So… now that Pottermore is open to all, I can show off my Sorting Quiz without Spoiler Tags!
This is the Quiz that put me into Slytherin:
1) Given a choice between The Wise, the Bold, the Good, the Great, I chose The Wise.
2) Given a choice between several different scenes in an enchanted garden, I was most attracted to a luminous pool.
3) If a troll broke loose in the Headmaster’s Study, I would rescue the following items in this order:
- 1st – the ancient book of runes thought to belong to Merlin (and yes, I would have given that same answer even if Merlin were a Hufflepuff!).
- 2nd – the Headmaster’s nearly-perfected Dragon Pox cure.
- 3rd – one-thousand years’ worth of Hogwarts student records.
4) Given a choice of different supernatural creatures, the one I was most likely to want to study was merpeople.
5) Given a choice of roads, I would have chosen the narrow, dark alley lit by lanterns.
6) Given a choice of dusk or dawn, I would choose dusk.
7) Given a choice of left or right, I would choose left.
Now, here is the Quiz that put my husband into Ravenclaw:
1) Same question, same answer
2) Same question, same answer
3) Same question, same exact order of items
4) Same question. My husband chose centaurs.
5) Given a choice of nightmares, my husband chose heights.
6) Given a choice of Forest or River, my husband chose river.
7) Given a choice of Heads or Tails, my husband chose tails.
Here are some explanations of our answers:
Question 1: “The Wise” is the answer I would have given 100% of the time. I suspect the same is true of my husband.
Question 2: I don’t know the rationale behind my husband’s choice in the Enchanted Garden, but I picked the luminous pool primarily based on aesthetics. I love the interplay of light and water.
Question 3: My husband and I both love Merlin and old books, so I suspect this is behind both our responses on what to save first with a troll on the loose. I personally figured that the Headmaster could concoct his Dragon Pox cure again based on what he remembered from the previous concoction, but something as priceless as Merlin’s book could never be replaced. However, even though the geek in me would have found it fascinating to go through the thousand years of student records and see what sorts of patterns and trends emerged – and how many detentions famous Wizards and Witches received – I would have felt guilty about placing the student records ahead of the Dragon Pox potion. So I thought it would be best to save the Dragon Pox potion before the student records… even though the student records would be more interesting to sort through. Dragon Pox “for the greater good.” LOL. Anyway, that’s the rationale behind my answer.
Question 4: Magical creatures was the toughest question for me, but it doesn’t seem to have caused my husband any hesitation. He chose centaurs because he considers himself a Sagittarius. Me, I tried to answer the question rigorously from within the Potterverse. :) Consequently, I quickly eliminated ghosts and centaurs. Ghosts aren’t scary in the Potterverse. They’re just kind of comical. And while I love the centaurs of myth, I don’t much like the centaurs of the Forbidden Forest. As for vampires and werewolves… I eliminated them because they have fairly strong House associations, and I already know so much about them. Merpeople, on the other hand, are fascinating within the Potterverse. They’re fierce – yet intelligent, mysterious, and musical. I could definitely see myself conducting a deeper study of merpeople.
Question 5: After answering question 4 differently, my husband and I were put on different tracks for the remaining questions. However, I suspect that he would also have chosen the dark, lamplit alley that I did if he had been given a choice of four roads. We both love classic, atmospheric horror movies. And that’s what prompted my response. I also would have loved the forest path I could have chosen, but the woods are three doors down from my house, so I can walk in the forest pretty much any time weather permits. (ETA: He says he may have chosen the forest path).
As for nightmares… I probably would have chosen the eye looking through the keyhole in the door. But I could easily have gone with heights… and probably would have debated the two possibilities in my head rather extensively.
Question 6: No question. I would choose dusk every time. I suspect my husband would too. And I would have chosen River, as he did. Forest is great, but you can often get Forest when you choose to follow a River. :)
Question 7: No question. I would choose left every time. I suspect my husband would too, given that he is left handed. As for Heads/Tails… I would have chosen Heads.
So… does anybody have any thoughts on which elements of these Quizzes gave my husband Ravenclaw and me Slytherin? We obviously have a lot of similarities.
I have a lot of thoughts on what put us into our respective Houses (and “random selection” is not among them!), but this post has gone on long enough, so it’s probably time just to conduct the analysis in the Comments thread. Have fun!
Oh, and feel free to post your own quiz questions and responses – and results.