I love Harry Potter!! It is the best!! It was the first book series that I read and from that point on I have been reading books. Right now I am re-reading the whole series, and as I am reading I am seeing that there is foreshadowing and little details that you miss the first few times through. What I want to talk about is the fact that there are a lot of house stereotypes.
The Slytherins are heartless. They are always shown as being evil and mean, but if you think about it, they are being excluded by everyone else so is it really a surprise that they didn’t want to help or be nice to anybody? They were excluded for not wanting to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts when the people that they were fighting might have been their moms, dads, friends, cousins, uncles, siblings even grandparents. The whole school got mad at them for not wanting to fight their family. And there is even proof that Slytherins can turn out to be good, For instance Severus Snape, who loved Lily Potter until the day he died. Not to mention Horace Slughorn the potions master in The Half-Blood Prince. He had a weekly meeting of the “slug club” where everybody was welcome, muggle-borns and pure-bloods alike. Not to mention Regulus Black the Slytherin who did turn to the dark side for a little bit, but then he turned right back around and tried to kill Voldemort. Maybe some Slytherins are mean but that is no excuse to judge every single one of them just because they were placed in the house of ambition.
Ravenclaws are stuck-up. Throughout the books they are shown as just being smart and thinking that they are better than everyone else because of it. Do you really think that they are just bent on studying? They have social lives too, they have the same drama, worries and stresses that you do. In the 4th book, the girls are shown trying to get love potions for Harry. Not to mention Luna, who is whimsical and amazing and overwhelmingly positive and doesn’t hate anyone. She isn’t stuck up and cold, She is warm and welcoming. All Ravenclaws aren’t even smart, look at Gilderoy Lockhart, the most annoying yet funny character in the book. He isn’t smart or cunning, he just puts his name on other people’s work and gets money. It’s basically plagiarism. Sure Ravenclaws are in the house of the smart, but just because they are supposed to be smart doesn’t mean that they don’t do anything else except get good grades.
Hufflepuffs are weak. They’re always called pushovers, doormats, nice and even Hagrid calls them “lot o’ duffers,”. They didn’t ask to be in Hufflepuff but they shouldn’t be sad that they are. Hufflepuff is the house of the kind and I personally, think that being kind is the best thing you can do for someone. The whole Hufflepuff house doesn’t even really show up until the Goblet of Fire when Cedric is chosen as the most worthy wizard in Hogwarts to compete, and when him and Harry get transported to the graveyard Cedric is brave and stands up to Voldemort to fight him. Cedric is very brave and he was the most worthy wizard chosen over Griffindor’s Angelina Johnson. There’s also Nymphadora Tonks, who was a auror. She hunted down and caught dark wizards. Does that sound like something a pushover doormat would do? Tonks was a fighter. She died in the battle of Hogwarts fighting for her husband, her friends, her family and most of all her son. Just because the Hufflepuffs are “nice” doesn’t mean that they are pushovers, nice means that they will give everyone a chance and they will help people in need.
Griffindors are brave. Griffindor is the main house throughout the whole story so everybody thinks that they all would be good and heroic, but that just isn’t true. Even though this is a “good” stereotype it’s not true. Sure we always see Griffindor doing the brave stuff and working hard to fix the evil in the world, but we don’t see the people who don’t care, who don’t want to work, who are scared. For instance, Peter Pettigrew, the rat, he was in Griffindor but what did he do? He sold his whole friend’s family to Voldemort, and then he hid and when Sirius found him he staged his own death and ran away! He didn’t stay and fight, he didn’t own up to his crimes, he even let Sirius, his old friend, be sent to the worst jail in the world. And after that? He hid. He changed into a rat and stayed in the Weasley family for 12 years. When he was found, he ran away yet again and then went back to Voldemort. Peter Pettigrew was the farthest away you could ever be from a Griffindor. Just because our heroes are from the house of the brave doesn’t mean everyone there is good.