Harry Potter Read Along Week #2

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1. When first years reach Hogwarts they are separated into school houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Which house would you be in?

This is a discussion I’ve had quite a few times. At this point I know I’d most likely end up in Slytherin, which Ravenclaw a close second. Everyone tends to think that Slytherin is evil both in the books and in real life, and it’s a bit upsetting. I will agree that when it comes down to it the traits that are required (cunning, ambition, manipulation, self-preservation) are traits that tend to be found in people on the negative side of the moral compass… I like to think that Slytherins are kind of a mash up of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, we have the cunning and we will go to all kinds of ends to get what we want.

Like all houses I doubt any one will fit you perfectly so while I can analyze a situation and see the best path for me, it doesn’t mean I’ll go through with it. It all depends, because while I’m ambitious and I know what I want…I am not willing to lie,cheat or steal to get it. Once upon a time ago maybe, I wasn’t exactly the sweet kid everyone thought me out to be, but not now. I believe in earning what you want and if you want to keep it then you need to keep up that same effort and quality that you needed to get it in the first place. I’m not willing to use people as stepping stones, but if there is a loophole where no one is hurt or betrayed then I’m going to use it.

2. Were you surprised that bumbling, sweet Neville Longbottom was sorted into Gryffindor and not Hufflepuff?

Yes…I will admit that I’m one of those people who made fun of Neville. He’s a sweet guy, but he’s a bit of a mess.

3. Harry receives the invisibility cloak from a mysterious source on Christmas day. What would you do if you had an invisibility cloak?

Hmm probably less than Harry to be honest. I’m actually not fond of wondering around at night so the nighttime adventures are out. I think I’d probably use it to scare a few people or maybe use it when I don’t want to be bothered. It’s a cool object but I don’t have much use for it.

4. The Sorcerer’s Stone can keep you immortal. Would you chose immortality? Why or why not?

I wouldn’t choose permanent immortality. I would extend my life with it though, just so I can see the world and read as many books as I want. One lifetime isn’t enough time to do everything, so I’d give myself the time but I don’t think living forever would be all that great. It’d probably get lonely rather fast.

5. Snape is playing a prevalent role as the baddie teacher. Who was your worse teacher and why?

*sighs* Snape *stares off into space with a  dreamy look on her face* Oh! Sorry…where were we? Worse teacher…hmm. Well if we are going by the teacher with the most moody moments then I’d go with my third grade teacher. The funny thing is she some what resembled Snape. She had the longer nose, black hair, had a mood cloud around her and chose favorites. I wasn’t fond of her at first, we had our problems but around halfway through the year I managed to get on her good side and even coaxed some smiles out of her.

If we go by what teacher taught me the least it is a tie between my 9th grade Algebra B teacher (because I suck at math and needed one class split into two sections) and my college Intro to Anthropology professor. They both could have cared less about what they were teaching. The 9th grade teacher was a basketball coach and I clearly remember watching Disney movies and making basketball brackets for March Madness. The professor liked to talk about his life, and not the interesting stuff…he liked to wax poetic about Eclairs and his dog for an hour and thirty minutes.

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11 Responses to Harry Potter Read Along Week #2

  1. Shannon says:

    Great explanation of the Slytherin qualities. It’s a great that you know what you want and you are not afraid to go after it.

  2. ooh you are making me want to read these all over again!

  3. Jodi Lamm says:

    This looks like so much fun! Great questions, too. I love your answers… except the invisibility cloak one. Are you crazy? I’d wear that thing everywhere!

    • I know! I can barely think of anything I’d use it for that wouldn’t be considered illegal, lol. Like sneaking into concerts or movies, because I’d feel a bit bad afterward. If I could have had it while I was still in middle or high school then I’d definitely use it.

  4. I always have an awful fear that I would have ended up in Hufflepuff! I think it probably would be Ravenclaw though, I was always bookish and loved learning. I hope so anyway!
    Love these posts.

  5. You’ve brought me around to believing there is more to Slytherins than I first gave them credit for.

    It’s kind of hard not to….at least right now.

    An avoidance cape! I love that idea. I hadn’t even thought about that aspect.

    That’s a good idea. Really I know that this is silly but I would have to use it mostly for reading because there are just SO many books and not nearly enough time. 😦

    Yay for you for being able to win over your teacher. Oh wow. Not sure which teacher is worse! No good for you! I find that things really draw out when I’m not engaged. Yuck!

    • Yes! Then I have done what I set out to do. All the of houses have a ton of depth but most only see the basics of each, so if I can get you to see the good side of Slytherin then I feel accomplished.
      Its not silly at all, there are a ton of books out there and certainly not enough time to read them all.

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