When you’re one of approximately a thousand Democrats running for president in 2020, I suppose you need to do something to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. That’s what the husband of South Bend, Indiana’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg did this weekend when he made the candidate take a Harry Potter quiz to determine which Hogwarts house he belongs to.
Chasten Buttigieg – a name that I swear sounds like a character in some hipster indie film – posted on Twitter that he and the mayor took the quiz and invited followers to guess which house Pete belonged to.
A plurality of people guessed Ravenclaw, but guess what? They were wrong! Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff.
Maybe you’re a Harry Potter fan and this makes complete sense to you. Or you could me like me, and you might as well be reading Chinese. The article over at The Hill gets even more deep into the Harry Potter world (and makes even less sense to me):
Quoting the Sorting Hat’s song from the “Harry Potter” books, Chasten Buttigieg tweeted that Hufflepuffs are “just and loyal,” “true” and “unafraid of toil.”
Chasten Buttigieg noted that the mayor took the official Pottermore quiz, which was created by author J.K. Rowling.
He also urged supporters to kick in donations for his husband, asking people to “toss in a few galleons” before he revealed his Hogwarts distinction.
Yeah, the only part I understood was the phrase about asking for money.
I get that a certain segment of Harry Potter fans will eat stuff like this up, especially if they’re fans of Buttigieg, but I couldn’t care less what Star Wars character any candidate resembles or what Disney movie most matches any politician.
It reminds me of the Saturday Night Live sketch where the 1992 Democratic candidates spoke at a Star Trek convention and pandered to fans of the show. It’s one thing to have a little fun with your Harry Potter fandom, but to use some online quiz to troll for donations is just silly.
At the end of the day, whether Pete Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff or a…whatever else…doesn’t matter. (The whole thing sounds like a second-tier Dr. Seuss book to me.) What matters is what he’s going to do for this country – and since he’s a Democrat in 2019, I can’t imagine that it’s going to be all that good.