The sorting hat thought 'for almost a whole minute' (PS. 90) before assigning Seamus to Gryffindor. This could mean that at the last turn, he has the potential to do something 'heroic.'
Since it was such a difficult decision, what house do you think would have been the alternitave? On the same line, I am still holding out for Pettigrew to help Harry in the end, otherwise we will see no reason for him to have been in Gryffindor . . . btw . . . do we know that he was in Gryffindor, or have we just assumed it since he was part of the marauders?
PS/SS said:Sometimes, Harry noticed, the hat shouted out the house at once, but at others it took a little while to decide. "Finnigan, Seamus," the sandy-haired boy next to Harry in the line, sat on the stool for almost a whole minute before the hat declared him a Gryffindor.
Hmm," said a small voice in his ear. "Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty
of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There's talent, A my goodness,
yes -- and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting....
So where shall I put you?"
Harry gripped the edges of the stool and thought, Not Slytherin, not
"Not Slytherin, eh?" said the small voice. "Are you sure? You could be
great, you know, it's all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you
on the way to greatness, no doubt about that -- no? Well, if you're sure
-- better be GRYFFINDOR!"
OotP said:'Well, the Sorting Hat did seriously consider putting me in Ravenclaw during my Sorting,' said Hermione brightly, 'but it decided on Gryffindor in the end.
Of course as there was an error in the writing of the question JKR may have hidden behind the error as a form of deception. My guess is that he wasJK Rowling's World Book Day Chat said:Sirius Riddle: What houses were Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter and Remus Lupin[sic] in? Everyone tells me they were all Gryffindor, but I won't believe it unless I hear it from Ms. Rowling herself!
JK Rowling says: This is JK herself saying that they were indeed in Gryffindor!
I think Glumbumble has a point and it makes sense also - if the person's magical force is somewhat dilluted by their heritage, it could explain why the hat needs a little more time ... of course it could also be an indicator that the magical force in these students isnt as strong as others - meaning it could indicate a 'weaker' student?