So You’re Having a House Crisis: Now What?

Much like many nerds, I’ve always put a faith in Hogwarts houses and the personality traits that go along with them. I’ve been a Slytherin for as long as I can remember. I probably thought I was a Gryffindor when I first discovered the books (I was six, okay) but ever since I discovered Hogwarts house tests, I’ve been a Slytherin. Until recently…

When did this begin? Honestly, I’m not quite sure. I remember there was a night I was taking a bunch of tests and freaking out to Andrea because they were all coming back Gryffindor. As a Gryffindor herself—not to mention someone who actually knows who she is—Andrea didn’t get why I was so upset. My entire life was a lie and suddenly I didn’t know who I was anymore! Finally I decided to blame it on the fact that I’m a Slytherin and Slytherin and Gryffindor have a lot of similarities. End of crisis, right?

Wrong. It happened again. While we were at Geek Girl Con a few of us decided to get Hogwarts house sweaters from Elhoffer Designs. Naturally, I grabbed a Slytherin one and Taylor grabbed a Ravenclaw one. Julia had a far tougher time deciding what sweater to get. She’d always claimed to have been a Ravenclaw but last time she took any house tests they told her she was a Hufflepuff. As someone who knows Julia very well, I can tell you that she’s a Ravenclaw, but sometimes when you’re having a house crisis you don’t even want to listen to those closest to you. The Hufflepuff sweater was cuter so finally she decided on that one.

Everything was fine until after we got home and Julia started taking tests to see what house she is. Just as I predicted, they were coming back Ravenclaw. Then for funsies I decided to take one myself. It also came back Ravenclaw. I took test after test and they all came back Ravenclaw! Finally Julia and I decided to take tests for each other. Yup, I’m still a Ravenclaw.

So now what? I don’t actually know. I’m lost and confused and don’t know who I am. So that’s what I’m going to figure out over the course of this post: who am I and how much does your Hogwarts house have to do with your personality?

I’m going to start by taking three tests to see what they have to say before I start my self analyzing. The three tests I have decided to do are Personality Lab, The Almighty Guru, and Pottermore (of course).

So let’s start with Personality Lab. I like this test cause it’s in depth personality questions and not “what’s your favourite animal”. Okay so I’m going to take the test and report back.

So as you can see here this told me I’m a Ravenclaw and Slytherin comes in second place.

Next up is Almighty Guru. I don’t actually know anything about this test but it looked decently in depth so let’s give this one a whirl.

Now I’m more confused than ever… Hufflepuff? Me? And Slytherin is at the bottom?

Well now that I’m majorly having an identity crisis it’s time to create a new Pottermore account and see if that makes things better or just more complicated.

Finally. I get my house. But I’m also even more confused now because I have three different answers. I guess it’s time for some analyzing.

Let’s start by stating what all four of the houses stand for (by definition of the Harry Potter wikia).

Gryffindor: fire element and lion is the animal

  • Bravery
  • Nerve
  • Chivalry
  • Courage
  • Daring
  • Determination
  • Reckless
  • Short-tempered
  • Self-righteous
  • Arrogant
  • No regard for rules

Slytherin: water element and snake is the animal

  • Resourcefulness
  • Cunning
  • Ambitious
  • Determination
  • Self-preservation
  • Fraternity
  • Clever and Shrewd
  • Strong leader
  • Achievement-oriented
  • Hesitate before acting
  • Disregard for the rules

Hufflepuff: earth element and badger is the animal

  • Dedication
  • Hard work
  • Fair play
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Tolerance
  • Unafraid of toil
  • Loyalty
  • Impartial
  • Modest
  • Inclusive

Ravenclaw: air element and eagle is the animal

  • Intelligence
  • Wit
  • Wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Individuality
  • Acceptance
  • Academically motivated
  • Talented students
  • Quirky
  • Unusual intellectual interests

So I made myself a check list and checked off all the things that apply to me. I also took a test that tells me what element I am (I’ll count that as a point towards the house.

So my element test told me I’m 30% fire, 30% air, 30% water, and 10% earth. So points for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

So in total I have 6 points for Gryffindor, 9 points for Slytherin, 3 points for Hufflepuff, and 9 points for Ravenclaw.

Has this been helpful? Yes? I mean, I still don’t know if I’m a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw but I do know a lot more about myself now. I never really understood why tests kept telling me I’m a Ravenclaw, but now that I’ve researched all the houses I get it. I still see a lot of Slytherin in myself, but I see a lot of Ravenclaw too. Both Slytherin and Ravenclaw overthink things. I’ve always thought Gryffindor and Slytherin were very similar, and they are to a certain degree, but I never realized how similar Slytherin and Ravenclaw are.

So now what? What do I do with this information and what house do I choose next time I want to buy something in house colours?

The Ravenclaw in me immediately started researching what to do in the case of a house crisis. One article I read says that it’s okay to choose one house over another and that you don’t have to have all the traits of the house—after all, there’s more than four types of people in the world. Another article gives the lovely suggestions of combining houses—making me a Slytherclaw.

The Slytherin in me is still determined to prove I’m a Slytherin. Does that mean I’m truly a Slytherin? I mean, Harry got to choose what house he’s in. That means I can too, right? I think it does. After all, we do get to choose who we are in life so that means we can choose this.

I’m choosing to be both. I’ll still say I’m a Slytherin (and wear my house colours proudly) bu I’m not going to reject Ravenclaw. I have a lot of Ravenclaw traits that can’t be ignored. So who knows, maybe I’ll crochet myself a Ravenclaw scarf to go with my Slytherin sweater.

Coffee Shop Cynic and the Curse of the Convention

I know I’ve hinted at my bad luck with conventions a couple times followed by me saying “that’s a story for later”. Well that time has come. Now how exactly can someone be cursed when it comes to conventions? That’s a very good question. Let’s start at the beginning.

In 2013, the year before I moved to Vancouver I found out that James Marsters (who plays Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was going to be at FanExpo Vancouver. I had a friend who lived in Vancouver and I knew she was planning on going. I would’ve loved to come as well but things fell through and alas I was stuck in Salmon Arm. Stef did get me his autograph though so I can basically die happy.

That one wasn’t a big deal since I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to go anyways. After that my luck got worse because I already had tickets. This began in 2015 when I decided to try to go to FanExpo again. I lived in Vancouver by this point so travel costs were no longer a factor. I’d bought tickets and Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time) was going to be there. I was even going to cosplay for the first time! And then I got strep throat and couldn’t go.

Now I’m not going to go through every single convention in depth and talk about whether I had bad luck or not because that would be boring. To sum it up for you after that I didn’t end up being able to go to two more cons even after I’d gotten tickets: Geek Girl Con 2016 (passport issues) and Emerald City Comic Con 2017 (pneumonia). However, I did make it to a couple. I managed to get to the Once Upon a Time convention in Vancouver in both 2016 and 2017. Sure Creation cons may not be great but I did meet some great people through them and they’re also how I started cosplaying. I also did get to FanExpo in 2016–I may have just gotten out of the hospital barely a week before that, but I did make it. So I swear, I don’t always have bad luck.

Now onto the most recent cons. I’ve been busy making cosplays (and crocheting cup cozies) for Geek Girl Con (which already passed), FanExpo (next month), and Emerald City Comic con (March). I’ll start with FanExpo because it’s the potentially bad news. So Julia and I were planning on selling our stuff at FanExpo this year but we ended up not getting a table. That’s what actually made me decide to write this blog post. I was so upset and disappointed when I found out that we didn’t have a table and once I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to write about it, because that’s how I process emotions. I’ll still go to FanExpo because I have a friend coming into town for it and I also really want to wear my Star Wars cosplays I was going to wear at ECCC (until I got pneumonia).

Then there’s Geek Girl Con. I finally made it this year guys! And it was awesome. I had a really good time and it’s a really great con.

Tickets for Emerald City Comic Con go on sale tomorrow (Oct 11) so here’s hoping the good luck continues.

The point is, disappointment is a part of life. It’s how you handle and make the most of good things when they do happen that counts—and I refuse to be cursed anymore.