Is it me, or has there been an influx of great Harry Potter merchandise around recently? Every time I venture into Primark there’s something new from t-shirts and sweatshirts, to duvet covers, mugs, cushions and socks, and Waterstones is currently full of great gift items ranging from bags and pin badges to full sets of Quidditch balls (seriously…they’re awesome!). Put simply, it has my greedy little bookworm-eyes lighting up, and I’m literally itching to get my hands on most of it!
There’s just one problem I have with buying Harry Potter merch, and it’s been haunting me for months, ever since my boyfriend took me to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: In Concert for my birthday (which was also awesome!). The merch table at the concert was, of course, laden with all sorts of goodies, but my eye was especially caught by the cosy looking Hogwarts house scarves, and whilst I had no money at the time, I decided that I would get one for winter.
And then it struck me: which house scarf would I get?
Unlike a lot of HP fans, I’ve never really been able to choose a preferred Hogwarts house, and so how am I supposed to buy the relevant merch? Loads of people going to the concert were proudly sporting Gryffindor t-shirts or Hufflepuff scarves, and I see it all the time in book blogger’s Twitter bios ‘Ravenclaw’, or ‘Proud Slytherin’…but how have they decided on their house, and how can I decide on mine, bar trying on a fictional talking hat?
I’m certainly not very brave, which I guess immediately rules out Gryffindor (plus I feel like that’s probably the most popular house, and I do like to be contrary!), but nor would I describe myself as cunning, so not Slytherin. Generally I’d like to say I’m kind and compassionate, but I work in retail, and as any fellow (or past) retail workers will know, it can really try your patience, so I don’t think I’m calm enough to be in Hufflepuff (plus I get terrible road rage which doesn’t seem very Hufflepuff-y either)…so maybe Ravenclaw? I was considered a bit of a swot at school, but whether that translates into me being clever is another matter, but I do really like blue!
But then should I just choose by preferred colour? Because whilst I do like blue, I particularly liked the yellow scarves, and I like green much more than I like blue… It truly is a conundrum. It just seems like something every Harry Potter fan should know, and I really do want one of those House scarves I’ve seen around, so I’ll have to decide!
So do you know which Hogwarts house you’d be in? How did you decide? Or do you just buy the Harry Potter merch you like regardless of House?