Visiting Pottermore, Visiting My Younger Self

Recently I signed in Pottermore, after a long time. I signed up to Pottermore when I was 18. I got redwood wand with unicorn hair and was sorted to Hufflepuff.

Mr. Ollivander, the wand maker describe redwood wand, “Wand-quality redwood is in short supply, yet constant demand, due to its reputation for bringing good fortune to its owner. As is usually the case with wandlore, the general populace have the truth back to front: redwood wands are not themselves lucky, but are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, to snatch advantage from catastrophe. The combination of such a witch or wizard with a redwood wand is always intriguing, and I generally expect to hear of exciting exploits when I send this special pairing out from my workshop. “

My 18 year-old self didn’t have a lot of hard time and it means that I didn’t “fall”, I didn’t find difficulty to make choice, and I couldn’t snatch advantage from catastrophe since there wasn’t any catasrophe. As I grow up, I experience some hard time. I even “get lost” and fail more often. That way, I try to “fall on my feet”. I also make a lot of mistakes and from those mistakes I actually learn to make right choice. Later, I will be able to snatch advantage from catastrophe.

I have unicorn hair as wand core and the description is, “Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.

“Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.”

I may seem good and nice on the surface but inside I can be dark and conflicted so when I found out that my wand had unicorn hair, which is the most difficult to turn to Dark Arts, I thought, “Am I really that nice?” However, even Draco Malfoy had wand with unicorn hair and he wasn’t considered a nice guy.

I wasn’t surprised when I was sorted into Hufflepuff. In fact, I wanted to be a Hufflepuff. Some Hufflepuff qualities are hardworking, loyal, and just. My 18 year-old self had those qualities, especially hardworking but now I think that I don’t work so hard as I did and suddenly I feel like a “disgrace” to Hufflepuff. Maybe someday I will find out that I am a true Hufflepuff like Harry did Gryffindor after he pulled Gryffindor sword out of the Sorting Hat.


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