I was just thinking that I've seen a lot of people on the internet complaining about what House they got sorted in... and how it isn't who they are and how they don't understand because their answers seemed more "Slytherin" or more "Ravenclaw" or what have you. It doesn't look like anybody really knows how the quiz works (although, I'm pretty sure everybody has their theories... and I'm about to get into a theory of my own). Some people are worried that the Sorting Hat quiz is randomly generated or something and that accounts for the even mix of people in each House and whatnot, but others defend the Sorting Hat quiz saying that it's not randomly generated because it seems like it's more sophisticated than that... and I have to agree. I think it is more sophisticated than that.... now, I don't really know a lot about online quizzes and how they can be coded... and I don't know much about numbers and math... I just... have this general idea. Some people think the wand questions may have an influence on what House you end up sorted in, and I'm not sure if that's true or not... so, I'm not really going to be taking those questions into consideration.
Anyway, I was just thinking that maybe every answer in each question applies to EVERY House... but it's like... maybe got this point-system going on or something. Like one answer might be worth a high amount of Gryffindor points, and only a moderate amount of Slytherin and Ravenclaw points, and only a small amount of Hufflepuff points... and then it'd be different with another answer. But the point is that no one answer is SOLELY a Slytherin answer... or SOLELY a Gryffindor answer. It's all four but to varying degrees. Now, I don't know what the exact point values would be, but I think I can guess like... a general amount for each question's answers. Keep in mind this is just a theory... so, I don't think it could be considered cheating if I shared my ideas. And I do still think people should answer their questions honestly rather than answer what they think will get them into the House that they want to be in. (For me, I don't really a have that I particularly want to be in *I'm kind of hoping for Hufflepuff since it seems to get a bad rap, and I'd like to try and change that*... and I'm honestly not sure which house I'd be in, either, since I've got traits that can apply to pretty much every House. My first instinct is to say that Ravenclaw would probably be the likeliest and Gryffindor would be the least likeliest, but I honestly don't know what to expect, and I'd pretty much be happy with any House I get into.) I also think it's important to note that the Sorting Hat (in the books, I mean) doesn't just put people in Houses based on who they are... but also, on who they could be... where they can tap into their potential the most. Like how Neville really wanted to be in Hufflepuff because he didn't think he was brave enough to be in Gryffindor, but the Hat insisted on putting him in Gryffindor, anyway. So, I think that's something people should keep in mind when they get sorted and stuff.
Anyway... Here we go. If you would like me to explain my thoughts on any question, let me know. I think some of them might seem a bit obvious if you think about it, though, there may be a few I'll elaborate on myself:
How do you want to people to react when they hear you name after you’re dead?
-Miss you and smile (Hufflepuff-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
-Want to hear more stories about your adventures (Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Low, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Think about your achievements (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-I don’t care what happens when I’m dead, it’s when I’m alive that matters (Ravenclaw-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
In a fire, in which order would you save a nearly perfected cure for dragon pox that the headmaster has been working on for years, student school records dating back 1000 years and Merlin’s book? (There's another variation on this question, I think)
-cure, records, book (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Low, Slytherin-Low)
-cure, book, records (Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-High, Hufflepuff-Low-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-records, cure, book (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Low-, Ravenclaw-Low)
-records, book, cure (Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low-, Ravenclaw-Low)
-book, cure, records (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-book, records, cure (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low, Hufflepuff-Low, Gryffindor-Low)
This question is a little difficult to understand what order would apply to what Houses, but I think I can try and explain it. The first thing I tried to think about was what items would matter the most to each House. I imagine Gryffindor would probably put the highest importance on the cure for dragon pox but would probably have trouble deciding whether the book or the records are the next most important. Ravenclaw would put a high priority on both the book and the cure because both deserve to be studied but put a very low priority on student records. Hufflepuff would probably put a high priority on the student records and the dragon pox cure because Hufflepuff tends to be a very people-person-oriented house... so they probably think that makes the records important and the cure next most important because it could help people and/or dragons; they probably wouldn't think the book was all that important. Slytherin would believe Merlin's book (Merlin was a Slytherin) was very important as well as student records (Slytherin is also very sociable... but besides that point, Slytherins seem to find ancestry and wizarding heritage very important as well), they'd probably put lesser priority on the cure.
Which of the following would you most hate people to call you?
-Ordinary (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Ignorant (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-Cowardly (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Ravenclaw-Low)
-Selfish (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
Which would you rather be:
-Envied? (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Imitated? (Ravenclaw-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
-Trusted? (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
-Praised? (Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-Liked? (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
-Feared? (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Low, Hufflepuff-Low)
Once every century, the Flutterby bush produces flowers that adapt their scent to attract the unwary. If it tried to lure you, it would smell of: (I think there's another variation on this question, too)
-A crackling log fire (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Ravenclaw-Low)
-The sea (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low, Gryffindor-Moderate-Low)
-Fresh parchment (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low, Gryffindor-Low)
-Home (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Gryffindor-Moderate-Low)
Which of the following do you find the most difficult to deal with?
-Hunger (Perhaps all Houses get the same moderate amount of points on this answer)
-Cold (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-High-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
-Loneliness (Hufflepuff-High, Slytherin-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
-Boredom (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-Being ignored (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
So... I'm going to elaborate on this one since it might not be as obvious as some of the others. I really wasn't sure if Hunger could be associated with any House, in particular...so, I thought, maybe that answer is worth the same amount of points for each House. Cold was kind of easy since I thought about the Houses' elements. Gryffindor is associated with the Fire element, so I thought they'd probably be the most averse to being cold. I thought Hufflepuff would probably be next in line since it's an Earth element... and I was thinking about how plants, in particular, don't deal with cold well. I thought Slytherin and Ravenclaw would have an easier time of it as a water element (and a lot of water tends to be cool, in general) and Ravenclaw is an air element (air also tends to be cool, in general).
Loneliness was something I thought Hufflepuff would have the hardest time dealing with since they seem to be the most friendly and sociable House. Slytherin and Gryffindor struck me as the next Houses that would have a hard time dealing with loneliness because they're kind of sociable Houses, too. Slytherin's House Letter, in particular, leads me to believe that Slytherins are a very tight-knit group with one another, so they might find discomfort in being alone. Gryffindor is kind of the same way. I figured Ravenclaw would probably be the ones least likely to have a hard time dealing with loneliness since they probably no doubt spend hours alone reading, studying, and/or practicing their magic.
Boredom was something I figured Ravenclaws would have the hardest time dealing with since they tend to be very cerebral people and need to have their minds stimulated. I also thought that Gryffindors would have a hard time dealing with boredom because they tend to be very adventurous. Slytherin seems like it could probably deal with boredom better since they're not adventurous like Gryffindors and tend towards cowardice (so, they probably welcome a little boredom in their lifes). Hufflepuffs are very laid-back and probably don't concern themselves with worries over boredom.
Being ignored is definitely something Slytherins would have the hardest time dealing with, although, I also think Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs would find it difficult to deal with, too. Gryffindors have a penchant for being glory-seeking and probably want others to be able to recognize that. Hufflepuffs are sociable people, so the thought of being ignored probably makes them sad. Ravenclaws might have a bit of difficulty dealing with being ignored as well since they have a tendency towards arrogance and probably like to show off their intelligence... They can probably deal with being ignored better than the other Houses, though, because of a tendency towards isolating themselves in the interest of pursuing their academic interests.
Four goblets are placed before you. Which would you choose to drink?
-The foaming, frothing, silvery liquid that sparkles as though containing ground diamonds. (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-The smooth, thick, richly purple drink that gives off a delicious smell of chocolate and plums. (Hufflepuff-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
-The golden liquid so bright that it hurts the eye, and which makes sunspots dance all around the room. (Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
-The mysterious black liquid that gleams like ink, and gives off fumes that make you see strange visions. (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
The mysterious black liquid kind of seems like the kind of thing a member of Slytherin House would drink since a lot of people associate Slytherin with "darkness," but I think it might be a little trickier than that. Slytherins are also pretty careful (and some would say cowardly), and they might not be all that terribly drawn into drinking a liquid like this. Ravenclaw, on the other hand, are naturally excited by things that are "mysterious" and so, they'd probably be eager to see what the drink actually does. Gryffindors are very brave, so they'd probably be fine with downing this drink as well while Hufflepuffs would probably avoid it because of its associations with what seems "dark" and because they might be kind of wary of it. After that, the other goblets are fairly easy to figure out.
Four boxes are placed before you. Which would you try and open
-The small tortoiseshell box, embellished with gold, inside which some small creature seems to be squeaking. (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-The gleaming jet black box with a silver lock and key, marked with a mysterious rune that you know to be the mark of Merlin. (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
-The ornate golden casket, standing on clawed feet, whose inscription warns that both secret knowledge and unbearable temptation lie within. (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Low)
-The small pewter box, unassuming and plain, with a scratched message upon it that reads ‘I open only for the worthy.’ (Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
Which of the following would you most like to study?
-Centaurs (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-Goblins (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Gryffindor-Low)
-Merpeople (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-Ghosts (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate-Low)
-Vampires (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
-Werewolves (Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low, Slytherin-Low)
-Trolls (Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
This one is a little hard to judge, also, I'm thinking it's entirely possible that Ravenclaw gets a high amount of points for any answer instead of a moderate amount of points, but I'm not sure. Centaurs and Merpeople seem like the likeliest highest point-gatherer for Ravenclaws since centaurs and merpeople are sentient but still tend to be very dangerous and have a highly exclusive culture (which can make gathering knowledge about them a challenge). Goblins and ghosts seem like they'd be the highest point gain for Hufflepuffs since the creatures are sentient and harmless (ghosts)/civilized (goblins when there isn't a goblin rebellion). Slytherins may find the highest interest in vampires who are sentient and generally civilized (meaning little risk but still some possibility for gain) and tend to have associations with "darkness." Gryffindor would probably find interest in creatures that are the most dangerous to study, given their penchant for bravery and facing danger hence trolls and werewolves.
A Muggle confronts you and says that they are sure you are a witch or wizard. Do you:
-Ask what makes them think so? (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Low)
-Agree, and ask whether they’d like a free sample of a jinx? (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Agree, and walk away, leaving them to wonder whether you are bluffing? (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
-Tell them that you are worried about their mental health, and offer to call a doctor. (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
One of your house mates has cheated in a Hogwarts exam by using a Self-Spelling Quill. Now he has come top of the class in Charms, beating you into second place. Professor Flitwick is suspicious of what happened. He draws you to one side after his lesson and asks you whether or not your classmate used a forbidden quill. What do you do?
-Lie and say you don’t know (but hope that somebody else tells Professor Flitwick the truth). (Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Low, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Tell Professor Flitwick that he ought to ask your classmate (and resolve to tell your classmate that if he doesn’t tell the truth, you will). (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
-Tell Professor Flitwick the truth. If your classmate is prepared to win by cheating, he deserves to be found out. Also, as you are both in the same house, any points he loses will be regained by you, for coming first in his place. (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
-You would not wait to be asked to tell Professor Flitwick the truth. If you knew that somebody was using a forbidden quill, you would tell the teacher before the exam started. (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
What are you most excited to learn about at Hogwarts?
-Apparition (This could possibly be equal points amongst all the Houses, possibly in particular Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw)
-Everything magic (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-Transfiguration (Again, this could be equal points amongst the Houses, although, there may be a slight increase for Ravenclaw since transfiguration is considered a complex branch of magic)
-Flying brooms (Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Low)
-Hexes and curses (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Magical creatures (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-Exploring the castle (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
How would you like to be known to history?
-The Wise (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
-The Good (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Low, Ravenclaw-Low)
-The Great (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-The Bold (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
What kind of instrument most pleases your ear?
-Violin (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
-Trumpet (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Low, Ravenclaw-Low)
-Piano (Hufflepuff-High, Slytherin-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Low)
-Drum (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Low)
If you could have any power, which would you choose?
-Read Minds (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
-Invisibility (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-Moderate-Low, Gryffindor-Moderate-Low, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Be able to talk to animals (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-Be able to change the past (Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate)
-Be able to change your appearance (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Have superhuman strength (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Moderate-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-Low)
You enter an enchanted garden. What would you be most curious to examine first?
-The silver-leafed apple tree bearing golden apples (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-The fat, red toadstools that appear to be talking to each other (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate-High, Slytherin-Low)
-The bubbling pool in the depths of which something luminous is swirling (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-The statue of an old wizard with a strangely twinkling eye (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
You and two friends need to cross a bridge guarded by a river troll who insists on fighting one of you before he will let you all pass. Do you:
-Attempt to confuse the troll into letting all three of you pass without fighting? (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate-Low)
-Suggest drawing lots to see which of you will fight? (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate, Gryffindor-Low)
-Suggest that all three of you should fight (without telling the troll?) (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate-Low)
-Volunteer to fight? (Gryffindor-High, Hufflepuff-High, Slytherin-Low, Ravenclaw-Low)
Black or white?
-Black (Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-White (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
Heads or tails?
-Heads (Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Tails (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
Dawn or dusk?
-Dawn (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate-Low)
-Dusk (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
Moon or stars?
-Moon (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Low)
-Stars (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate-High, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
Forest or river?
-Forest (Hufflepuff-High, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Slytherin-Moderate)
-River (Slytherin-High, Gryffindor-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Moderate)
Left or right?
-Left (Ravenclaw-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Gryffindor-Moderate, Hufflepuff-Low)
-Right (Hufflepuff-High, Gryffindor-High, Slytherin-Moderate, Ravenclaw-Moderate)