There were 5 tables placed in the room. Four of them lined up next to eachother. To the left was a table with green and silver banners and a snake. The table next to had yellow and black banners with a badger. The one after that had blue and bronze banners with an eagle, and finally to the right was a table with scarlet and gold banners carrying a lion. The last table was lined up across the room to the back wall. Only adults were seated at that table and Alaska recognised the large man from the station. A man was sitting at the middle. he had long silver hair and beard long enough to tuck into his belt. He wore half-moon spectacles. Candles were hanging from mid-air. Alaska starred at the ceiling. The woman led them through the two tbles with the yellow and black banners with the badger and the blue and bronze banners with the eagle. She placed the small stool in front of the table with only adults and placed the hat on it. The hall went silent and the hat opened a wrinkle as if to talk or something like that.
'Oh you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I am the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head,
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just, and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunnign folks use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I am a thinkiing Cap!'