Why Harry Potter made me a nonconformist:
I am a very stubborn person. I hate conforming to frivolous social norms. Just hate it. The first time I ever had a chance to express my nonconformism was when Harry Potter first came into vogue, and I thought I was “too cool” to follow the trend.
As the series spread like wildfire throughout the minds of millions, however, I suddenly found myself less of a “cool rebel” and something closer to a social pariah. Fortunately for me, I come from a family of great literary minds. After months and months of my relatives attempting to convince me to read them, I finally did.
I don’t think I need to tell you what happened next, but I will.
I spent DAYS analyzing these books. Days, people. There was a time where I could recite entire CHAPTERS. I have listened to the audio books so many times that I know where Jim Dale makes mistakes! (in the third book he says “Ice mice, make your cheeth chatter and squeak” instead of “teeth chatter and squeak”) And if you’re taking the time to read this post, you’ve probably been there too.
But I was able to rationalize my inevitable falling over to the dark side that was, no, IS Harry Potter fan-dom:
I chose Ravenclaw.
Now, that sentence probably wasn’t dramatic enough to deserve its own paragraph, but I gave it one nonetheless because IT IS IMPORATNT.
I believe an unfair portion of the books focuses on the two “main” houses of Slytherin and Gryffindor. Even Cedric Diggory was from Hufflepuff! But where was the Ravenclaw glory? Oh sure you had your little minor characters like Cho, and Luna (who I love, but didn’t come in until the latter part of the series), but it wasn’t fair that Ravenclaw was pushed towards the back.
And so, despite the fact that I am now (and will forever be) a devout follower of the series, I still get that smug smile of satisfaction as I see everyone in their red and gold or green and silver roll their eyes at my brilliant blue and bronze regalia.
Fellow Ravenclaws, UNITE! And Hufflepuffs, you are welcome to join us. Together we will show the entire magical and non-magical world that we are not houses to be used merely as a seasoning, to be thrown onto a meal and then forgotten about! WE ARE POWERFUL!
And maybe slightly insane.
Thank you for reading,
Devout member of the Ravenclaw house, founded by the esteemed Rowena Ravenclaw
Thanks so much Enna!!