I’ve done a lot of thinking, and there’s something I’ve been struggling with for a while now. For so long, I’ve been non-committal on this issue, and really have only been hurting myself for not being true to who I really am. How I identify has been brought up in conversation a lot recently, and it’s time I finally come out and say it:
I’m a Slytherin.
This isn’t something that just “happened.” Way back when I first joined Pottermore, the Sorting Hat placed me in Slytherin and I was upset about it. Surely it was wrong. My sister is a Slytherin to the core and we are so opposite, there’s no way we could ever be in the same Hogwarts house. But upon more researching, I feel like it really is the best place for me.
During our first trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, I bought the Gryffindor hoodie and scarf. My graduation stole has the Gryffindor crest on it. But in all honesty, it is the least possible house choice for me. I am 100% NOT a Gryffindor. I’m not brave or daring. In fact, I’m a bit of a pushover. I only bought those things because it’s the most recognizable house. But I wish I had done proper investigation so I could be true to my house.
I could be a Hufflepuff. I’m loyal, fair, honest, and mostly tolerant (I’m only intolerant to intolerance). They are also known for a strong work ethic, which I definitely have. Yet I don’t think I could be completely happy as a Hufflepuff. I can FIND nothing particularly wrong with being a Hufflepuff; some of my dearest friends are Hufflepuffs. But it isn’t the house for me. I’m a little too edgy.
For quite some time I told people I was a Ravenclaw. This house values creativity, wit, and wisdom. In my own unique way I do have all of these traits, though I doubt anyone would tell you that if they had to describe me in 3 words. I love learning, though I’m not into studying or book learning. For me, I would much prefer learning out in the world.
For that reason, Slytherin is perfect for me. Slytherins are all about ambition, cleverness, and resourcefulness. I am more ambitious than most people I know, and I pride myself on that. Now, there are two types of Slytherins. The whole reason I refused to believe I could be a Slytherin is that I am not anything like the Luciuses and Tom Riddles of the Wizarding World. While there are a good deal of “bad wizards” in Slytherin, one could easily find a small group of friends who are like-minded to stay with through your time in school.
Each house has its own pros and cons. No matter where I would have been sorted, I would have difficulty identifying as only one thing. I’m torn between Hufflepuff and Slytherin, because both suit my personality in their own ways. I’m a Divergent in the Wizarding World. I also can’t bear to place myself in just one Faction in the Divergent series. Part of my personality is that I’m very diverse in my traits. But, the Sorting Hat knows what it’s doing and therefor its decision is final.
So now begins my time admitting to being a Slytherin. I own up to it now, and am fully convinced that it’s my proper house. It’s time for Diagon Alley to get all of my money in order to prove myself as a true Slytherin.