So a while ago there was this post going around about the houses in Harry Potter and how it makes no sense for Slytherin- the house that’s supposed to be all about personal ambition- to be the house full of people who support an evil overlord, and how it’d…
to be honest, I always figured the Sorting Hat was biased.
I mean, it’s Gryffindor’s hat. And it is suspiciously prone to sticking talented kids in Gryffindor, even when they have traits that could just as easily lend them to other houses. Personal choice has a role, obviously, but I mean - Gryffindor’s hat, Gryffindor’s house, it’s pretty noteworthy that ambitious purebloods like Ron, or studious geniuses like Hermione, or cunning entrepreneurs like Fred and George, or unshakeably loyal people like Harry and Sirius all seem to end up in Gryffindor.
Harry didn’t even actually choose Gryffindor, he chose ‘not Slytherin’ and the hat put him in Gryffindor after sort of questioning his conviction a little bit.
the thing is, i think most eleven-year-old kids could easily fit into more than one house. and i think it’s not only that Gryffindor gets preference from kids who like its reputation, but also that it gets preference from that hat, too. and the reverse applies as well - Slytherin gets kids who frankly have no business being in Slytherin house because the hat is not impartial. so ambitious kids who want to go far end up in other houses because they also have other traits, generally, while Slytherin gets packed full of bigots and minions because that’s what Gryffindor considered Slytherin’s students to be. The hat is inconsistent because sometimes it refers to how’s it’s ostensibly sorting the kids, and sometimes it refers to how it’s actually sorting them.