The Harry Potter series has been a perennial favorite with fans in Taiwan and around the world.
The seventh and final novel titled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was published in Taiwan in 2007, followed by two sequels of film adaptations released in 2010 and 2011.
Despite the fact that the plot has concluded, many are still unable to quench their curiosity about the fantastic wizarding world.
To this, a social media user recently shared a photo on a Facebook group that showed an unusually-shaped traffic cone, accompanied by the caption: “I want to don the traffic cone to see which House I get sorted into.”
A closer look showed that the dents on the traffic cone closely resemble the eyes and mouth of the legendary “Sorting Hat” in the Harry Potter films, turning it into a real-life replica.
這名網友向The China Post表示，這張照片是在新竹的工作場地所拍攝，當時他走路途中突然覺得三角錐與分類帽非常相像，因此決定分享至臉書社團。
The social media user told The China Post that he took the photo at his workplace in Hsinchu. On his walk there, it suddenly donned on him how the traffic cone and the Sorting Hat looked alike. Afterward, he decided to share it on the Facebook group.
In the novel, as freshmen enroll at Hogwarts, all of them have to undergo the Sorting Ceremony to determine which of the four Houses one belongs to.
According to Wizarding World, the official website of J.K Rowling’s series of wizard world, the four Houses of Hogwarts are Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.
The four Houses recruit students with different characteristics: the courageous for Gryffindor, the ambitious for Slytherin, the clever for Ravenclaw, and the trustworthy for Hufflepuff.
The Sorting Hat is the protagonist of such a Ceremony. Once a freshman wears the Sorting Hat, it starts analyzing the personality of that student and later on announces the ultimate decision.
The Sorting Hat was present since the very first film of the series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”
The photo with the Sorting-Hat-like traffic cone alongside the humorous caption has already garnered over ten thousand likes and 600 comments.
The comments are no less entertaining than the photo. One of the social media users quoted the classic line and commented “eight points deducted for making a turn without a turn signal.”
Another jokingly commented that the school may be temporarily closed, which left the Sorting Hat no choice but to become a traffic cone as a side job.
In fact, for fans to discover their Hogwarts House, the Wizarding World website offers a sorting quiz; a traffic cone might not be the optimal solution.