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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2004, 08:11:06 PM »

It was all really based on the conection w/ Tom Riddle mainly i think.. thats what i thought
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« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2004, 08:05:38 PM »

I liked Eliza's quote

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think Gryffindors and Slytherins are more alike than anyone cares to think about, and that it's what they share that makes them enemies as much as what they hate. 

I agree with that assessment - it seems that both houses are driven by achievement - both want to win, and are willing to bend/break rules to do so (no Gryffies should get mad - Harry seems to have a problem following rules despite his best intentions).  The houses seem to be two sides of the same coin, and Harry is a good example of the shared traits.  The sorting hat recognized this.

This may sound silly, but I can't remember - how did the sorting hat come into existance?
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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2004, 10:48:07 PM »

Yeah. Both houses have similar goals, just different methods of execution ... and that would cause friction. That and the ancient rivalry. *shrugs*

And the Sorting Hat was originally Godric Gryffindor's, I think. The Founders used to pick their own students, but they couldn't live forever so they enchanted Godric's hat to do it for them. Or something like that.
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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2005, 12:46:22 PM »

In fact, if memory serves me correctly, it was Godric who enchanted the hat.
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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2005, 11:33:50 PM »

As best as my memory will serve me, I think the exact quote from the sorting hat song (can't remember which book... SS maybe...) goes like this;

'Twas Gryffindor who found the way, he whipped me off his head.
The founders put some brains in me so I could choose instead!



On a side note, I have to agree with Heather, Xan, and Eliza. Perhaps the finest line lies between Gryffindor and Slytherin, but I doubt anyone from either house would ever want to admit it; such is the intense rivalry.
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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2005, 07:07:41 PM »

I agree, but I'd be interested to know what others here think that line is.

Anyone?
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Re: Sorting Hat
« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2005, 12:24:06 AM »

I think that 'line' is basically the difference between the two houses' preferred method of execution. Gryffindors are brave, so generally speaking they'd go all out to win through sheer passion, nerve, talent, etc (the direct approach, then). Whereas Slytherins would want to win just as badly but prefer more indirect methods of getting there. So, because their methods are so different, a Slytherin would think that the Gryffindors are being silly by trying to get to their goal(s) that way, and a Gryffindor would think that the Slytherins are being underhanded/dishonorable/whatever by being sneaky.

And yes, I'm generalizing to the extreme, but that's the only thing I can think of ...
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