5-Day Artist Challenge Postponed Due to Hogwarts Sorting Incident

My dear dance friend Mary nominated me, well over a year ago, for the 5-Day Artist Challenge on Facebook, in which you post a photo or so every day for five days, along with some interesting information or anecdote, to share with others the role of art in your life.

I did not manage to do this at that time, despite my best intentions. I forget what silly thing sidetracked me.

Because really, what’s more important than art? Art is bread for the soul – EVERY kind of bread: the white, the brown, the seedy, the fluffy, the cheesy, the crusty, the glutinous AND the gluten-free. I profoundly believe that we all need art to live.

This post was supposed to be Day 1. But I just have to tell you something before I start. I’m reeling a little, for two reasons that have nothing to do with the title of this piece.

Firstly, my beloved MacBook just came back from the shop. It had a several-days-long medical episode in which it was only sometimes taking a charge, and then it stopped charging altogether (!!) and went deep into computer-sleep. And then the good lad at the repair shop (their designated “Mac guy”) made it work again.

Everything seems back to beautiful normal in laptop-land… except that at least two almost-finished blog post drafts are GONE. Including a lengthy comparison of Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake as weekend getaway options. Disappeared! Except for this one partial title: “5-” Which frankly I could have managed to remember anyway.

Skye: I swear that this is true.

So that’s a bit traumatic. But EVEN WORSE.

My second shock has to do with Harry Potter. As you know, I am a Level 5 Harry Potter Fan with a tendency to geek out on the subject, sometimes at the expense of a small child. I just finished reading the entire series to one-and-a-half of my children (i.e., my 7-year-old listened avidly to every word, and my almost-4-year-old was asleep for at least half of it). It took us many months, and although I know there are those who would judge me for reading all seven books to such young’uns (believe me, I did not take the exposure lightly – I did fret about certain themes, and very occasionally edited small things out), my kids were great about it. They loved it, and I loved it. (So much that I did voices – WITH accents.)

Such an amazing story. It just gets better with every reading. The kids were almost never scared, and E took everything in stride. When we finished the series, he immediately asked, “Can we start at the beginning and read it again?” And to be honest, it’s been handy being able to refer to HP when questions come up about difficult things (war, politics, love, death, bullying, etc.).

I also, of course, bought The Cursed Child and read it (to myself only) after we finished The Deathly Hallows. (I haven’t told E we own it, otherwise he’d insist on hearing it, and I just don’t fancy reading a play aloud to him.)


And I enjoyed it, especially the quirkiness of the new characters, although it felt very weird to read it as a play, and without Rowling’s unique voice. I’ll have to mull over and re-read to know how I really feel about it.

But anyway. Back to my trauma. My identity crisis.

I mentioned in my geek-out that I’d been sorted into Ravenclaw a couple of times, but that was years ago and I don’t even remember how. Then I became a member of the beta version of Pottermore, where they have an actual genuine virtual Sorting Hat, and I was sorted into Hufflepuff. When you become a Hufflepuff, you learn all the things that make Hufflepuff life so great, and I really did relate to it, and embraced the identity.

Then, just recently, after I started reading HP to the kids, I got curious to see if I’d changed over the years, and did another test on gotoquiz.com – the one with “all possible questions” – and it sorted me into… Gryffindor. That was a shock to me – not unwelcome, exactly, but startling to say the least. Was it possible that I’d gotten braver with age? But I said to myself, this is not Pottermore. The only way to know FOR SURE is to get re-sorted on Pottermore, because it’s the real deal.

I finally did that today, with my newly happy laptop, doing my best to consider each answer carefully and honestly. Because this is crucial. And what did I get?? Effing Slytherin. I still can’t believe it. Seriously, friends, is there ANYTHING dark about me?? Other than the fact that I do actually rather like snakes… What am I missing? Where did I take this turn?? (It’s probably The Cursed Child‘s fault, come to think of it. It’s trying to teach me a lesson.)

If you ever see me sacrificing my friendships for the sake of my ambition, just smack me, please.

Because this is an emergency, just to keep me from tossing and turning all night, I just did the “shockingly accurate” Buzzfeed quiz for hybrid houses. Good ol’ Buzzfeed. Now I can go to bed. Not sure I can ever go to Pottermore again, though.

huffleclaw hogwarts sorting test
Does this seem more Dilovelyish?



12 thoughts on “5-Day Artist Challenge Postponed Due to Hogwarts Sorting Incident

  1. Amanda says:

    That is impossible!!!! There must be a sorting glitch! The hat must be ill…or drunk!!! No no no! I refuse to accept Slytherin as your house!

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thank you… I am also refusing to accept it. Another very un-Slytheriny friend said the same happened to her… I think perhaps the Pottermore algorithm is a bit short on Slytherin population?

  2. Mama says:

    Do not discount the possibility of random computer choices. It may be that the result of “sorting” has nothing whatever to do with you or your answers.

  3. Quinn says:

    That is TOTALLY CRAZY!!!! You are not even CLOSE to being a Slytherin. Embrace your true Huffleclaw identity. 🙂 I was in Gryffindor with the original Pottermore sorting (which feels mostly right), but I haven’t resorted because I’m worried about a similar identity crisis. But I don’t know…if Albus and Scorpius are Slytherins, maybe it’s not so bad these days?? (Such cute characters, don’t you think?)

    I liked the new play but felt the same way you did..mixed feelings about losing Jo’s voice but mostly enjoyed it and kind of want to re-read it.

    I love that E and A enjoyed it so much. A new generation of Level 5 fans in the making!

    PS Love this post.

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thanks for the vote of Huffleclaw confidence, Quinny! And yes, I did love Albus and Scorpius and kinda want to hang out with them, but could I ever spend time in a dungeon common room?? NO, I could not.

      I am really looking forward to the novelization of Cursed Child, if that is indeed going to happen. I think it will then be truly awesome. And THEN I’ll read the whole thing to the kids again, with Book 8. Happy sigh!

      love you!

  4. Mama says:

    I “posted” a comment on the above blog post, and after the site hummed and gurgled for a time and refreshed the page, the comment was gone! However, this has happened before, and YOU say the comment is there, but for some reason I can’t see it. Now I just got a message saying you had replied to that comment, and the e-mail gives my comment (about random computer choices) and your response (about sadness and relievedness), but when I clicked on the link to this post, neither my comment NOR your reply is there! Wonder what will happen with this one…

  5. Mama says:

    Figured it out. Despite all the futzing about, the page isn’t really reconstituting itself, just erasing (apparently) my comment. BUT!! If I refresh the page, the comment, and your replies, appear!

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