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04 April 2011 @ 04:13 pm
30 Days of Harry Potter: Day Six  
Day 6: What house would you want to be in?

I'm partial to be considered Slytherclaw, myself. ^_^

In all honesty though, I have issues with the Housing system in general because it is fundamentally problematic on many levels, particularly with the issue of segregation and the stereotypes that come from that. Being in a particular House shouldn't define who you are, and this is something of much debate with how this is represented in the books.


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amanda: pic#87593314morbidmuse on April 5th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
The houses always seemed very stereotyped to the extreme to me. It is why I don't really understand some of the fierce identification some people online seem to have with the houses. No one is that one dimensional.
Renée: Hermione. Deathly Hallows.rogueslayer452 on April 5th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and basically everyone has a mixture of all the House traits, some of those a little more than others. But still, the fact that the entire Housing system is that judgmental on who a person is or should be because of those traits is rather ridiculous. It makes for good debates on the society issues and prejudices within the Wizarding World, since this is an early system introduced at a young age. I mean, would Harry have been so dismissive of Slytherin had Ron not been so adamant about the House claiming that "there are no witch or wizard who hasn't gone bad that was in Slytherin"?
amanda: [ncis] probie's got mad skillsmorbidmuse on April 6th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I do love me some good debates on society issues within the context of original material. :D

I feel like Harry wouldn't have had any frame of reference at all for Slytherin vs Gryffindor vs a hole in the wall at sorting without Ron. He just wouldn't have known any different.

Renée: Hogwarts. The End.rogueslayer452 on April 6th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I feel like Harry wouldn't have had any frame of reference at all for Slytherin vs Gryffindor vs a hole in the wall at sorting without Ron. He just wouldn't have known any different.

Yeah. And this brings back my all-time favorite theory about what would have happened if Harry had been sorted into Slytherin, and how controversial that would have been to have The Boy Who Lived to be in Slytherin instead of Gryffindor. Harry, not knowing any different, wouldn't see the big problem and wanting to still be friends with Hermione and Ron, but finding the difficulties of the prejudices found within the House verus House and determined to break that mold, especially with proving that not all Slytherins were bad (which is a huge stereotype presented in the books that I wished was elaborated further that while the majority of Death Eaters came from Slytherin, not all Slytherins were Death Eaters or supporters of Voldemort.)

As you can tell, I have many feelings on this subject. ;)