The Sorting Hat is a magical talking hat that is a part of Hogwarts. It is most notably used to sort new students into the four Houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. It is also used to appoint a new headmaster or headmistress.
The Sorting Hat can be summoned with the spell deligitor prodeas.
The Sorting Hat is likely created at the same time as Hogwarts around the 12th century.
Message in parseltongueEdit
The Hat contains a spell set by Salazar Slytherin (canon) that gives a message in parseltongue to parselmouth students that are sorted into Slytherin house. In 1991, Harry Potter reports having heard the message, after which it is likely removed or made inaudible.