My Hogwarts Confession

There’s something that I have to tell you. Something you might not know about me. It’s a part of myself that I didn’t want to acknowledge, but recently, I realised that I can’t keep pretending to be something I’m not. The truth is…

I’m a Slytherin.

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When I first read Harry Potter, I thought I identified with Gryffindor. I mean, they were the good guys, right? All my favourite characters were in Gryffindor, it was the house of bravery and defeating evil. Who wouldn’t want to associate themselves with Gryffindor?

But as I got older and read more of the books, I realised that I might actually be a Ravenclaw. I’ve always loved books and knowledge and learning, and Ravenclaw felt like the right fit. Of course, I was completely in love with Luna Lovegood, but that wasn’t the only reason why I felt like I was a Ravenclaw.

Throughout the majority of high school, I was the kind of person who loved going to class and absorbing knowledge from books. There’s still a part of me like that, but it’s changed. But especially during those years, I wanted to learn everything I could about the world, regardless of whether it was useful to me or not. I craved knowledge, wanting to be filled with it. I was a Ravenclaw in every essence of the word.

But leaving high school has been a big turning point in my life. Without having to focus on exams that would allow me to be accepted into my desired university course and without having the ‘smart girl’ reputation to uphold, there was something different. Maybe it’s because I was so sick of trying to cram my brain with knowledge after my exams. Maybe it’s because I realised I’m a different person now than I was in high school.

I gradually started realising that i had more in common with Slytherin.

If you’d have told twelve year-old me this, I’d probably freak out. Slytherin was the evil house, right? Malfoy was in Slytherin, and everyone else bad. I mean, their animal was a snake, for crying out loud! But it’s only recently that I realised I have more in common with these people than I thought.

Before you ask — No. I’m not completely evil.

People in Slytherin are ambitious and creative and resourceful. Sure, we can be as cunning and sly as we need to be in order to get to where we want, but that doesn’t make us bad people.

So while books and knowledge are a part of me, and always will be, I can’t deny that I’m a Slytherin. I’m incredibly ambitious and maybe that’s because of where I am in life at the moment, but my traits are undeniably Slytherin. It will be hard to get used to this new identity and I will weep over my Ravenclaw shirt every time I see it, but this is who I am.

I am ambitious. I am creative. I am resourceful.

But realising that you’ve changed is okay. Changing is okay, as long as you’re always true to yourself. Being comfortable and happy with how you identify — in any way — is the most important thing. So I’m going to embrace my new identity as a Slytherin and go on a conquer the world.

Oh, and did I mention I can speak Parseltongue?

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What Hogwarts House are you in? Are you a Slytherin like me? Have you changed which House you identify with? Speaking of Harry Potter, I’m listening to the audiobooks, narrated by Stephen Fry, at the moment – they’re amazing! I highly recommend listening to them! Let’s chat about all things Harry Potter!

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35 thoughts on “My Hogwarts Confession

  1. My husband is also Slytherin according to Pottermore and as much as I bag him out for it (being a proud Ravenclaw myself) it suits him to a T. In fact, I am probably with him because of his Slytherin traits!

  2. Awesome post! I’m a Gryffindor myself. I’m also listening to the Audiobook of Harry Potter at the moment! I’m currently up to Goblet of Fire. This is the 3rd time I have listened to the Audiobooks and I absolutely love them! Stephen Fry’s voice is perfect for that series! 👌🏻

  3. Well actually i can relate to that part of you craving for knowledge and wanting to learn more and everything. But i also relate to you about being ambitious and cunning. I am a ravenclaw for your information but maybe i moght be slytherin as well. But isn’t choice ours? The sorting hat takes our choice in count as well right? Atlast it is only our choice of who we want to be and how we want to be. BTW Love your blog!

  4. Hahaha this is awesome xD Slytherin and proud, right? I think Rowling typically put that house in a bad light; I wish she had more good characters from Slytherin, because it really is a great house when you strip away the bad rep Voldemort gave it.

  5. As a kid, I always identified with Ravenclaw because I was the only person I knew who liked books more than people. I was also obsessed with knowledge, and while I don’t think that has necessarily changed, I’ve also come to accept my Hufflepuff side. I always felt they got a bad rap in the books, but going through Pottermore made me realize that Hufflepuffs are about more than just hard work. They’re loyal and loving – which is really who I am at my core. I’m honestly not sure what house I’d actually be in, because I think I’m split between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. I think we’re all a little bit of different houses, and what matters more is how you identify yourself.

    • Haha I can relate to liking books more than people! And yes, Hufflepuffs aren’t given justice in the books. But hopefully that’s changing with Fantastic Beasts! I absolutely agree – we have a bit of all the houses within us and what matters is what we choose to act on at different times 💜

  6. If there was an AU version of myself it’d definitely be Slytherin 😂 I’m a proud Hufflepuff through and through 💛. I know that house tends to get a lot of crap, but I love it to pieces! I always hated how Slytherin got a bad rep for being “evil” though, when that’s so not the case. Being ambitious isn’t a bad trait!!

  7. Personally, I’m a Ravenclaw, but I can definitely see the Slytherin i you – which is not a bad thing, as you’ve mentioned. But you’ve also brought up an interesting phenomena – and perhaps plot hole – within Harry Potter; people change, and they go through most change in their teen years. Personalities and traits are fluid and influenced by the people yousurround ourselves with. So, what if in the first few years you’re more of a Hufflepuff but then discover you’re more of a Ravenclaw? It’s an interesting thought.

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