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A talk about Pottermore

Ok, so I decided to do a bit of an article detailing my experience on Pottermore.
I was one of the lucky 1,000,000 who was able to enter Pottermore in August. I found it rather interesting and enjoyed looking at the new information. Then we came to the wand choosing test. I had considered myself having a willow wand as it is my birthwood, and if you dont know what that means, may I suggest you go to JKROWLING.com and look it up.

So I did my test and I got…..

Larch and Phoenix Feather, Ten and Three Quarter inches, Surprisingly Swishy.

If I may just go through the information regarding each thing…

Phoenix

"This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.

Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.”

Hmm, I’m not sure how this relates to me but I like having a rarer wand core. I suppose as well that having a hard to tame wand fits in with the wood as well.

Larch

"Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. I find that it always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match."

Hard to please fits in well with Phoenix tail feather. I also sort of guess that I have got a hidden talent, what it is though I have no idea. I’ve always been a average student so I guess there would be some sort of hidden talent waiting to burst out.

Suprisingly Swishy

Well… I don’t know what to say to that. I suppose a swishy wand is more manouverable so thats good.

I would like to say, I tried this wand test two other times, on one try I got exactly the same as this and the other time I got a slightly different one (longer length I think) so i can now catagorically say this wand is mine.

The next big thing of course is the sorting. I have considered myself as a member of each house during my life time. On sorting hat quizzes I would get any of the houses so I would have been happy with any one. In the end I got sorted into Ravenclaw. I had recently identified with Ravenclaw the most and after reading the description of Ravenclaw I knew I belonged here.

However.
I recently made a few more accounts… just to see what I would get a second, and then third time. Once was a Slytherin and I can see that, Slytherin was always my second choice. Third was Ravenclaw again (with the exact same wand as I got the first time).

Quite happily a Ravenclaw.

I wont bother talking about all the new information because you’ve probably already read it and theres not much more to say about it apart from… “cool.”.


I would like to talk about the amount of people talking about how they have been sorted into the wrong house and how they hate it and what not.

I made a post about this a while ago.. it basically said that Dumbledore was wrong in his saying that they “Sort too soon.”
The argument went that if you were sorted in your fourth year you would spend a lot of time thinking you were a part of a certain house. People would tell you one house is rubbish and another is great and what not. If you were then sorted into that house you would not be happy about it. The same thing is happening now. People are beings sorted into the wrong house and they are not happy about it. Many people quit, many made other accounts so they would be sorted “correctly.”

The sorting Hat quiz is probably very precisely put together. I’m not a maths kind of guy so I’m not sure how it would be put together but my bet is that it is done very scientifically to ensure best house output. Also the questions were put together by JKRowling so… how much more authentic do you want it?

Obviously much more authentic. Some people, by the sound of things wont be happy until JK travels to a parralell universe, steals the sorting hat and allows people to try it on.

I have found a few things online. A few that make you go wtf? A few that are interesting takes on the problem.

To start, here is an interesting article detailing one persons experience in being sorted into the wrong house. It’s well written and has some good points to it.

http://nerdreactor.com/2011/09/16/a-nerds-reaction-did-pottermore-sort-me-in-the-wrong-ho

Next is a wtf video… wash your brain afterwards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEfAmWKE8LU

Here is a very interesting article with a bit more of a numbers game detailing how the sorting (possibly) works. Also take a look at the theory in the comments.

http://expatronum.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/pottermore-is-the-sorting-hat-rigged/#comment-1534

Here is another video of people raging over their house choices… well… I did warn you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbsNSmLZOrU


Enough of that for now. I would like to talk to you about a few of the other things in Pottermore.

Duelling is awesome. I love it. Now that it is here I am duelling every day and whenever I can in between. There is something oddly addictive about doing it.. Something I cant put my finger on.

Potions are fun as well. The only problem I’m having with Potions is that they tend to be a tad bit tempremental. They don’t always work when they should and when they dont the reasoning behind why they don’t work isn’t always 100% clear.

So thats it. I’m loving Pottermore and I hope you are too. Of course, if you haven’t joined yet, get too it!

Also if you would like to add me on Pottermore, go ahead! My username is StrikePhoenix159

Hope to see you there soon!
Shaun

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