When Pottermore was announced, I took the day off work for the first day of entry into the site. That was back when we didn’t really know what Pottermore was going to be – just an interactive experience for Harry Potter fans. It was the most exciting thing announced for Potter fans since The Deathly Hallows. You better believe I was there Day 1.
One of the most fun things about Pottermore has been the sorting. The wand, the Patronus, Ilvermorny and most of all the Most Official Hogwarts House sorting. For myself, I was so nervous about the Hogwarts house. I had identified as a Slytherclaw (Ravenclaw primary) for so long, I was afraid I’d be sorted into Hufflepuff or Gryffindor (nothing against those houses! They’re just not me).
When I saw this tag over at Scorpio Book Dreams last summer, I knew I needed to add it to my tag lineup. As a Harry Potter fan, this stuff has been a great second-level to my Harry Potter experience. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, by all means grab this tag! I’d love to see your answers!
My Hogwarts House
Imagine my sigh of relief! Before Pottermore, we learned the house traits. We took unofficial online quizzes. We had been identifying ourselves with a Hogwarts house since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To take the official quiz and not get the house I loved would have felt like an identity crisis.
As a Ravenclaw, I’m in good company with Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite characters in the entire series. Other Ravenclaw alumni includes an incredible (and interesting) selection of Hogwarts professors. Wouldn’t that be a fun job? I’d teach at Hogwarts.
You know… if my letter would ever come. 🙂
When the Patronuses were added to Pottermore, a LOT of people were really upset by it. For myself, I’d never really thought about what my Patronus would be. There are so many animals, which would I relate to most? I’m definitely a cat person, so I’ve thought about that as a possibility, but I wasn’t really attached to anything.
I’m actually happy with a dun stallion as my Patronus. I really love horses, and I’ve never been able to learn to ride (despite there being a horse farm down the road from where I grew up) because of allergies. Having a horse as my Patronus is pretty great. According to Muggle.net, this is what my Patronus says about me:
The dun stallion Patronus relates to a serious, responsible, down-to-earth person. It symbolizes stability, structure, and support. The strength of this Patronus rests in the sense of belonging and is therefore more powerful when used in defense of loved ones than in personal defense.
I love it 🙂
As Ollivander says to Harry, “The wand chooses the wizard.” I think the wand would say a lot about the witch or wizard yielding it. Even though the other parts of the sorting are a bit more exciting, I like the most what the wand said about me.
I don’t particularly like the visual look of the wand, though? It’s all crooked and whatnot – definitely not something I would have chosen myself, but beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose? At least I got my own wand and not a hand-me-down like Ron.
Anyways, my wand is pear wood. In folklore trees have this huge significance. You can only use certain woods for certain spells. That’s one of the things I really liked about the So You Want to Be A Wizard? books, and I was glad Rowling acknowledged it as well. There’s a lot of subtleties to magic in mythology that don’t make it across to modern fantasy.
This is what Pottermore has to say about Pear wood:
This golden-toned wood produces wands of splendid magical powers, which give of their best in the hands of the warm-hearted, the generous and the wise. Possessors of pear wands are, in my experience, usually popular and well-respected. I do not know of a single instance where a pear wand has been discovered in the possession of a Dark witch or wizard. Pear wands are among the most resilient, and I have often observed that they may still present a remarkable appearance of newness, even after many years of hard use.
Also, because I am a Ravenclaw and this was simply not enough information, I’ve reached out to the interwebs for more on pear wood in magic. Pear is supposed to me a very grounded and earth-centric wood, and is good for healing. It inspires creativity. Pear isn’t a great wand for powerful spells – i.e. Harry would have been in trouble with Pear, as it’s not meant for aggressive spells. Pear is also good with the air element, which I’ve always loved, probably because I’m a Libra, and Libra is an Air sign.
Okay, I’ve been too much of a nerd in this section already (can you tell I like to study mythology and write fantasy?) so in quick summary of the rest:
- Unicorn hair: it’s a loyal core, difficult to turn to dark magic, but it’s also not extremely powerful and will die if not well-handled.
- 10 3/4″ length: Wands run between 8″ and 15″, so this is well in the normal range. I have small hands, so anything bigger would be awkward! This works for me.
- Surprisingly swishy: Pottermore’s notes of rigidity seem to be related to wand loyalty – the more rigid wands are more steadfast. So I guess my wand is openminded for another owner? Not cool wand. Thank goodness for that loyal unicorn hair core.
My Ilvermony House
Here’s where I start disagreeing with Pottermore.
I’m American, so I should be all over Ilvermony and calling people No Maj and all that… but it just never sat right. And, yes, I know it’s a stupid thing to get up in arms about. I don’t love the descriptions of the sorting ceremony for Ilvermorny (seems so pretentious?), but I have nothing against the founding of the school or anything…
I grew up with Harry – I want Hogwarts! If Rowling wants me to get attached to Ilvermorny, she needs to write about Tina and Queenie’s school years. I would read that in a heartbeat.
My Ilvermorny house is Wampus and I do not understand. While I love the pantheresque mascot, Wampus is supposed to be about the body. Pottermore only gives a brief description of the Ilvermorny houses, but here’s mine:
Named by Webster Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Wampus; a magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong and almost impossible to kill. Wampus house is sometimes considered to represent the body of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Wampus favours warriors.
I’m not sure what the Wampus equivalent would be at Hogwarts, but I think it’s something between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff? Which is, you know, the exact opposite of the Slytherclaw I identify as. More than that, though, I’m just not a physical person? I don’t enjoy physical activity, I’m not big on touching or being touched. I have no athletic skill. I am stimulated by conversation and philosophy and stories. Would not call myself a warrior in the least.
So, yeah, don’t understand this one at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯