when I was 11, I was sorted into Slytherin by nearly every quiz I took.
in 2011, when Pottermore first came out, it sorted me into Hufflepuff.
Now, in 2016, they redid the quiz (and I retook it) and it sorted me into Ravenclaw.
To me, this makes sense. At 11, I was an overly ambitious child who wanted to run the world–a natural Slytherin. At 22, I was unemployed and deeply depressed: Hufflepuff was a natural fit for me then because kindness and loyalty meant so much more to me than my failed ambition. And now, at 27, I’m a different person again–I’m employed full time at a job I love, where my job is education. Of course I value knowledge–that’s what I do.
So tell me: what’s my Hogwarts house?
Am I a Slytherin because 11 year old me would have been sorted into Slytherin? Am I a Hufflepuff at heart who has only pretended to be a Slytherin and a Ravenclaw because they’re cooler? Or, now that I’m finally at peace with myself, am I really (and was always meant to be) a Ravenclaw?
Will I be a Gryffindor when I get older?
tl;dr: whenever you get mad at people for mis-sorting fictional characters, remember that real people are multidimensional and change all the time.
i would probably sell my soul if it meant that j.k. rowling came out with a prequel series to harry potter based on the misadventures of the marauders throughout their years at hogwarts, beginning when they’re first years and then all the way through.
“The Sorting Hat was sewn roughly one thousand years ago and was merely a normal hat belonging to Godric Gryffindor. When Gryffindor, along with Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, wondered how they would continue to sort the students when the four were dead, Gryffindor pulled his hat off of his head and, with the other founders, enchanted it with brains and some amount of personality. The Sorting Hat, now animated, was able to Sort and divide the students into the Hogwarts Houses, and continued to do so for a millennium, being owned by each Headmaster and Headmistress.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 7 The Sorting Hat
“Oh, you may not think I’m pretty,
But don’t judge on what you see,
I’ll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I’m the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There’s nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can’t see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffis are true And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don’t be afraid!
And don’t get in a flap!
You’re in safe hands (though I have none)
For I’m a Thinking Cap!”
Ravenclaw:Open mindedness. A ravenclaw doesn’t care at all about your views on an issue, as long as you both can agree to let the other be, and occasionally have a robust discussion. Don’t try to moralize at them.
Slytherin:Loyalty. To a slytherin, the greatest gift they can give you is their loyalty, and they provide it to a slim few, which pretty much means that they would die for you. As a friend, you can get away with anything as long as they still know that you are loyal to them, and wouldn’t try to hurt them or their reputation.
Hufflepuff:Just be someone who is kind to all people, or at least tries to be, because regardless of the reason, there is no time where being cruel is acceptable, and especially not for personal pleasure.
Gryffindor:Lift them up, make them feel good about themselves and support them, and they will, in return, support you in what you do.