Gryffindors are brave, Ravenclaws smart, Slytherins evil, and Hufflepuffs miscellaneous. This much we know from the Harry Potter books. What we don’t know is the makeup of each House in terms of its demographics. Which House is for the rich? Which House has the greatest diversity? Is there a gender imbalance per House? Are Slytherins really as ethnocentric as they appear in the books? Are Ravenclaws as intelligent? So many unanswered questions.
Fortunately, I conducted a survey1 that can start us on the road to answering these truly important questions. Let’s start by looking at the overall distribution of House placement.
Remember that these are self-reported ratings of which Hogwarts House respondents belong to, so in a way, it is answering the question of which House they want to belong to. The modal response is that they don’t know. Among the rest, unsurprisingly, Ravenclaw is the most popular response….