With the upcoming Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, you can get your family members sorted before your visit to Hogwarts Castle. Are you brave and bold like a Gryffindor, trustworthy and loyal like a Hufflepuff, clever and wise like a Ravenclaw, or cunning and ambitious like a Slytherin? The only way to find out is to ask the Sorting Hat. Or, in this case, the Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat.
To start, print the template here.
Cut off the white edges, so you have just the square pattern.
With the pattern facing down and the blank paper showing, fold the corners into the center. Make sure to watch the lines and make it even.
Fold the corners into the center again to make a smaller square. Crease the edges.
Next, fold the square in half one way. Make a crease. Unfold it. Then, fold it the opposite direction and make a crease.
Then, place your fingers into the bottom of the paper and pop it up to make four little teepees.
The "Hat" is ready to start sorting! It is easy to play. Hold the Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat with two hands. Place your thumb and pointer fingers inside the little teepees. Let the person who is being sorted choose one of the images on the top. Either the pot, books, snitch, or owl.
Each picture has a number associated with it. Open and close the Sorting Hat alternating between up and then across with your fingers. For example, if they chose the pot, you make three movements. If the owl was chosen, you make four. Leave the Sorting Hat open on the last count.
Then, the player will choose one of the words on the inside. They will either be blue and yellow or red and green. Move the Sorting Hat as many times as there are letters in the word chosen. The number placed next to the word tells you how many letters are in the word. That way, even those little wizards who aren't great at spelling can still play! Not all of us are Ravenclaws.
Repeat this step three times.
On the fourth word selection, instead of counting out the word, you open the flap and read the directions underneath. Four of the words hold a Hogwarts House icon under them. If you get one of these, then you have been officially sorted into a house. Hooray! The other four slots are filled with directions on how to start again or, if you are really unlucky, you find out that you are not a wizard at all, but a Muggle! Oh no.
Keep playing until everyone has been sorted into a house.
I hope this little game helps your family get excited about visiting the amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Experience the magic of Hogwarts and Hogsmead like never before beginning April 7, 2016. Book your Wizarding World of Harry Potter package online or call our travel experts at 855-GET-AWAY.