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The Sorting Hat's New Song

- Chapter 11

"It means the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts." - Hermione GrangerĀ (OP11)

OP11: The Sorting Hat’s New Song

The start-of-term feast takes place, the Sorting Hat gives warning in its new song, Harry recognizes Dolores Umbridge as she is introduced as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry learns that not everyone believes that Voldemort is back.

Calendar and Dates

The entire chapter takes place the evening Harry arrives at school for the start of his fifth year, which we know from his Hogwarts letter is 1 September. Since classes start the next morning, it must be a Sunday, though there is a discrepency regarding the day of the week.

Interesting facts and notes

'What is going on?'
Ron had appeared in the doorway. His wide eyes travelled from Harry, who was kneeling on his bed with his wand pointing at Seamus, to Seamus, who was standing there with his fists raised.

Fight in the Dorm by Marta T.

Exceptional character moments

Still to come.

Memorable lines

"Ow kunnit nofe skusin danger ifzat?" said Ron. His mouth was so full Harry thought it was quite an achievement for him to make any noise at all.

"I'll be her friend as long as I don't have to borrow that cardigan."

"I'll tell you what it means," said Hermione through gritted teeth. "It means the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts."

"Ron, we're supposed to show the first years where to go!"
"Oh yeah," said Ron, who had obviously forgotten. "Hey- hey you lot! Midgets!"
"Well they are, they're titchy...."

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes or unnamed):

  • First-year who points Harry out to Euan Abercrombie
  • Unnamed Hogwarts students who whisper and point at Harry as he passes
  • Unnamed Ginny's fourth-year friends



  • Food appears on the tables in the Great Hall
  • Spell Seamus uses to restore his bed curtains, perhaps Reparo


Settings and locations mentioned:

  • Hogwarts front steps

Characters Introduced


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