02 Dec Getting the Sorting Hat experience in person
A little background on Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling sat down and wrote one of the most captivating fictional stories in the last two decades. Despite having several of her novels rejected prior to the Harry Potter series, she was still determined to deliver a work of art. It is from that determination that she wrote the eight-part series of Harry Potter, which was later developed into a movie.
The Harry Potter series revolves around Harry Potter, who lives with the Dursleys, Vernon, Petunia (who is his late mother’s sister), and Dudley. They are referred to as ‘Muggles,’ which means that they are non-magical folk. Harry seems to live a rather ordinary life and is often picked on by the Durselys. Then, on his eleventh birthday, everything changes when he receives news to join Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that he is a wizard!
Uncle Vernon tries everything in his power to stop Harry from joining the school, but he’s nowhere near successful. This is the beginning of the story of young Harry and is told in the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was adapted into a movie in 2001.
Joining Hogwarts and the Sorting Hat
The quiz is supposed to tell you what house in Hogwarts you would belong to, based on certain questions you answer. There are four houses in Hogwarts, names after the founding members of the school; Gryffindor – got his name from Godric Gryffindor, Hufflepuff – got the name from Helga Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw – got the name from Rowena Ravenclaw and Slytherin – got the name from Salazar Slytherin.
As tradition states, during the first assembly at the beginning of every school year, the new students wear the Sorting Hat, which sings its special song, then proceeds to announce what house the student belongs to. The hat takes certain traits into consideration before placing the student in a specific house. Every house has its signature color, and the students bear similar characteristics.
The personality shown by students in Gryffindor is determination, friendliness, and valour, Hufflepuff students represent patience, loyalty, and dedication. Ravenclaw students show readiness to learn, are wise and creative. In contrast, Slytherin students portray the promise of great leadership, ambition, and bravery.
What you get from the quiz
Like the Sorting Hat, the quiz might not give you results that are precise, and if you are younger, there is always the possibility that your thoughts and personality might change with age. You can always take the Pottermore quiz again and see if there is any change.
That being said, the quiz can determine positive traits of your character that you can develop on and grow with time. A student like Harry bore both traits of being in Slytherin and Gryffindor’s house though he asked the Sorting Hat to put him in Gryffindor, where he became one of the bravest wizards.