Why so Ravenclaw?

I used to think the Houses of Hogwarts are too hard-defined, until I came across this Reddit post, that argues it is not the traits you possess, but the traits you value most of all, that your house selection is based upon. A Hufflepuff need not necessarily be hard working. It just means s/he values hard work, as in aspires to work hard, whether they actually do it or not is secondary and up to the individual.

Albus Dumbledore: It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

That explains a lot about why Peter Pettigrew, Neville Longbottom and Hermione Granger were Gryffindors, or why Gilderoy Lockhart was a Ravenclaw, or why Crabbe and Goyle were Slytherins. Pettigrew was neither daring nor chivalrous, but he aspired to be both, which explains why he hung out with the people he wanted to become like, but failed. To be fair to him, he did show great loyalty to Voldemort (i.e. the morals he chose to live with) towards the end of his life, and was brave enough to cut off his own hand for his master.

Personally, I was a little disappointed (not gonna lie) when Pottermore put me in Slytherin (prior to my Hogwarts is Here days) because I saw myself as smart, but never ambitious or resourceful (maybe that is who I secretly aspired to be?). When I joined HiH, I was glad I got to pick Ravenclaw. I took the quiz again in late 2015, when the new Pottermore website released, and I was sorted into Ravenclaw. That made me start to think of myself as perhaps a Slytherclaw (Slytherin + Ravenclaw). Maybe I value wit and wisdom more now? Or maybe hanging out with the Ravenclaws in the League of 42 rubbed off on me? To be honest, half of my dorm are closet Hufflepuffs, I can tell. They’re so adorably sweet (something I tend to associate with Hufflepuff, for some reason).

The Sorting Hat is notorious for refusing to admit it has made a mistake in its sorting of a student. On those occasions when Slytherins behave altruistically or selflessly, when Ravenclaws flunk all their exams, when Hufflepuffs prove lazy yet academically gifted and when Gryffindors exhibit cowardice, the Hat steadfastly backs its original decision. On balance, however, the Hat has made remarkably few errors of judgement over the many centuries it has been at work.

(Source: Sorting Hat on Pottermore)

But, after reading what J. K. Rowling had to say about the sorting (she has officially stated on record that the Sorting Hat is never wrong), I now think I am a Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw + Hufflepuff). I value wit, wisdom and knowledge, but I also aspire to work hard, with dedication and patience (qualities I do not think I possess or exhibit right now).

I can still be extremely resourceful and cunning. That is who I am. If the Sorting hat picked me based upon who I was, I would be a Slytherin. But if it picked me based upon what I value, I would be a Ravenclaw, or worst case, a Hufflepuff (never a Gryffindor, interestingly).

There you go.


Bonus: This Seamus Gorman video on YouTube-

The Tree of Batman

Batman, Second Generation

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Batman, Third Generation

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A Grandfather’s Pride“, painting by Ognuleus Timihagan (2015). Click here to view it in higher resolution.

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The Da Novi Code, a movie produced by Team Glitter, the third generation of Batman. Poster by Mèlina Lofthouse.

Related pages:
Who was Novellus Batman?
Mr. Batman’s Wizarding Origin

The Book That Must Not Be Named

This is a series of Tweets I posted as I read Harry Potter and The Cursed Child for the first time. I should have posted them as a thread, alas. But I am fairly unbeknownst of Twitter’s trends. Hence, I am re-posting the tweets here, as is, for this is my safe place:

5 years after the last movie released… Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Let’s do this!


These people are in their late 30s. Seriously, who wrote this? They’re behaving as if they haven’t aged a day over 12. Ron needs to be held back by Ginny because Malfoy remarked against Hermione. In the middle of a Ministry of Magic General Body Meeting!


The characters in HP don’t seem to grow up at all. They hold high school grudges into their 30s and 40s, and behave so immaturely.


Why is Ginny still treated as a supporting character? I would have loved to see her being more like Mrs. Weasley (Molly) to her kids.


Because shit only gets serious when there’s time travel involved. Why stop at Cedric Diggory? How can we prevent all the deaths? Hmm.


Maybe we could go all the way back and make sure Tom Riddle is never born? Make the Gaunt lady’s love potion go bad or something.


Come on, Albus! Don’t you want to save them all? How about a scarless dad? And grandparents who are alive! How’s that sound??


So Myrtle readily agreed to be in on the plan? If I were her, I would be more interested in bringing myself back from the dead first.


Ron is a nervous wreck. I had no idea marrying a different woman can change a man so much. #RelationshipGoals redefined.


Times have changed. Umbridge and Co. have no problems saying Voldemort’s name. They have dropped the ‘Lord’ prefix too.


Cursed Child was clearly written by an American. Because they spelt Valour incorrectly. #ForVoldemortAndValor


So, humiliation is what drives a Hufflepuff to become a Death Eater, under laboratory conditions. #CedricDiggory


That escalated quickly.


A spontaneous chemical reaction will still happen even if the two ingredients are mixed 40 years apart.


Words like ‘valor’ and ‘discombobulated’ make you think American but then they go ahead and use DD/MM/YY as the date format.


The whole Fidelius Charm and Secret Keeper thing isn’t very effective. Everybody can see Lily and James, it seems.


That wrapped up rather quickly…

Overall: 6/10 (includes extra points for character familiarity)