- Katey Psencik American-Statesman Staff
Hey, TIME Magazine said it, not us.
For the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter novel, TIME worked with the Cambridge University Department of Psychology to create its own Sorting Hat quiz (though there’s no competing with the O.G. quiz on Pottermore, created by Queen J.K. Rowling herself).
Since Monday’s anniversary, nearly 330,000 people have taken the quiz and contributed their results to research, so the magazine decided to put that research to good use: By figuring out which Hogwarts house each U.S. state would be sorted into.
And, folks, turns out we’re Slytherin. In fact, most of the southern states skew Slytherin, including our neighbors in New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. Texas also had far more Gryffindors than the national average, but fewer Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws than other states.
So what does that mean for Texas? Well, it’s not all bad. Slytherins really get a bad rap, after all. According to Pottermore, “Slytherin produces more than its share of Dark wizards, but also turns out leaders who are proud, ambitious and cunning.” In fact, the famous wizard Merlin was actually a Slytherin.
So there you have it.
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