by Lindsay the Ethereal


November 1999

< >In the Harry Potter Books, each house has a reputation, a "personality", even. Why is each house the way it is? Some of these "personalities" annoy me to no end, so I'm writing this rant. I blame the Sorting Hat for some of the problem, but not all of it. I am not bad-mouthing the Sorting Hat. If you have a problem with any of my opinions, remember that this is only my opinion. It does not have to apply to you.

< >Why is it that Slytherin always gets a bad rap? Even though many of the Slytherins (id est, Draco, Pansy Parkington, Millicent Bulstrode, etc.) seem nasty and even evil, but does that mean that all Slytherins are nasty sewer-crawling, bug eating, Snape-loving dunces? No, it does not. This annoys me. Why should all the "bad" people be lumped together? Hasn't the Sorting Hat ever heard of variety? (Probably not, but that's beside the point.) Slytherins also seem to be everyone's enemy, from their head to their lowliest first years. I believe that there are nice and kind Slytherins somewhere out there, even though J.K. Rowling (all hail-sorry, force of habit) has not told us about them.

< >The Hufflepuffs of Hogwarts are the suspicious group, hearing rumors and believing them. They seem to never play a leading role in the Hogwarts drama, with Gryffindor and Slytherin in the leading roles. The Hufflepuff students who we have seen in the books, Ernie Mcmillian, Hannah Abbott, Justin Finch-Fletchely, and several others are a close-knit group who seem to be the most scared during all the diasasters at Hogwarts. This is another example of the Sorting Hat's problem. It doesn't feel the need to mix different types of students together.

< >Ravenclaw seems to be the least mentioned house, despite Harry's feelings for Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang. In general, Ravenclaws seem to put most of their effort into studying, homework, and schoolwork in general. They are the most acedemic of all the houses. They seem to do well earning points. A thing that should be pointed out is that Gryfinndors don't have any classes with the Ravenclaws, or at least I don't thibk so.

< >Last but not least, Gryffindor. Ah, Gryffindor, home of our hero. The Gryffindors are called the most courageous house in the school. We know the most about Gryffindor, as the main characters in the story belong in this house. They (the main characters) are the only students who go off and have adventures. And it's always Ron, Harry, and Hermione who have the adventures. Never Neville, Seamus, or Parvati Patil. I think that they should drag another student on an adventure with them, at least once or twice. This would be more interesting, instead of just our favorite three.

The Finale
< >I am finished ranting. Maybe I will rant again, maybe not. However, this has been niggling at me for a while, especially as I do algebra while listing to Smashmouth and Train on the radio. I have to think about other things while I do this, or I shall go insane. Therefore, this rant. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you didn't, it gave you some thought-provoking images, and if not that, bummer.

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