Pottermore: The Sorting Experience

Since Pottermore began opening up its experience to beta testers, fans have talked long and hard about the Sorting. It’s a high-stakes moment; most of us have spent years self-Sorted into one or the other of the Houses.

With Rowling so deeply involved in the production of the site, the Sorting has taken on final authority for many fans. Though the internet is crawling with Sorting quizzes, they’re of widely varying quality, are generally easy to rig, and none of them were created by J.K. Rowling. The pressure is on when you approach the Hat in Pottermore: like Hogwarts, Pottermore only allows you to get Sorted once. This raises several questions: is it possible to ‘choose’ your House, as Harry did? Should you answer the Hat’s questions in a manner true to yourself, or to your own self-Sorting? If you don’t get the House you want, do you open a new account and try again?

In discussion about our Sortings, four of us from the Blogengamot discovered we’d shared the experience of being put in a second-choice or unexpected house. Here are some thoughts from each of us on the process and results.

Travis

I cannot understand how some people have earned over 10,000 points for their house already. By the time I was done walking through the first book and collecting hidden items (which earn you points), I had 31 points. I’ve managed to get a couple potions done (after spilling lots of ingredients and blowing up my first cauldron – I had to return to Diagon Alley to get a new one), I’ve earned 45. The most points you can earn on a potion at this point is 11. I don’t know how many points you can earn dueling, since that feature is currently down. But you must have to dedicate a huge amount of time to get 10,000 points.

Or there’s a secret I don’t know about. Which is quite possible given that J.K. Rowling is behind this. On the other hand, it’s just as likely some people are obsessed enough with being part of the “real” experience that they’ve literally made the sleeping draught 1,000 times. Harry Potter does inspire levels of obsession many of us never knew before.

What’s interesting about Pottermore is that it feels like you’re participating in the real thing. Oh, we’ve all taken online Sorting Hat quizzes. We’ve all identified with a particular House. Many of us have mused about what kind of wand would choose us. But with the Wizarding World’s creator as the mastermind of this online experience, it feels very much like when you get Sorted, you’ve really been chosen for that House. And when the wand chooses you, it really was destiny. I’m sure that’s precisely what they’re going for, of course.

Being Sorted really is a fun experience. I’d heard a lot of complaints ahead of time about people getting sorted into the “wrong” house. I went into it fully expecting and even hoping for Ravenclaw. And I knew I could game the system; if you think hard enough about the questions, you can probably figure out how to get into the house you want. (Although I do wonder if choices you make in the journey previous to the Sorting quiz–for example, the wand-choosing quiz–factor into the Sorting at all.) But I determined to answer the questions honestly, and at the end, I was sorted into Gryffindor. It wasn’t Ravenclaw, like I expected, but it occurred to me recently that there’s definitely a significant Gryffindor/Slytherin component to my personality. As fun as it is to be the brainy sort who does well in school, the Gryffindor/Slytherin side of me is perhaps more natural. (My study tendencies, for example, have always been much more like Harry’s than Hermione’s.) The only house I couldn’t see myself in was Hufflepuff. Tricia, my wife, got Hufflepuff. At first, we were both very surprised by this, but the more I think about it … My wife really is a Hufflepuff. And I like that.

Much of your experience with Pottermore will depend on your skepticism about the commercialism of the ongoing Potter phenomenon. I have to admit that the look and feel of it all, while bearing the WB/film influence, is not straight-up images and trappings of the movies. It really does look quite good. For me, much like with the films, I’m enjoying it for what it is. And with Rowling so involved in it, it does feel a bit like an ongoing experience in Potter. It bears Rowling’s influence and charm. The new information is quite good, and she continues to hat tip the secrets of Potter. For example, we learn that alchemy is a higher-level elective at Hogwarts if there is enough student interest. We also learn that Luna Lovegood’s name was originally Lily Moon. Fascinating stuff, that.

Now, if they could just get the site to work properly…

RevGeorge

Really, so far the ultimate highlight of Pottermore has been the Sorting. It’s really amazing how intense the experience is. Going through the questions was a bit nerve wracking and the anticipation for the Sorting Hat’s answer was high. I originally compared it to the terror but joyous anticipation of getting married. However, my wife later informed me it was not like that at all. :) So maybe it’s more similar to finding out whether or not you got into Harvard as opposed to Middle of Nowhere Community College.

My Sorting was perhaps different from others in that I didn’t necessarily have a high stake in which House I got. I’ve long self-identified with Hufflepuff but have recently come to see that Slytherin and Ravenclaw would be good alternatives for me. And to also see that maybe Hufflepuff wouldn’t have been the right place for me. That “unafraid of toil” description for Hufflepuff isn’t really me at all. :) So, when the Hat cried out “Ravenclaw” I was pretty happy and in fact positively giddy with delight.

I’m not necessarily surprised (but I do find it a bit surprising) at the visceral reactions many people are having to the Sorting, even going so far as to delete their accounts when the Hat places them somewhere other than their self-chosen House. Some have complained that no quiz of a little more than 7 questions can tell them where they should go better than themselves. But really, is that true? Oftentimes, it’s easy to get an idea of yourself that isn’t necessarily how others see you. We need other people to help us see our blind spots or to point out things we may not necessarily recognize about ourselves. I thought the quiz itself was pretty good at picking out those characteristics that might place you in one House or another.

If one wanted to, it would’ve been pretty easy to game the questions in order to get a desired result. I knew I was picking answers that were weighted toward Ravenclaw, but it didn’t matter because those were the answers that honestly described my position.

Regarding the fairly even number of members in each House, some have seen this as nothing more than Pottermore just randomly assigning people to Houses in order to have equal numbers across the board. I kind of thought that way at one time, but after actually going through the Sorting, I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s because most people have, in varying degrees, qualities from each House. It’s simply a matter of which are priorities for you. I also think the large number of Hatstalls, where the Hat can’t figure out where to put you and thus gives you a choice between Houses, also argues against it just being a numbers game.

Mr. Pond

Unlike other Pottermore beta users, I’d not fretted much about where I’d be sorted. In fact it was only with the pending release of DH2, and the expectant chatter around the offer (academics read Harry Potter, too, you know) that I’d even begun to think about it.

It started simply, the usual geek-party numbers: What character are you most like? Well, that’s easy. Retiring, scruffy academic with long hair and beard, possibly with A Past and probably a lycanthrope? That’s me: Remus Lupin.

But I parted company with Lupin for choice of house. I’ve taken some care to cultivate intellect, analysis, and critical thinking from a young age, so to me “wise old Ravenclaw | [...] Where those of wit and learning | Will always find their kind,” rather than Quidditch-mad Gryffindor, seemed apt.

What’s more, the Personality Lab sorting test, with its formidable 122 questions and scientific grounding in psychological research, confirmed this: my Ravenclaw score was 97 out of a possible 100.

I was curious, and more than a little excited, about the Pottermore Sorting hat. This, after all, was the proverbial It. This was the test that JKR herself had written. This was the test that was supposed to be more accurate than any other. This was the Sorting Hat’s moment.

“Well, if you’re sure—better be GRYFFINDOR!”

I was, frankly, shocked. Me, a Gryffindor, with “[d]aring, nerve, and chivalry?” I retook the Personality Labs test to see if it still sorted me to Ravenclaw. (It did.) I’d wanted to be Ravenclaw. Doesn’t the Sorting Hat take that into account?

Or does the Hat know something I don’t?

On one level, it doesn’t matter. Pottermore is only a game—excuse me, only an online reading experience like no other. It’s not a scientific, theoretical, or professional test. It’s a lark.

On another level, though, maybe it does matter. We shape our lives and our understanding of the world with stories, after all. Like the Javanese wayang kulit, or shadow-puppetry, stories and characters show us how to act—and how not to. And in the realities of the shadow-stage, we can learn things ourselves we wouldn’t otherwise dream.

So now I’m wondering what it’ll be like to be Gryffindor. I wonder if I should let it shape how I think about myself. I think perhaps I should. After all, Lupin did.

Jenna

I’ve always identified with Gryffindor–not because I’m brave, but because I’m iron-willed, fond of challenges, and because so much of my life has been about conquering my endless fears. Gryffindor gave me impetus to push myself, to try overcoming my great weakness. It helped, though I often felt like a follower and a loner who barely had a right to wear the red and gold.

But I have another defining quirk: a determination to stay as far from the Dark Side as possible. So when I put on the Sorting Hat, I mostly thought “Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.” And then, this happened:

“Congratulations! I’m Prefect Gabriel Truman, and I’m delighted to welcome you to HUFFLEPUFF HOUSE. Our emblem is the badger, an animal that is often underestimated, because it lives quietly until attacked, but which, when provoked, can fight off animals much larger than itself, including wolves.”

Though I’d always liked Hufflepuff, I’d underestimated it. With a will like mine, I expected boredom and lack of challenge in this House. Prefect Gabriel Truman taught me otherwise. His words showed me a value system that played not to my weakness, like Gryffindor, but to my strengths. Helga’s students don’t just work hard: they show a unique combination of gentleness and ferocity, and open-heartedness, generosity, and tenacity.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” I always thought I’d choose Gryffindor, until I began answering the Hat’s leading questions. At least two or three times, I had to deliberate over an answer that, with near equal honesty, could have meant Gryffindor or even Slytherin. To my own surprise, I chose the Hufflepuff response every single time.

I’m thrilled, now, to be in the House that so faithfully stood for Harry. The House that rarely produces Dark wizards. The House that opens its arms to the weak. Call me a duffer if you want, but I love being a Hufflepuff.

And now, you…

Where do you think you’ll be Sorted? What would you do if you wound up in a different House than the one you want?

48 thoughts on “Pottermore: The Sorting Experience

  1. I got Ravenclaw, the same thing I got on the long detailed personality test one (where I got overwhelmingly Ravenclaw and very little percentage anything else, while all my friends were equivalents of hatstalls)

    That said, I tried my hardest NOT to pick based on wanting to be Ravenclaw (given that all my HP stuff is Ravenclaw, and the scarves I’ve made are Ravenclaw, this was kind of hard) because I did want the legit answer… (I could still use all that stuff when I dawn my Luna costume anyway) but there’s only one point when I wasn’t sure if I was trying to cheat the exam – I really was torn between whether one should save Merlin’s book or the Dragon Pox cure… I finally decided that I had no idea whether Merlin’s book might not have a Dragon Pox cure, and surely the Headmaster had saved his notes and could recreate the cure… So… I think that determined it (though it might have gone Ravenclaw anyway – I’d kind of wish there was a way to know just in case)

  2. Ally, I went through almost the same reasoning on the question about saving the dragon pox cure or Merlin’s book, i.e. the pox cure could probably be replaced whereas Merlin’s book might be priceless. Strangely, the thought of saving a thousand years worth of student records never crossed my mind. :)

  3. I was so nervous taking this test…. I always thought I was a Gryffindor (not because it’s the “popular” one it just fits my personality most) and with relief I was sorted there. But when my husband (a diehard Hufflepuff) took the test he got many of the same questions as me and answered totally different answers and was sorted into Gryffindor as well- Pottermore froze during his 6th question so he’s been blaming it on that, but we’ve found it quite odd how it’s turned out.

  4. I’d initally seen myself as a Ravenclaw and that’s what came up for me, overwhelmingly so, on the Personality Lab quiz. Over time, I began to see myself as more of a Hufflepuff type. To my utter surprise I was ultimately Sorted into Gryffindor!

    BTW – I unquestioningly chose to save the dragon pox cure, thinking that saving lives was more important than a perhaps unsubstantiated copy of Merlin’s book. As for student records – who wouldn’t welcome a clean slate?

  5. Ally, I doubt you need to worry about whether you’re rightfully in Ravenclaw. There were several leading questions, including a couple in the Wandmaker’s exam, that I am convinced brought points to bear on the final result. And I had a similar experience–the one time I know I could have answered a question as a Slytherin. It was a very, very tough call–so I chose the answer I’d prefer to be associated with. I think Dumbledore would have understood. :)

    So, I just took the quiz Mr. Pond linked:

    Hufflepuff: 83
    Ravenclaw: 80
    Slytherin: 48
    Gryffindor: 38

    Ravenclaw is the only House I feel almost no affinity with–not out of any idea that I’m not smart, but because mind puzzles annoy me so quickly. If I were a Ravenclaw, I would wind up avoiding going in and out of the common room, simply because I’d have things I’d rather do than get hung up at the door.

    I wouldn’t have expected Gryffindor to be my lowest score, though having it turn up close to Slytherin makes sense. But if they were scoring Gryffindor high for athletics, love of conflict, and being the person who stands out in a crowd, well, of course I scored low. :P I always thought that was a mistaken understanding of Gryffindor, though.

    Either way, the quiz still turned me up as a Hufflepuff. No surprises there. :)

  6. I got Hufflepuff
    My niece got Hufflepuff ( 10 years old)
    My sister got Ravenclaw.

    All three of us had ‘chosen’ those Houses ourselves years ago. So my bias is the hat gets it right.

  7. This post made me go to my Pottermore account and try and log on. I’ve tried to get on in the past and the website must have been down. Now the website won’t let me past diagon alley, so I won’t know where I get sorted for a while.

  8. The puzzles are the one thing I don’t care for about ravenclaw – too much like busywork! But I’m entirely too much a rule followed for gryffindor or slytherin, and really am not laid back enough for hufflepuff (though I actually probably wish I was more hufflepuff) so other than Luna being my favorite character – I’ve been self chosen ravenclaw all these years more as a process of elimination than anything else…

  9. And I’ve just noticed too many typos in both my comments to keep me a ravenclaw in good standing – but that is what I get for posting fast and/or on the phone- oops!

  10. I’ve taken the personality test, Mr. Pond, linked to several times before. The time previous to being sorted at Pottermore it was

    1) Hufflepuff 62, Slytherin 61, Ravenclaw 52, Gryffindor 46

    Tonight I took it again & it was

    1) Hufflepuff 65, Slytherin 61, Ravenclaw 52, Gryffindor 36

    You’ll note the only consistent scores are for Slytherin & Ravenclaw.

    Anyway, while the personality test seems thorough, I’m still not sure how well it is as a measure of actually being sorted. For one thing, if we were going by real sorting done at the age of eleven, the personality you have might not have anything to do with the house you’d be sorted into. That is to say, the Sorting Hat seems to take into account potentialities & personal priorities. So, I think the Pottermore sorting quiz might be more accurate in that it seemed to ask for my priorities rather than focusing on what my personality might be.

    So, while my personality might be more in line with Hufflepuff, i.e. kind, considerate, quiet, my priorities, education & learning, are more in line with Ravenclaw. And I too had some qualms about potentially being sorted into Ravenclaw since I don’t do well with riddles like the kind that get you into the common room. But after reading the introduction on Pottermore, I can see where I do fit into Ravenclaw.

    And really as I said in my comments which Jenna posted, I think I could’ve comfortably fit into three of the Houses. But Gryffindor, no way! :)

  11. I’m loving reading all of your comments!

    revgeorge, I think you have an excellent point about priorities vs. personality. The Pottermore Sorting questions seemed very much focused on what we care about. Less “Which of these do you do best…?” and more “What matters more to you…?” That’s probably a lot of why it felt so right, so chosen.

    That makes sense as to why Harry wound up in Gryffindor vs. Slytherin–I’m re-reading CoS at the moment–and certainly as to why some of the Personality Labs scoring didn’t fit as well for me. I’ve always done well on academic testing, and absolutely value a good education, but I also chose to keep working an outdoor adventure job rather than go to college when I had the best chance of it. :)

  12. Funny, I didn’t get the Merlin’s Book or Dragon Pox cure question at all. In fact the only question where I couldn’t have truthfully gone with any number of answer was the What Would Scare You Most? Standing on the edge of a cliff? Well, I’ve don’t like heights particularly, but I’ve done that and survived. Seeing an eye at the keyhole of a room when you know you’re alone? heebiejeebiejeebiejibblyjibblyjibbly

    But things like Pick One! Forest or River! weren’t intuitive at all. I went with rivers on a vague sense that they’re somehow the more significant for me, since I lived near a river for a while and they continually appear in my writings. But the next one was Heads or Tails? and I just chose one spontaneously, haphazardly, because I never know what to choose until the coin is being flipped anyway.

    It’s all still a bit unclear to me, but then it really is only an online reading experience like no other. I luckily didn’t have any Ravenclaw kit yet. :D

  13. Sigh.

    I’m not going to go on and on about psychological test construction because it would bore most of you silly. Let me just say that the odds of the sorting test being a reliable and valid measure of any kind of functioning in the real world is rather remote.

    If you want a well designed personality test, you could do worse than the NEO Personality Inventory, aka the Big F ive Personality Test. It measures where people fall on a continuum on the five major personality traits which seem to distinguish people reliably:

    Openness to experience – (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious). Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, curiosity, and variety of experience.

    Conscientiousness – (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless). A tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully, and aim for achievement; planned rather than spontaneous behaviour.

    Extraversion – (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved). Energy, positive emotions, surgency, and the tendency to seek stimulation in the company of others.

    Agreeableness – (friendly/compassionate vs. cold/unkind). A tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic towards others.

    Neuroticism – (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident). A tendency to experience unpleasant emotions easily, such as anger, anxiety, depression, or vulnerability.

    There is an online version you can complete and it lets you know how you scored and what it means about how you function in the real world:

    http://www.personalitytest.net/ipip/ipipneo1.htm

  14. I always assumed I was a Gryffindor, in part because I have in the past surprised myself by facing up to some pretty horrible stuff with courage I didn’t think I had. But then most of my family thought I was a Ravenclaw (although my best friend thought I was like Hermione: A natural Ravenclaw who would go Gryffindor if given the chance).

    When we went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I had to make the big choice because, well, there were scarves to buy. And I chose Ravenclaw (in part, I must confess, because so many people were buying Gryffindor scarves without thinking it through). I have come to embrace my Ravenclawness.

    I took the quiz Mr. Pond linked to:

    Ravenclaw 84
    Gryffindor 74
    Hufflepuff 69
    Slytherin 62

    I’m actually surprised Slytherin wasn’t a bit higher.

    I haven’t gotten to the Sorting Hat on Pottermore yet (the site keeps going down), but I like my Ravenclaw scarf and don’t want to trade it in for a Gryffindor (in part because I teach at USC, where the colors are red and yellow, and no one there would realize I was actually wearing my house colors!). Here’s hoping the Sorting Hat agrees with me.

  15. Since finally sorted by JK via Pottermore, I have been wondering about the sorting process and reading this post makes me even more eager to know more of how Potttermore does their sorting process. When I went into Sorting Process thru Pottermore I wasn’t expecting anything or at least maybe to be sorted into Hufflepuff… it has always been really hard to sorted myself… when the Hat said I was a Ravenclaw, at first I was really shocked, never in my life I saw myself has a Ravenclaw. Upon reading the description and learning a bit more about the House, I must really say, “there is no better choice for me, cause I am a true Ravenclaw!” Really glad I was sorted into this House and that Pottermore showed me my true self

  16. Question: If I’m able to get on the Pottermore site, how much time does it take to get to the sorting and be sorted? It sounds like there are steps to go through first, like choosing a wand. How much time should I set aside to really enjoy the process? (I have not been on Pottermore yet. I tried once, and it said there were too many people on at that time and to try again later.)

  17. The sorting hat stuff at Pottermore is starting to seem like New Age gobbledygook to me.

    Haven’t been sorted yet and I really don’t care where I’m put. Everyone has traits from all four houses because we’re all complete human beings. It’s like being sorted into the Red, Yellow, Blue or Green groups at summer camp. It doesn’t matter where you go. I think the sorting takes your answers into account to a small degree. I don’t think they truly reflect who are as a whole person. I think it’s a matter of how evenly spaced the numbers are for the site.

    And besides – why want to limit yourself to only certain traits? Why not aspire to be everything – courageous, smart, hardworking and ambitious?

    If the sorting hat software is really looking at my personality – then I hope I break it by defying categorization.

  18. Oooh! I’m so jealous of all you guys who have access to Pottermore. I can hardly wait til it’s my turn to be sorted ‘for real’.

    I tried the personality test that Mr. Pond linked to and I scored:
    Ravenclaw 88
    Hufflepuff 68
    Slytherin 47
    and in last place Gryffindor 39

    I always saw myself as a Ravenclaw type and once I read that their common room was beautiful and filled with light, I was sure that’s where I would be happiest, even though the door mind games would scare me. Being a shy sort, I never, ever expected Gryffindor.

    I was a little surprised that I scored so high on Slytherin…hmmm

    Still, I have always felt that Slytherins got a bad rap. It bothered me that they were treated so unfairly by Dumbledore. And the way Gryffindors constantly harp on all the dark wizards coming from Slytherin — might that not then become a self fulfilling prophecy?

  19. It’s a story telling device.

    Boys (and school) adventure stories require enemies and adversaries to make the triumphs sweeter. Identifying a whole House as the enemy is a pretty effective way of creating systemic tension in the story. Once Slytherin’s bad rep is established, the author has to spend very little effort in creating antagonism in any particular interaction between the characters. All that is necessary is to say that the other character is from Slytherin, and the animosity is automatic.

  20. I took the long personality quiz too, and got pretty much what I expected:

    Ravenclaw 86
    Hufflepuff 81
    Gryffindor 64
    Slytherin 41

    Fascinating posts above about where you thought you’d be as opposed to where you’re actually placed. That actually makes the sorting at pottermore more exciting, the element of unpredictability.

  21. Red Rocker said: “Identifying a whole House as the enemy is a pretty effective way of creating systemic tension in the story.”

    Which is ironic in a way, in that in a story about the danger of prejudices, Rowling herself sets up a mighty prejudice against Slytherin. Perhaps a subject for a post sometime.

  22. A lot of the the children of privileged, monied “pure blood” wizarding families are sorted into Slytherin. So it feels less like prejudice and more like class hatred. Which kind of fits, seeing as how Rowling writes for a post-aristocratic society.

  23. Ah, well, class hatred would be okay then.

    Or wouldn’t it? I’m confused now. Anyway, the issue of prejudice still applies since not all members of Slytherin are blue bloods, Snape most notably.

    Then there’s the issue of the prejudice against the Hufflepuffs. :)

  24. Prejudice against Hufflepuffs is easy to understand: it’s pure elitism of the effete intellectuals for those who have to get there through hard work.

  25. Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call Hagrid an effete intellectual & he’s the one who introduces us to both the Slytherins & the Hufflepuffs.

    Anyway, to bring it back to the subject of this post, I wonder what Rowling makes of all this fanaticism regarding House Sorting? From stuff I’ve read in the past & also from clues in the stories themselves, I get the idea she doesn’t necessarily think the Sorting is a good idea. Just as she doesn’t really like boarding schools. She just has to set her stories there in order for them to fit into that school story genre.

  26. Thanks Travis, I didn’t have zooming in down

    I took Mr. Pond’s quiz and I was within 10 points on each. I never had an easy time figuring which house I would be in except I didn’t figure I’d be a Gryffindor although after kicking people out trying to steal the cousin’s stuff off their property, I guess I’m braver than I thought.

    I was amazed by how thought I put into my answers. Some of those questions are just odd. I got Ravenclaw and am not surprised one bit. I’ve always liked to learn about everything.

    Phoenixsong58, it shouldn’t take more than 15 – 20 minutes to get from the start of Pottermore to the sorting provided that you double click to zoom in at diagon alley to advance through it.

    Revgeorge, I agree about the prejudice against the Slytherins. That prejudice wasn’t really redeemed by the end of DH, but maybe it was more realistic that way…I look forward to your post in the future.

  27. Down with anti-Hufflepuff prejudice!

    And I probably shouldn’t put these in the same comment, but:

    And since I am a Hufflepuff, I’ll be nice and say that Slytherin does get unfair prejudice. Despite my reasons for wanting to stay out of that House, I think Phineas Nigellus was right that Slytherin played its part in Voldemort’s defeat, and we should celebrate that.

    I loved what Kristina Horner had to say about being a self-sorted Slytherin and her Pottermore placement into Hufflepuff… meant to link that earlier, and forgot.

    Jumping into the rest of the discussion, with points made by revgeorge and Bennu (forgive me if I’m forgetting anyone): I think alchemically, all four Houses are needed in full resolution with each other. Any virtue can be dangerous if pursued at the expense of other virtues (and if ambition is pursued without the restraint of virtue… well, no wonder so many of the Slytherins turn up Dark), but I do think that pursuing our strengths in concert with the differing strengths of others is a good thing. If that makes sense.

  28. I’m so relieved — I ended up in Ravenclaw. I really couldn’t figure out how to manipulate the test (and it’s probably a sign of a Ravenclaw — or maybe a Slytherin — that i even tried).

    My daughter, however, a staunch self-sorted Gryffindor, was shocked to end up in Slytherin. She is now wondering how she can let her inner ambitions come to the surface.

  29. I’m rereading the books (am in PoA) and the prejudice toward Slytherin is overpowering. They’re all ugly, have distasteful names. , they’re mean, they cheat..there’s not one redeeming virtue in any Slytherins. Draco and Snape are the only intelligent ones we see until Slughorn and Zabini in HBP.

    While I understand that this is a trope, how I wish Rowling had more fully developed the other Houses. We learn little about about Slytherin and nothing about “dull” Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw (the other “cool” House). This would make a good post, George.

    Congratulations on all the Sortings!

  30. I’ve always considered myself a Hufflepuff – so, I was pretty surprised to get sorted in Slytherin. I was just getting used to it when the long test sorted me predominately into Hufflepuff. I didn’t think I was answering particularly Hufflepuffy as it is late (almost midnight), I am tired and I have a headache.

    Here it is:
    Hufflepuff 75
    Gryffindor 61
    Slytherin 60
    Ravenclaw 58

    Travis and Co., thanks for keeping Harry alive. :-)

  31. I took the personality quiz since I can’t get into Pottermore yet. I was placed in Ravenclaw.
    Gryffindor 66
    Ravenclaw 86
    Hufflepuff 69
    Slytherin 60
    I had my wife take the quiz as a control ( I did not tell her what it was for) she scored
    Gryffindor 88
    Ravenclaw 92
    Hufflepuff 84
    Slytherin 49
    This is how I would have expected her to score (since I have known her so long) but since she did not know what it was for it must be accurate.

  32. I always thought I was a Gryffindor And not just because it’s “the most popular house” I’m very daring, bold, and chivalrous. My friends and family all say I identify with Gryffindor. My second house is Hufflepuff, I always respond to people with kindness and I guess I’m patient when it comes to waiting for things (not with people if you know what I mean). But, that’s it! I’m not very tolerant and I’m certainly not a particularly good finder. Which is why I was kinda surprised when I was sorted into Hufflepuff. I’ve taken the Personality linked above many times before and mostly got Gryffindor, but my second was ALWAYS Hufflepuff. And when I did get Hufflepuff on that quiz, it was very close to my Gryffindor score, Usually no more than 5 or 6 points away! I’m torn. Hufflepuff? Or Gryffindor? I decided that I’m taking the test again when the site opens, and if I get Hufflepuff again I’m combining my houses and calling myself a Gryffinpuff. If I get something besides Hufflepuff, I’ll be very confused and may actually to believe the sorting is rigged in some kind of number game.

    I’m still hoping Jo was playing a joke on us beta users and put us all in the wrong houses :p

  33. I got Gryffindoor! My long heart’s desire! I can’t beleive it! I took Mr. Pond’s quiz, and beleive it or not, this was the results,

    Gryffindoor:100
    Ravenclaw:N/A
    Hufflepuff:N/A
    Slytherin:N/A

  34. I got Gryffindoor! My long heart’s desire! I can’t beleive it! I took Mr. Pond’s quiz, and beleive it or not, this was the results,

    Gryffindoor:100
    Ravenclaw:N/A
    Hufflepuff:N/A
    Slytherin:N/A

    I couldn’t beleive it either! It was a 1 in 100 chance and all the questions were Gryffindoor!

  35. Personally, I would think I fit both Ravenclaw and Slytherin pretty well. I think the deciding point for me way the REASONS I did the things I do, not the fact that I did them. Thus, I figured I was more Slytherin than Ravenclaw- because while I love to read books, I don’t gather knowledge for its own sake. I always think “Does it work/help?” and constantly focus on succeeding. On the other hand, I also house a few scraps of Hufflepuff- While my friends are few, I will do anything and everything for them if they are loyal to me. The House I am farthest from seems to be Gryffindor. I dislike being in the spotlight and would much rather take control from the shadows. I don’t require praise or glory because I know when I’ve accomplished what I want, and I’m not particularly sporting or chivalrous.

    I think that’s what Pottermore and that one other long quiz you mentioned is missing- the reasons for what you do. You could be overwhelmingly a Hufflepuff but do rash things for ‘honor’ and ‘glory’ because you want to be with and support your friends.

  36. When I answered the questions I did not try to get into a particular house. I answered them honestly and probably spent much to long on each one in order to be as honest about them as I could.
    I did expect to be in Hufflepuff, though, as my daughters have been telling me I am as Hufflepuff as they come, for many years.

    I was, indeed, placed in Hufflepuff, BUT I WAS given the CHOICE of either Hufflepuff or SLYTHERINE!!!!
    :-0
    I am not sure if there are two houses more different than Hufflepuff and Slytherine.
    Hufflepuff = Where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true.
    Slytherine =Those cunning folk use any means To achieve their ends.

    I am sure the reason the sorting hat had a hard time with me was because some of my answers were based on my physical limitations. You see, I am sure one of the correct answers about which power I should want, if my goal was to be put into Hufflepuff, would have been being able to talk to animals, but this would have been very painful to me. You see, because of a neurological problem, I cannot take much sound/noise. If I was able to communicate with animals I would not be able to take the constant voices of my dogs saying, “Is it time to eat now? How about now? NOW?”

    My rational for the rejection of many of the other powers though, I think, were very Hufflepuffish. For example, if I could be invisible and was around another person they might have sensed me and felt creepy. I cannot remember all the power choices, but I am sure I chose Mind Reading. I thought if it was like Legilimens, I would be able to control when it happened. Though I do not know how often I would use it as it would be a great invasion of privacy and I do not know if I would want to hear what people really thought of me. Maybe Rowling though mind reading was very Slytherinish and did not know about my sound issue. :-)

    But I selected Hufflepuff over Slytherin. I think I will be happy there.
    I have never been able to identify with those who feel the end justifies the means.

  37. I took the Mr Pond test and was put into Ravenclaw!

    My scores are:
    Gryffindor- 66
    Ravenclaw- 81
    Hufflepuff- 78
    Slytherin-49

    The deviation between my Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff scores are negligible. I think they are a tie.

  38. IM A HUFFLEPUFF ! I DONT REALYLIKE GRIFFENDOR BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES IT BECAUSE HARRYS IN IT I LIKE TO BE DIFFRENT :D

  39. The trick is just don’t think about ur answer it works if you try to think about your to get yourself in the house you you may not get it I thought too much about it at first and I got myself in rawenclaw and I knew I wasn’t honest I was expecting hufflepuff when I attempted again didn’t think for a moment just answered it honestly and I got gryffindor

  40. I honestly thought I will be hufflepuff I just didn’t want to get sorted into slytherin even if I am slytherinish and I know I am so not raven claw and I just had a feeling I won’t be gryffindor because I have never seen my self as brave though I did get gryffindor in some other web site
    when I got gryffindor I realized I am gryffindor and I am not hufflepuff enough and then it struck me I don’t really fit hufflepuff ‘s description

  41. I can’t figure out how to use Pottermore but I just completed a Sorting Hat Test online. Turns out I’m Gryffindor. Weird. I always saw myself as a Ravenclaw.

  42. Tom, try a dozen or more quizzes & see what the results are. :) I found that taking online quizzes I consistently ended up in either Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw with a smattering of Slytherin. Only once was I ever placed in Gryffindor and that was in one of the early, early quizzes almost half a dozen years ago now.

    Regarding Pottermore itself, well, as a thought experiment a month or so back, I created a second account. My first Sorting put me in Ravenclaw. My second Sorting put me in Slytherin even though I thought I answered the questions in a similar way to the previous Sorting. Of course there were a few different questions so perhaps that led to different answers.

    Reflecting on all this, I actually think, for a variety of reasons, I would fit better into Slytherin. But it’s not like I wouldn’t fit well into Ravenclaw either. So, it’s one of those things where I think people could fit into different Houses quite comfortably depending on circumstances.

    But then there are those odd cases where people are put into Houses where it definitely seems like they don’t fit. Peter Pettigrew in Gryffindor for instance. And didn’t Zacharias Smith always seem like a better fit for Slytherin than Hufflepuff?

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