Even talking to a central character, you made the story completely about the Sorting Hat, and did it very well too. All of the explanations about the sorting and regretting some of the placements were informative and entertaining.
Having the Hat give the reassurance needed was really sweet. I really liked that the conversation going on, while though all in the Hatís voice, was clearly a two-sided one. You did an amazing job with this and I enjoyed it so much.
I have to sort of agree that Percy should have gone to Hufflepuff, but with his ambition and drive, he probably would have done very well in Slytherin, except for the fact that his entire family is a bunch of blood traitors, and he probably would have given old Tom a run for his money. Maybe the Hat does know what itís doing after all.
Great job and I will read more tomorrow. See you then.
Author's Response: Thanks -- it started off as a little thing about Percy, and then I added in my 'Sorting Hat Theory' (which more or less stands up). I'm not sure why it was written in that style, except that it just seemed to be the way to go. :)
I gathered it wasn't Harry trying the hat on, but I didn't think of Ron. I had a couple of theories as I was reading, one of which was Severus wearing the hat (the bit where it says he has proven himself a good Gryffindor being a comment similar to when the hat tells Harry "I stand by what I said, you'd have done well in Slytherin"). The Gryffindor friend who has read Hogwarts, a History would then be Lily. The only problem with this is that I am sure Snape knows Latin (however did he learn it, with his background???). You did have me fooled with the Tom Riddle thing though, and I laughed out loud when I read Percy, which wasn't too good, as I was reading it at work, and then everyone wanted to know what I was procrastinating about...
Wonderful insight. I had to read it again once I knew it was Ron.
Author's Response: Thank you -- it's always nice when people don't find it obvious what's going on. Sorry if it got you funny looks at work. :)
I like this. esp the end
Author's Response: Thank you.
I love how you use a different thought style in your stories depending on who it is. You made this so interesting, right till the very end.
I loved this so much. I think you'll be the first author on my favorites list; before now I've just put their stories on there, but I love every single one of your stories, and it would sort of clog up the system to have them all there, wouldn't it?
Author's Response: Wow, thanks! I always rather liked the idea of the Hat as a character, so it was fun to show it talking and sort of give Ron's thoughts by what it said. :)
I ran across this one-shot completely by accident, and really enjoyed it, though I had been looking for something a bit angstier (I wanted to wallow a bit, but this cheered me up quite nicely). You write the perspective of a hat very well (do you have any experience?), and provide a convincing and consistent point of view, that kept me interested even as the subject matter wandered around.
I loved the history the hat provides, and found his accounts of the ways in which he sorts fascinates. Iíve never seen the problem addressed so directly in a story before, and itís something Iíve spent a lot of time thinking about in my attempt to sort various OCs. Rowling gives us tantalizing hints at the process, but she never explains it in full, and your explanation seems quite feasible. I very much enjoyed the hatís description of the founders fighting over the students Ė very well done, and perfectly believable.
There were a couple of great one liners that had me laughing out loud; ďWell, after more than a millennium in the same job, you're bound to repeat yourself occasionally, aren't you?Ē and ďI really am a very remarkable magical object, and I can say without undue modesty that Hogwarts is lucky to have me,Ē were my favorites, but there were gems sprinkled throughout the entire thing. I am rather deficient in writing humor (and writing concisely), and really appreciate your ability to sum up a funny situation in a single line.
The twist at the end was very well done as well. I had guessed that the student was Ron, and was glad to see him getting the credit that is so often attributed to Harry alone. I liked the mention of his insecurities as well. The description of Percy came as a complete surprise Ė my first thought had been Harry, quickly replaced by Tom Riddle, as I imagine you had planned. A lovely glance into the character of both Percy and the hat itself.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I remember working out a ‘sorting theory’ when posting on some thread in which it was being discussed -- when I started thinking about the possibilities of the Hat saying Percy would have fit anywhere, I put the two together to make a fic out of it. It did wander around a bit, admittedly, although I tried to keep it reasonably focused by having it be a sort of 'conversation', even if you only hear one side of it. And you were indeed meant to think it might be Tom Riddle. Not that I think Percy is in any way as bad as Tom. :)
Originally the idea was that it was just a random student under there and the Hat chose to talk about Percy because it had been thinking about him, but I made it Ron because that didn't work very well, and I was fed up with seeing him bashed! I'm glad I did, I think it made a lot more sense that way.
Excellent-it has a nice flow. I like it a lot!
Author's Response: Thank you very much!
cool story! i love the end, with percy! i never would have guessed it was ron... (it was, right?)... i thought harry, or maybe neville, i even considered ginny (but the hat says "lad" to him...) anyway... very good!
Author's Response: Thank you very much! Yes, it was Ron, although I was trying not to make that too obvious to begin with!
I really thought I had myself certain that it was Harry but you fooled me well at the end! I really liked the hat's personality and the idea that it really might have second thoughts. Well done, especially the regrets about Tom Riddle's sorting.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I do like it when these things work. :)
Oh yes, and one more thing--I positively adore the title. It's perfect. It fits, it's clever, (and I have a soft spot for clever things--I'm easily amused, lol.) And it's easy to remember; so I can come back and find it later! ;)
Author's Response: Thanks. :)
Wow. I'm utterly impressed. Clever, engaging, witty, and it kept me guessing about who was wearing the Hat all the way through--I laughed out loud at the end. "Your brother Percy..." Great ideas about how the Hat actually works; the monologue flows smoothly, and your tone is flawless; the Hat sounds so nattural, just like the brief glimpses we have of it in cannon. I like how you let the reader know what the wearer is thinking without his actual thoughts appearing; that led, I think, to the overall smoothness and casualness of the transitions in topic, and contributed to the flowing tone that I find so appealing. My favorite bits had to be the thoughts about Godric as a Slytherin--I completely agree! Bit like a Harry, in a way. Also, the parts about 'Hogwarts, a History' were quite amusing. This is definitely going on my favorites list; one of the best I've read in a long time. 10/10--and I'd love to read more!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad the Hat's 'voice' seems right and that the flow seems smooth; it started off as a train of thought about Percy and developed into a vehicle for my view of the Hat. Slytherin!Godric was just something that struck me as I was writing. :) I'm so pleased that it worked and that you liked it!