One of Gryffindor’s finest defects to Slytherin, and J.K. Rowling is upset

Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter movies, reveals that he’s “always been a Slytherin at heart.” This means war.

Shock. Betrayal. Outrage. These are all perfectly reasonable reactions to the news that Devon Murray, who played Gryffindor Seamus Finnigan for 10 years of his life while filming the Harry Potter, has switched teams.

The news broke, as all important news does, on Twitter, when someone asked Murray if he’d taken the Hogwarts sorting test on Pottermore.

A snake. A SNAKE? Your house symbol is a Gryffindor, sir! Surely you jest.

But he wasn’t. Murray was sorted into Slytherin, meaning he was a double agent this whole time. J.K. Rowling, the queen of all things Harry Potter, responded swiftly.

Hear, hear. But Murray, showing the naked gall common to Slytherins and turncoats, fired back.

Clearly, this means war. You guys gather Dumbledore’s Army together and I’ll get a bunch of gasoline and some matches.

More seriously, it’s always fun to see Rowling mix it up on Twitter. I’ve always liked that she’s willing to be active on social media—it’s one of the reasons she pops up so reliably in the news.

And really, being in Slytherin isn’t shameful, even if the majority of them seem to be jagwagons. All the houses are equal, school unity, blah blah blah…

That’s the take Pottermore seems to have, anyway. It welcomed Murray’s defection with open arms.

Can someone switch houses in the middle of a school term? Can the Sorting Hat be all, “Y’know, now that I’ve thought about it, this person would be better off here?” How could that person face his or her former house-mates in the halls? Are we thinking too hard about this? You decide.

h/t MTV News