If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably taken numerous quizzes to determine your Hogwarts house. Being sorted is a lot like taking a personality quiz. You learn a lot about yourself as you learn about the character traits of your house.
But did you ever realize that your Hogwarts house may help you better understand your writing style as well? Keep reading to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses that members of each house may bring to their writing.
As a Gryffindor, you are brave, passionate, and action oriented. This means you’re more likely to take on new topics because the challenge is exciting for you. Your writing is interesting, persuasive, and enthusiastic; these three traits come through in your tone and draw your readers in. It’s easy for you to get immersed in projects you’re passionate about. And you can easily spend hours writing about topics that interest you.
Conversely, if you don’t feel passionate about a topic, you may get bored easily and put little effort into writing about it. You may also jump into writing on a topic before you’ve done all the necessary research and preparation. Your passion may thus lead you to make broad, sweeping statements without doing any fact-checking because you’re too focused on your own thoughts and feelings.
It may also be hard to fully complete a project before you begin a new one. For example, when you near the end of a project, you may forget to proofread or be careless in your proofreading because you’re impatient to finish your project or move on to a new one. Rely on a Ravenclaw to ensure your prose is tight and accurate, or ask a Slytherin for their no-nonsense analysis before tackling another exciting WIP.
Hufflepuffs value hard work, loyalty, dedication, and patience. These qualities help you meet commitments to write regularly and make it easy for you to see a project through to its finish. You proofread thoroughly, stay on topic, and keep your thoughts organized. You are understanding of and patient with criticisms or corrections and are willing to make necessary changes to your work.
While Hufflepuffs are hard workers, they’re less willing to take risks. You’re more comfortable with topics and angles you’re familiar with. You may even fall into writing articles with the same form or organization without many changes.
While your sentence structure and organization will be on point, readers may feel that your writing lacks passion and enthusiasm. They may also find your topics or angles boring because they’ve read the information before or because your article sounds like too many others on the subject. Instead, share your concerns with a Gryffindor. A quick face-to-face session could help you find the extra encouragement you need to begin an ambitious project.
Ravenclaws are known for their wit, intelligence, and knowledge. Your research is meticulous, and you’re great at including useful and relevant citations. Your writing is clear, precise, and insightful. Proofreading is second nature for you, and your article organization is flawless.
Unfortunately, your intelligence can sometimes get the better of you, and your tone may come across as condescending, or you may assume the reader knows things they don’t. You may use hard-to-understand jargon or overwhelm your readers with too many citations. You also may have a hard time with criticisms and corrections of your work or feel like you know better than your editors.
When you’re unsure about your tone, consider having a Hufflepuff editor look over your work. They can ensure your true thoughts shine through.
Slytherins are cunning and resourceful. You know how to find a unique angle on a topic and make it work, and you can easily make connections between topics you’re knowledgeable about and topics that are less familiar. You know exactly what tone to take with your readers to convince them of your argument.
Because you’re so good at adjusting your tone to persuade your readers, your work may come across as manipulative or dishonest. Your writing may sometimes be too straightforward, even blunt, which can come across as callous or unfeeling, but it also means you don’t need to worry about whether readers understand you.
You might find yourself borrowing other writers’ ideas or wording without providing the appropriate citations, so watch out for that. And while you’ll make suggested corrections to your work because that will get you faster results, you may be bitter about the criticism, which can sour your relationship with editors.
Staying focused on the rewards of your writing can keep you on task. A Hufflepuff editor could also help you ensure you’re true to your own writing style. They’re also good at giving feedback that helps you remain in control of your projects.
While you probably won’t have every single trait common for your Hogwarts house, it’s still useful to know what they are. This knowledge can help you know what weaknesses and issues to keep an eye out for in your own writing. As mentioned, you can always work with friends of other houses to improve your writing together.
What are your writing strengths and weaknesses—and do they correlate with your Hogwarts house? Share your insight in the comments or on social media.