My Hogwarts House Identity Crisis and Embracing Hufflepuff House

Do you remember the early days of fanmade Harry Potter quizzes and the sorting games on the old promo websites for the movies? As a tween and teen I frequented sites like these and I always seemed to be sorted into the same house- Gryffindor. Yet, it never felt like a correct fit for me to be in the noble house of the lion.

I often wondered if, because the main trio from the books and movies were brave Gryffindor students, those early quizzes and/or my own personal bias towards Gryffindor would skew the results towards that house.

I never did accept being a Gryffindor, as it just felt off for me. Sorting is a complex business after all- Hermione would seem a clear fit for Ravenclaw, and yet she’s a Gryffindor. Was it at her own insistence that the sorting hat made its decision? Neville has certainly proved himself to be courageous by the end of the series, but wouldn’t most of his core traits be more in line with Hufflepuff? Fans have pondered these sorts of questions for years, and the only consensus might be that sorting is more of an art than a science. Add that to the multifaceted personalities and traits of witches and wizards, and the sorting hat has a difficult job indeed.

Some people will surely scoff at the seriousness we Potterheads have with regards to Hogwarts houses, but let me tell you it’s SIRIUS BUSINESS!

Anyway, when the first rendition of Pottermore was unleashed, I did the sorting quiz and – as usual- was placed in Gryffindor. Yet again, it didn’t feel right to me. Something in the back of my head was saying “you’re a Hufflepuff and YOU KNOW IT.”

When Pottermore was revamped and re-released, I did the new sorting quiz, and the result? Hufflepuff.

I think that most people might have a bit of all the houses in them- I certainly identify with Ravenclaw in a lot of ways, and I feel that Gryffindor does represent a part of me too. Slytherin has always felt the farthest from my personality, but my proclivity to adore the types of characters that Slytherin House attracts might speak to a darker side of my nature.

However, in the end each student is sorted into one house, and Hufflepuff is mine. It feels right.

Even though at first I felt torn (what? I’ve been trying to accept that I’m a Gryffindor all this time, and now here you are confirming my Hufflepuffdom!?) my friends convinced me- one comment: “Dude. You’re so totally a Hufflepuff.” Ok, so she has a point. The Wizardmore Extended Sorting Hat Quiz, which gives you the option of answering every possible quiz question from Pottermore, further confirms my place in Hufflepuff.

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When I look at the main traits of Hufflepuff House, I feel proud to be a part of it. We don’t like personal drama, we work hard, we are inclusive and fair. We are perhaps the least glamorous or remarkable of the houses, but that’s in line with what I want in my life- to simply do good and enjoy a good life with the time i’ve got.

The Hufflepuff common room is the sort of sanctuary that I could imagine myself relaxing in at Hogwarts- it’s closest to the kitchens. It’s a cosy, hobbity sort of dwelling that is warm and full of plants. The trick to entering it involves a bit of a rhythm game, which is totally up my alley.

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I officiated my Hufflepuff identity when I visited the Wizarding World area of Japan’s Universal Studios park in Osaka last year. 

When I picked out my house robes, pet puffskein Pinku, and accompanying willow wand (I always get willow for wand quizzes and such) the young woman who assisted me exclaimed excitedly “You’re Hufflepuff? Me too!”

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Japan Memories Day 12: Universal Studios Japan!

This is day 12 of revisiting my journal from our trip to Japan last year! If you’d like to start at the beginning, here is day 1.

So, day 12, here we go!

From Shauna’s Journal

Day 12, October 12th, 2017

Today Dusty and I went to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. The Osaka main station is huge and confusing, but we made it eventually >.< For Universal Studios, we pretty much had interest in one place only- HARRY POTTER WORLD!

 

As we navigated our way around, there were special Halloween touches everywhere. I really loved Hello Kitty’s special Halloween outfit!

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The first thing we did was head to the HP area and get something to eat at the Three Broomsticks. It was overpriced (just like the one in Florida! haha) but it was fun to eat pumpkin pasties and drink butterbeer! We got the special Halloween Feast. 

 

After that, we went to the Hogwarts Walk. The other attractions were packed with huge lineups that didn’t look very fun, so this was the only HP “ride” that we did, but it was also fun to just look around at all the cool recognizable sights- Hogsmeade, Zonkos, Honeydukes, etc. The Hogwarts Walk was very dark, but it was cool to see Dumbledore, Harry, Hermione and Ron speaking Japanese!

I bought some Hogwarts robes and a wand (willow). It’s official now- I’M A HUFFLEPUFF!!!

 

When we finished with HP stuff, I rode the Flying Dinosaur rollercoaster (Jurassic Park). The lineup was massive but I took the singles line and got on fast while Dusty took a break. It was very fun, but over so fast!

When we were just about ready to leave, there was a Halloween parade- Sesame Street, Hello Kitty, Minions and Peanuts characters all decked out in their Halloween best.

Check out the bat dudes on rollerskates!!! The song they played on repeat a billion times will be stuck in our heads forever- it’s like pure adrenaline…. it takes you to the world beyonnnnddd…

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Before leaving we got some tasty sushi and desserts at another conveyor restaurant with a super cute sign.

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Tomorrow is day 13: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Osaka BL Cafe, and Being Lost (Without a Care!)