Hogwarts’ darker side: the Sorting
The greatest darkness within Hogwarts, however, was not the evil within people. Not the callous cruelty of Gryffindors, the mind games of the Slytherins, the revenge cycles perpetuated by Hufflepuffs or even the dispassionate calculations and experiments of the Ravenclaws.
The greatest evil was far more insidious.
Every year forty children were labelled for the rest of their lives. Forty eleven year olds were told that they were only this and nothing more.
Forty children would learn that all their actions could be attributed to this one set of traits. That Gryffindors could not be cunning and ambitious - even if they were. That Slytherins could not be loyal even when they stood by each other with all the ferociousness of Spartan warriors. That Hufflepuffs could not be cruel, even when they poured out the blood of the minions of their enemies. That Ravenclaws would never overcome their fondness of neutrality to take a firm stand, even when they did.
Forty children, thirty of whom would never be taught to think about the darkness within them.
Thirty children who would later learn how to silence those who told tales of their darker deeds.
Children who would now learn to shrug and say this is who we are, we cannot change. Children who now knew that their actions were all inevitable. Predestined by the colours they wore.
The greatest evil was this: that the young were slotted and labelled, told that their actions were not their own and they would never change.
And so they grew up unbending, unchanging, uncritical and blind. Blind to the complexities and paradoxes of life. Blind to those who were not like them. Blind to the views of all except their own.
Blind to the histories and pasts that went into the choices of those who were not their own, they whispered, this is who they are, they will never change.
Blind to all but four words: brave, loyal, intelligent, ambitious.
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