When a distressed Harry Potter fan contacted J.K. Rowling on Twitter over a Sorting Hat crisis, the author confirmed that Hybrid Hogwarts Houses are a thing.
Twitter user Dominika tweeted J.K. Rowling this week about an issue: A few years ago Pottermore sorted her into Slytherin, but after taking the test more recently she was placed into Hufflepuff.
What does this mean? Which is she in?!
The Harry Potter author assigned Dominka “Slytherpuff”, a mash-up of the two Hogwarts Houses. In other words, a Hybrid Hogwarts House. Rowling noted that these types of assignments are “incredibly rare” and congratulated Dominika on the achievement:
@__dominika You're a Slytherpuff. They're incredibly rare, so well done.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 26, 2015
J.K. Rowling’s acknowledgement of a Hybrid Hogwarts House assignment changes everything. She went out of her way to specifically mention the existence of “Slytherpuff” — it’s not like Dominika asked if “Slytherpuff” is a thing.
Now we have a few big questions: Is this canon? How does Hogwarts handle this type of issue? Do hybrid students split time in the two common rooms? What do they do about their Hogwarts attire? JO. WE MUST KNOW.
Don’t worry, everyone. I’m leading the investigation:
— Andrew Sims (@sims) August 28, 2015
Earlier this month Hypable created a Hybrid Hogwarts House quiz to figure out which two houses you belong in. We teamed up with Nicole at CrestCrossed who created some wonderful Hybrid Hogwarts House art. Here’s what she made for Slytherpuff:
J.K. Rowling has previously acknowledged the existence of a “Hatstall”, which is when the Sorting Hat takes over five minutes to decide where someone belongs. In a Hatstall, the Sorting Hat will take the student’s personal preference into account (Known Hatstalls include Professor McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew). However, the author has never suggested that a person could be in two Houses simultaneously… until today.