Pottermore: Two Million Students in the Great Hall

Well, that didn’t take long. Just a week ago, I was posting excitedly that the Great Hall had finally reached 1,000,000 students.

That number has doubled since then. And here is the evidence…

Here is the House breakdown at 2,001,849 sorted students:

Gryffindor: 520,772 members
Hufflepuff: 503,982 members
Slytherin: 501,654 members
Ravenclaw: 475,441 members

Here is the Points breakdown at 2,001,849 sorted students:

Slytherin: 37,003,557 points
Gryffindor: 36,862,963 points
Ravenclaw: 36,285,160 points
Hufflepuff: 31,874,152 points

Gryffindor trails Slytherin by about 150,000 points. But Gryffindor also has about 19,000 more students than Slytherin. Which will prevail? Numbers or skill? ;)

Regardless of who wins the first House Cup, I suspect the site will experience steady growth… but that there will be a big growth spurt when CoS is released and everybody – the PS/SS Beta group and the general public – explores CoS for the first time, at the same time, together.

4 responses to “Pottermore: Two Million Students in the Great Hall

  1. What is your analysis on why there is such a significant difference between the number of Ravenclaws and the other houses? Ravenclaw has close to 60 000 less students in their house than the 3rd most (currently Slytherin), almost 75 000 less than Hufflepuff and 100 000 less than Gryffindor.

    • Is it really 60,000 less than Slytherin now? It was only a 45,000 difference at around the time of the Cup announcement. Whatever the difference is, it is not statistically significant. Last time I analyzed it, the median percentage of membership per House was 25%. Ravenclaw was off the median by about 1.5% – which is not huge enough to create an insurmountable obstacle for Ravenclaw, given that House points are weighted per House size (and given that Slytherin beat Gryffindor while having 45,000 fewer members in the House). According to the weighting, Gryffindor would make less per each individual House point per each individual member of the House than Ravenclaw would.

      However, back to your question: I always thought that there were just fewer people giving answers that would sort them into Ravenclaw. But the Ravenclaws say that there’s a glitch in the sorting mechanism for Spanish, Italian, and German accounts – and that people accessing Pottermore in those languages almost never get sorted into Ravenclaw.

      If there is a glitch, Pottermore needs to fix it. I do understand my Ravenclaw friends’ concern that having a smaller pool of members does put more pressure on the members the House does have. Mathematically, there may not be an insurmountable obstacle, but practically speaking, it does mean that fewer Ravenclaws can afford to slack off. And that’s a different sort of obstacle.

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