Monday, April 8, 2013


My family and friends have never taken the test, but I feel I can guess what Harry Potter house most belong to. If you don't know the Harry Potter house reputations you are really missing out on something. You should read the Harry Potter books just so you understand cultural references if not for the awesome story and interesting characters. My mom would most likely be a Ravenclaw. My dad and brother are almost certainly Gryffindors. My college roommate Victoria is a Hufflepuff for sure.

I've never told anyone this, but I am a Slytherin. I have been on Pottermore for fun and I found out this shameful fact. Slytherin is portrayed poorly in the books so I was pretty mad when I found out. Most people want to be a Gryffindor because that is what Harry was. People should want to be Hufflepuffs because they are the most loyal and kind people. I didn't get either of those though. I am a Slytherin.  I don't have enough of a disregard for the rules. I'm not quite as rebellious as I should be, but I understand why the sorting hat put me there. I'm not fighting it. Here's some of the traits of a true Slytherin. I think they describe me pretty well, but you can judge.
  • Slytherins are ambitious. I've had goals for my life since I was seven and I haven't given up on any of them. Ambitions are different for everyone, but I'm at college taking more classes than you are supposed to, overseeing the student government, making good grades, and working at a job that is twice as good as the norm. That feels ambitious.
  • Slytherins are shrewd. I've never truly grokked the word shrewd, but I think my use of the word grok says that I notice the thing around me and take the best bits. Academia is all about distilling what's important and I'm doing alright at college so shrewdness is not my greatest weakness.
  • Slytherins are strong leaders. I have done the Emerging Leaders Program, I'm part of Student Government, I love teaching large groups. Trust me, I'm a leader.
  • Slytherins are achievement-oriented. I think the only thing I can say to this is that I'm a gamer. A quest log or a list of achievements drives me most of the time. Nobody who loves RPGs isn't achievement oriented.
  • Slytherins also have highly developed senses of self-preservation.  Six words. Not sick four years after transplant...
  • Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done. If you've ever asked me to decide anything ever you'll know this is true. There was a point when I was nine where I couldn't make any decisions, but I grew out of that into a subtler, but ever-present caution.
  • Slytherins are clever. Clever can be defined in many ways and I've never taken an IQ test because I just don't care, but I think I'm decently intelligent
  • Slytherins have determination. Six more words. Fastest heart transplant recovery ever seen...
  • Slytherins are proud of where they come from. I'm not going to cause a war about it or perform a eugenics experiment or anything, but I love my home. I like America even though I think we do evil things internationally. I like Queensbury even though I recognze it's just another little town. I'm proud of my family even though many of them were "just" farmers.
  • Slytherins have a dark sense of humor. My favorite joke... (six more words) Could have been a double lung
 So I'm a Slytherin. I admit it on the internet. I'm not ashamed anymore.


DebR said...

So, the obvious comment is: Why am I a Ravenclaw?

A secondary comment is that I think you are very clever, and intelligent is part of clever, but clever is also quick and witty which is not equivalent to intelligence.

Aunt Anne said...

Emily, I love the stream of consciousness narrative of this blog because it gives me a peek into your personal voyage of self discovery. You are remarkable. I'm hoping you reveal what your goals were as that prodigious 9 year old, and how they have evolved.