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Why exactly was Peter Pettigrew sorted into Gryffindor? In my opinion, I think his very being contradicts every single characteristic Godric Gryffindor valued in his students.

Julia In the book [Azakaban] when Pettigrew is described he is compared to Neville Longbottom. Kind of awkward/cowardly, as Neville is up to this point in the series, though Neville shows growth through out the rest of the series (particularly in the Deathly Hollows). Neville is put into situations to test is courage and prevails, exemplifying the traits of a true Gryffindor (bravery/courage/standing up for good) when it is easier to succumb to evil. Pettigrew is faced with choices of good or evil, selling out the Potters to Voldemort, succumbing to evil because of fear/it is easier. When you compare the two, they were alike in their first years at Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat obviously saw potential in the both of them to be true Gryffindors, given the chances they are faced with to choose what kind of person/friend they would like to be, it was their decision to grasp the potential they had. As Dumbledore said to Harry [about Harry's confusion on the Sorting Hat in book 2], "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices."
Beth Joy The sorting hat knew he would be needed in the plot line of Rowling's books ;)
Shruthi Peter Pettigrew is a snivelling, cowardly, stupid, idiotic, mean, rat.
He doesn't embody any of the house traits. He is neither smart, nor sly. Neither brave, nor kind. While his very being does contradict all of the characteristics of the Gryffindor house, he is not any more suited for any other house. Peter is obviously not a nice, kind person. He is not intelligent or he would not have abandoned his loyal friends. And he is not sly or he would've been a higher ranked Death Eater.

The Sorting hat sorts students based on their strongest traits and their own will (as seen with Harry in book 1). I assume Peters strongest traits were bravery and chivalry. I also assume that he really wanted to become a Gryffindor. Throughout his years at hogwarts, he became worse of a person further distancing himself from the ideals of the Gryffindor house.

Also J.K. rowlings choice to sort Peter as a Gryffindor was intentionally done to prove that not all Gryffindors are good.
Liz Peter Pettigrew wasn't ALL bad. Obviously, for most of the books, he was, he did terrible things, he was a coward, and I don't like him. But if you remember towards the end of the series, he did show Potter mercy, and ended up getting strangled by the silver hand Voldemort made for him. That was probably the only brave, noble thing he ever did, whether it was intentional or not, and I believe the sorting hat saw that he was capable of that... even if he made all the wrong choices.
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Noam Bader Maybe the sorting hat new that he had it in him to be brave, and toughen him up. But he would be MUCH better as a Slytherin -- he is tricky and evil.
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