Megan over at A Geeky Gal blog created this challenge for fellow geeks to share all about what makes them nerdy. You can see her completed challenge post here.
What Hogwarts House are you in?
I have a confession…
I have never seen a single Harry Potter movie or read a single Harry Potter book.
I know. What kind of nerd am I?
I’m not purposely avoiding Harry Potter, but I was never really interested and it would feel weird to start watching/reading now, so late in the game.
I’ve had many fellow nerds ask why I never got into it. I like fantasy, so how could I not enjoy Harry Potter? How could wizards and magic not appeal to someone like me?
Hell, I even found the will to read the Twilight series, although I knew they wouldn’t be very good, just so I would know what all the fuss was about.
I’m not sure how to describe why I didn’t get into it. There was just something about the whole kids being wizards and heroes thing that wasn’t my jam.
When I compare it to a fantasy series that I do love, Lord of the Rings, there are some differences that I think highlight what didn’t appeal to me about Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings has a completely different tone. It’s a bit more serious. A bit more mythological. A bit more adult.
When I fantasized about fictional universes in adolescence (which was when both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings got big), I didn’t fantasize about a world into which I could insert my child-self.
I think that is what appealed to a lot of other kids my age about Harry Potter. They could step into Hogwarts just as they were and find a way to fit in. You could be an awkward, nerdy teenager in Hogwarts.
I didn’t want to go as I was. I wanted to pretend I was someone else.
I wanted to be an ethereal, immortal elf with grace and wisdom. I wanted to fall in love with and marry another graceful and wise elf.
Okay, specifically I wanted Legolas (and I have the smutty fanfiction to prove it) because Orlando Bloom was my wet dream at 14-years-old. I wanted to be someone who fit into Middle Earth, not go to Middle Earth as myself.
TL;DR – Harry Potter never resonated with me like other fantasy series did and I never ended up even seeing the movies or reading the books.
My knowledge of the series is limited to only what I’ve picked up on from observing the fandom.
I’ll still try to answer the question.
My research tells me there are four houses with traits that define them:
- Gryffindor: courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry
- Ravenclaw: intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit
- Slytherin: ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness
- Hufflepuff: hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty
This is a tough one, because I feel like all of them describe me to some degree. In fact, if I had to pick four values that are important to me, courage, intelligence, ambition, and justice would all definitely be on the list.
If I really had to pick one, I’d go with Ravenclaw. Based on my reading about the houses, it feels like I would fit in well there. That’s also the result I got when I took this test to see which house I was. So there you have it.
I want to hear about your Hogwarts Houses! Which house suits your personality and why? Tell me in the comments.