It's that time of year again!!! Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July and I'm on board! People can compete in the House Cup by accumulating house points. I'll be earning said house points by posting about Harry Potter among other Harry Potter related activities! This year I will be representing Hufflepuff!
All month long, I'll continue(start to again...) to post my weekly Thursday Harry Potter Moment of the Week posts, but I'm sure there will be so much more Harry Potter fun in the future. Let's get this show on the road!
So I had something else planned for today and my intro, but I must talk about this now.
Back when Pottermore was introduced I was sorted into Hufflepuff - a story that I will share later this month. Then all the news about the Ilvermorny sorting quiz made me curious as to my house placement at the American wizarding school. I went to the site and found out I had to set up a new account because everything had changed and the site was like new. I got the option to take the sorting quiz again or gather the old house from the database, but I couldn't remember my old username so I took the test again.
Here's where the crisis started.
I was sorted into Ravenclaw. How was that possible? I had become solidly invested in my Hufflepuffness and am proud to call myself one. So to wrap my head around the idea that I might not belong in Hufflepuff is crazy! I started the long inner-monologue (that may not have been so inner) of questions about myself, about my choices, about my convictions, about my house, about everything.
Then I remembered two very important things from the books. 1) In Sorcerer's Stone, Harry has a conversation with the Sorting Hat at the sorting and the hat take his earnest desire to be anything but Slytherin into account. This obviously stuck with Harry, when he questions himself in Chamber of Secrets and asks the Sorting Hat again whether it made a mistake. And when his son became extremely nervous about where he'd be sorted, Harry told Albus Severus that the hat considers his desired house.
"But if it really matters to you, you'll be able to choose Gryffindor over Slytherin. The Sorting Hat takes your choice into account." - Harry Potter to Albus Severus Potter, Deathly Hallows.
2) And then later Dumbledore himself ponders the question of when to sort kids. In Deathly Hallows, he asks the question when having a conversation with Snape, thinking that maybe he should not have been a Slytherin at all.
"You know, sometimes I wonder if we Sort too soon." - Dumbledore to Snape, Deathly Hallows.
All this to say, that still doesn't help my with my crisis, it just gives me a firm grounding in the books that it's okay that I was Hufflepuff and might be Ravenclaw now. AND it's okay that I want to choose Hufflepuff over Ravenclaw. Both could be true and it's okay. For now though, my gut and loyalty tells me that I am firmly a Hufflepuff and will continue to be one far into the future. That doesn't mean that I can't also radiate a Ravenclaw's cleverness and innate curiosity, among other things.