I’ve always seen Rue as a
Hufflepuff, because she is incredibly devoted to those she loves, even when the
Raven’s blood should have made that impossible for her. She just shows it in an
unhealthy way because of her abusive father.
So in a Harry Potter AU
where Rue’s father is a rich and well-known Slytherin, she gets sorted into
Hufflepuff, much to everyone’s surprise, including her own. Her father sees her
as an embarrassment to the family, and the other students think she doesn’t belong
in Hufflepuff, and she’s ostracized by all houses. However, her fellow
Hufflepuff, Ahiru (because of course she’d be a Puff) accepts and admires Rue.
Seeing beyond house stereotypes, Ahiru says in rambling, yet perceptive way
that she thinks Rue would make a great Slytherin, because she’s smart, cunning
and knows what she wants. But she also sees that Rue is really devoted to
others and does whatever she can for them. Rue is cheered up by Ahiru’s words.
And while she tries to keep a distance from the girl at first, like she does
with her other classmates, she eventually becomes protective of Ahiru, helping
her when she struggles with her homework and teaching her spells. Rue even
protects Ahiru from bullies.
the school outcast, Rue doesn’t feel like she has a chance with the handsome
and popular Gryffindor boy, Siegfried. But Ahiru encourages Rue to go talk to
him, even though she has a bit of a crush on him as well. Siegfried’s best
friend, the cranky and reclusive Ravencalw boy, Fakir, first runs into Ahiru in
the library. And from him, she learns that Siegfried has a crush on Rue but
doesn’t know how to approach her. Even though they don’t get along at first, Fakir
and Ahiru agree to work together to help Siegfried and Rue hook up. Fakir and
Ahiru slowly begin to warm up to each other during their partnership, something Rue and Siegfried notice.