Of course we have all heard that Cursed Child is being released this month so to celebrate I signed up to be apart of Potterhead. It runs over one month and has LOADS of amazing posts. Go check out the schedule here. Thank you so much Aentee over at Read at Midnight for organising this!
I chose to write about the Hogwarts Houses and whether they cause unity among the school or division. I thought this was a really interesting topic so I thought it would be a fun post to write. I did go a little off topic and started talking about the fluency of personalities but I think I get around to my point eventually lol.
When I read the books for the first time, I was young, and thought the idea of being placed in a House with like-minded people was a great idea. It would make it easier to make new friends. I mean if I am courageous and chivalrous, and my fellow house mates are too, then we will get along great. Right? As an adult I don’t have the same opinion because obviously I now know that we don’t stay the same. We change. We adapt. Our life experiences change and mold us. New friends, moving, health problems, losing a loved one, even aging: Any of these can change who we are and how we act.
I am definitely not the same person I was at 11 years old or even 21 years old for that matter. At 26 I find the whole concept of judging a child’s personality at 11 years old and labelling those for their whole school career to be utterly ridiculous. Especially because each house has such a big stereotype attached to them. Let’s look at the poor Slytherins. Their house has more baggage than me on a two week holiday. Right from the beginning the reader is told that they are a house full of dark wizards. Remember what Ron said:
“There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin”
Even the sorting hat made them see dark:
“Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.”
It would seem that the poor Slytherin’s didn’t stand a chance to be unified with the rest of the school. No one gave them the chance. However, I don’t see anything wrong with those qualities. They are ambitious and cunning. Why does that have to be bad?
However, going back to my original argument, people change. Just because they were a certain way at in their first doesn’t mean by their 5th year they weren’t completely different.
It also makes it seem like only the Ravenclaw’s can like books, only the Gryffindor’s can be courageous and of course we know this is not the case. Look at Hermione. Repeatedly said to be the “smartest witch/wizard of her time”. She loves to read, spends more time with her nose buried in a book than anything else and is often the one providing the words of wisdom to the rest of the trio. Yet she is not in Ravenclaw, she was placed in Gryffindor. Does that mean in that moment the hat focused on the courage she was showing. A muggle, with no previous knowledge of the magical world, ready to take them all on and prove she deserved to be there. Not through brutish means but through dedication and hard work. Is using one moment to define a person’s being the right way to do it?
This labeling also leads to conflict between people that could have easily been friends if the Sorting Hat had said one word different. If he had shouted ‘Slytherin’ instead of ‘Gryfifndor’, ‘Ravenclaw’ instead of ‘Hufflepuff’. If Ron hadn’t told Harry that Slytherins were where the Dark Wizards went. If Draco hadn’t made him feel like Ron was right. Would Harry still have asked not to go in Slytherin? Would the famous Harry Potter be wearing a green tie instead of a red? We can never know. Personally I think the Houses could do with an overhaul. Either finding new ways to House new pupils or maybe make the House sorting more of a fluid process. Each year the pupils could be sorted instead of just First Year. Or maybe it’s the stigma that comes from the Houses that needs to be removed. No more Slytherin’s are evil or Hufflepuff’s are pushovers. Let the Houses focus on the good but also promote House Unity.
I have to admit I am the girl that wants to save Draco Malfoy. I believe that if he didn’t have the bad influences of his parents and others in his house then maybe he would have made different choices. I know there are many fans who would severely disagree with me but I can’t help but hope it would be the case. What could have happened if Draco had become friends with the Golden Trio? If he wasn’t poisoned by his Father’s ideals and if for that matter Ron hadn’t been by his. Could they have put everything aside and shown the perfect example of House Unity.
I think I have gone on a bit of a ramble. I don’t even think this is what I expected to write but it’s what came out in the stream of writing. I can’t say I don’t disagree with what I wrote. I believe that the Houses cause more diversity than unity. Why split a school when you can stand strong together? They were already at war with the evil outside the school walls and I felt that the Houses created a war within them too.
But that is just my opinion. What do you guys think? Do you think the Houses are a good idea? Or do you think they cause just as many problems as they solve? I would love to read what you think.