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Friday, September 18, 2015

NaBloPoMo prompt: Which house would you be in at Hogwarts and why?

No way was I going to ignore this NaBloPoMo prompt.

Harry Potter has been a part of my life since, well, forever...

Or rather, since that day when Jen was 11, and she read the first Harry Potter novel.  There came a time when  I used to have to buy three copies of each new book  -- one for Jen, one for Becca and one for myself -- because none of us could wait to read it. 

Long before there was a Harry Potter area of Universal/Islands of Adventure  (some of the best rides in Orlando!), I used to buy Harry Potter merchandise from the Warner Brothers Studio Store.  I still have a t shirt from that era, as well as the shirt I bought in Florida when we visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Becca actually took a college philosophy class where the novels were used to illustrate all sorts of philosophical topics.  She even let me read her essay on love.  Her professor quite cleverly created four study groups by "Sorting" the students into "Houses".

So, which House would I choose?

I participated in a "Sorting" on the Pottermore site. (Yes, I, a grown woman,  admit to visiting Pottermore.)  I was Sorted into Hufflepuff.  Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members.  Hufflepuffs are friendly, fair, patient, kind, tolerant, trustworthy, loyal as all hell, and seriously unafraid of some toil..  In fact, J.K. Rowling says it's now the dawn of the Age of Hufflepuff, I guess that's OK.  I don't mind being a Hufflepuff

But if given the choice?

Most people would hope to be Sorted into Gryffindor.  Who wouldn't want to be considered brave and heroic? 

A lot of people might choose Slytherin, to explore their dark side.  Besides, playing the villain can be fun. 

But much as I find the dark side interesting, let's be honest.  I'm as much a Slytherin as I am a Gryffindeor, which is to say...I'm a Ravenclaw. 

Or, at least, I aspire to be a Ravenclaw.  Members of this house are characterised by their wit, learning, and wisdom. 

I'm not sure how witty or wise I am, but I'm certainly attracted to learning.    I love to read.  I love to do research.   I love to explore.  And I love to be with smart, well-read, intelligent people.

My ego calls out "Ravenclaw". 


LuAnn Braley said...

I've not read any of the books or seen any of the movies. I feel so uneducated! ;p

Unknown said...

Most of the house sorting tests put me solidly in Ravenclaw, which is why when I took the Pottermore quiz and was sorted into Slytherin, I was a bit surprised.

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