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 Hufflepuffs 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 folks 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!
Apart from the words of this song we don’t really know too much about any Hogwarts house; with the obvious exception of Gryffindor. Throughout the magic that is J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, we see the houses and people of Hogwarts through the eyes of one person and only really hear his (rather biased) opinions of it all. These opinions have been readily accepted and transferred unto many Potterheads, but it’s time for that to stop.
Thanks to Pottermore, many young witches and wizards have found their Hogwarts houses just like in the books. Unfortunately, many of them have also then been stereotyped by this discovery. For example, when people find out I’m a Slytherin, they often go on the defensive. She must be evil, right? ‘Cause there weren’t a witch or wizard what went bad that weren’t in Slytherin. Thanks for that Hagrid; I love you to bits, but honestly man.
And the poor Hufflepuffs. A large percentage of my friends are Hufflepuff and they often find themselves being pitied for being in the ‘dumb’ house. Or worse, being referred to as ‘leftovers’.
Ravenclaws are so often respected for theirs brains; and nothing else. It’s a terrible thing to reduce somebody to their intelligence and not consider their other traits.
Gryffindors are brave and loyal and funny and smart and the all-round best people in the world. No sorry, they’re just hyperactive twits. Ok, sorry, that’s really defeating the whole point I’m trying to make. Gryffindors are fairly well represented in the books and films, but you still have to remember that the traits that you see in our childhood heroes aren’t the only traits a Gryffindor can possess.
In 2015, JK Rowling tweeted “Not all Slytherins think they’re racially superior. But all those who do are Slytherins.” Now I’m sorry, what?
My case in point would have to be Ron. He think all giants are evil, despite his dealings with Hagrid. And don’t even get me started on his reaction to S.P.E.W (The Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfair).
Allow me to steal something from my Tumblr
“I’m a Slytherin. I’m not racist. The only time I’ll speak ill of you is if I see you treating someone else unfairly. I cannot tolerate injustice.
My Hufflepuff friends? They are my emotional rocks. I know, no matter how I’m feeling, they will be my strength.
The only Ravenclaws I know would give you the shirt off their backs. They use their intelligence to raise others up. Not to stand above them.
And Gryffindors? They are brave. They unite us all by playing to our strengths. They stand by me when I see injustice, they help the Hufflepuffs make others smile, and the help the Ravenclaws push others to reach their potential.
Every house has its defining traits. Not every person uses those traits in the same way. Your house does not define you. You define your house.”
So let me repeat and reiterate. Your Hogwarts house does not define you; you define your house. So take the good qualities that make you, you. Apply them to your house pride and then, take that out into the world. Gryffindors, use your courage you pull others up but know that that’s not all you are. Hufflepuffs, don’t be afraid to show people what it means to be kind and caring, the world needs your example. Ravenclaws, strive to find the knowledge you want, and help others who seek to learn. And my dearest Slytherins, your ambition does not make you bad, nor your cunning evil. We can use these traits for good, and to bring out the best in ourselves and others.