Life Lessons from the Sorting Hat

We all know and love the Sorting Hat’s songs, but I don’t think that we often appreciate just how awesome the advice within the lyrics is. So here are six of the best bits from the Sorting Hat’s song in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:


They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,

They hatched a daring plan

To educate young sorcerers

Thus Hogwarts School began.

The whole idea of sharing your wishes is a huge thing to remember; by working together and being open and honest about how you want to change the world is an amazing thing! Without the four founders, our favorite school in the world would still be a dream. Dreaming big is the first step to making the world a better place!


2. BE YOURSELF (You’re awesome!)   

Now each of these four founders

Formed their own house, for each

Did value different virtues

In the ones they had to teach.

We all have those thoughts, when we think we’re a little too odd or “out there.” But hey, we need to embrace our differences and celebrate that we’re individuals! Remember that everyone favors different qualities, so if it doesn’t work out with one person then it will with another.



By Gryffindor, the bravest were

Prized far beyond the rest;

Take the plunge! Embrace the lion within and make Gryffindor proud – even if it is just to have the courage to visit the dentist!



For Ravenclaw, the cleverest

Would always be the best;

Being clever isn’t just about how many books you read and how many questions you can answer correctly. This is also about being willing to learn and using it in the other aspects of your life. A bit of Ravenclaw organization and curiosity can be the answer to your problems!



For Hufflepuff, hard workers were

Most worthy of admission;

A bit of hard work soon pays off. Show your passion by putting in the effort, and you’ll be surprised at the good things that will come your way. As mentioned before, maybe this is the Year of Hufflepuff?




And power-hungry Slytherin

Loved those of great ambition.

The term “power-hungry” is often taken as a negative attribute, so let’s focus on ambition instead. We all need a bit of direction in our lives, so why not use our ambition to find a direction of our choosing. C’mon, we know Slytherins are not all bad.

Growing up and learning how to be an adult is hard enough. What would we do without the life lessons of Harry Potter? Share your favorite lessons from the books below!