The Latest Harry Potter Theory Will Blow Your Mind
If your Harry Potter obsession remains strong, this latest little piece of information is likely to be of interest, and just a warning, it may possibly even blow your mind.
We all know that students of Hogwarts were divided into four houses – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin – according to their personal traits and characteristics. But a Reddit user has gone and challenged the thinking behind this.
They’re claiming that Hogwarts students are sorted based on what traits they value, not possess.
Below is an excerpt from the thread and you can read the entire thing in full here.
"The world of Harry Potter holds that the Sorting Hat sorts a child based on what traits they possess. The brave go to Gryffindor, the intellectual to Ravenclaw, the cunning to Slytherin and the hardworking to Hufflepuff (or, if you believe the Sorting Hat in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hufflepuff just gets the leftovers). However, as I was rereading the series, I came across a lot of holes in that line of thinking.
First of all, many of the kids sorted don’t actually have the traits espoused by their heads. 11-year-old Neville isn’t brave at all; he’s even scared of his own shadow. 11-year-old Draco isn’t anywhere near cunning (basically alienating Harry Potter, the wizarding world’s biggest celebrity). And don’t get me started on Crabbe and Goyle."
And come to think of it, maybe parts of the movie back this theory up.
For example when Harry confesses to Dumbledore that the Sorting Hat only put him in Gryffindor because he asked it to, and the mighty wizard responds:
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
Neville Longbottom isn’t brave, but values this quality and after time he does display courage.
Hermione Granger is very brainy, but later becomes brave, and Draco Malfoy ended up in Slytherin despite being bad at being cunning – as his family values this trait.
But some Potterheads disagree.
One Reddit user wrote: “All of those things happened though after they were sorted. At the very moment they were being sorted though, before they made any of the decisions that would define them, they each had their own dreams and desires.”
And another added: “Sorry, eleven-year-old kids aren’t sitting there thinking about the traits they admire most. Come on, dude. I don’t do that and I’m 31.
“The sorting hat picks up what makes you, you, and nothing more or less. Again, as proven by the fact that it wants to put Harry in Slytherin based on what is inside him (Voldemort.)
“Not to mention Dumbledore worries at one point that they may sort too early, as people can change and grow. If it was based on what people wanted instead of what they were, it wouldn’t matter when they sorted.”
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