So I climbed into bed last night feeling pretty damn proud of myself for completing the week’s to-do list and then even doing a little extra, when I realized that I missed my blog! I stayed in bed staring at the ceiling cursing myself, since I had been doing so well and then the school year caught up with me and ruined my streak. One of these days, I’ll have the time to be thorough and consistent, but until then, I felt horrible about it and have decided to attempt a Friday blog to make up for Thursday’s missed one.
With no topic prepared, my roommate, author of last week’s fabulous, Sticks of Sara, said that I should write about my Pottermore Dilemma and so I shall. For those who don’t know what Pottermore is, it’s an interactive Harry Potter website created by J.K. Rowling to go through virtual book experiences. You can flip through the stories and learn more about objects and characters in them, and can go through each scene to gather up magical objects as well. In addition to that, you have the chance to learn how to cast spells and charms, mix potions and play games to win the house cup. The house cup, you say? Yes. There are virtual house cups every so often that your points go towards your particular house and the one with the most points wins. Yes, this means that you get sorted into your very own Hogwarts House. And, you get a wand of your fitting from Ollivander’s.
The sorting hat is where it all went wrong. Let’s trek back to 2012. Pottermore was about to go live for a lucky few hundred of us in beta mode. Every day for seven days, there was the chance to answer a Harry Potter trivia question in order to gain early entry. I believe mine was something about how many Deathly Hallows there were times some number that involved some math I was not prepared for, but alas, I got it correct and was in. I was super excited and immediately created my account with my pre-generated name, something like RosePhoenix or PhoenixRose, and prepared myself to be sorted. Now this is where the drama starts. Any true Harry Potter fan has put themselves in the shoes of a Hogwarts student and has tried to surmise what house they’d be placed in if they were lucky enough to grace the halls of Hogwarts. There are plenty of Facebook and buzzfeed quizzes that ask about it too, so I was ready to be sorted into Slytherin. It’s values are cunning, leadership, resourcefulness and ambition. If Myers Briggs Types were aligned with Hogwarts houses, then my ENTJ, life’s natural leaders, would certainly match up with Slytherin.
I could also understand being placed in Ravenclaw since it’s values are intelligence, creativity, learning and wit, but in every quiz I took and in self-assessing, I felt I was Slytherin. Mouse pad at the ready, I entered the virtual great hall and prepared to be sorted and was placed into…Gryffindor. GRYFFINDOR? Yes. I was furious. I didn’t want to be in the same house as Harry, Hermione and Ron. This was too typical. I wanted my own house with values that matched my true values. Courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry. I was enraged. I played on Pottermore for a bit that summer, and then got too swept up in life and forgot all about it.
Then last week, somehow I stumbled upon it again and Sara suggested making a new account (besides, I have no idea what 2012 Logan would make a password) so that I could be sorted again and feel better about it. So I registered again and went to get my wand and got the same wand dimensions and type and was happy, but then came the true test of the sorting hat. The quiz was different this time and I had no clue in what direction I was heading, but then I came down to two houses. The sorting hat couldn’t decide. So I did have a bit of Harry in me after all. I had the choice between Gryffindor again, but now also Ravenclaw. I went with Ravenclaw because I felt I exemplified that more so than the values of Gryffindor. The practicality and consideration made me think I was more Ravenclaw than a Gryffindor who would be brave and just choose without calculating, so I felt my fit was better.
I’m still not 100% satisfied with my sort, but I feel it is much more fitting now. Perhaps though I identified with Slytherin, the hat knows I am not as sly and cunning as I might think. Yes, I’m a leader, but there is intelligence and wit to my leadership, and I am not solely after greatness but more wanting to make a difference in others’ lives and the world.
Which house do you identify with? Did the sorting hat get it right?
House Explanations/Values Courtesy of Harry Potter Wiki:
Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry. Its mascot is the lion, and its colours are scarlet and gold. The Head of this house is the Transfiguration teacher and Deputy Headmistress, Minerva McGonagall, and the house ghost is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, more commonly known as Nearly Headless Nick. According to Rowling, Gryffindor corresponds roughly to the element of fire. The founder of the house is Godric Gryffindor.
The Gryffindor common room is in one of the castle’s highest towers, and its entrance is on the seventh floor in the east wing of the castle and is guarded by a painting of The Fat Lady, who is garbed in a pink dress. She permits entry only after being given the correct password, as was distinguished in the third book, when Sirius Black tried forcing entry into the tower, only to be blocked by The Fat Lady after he could not give the correct password. In the first book, Neville Longbottom tends to forget the password and must wait near the painting until other Gryffindors arrive to open the way.
Hufflepuff values hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty. The house mascot is the badger, and canary yellow and black are its colours. The Head of this house is the Herbology teacher Pomona Sprout, and the house ghost is The Fat Friar. According to Rowling, Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth. The founder of this house is Helga Hufflepuff.
The Hufflepuff dormitories and common room entrance “is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor.” To enter, one must tap the barrel two from the bottom in the middle of the second row in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’. Unlike any other house, the Hufflepuff common room has a repelling device that douses the illegal entrant in vinegar if the wrong lid is tapped or the rhythm is wrong. The Hufflepuff common room is filled with yellow hangings and fat armchairs and it has little underground tunnels leading to the dormitories, all of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.
Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit.[HP5][HP7] The house mascot is an eagle and the house colours are blue and bronze (blue and grey in the films). The head of this house is the Charms professor, Filius Flitwick, and the house ghost is The Grey Lady. According to Rowling, Ravenclaw corresponds roughly to the element of air. The founder of this house is Rowena Ravenclaw.
The dormitories are in Ravenclaw Tower, on the west side of Hogwarts. The common room, which went undescribed in the series until the climax of Deathly Hallows, is round and filled with blue hangings and armchairs, has a domed ceiling painted with stars and features a replica statue of Rowena wearing her diadem. Harry also notes that Ravenclaws “have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains”. A logical riddle must be solved to gain entry, whereas the Gryffindor and Slytherin common rooms only require a password (Hufflepuffs need to tap a barrel in the rhythm of “Helga Hufflepuff”), indicating that it may be easier for those students from other houses who possess a high degree of intelligence to enter this common room than others. Professor McGonagall, the head of the Gryffindor House, solves the riddle accurately.
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness; the Sorting Hat said in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that Slytherins will do anything to get their way. The house mascot of Slytherin is the serpent, and the house colours are green and silver. Salazar Slytherin founded the house. The Head of House is Severus Snape until near the end of the sixth book. Then, Horace Slughorn, the previous Head of House, comes out of retirement re-assuming authority. The ghost of Slytherin house is The Bloody Baron.According to Rowling, Slytherin corresponds roughly to the element of water. The Slytherin dormitories and common room are reached through a bare stone wall in the dungeons. The Slytherin common room is a long, low, dungeon-style room, under the Hogwarts Lake, furnished with green lamps and carved armchairs. The room is described in the second book as having a greenish glow.
The Sorting Hat claims that blood purity is a factor in selecting Slytherins, although this is not mentioned until the fifth book. There is no reason to believe, however, that Muggle-born students are not sorted there, merely that pure-blooded students are more desirable to that house, as there are several examples of half-bloods in the house (such as Snape and Voldemort). In Deathly Hallows, a group of Snatchers claim that “not many Mudbloods” are sorted into Slytherin.
When believing Harry to be dead and thinking that he has final victory in his grasp, Voldemort proclaims his intention to abolish the other three houses and force all Hogwarts students into Slytherin. This design is foiled by his defeat and death, after which Slytherin becomes more diluted in its blood purity, no longer remaining the pure-blood bastion it once was. Its dark reputation, however, does linger.