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. Continue reading
As we rapidly approach the release of Deathly Hallows 2, I thought we’d look at two of the horcruxes we haven’t really seen before and of which we only had very spotty information, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem and Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. Both of these, if the film writers are doing their jobs, should be present in the upcoming movie.
In Half-Blood Prince we’re of course introduced to the idea and nature of horcruxes and to the fact that Voldemort likes to use as much as possible relics from the Hogwarts founders as receptacles for his soul fragments. We’re given pretty good explanations of the two Slytherin relics, the Peverell ring & the locket. We, through Dumbledore, are also pretty sure that Hufflepuff’s cup is also one of the horcruxes as seen by Voldemort’s interactions with and eventual murder of Hepzibah Smith.
Sorry for the bad Steppenwolf take-off but it just played into my thoughts as I was reading an article over at The Torchonline. The Torchonline has a regular feature called Ask the Oracle. The latest one is a Harry Potter edition! Several questions are asked, one about Shirley Henderson the actress who has played Moaning Myrtle & one on whether or not J.K. Rowling has ever done a cameo in any of the HP movies. But it’s the last question they have that interested me the most.
“Q: In Rowling’s world-view, is one “destined” to be evil? It sure seems that way, since every single person that the Sorting Hat puts in Slytherine turns out to be evil…” The Oracle has a very extensive & thoughtful answer. I encourage you to check it out. Feel free to comment both at The Torchonline & also here. Enjoy!
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