What Your Preferred ‘Harry Potter’ House Says About Your Personality

Apparently muggles have a little bit of magical power after all — at least when it comes to understanding their own personality. According to a recent small study from Stetson University, the University of Washington, Tacoma, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and University of Florida, the fictional Harry Potter house we identify with may offer clues into our own character traits.

The Background
In Harry Potter, students who attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry are sorted into one of four houses. Gryffindor members are known for their bravery and heroism; those who belong to Hufflepuff are regarded as friendly and fair; Ravenclaw residents are touted as witty and intelligent; and kids sorted into Slytherin are understood to be ambitious and cunning.

After the series ended, author J.K. Rowling launched an interactive website called Pottermore, where fans could take their own personality test of sorts to see which house they would belong in if they attended the wizarding school. The study authors examined these questionnaires and Pottermore users’ results to help inform their own research.

The Setup
Researchers examined the housing placements of 132 Harry Potter fans who already took the sorting quiz on Pottermore. They then compared them with the participants’ scores on additional questionnaires, based on the Big Five personality measures (such as agreeableness and extroversion); “need for cognition,” which refers to intellectual engagement, “need to belong,” meaning social acceptance motivation; and the Dark Triad traits (narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism) to see if there was an association or link between the two results.

The Findings
The researchers found that for the most part, people’s personality traits aligned with the stereotypes for each Harry Potter house. Those who identified as Hufflepuffs scored high in agreeableness, Ravenclaws had a positive association with a need for cognition, and Slytherins scored highest when it —> Read More