Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday Factoid: Hogwarts House

Today's Wednesday Factoid is: Which Hogwarts House would you be in?

So for anybody who lives under a rock and either has not read Harry Potter or doesn't know what a "Hogwarts House" is, Hogwarts is the school Harry Potter goes to to learn wizard stuff, and one of the big moments for a Hogwarts student is getting assigned to one of its four houses. They put on a magic hat; the magic hat reads the student's personality; and the magic hat assigns the student to either Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin.

So of course given that the student's House identity becomes its own little microculture inside the school and each is defined by certain traits the kids take pride in, readers often develop affinity for a favorite house too. Pretty much any Harry Potter fan can tell you what House they think they'd be sorted into.

I picked Ravenclaw.

You can take online quizzes to "sort" you (here's a brief one), but many people just pick one based on the descriptions of the house types:

Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry. Its emblematic animal is the lion and its colors are scarlet and gold.
Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit. Its emblematic animal is the eagle and its colors are blue and bronze.

values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. Its emblematic animal is the badger and its colors are yellow and black.

Slytherin values ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness. Its emblematic animal is the serpent and its colors are emerald green and silver.

In short, when faced with a locked door, a Ravenclaw would track down the key; a Gryffindor would kick the door down; a Slytherin would pick the lock; and a Hufflepuff would knock. Hee!

I think I related to Ravenclaw most because I applied a process of elimination idea. Gryffindor is the house of the main characters, and they are frequently extremely brave in the face of physical danger (something I probably wouldn't really be), and have this sort of "glory and heroics" ideal that's a little too impractical for me; they seem like they'd be really traditional and use a lot of black-and-white reasoning in their everyday lives. Hufflepuff sounds like a really nice house, but they're kind of the relationships house and focus very much on loyalty and togetherness, which I think is great but not my strongest driving force. And Slytherin is kind of the opposite of Hufflepuff--every person for themself, ambition is key, power is important and backstabbing is likely. Ravenclaw is kind of the nerd house, where they're focused on finding the answer if they don't have it and they value clear-headed exploration of options, with a respect for both the theoretical and the practical. I don't know that I'd entirely fit there either, but by process of elimination I think it's the best choice. (Which is a pretty Ravenclaw-ish thing to say.) 

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