So, as a little refresher, I thought that I should show all the houses and write a bit about them. The 4 Hogwarts houses are as follows: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw. Many people prefer one house to another, but, to be honest, each have their benefits and letdowns.
“You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart, their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart” – Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Gryffindor was named after Godric Gryffindor, who valued bravery, nerve, chivalry and courage. This is the most popular house, as the main characters are in it. Many people would call Gryffindor overrated, and I partly agree with them. Although I know that the books are written from Harry’s point of view, it would have been nice to see it from a Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw’s side of the story.
“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil” – Sorting Hat. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Hufflepuff is named after Helga Hufflepuff, who took everyone in. Consequently, everyone thinks that Hufflepuff is the “pushover” and “useless” house. This is not true. Hufflepuffs value honesty, patience, loyalty, hard work and justice. However, if a Hufflepuff decides to be loyal to the Dark Arts or evil, then that is exactly how they could go bad.
“Or perhaps in Slytherin, you’ll make your real friends, those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.” – Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Slytherin, undoubtedly has the worst reputation out of all the houses. This is because Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor were… let’s say… not the best of friends. Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw were with Gryffindor, so… you can’t really blame Slytherin. They value ambition, cunning, leadership and resourcefullness. Now that you look at their values, you start to realise that Slytherins aren’t so bad. Of course, there were bad Slytherins but there are also good ones.
“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, where those of wit and learning, will always find their kind,” – Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Ravenclaw values creativity, wisdom, wit, knowledge and learning. In the films, Ravenclaw’s logo is a raven, but in the books, it is actually an eagle. For a long time people have been annoyed and angry that Ravenclaws in the Harry Potter films do not have their eagle or bronze and blue colours. I think that we should respect that some prefer this to that, and that to this. We are all different, and that’s what matters.
Now, a question for you: Which house are you in? If you do not know, then go onto the Wizarding World ( https://www.wizardingworld.com/news/discover-your-hogwarts-house-on-wizarding-world ) to take the Sorting House quiz to find out!