The first time I opened a Harry Potter book, I dreamt of walking into the Great Hall and being called to sit under the infamous Sorting Hat. "Gryffindor!" it would inevitably cry and, smiling, I'd march right over to sit next my future BFFs Harry, Hermione, and Ron. It didn't matter that I was already a mother of two. As I grew to know the adult characters, I wondered how much of their Hogwarts experience went into their parenting. If you're a Potter fan, have you ever wondered what type of mom you'll be based on your Hogwarts house?
Are you a loyal Gryffindor, a hard-working Hufflepuff, a bookish Ravenclaw, or a cunning Slytherin? How do your innate traits and childhood relationships affect the kind of mother you'll be? It's an interesting question to ponder. If you don't already know which house you're in, take a minute to visit J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter-inspired site, Pottermore, and you'll find out which Hogwarts house you belong to in no time. But, be warned, Pottermore has a history of sending beloved Harry Potter fans into a deep rabbit hole.
Once you've been sorted, read ahead to learn a little about the kind of mom you will be based on your Hogwarts house.
1. Gryffindor Mom
Gryffindors are loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. If you're a Gryffindor, you're the kind of mom who stands up for her kids no matter what. You'll often be seen in the principal's office demanding fairness for your child, and even for children who aren't your own. You won't let rude under-the-breath comments by strangers at restaurants and grocery stories go unnoticed.
Gryffindor moms are not intimidated by taking their little ones on vacations, road trips, or other great adventures. Your kids will have fond memories of growing up with a Gryffindor mom.
2. Hufflepuff Mom
Hufflepuffs are hard workers who play fair and have endless patience, dedication, and loyalty. As a Hufflepuff mom, you'll make sure your kids do their homework immediately after school each day. But, you'll also let them unwind in front of the television when they're done (as long as it's something relatively educational.) You are the kind of mom who never forgets to send gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day.
A Hufflepuff mom never excludes any classmate from her child's birthday party, even when she's paying $20 per person to host it at that bounce house place that smells vaguely of feet and Parmesan cheese. Other moms will wish they were a Hufflepuff mom.
3. Ravenclaw Mom
Ravenclaws are intelligent, creative, clever, accepting and love originality. As a Ravenclaw mom, you're totally OK with your kids wearing their rain boots and princess dresses to preschool, just as long as they are reading before Kindergarten. Even though you set high standards, your child will never be afraid to come to you when they have a problem because they know you will listen and not judge.
Ravenclaw moms are a little introverted, and would rather spend their time reading a book in the school's pick-up line than making small talk with the moms hovering in front of the classroom door. Those other moms might think you're a little eccentric, but you don't care because you're happy just the way you are.
4. Slytherin Mom
Slytherins are cunning, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and full of pride. As a Slytherin mom, you know exactly what you need to do to get your kid into the best schools. You've had your child's life mapped out since the day you found out you were pregnant, and won't let anything come between them and success. Slytherins get a bit of a bad rap, but they mostly just want to take advantage of every opportunity for their children. Slytherin moms socialize, but don't have a ton of friends. They do, however, have a couple of really close friends who always have their back.
When your kids grow up, they will attribute their success to their Slytherin mom.