Hello, fellow Harry Potter fans! My husband and I are on a big road trip right now and have decided to listen to the books. We’re absolutely loving them. With General Conference coming up and the J.K. Rowling overload, my brain decided to mesh the two together. Ready to find out which conference talk best relates to your Harry Potter house?
A member of Gryffindor is brave, chivalrous, and daring. Sometimes this bravery can lead to recklessness. If you find yourself in this house, your personality demands respect. This house corresponds to the element of fire, and Gryffindors definitely tend to have a fiery presence.
For me, it was all too obvious that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland would be sorted into the Gryffindor house. Honestly, every single one of his talks is a great example of his courage and unwavering faith. He’s extremely motivating!
If I had to pick one, though, it would be “We Are All Enlisted” from October 2011. Go give it a read! Here’s a good excerpt:
This is a life-and-death contest we are in, young men, so I am going to get in your face a little, nose to nose, with just enough fire in my voice to singe your eyebrows a little—the way coaches do when the game is close and victory means everything. And with the game on the line, what this coach is telling you is that to play in this match, some of you have to be more morally clean than you now are. In this battle between good and evil, you cannot play for the adversary whenever temptation comes along and then expect to suit up for the Savior at temple and mission time as if nothing has happened. That, my young friends, you cannot do. God will not be mocked.
If you’re a Hufflepuff, here’s a virtual high-five! I’m proud to call this my Harry Potter house, too! Hufflepuffs value loyalty, hard work, and fairness. They are dedicated and patient. It corresponds with the earth element and members of this house probably have more than one plant baby.
All the Hufflepuffs I know are big on storytelling. They’re very friendly and lighthearted. In my opinion, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf totally fits this description! He loves teaching through stories.
Do you remember his talk, “A Summer With Great Aunt Rose” from October 2015? It’s one I’ll never forget. Here’s one of my favorite quotes,
“With such a glorious future,” Aunt Rose said, “why get swallowed up in past or present things that don’t go quite the way we planned?”
Eva furrowed her brow. “But wait a minute,” she said. “Are you saying that being happy means just looking forward to happiness in the future? Is all our happiness in eternity? Can’t some of it happen now?”
“Oh, of course it can!” Aunt Rose exclaimed. “Dear child, now is part of eternity. It doesn’t only begin after we die! Faith and hope will open your eyes to the happiness that is placed before you.
Ravenclaws are wise, curious, and witty. I wish I could be as intelligent and creative as they are! In the books, one must answer a riddle before entering into the Ravenclaw common room. If you’re a member of this house, you were great in school and have some sort of awesome talent.
As a Ravenclaw, you love the facts. I always know I’ll be getting those hard facts and amazing logic when I hear President Dallin H. Oaks speak. He is not afraid to lay down the law!
President Oaks spoke about the Plan of Salvation in the April 2020 General Conference. His talk was titled, “The Great Plan.” Soak up some of his wisdom for a minute here:
The restored gospel assures us that the Resurrection can include the opportunity to be with our family members—husband, wife, children, and parents. This is a powerful encouragement for us to fulfill our family responsibilities in mortality. It helps us live together in love in this life in anticipation of joyful reunions and associations in the next.
Slytherin may have a bad reputation, but I promise there are some incredible witches and wizards in this house. Slytherins value ambition, leadership, and resourcefulness. They are ambitious, confident, and have flexible personalities. A member of this house tends to weigh out all possible outcomes before making their decision.
The General Authorities of the Church are all fantastic leaders. However, when I think of these qualities, Elder David A. Bednar comes to mind. I’ve had the opportunity to meet this man in person and he has a very commanding, spiritual presence.
In October 2019, he gave a talk called “Watchful unto Prayer Continually.” He said,
Constant vigilance is required to counteract complacency and casualness. To be vigilant is the state or action of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. And keeping watch denotes the act of staying awake to guard and protect. Spiritually speaking, we need to stay awake and be alert to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and the signals that come from the Lord’s watchmen on the towers.
All of these talks are amazing for any person, really. I am getting so excited about this upcoming General Conference! Don’t forget to tune in on October 3rd and 4th!
What Harry Potter house are you? Let us know in the comments!