Sorting Hat, Part 2

Today I’m going to talk about the last 4 Harry Potter sorting hat quiz questions that really made me stop and think, especially after it was revealed that I’m a Hufflepuff. Here’s part 1.

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I have a thing about fungus and mold, so there’s no way I’m getting anywhere near the toadstools. The bubbling pool is intriguing, but I’d be worried that there’s a giant monster lurking in the depths.

That leaves the statue and the tree. The tree is really interesting, as it bears some resemblance to the tree in the Garden of Eden (which must have been real, right?) That also makes it a dangerous temptation.

I’m going with the safe pick: The wizard statue. It’s the only one of the options that’s inorganic, so what harm can it do? Unless it comes to life. Then I’m in trouble.

7

This may have been the hardest question, because I don’t want to encounter any of these creatures! Ghosts, trolls, vampires, and werewolves are immediately out.

Mermaids…I mean, there are lots of types of mermaids. Some are sexy, some are scary. Regardless, I like my feet on dry land, so no mermaids for me.

I came close to picking the centaurs, just because they seem the most harmless. But I know nothing about horses–they’re just as foreign to me as a werewolf. So I’m going with the goblins. At least they’re small.

6

Here’s another one of these great introspective questions. There are moments when I’ve wanted all of these things. In general, though, compliments usually make me uncomfortable, and I don’t want people to fear or envy me.

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but I’d rather people create things that are completely new. I like being liked, but I don’t want my self worth to be defined by that.

I think I’d most like to be trusted. I want people to trust that what I do is genuine and that what I’m saying is true. I want to be taken at face value, and I think that comes with people choosing to trust me.

5

This question actually came up at game night (Eldritch Horror) after I took the sorting hat quiz. Boredom and loneliness aren’t an issue–I very, very rarely experience them. Even if I were alone in an empty room, I’d be fairly content.

The first time I answered this question, coldness and hunger jumped out as the two hardest choices. But as I’m reading it again now and thinking about how it feels to be ignored, I’m having a harder time narrowing it down. Imagine living a life where no matter how hard you try to talk to someone or get their attention, you’re always ignored.

But in the end, I could physically survive if I were ignored. That’s not the case with coldness and hunger. It’s tough, but I’m going to say cold. I hate being cold in general, and the few times in my life I was truly, unbearably cold, I would have traded that feeling for an empty stomach in a heartbeat.

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What are your thoughts about these questions?

4 thoughts on “Sorting Hat, Part 2”

  1. Seems like a few of your answers ended up being influenced by avoiding something that frightens you and selecting something that makes you feel safe. Does fear (or lack thereof) drive a lot of your decisions in life, or are there just a bunch of potentially scary things in Harry Potter?

    By the way, I was assigned to Slytherin. When I first read that, I thought that would’ve been the worst option, but after reading the description, it actually seemed like a pretty good choice.

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  2. Look at the statue that’s winking at me. Study centaurs. (How can you not want to study something that majestic!?) Trusted. My logic of that is if I’m trusted, everything else will follow. Loneliness. There are times that I feel lonely even when I’m with people and that’s hard to deal with. Being ignored is similar to loneliness, but that’s an indirect control problem that I can solve by either voice my opinion again and louder or have that kind of people out of my life if there are just too many repeated incidents. I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t pick hunger now that I’m looking at the options again.

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