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Time has produced an article sorting each of our 50 states into the four houses of Hogwarts.

For non-potterheads, Hogwarts is the fictional wizarding school, which Harry Potter attends in the novels created by J.K. Rowling. According to Time, Texas is Slytherin.

So how did this come about? In celebration of the series 20th anniversary on Monday, Time and the Cambridge University Department of Psychology created a new sorting hat quiz. Of course the original is found at pottermore.com, but if you want to quiz yourself again, take it here.

I’ve been sorted on Pottermore into Gryffindor. So for kicks I took the Time quiz, and this quiz has me sorted into Ravenclaw. It details your percentages as well, and has me at 60% Ravenclaw, 38.1% Hufflepuff, 1.9% Gryffindor and 0% Slytherin.

How is Texas Slytherin? Of the more than 300,000 people that have already taken this quiz, the majority of Texas were sorted into Slytherin.

According to Pottermore.com:

Slytherin produces more than its share of Dark wizards, but also turns out leaders who are proud, ambitious and cunning. Merlin is one particularly famous Slytherin.

So what does it mean if I’m actually a Ravenclaw? Here’s how the house is described on Pottermore.com:

Ravenclaws prize wit, learning, and wisdom. It’s an ethos etched into founder Rowena Ravenclaw diadem: ‘wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.’

I’m 38.1% Hufflepuff, so what are their traits:

Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. The house has produced its share of great wizards – not least Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Gryffindor is the house I most identify with internally, and the one I was sorted into originally on Pottermore, and Harry’s house. Which traits to Gryffindor’s possess?

With a lion as its crest and Professor McGonagall at its head, Gryffindor is the house which most values the virtues of courage, bravery and determination.

As I identify a great deal with the series’ heroine, Hermione Granger, I’m wondering if the sorting hat doesn’t know a little something more.

Maybe that’s how Rowling made it different and magical. The hat factors in emotion and traits don’t show up in a strictly analytical and logical approach. As Time notes in their article,

Hermione Granger’s ferocious pursuit of knowledge resembles the studiousness associated with Ravenclaw more than Gryffindor — a puzzlement that Rowling acknowledges on Pottermore.com: “The Sorting Hat spent nearly four minutes trying to decide whether it should place Hermione in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor.”

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