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> Hogwart's sorting system, Is it fair& appropriate to sort students based on specific categor
post Feb 4 2010, 09:24 AM
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How would it feel if you were sorted out at school based on how clever you were and you were put into a house which had an IQ of below average?
Or how would it feel if you were sorted based on how rich you were and you were sorted in the poorest house?

What is so different about hogwarts? Basically, if you were cunning and and ambitious, you were in slytherin. If you were brave, you were in gryfindoor. Smart people were in ravenclaw. The people no one wanted were in hufflepuff. This makes me wonder if the war between pure bloods and everyone else was Voldemort's and his death eater's doing? Or whether having such a prejudicial system ingrained in hogwart's history did the damage?

Consider Draco- His whole family were slytherin's. Even if he wanted to, there's no way he could of come onto the right side. How can you when all your friends hate mud bloods? OR when your whole family are death eaters?
Even Snape- People consider him a bad guy, but was it all his fault? He was being bullied by James and Sirius. I'm sure he would of been influenced by his room mates, by the house prefect etc, to get revenge on them later. For him, being a death eater gave him some control and power to exercise revenge on those who picked on him at school.

Is the house sorting system even correct? Most students possess 2 or more of the other house qualities. Example, Hermione is brave, clever, loyal and ambitious. Harry is brave and ambitious- also clever. Voldemort posessed not only slytherin's charateristics, but he was also a brilliant student.
My point is that would it not have been better to randomly sort the students, so if there were some 'bad eggs' they would of had good people around them that may influence them to be good?

This hate cycle would probably never end. Even at the end, Ron already started hating Draco's child and told his children not to be friends with him. And likewise for Draco, he would probably never forgive Harry for what shame he has brought onto his family from the wizarding world (common knowledge of his family being death eaters).
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