Saturday, 27 November 2010

Which comes first; the chicken or the egg?

I was flipping my Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and found this. The conversation took place at the Ravenclaw dormitories entrance between Harry and Luna. They were hurrying to find Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, one of many Voldemort's Horcruxes. Being chosen a Ravenclaw like Luna means you possess intelligence and wit. Therefore, unlike any other houses in Hogwarts, a worthy Ravenclaw must answer a philosophical question to get into his/her dormitory. It pretty much goes like this:

“Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?” said the beak of the eagle.
“Hmm … What do you think, Harry?” said Luna, looking thoughtful.
“What? Isn’t there a password?”
“Oh no, you’ve got to answer a question,” said Luna.
“What if you get it wrong?”
“Well, you have to wait for somebody who gets it right,” said Luna. “That way you learn, you see?”
“Yeah … Trouble is, we can’t really afford to wait for anyone else, Luna.”
“No, I see what you mean,” said Luna seriously. “Well then, I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning.”
“Well reasoned,” said the voice, and the door swung open.

A phoenix is a bird that can be reborn from its ash after it died, hence the question.

P/S: I wonder in which house would the Sorting hat put me in. Hufflepuff perhaps??

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