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Heir of Slytherin Finally Placed! Sorting Hat Cursed & Confused

In an unprecedented turn of events, The Daily Prophet was finally able to catch up with Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardries Headmaster Minerva McGonagall, regarding the sorting ceremony and placement of Colleen Seidel (covered here in our previous story), the last known heir to Salazar Slytherin.

The Daily Prophet had previously received word by Owl that during the ceremony the Sorting Hat was unable to place first-year student Colleen over the course of at least ten attempts.

When initially placed on her head the Sorting Hat broke out into an ear-shrieking scream that resembled something similar to a howler. Interestingly enough, the Sorting Hat was placed on several students between the attempts of Colleen and sorted them with extreme ease.

When we were finally granted an interview with headmaster McGonagall we inquired what had happened during the sorting ceremony.

Headmaster McGonagall informed The Prophet that:

For days, Hogwart’s Professors nor I understood what the cause of this sorting debacle was or how to fix it.

After much deliberation the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Artefacts was sought out in hopes to understand why the sorting hat was unable to place a Colleen.

Just yesterday we recieved owl that the Sorting Hat was cursed with dark magic to prevent the sorting of Colleen and the artefact will remain in the custody of the appropriate department until further notice.

When we asked the Headmaster how Colleen is to be placed, the following was conveyed:

We’ve allowed Ms. Seidel to pick her own house until the investigation has concluded. We are in hopes that she will be welcomed naturally by the students around her and if so, it may be prudent to keep her in the house of her choosing. 

For now…

The Headmaster sighed and looked down

She has choosen Gryffindor

When The Prophet inquired about how she personally felt regarding the decision, Headmaster McGonagall declined to answer.

For those of us old enough to remember, Minerva McGonagall was the Head of House for Gryffindor from 1956 – 1998 and may have strong feelings about the direction Colleen has taken.

For now, we’ve again been left with more questions than answers.

Why was the sorting hat cursed? Why did Colleen choose Gryffindor as her house of choices? Will the other students be accepting of this decision in light of the surrounding circumstances?

Make sure to check your owls daily as this story continues to unfold.

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