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 Post subject: Re: The Harry Potter Thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:12 am 
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I bought Ginny's wand at Universal. One of the best choices I ever made.

Ah! I still want to go to Universal. :mad: That's awesome You had a chance to go.
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While I was studying in Oxford, England, I bought Luna's wand from an amazing book store! :)

Fancy! :inlove:
I have a homemade wand, made of a carved wooden piece and painted in white. It's basically Voldemort's, and I still love it. *hides*

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My dad's the best; he forewent a backpacking trip—even though he loves backpacking—so he and I could go to Universal for a weekend. Harry Potter's kind of always been our "thing". I can also get discounted Universal tickets because I go to college nearby.

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I just started the first book.

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GOOD. Join us. Jooooiiiiiiinn uuuuuussssss~

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:24 am 
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I looked at sortinghatchats and I am a Gryffindor primary and a Ravenclaw secondary.

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Question: can you choose your house or not? I am finding conflicting messages from my friends, but everything I've read from years 1-7 and the Cursed Child say "yes, you can choose your house."


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Question: can you choose your house or not? I am finding conflicting messages from my friends, but everything I've read from years 1-7 and the Cursed Child say "yes, you can choose your house."

The Sorting Hat chooses your house, but you can ask him to be put in a certain house, like Harry did.

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Belle wrote:
Scientific Guy wrote:
Question: can you choose your house or not? I am finding conflicting messages from my friends, but everything I've read from years 1-7 and the Cursed Child say "yes, you can choose your house."

The Sorting Hat chooses your house, but you can ask him to be put in a certain house, like Harry did.

So if you ask him will he always say "yes"? I don't remember any time when the hat rejected that request.
Albus in the Cursed Child could be a counterargument, but then again in the first alternate reality he was able to force the hat to put him in Gryffindor.


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I just started well I am almost done with the first book of harry potter. What house i'am I I wonder....

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Belle wrote:
Scientific Guy wrote:
Question: can you choose your house or not? I am finding conflicting messages from my friends, but everything I've read from years 1-7 and the Cursed Child say "yes, you can choose your house."

The Sorting Hat chooses your house, but you can ask him to be put in a certain house, like Harry did.

So if you ask him will he always say "yes"? I don't remember any time when the hat rejected that request.
Albus in the Cursed Child could be a counterargument, but then again in the first alternate reality he was able to force the hat to put him in Gryffindor.

I don't know, to be honest. I haven't read the Cursed Child, so I can't talk about that.

There also isn't much about the Sorting Hat in the books. He sings his song, does his job, and then boom. Most people seem to be happy with their house sorting anyways. I don't think it's really as "mysterious" and such, it just sees where you belong, and normally that's where you want to be too.

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Cursed Child sounded like ridiculous, over-the-top fanfiction, so I didn't read it and personally don't consider it canon, Word of Rowling or not.

However! As far as the books are concerned, you can only choose your House if there's a legitimate conflict between which House you should be in; this is what's known as a "Hatstall" (found in the Sorting Hat notes from Pottermore, which I do consider canon because most of it is based on notes that Rowling wrote as she was writing the books; according to the site, McGonagall and Flitwick were both Hatstalls for Gryffindor and Ravenclaw). Remember, Harry never asked specifically to be put in Gryffindor; he asked for not Slytherin. Whatever the Hat chose from there was entirely a toss-up between three other Houses, and it immediately Sorted him into Gryffindor. But the Hat's word is final; according to Pottermore, Neville spent about five minutes arguing with the Hat that he should be in Hufflepuff, but the Hat was resolute and finally put him in Gryffindor. Meanwhile, characters like Malfoy were Sorted the minute the Hat touched their heads; they didn't have time to make any choices, whether they would have done so or not.

And Sorting isn't a cut-and-dry thing based on just your personality, either. People tend to simplify the Houses into "brave, nice, smart, and evil" categories, which is where all the whining about "why wasn't Hermione a Ravenclaaaaawwww" comes from. But Sorting doesn't just reflect basic aspects of your personality; it also reflects what you value and how you react to the world. To take the Hermione example: she doesn't just read a lot and get good grades; she's highly competitive, wants to be the best, vaunts her opinion over everyone else's, and shouts down people who disagree. She's bossy, fiery, and passionate, she seeks justice for the oppressed (sometimes deciding what they need instead of listening to them), and yes, she's incredibly brave. Hermione is absolutely a Gryffindor; it's just that her academic prowess and know-it-all behavior tend to override all of those other traits in people's minds because they insist on categorizing her into this flat "smart girl" archetype.

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