What is the summary for Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?

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A stern woman named Professor McGonagall meets the children at the door, and leads them to a large room. She explains that they are about to have a sorting ceremony to determine whether they will go to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. As Harry worries about the ceremony, a bunch of ghosts come through the walls, scaring the students, though the ghosts just act casual and wish the students luck. The ceremony begins when the Sorting Hat begins singing a song. Each student is called up and the hat placed upon their head. The hat then calls out which house the student belongs in. Draco Malfoy ends up in Slytherin. When it is Harry’s turn, he is put in Gryffindor, with Herminone, Neville, and finally Ron. Dumbledore greets them and they begin a feast. The students talk about their families and starting classes, when Harry looks up to meet the eyes of Professor Quirrell, and his scar suddenly burns. The pain subsides as Percy, Ron’s brother, tells him that Quirrell is talking to another professor named Snape. Dumbledore reminds students of the rules not to go in the forest and not to use magic outside of class. At their dorms, a portrait of a fat lady asks them for a password before they can enter. In the rooms, they find their beds and settle in for the night.

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