Why Dogs Should Have Been Allowed at Hogwarts: A Pet Preference Breakdown
The Harry Potter series has captivated people across the entire world for decades, creating a colossal fandom that can’t get enough of the Wizarding World. With the release of a Broadway sequel and the upcoming prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the magic has only grown stronger. Between further plotlines from J.K. Rowling, fans satisfy their HP craving on Pottermore, reading fan theories and taking quizzes that provide them with a wand, a Patronus, and most importantly, their Hogwarts House.
In the series, when first-year students arrive at Hogwarts, they are immediately sorted in their houses. This is also true with Pottermore, which sorts you into a house after you register an account. The Hogwarts Houses are commonly known to attract specific personality traits: Gryffindor for the brave, Ravenclaw for the clever, Hufflepuff for the hardworking, and Slytherin for the ambitious.
Another detail in the series is that young wizards and witches are allowed to bring an owl, a cat, or a toad with them to school. However, we found this rule to be discriminatory to our canine friends, which lead us to the question – if dogs were allowed at Hogwarts, which houses would be made up of the most dog people? I know I, for one, would like to know which Hogwarts house my dog is in. And since Hogwarts isn’t real (unfortunately), we surveyed over 400 Pottermore-users to see which house the website sorted them into and which animal they would choose as a pet. We got some surprising results.
Overall, respondents to our Harry Potter survey tended to identify more as dog people than as cat people. Surprisingly, each of the four houses had a higher percentage of dog people than cat people overall. Given these results, we bet that, if they were to have had the option, many a Hogwarts student have gladly brought their pups with them to school.
Although dogs were the most popular pet in every house, the margin of victory was narrower in some houses than it was in others. Hufflepuff, for instance, had the highest percentage of dog people – 68% – of the 4 houses, while Ravenclaw turned out to have the highest number of cat people with 41%, followed closely by Slytherin.
Gryffindor fell in the middle for the percentage of both cat and dog people. Of the respondents between the ages of 18-25, there was only 6% between the number of dog people and cat people, while there were twice as many 26-30-year-olds who identified as dog people rather than cat people. Of the dog people in Gryffindor, the majority were male at 36%, while most cat people were female.
Of the total Hufflepuff respondents, 40% of women were dog lovers, while only 28% of men were dog people. Of the cat lovers, a higher percentage were female and tended to be between 26 and 30 years old, while the dog lover demographic tended to be between 31 and 40 years old.
Time-turning our attention to Slytherin, the majority of our respondents were male. Dog people did indeed make up a substantial part of the house, with the overwhelming demographic topping out at 41% male dog people. Cat owners tended to be female, making up 19% of Slytherin House. The majority of both cat and dog owners were between the ages of 26 and 30, with a total of 38% of respondents fitting that demographic.
Ravenclaw, it turns out, is made up of the most ailurophiles, with 41% of respondents choosing cats as their preferred furry friends. Of the cat lovers, most were male and were aged between 26 and 30 years old. Rounding out the male demographic, male dog lovers made up 32% of the results. The overall age of the house was represented by members who mostly fell between the ages of 26 and 30.
Overall, we are of the opinion that Hogwarts should have allowed students to bring their pups to school, and it seems like many of the Potterheads from around the world agree! We personally would have loved to have seen how a Hogwarts dog population would have affected Mrs. Norris’ reign of terror in the books.