Happy Harry Potter anniversary week!!! On June 26th, it will have been 21 magical years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the United Kingdom! ✨
This tag was created by Margaret @ Weird Zeal, who has challenged bloggers to complete 7 Harry Potter themed posts over the next 7 days. I wasn’t tagged, but I came across it on karisbooks‘ blog, and I just couldn’t pass this fun tag up. So let’s start celebrating!
Day 1: Hogwarts Tag
1. Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?
According to a few tests I found on Google, I’m a half-blood! I’m pretty okay with that 😀
2. Which wand chose me?
Ash wood with a Unicorn hair core 14 ½” and Unyielding flexibility
Ash wood — The ash wand cleaves to its one true master and ought not to be passed on or gifted from the original owner, because it will lose power and skill. This tendency is extreme if the core is of unicorn. Old superstitions regarding wands rarely bear close examination, but I find that the old rhyme regarding rowan, chestnut, ash and hazel wands (rowan gossips, chestnut drones, ash is stubborn, hazel moans) contains a small nugget of truth. Those witches and wizards best suited to ash wands are not, in my experience, lightly swayed from their beliefs or purposes. However, the brash or over-confident witch or wizard, who often insists on trying wands of this prestigious wood, will be disappointed by its effects. The ideal owner may be stubborn, and will certainly be courageous, but never crass or arrogant.
Unicorn hair — Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.
14 1/2″ in length — Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While I have sold extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. In the latter case, a physical peculiarity demanded the excessive wand length. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).
Unyielding flexibility — Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair – although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core and length, nor of the owner’s life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.
3. Did I take an owl, cat, rat or toad with me?
Could I opt for a ferret? I’d love to have a little ferret companion with me.
4. Where did the sorting hat put me?
I remember taking one quiz a while back where it gave you actual percentages of which house you’d end up in, and I always very nearly tied with Slytherin and Ravenclaw. But I’ve taken the Pottermore quiz so many times and always get Slytherin. So excuse me while I don my Slytherin garb!
Slytherin produces more than its share of Dark wizards, but also turns out leaders who are proud, ambitious and cunning. Merlin is one particularly famous Slytherin.
Slytherin traits: Cunning, ambitious, resourceful, shrewd, determined
5. What house did I want to be in?
I honestly always thought I’d end up in Ravenclaw, but honestly, I’m pretty happy with being in Slytherin!
6. What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?
Favorites: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Charms
Least favorite: History of Magic (I’ve never been much into history), Transfiguration (I just don’t think I’d be good at it)
7. What form does my patronus take?
A stoat! I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I found this out, because a stoat is a species of weasel, and I just love members of the weasel family! Just ask my pet ferret!
Those with this patronus tend to be ruled by instincts and very intuitive. It has been assumed by some that those with the stoat patronus are sly and cunning, but this could not be more incorrect. People with the stoat are often friendly, polite and honest.
Those with the stoat are uniquely perceptive, often understanding things about those around them without having to be told. They make excellent detectives due to having such a curious nature and being so in tune with their surroundings.
Another good trait of those who have the stoat is a hard working attitude. Always ready to lend a hand, it is likely they enjoy whatever task is at hand. Those with the stoat often excel in most of what they do, although they always remain modest about this.
If this is your patronus, you share it with Arthur Weasely. This patronus is often found in Ravenclaw and Gryffindor.
8. What does my boggart look like for me?
Whatever the personified version of failure looks like. Probably a really famous author telling me my writing is the worst they’ve ever read or something.
9. Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?
I probably wouldn’t be too great at quidditch because I’m scared of heights. Dueling would be fun, though. I used to want to learn how to fence when I was little. Dueling is kind of like that… but with magic instead of foils.
10. Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?
Probably just wandering around the school grounds. Hogwarts is huge! There must be so many neat places to find (preferably those without three-headed dogs).
11. What would I most likely get detention for?
Oh gosh, I don’t even know. I never really was one for getting detention in school. I’d probably get in trouble for being late to class cause I got lost or got distracted by the library or something.
12. What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?
Being an Auror sounds super cool, but I feel like I might not like it. It’s a little too intense for me. Maybe I’d travel around the wizarding world and write books on my findings. Kind of like Gilderoy Lockhart… but good. It’d be so cool to have my books in stores in Diagon Alley for all the new Hogwarts students!
I challenge all you Potterheads to join in on this celebration!