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Draco Malfoy actor just discovered he’s not really a Slytherin

There's another thing he no longer shares in common with his character.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 21, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:28 pm CDT

For Harry Potter fans, there may be nothing worse the identity crisis that comes when Pottermore puts you in a different Hogwarts house than you imagined yourself in.

It hit longtime fan and actress Evanna Lynch, who played fan favorite Luna Lovegood in the final four films, when she first logged onto the site in 2011. The fan hub lets you choose a pet, pick your wand, and sorts you into your house, where you can earn points and win the House Cup. Lynch thought she was a Ravenclaw for years, but Pottermore told her otherwise.

It took Tom FeltonDraco Malfoy himself—a few years to finally get around to Pottermore. He might’ve warmed up to Slytherin, which gets a bad rep from fans and Harry Potter characters alike, but did Pottermore’s Sorting Hat feel the same way?

Evidently not.

Felton’s fans came to consult him, but so did the very person who helped devise the test that put him in a different house.

J.K. Rowling considers herself to be a Hufflepuff, but is there a Gryffindor bias? As it was Harry’s house in the series, fans spent the most time with Gryffindor students and lore, leaving some fans believing the other houses got the short end of the stick. Slytherin in particular, due to its reputation for Dark Wizards, appeared as “evil” even though being cunning and ambition aren’t necessarily evil traits.

Even Daniel Radcliffe, when asked to sort celebrities as part of BuzzFeed Brews back in June, just ended up putting most of them in Gryffindor.

Rowling might’ve tried to reassure Felton that he was a Gryffindor, but ultimately the Sorting Hat will take your thoughts into consideration, even if the online test won’t. If Felton thinks he is a Slytherin, then he probably is one.

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*First Published: Jan 21, 2015, 3:35 pm CST