So it’s October. There are so many things I love about October. But there are two things that are happening this month that is making me write this post. First, the twitter contest, #PitchSlam is happening. Yes, I’m doing another contest. I usually don’t win those, but I’m throwing my new MS into it, so we’ll see.
The theme of #PitchSlam this year is Hogwarts houses. While I’d be happy to be taken into any house, there’s one I love above them all.
Of course as Harry Potter was coming out I was in between the ages of 7 and 17. So everything was very black and white for a time. But even as I approach my 25th birthday, I still believe that Gryffindor would be the house the sorting hat would place me in.
This is why:
My roommate wants to be in Hufflepuff, and I can see it. I also think my boyfriend would be in Hufflepuff as well. The two of them tend to focus on happiness and caring for other people. They are both very giving and kind. My boyfriend, like me, is an environmentalist.
Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those qualities. I believe I have most of those qualities as well, and I value them. Hufflepuff is even J.K. Rowling’s favorite house.
Many of my writer friends would chose Ravenclaw over any other house. Most of them consider knowledge the best trait. As an avid reader and writer, I do agree that knowledge is a great power.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anyone I know that wants to be in Slytherin. Not that there’s anything wrong with Slytherin. I actually wouldn’t completely mind it, but I’m not cunning at all, except in my writing.
Now, here’s why I would use Gryffindor over all the rest. It’s not that I don’t think that being kind, smart, or cunning is horrible. It’s also not because I think bravery is better than them all. But what if you were smart or kind, but hid those factors from the world.
What if you weren’t brave enough to stand up for what you believe in. You could have dreams to join the Peace Corps, to make a difference in someone’s life by offering a helping hand, but were too afraid to leave the sanctity of home. Or what if you wrote an amazing tale, the next greatest novel, but didn’t show it to anyone because you didn’t want to get a rejection.
This is where bravery takes a stand. Not all people who are brave have to be headstrong and rush into things without thinking. Now, I tend to do that, a lot. I pride myself on that. Maybe it’s not the best thing, but it’s who I am. I’d also chose Beater as my position in Quidditch (if that tells you anything about me.)
Taking the next step and showing yourself to the world acquires an immense amount of courage. So, yes you can have a high IQ, a huge heart, or a quick mind, but if you don’t have the guts to show people that, then those traits can’t help you.
That is why I believe courage is a trait everyone should have and why I would chose to be sorted into Gryffindor.