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MuggleMike 4/7/2011, 7:00 AM edit delete
I had a long internal debate as to whether or not to divide Thornsaddle's students into different houses. It never made much sense to me why Hogwarts' students were divided into groups based on personality traits. I mean, why force students into a clique? Don't they get a chance to find out who they are first? Does some random entity need to tell them who they are going to be? Literature is filled with characters trying to prove that they are better than what people dismiss them as. Childhood is such a malleable time. Personalities change. Most seventeen year olds aren't who they were when they were eleven. In fact, people are never really done discovering who they are. Let us not confine the students to a predefined life! Let them forge their own path and friendships!

Then I came up with the Sorting Sombrero, and all that went out the window.


The5thFromElbow2Wrist 4/7/2011, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
To your comment: Haha, dude, it's called "public school"

To your comic: Haha, I imagine the hat to have the same voice as El Guapo's henchman
Shaman 4/7/2011, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You know, this is my new guilty pleasure! No... not putting myself in a hat. The comic.

At first i was under the impression that it was "one of those" comics (fan comics, to be kind). But this is outrageously funny and yeah... i'm a closet fan of the Harry Potter movies... all of them... especially when i watch them all in a row.

Linden 4/7/2011, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
I think the sorting hat works in mysterious ways. Why was Peter Pettigrew placed in Gryffindor? No one knows.
Shaman 4/7/2011, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Linden- I think it's based on the character's potential at that time. I mean, why else would Yoda (of all people), let Anakin be trained as a Jedi? Unless i missed something... i'm not a trekkie, really LOL ;P
MuggleMike 4/7/2011, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
@The5thFromElbow2Wrist - Lol! Yes that's exactly the voice.

@Shaman - Thank you sooooo much! I really appreciate that.

Now, here's where it all gets nerdy.

@Linden - From what I've read in interviews with JK, the sorting hat is basically your own thoughts and concerns. You get put into the house you want to be in. Pettigrew was in Gryffindor because he wanted to be. Also, remember that Harry says to his son in the epilogue that the hat takes your choice into account.

@Shaman - The future for Anakin was clouded because of the anger and fear that was inside him. That's why Yoda didn't want him trained. Which is ridiculous. Why would you NOT train a person who has all this pent up anger and rage and, oh, is also THE MOST FORCE SENSITIVE BEING IN EXISTENCE EVER? "Naaaah, let's not train him to use the Force responsibly. As the Jedi council, let's just unleashed his raw anger unrestrained upon the world." Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan decided to train him no matter what. And he still turns out to be a jerk.
DreamSanguine 4/7/2011, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
I am enjoying this comic immensely! It's probably the second Potter-influenced story that I've liked, right after the impeccable 'Methods of Rationality'. Keep it up! I subscribed. :]
Shaman 4/7/2011, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
MuggleMike- Harry Potter gets a son??? LOL Well, good thing i like spoilers LOLOL :P

Oh yeah... Yoda DIDN'T want Anakin trained. It's been so long since i saw that movie LOL
MuggleMike 4/7/2011, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
@DreamSanguine - Thanks! :D We enjoy making it.

@Shaman - Oh no!!! I am sooo sorry. It's not really a big spoiler. It doesn't affect the main story. But I'll have to keep in mind not to say anything spoiler-ish in the future.
Xenocartographer 4/7/2011, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Consider me subscribed. ;}
MattsSmirk 4/7/2011, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Revolvers. Totally called it : D

See, this is my problem with BOTH schools of thought when it comes to force users. You are either encouraged to be a psychopath or a sociopath, which ends up being the very source of your power. Rage, Power, all this. But on the other hand there are the Jedi who are all about self control,to the point where you loose yourself, your very personality. In a way, the Jedi are very corporate. Especially if you look at the Knights of the old republic games. They are very rarely painted in a pleasant light.
Linden 4/7/2011, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Nah. I don't believe your choice matters much to the sorting hat. I'm a firm believer in that characters can be unreliable sources of information, so I'm skeptical about things. Additionally, parents sugarcoat the truth for their children, which I think is what Harry was actually doing.
Your choice is probably like 4% of the actual decision making process... or else nobody would be in Hufflepuff. For Harry, the 4% was the deal breaker. Instead, it might sort you by potential, that you can either fulfill or not because it could be said Neville didn't reach his full potential until the last couple books.
MuggleMike 4/7/2011, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
First off, I am floored by the all of the positive responses and all the feedback. You are all awesome.

@Biophysicist - Thank you!

@MattsSmirk - Yeah you kind of called it. Well done. I don't necessarily agree with your views on the Jedi, but I will defend with my life your right to believe it ;)

@Linden - I tend to take things as fact when characters give that kind of info. But I definitely see your point, especially about Harry and Neville. Nevertheless, you made fun of Hufflepuffs, and that earns you a special place in my heart :)
Shaman 4/8/2011, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
No worries, Mike ;)

Linden- Brilliant counter with the Huffs! Game, Set, Match!!! :P
J 5/9/2011, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
The more I think of it, it seems that the Houses were created by the 4 Greats of the wizarding scene back then coz they got a liiil bits too much of an ego, and needed themselves on banners and stuff, to be admired by a bunch of brainwashed groupies, each their own. And the Sorting Hat was an inside joke of the Big G turned into a mind-messing tradition ruining the lives of thousands of children for generations to come. All because of one drunken night at the Headmaster's Office. Jeez that sucks but ya know, that's how the world works. If you gots power, you gots power.
MuggleMike 5/11/2011, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
@J- lol
Estella 6/16/2011, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
I rememeber Dumbledore saying that he thought maybe they sorted too early :3
MuggleMike 6/21/2011, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
@Estella: I remember that too. He has a point.
TheSmilingPsycho 4/30/2012, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Lol. You're good at these.
MuggleMike 5/1/2012, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
:D Thanks for the comments! Glad you like the strips.