everyone stop fighting
just stop it
leave it to the cute little puppies
has someone ever asked you a question, but the way that they phrased the question illustrated to you that they have such a deep lack of understanding of the subject that you’d have to spend so much energy explaining the answer to them
and then you just say….
"nah, i’m sorry I don’t know"
I was embarrassed for submitting the ask but now I’m upset that I didn’t take credit for it.
Anonymous said: What Harry Potter house do you think Misha would be in?
That’s a super tough question.
He’s brave and stubborn, like a Gryffindor.
He’s smart and witty, like a Ravenclaw.
He’s friendly and kind, like a Hufflepuff.
And he’s ambitious and devious, like a Slytherin.
The Sorting Hat is going to spend a long time on this one.
I agree with all of these points… which I’m pretty sure means that by HP universe rules, the predominant character trait and/or the one valued highest by the person actually being sorted is going to determine which house they ultimately end up in. In which case I’m gonna go with Hufflepuff.
Ah, but question is what house would 11-year-old Misha want, not grown-man Misha. So what was Misha like at 11? What did he value?
- "I was fat when I was little [….] I weighed the same when I was eleven as I did when I started college. […] and I wore plaid polyester pants with plastic boots. […] I got beat up some, but I don’t think it was terribly satisfying for anyone." (source)
- "the kind of stuff I used to do to my Mom was just terrible. I was a horrible, horrible son.” (source)
- "We were on welfare and very poor for some time and we were homeless for a while. When I was eleven, we were taken in by [friends who let us live on their] farm for several months. They were unbelievably generous with us. They gave us essentially room and board for months because they knew we didn’t have a place to go, and they enabled us to feel like we weren’t a burden there, by allowing me to work on the farm and to earn my keep. Of course at eleven, I was completely useless and probably more in the way than anything, but it was just like an extension of their kind act to allow me to think that I wasn’t a burden there, and so I would go out in the field and transplant leeks and rake hay into rows and things like that." (source)
- "I didn’t really quite fit into any groups. I wasn’t a stoner. I tried repeatedly to smoke pot and enjoy it and failed every time. I was kind of geeky but wasn’t a nerd, because nerds do extremely well in school, and that wasn’t my style." (source)
"I had planned to be a senator when I grew up. […] I was going to go to law school and be a contributing member of society and I’ve given all that up." (source)
- "Nuclear holocaust was a big [fear] for me. My mom was very sort of politically active, and we were always going to like nuclear freezone protests, and she wanted me to stay educated about it, so she was always talking about the prospect of nuclear obliteration. And it really started to freak me out. For some reason, when I was growing up, bright sunny days, with beautiful weather, I was horrified. Like, I would go into depressive spells. Like, “This is all going to be completely gone when we all go up in a ball of fire.” So that was a big one for me. I used to have nightmares constantly." (source)
- " my younger brother, we grew up in Massachusetts. My parents split up when I was three and my mom moved across the state, a hundred miles away from my dad, and every other weekend we would go visit him on the bus. We would take the Englander bus line and go see my dad. It was a long bus ride, three hours. […] And as we got older, on the return trip my dad would give us the money for the bus, and we’d be like, dad we’ll take the train and the bus, you relax, and then we’d just go down to the interstate I-90 […] and we’d hitchhike home, and have pocket money. We started doing that when I was like eleven and he was nine. Anyway, seriously though, hot tip: as an adult, I have tried to hitchhike a few times, I’ve had some weird and unpleasant experiences. As a child, any kids in the audience: if you’re a kid hitchhiking it is a cinch. Everybody will pick up a kid with his thumb up on the side of the interstate. So just keep that in mind." (source)
I think, given Misha’s ambition and cunning, that he fits into Slytherin more than any other house. I also think that he wouldn’t want to be in Slytherin (and with his family background, he’d hardly fit in), and that he’d request Gryffindor because, you know, it looks better on a resume than Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.
Vicki would definitely be a Gryffindor. In fact, she has a lot of Hermione-like traits.
Also, I love that we’re having this conversation.
idk, he’s also said that the acts of kindness others showed him and his family when he was young always struck him and changed his life, so his high regard for kindness might overrule his desire for “a good resume.” would he even know that gryffindor would probably look best? and why would employers think gryffindor better than hufflepuff, who are known to be hard workers? i would love love for misha to be in my house, but i’m not entirely convinced he would choose it
I think it took until he was about 21 before the “acts of kindness” thing started; before that, he and Vicki seemed more driven to change the world through social action rather than willing to stick to small acts of kindness. And he didn’t want a regular job; he wanted to be President. I think he’d see Gryffindor as being where the bold leaders come from. Plus, as a kid, he didn’t seem to value hard work at all; for example, the story his friend Darius told about how Misha would “deliver” newspapers on his route by chucking them in the bin to save time (which Misha justified by saying that “nobody wanted it, so nobody cared.”) I can’t see a Hufflepuff doing that.
I think he’d choose Hufflepuff now, but not when he was 11.
oh god I’m the anon who submitted this ask. I did not expect this.
let’s all take a minute to stop and think about how Hagrid gave Harry his homemade birthday cake, told him how much he looked like his parents, and fed him sausages before he even started to explain that he was a wizard
let’s stop to think about how his absolute first priority was to let harry know that he was loved and cared for