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Wed, Nov. 12th, 2003, 01:30 am
oratoriopiano: "Goodness"

People usually think of Gryffindors as "good", and Slytherins as "bad". But is this really so? Slytherins may be bad by Gryffindors' standards, but they consider themselves to be good. And vice versa. Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw just seem to be stuck in the middle...they're definitely not "bad", but they're not as "great" as Gryffindor. They're just "good".

So, basically, what do you think about Slytherin's concept of "good"? What does "good" mean to Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, then? While we're at it, do we even have a clear picture of what is "good" to Gryffindor?

I'd like to start a comment-dialogue about this, comparing and discussing the differences (if you do indeed believe there are differences...if not, let's discuss that, too!) :-)

Thu, Nov. 13th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
sev1970: Houses

I saw this post the other day and thought about it so now I can answer, I think!

The house system has always intrigued me from the beginning and when Professor Dumbledore told Harry that it is our choices that matter and not our abilities so much, that made sense because right away you sense that the three Gryffindors have other house qualities as well as other students and teachers. Hermione, obviously Ravenclaw because of her intelligence and her zeal at wanting to learn new things. Harry of course has the Slytherin aspect to him, even if it from Voldemort. Ron - well, I really cannot place him anywhere, so he gets Gryffindor for being a family legacy - LOL! You could argue Neville should be a Hufflepuff because he is kind of just there and noncommittal .

But as each book progresses the characters take on aspects of different houses, most notably Neville who is a true Gryffindor in OotP.

I don't think there is a best house or worse house by itself, but people who have been associated with them in the past may have given them a bad name. Harry did not want to be placed in Slytherin and learned to not trust them because he had been told that is what House Voldemort was in. His ideas were reinforced by Snape being so vile to him.

Snape does not like Gryffindor because he associates it with the Marauders, and especially Sirius and James. He thinks of Gryffindors as being haughty and thinking they are better than anyone else. But these associations have nothing to do with the actual house itself.

Snape has Gryffindorish qualities to him as well. For whatever reason he is protecting Harry, and I do not believe it is only for his gain; I believe he has a very strong attachment to Harry, whether it be family ties or what, I am not sure, but whatever it is, Snape feels the need to make sure Harry is safe.

I think everyone has aspects of each of the four houses within them, and it is only their choice that makes them predominantly one or the other, and each house has its good as well as not so good qualities, just as everything in life.

I have written a book and am not sure I even really answered your question - LOL! But the houses are very interesting to dissect and discuss! ladybrandon

Wed, Feb. 18th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
flutie_piccolo7: Re: Houses

I think everyone has qualities of more than one house (I would be a borderline Gryfindor/Ravenclaw) and no one is really just Gryffindor of just Slytherin. I really like the Hufflepuff philosophy of admitting all students and treating the same because the other founders all wanted students who were like them and, as they were all different, it created division within the school. And it seems to stereotype students, like there is an expected behavior in that Gryffindors must be bold and brave, when Neville (who I think is one of the bravest characters in the books because he went throught so much and yet he does not expect people to feel sorry for him)is not bold. And Hermione is smarter than most Ravenclaws. I think house placement really does depend on choice because otherwise it would be judging a student based on innate qualities that really do not affect how a student will develop.