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Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015

One of my favorite scenes from the Harry Potter books is when Harry gets sorted into his Hogwarts House by the Sorting Hat. You can feel Harry's extreme relief when he gets placed into Gryffindor! Anything but Slytherin right?! Have you ever wondered what house you belong to? Now, you can find out with this Origami Sorting Hat game! Just like the real Sorting Hat, the results are never wrong. Well, almost never.

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. 

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31 Comments Add Yours

Sydney on February 17, 2016 at 6:17 PM
How do you get the paper for the oragomi
Get Away Today on February 23, 2016 at 11:34 AM
Hi Sydney, You can download the pdf in the article and just print it onto regular printer paper. Enjoy!
Joby on April 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Thank you for posting this! While we are excited for the new HP opening, this is going to be used for a HP bday party. Something to keep the kids busy until everyone shows up.
Gg on April 11, 2016 at 5:17 PM
Very ,very fun to test people.
Elizabeth on April 16, 2016 at 9:46 AM
How do you get the origami paper???
Get Away Today on April 18, 2016 at 12:22 PM
Hi Elizabeth, You can download the printable in the article onto your regular printer paper, then follow the folding instructions. :) Enjoy!
Anonymous on May 26, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Thanks a huge harry potter fan
Anonymous on June 3, 2016 at 2:11 AM
So cool
Dee on June 13, 2016 at 4:05 AM
Awesome. I just to play a game like when i was a child. But this one is 100 times better!!
Anonymous on June 13, 2016 at 1:42 PM
This is great!! It really works!!
Bulliotti on June 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM
Thanks for this ~ using it to sort bridal shower guests into their "houses" for seating at the 4 long banquet tables. Nice ice breaker!
Maia on June 22, 2016 at 7:55 AM
Thanks! Now all the Potterheads in my school can enjoy this with me!!!!
Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 9:46 AM
How can I get the paper to print
Get Away Today on June 29, 2016 at 10:52 AM
You should be able to download the template from the link in the article and print it on a regular piece of office paper. If it doesn't work, try switching browsers. Best of luck!
jay on July 4, 2016 at 7:18 PM
Thank you so much!!
Minerva on August 9, 2016 at 7:41 PM
Would be great to have the instructions on one paper to take with to library activities, etc. Just a suggestion.....
Anonymous on August 20, 2016 at 2:50 PM
Like it thanks!
Anonymous on August 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Thanks! I like this a lot
Ella on August 29, 2016 at 3:21 AM
Thanks I'm a huge potter_head, I've read all the book and seen all it part two of the last movie!!!! Thanks for this great idea!!!
Adeline on September 3, 2016 at 6:40 AM
That's so cool
Anonymous on September 11, 2016 at 7:20 AM
How can we print it ????
Get Away Today on September 12, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Hi Anonymous, once you download the file, you should be able to hit Control-P to print on a PC or Command-P on an Apple. Enjoy! :)
Lilli on October 26, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Thanks so much this was so much fun to do with my kiddos!
Anonymous on November 2, 2016 at 8:02 PM
its so cool ha
Teacher on November 8, 2016 at 1:25 PM
So cute! I just printed it out for one of my Harry Potter fan students.
Camryn on November 12, 2016 at 7:58 PM
How do I print it?
Get Away Today on November 14, 2016 at 1:38 PM
Hi Camryn! Once you download the file, you can use the print option within the Adobe PDF file or use Control-P on a PC or Command-P on an Apple. Enjoy! :)
Kiki on November 17, 2016 at 1:39 PM
The pdf link doesn't seem to work
Get Away Today on November 18, 2016 at 9:24 AM
Hi Kiki! The PDF seems to be working on our end. Have you tried using a different browser and making sure pop-ups are enabled?
Katerina on November 19, 2016 at 3:31 PM
Hi! I can not speak english very well... can you please tell me the names of the front pictures? (I mean owl,pot and other two)... Thanks
Get Away Today on November 21, 2016 at 2:48 PM
Hi Katerina! The front pictures feature an owl, pot, stack of books and snitch. Please let us know if you have any other questions! :)
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