Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Sorting Hat

Upon arrival at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, first-year students are sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin) by way of the Sorting Hat.  As you may recall, Harry Potter is faced with the prospect of being assigned to Slytherin House when the Sorting Hat is placed on his head.  Having heard about the evil witches and wizards that Slytherin seems to produce, Harry tells the Sorting Hat that any house will do as long as he is not placed in Slytherin.  As a result, he is sorted into Gryffindor House.  When Harry Potter meets Tom Riddle (He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in his much younger, school-boy form), he notices that he and Tom, a Slytherin, have a few things in common.  Unnerved, he voices his concerns to Dumbledore.

    "So I should be in Slytherin," Harry said, looking desperately into Dumbledore's face.  "The Sorting Hat could see Slytherin's power in me, and it --"
    "Put you in Gryffindor," said Dumbledore calmly.  "Listen to me, Harry.  You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students.  His own very rare gift, Parseltongue - resourcefulness - determination - a certain disregard for the rules," he added, his mustache quivering again. "Yet the Sorting Hat placed you in Gryffindor.  You know why that was.  Think."
    "It only put me in Gryffindor," said Harry in a defeated voice, "because I asked not to go in Slytherin..."
    "Exactly," said Dumbledore, beaming once more. "Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle.  It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

I recently created a Pottermore account (yes, we've already established that I'm a nerd), and my own Sorting Ceremony was something of a choice for me.  Before you are sorted into a house on Pottermore, you have to answer a series of multiple choice questions.  Because I've been in something of an intellectual mood lately, I had this strange desire to be in Ravenclaw.  After I finished answering the questions, I was overjoyed to find that I had been placed in Ravenclaw House, as you can see in the picture below. (I removed all usernames from this picture to avoid receiving friend requests from people I don't know.)
Having been placed in the house known for its "wit and learning," I attended my first Potions lesson, fully expecting to blow Professor Snape out of the water with my mad brewing skills.  However, I am ashamed to report that, after several attempts to combine snake fangs, porcupine quills, and horned slugs, I have yet to figure out how to wave my wand and complete the potion for the Cure for Boils.  How could I be held up by one of the easiest potions in the books?  I'm never going to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming an Auror if I can't even pass my introductory Potions class!

Like Harry, I began to question the Sorting Hat's placement.  Perhaps I was meant to be in Hufflepuff "where they are just and loyal."  But then I remembered our wise Headmaster's words to Harry, that it is our choices that determine who we are.  Even though I might not have the chops to be a full-fledged Ravenclaw just yet, I still chose to be one and that's got to count for something, right?

(I hope you let out a few chuckles while reading this because it was basically a joke...basically.)


LA Adams said...

Ive been having troubles with my wand lately too. Too much humitity in the air! I love the fact that somebody thinks Ravenclaw is a perfect placement - they really didn't get the respect they deserved in the movie.

The Christensens said...

Dad<---hides his face in shame and exclaims, "Woe is me! My daughter has become a true potter-head!

Celia's Gibberish said...

If I'm a potter-head, Dad's definitely a Lord of the Rings fanatic. It's all in the family, you know :)

Brigitte said...

Pottermoore lol. It's really just an mmorpg that will never be classified as such and no one who participates would agree :). I think it's funny!!

Celia's Gibberish said...

Well yeah but there really aren't that many games on there. It's actually more like those old Little Critter games we used to play. You go through each chapter of the book and pick up interesting things and J.K. Rowling just reveals more information about the Harry Potter world that wasn't in the books. I haven't really been on there since I was sorted because there's really not that much to do in there, at least that I've found.

Marie Huber said...

Hehe, this did make me chuckle -but don't worry you are not the only potter-head. Emily got us the "advanced access" and so we got to be beta-testers. It was exciting - for about 5 seconds. I feel like I got "sorted" in Gryffindor because, although I always liked Ravenclaw best, I wanted to be in different house than Em. Yeah. Haven't logged on in a while. The duels didn't work for a long time and the potions are hard to make - come back in 8hours?! I mean who has that kind of time?! Anyway, I just saw that Gryffindor has caught up to RC and SL (we were a definite 3rd when I was online, didn't help to make things more fun). So friend me, or whatever: KeyLumos84 ;)