Q&A #88: Sort a favorite character into a Hogwarts House!

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

What Hogwarts House would one of your favorite characters join?

In case you need a refresher, here’s the original Sorting Song (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone):

You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a steady mind,
Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin you’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.



Anika


In Harry Potter fandom I’m a big fan of the House of Black so I’ve chosen to sort the House of Magnus. Magneto is a pure and true Slytherin: idealistic, ambitious, ruthless. His sense of superiority and entitlement shines through, shaping every decision. The Scarlet Witch is a Gryffindor. She is quietly courageous, passionate, fierce. She breaks the rules and she embodies the word: Avenger. Her brother has both Magneto’s Slytherin and Wanda’s Gryffindor traits within him, but he is a Hufflepuff. Quicksilver is an unsung hero (or villain), always standing in the shadow of his infamous relatives. He is pompous and he is bitter but he is always loyal to and supportive of his sister — and as he would tell you, he is incredibly patient. Everything around him is so slow, he has to be!

I’ve often said Polaris, with her green hair and her name-from-a-star, should marry into the Slytherin-heavy House of Black and she is closest in manner to her father. But she is an intellectual and a dreamer; she lives in her own little world she made up in her head. Not literally, the way her sister sometimes does, but the way that makes her much closer to Luna Lovegood than Pansy Parkinson: “Oh, yes,” said Luna, “I’ve been able to see them ever since my first day here. They’ve always pulled the carriages. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) — Ravenclaw.



Caroline

Jean Grey is obviously a Gryffindor. I mean, with that hair, she might even be a Weasley.

This makes me wish there were more examples in Harry Potter of what happens when Gryffindors go bad. . .



Jennifer

I’ve always liked the fandom idea of house combinations. Sometimes, the four-house system is just too restrictive, because certain people make the most sense as a combination of two sets of house traits. And two of the best examples of those combinations are two of the earliest and most prominent Avengers: Captain America and Iron Man.

Steve Rogers, Captain America, is what you’d call a Gryffinpuff. Like a Gryffindor, he’s a brave, courageous leader, willing to sacrifice anything to save the day and protect others, deeply principled but willing to defy authority when his conscience calls for it. But he would be nothing without his loyalty, his humility, his dedication to working hard to make the world a fair place for everyone who lives in it. He’s as much a Hufflepuff as he is a Gryffindor, and it’s only through the combination of those two sides that he becomes the strong character he is.

Tony Stark, on the other hand, is exactly the opposite — a Slytherclaw. He’s full of ambition and hubris, the child of old money, willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done, no matter how questionable. He thinks the ends justify the means, most of the time, and while he’s far from evil, he’s not afraid to use cunning and manipulation in the name of justice. He’s quite a Slytherin. Yet he would be nothing without his genius, the intelligence that made him a college graduate at 16 and led him to design the most sophisticated technology the world has ever known. He’d happily spend days on end locked in his lab, solving a problem with all his wit and creativity, and his joy at his creations is unmatched. That’s far too much Ravenclaw to deny.

And now I’ve successfully explained Civil War via Hogwarts houses.



Sigrid

I’m going to skip the X-Men, because that would end up being a) too long and b) fanfic. Not that I’m against fanfic, but rather that I have hopes of getting hired to write comics one of these days, in which case my X-Men-in-Hogwarts story would be a licensed AU.. Anyway. Skipping the X-Men. Let’s move on to my second favorite bunch of characters, the women of Gotham.

Barbara Gordon — Slytherin
Kate Kane — Gryffindor
Helena Bertinelli — Gryffindor
Leslie Thompkins — Ravenclaw
Renee Montoya — Hufflepuff
Cassandra Cain — Hufflepuff
Stephanie Brown — Gryffindor
Harleen Quinzel — Hufflepuff
Pamela Isley — Ravenclaw


So What about you? What Hogwarts House would one of your favorite characters join?

  • Caroline

    There’s a conversation on the show ‘Being Human’ where the characters comment that they don’t know what Hufflepuffs do all day, but they imagine it involves making paper animals with safety scissors. They’re. . .not all that developed in the books, is what I’m saying, but taking the ‘patient and hardworking’ definition, y’all have come up with some interesting Hufflepuffs. I like!

    I like the Gryffinpuff/Slytherclaws idea as well.

  • Anika

    My personal Sorting Song:

    Gryffindors want to save the world.
    Hufflepuffs want to experience the world.
    Ravenclaws want to understand the world.
    Slytherins want to change the world.

    And @Caroline, I like the definition of Hufflepuff in Book 5 — the other three founders are very exclusive and Hufflepuff says she’ll take (and teach) anyone and treat them the same. People say that makes Hufflepuff the “and the rest” House and therefore the weakest and least interesting. But I like to quote Goethe: “The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they become.”

    Of course I tend to over-think things Hermione.

  • Caroline

    Oh, I think seeing Hufflepuffs as primarily nonjudgmental and open to experience is a good way to put it. And perhaps they would make better narrators than protagonists. (Nick Carraway, from Gatsy, as the quintessential Hufflepuff?)

  • sigrid

    Ooooh, Anika, I like your personal sorting song.

    And Renee Montoya is *absolutely* a Hufflepuff. She is all about relationships, loyalty, and justice. Just as Harley is all about loyalty and working really hard for your goals. Just as Cass is all about working really hard for your goals, loyalty, and struggling to withstand the pressing will of the Gryffindors and Slytherins around you.

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  • “Slitherclaw” made me laugh.

  • Selena

    Abigail Brand is Slytherin by nature – she even has the green hair to go with the House Colours – BUT she made the Sorting Hat put her into another House instead (as Harry did) because she had massive hybrid issues as a kid and no intention of being with other children who gave her bullshit because of this. So the Hat put her into Hufflepuff instenad, because it has a sense of humour.

  • Monica

    Love this question! It’s been awhile since I assigned houses to anyone.

    Luke Cage – most certainly Gryffindor
    Jessica Jones – Hufflepuff or Gryffindor.
    In the grand tradition of growing up to be nothing like her parents, maybe Danielle will be Slytherin.

  • lilacsigil

    I think Magneto would love to think he is a Slytherin but in fact his “cunning and ambition” are absolutely terrible – he is great at the grand gesture, horrible at the actual being in charge. I think he’s really a terribly battered Gryffindor who has given up on Gryffindor ways but really doesn’t have the follow-through or networking skills to be a Slytherin.

    Batman is also a Slytherin – he wants to change the world, but he also wants to be in control of it. In this case, it’s what he sees as helping others, but it’s still very self-focused. He does tend to collect Gryffindors to his side, though, with the exception of Tim Drake. I can’t decide if he’s a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw.

  • handyhunter

    @Selena, I love your answer! <3

    IDK what happened to my previous comment.

    Hisako – Ravenclaw
    Jubilee – Gryffindor
    Logan – Hufflepuff
    Wade – Slytherpuff, but I'm sure he thinks he's a Gryffindor