporting and other extracurricular activities, seeing as there's a point-based friendly annual competition between the houses.

So now we have two schools of thought to explore. The first one is that

**every year the new students that arrive are pre-destined, based on their personalities, to be evenly split up between the four houses**. That is, 20 students arrive and 5 of them happen to be strictly Hufflepuff material, 5 of them happen to be strictly Ravenclaw material, and so on. This way the students are evenly split up between the houses and fair competition continues. And this happens year after year without fail. This, of course, is ridiculous.

**the Sorting Hat is a stereotyping jerk**who ruins childrens' lives. Again, 20 children arrive at Hogwarts and the Sorting Hat must choose their fate. And so he decides:

Famous Harry Potter, who wasn't killed by a noseless madman as a baby, which somehow makes him "brave":

*Gryffindor*.

Some kid comes up who's very creative and awkward:

*Ravenclaw*.

Some kid comes up who looks like he hasn't showered in weeks:

*Slytherin*.

Another freakin' Weasley, let's just shoehorn him in with his brothers (which is a form of nepotism, by the way):

*Gryffindor*.

So let's say 20 kids come in and only half are stereotypable. The other 10 kids are just going to be thrown here and there to get an even 5 in each house. The Sorting Hat continues:

*I guess go to Ravenclaw.*

Next four kids:

*We forgot about Jigglypuff. Go there.*

Only black new student:

*Affirmative action. Gryffindor.*

At the end of the process, the Sorting Hat only moved the winners and the slackers to their appropriate houses, but failed the middle section. What if some kid was destined to go to Gryffindor and do great things, but for number's sake was made Hufflepuff and spent the rest of his life working at the Ministry of Magic at a dead end job with a witch who stopped loving him and three children he never saw? What if a kid was destined to Ravenclaw, but got tossed in Slytherin? New Dark Lord.

The Sorting Hat ruins little childrens' lives.

*-Michael B*

**Tags**The Sorting Hat

**Hogwarts**Griffindor

**Slytherin**Ravenclaw

**Hufflepuff**Harry Potter

**Ministry of Magic**Jigglypuff