Josh Richardson may be most well known as a guard for the Miami Heat that played college basketball at Tennessee, but what we didn’t know about Richardson was what House he’s been sorted into at Hogwarts. There’s a house for everybody, and once the Sorting Hat puts you in that house you spend seven glorious years learning magic at one of the world’s most famous wizarding institutions. Of course, only Wizards get to attend this fine institution and us muggles have to do what we can to live vicariously through them. It looks like Richardson has found a way to do that through a nice comfy sweater.
Okay first, anybody that hasn’t been to Harry Potter world is sorely missing out. It’s a magical place that people of all ages can enjoy, and the butterbeer (non-alcoholic) is legitimately really good. It’s a very famous attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, and considering how close Richardson is to Orlando it only makes sense he would give Harry Potter world a visit. What’s more interesting about this however is what house Richardson is a part of. His sweater says he’s a Gryffindor, but there are three other houses to be a part of — Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin (worst one). Now was Richardson sorted into Gryffindor, or is he just a big fan of the series and decided to get a sweater of the house that the books and movies mainly followed, or he just likes red. This requires an investigation.
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What makes someone a Gryffindor? According to the official Harry Potter website, Pottermore, a Gryffindor “most values the virtues of courage, bravery and determination.” Anybody that has paid attention to Josh Richardson in his short career will agree that these traits suit him very well. As a second round draft pick it takes a lot of determination to put in the work needed to become the NBA player he is. Most second round picks don’t even last through their first contract, but Richardson is playing valuable minutes for a team that was in the playoffs last season. He had to be determined to reach that level.
Courage and bravery? Any guard that’s willing to drive down into the paint and throw down a dunk is courageous in my eyes. It requires a lot of bravery to rise up and throw down a monster slam knowing the entire NBA world will be looking to get you back, or reverse the poster and send one the other way. Richardson doesn’t care about that, and still he give us highlight dunks each more ferocious than the last.
The case is closed. Josh Richardson has the sweater and he meets the criteria. He is a Gryffindor.