By now, most of us will have completed the Pottermore sorting hat quiz, the one true quiz to finally answer the question you've been wondering since you first learned of the four Hogwarts houses. Despite the Sorting Hat, sadly, being fictional, Potter lovers can now rejoice after scientific research has proved that you may actually have some of the personality traits of your favorite house!
Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins all produced some interesting results, however those of you sorted in Gryffindor remain a little more mysterious.
The study appeared in the journal Personality and Individual Difference and findings were very interesting, take a look:
How is the study done?
Researchers asked 132 volunteers who had been sorted into houses on the Pottermore website to complete a more in-depth assessment which measured the "the Big Five traits, need to belong, need for cognition, and the Dark Triad traits — narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy."
Researchers found that the majority of the volunteers were happy with the house they had already been sorted into, indicating that they felt they had been sorted into a place where they belonged.
So what does my house say about me?
The results of the study found that those that associated with Ravenclaw were higher in the personality measure called "need for cognition." A higher measure in need for cognition is associated with things such as appreciation of debate, idea evaluation and problem solving - basically meaning that its members perfectly match the Ravenclaw characteristics of wit, learning and wisdom.
Meanwhile Hufflepuffs were found to be more agreeable, though not more conscientious or having a need to belong.
Slytherins ranked highly in the Dark Triad traits:
Meanwhile it was a little harder to categorize those sorted into Gryffindor, the study did find that those who wanted to be sorted into Gryffindor showed heightened extraversion, but those who actually ended up in Gryffindor did not.
What does it all mean?
Well it certainly means that the Sorting Hat knew what it was doing! Co-author of the study Laura Crystel told the Stetson University Press:
"For the most part, our hypotheses were supported. We found that Rowling's sorting quiz taps into some of the traits that personality psychologists measure."
In addition to this, The Atlantic noted that the results of this study meshed well with the "narrative collection-assimilation hypothesis," which predicted that readers could begin to identify with certain groups portrayed in literature simply by reading about them. Research that tied Harry Potter readers with being more tolerant of marginalized groups certainly works well with this theory too.
The findings for Gryffindor house also showed something interesting, showing that sorting doesn't only show fixed personality traits, but a desire to be or become a particular sort of person. Pottermore users were self-selecting their houses - much like Harry at the beginning of the series, despite possessing the traits for Slytherin, he self-selected Gryffindor because that was what he desired.