All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
Ever since last Friday, I've been feeling really nostalgic over Harry Potter. People on Goodreads are re-reading the books (the only series from my childhood that I still don't own my own copies of- I will work on that), and so I decided to watch the films again when I have the time.
As of writing this post, I'm watched the first 3- Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourite of the films and the last book of the series I read, due to my school library not having it. I've also been listening to the soundtracks a lot.
I was 11 years old when I first found the series and a librarian at my primary school. I've been waiting 12 years for my Hogwarts letter to arrive (not just throwing references around, it's true!) and the closest myself and some friends came to wearing the school robes where when we graduated university this summer.
So, I thought about what I could put in a post and decided to just pour out my love for this world. Harry Potter was a major part of my childhood and will always hold a special place in my heart. I also recently joined Pottermore too; don't know why I waited so long, but there we are. I did it mainly because I wanted to find out my Patronus and see if my house would be the same as the quiz I'll mention later.
Something I found interesting on Pottermore was my wand. The wand for me on there is Acacia wood with a Dragon Heartstring core, as shown here.
However, I got my own custom wand when we visited the HP world at Universal Studios, with its own box to keep it in. That wand is quite small- like me!- and I love the fact that I own it. It didn't come with a card or anything, but I think it is willow with the core of unicorn hair. I remember the wood is willow anyway. Having read through the different types of wood and cores on Pottermore, the wand from Universal seems to be more suited to me. :)
Not gonna lie, the whole reason I made a Pottermore account was to find out my Patronus. I saw the video where a few of the film cast members took the test and I just...wanted to know my own!! I think it might have been the first thing I did on the website. :D
I loved the mystery of the Patronus in the books- that not many witches and wizards can actually produce one, the way it works against Dementors, and so much more. Here is my Patronus:
Yep, I got Beethoven as my Patronus. I'm glad I don't have to deal with the loud barking and drooling though. Of course, every time I visit this page, I say "Expecto patronum"- just because I can and it's fun. I'm very happy that my doggy guardian matches some aspects of my personality as well.
Now, finally, onto my Hogwarts House. Growing up, I always wanted to be in Gryffindor (who didn't??) but had an inkling I could be in Ravenclaw as well. Not necessarily because I ever thought of myself as particularly clever, but because I preferred to study to get good grades when other people might not have.
Just one reason why I loved Hermione so much as a child. Just think of what she would have been like in Ravenclaw instead.
But after visiting Harry Potter world in Florida (which was about 5 years ago, has since been updated and now I really want to go back!), I began to think about it. I'm not actually that brave when it comes to it, at least not in Gryffindor terms. Slytherin was never going to be an option. And though I have some of both Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw in me, I wasn't certain about what Hogwarts House I'd be in- which was rather sad.
Cue the 20th anniversary of The Philosopher's Stone being released and we get this quiz:
It's apparently the Sorting Hat quiz of all Sorting Hat quizzes. So, naturally, I took it. My Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw debate was sorted- just.
These were my results, including how well I fit into each House:-
Your personality shows a high degree of friendliness and humility, which are valued among members of Hufflepuff House.
I'm rather glad about the Slytherin result, I like to round my Gryffindor result up to 2%, and now my uncertainty with the other two make sense. It was rather close! :)
But when I wanted to find out my Patronus, I was also really curious to find out if things would match. So I took the Pottermore Sorting Hat test too.
First of all, I'm so glad the results match, because can we imagine how awkward that would have been otherwise!
But...I'm so proud to be a Hufflepuff. I have lots of favourite HP characters, past and present, dead and alive, who are/were in Hufflepuff, but none more so than Nymphadora Tonks. I love how she didn't possess all of the natural qualities to be in this House, but she was still so amazing and inspiring. Though improving, just like Tonks, I'm not always the most patient and can be so clumsy at times. Though just like in any Hogwarts House, its' members aren't perfect.
I know Hufflepuff gets the rep of being the least greatest House, but as someone once pointed out online- nearly al Hufflepuffs stayed to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts because they knew it was the right thing to do. That's not bad going, for a start. This Pottermore article gives other reasons why hufflepuff deserves better credit:
I'm having so much fun reading all of the articles on Hufflepuff over on Pottermore- and the other Houses too. Also, yellow is my second favourite colour and I love nature, so I'd hope I'd do quite well in Herbology. Plus, Professor Sprout seems really laid back to teach that subject and be the Head of House, while being more open than Professor McGonagall- though I'll always admire her a ton, of course.
So that's it. Thanks for reading this. What Hogwarts House are you in? Do you know your Patronus and wand- and have you been to the Universal Studiod Harry Potter World? Comment and let me know. :)