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If there’s one thing I will never understand, it’s people who don’t know or care about their Hogwarts houses. Our generation is the Harry Potter generation

So you’re brave at heart — what does it all really mean?

Rather, shall we say, poor impulse control

They make spontaneity out to be all romantic and courageous. It is until you’re hungry after finishing an entire Netflix series and end up standing in a McDonald’s at 4:30 AM… two towns over on a school night. 

And maybe some issues with authority

We just don’t like being told what to do. There’s no issue with direction, as long as that direction is warranted. And we better have a reason if we need to change something! ​

People thinking you chose the house because it’s where the trio was sorted.

Uh, newsflash, Gryffindors want to be the centre of attention. Of course, the central characters of the series were the centre of attention. If there’s anything I know about Gryffindors, it’s that they would probably loathe competing with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in real life. We want to stand out, not jump on the bandwagon. 

People actually being surprised when you’re friends with Slytherins

I’m pretty sure that everyone except the main characters were pretty cool with Slytherins in the series. And besides, we have a lot of similar characteristics. We’re leaders, we’re strong-willed, and we both want to make it to the top. We can help each other along the way. 

Always being able to find merch for your house

Sorry to the Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws out there. Gryffindors have it the best when it comes to the merchandise we can buy. It’s everywhere! 

Always having to be the best at everything you do. Always. 

From grades to extracurriculars and from jobs to family achievements, Gryffindors always want to be special and they always want to be on top. 

But not wanting to brag about it 

That chivalrous side will always kick in. 

But sometimes, bragging is warranted. Being a Gryffindor is the absolute best. 

Even if you have qualities from the other houses, it will never trump your loyalty to the lions,

Madeline McInnis

Wilfrid Laurier '19

Madeline graduated from the BA+MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. In her undergraduate degree, she majored in Film Studies and History with a specialization in film theory. She later completed her Master's of English degree, where she wrote her thesis on the construction of historical memory and realism in war films. If you're looking for a recommendation for a fountain pen or dotted notebook, she should be your first line of contact.
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