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Should a Slytherin Date a Gryffindor?

Should a Slytherin Date a Gryffindor?

By now, most of us have taken the new and improved Sorting Hat quiz from Pottermore, and have a more accurate understanding of what house we belong to. But after knowing where you fit (and going through a mini identity crisis after being sorted Slytherin after years of thinking yourself a Gryffindor–or was that just me), it’s time to consider the day-to-day life as a member of your new house.

One of those aspects of daily life is dating. With potential partners from your own house as well as the other three houses, it can feel almost overwhelming. In the Harry Potter books we see a few of the inter-house relationships at Hogwarts with Cedric (Hufflepuff) and Cho (Ravenclaw)–and even Harry’s crush on Cho, but not a great deal of it.

So the question is, what houses are more romantically compatible? Are there houses that are likely to never work in a romantic relationship, and some that are perfect for each other? Thankfully the wizards over at Mugglenet took a bit of a deep dive into the characteristics of each house, and matched the most compatible houses together.

In case you’ve forgotten, here are some of the key characteristics of the four Hogwarts houses. A Gryffindor is tends to be brave, daring, and chivalrous. Slytherin are resourceful, ambitious, and clever. Hufflepuff are loyal, accepting, and patient. People sorted Ravenclaw are witty, competitive, and love to learn. So how does all that shake out in the dating world?

Unsurprisingly, Mugglenet tells us that Slytherins often are best dating other Slytherin. After all, Slytherins are extremely loyal to one another, and can often prioritize one another over people outside of their house. When it comes to Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Gryffindors; it seems that a Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor would likely gravitate towards a Hufflepuff because their opposing natures would compliment the relationship well. A Hufflepuff would likely gravitate towards a Gryffindor because both Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors put great value in doing the right thing.

But are those really perfect matches? As a Slytherin myself, I feel like Mugglenet’s results hinge on that negative image us Slytherin are constantly having to deal with of being elitist, back-stabbing, and out-for-themselves jerks. (Seriously, you produce one measly Dark Lord who nearly destroys the entire Muggle and Wizarding World and your entire house is suddenly blackballed.)

I also wonder how a Ravenclaw and a Gryffindor would do in a relationship. With a Ravenclaw’s intelligence and a Gryffindor’s bravery, they could accomplish some awesome stuff together. Additionally, I think the big takeaway here is that Hufflepuff is the house to be in if you want your pick of potential dating partners, as Hufflepuff was first choice for both Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. Of course, with so many Potterheads migrating towards identifying as a hybrid of houses, it’s harder to say with any sort of absolute certainty which houses absolutely aren’t right for the other. While a wizard’s wand chooses the wizard, a meaningful wizard romance can take a bit more work and self-discovery.

What house are you? Do you prefer to identify yourself as a member of one house, or are you more comfortable with a hybrid house? Which houses do you think are best suited for dating, and which do you think should keep away from the others? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

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