i move tomorrow and i'm sad and anxious about it what do i do
Take pictures of everything and bring a little piece of your old home with you. When I moved (I moved very suddenly, like there was 2 months between my mom deciding to move and is moving out) I took one of the little cabinate handles from one of the drawers so I would have something with me.
It’s gonna be a hard transition, for awhile it’s gonna feel like you’re living in a hotel and you expect to go home any day now. But you’ll settle. You’ll hang posters and pick curtains and accidentally scratch the paint on the walls and you’ll break the place in. You’ll one day talk about your home and realize you’re thinking about your new house, not your old one. You’ll get use to it eventually, trust me.
Juleianne over thinks Hogwarts house sorting and 2am
Do you think wizarding kids grow up and leave Hogwarts and have this weird adjustment period where they get jobs and realize that no one is wearing their pre-asigned placement labels, and that your Hogwarts House literally has no meaning once you graduate? Or when they meet other wizards who went to different wizarding school, and they realize that this wizard doesn’t have a Hogwarts House at all?
I feel like there’s probably this, like, culture shock too it, because growing up pre-Hogwarts they’re always thinking about which House(s) their parents and possibly older siblings were/are in, and maybe they’re hoping for the same house as one of them- you know, to caring on the legacy. Or they grow up in the kind of family that expect them to be in a specific house, and so from a young age they have some one else pushing that importance on them, and then the Houses’ importance becomes engrained into their way of thinking and their since of identity.
Then they get to Hogwarts, and “your house is like your family” and there’s segregation with the tables, and I know they’re “allowed” to sit where ever, but by keeping the four seperate table four separate tables with specific house labels, it creates a weird since of disconnect and other for anyone sitting at another table even if they’re with their friends, and the fact that people rarely ever sit at another table (literally Luna is the only person I can think that does it) proves this. Then you’ve got the competitions like the House Cup at the end of the year, and the year long fight for points, which just furthers the enimity between houses.
Then there’s the fact that they’ve got pretty much every class with the kids of their year that are in their House, and maybe with the kids of their year from one other house at a time, but never with a class of a balanced mix of all four, never any time a way from some of the kids in their house and their year (and in fact I’m pretty sure the Gryffindor never even had class the Ravenclaw at all first years, so Harry had zero interaction with them, and would have only been able to think of them as his preconceived notions based on things a talking hat said to him, all the things Ron had to say, and the fact people think Hermione should have been a Ravenclaw. All generalizations, biases, and stereotypes, for an entire 25% of the population of wizarding Britain.). I know this changes up a bit when they get older and pick electives, but electives don’t make up the entirety of their school week, and there’s still gonna be a majority of their classes they spend with their House and that other house.
And they’re all LABELED, with badges and colors and from their own perspective they’re wearing it for pride and because it’s the school uniform, but from the outside, the color of some ones clothes tells them if they can hang out with them or not.
They see green and they think evil, sneaky, manipulator.
They see blue and they think snobby know-it-all.
They see yellow and think lazy, useless, extra.
They see red and think reckless, full-of-themself daredevil.
And I’m sure there’s other stuff, but you get the point: pre-Hogwarts they’re constantly thinking about where their loyalties will lie in a fourway-battle to honor their families and themself, and from ages 11-17, their very important years for growing and developing as a person, they’re fighting that battle facing the enemy head on every day.
Now for most kids I’m sure by seventh year they developed this mindset called Live and Let Live, which “is the spontaneous rise of non-aggressive co-operative behaviour that developed during the First World War, particularly during prolonged periods of trench warfare on the Western Front”. In other words, even though they were still surrounded by the other Houses and would have seen their colors and go back to their “trench” ever night, they wouldn’t actively be trying to win. But they’d still be surrounded by the enemy and other, still pitted against 75% of the people around them, and still seperated every day in class, and at every meal for 7 years.
And then I’m sure there’s be people who where overly proud of their house all the ways through, and kept carrying their prejudices against the other Houses all the ways through graduation.
Either way you’ve got kids preconditions to the importance of these Houses, and kid A, who maybe stopped caring in 6th year, is still gonna find it weird when they get their first job and they have no idea what House their boss is, or rather was in. They are going to have to realise that while they may always be a Hufflepuff, they are not in Hufflepuff, that their Gryffendor co work, who they honestly though would be in Ravenclaw for 6 months until one cold day they came into work wearing an old ratty Gryffindor scarf, is not their enemy, that they did not fit into their preconceived notions of what a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw is supposed to be like, and that the world is not that black and white. That neither they nor the other gain anything by one-upping each other, that it doesn’t matter and it’s not expected, and that, in fact, trying to bring their Houses into it will get them in trouble because “this is a work place and you are on the same side.”
And they you’ve got kid B, who didn’t really think anything of it when they weren’t asked for their house- what should be a clear sign of all their positive and negative (but mostly positive) traites- in their application until they’re sitting infront of their soon-to-be boss, and they have no idea if they’re talking to a Gryffindor, or a Slytherin, or a fellow Ravenclaw. And they’re going to have a hard time not asking “what House were you in” And subconsciously sorting everyone they know into houses, and refusing help from some of them because of it, and ultimately hindering their ability to do anything solely because that’s the enemy, when really all a house is after you graduate is a nice ice breaker. A conversation piece. Something silly to bond over like liking the same quiditch team. They’re not got have any idea what to think about people who came from other schools and don’t have a house at all.
Honestly that’s gotta be scary.
Then, I just realised, you’ve got kid C, who took it as a sense of belonging, like a comfort blanket. “You can’t kick me out of the table, I’m wearing yellow and this is the yellow table”. “I can just sit on the greener side of class with all the other green, they can’t kick me out and the blue can’t kick me out. Ha.” But then they get to be adults and there no color code of safety, no “the rules are on my side”. They have to find a way to belong, have to find, on their own, people they have things in common with. That’s just as scary a thing to do when you’ve never had to find a way to wedge yourself in anywhere before, when there has always been this place you could go but it’s gone now, nothing more than a conversation piece.
How long do you think that mindset lasts, because no adult wizard ever seems to really talk about their house like it’s important outside of their kids, so either it has to go way, or there’s this massive psychological scare all across wizarding Britain that none of them want to discuss and which they’re all steadfastly ignore so as to keep up outward appearances.