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A Hatstall was an archaic term for a student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry whose Sorting took more than five minutes because the Sorting Hat found him or her to have a personality equally suited to two different Hogwarts Houses.[1][2] The Sorting Hat sometimes took the student's personal preference into consideration in order to break such a tie.[2][3]

True Hatstalls were rare, occurring around once every fifty years,[1] but near Hatstalls may have been more common.

Known HatstallsEdit

Known near HatstallsEdit

  • Hermione Granger — The Sorting Hat spent nearly four minutes trying to decide between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, and "seriously considered" Ravenclaw, but ultimately went with Gryffindor.[1][5]
  • Neville Longbottom — The Sorting Hat was determined to place him in Gryffindor, but because Neville found Gryffindor's reputation for bravery intimidating, he asked to be put in Hufflepuff. The two argued silently for "a long time" before the Hat finally got its way and declared him a Gryffindor.[1][3]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pottermore (screenshot available here)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pottermore: An Inside Scoop" from
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (transcription available here)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19