Don’t Classify People by Magic

I am Prithi the 5th grader writing this article.

Whether you are a Gryffindor or Slytherin, you are not defined by the Sorting Hat.

I am an avid fan of Harry Potter: I read the books about 20 times each.

In the Harry Potter seriesall characters were classified by a hat as they enter Hogwarts. We were told that the hat decides which one of the four houses to place a student in, according to its reading of their values.

For people like myself, who want to continue the journey through the seven books, there is a website called pottermore.com. There exists a similar classification of  young witches and wizards on the site, pottermore. Instead of putting on a virtual Sorting Hat, we are asked a bunch of questions which are supposed to determine which house we would be in. This can be helpful, as the answers to the questions were based on our values, which can match up to those of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw. This can also be very judgemental, because the questions are multiple choice, and the user has a different answer, so he or she picks the next best one, getting classified by the answer they don’t want to choose.

The same goes for the Divergent series. People are classified according to their aptitudes and values.

Across the board classification appears everywhere, such as

  1. Which movie are you?
  2. Which dessert are you?
  3. I hope that when I grow up, colleges and businesses that I want to join won’t do the same thing: classifying people by magic. Everyone should know that people are not defined by ten silly questions.

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