Timeframe 
1st September 1991 - Evening
 Synopsis 
Upon arrival at the school, Professor McGonagall takes possession of the first year students. She leads them into the Great Hall where they stand before all their fellow teachers and the school faculty. They are to be sorted into the house in which they will spend their next seven years of study. Hogwarts has four houses, each with their own attitudes and values; they are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Ron is rather apprehensive at this news because he has been told by his light hearted twin brothers that students are sorted based on their ability to wrestle trolls! The truth turns out to be much less sinister. The sorting involves students trying on an old hat in alphabetical order. The hat, which has been bewitched, looks inside their head and allocates them to the house that it believes will suit that particular student best. One by one, the students are sorted. Worthy of note is Hermione and Neville ending up in Gryffindor and Draco Malfoy in Slytherin. When it is Harry�s turn, he desperately hopes not to be placed in Slytherin because he has heard that it has a reputation for nastiness. He is rewarded by the hat sorting him into Gryffindor. Ron, like the rest of his family, is also chosen for Gryffindor. The students sit down at their house tables and a delicious feast begins, with all manner of wonderful food served. While eating, Harry notices a greasy haired and sallow faced teacher sitting at the staff table. As eye contact is made, Harry�s scar suddenly shoots with pain. Having asked the identity of the man, he is told that it is Professor Snape, the potions master. At the end of the feast, Professor Dumbledore makes a welcoming speech and conducts the students as they sing a chorus of the school song. All tired and well fed, the first year students are then escorted by the prefects to their dormitories.
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