Are you a Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin? Any true Harry Potter that knows that the Hogwarts House you're sorted into is just as much a defining quality as your astrological sign or your Myers-Briggs type. But if you — like me — don't have immediate access to the Sorting Hat (why couldn't I have been born a British wizard?), then you have to look for more clever solutions to determine your house. The most obvious way to find your house is to take the quiz at Pottermore, but here's another solution that will definitely have you saving your Galleons: one Etsy shop is selling an item called "The Sorting Candle," and it promises to reveal your true house colors as it melts.
Etsy shop Muggle Library Candles is dedicated to exactly what the name implies: candles inspired by Harry Potter and other fantasy worlds. This particular candle starts off as white, and as it burns, the wax reveals itself to be either red (for Gryffindor), yellow (for Hufflepuff), green (for Slytherin), or blue (for Ravenclaw.) It's all a total surprise! You can't choose which house you get, and you'll only learn the truth as it burns. Even better, this candle won't offend the sensibilities of true candle aficionados, either. It smells like "excitement, fear, and nervousness." In other words, it's a pleasant lemony scent mixed with a "musky combination of sandalwood, creamy vanilla, and patchouli."
OK, so I know some of you are probably saying to yourself, "This is Riddikulus. A candle can't possibly reveal your true house." To which I say, "It's magic, hater." Believe it or don't believe it, but this candle just might illuminate the truth of your wizard heart.
But if Sorting Hat candles aren't your thing, you will find so much else to love (and spend money on) in this Etsy shop. They also sells "Free Elf," "Intelligent Eagle," "Loyal Honey Badger," and "Forbidden Forest" candles to match your every Hogwarts mood.
Despite the "Muggle" in their name, these candlemakers aren't only making goods inspired by their love of the Boy Wizard. They also make candles inspired by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, the A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.S. Schwab, the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo, and more. It's a magical emporium of sweet-scented, fantastical goods that will transport you to mythical worlds with the flick of a match. Autumn is the loveliest time of the year for reading, for settle in with a few of these candles, a cup of tea, and a good book to tide you through 'til the end of the year.
I'll certainly be saving my Galleons to purchase some of these book-inspired candles, but in the meantime, I'm adding "The Sorting Candle" to my bag now. Demand is high, and the shop-owners warn that it takes about two weeks to process orders. So plan ahead, and you can have plenty of candles on hand to gift to friends and families at Christmas.