Common House Misconceptions

In the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the students are put into one of four noble houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff. Each house attracts a certain group of students as categorised by the Sorting Hat. Unfortunately, people have distorted what each house stands for, even tarnishing the founders’ name.

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;

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 Sorcerer’s Stone


Bold Gryffindor from wild moor…

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Godric Gryffindor is a man who I believe valued honor and bravery, not being a cocky jock. They get a fairly bad rep; seen as rude, self-righteous, brash, and an idiotic tendency for “pointless heroics”. While this perfectly describes a well-hated Gryffindor, Cormac McLaggen, it does not apply to all of them, who is a bit of a pig. Professor McGonagall is a true Gryffindor and look at her, one of the most awesome characters in the series (sorry Dumbledore). Rude, brash, and self-righteous is a bit of a stretch for the typical Gryffindor (*cough cough McGonagall), especially since they value chivalry (def. the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak). Their tendency for “pointless heroics” is not exactly “pointless”, their need to “protect the weak” has them engage in the heroics.

Fair Ravenclaw from glen…

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Rowena Ravenclaw doesn’t have much to complain about, that is not to say that there aren’t misconceptions. Ravenclaws are depicted as boring dictionary-definition-nerds, which is wildly inaccurate. While they are intelligent, they also favor people who are true to themselves; creative, unique/original, and cool nerds (intellectual in areas of interest). Look at Loony, I mean, Luna Lovegood, she is boring’s worst nightmare. Ravenclaws are the very opposite of the misconception, they are one of the most artistic, individually intellectual houses at Hogwarts.

Shrew Slytherin from fen…

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Everyone knows Slytherin had more than a few bad eggs, but that is not to say that if you are one you’re automatically evil. The only reason Salazar Slytherin had a problem with Muggles (then by connection, Muggle-Borns) is that witches and wizards were being persecuted by them, not because he was racist. Still, Slytherins are either depicted as evil or edgy (in a bad way). These people just want to be the very best like no one ever was, their cunning and ambition needs to be used. Edgy? This house values traditionalism more than the other houses which are more open to change, they would be the prim and proper person who’d be sipping tea with the Queen. If you’re an oppressed Slytherin take Rowling’s advice and curse them (none of the Unforgivable Curses or it’s off to Azkaban for you).

Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad…

Hufflepuffs gets the worst reputation out of all the houses, with Slytherin a close second. They are Team Yellow, otherwise known as the lazy hippie pushovers. They are the most hardworking and loyal house in all of Hogwarts, but are completely misrepresented as the meme house. Pretty much anytime there is a Team Yellow, they’re deemed the meme house. This is a problem, there are people who genuinely care about what Team Yellow is supposed to represent but everyone else ruins it for them. Hufflepuff is a mixture of all four house, it is the embodiment of Hogwarts itself. They can be just as intelligent and creative as a Ravenclaw, as brave and chivalrous as a Gryffindor, and as cunning and ambitious as Slytherin. They would do anything for those with whom their loyalty lies so nobody can say that they are the “meme house”. This one’s for you Mr. Hogan, Hufflepuff Pride.

That’s it for this post, put down your house in the comments along with any other misconceptions for your house. If you liked this post leave a like, and if you just happen to love me already then subscribe!

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