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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 12:43 pm, October 11, 2012

During her Harry Potter webchat today streamed live online (it was the first in years), J.K. Rowling revealed which Pottermore house she was in.

The house is… Gryffindor!

“I logged on, I’m now on Pottermore as a regular user. That’s how I check what’s going on – even though I’m not going to give my username. I went through the sorting. I had a moment… I thought, ‘Hey, I’m not sure if I answered the questions, I answered honestly, to get me into Gryffindor.’ But yes, I am in Gryffindor.”

In the web chat, a fan then asked what she has to say to people who are disappointed they’re in Hufflepuff. “Hufflepuff is my favorite house in some ways,” responded Jo. “There comes a point in the book where each house has a chance to rise up to a certain challenge [she didn't want to spoil it]. The Slytherins decided they’d rather not play, the Ravenclaws – some play, some won’t, but the Hufflepuffs stay to fight. The Gryffindors – compromised of lots of full hearty and show off people. The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason. They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless, that’s the essence of Hufflepuff.”

“My daughter Jessica said to me recently, who wasn’t sorted into Hufflepuff, ‘I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.’ I can only say to you, I would not be disappointed at all to be in Hufflepuff. I’m a little upset anyone does feel that way.”

Since its opening, there had been some debate over whether or not Pottermore is assigning you a house based on the questions you answer. This is because the house member counts are virtually even, and it seems extremely strange that the Pottermore users would fill up each house perfectly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.soor Nicole Soor

    Wow, that is the quickest news post I’ve ever seen, :D loving JK Rowling’s webchat! <3

  • Snow

    Wow you guys are quick! She just said this on the webchat.

  • sisi

    HELL YEAH GRYFFINDOR!!!!!!!! #gryffindorpride

  • Katie

    You guys are quick! Thanks so much!
    But I think she said “fool-hardy”, not “full hearty”?

    • Gary65

      And it’s spelled “reckless”.

      • awakemysoul

        Also, I think it should be “comprised of” not “compromised of”

  • Zemmer

    I hope this little tidbit give all those who were sorted into Hufflepuff and stoped using Pottermore to go and give Hufflepuff a House Cup win!

  • http://twitter.com/Siriusnerd007 Kristen Keys

    I love that the kid asked her that question! Priceless!

  • Dancergirlmelody

    It’s just statistics that the houses are almost even. If you flip a coin enough times you’ll get heads roughly 50% of the time and tails roughly 50% of the time. I’m surprised no one else seems to realize this, just google it :) Oh, and very proud Hufflepuff here, it makes me sad when people hate on my house :(

    • ATrueRavenclaw

      Hey, that’s not correct math. That only works when you use a fair coin (which is basically assuming that the users of Pottermore will be evenly distributed among their true houses). If the true distribution is not even (and I don’t suspect that it is), that is like using a weighted coin, and the house totals should be approaching their true distribution, not just 50%. Its fine to claim that you think the sorting is accurate, but don’t abuse math to make yourself look more credible!

      • Hermione Granger

        But isn’t the point then that we don’t know if the true distribution is even or not? The fact that people are being distributed evenly on Pottermore could just be showing that people are in fact, distributed evenly by Jo’s concept of sorting. Personally I believe this–in the books there are almost the same number of people in each house for each year… even almost an equal number of boys and girls. Perhaps Jo created each houses to describe about 1/4 of the human population. We also know the boundaries of the houses are fuzzy enough that this seems to work. The trio are completely different from each other in most ways, yet they are all sorted into the same house. I think it’s an inadequate knowledge of the exact way sorting works that’s causing so much confusion.

        • PotionWillow207

          it depends on how you are considering “different.” They like different things, yes. They have different hobbies, and they have different personalities. But when it comes down to the Gryffindor house attributes they aren’t different. If they were, they would not have been sorted into Gryffindor. And I seriously doubt that Jo sorts the human population so evenly. More likely she arranged the Hogwarts houses that way because it was convenient and easier to keep track of throughout the series. Not everything has to have a deeper meaning. Sometimes things are exactly what they seem to be.

          • Kashaa

            ‘But when it comes down to the Gryffindor house attributes they aren’t
            different. If they were, they would not have been sorted into
            Gryffindor.’

            That’s exactly what Hermione Granger means when she says the boundaries of the houses are fuzzy. It depends on *how* you look at it – even Jo herself admitted that Hermione could have ended up in Ravenclaw. There must be many people from other houses who are AMAZINGLY brave – their intelligence or loyalty or ambition could just trump their bravery by a very tiny amount. So yes, the boundaries *are* fuzzy. And that’s the beauty of it because, that way, it works.

    • Lena Propp

      Coins don’t have memories. If you flip a coin ten times you have roughly a 24.1 percent chance of it being 50/50. You have a 40 percent chance of 60/40, 20 for 6 heads 4 tails and 20 for 6 tails 4 heads.

  • http://twitter.com/NickyisAMonster Nicole Incognito

    i was actually hoping to have been sorted into Hufflepuff but alas, i was sorted to Ravenclaw :) pottermore: HallowQuest105

  • Amy

    Well…the house tallies aren’t THAT even. Even in this picture, there are about 60,000 more Hufflepuffs than there are Ravenclaws.

  • Lindsey

    I’m a Hufflepuff through and through :}

  • Ailene

    this made me happy. about time people realize it’s a GREAT THING to a hufflepuff.

  • Raye

    Dang, I thought she was a Hufflepuff. Guess it was only a rumor.
    Didn’t anybody else hear that?

    Well, this is an awesome post. Hufflepuff IS what we all strive to be: Good people. People who don’t see that won’t experience life.

    Even Dumbledore learns to become a Hufflepuff. (He was “Bad” as a Gryffindor, but then when he gives up power willingly, and then fights for the TRUE “Greater Good”, not the powerhungry “greater good” he wins the elder wand).
    Even Neville learns to be a Hufflepuff in a way- and marries one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kdetato Kym Detato

      Yes, on Pottermore it told me she was a Hugflepuff in the house info I was given….I’m sad that wasn’t true :(

      • Raye

        Hmm. I guess JK Rowling herself made separate accounts as well! Hmmm. (lol, jk)

        Don’t know why that started. :/ But as they said, everybody should want to be a Hufflepuff. Every good person is learning how, and every “bad guy” is too afraid to.

    • Astraea

      It’s a rumor, and one that comes from JKR mentioning back in 2007 that she was Sorted into Hufflepuff on a non-Pottermore fanmade quiz – and she wasn’t happy about it. Here’s the full quote:

      “Twice I’ve been on the Internet. Friends of mine were telling me what was on there and I’d never gone looking. The first time I went in there I thought I’m never coming back because it’s too scary because some of the stuff that’s out there is very weird.

      The second time I went in there I was looking for something specific, someone had set up an unofficial fan site where you could be sorted – they had the sorting hat and you could be sorted into a house, so I was Hufflepuff. I wasn’t that pleased – obviously I’m supposed to be Gryffindor, if anyone’s Gryffindor I’m supposed to be Gryffindor.”

  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    I could have sworn she had already announced last year what house she was in per the Pottermore launch…?

    • Astraea

      It used to be in her FAQ on her old website, but disappeared with the redesign.

  • rsprague

    Proud Hufflepuff. I’m glad Jo has such a high opinion of the strong silent types. I always thought I was a Ravenclaw, then I got sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore, read the House synopsis, and concluded that I most definitely Hufflepuff through and through.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Thank you, Jo! I have always been proud to be a Hufflepuff, and anyone who says that Hufflepuff is for losers is NOT loyal to Harry or our Queen.

  • Jen

    yay, we’re house buddies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krys831 Krystol Grayson

    I’ve been a proud Puff for years. It is the best house (IMO) and there is no way I would ever want to be in any other. Who doesn’t want to be considered a good and true friend, a hard worker, loyal?

    • Lottie

      True, true. My friend was in Hufflepuff and denial, which is annoying because every time she got sorted into Hufflepuff she deleted the account and started again. Then she got sorted into Slytherin, and things just got ugly from there…

      • Abram Berry

        That’s horrible!

  • RJack

    Just think…you could be friends with JKR and not even know it…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1518152692 Chelsea Clark

      that’s exactly what i was thinking. ;)

    • PotionWillow207

      I think that’s highly unlikely. I doubt very much that she’s friends anyone unless she knows them. Like with her Twitter and her Facebook.

  • LillyCPB

    Badgers FTW!!! I’ve been a Hufflepuff since I got in to Pottermore, and I have LOVED every minute of it. So, suck on that haters!!

  • Betty

    Doesn’t anyone think that in the books the sorting hat tries to keep the houses semi-even as well? I think the sorting is accurate, but does take into account that you need to have basically even houses. Otherwise everyone would be sleeping in the Gryffindor common room on couches while Huffelpuff had empty beads. I think the hat looks at each person, but if you fit into more than one house well (which almost everyone does) it will put you where it has some space. I think this is probably the case in the books too

  • GinnyWeasley002

    Proud Gryffindor, but I would’ve LOVED to be in Hufflepuff! They’re amazing!

  • mtlss

    I adore being in Gryffindor because I’ve always imagined myself there but come on, Cedric was a Hufflepuff and he was awesome. And a great finder.

  • RisikaFox

    The reason each House has roughly the same number of users is because
    most people create three extra accounts so they can be a member of EVERY
    House.

    • Lily Luna 7

      So true.

  • Wes Oxford

    I have always been a self sorted Hufflepuff… but then Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw… I don’t think I’ve been back to it since.

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    I still wouldn’t like to be sorted in Hufflepuff.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    WOOOO HUFFLEPUFF! Wait, can I be a Hufflepuff AND want to show off about it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ben.mclemore.7 Ben McLemore

      you most certainly can! i do! lol

  • http://misshermionejeangranger.tumblr.com/ Ruxandra

    I love hufflepuffs, I am a gryffindor though and it’s definitely not random because I’ve taken the test 6 times because of paranoia and every single time I am sorted into gryffindor.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    At first I was a bit sad that I wasn’t in Ravenclaw but I’m really proud to be a Puff. People always make fun of Hufflepuff, and I know it’s all in good fun, but what people don’t realize is that they’re making fun of loyalty and friendship and humility which are the characteristics of a Puff. Slytherin has ambition, Gryffindor has bravery, and Ravenclaw has intelligence. Hufflepuff has the least amount of dark wizards and we’re actually really smart too (Cedric, remember?). Hufflepuffs are just easy to make fun of though cuz really, What the hell is a Hufflepuff?

    • Raye

      We (Puffs) are above labels. Jokes don’t affect us, because well, we’re secure in our own self-image. We can laugh at ourselves, and not retaliate because it doesn’t hurt.

      Everyone is a Hufflepuff in Training. Just look at all the characters, and the ones who reach self-actualization either developed Hufflepuff-like tendencies, or Married a Puff. (Lol, I’m meaning Neville and Lupin.)

      Puff and Proud!!!

  • Kristin

    my guess is that the sorting questions narrow you down to two houses and it puts you in the one that needs more people at the time

  • Lucija

    Hufflepuff and PROUD!

  • Hermione Granger

    As a Ravenclaw I have to say I admire Helga Hufflepuff, her legacy and her concept of teaching so much. In some way, we really should all desire to have Hufflepuff qualities like loyalty, hard work and kindness. When Helga said she’d “teach the lot” and “treat them just the same”, she didn’t mean she wanted the castaways who weren’t brave, smart or ambitious enough–she was channeling the idea of complete equality, a concept she seemed to accept long before others. That it doesn’t matter what you’re good at, as much as it matters that you use your skills to do good in the world. That is an impressive and unconventional notion–especially for 1000 AD!

    • digigirl02

      Amen to that. Even though I am also a Ravenclaw, I do admire Hufflepuff’s qualities.

    • Harry Potter

      But you’re a Gryffindor.. like me!

  • Delena

    There are so many people on Pottermore, the number of house members are bound to be close together. Look at Hogwarts- there’s even less of them and the houses are pretty much even. Also, I’ve always been a Gryffindor, but I do think that Hufflepuff is the most admirable house. Us other houses just make fun of them cause we’re jealous. I mean, Gryffindors can be cocky asses, Slytherins can be prejudice and/or self-centred, Ravenclaws can be snooty know-it-alls, but Hufflepuff? What’s their problem? That they’re too nice? The other houses didn’t know what to say about them, so all they could come up with is ‘uhhh…all you guys are stupid! And you’re babies!” and I suppose that stereotype stuck. Now of course, I know not everyone in those houses can be those negative traits and I know not all Hufflepuffs are perfect, sweet, helping angels, but generally speaking I think that’s what this is all about. However, I still am 100% proud to be a Gryffindor. I just also have a great amount of respect for all you Hufflepuffs.

  • Cass

    If she’s so fond of Puff, why did she give us such a boring common room that we have to CRAWL into (not easy to do in robes, btw).

  • RumbleroarLuna

    I think though, really, JKR is a combination of all four.If you think about it, she’s definitely clever, definitely brave, everyone has a little bit of Hufflepuff at least (plus, it suits her), and cunning… could fit. Or maybe another Slytherin trait, but I have a headache and therefore don’t want to think too hard.

  • luna97831

    Shocker.

  • Carrie89

    Just a thought about the Pottermore house users…weren’t the house pretty even in the books? Up until book 6 (after the OWLs), every time it mentioned the Gryffindors having a class with another house, there were 20 stations (cauldrons, brooms, earmuffs) set up, which means there were about the same number of students in each house each year.

    So maybe the Pottermore sorting isn’t 100% accurate, but it actually does match the books pretty well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1488158880 Patty Carlie Presley

    I was happy I got sorted into Hufflepuff. How could you be unhappy with where you’re placed unless you’re trying too hard to be in a certain house? I answered honestly and I’m happy where I ended up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andreas-Engh/890085594 Andreas Engh

    I’m a proud Ravenclaw. I see that many Hufflepuffs are dissappointed to be one. However, I’m not sure why a lot of people don’t want to be. Not that I wanted to be one, but I don’t know what’s bad about them.

    Students belonging to this house are known to be hard-working, friendly,
    loyal, honest and rather impartial. It may be that due to their values,
    Hufflepuffs are not as competitive as the other houses, or are more
    modest about their accomplishments.

    That seems actually like really great people. And Cedric was one of the Triwizard challengers and a Hufflepuff. He was a quite talented wizard even tough he didn’t stand a chance against Voldemort.

    Hufflepuffs are able to do great things, but they don’t want any credit for it. They just do their best and are loyal. Not the people who gets into fights or arguments. Who could feel ashamed of being such hard-working, friendly and loyal person?

    If you need someone to count on, you need to find a Hufflepuff.

  • HexShadow12516

    Lol, I’m Slytherin and proud. :) No matter what anyone may say.

  • caolan

    for all the years i love harry potter, i never really thought about what house i was in which was quite strange, but i feel really proud that i am now a Hufflepuff

  • Vannessa

    People seem to hate being in Ravenclaw, it has the least students on my last check. Although I’m a proud Gryffindor, I wouldn’t mind being in Ravenclaw, thought I don’t have the brains :) So what’s wrong with Ravenclaw? Shouldn’t you take it as a compliment that you got put in that house? Doesn’t that mean your brain are filled then more than fluff or dead flies?

    • Astraea

      There’s nothing wrong with Ravenclaw – but there is something wrong with the Sorting Hat. In Italian, German, and Spanish, you can’t get Ravenclaw no matter what your answers; it’s a serious bug and has existed since April, meaning that most non-Beta foreign-language users literally could not be Sorted into Ravenclaw (and still can’t, unless they Sort in English or French.)

  • digigirl02

    Hufflepuff is awesome and always been one of my favorite houses besides Ravenclaw (which I am, so no complaints there.) and is defintely underrated.

  • Gryff

    I always get sorted into Gryffindor… But Hufflepuff might just be my favorite house because they are: loyal, friendly, impartial, humble and generally hard-working. Plus they had Cedric – who was considered not only very handsome, but also humble, down to earth, nice, smart, athletic and brave. The reason why the house doesn’t stand out as much in the Harry Potter series is because the book is focused more on the characters from Gryffindor and Slytherin (who are more competitive with each other). However some great characters come from Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw too. Tonks is a great example of a loyal, friendly and brave Hufflepuff. I think anyone who gets “sorted” into Hufflepuff should be proud! Hufflepuff has great and versatile qualities. They also tend to be generally accepting of others and are more modest about their achievements. All admirable qualities! In the end I think that all the houses are equally good and they all have positive + negative qualities (For example: Gryffindors can be brave but also potentially reckless and arrogant. Slytherins can be resourceful and determined but also potentially cunning and self-centered. Ravenclaws can be intelligent and creative/unique but also potentially inconsiderate and too competitive. Hufflepuffs can be the most best people in the world with admirable qualities like humility and loyaly but they can a be harder to “label” because their qualities vary). In the end there’s no use trying desperately to fit into a house just because you think its cool, you should just be honest with yourself and see the good in all of them. I think there would be an equal amount of people in each house.

  • Lottie

    I was actually in denial about Slytherin (MoM: “Who we fighting for?Gryffindor!/We’re a force you can’t ignore!/This is battle; this is war!” Ron(in movie): “There’s not a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.”)… then I felt better about it, especially since I empathize with Severus Snape… now I feel a bit… deprecated… by some of the comments here :-( maybe I shouldn’t have read Harry Potter so young…

  • Kai E. Mcneilly

    I was so torn about answering the questions. I did answer honestly- but I was always two minds about my choices- both being honest ones. What WOULD I do? And what did I WANT to do?
    For instance, I know it’s better to be Good, But I’d like to be Bold. But Being bold could be wrong at times. Evil people can Bold. I’d rather know I was a good person in the end – who did what is right no matter how hard, then a Bold evil person who does what they want. It’s strange how your answers can be twisted. This is why I think if I had chosen what I WANT- and not what I’d do, the answer could be something else. The more I think about this complex the more I’m not sure if I’d either be Hufflepuff, OR a Gryffindor.

  • Kai E. Mcneilly

    uuugh and my suspicions are confirmed where as if I picked the other choices I WANT- not what I’d DO, I end up a Griffindor! So what does that say about me? I’m a griffindor- but I act as a hufflepuff because I must? This will be interesting to see through.

  • LumosFeather602

    I wonder if she is on the leaderboards or ever in the house common room chatting? It would be awesome to duel J.K. Rowling

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