After watching the second Harry Potter-movie yesterday I started wondering which 'house' I would belong to in the now well-known magic-school. The sorting hat says Ravenclaw.
I thought my "evil genius"-tendencies would put me in Slytherin, but it seems I'm not evil enough for that.
Anyway, while watching the movie, I was a bit annoyed at how one-dimensional the Slytherin-group is presented. No effort is made to explain their actions or their apparent rivalry with the appointed good guys Gryffindor. Perhaps it will be explained further on in the story in the later books, but so far the petty rivalry between the two factions is just silly. I'm of the conviction that noone is "pure good" or "pure evil"; each person has their reasons for doing what they do or believing what they believe. It's human to be a little of both, and when a person (in a movie) is represented in a way that is purposely meant to show what how "bad" they are, my suspense of disbelief just drops like a stone. (For a good example of how human bad guys can be made, see the movie Heat.)
Another thing that's bothering me a bit is the whole boarding school-environment, but perhaps that's more because the concept is unfamiliar to me. Still, I could see how each book/movie ends: Harry Potter saves the day, Slytherin wants him expelled for breaking rules while saving the day, a talk with the principal gets him an earful for breaking the rules and also a medal for yet again rescuing the world.
Still, I'll probably search out book 2 and read it, followed by the rest in due time.