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A Pre-NaNoWriMo/Harry Potter Ramble

So happy Eve of NaNoWriMo, Reformation Day, Blue Moon, Halloween, and Time-Change.

Busy holiday.

As I write this, there are two hours remaining to the start of NaNoWriMo. And I am guilty at this particular moment of having every intention to stay awake to meet it. Ready for the madness.

On the other hand, with stuffing preparations in this week, the madness might never have left.

An example from my odd, method-acting/interrogation style of writing in which I carry on conversations with my characters?

Segment from an actual note I took yesterday while doing some background research on lapis lazuli:


Not that I’m in the habit of yelling at my characters in all caps. Or saying “dude.” But the former has happened twice this week…

Aside from that project (which is supposed to be minding its manners and waiting its turn while I do my NaNo novel),

I finally decided to do the Hogwarts Sorting House Quiz.

Okay, so I’ve been putting this off more or less since I finished the books at the end of summer. Mostly because now that I actually had some idea of what all this fandom was about…I actually had a pretty clear idea of what house I wanted to be.

Or maybe it’s better to say that I had a clear idea of what I didn’t want to be. I didn’t want to be in Ravenclaw.

Not because I have anything at all against it. Just because I feel like it would be too easy for me to fit in there. I’m quiet, I’m smart, I’m bookish–clearly. You’re reading my book blog. I’m aware.

But on the other hand, it’s not what I care about most. And when people associate me with the “smart kid,” I can’t help feeling they’re seeing only one very small side of me.

The one house I was certain I wouldn’t fit into? Hufflepuff. Seriously, I was prepared to contest results if I got that one. Hufflepuff is a wonderful house, but I’m just too much of a raincloud for that (with all due respect to unhappy, grumpy, or emo Puffs. You still bring color into what would otherwise be a black-and-white world).

That left Gryffindor and Slytherin. And I have a friend who has been insisting I’m Slytherin since I started reading the books. I wouldn’t have minded either, really. Slytherin has the cooler scarves (sorry. I like green), and people really should be nicer to them. M’dear James Riley, wonderful lunatic author of Story Thieves is Slytherin. Gryffindor is Harry’s house. Few things are better than being brave. There’s a lot to like about both of them.

Add to all this that people take their houses very seriously. I’ve met people who let their houses define their identities–which wouldn’t bother me so much if I couldn’t see it fit perfectly. Very intelligent Ravenclaw professor who loves teaching. Hufflepuff language teacher who could not possibly be nicer to everyone and is literally like a personified hug even on her bad days. A couple of Slytherin students who provided me with culture shock. So I was starting to wonder if there really was something about it that was accurate.

Cue the overthinking and procrastination.

And setting aside the fact that I normally resist personality quizzes on the grounds that they can’t possibly work, my own tendency to assume I must have accidentally cheated them, that not even the Sorting Hat is infallible, and my mixed feelings about pitting people against each other in houses in the first place–

I decided today was the day, in honor of Lily and James Potter. Just as something fun. Nothing more.

The result?

Photo by Gabby K on


Surprise! Aside from the slightest disappointment I don’t need to knit a green scarf, I am perhaps inordinately pleased with myself. I second-guessed it a bit. As I do everything. But I’m quite content with the idea. Adventure, in the end, really is the best prize of all, so I think it’s a good house for me. Besides, when it comes to things like this, it’s the people that define the group, not the other way around. So I’ll enjoy baffling the world as a bookish Gryffindor armed to the teeth to defend every other house that exists.

Comments? Undying love for your house to declare?

Now I’m just left wondering what house Tolkien would have been in (Ravenclaw? He developed multiple languages. Gryffindor? He chased a neighbor while wearing a full suit of armor.) and if I can accurately take sorting quizzes as my fictional characters. Because these are normal things that keep writers awake at night.


Anyway, fond wishes to all the houses today and extra inspiration to the Wrimos bouncing on their toes like it’s Christmas morning. This post is already much too long!

Oh, in case you’re wondering, that friend of mine is still insisting that I somehow cheated the test and really am a Slytherin.

It’s more amusing not to argue.


2 responses to “A Pre-NaNoWriMo/Harry Potter Ramble”

  1. Reading your debate of the houses and your personality, I immediately thought you would fit in Gryffindor with Hermione. I’ve always identified with her the most (yes, people have asked to see my homework) so always just assumed I was Gryffindor. I took a sorting quiz (not the official) that put me in Hufflepuff by a small margin – the friend who suggested a take it said he could see the Hufflepuff, and I can see it, but I guess I always wanted to imagine myself braver that I guess I am!

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment! Remus Lupin might be my favorite Gryffindor at this point, but I think I’m more like Hermione than I admit. Hufflepuffs are fabulous too! But I’d say take the official sorting quiz. Who knows, you might be braver than you think. 🙂

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