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What’s Your Hogwarts House Percentage?

My results: You Are 45% Ravenclaw, 22% Gryffindor, 17% Slytherin, and 16% Hufflepuff!

You believe above all in the importance of wisdom, which is why you undoubtedly belong in Ravenclaw, but your sense of adventure means you may also have an affinity for Gryffindor house. You are a thrill-seeker – you love to travel and there’s nothing more exciting to you than new experiences – and believe that adventure is essential in the pursuit of knowledge. You are brave, but would never intentionally put yourself in danger, placing you firmly in Ravenclaw.

Your slight compatibility with Slytherin house suggests a determination to succeed, though not at the expense of traits from your more dominant houses.

  • Draco: a little higher
  • Crabbe: i'm trying but-
  • Draco: HIGHER!
  • Crabbe: your shoe is digging into my palm!
  • Goyle: yeah, Draco, *struggles* you're a lot heavier than you used to be
  • Draco: *pauses and looks down, offended*
  • Draco: hang on. are you two calling me fat?
  • Crabbe: wha-
  • Goyle: course not! we just-
  • Theo: he's coming!
  • Draco: shit!! never mind. we'll talk about this later. get me up into the tree! hurry!
  • Draco: *gets situated in time to play it cool*
  • Harry:
  • Draco: WHY SO TENSE, POTTER?!
  • Harry:
  • Draco: >:(
  • Harry:
  • Draco: my father and i have a bet, you see...
  • Harry:
  • Draco: i don't think you're gonna last ten minutes in this tournament
  • Harry: *finally acknowledges Draco*
  • Draco: :D !
  • Harry: ...
  • Draco: *flirty ferret jumps down from the tree*
  • Draco: he disagrees. he thinks you won't last five!
  • Harry: i don't give a DAMN what your father thinks, Malfoy!
  • Draco: :O ????? wait.
  • Harry: he's vile, and cruel... and you're just pathetic.
  • Draco: pathetic?!
  • Harry: *walks away*
  • Draco: :( ?
  • Blaise: damn, dude
  • Pansy: well... there's always next time...
  • Draco: shut up! this is your fault!
  • Pansy: MY FAULT?!
  • Draco: YOU SAID IF I WOULD JUST ADMIT THAT I'M ACTUALLY ROOTING FOR HIM-
  • Pansy: TEN MINUTES, DRACO???
  • Draco: I FLAT OUT TOLD HIM TO HIS STUPID FACE HOW I BELIEVED IN HIM DOUBLE THE AMOUNT THAT MY FATHER WAGERED!!! WHAT MORE COULD HE POSSIBLY WANT FROM ME??? IT ISN'T MY FAULT HIS SKULL HAPPENS TO BE THICKER THAN HIS ARSE!!!
  • Crabbe: woah, what
  • Goyle: what
  • Theo: hold on
  • Blaise: back up
  • Moody: wtf lol
  • McGonagall: wasn't here. didn't hear anything.
  • Harry: wait, what
  • Draco: what

Here’s to the places. To the school with moving staircases and the secret passageways. To the forest where no one dared to step, to creatures that lurked among its trees. Here’s to the bank with vaults of gold and the alley of shops that houses it. Here’s to No. 4 Privet Drive, to the Three Broomsticks, to the Ministry of Magic. To 12 Grimmauld Place and the Burrow. Here’s to the house where two parents died and the Dark Lord disappeared, the house where a story was born.

Here’s to the houses. To the lion’s roar and the eagle’s cry. To badgers and serpents. Here’s to gold and red, to yellow and black. Here’s to blue and bronze, to green and silver. Here’s to the Quidditch games and rivalries. The hourglasses and the founders. Here’s to Gryffindor and Slytherin. Here’s to Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.

Here’s to the items. To the letters carried by owls and the necklace that turned back time. To miniature dragons and golden balls with wings, to a hat that can sing. Here’s to the photographs that move and the potion that makes you lucky. To self-correcting quills and screaming plants. To golden coins and self-scrubbing dishes. Here’s to Butterbeer and the Daily Prophet. To Bertie Bott’s and Firebolts.

Here’s to the people. To the boys who died too young: the wolf, the stag, the rat, the wolf. To the woman with hair that changed colors. Here’s to the twins, the herbology teacher, and the house elf with a love for socks. Here’s to the professor who could turn into a cat. Here’s to the potion’s teacher who was corrupted by love and the ghost who lived in the bathroom. Here’s to the boy who lost his toad, to the girl with six brothers, and the Ravenclaw girl who loved her friends. Here’s to Voldemort. To Draco and Dumbledore. Here’s to Cedric, and Cho, and Fleur. To Hermione and Ron. Here’s to the Boy Who Lived.

Here’s to the story. To the stone and the chamber. The prisoner and the goblet. Here’s to the order, the prince, and the Hallows. Here’s to “Always.” To “All was well.” Here’s to the lightning scar. To Harry Potter.

Here’s to 20 years.

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When Colby Palmer started his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University, some students approached him in his dorm and asked whether he wanted to play quidditch.

Palmer had read all of the Harry Potter books and knew about the sport but said he felt reluctant to try it out.

“My impressions of quidditch was just that it’s for nerds by nerds — that they wouldn’t be like people who I would find things in common with,” Palmer says.

Despite his hesitations, Palmer did give it a try and found he loved it and the community. Now, he’s heading into his senior year at VCU and is spending the summer playing for the Washington Admirals, one of 16 Major League Quidditch teams.

There May Not Be Flying, But Quidditch Still Creates Magic

Photos: Jared Soares for NPR
Editor’s note: The first
 Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today so we’re resharing a recent story about real-life quidditch.