While not on adventures with the gang, Rocket Raccoon tends to the growing Groot all the while teaching him more English than his basic 3 word vocabulary. Groot learns how to speak in simple yet understandable sentences but still uses his favorite 3 word vocabulary just to mess with everyone.
"I have always loved to create art. When I was in fifth grade, my art teacher called me the "Queen of Colors" and that further encouraged me me to continue working on my dream to become an artist. After graduating from a high school specialized on art and textile design, I majored at art in college. My field of specialty is watercolor and oil because I love the fluidity this medium enables me to capture.
I consider interpreting the beauty of the natural and the man-made world my mission in life because I hope to bring joy to people.”
Well, I won’t tell a bold Gryffindor, curious Ravenclaw, determined Hufflepuff or secret-seeking Slytherin not to explore. You would not listen, so it would be pointless. But it is best not to go where the flowers fade into dense undergrowth and fog coalesces between the trees. The centaurs, you see, do not often appreciate company.
The whole point of this is that people from all four houses are gonna want to do it. Sometimes I tend to wonder if the houses are just four separate paths to similar ends. This has meta problems — it seems to make everything predestined. HP was gonna be HP no matter where he ended up, and the same for Draco Malfoy, and Luna, and all of them.
But the truth is that sometimes I just don’t buy so much that the Sorting should have any kind of meaning at all. It’s like a game of, “Which set of obstacles would you prefer? Which pros and cons look most palatable to you?”
It’s been like years and years since I picked these books up and I still don’t know what to say about the stupid Sorting Hat.
Well. Besides this. That’s pretty spot-on.
Now I know why this post suddenly blew up. Heh, if I end up being known only for my antagonism towards the sorting hat, I’ll be fine with that…
I can say I’ve never seen it expressed quite so well: “which set of obstacles would you prefer?” Because there is no other way I can take the concept of the hat seriously anymore. No one is a fully formed person at eleven, no one. And since the founders were EDUCATORS, I feel this should have occurred to them. So slotting kids into such tight-knit, specific categories almost feels like a handicap, a challenge… or even a lesson.
Everything at Hogwarts is a lesson. The lake isn’t just a lake, an ancient civilization lives in it. The portraits tell stories. The students are taught gamp’s laws and then sent off to eat dinner every day in a hall where food magically pops onto their plates: where did it come from? It may or may not be intentional, but there is a philosophical or educational quandry behind almost every aspect of life at the castle. If I felt like being generous towards Gryffindor (which seldom happens) I would say he thought it through before making the hat, and that he intended it as a statement to the students. “These are the qualities you value. Now look how limiting it is to place emphasis on nothing else. Look at the missed connections.” But more likely, Gryffindor (my idea of him anyway) thought nothing of the sort and the lesson comes from Hogwarts itself. Hogwarts is a benevolent and slightly unhinged godmother pulling all the loose strings of hazardous, sketchy magical living into some semblance of a tapestry with purpose.
OMG. I love this and I love this take on Hogwarts.
Chapter 35 - Beyond the Veil
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Guys, remember that time Neville couldn’t get his wand to work so he stabbed a motherfucker in the eye?