On Hogwarts houses, personalities and Hufflepuff bobble hats.
When I first got into the Harry Potter series, I was all for Gryffindor. J.K. Rowling’s 7-book tale is a little heavy on the Gryffindor representation, and I’m sure my seven-year-old self can be forgiven for wanting to be a part of the action. Rowling has managed to craft a diverse, vibrant universe that only really gave us a little snapshot into the entire world of Hogwarts through the eyes of Harry Potter and his friends.
When I initially took the Pottermore test (as any good Potter-fan should) I originally thought I’d picked the answers that would lead to the courageous path of Gryffindor. Now the clever thing about this test is that it’s pretty vague and introspective; you end up answering the way your subconscious wants to, regardless of your initial intentions.
When I was congratulated and welcomed into Hufflepuff, at first, I couldn’t help but feel a little let down. ‘Who wants to be a Hufflepuff, after all?’ I’d thought. For context, I was fresh out of secondary school and still fairly immature at this point. I remember tweeting something along the lines of: ‘I’ll always be a Gryffindor at heart’ in response. How wrong I was.
And so, I left Pottermore behind, went on to live my life – embarking on new adventures at college and university.
It was only recently that I decided to retake the test.
Again, I was sorted into Hufflepuff. But something had changed in me since my last attempt at the test. I had a fair bit of time on my hands (as a Film student) to analyse each of the houses. I soon realised that Hufflepuff is probably the best place to be.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of a house where they’re accepting of everyone, loyal to a fault and are patient and true?
‘They are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true / And unafraid of toil.’
These days, I rather think it’s an honour. Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty and fair play; perhaps if everyone was like that, the world would be a better place.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand (for all of you realists out there) that this is a fictional universe that is very much made up for entertainment purposes. But, at the end of the day, you can’t deny the impact that it has had on the world, real or not.
For instance, those who know me IRL will know that I’m rather fond of my new Hufflepuff bobble hat. You wouldn’t believe the amount of compliments it receives. Whether it’s because people appreciate me actually taking pride in being a Hufflepuff or whether it’s the striking yellow and black stripes that garner the attention, I don’t know. But honestly? I love it.
I wear my Hufflepuff hat with pride because it represents the awesomeness of being a Hufflepuff to those around me: I hope to be a person who is hard-working, patient, loyal and accepting of all, I just choose to show that on my head. Plus, it’s getting cold out and it’s a practical fashion choice.
Taking the qualities of the four Hogwarts houses and seeing them within ourselves promotes introspection and a valuing of self-worth.
I encourage you take the Pottermore test, if you haven’t already, and see where you belong.
Even if you’re not into Harry Potter, there’s an insightful personal quiz you can take online called 16 Personalities that really gives you an opportunity to look within yourself and your motivations in life. Turns out I’m an INFP (The Mediator) which is very Hufflepuff, indeed.
Give it a go. I hope to see you around more often, I’ve missed posting often.
Peace and love,