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.
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?
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!