May 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Sorting Hat Sorrows


Like being rejected by the college of your choice and settling for the “okay” school, being sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore inspires feelings of disappointment and surprise.  What did I do wrong?  Should I have chosen the castle instead of the forest path on the Pottermore personality quiz?  Does this have something to do with choosing the scroll over the dagger?  Does being in Hufflepuff make me a background character?  The only Hufflepuff character to make it into the greater plotline was Cedric Diggory, who, as we all know, was vaporized by the Dark Lord and reborn as a vampire in the worst love story ever.  He didn’t matter enough to the plot to survive for the rest of his debut book.  Hufflepuffs are too friendly and interested in plants to make a difference.  When my little sister was sorted into Hufflepuff, she burst into tears.

But after thinking about what it means to be a Hufflepuff – a tea drinking, unassuming, wizard who collects rare bulbs and helps Gryffindors with their homework  – I’ve decided that there are worse things to be.  Although Hufflepuff sounds like a pokémon plush toy and has a mascot that nobody can remember (it’s a badger) and none of the bad-boy charisma or adventurousness that Gryffindor and Slytherin are famous for, it represents character traits that are rarely highlighted in novels these days, like honesty, rationality, and kindness.

Regardless, I still think I belong in Gryffindor.

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