Pottermore: What You Should Know Before You’re Sorted
For those of us still waiting anxiously for our Pottermore E-Mails, the Sorting process seems a long way off. But finding one’s house in the Harry Potter universe remains one of the most anticipated events of Pottermore.
The Sorting test is said to be vague, designed to avoid manipulation by cunning wizards. So even if you’ve spent your entire childhood a mental member of Gryffindor, you may very well find yourself in the Slytherin common room.
Some newly-minted wizards have accepted this, embracing whatever house they are thrown in to. Others have rallied against it, citing Harry’s choice to not be a Slytherin as an vital part of Sorting.
Suggestions for improving the process abound. Some say the testing should narrow the choices down to two houses of which the incoming wizard can choose. Others say one of the questions should allow a wizard to rule out a particular house in which they cannot, under any circumstances, see themselves living for the next seven years.
Both of these options seem reasonable to me, but they kind of take the fun out of Sorting.
Giving wizards free choice may also mess up the numbers game that is currently going on.
I’ve mentioned in the past how it is suspect that every year, the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts splits the incoming class into even quarters. Are we to assume that a slice of the general population will always split this way, or that the Hat tries to keep things even?
Likewise, Pottermore seems to be split into four nearly even houses.
As of three days ago, the counts were as follows:
The houses are only a few hundred students off from each other. Isn’t that strange?
There are two possible things that could be happening here.
1) The Pottermore Sorting Hat is taking into account the preexisting house numbers and weighing each sorting accordingly. This means new wizards aren’t being sorted entirely on their personality traits and ambitions, but also on who has been sorted before them.
2) The four houses are so distinct in their nature, and yet so encompassing, a slice of any population would result in four nearly even splits.
What do you think? Are these numbers too good to be true?
And why hasn’t my owl arrived yet? (had to throw that in there)
Update [9/1/11]: Rumor has it the Pottermore Sorting Hat will take your house preference into account if you are a “Hatstall”. These are wizards for which it takes over five minutes for the Sorting Hat to place. Harry Potter is a prime example of a “Hatstall”. These wizards are extremely rare and I guess you can assume they are just as rare on Pottermore. I wouldn’t count on this happening to you, but if it does, let us know!