let’s talk about the sorting hat

because from all evidence – hermione, harry in explicit particular – the hat, while taking cues from what qualities you already possess, cares primarily about the qualities you value. which you may or may not directly display yourself, but which you admire in others, and wish to see in yourself.

(dumbledore: “it is not our abilities that show what we truly are. it is our choices.”)

and if that’s the case, then of course there are gryffindors like hermione whose defining characteristic is their intelligence but whose defining desire is their courageousness (“books! and cleverness! there are more important things–friendship and bravery and–oh harry–be careful!”) and certainly hufflepuffs who are not the most loyal and forgiving (zacharias smith) and all sorts of combination.

and it really fucking grinds my gears that people tend to overlook this fact, that the sorting hat places you based on what you value and what you want to see in yourself, in relation to peter pettigrew.

because peter pettigrew was a gryffindor, peoplehe wanted to be brave.

nonbinaryginny asked:

When you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself and then send it to a bunch of other people!!

ahh this is so cute!!

  1. im pretty good at baking?? although i fucked up some waffles this morning so maybe not
  2. i have rly lovely friends who im rly grateful for
  3. i can be p kind and generous???
  4. im quite clever in a school kinda way
  5. sometimes my hair looks pretty good