For those of us who grew up in the world of J.K. Rowling’s
mind and were able to meet Harry Potter and attend Hogwarts (because this is
what reading can do), the different houses came to define how we saw the world
and how we defined relationships. If you grew up loving Harry Potter, you obsessively looked for signs you're a Slytherin, although you probably hoped like crazy to belong to any other house. Even as we've grown up, our connection to the wizarding world hasn't diminished, and its impact on our perception of ourselves and our relationships remains as serious as ever. This, naturally, means considerably less in
terms of choosing life partners or career paths (although there are undoubtedly a great many Potterheads who make important life choices based on the Hogwarts house that they and/or a potential mate belongs to, and I'm not shaming that), and more to do with just having fun. Like me and my friends, drunkenly pretending a red Solo cup filled with beer is the Sorting Hat. For some
reason, this little game has always ended with someone yelling “off with their
head!” which has never made sense to me, but who am I to question to logic of Harry Potter-themed drinking game?
However, before each rounds of our Harry Potter game morphs into an
awful rendition of Alice in Wonderland, the Hogwarts houses are decided and all of my
friends are in agreement: I am, without a doubt as I’ve been told by everyone
and their mother and their mother’s friends, a Slytherin. It’s probably
something about the sharp smile and affinity for dark magic that gives it away.
Hey, a few choices curses come in handy when my kid won’t clean her room. I
mean, I’d never use them, but letting her know I have them has always been effective enough.
In the midst of laughter, jokes, and labels it becomes clear
that some of us (OK, me) never quite let go of our broomsticks and spell books; we
never really let our eyes wander from the Whomping Willow or Hagrid’s voice to
leave our minds. I will always be a Slytherin and if I’m completely honest, if you're one of those people for whom someone's Hogwarts house is a vital part of their datability status, there
are some excellent reasons why we Slytherins are the ultimate people to date.