This week we decided to have some speculative fun and talk about which houses we would be sorted into if we were students at Hogwarts.
In case you’re not familiar with Harry Potter, each house at Hogwarts (the school for wizards that Harry attends) comprises students with certain characteristics in common.
Gryffindor is the house for those who are brave, chivalrous, heroic, law-abiding . . . and sometimes too rash or compulsive. Ravenclaw is for those with an academic bent, who prize wit and learning--but who may tend to get prideful or coast along on their natural talents without putting in much effort. Then there are the Hufflepuffs, who value hard work and loyalty above all, are usually open and accepting, but might be too trusting or forget to take care of their own needs rather than just others’. Finally, there’s Slytherin, whose members are ambitious, dedicated, and hardworking--though sometimes they can be manipulative.
As you can see, each type has its strengths and weaknesses, and members of different houses need each other to balance one another out. Working together, the types can achieve far more than they ever could apart.
With that said, here’s a paragraph from each of Thinklings’ “major players” about which house they’d be in and why.
Ali Chehab: I always struggle with the house tests because I have a right brain / left brain balance. Arts and science, creativity and structure. I love the duality of our culture. So I am loyal but I always spur those around me to be courageous and to push their boundaries. I feel that too often we let others determine who we are instead of deciding for ourselves. I always test as Gryffindor, but I have a streak of Ravenclaw.
Christopher Light: No, I don’t want the Bosses’ jobs. I’m loyal to something, but I’m not going to tell you what. I do brave the dragon’s hoard on a regular basis to find submission treasures. Hmm. What do these things tell me? Ah, that I am full of academic snark and intellectual criticism. Conclusion: I am a Ravenclaw.
Deborah Natelson: Neologistic linguistic constructions, absurdities couched in excessively complex syntax and multi-syllabic verbiage, and an indubitable obsession with the creation, improvement, and consumption of fantastical tales. Behold! I, Deborah J. Natelson, am a proud Ravenclaw. And I type two spaces after each period.
Gene DeJong: Gryffindor! I think all immigrants have some Gryffindor in them. Takes some guts to move across the world. I also restarted my career in middle age, which I think is a little bit of a gutsy move.
Jeannie Ingraham: This is somewhat difficult for me to answer. In my younger years it would have definitely been Slytherin. However, I come from a long line of Hufflepuffs, and married a Hufflepuff. If every Slytherin were to marry a Hufflepuff, the whole problem in the Harry Potter series would have never happened. I like to think my cunning and business acumen are used in service of helping people and being nice.
Sarah Awa: Like Luna Lovegood, I live in la-la land. I love logic and linguistics. Without wit and wordplay, my world would be wan. I feed on fantasy and find it fabulous and fortifying; similarly, sci-fi serves as a sublime, sumptuous snack. Nitpicking is not necessarily the nicest niche; nevertheless, it is needed for novels. Books, my best buddies, make being bearable. “Reading rocks!” says this Ravenclaw.
We hope you enjoyed this bit of fun! Which house would you be in, and why?