Harry Potter asks:
1. (Always interests me^^), 3., 9. (most interesting is the why here) also i’d like to know 15 (mostly because i would have no idea how to answer that question for myself…) aaand (finally) 28. I know it’s alot of questions, but i’d already be happy if you answered one or two of them. Hope you’ll have fun answering them. Have a great day! (or night…whatever time it is) ^^
submitted by @allslytherin
1) What is your Hogwarts House and which of that House’s traits resonate the most with you?
According to Pottermore and to some close friends my Hogwarts house is Slytherin. Now I had trouble coming to terms with it at first because I don’t think f myself as a particularly ambitious or charming person, two qualities on which the emphasis is clearly put when describing Slytherin characters. But I think what makes me identify with Slytherin is that I’m a very sarcastic, ironical person. I think “salty” is a good word to describe me. Frankly I would love to have Hufflepuff’s optimism but I just don’t, I have to distance myself a bit and I absolutely can’t stand naiveté. It irritates me so much! On the “ambition” area, I wouldn’t say I want to be on top and crush everyone but I can be quite competitive when put against people I dislike, and I get depressed/bored/distracted really quick when I feel my actions are lacking a goal or a meaning. When I have one, however, it’s difficult to get me out of my tracks and I don’t mind playing a reasonable bit of a dirty game if it means I get to do what I want and I’m trying to outdo myself all the time because I’m a perfectionist. If it’s not done 100%, it’s not worth doing (which is why I can get frustrated when I feel I’m not giving something my best). On the sociable side, I am absolutely not a manipulative person, I can be rather blunt when I think people are behaving poorly or saying stupid stuff because I don’t give a shit about people I dislike liking me back. I don’t care. Honestly, I’m sometimes a bit too quick to despise people, but I’m rarely wrong in my impressions. If I can have just a small close-knit squad of people I trust and who trust me I’m perfectly fine. And I would also slit throats for these people, literally, so there you have what I like to call the snaek luv.
In a nutshell: Too sneaky for Gryffindor, too judgemental for Ravenclaw, not enough shit given for Hufflepuff (though I think Hufflepuff is the house in which I recognize myself the most, after Slytherin)
Traits I identify with: S a s s, loyalty, goal-orientation, perfectionism, individualism (to some extent)
and the overall gayness of Slytherin’s aesthetic
cause I’m a huge lesbian
Traits I don’t identify with AT ALL: Traditionalism, manipulation, power hunger.
3) Which is your favourite book and why?
Ooooh I think that would be the Chamber of Secrets. Even though Hermione gets petrified and horrible things happen I always liked this one best. I love the tense atmosphere, the revelations we get about the past of some characters (Voldemort, Hagrid, Myrtle, Dumbledore even). You can sense the game is really starting with this one, I mean the “real” thing starts in PoA with Trelawney’s prediction but there’s clearly a shift in my opinion between book 1 and 2, it tackles with serious issues like prejudice and discrimination in the wizarding world, hate crimes, possession/emotional abuse, prison, corrupt government/school board, betrayal, scapegoats. I also love the “school mythology” thing, I’m a sucker for Hogwarts facts™. It’s also the first time Harry gets confronted with Everyone Hating Him All At Once which proves that I much as I love Hufflepuffs (and believe me I do!!) they’re not quite perfect samaritans. Hermione gets petrified AND STILL SOLVES THE CASE and I’m still not over this it’s been eleven years now send help. Dobby is one of my favourite characters. Quidditch fight with Malfoy yay. Ron being this chivalrous slug-spitting fluffball is pure. First appearance of Polyjuice Potion (sorry Hermione again). Hermione gets a lot of shit in this book overall (hexed, M slur, potion accident, petrified, outcasted for being Harry’s friend), but it only makes her into her badass Prisoner of Azkaban Malfoy-puncher self and you gotta love that. SWORDFIGHTING. Blood messages on the walls and snake voices are badass as fuck also!! & I love Harry eavesdropping on Albus & Minerva, love me some worried Minerva, love me some Minerva at all, she’s amazing. Serpensortia the coolest snake spell is used by 12yo jerk Malfoy, conjuring animals like it’s the easiest thing, and no one is surprised, okay~ Parseltongue is such a cool ability by the way!! ALSO THE WAY HARRY FREES DOBBY OHMYGOD MALFOY SENIOR GET REKT U PLATINUM GARBAGE- I don’t know I just really love this book but I could do a list with all the other books, they’re all so unique. Also I’m in need to re-read them cause it’s been a long time and I don’t have all facts™ in my possession right now.
9) Who is your favourite character and why?
Oooooh boy that’s tough. My favourite… For a long time it has been tied between Hermione, McGonagall, Tonks, Lupin, and Dobby without an order of preference. But for this answer I will say Dumbledore. I think he’s a fascinating character. Our perception of him change so much during the whole series! He goes from this sacred philosophical figure, to a mere father/grandfather figure to Harry, to a dying man with his many faults, and it teaches us a lot about change, personal growth, loyalty and forgiveness, and makes a spectacular point about distancing yourself from your mentor/role model without denial or rejection. I think the handling of this character, in terms of storyline, is rather brilliant, though I will always regret that his feelings for Grindelwald weren’t properly addressed in book 7, for the power of love (positive, but also negative, in this interesting case) is basically the founding stone of the Harry Potter series. I don’t know how JK would have done it, but it was honestly such a promising idea.
15) Which character do you feel you have the most in common with? OOOOOOH BOY. That is honestly so difficult. So difficult that I had to ask a very close friend and she came up with this, and I quote: “Mmmmh… *some time thinking* WAIT!! Actually, it’s easy: you’re McGonagall. I mean… Taking no shit. THOSE PUNCHLINES. WILL EAT YOUR FACE IF YOU TOUCH THE FRIENDS. Her Animagus is a cat so she can be a bit lazy too [despite being super efficient 15/10 all the time]. Plus 10 outta 10 style!” I hesitated a bit to publish that answer cause that honestly sounds like bragging (it’s bragging honestly) but I’m HYSTERICAL I LOVE MCGONAGALL SO MUCH!!! LIFE GOALS!!! And I reckon I have very little patience as well and I can be a bit too quick to dismiss people and my grumpy potential knows no bound. Though I’m only trying to be half the Sass Overlord she is. Goddamn.
Wish me a happier sentimental life though
Proves once again that Slytherins and Gryffindors do have some common ground !
28) Do you agree with Dumbledore’s statement, ‘Sometimes I think we Sort too soon’?
I don’t know. I don’t think so. I get some people say that you can change and all but don’t we change and grow our whole life? Plus the Hat is supposed to see the qualities in you that you don’t perceive yet so I think it’s able to see what kind of person you could become and place you accordingly. Also having your own “team” or family since the first year is nice, especially for kids like Harry or the Muggle-borns who are lost in that big new wizarding world. What should change imo is the sense of rivalry between the four houses, I think if they would recognize their common ground instead of fighting over their differences, sorting wouldn’t be that much of an issue.
Thank you SO MUCH for these questions! It took me a while to answer but I had fun and it was soooo interesting to reflect on all that! I hope my answers satisfy you^^ Are you surprised at all as a fellow Slytherin? ♥