Monday, June 10, 2024

Get to Know Your Geeks: Hogwarts Houses

What better way to get to know a geek than to relate to their Hogwarts House? I have some issues with how some fans relate to their houses, but that's a topic for another blog post. In the meantime, our team wanted to share our houses and how the traits of being a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin has been a blessing in our lives. Because there's good to be found in all four.

"They say they're isn't a witch or wizard who went bad that wasn't in Slytherin." The key trait to Slytherin is ambition, which means wanting to be greater than you are. And yes, that is the driving force behind many a villain, it is also the driving force behind my life. I want to be a better man, husband, writer, artist and Priesthood holder. My ambition drives me to practice. It drives me to look for new opportuinties. It drives me to improve. And if that means that occasionally I have to bind a sliver of my soul into my dice so I can get better rolls... So be it. 


Everyone knows that Ravenclaws house is the best and most popular. They are renowned for valuing intellect, wisdom, and creativity. this house attracts students who exhibit a sharp mind and a thirst for knowledge. The house emblem features an eagle, symbolizing the soaring heights of academic achievement, and its colors are blue and silver. Ravenclaws are often characterized by their love for learning and their pursuit of academic excellence. Sometimes I questioned how did I get sorted into this house because I am not the greatest student. But I do like learning new things that interest me. I am probably in this house because I am still in school in my early thirties.


Hufflepuff house is known for loyalty, fairness, and diligence (among other traits). In some respects, we're the jack-of-all-trades house, but I like that loyalty and hard-work are considered Hufflepuff traits. Hard-working and diligent could be synonymous with tenacity and perseverance. As much as life has knocked me down, I always seem to get back up. Even when sometimes I'd rather lie down and give up for the day/week, I know deep down that's not who I am. Perhaps it would take less energy to give up for the day, but that's not who I am. Gotta keep trying. Gotta keep pushing forward. That's the Puff in me coming through.


I’ve taken the quizzes and come up as a Gryffindor. Lots of emotions run through my mind with that range from “how cliche” to “awesome! I’m one of the good guys!” I’ve looked through different takes on what it means to be a Gryffindor including the lyrics from the first sorting hat song in Harry Potter and the Socerer’s stone to what is now written about Gryffindor on the wizard of world website. Daring, chivalrous, brave, standing up for the little guy are all things mentioned in these places. I guess I don’t balk at the idea of giving a talk on sacrament meeting, but that hardly qualifies as being noble right? So, I’ll take you back to when I was young and had to be brave. I had to be brave to jump off the diving board at my grandparents house. I had to be brave to jump off the high dive at the city pool. I had to be brave when a cut on my hand became infected and my dad had to poke it with a disinfected needle to get it cleaned up. I had to be brave to donate blood for the first time in honor of a former bishop who died of leukemia. These were small instances in my life, but I know that I was strengthened to be brave in these moments. As for the other qualities, I think it might be fair to say that I am striving to be more Gryffindor-ish, which is the challenge of a lifetime.


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