My first thought for a mascot was a owl, like Arielle chose, but I decided to try for something else. Then I thought about an amalgam of all the House mascots - bad idea, trying to draw a lion-eagle-badger-snake did not work so well (though I suppose we might scare off our competition just by showing them our mascot, so that might not have been all that terrible of a thing...). So then, last night right before going to bed, I had a sudden thought of... okay, forget about animals, mascots can be other things, WE ARE ALL BERTIE BOTT'S EVERY FLAVOR BEANS.
While I'm sure that idea was the product of not getting enough sleep, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Every flavor beans - HOL members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with differing personalities and talents. Some types of "flavors" are more complementary than others, and you can categorize flavors in a number of ways (sweet, sour, salty, etc.) sort of how students are sorted into Houses - but in the end, we're all beans from the same bag that is HOL.
The primary colors of all four Houses are used as the background for this image and present on the center bean itself, showing the connection between all four Houses in the greater HOL picture. Stretching across each of the quarters of the flag representing the Houses are traits that relate to those Houses - courage for Gryffindor, creativity for Ravenclaw, hard work for Hufflepuff, and ambition for Slytherin. While I don't see any spectators yelling these things out during a game, I can imagine that it's a good reminder to prepare for any competition by putting in the hard work
beforehand, to face new challenges with courage
, to come up with new and creative
strategies, and to have the ambition
to do your best to win.