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05 February 2014 @ 10:48 pm
sharper than a serpent's tooth, the lies they tell us in our youth  

Which Hogwarts house are you?


(This brought to you by the fact that I'm writing a fic so depressing that I feel I should be apologizing to the characters for my meanness. So random poll instead as procrastination!)
Sholiosholio on February 5th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
.... I am very amused by the overwhelming Ravenclaw-ness around here. XD I would expect people who socialize on the Internet would be heavily selected for Ravenclaws, though, so it makes sense.
Frith: Diana 1frith_in_thorns on February 5th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
I am also very amused by the surfeit of Ravenclaws XD

(I just had a conversation with E where she told me she has Slytherin traits as well as Hufflepuff ones -- on deeper inquiry these however consist entirely of a vague wish to be Darker And Edgier, rather than entirely made of fluffy kittens.)

(She now says I must be part Gryffindor, because then I get to be Annoyingly Right in two different ways, and it's such a character flaw in me that it should be listed twice.)
Sholiosholio on February 5th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
I just had a conversation with E where she told me she has Slytherin traits as well as Hufflepuff ones -- on deeper inquiry these however consist entirely of a vague wish to be Darker And Edgier, rather than entirely made of fluffy kittens.

.... awwwwwww. ♥
helle_dhelle_d on February 6th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
...I could be dark and edgy.
hedge_backwardshedge_backwards on February 8th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hey it could be worse. You could have been still labouring under various delusions about the Heroic Ideal like I was at age 11, and then ending up requesting Gryffindor in spite of all advice - and living to regret it once you turned 14...

(If it makes you feel better I'm sure traits like loyalty, patience and a strong work-ethic can be turned to dark and edgy purposes.)
littlered2littlered2 on February 8th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Death Eaters are loyal to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, after all. And they waited ages for his return.
littlered2littlered2 on February 6th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Aww, Eleanor. <3
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Frith: Failboatfrith_in_thorns on February 6th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I am deeply suspicious of the idea of not breaking your characters.

/looks at you warily
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Frith: Booksfrith_in_thorns on February 6th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)

On a related note, I'm currently re-reading The Silmarillion for the first time in a few years, and the main thing standing out to me this time round is WOW, TOLKIEN, YOU HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES AROUND RELATIONSHIPS!
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Frith: Lovefrith_in_thorns on February 6th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
I especially love the bit where Feanor's mum gives birth to him and is like, "welp, gonna go off to Lorien and die now", and it takes everyone ages to realise that, yes, she's actually dead not just asleep. And then Finwe marries another elf and there are several authorial paragraphs explaining how this was VERY BAD of him and BAD THINGS happened because of this, IT COULD ALL HAVE BEEN AVOIDED if he'd accepted he only got ONE relationship ever in his whole immortal life.

Like, Tolkien, your issues are showing XD

Edited at 2014-02-06 01:37 am (UTC)
littlered2littlered2 on February 6th, 2014 10:15 am (UTC)
I am rereading it too! And yes, Tolkien has issues.
Sir Rosealotsir_rosealot on February 6th, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
Why would people willingly put themselves in Hufflepuff?!
littlered2littlered2 on February 6th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
I wish I was more Hufflepuff than I am - I feel bad that I probably don't work hard enough to be in it.
Sir Rosealotsir_rosealot on February 6th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think this is necessarily true in the adult world, but I think that at school, hard work for the sake of it is not a virtue, if you can do well without it. I suppose I see Hufflepuff as the house where everyone works their absolute hardest, but still gets Bs.
helle_d: Hufflepuff by Cesaretechhelle_d on February 6th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
The flip side of that would be not bothering to work unless you had the ability to get As, and never trying to aquire the things that don't come naturally. Admittedly, as you suggest, hard work for its own sake can be ineffective, but I think that's true of most things.

Perhaps you could say that Hufflepuff is the house of being Nice, and well-meaning, and possibly somewhat philosophically woolly. Which are not good in and of themselves, and can often be used to justify stupid shit, but that doesn't mean that its bad to be nice and well-meaning. I guess I see it as the house which starts off with basic human decency and then works at adding other attributes on top of those, rather than being very precise and specialised about its aims and values.

Frith was telling me recently about reading the Divergent YA books, which seem to be the extreme end of that - a horrifying cross between the Hunger Games and the Hogwarts house system, from her description, in which people chose the sole characteristic they valued and lived the rest of their live ONLY doing things that directly related to that. Better to start off being inclusive and nice and working things out from there.

(Woe, sorry for Wordiness! I have basically been ordered by K to write a mini-manifesto, and lo.)