Has anyone asked you about how you think the Austen characters would be sorted at Hogwarts? Maybe if you have done the major ones then you could do some of the minor characters?
Sorry for the delay on this one. No one
ever has asked me before, so I had to put on my thinking cap and do some
sorting. (Or was that a Sorting Hat and do some thinking?)
[Full disclosure, I’m a Slytherin, I’ve always wanted to be a Hufflepuff, but I have come to accept my placement and acknowledge that it makes some sense. I’ve bolded the main characters to make them easier to pick out.]
Marianne Dashwood, Mrs. Dashwood, Eliza Williams (elder & younger,)
Lydia Bennet, Tom Bertram, Maria Bertram, John Thorpe, Mrs. Allan, Sir
Walter Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot, Mary Musgrove, Frederick Wentworth,
Louisa Musgrove, and Mrs. Smith.
Dashwood, Colonel Brandon, Margaret Dashwood, Sir John Middleton, Mrs.
Jennings, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennet, Kitty Bennet, Charles Bingley,
Georgiana Darcy, Lady Bertram, Mr. Rushworth, William Price, Harriet
Smith, Robert Martin, Mrs. Weston, Mr. Weston, Miss Bates, Mr.
Woodhouse, Isabella Knightley, Catherine Morland, Eleanor Tilney, Mr.
Allan, Anne Elliot, Charles Musgrove, Admiral Croft, Henrietta Musgrove,
Mr. Musgrove, and Mrs. Musgrove.
Ferrars, Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Bennet, Mary Bennet, Lady Catherine de
Bourgh, Fanny Price, Edmund Bertram, Mary Crawford, Sir Thomas Bertram,
George Knightley, John Knightley, Jane Fairfax, Henry Tilney, General
Tilney, Lady Russell, Sophia Croft, and James Benwick.
John Willoughby, Lucy Steele, Robert
John & Fanny Dashwood,
George Wickham, Mrs. Bennet,
William Collins, Charlotte Lucas,
Caroline Bingley, Louisa Hurst, Mrs. Norris, Julia Bertram, Henry
Crawford, Emma Woodhouse, Frank Churchill, Philip Elton, Augusta Elton,
Isabella Thorpe, Frederick Tilney, Mrs. Clay, and William Elliot.
find it interesting to note that the patterns I see out of this in
particular with married couples is that Hufflepuffs can generally marry
one another quite happily, but that [potential] matches within houses in the other
three tend to be ill-advised pairings that bring out the worser
qualities within their characters. Also, I will fully admit that I
struggled on some of these, and could happily settle for having some in
other houses. Naturally many of the antagonists have fallen into
Slytherin house simply due to the overall stamp upon their characters
being of a mercenary bent in novels built around a society and class
which forced many to marry for money or powerful connections; but then I
find that several Ravenclaw characters have a kind of supercilious
elitism due to the lofty and cerebral virtues prized by stricter
intellectuals–so you see a couple of ‘noble’ characters in there, as I
found their strongest traits tended to be that kind of cool,
dispassionate, black & white way of looking at the world. Gryffindors’ brash impulses can bring them into perilous places, and Hufflepuffs may seem like the dumping ground for characters that perhaps don’t fit in anywhere else explicitly; (but I think we can all agree that Hufflepuffs generally have good qualities that everyone can appreciate, though they may not always think to do so.)
think all four houses show that there can be good and bad traits
encompassed within the general concepts for the four Hogwarts houses,
and so it mustn’t be presumed that all heroes and heroines must be
Gryffindors, and all villains must be Slytherins. Plenty of Gryffindors
have brushes with disaster thanks to their rash impulses and short
tempers, and plenty of Slytherins may not be wholly bad people simply
because they may pursue ambitions which are unlike those of their
friends. The most prominent examples in the Slytherin house of my point
are William Collins and Charlotte Lucas–both ambitious, both
self-preserving, and both going about achieving their aims with what
cunning they have. Mr. Collins is rather famously stupid by Bennet
standards (and, as we are in sympathy with Elizabeth, by most reader’s
standards, I would imagine,) but he is playing Lady Catherine’s game
rather well, all things considered. Charlotte’s good sense perhaps helps
him refine some strategies or make him less likely to expose himself to
the censure of outside judgement, but if all you want is a comfortable
living as a clergyman with a wealthy and powerful patroness? The
reverend is on it, and so is his wife, in the end. Their characters and
skillsets are by no means equal, but they are still both total
It’s not general personality traits like Good
or Bad which necessarily pick your house for you–it’s what drives you,
and how it drives you. What are your larger goals/intentions, and how do
you get there?
I’m definitely willing to go into greater
detail on specific characters, if anyone has any queries as to why I put
them where I did.
Ngl, absolutely giddy at the thought of being home in spite of how fantastically relaxing my vacation’s been. So many starters to write and plotting to do!! Also, I’ve finally cemented whom I’m gonna be adding to my roster once I get back:
Elinor “Ellie” Ward Valiant;
Daughter of Eddie Valiant and Dolores from Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Security Guard (at Auradon Preparatory Academy in Descendants verse)
Has an older twin named Amelia - they’re named after famous female pilots Amelia Earhart and Elinor Smith, who’s a licensed bartender at some club that Ellie frequently visits between shifts
Has a mutual agreement with Oliver Leoi (my human!Oliver from Oliver & Company) in the Descendants verse that she won’t rat on his other job as a male stripper as long as he doesn’t tattle on her drinking problem coping habits
Aiden Floyd Creevey;
Son of Dennis Creevey and Laura Madley, a Hufflepuff in his same year
Recently graduated Hogwarts alum - Hufflepuff
Was hired over the summer as a photographer for the Daily Prophet
Raised traveling the world with his parents, whom became marine magizoologists and Ministry liaisons/translators (via the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures) documenting the travels of nomadic merpeople
Special starter call to help test run them? Reply for whoever you’d like to interact with~
Mr. Collins; Caroline Bingley;Louisa Hurst; Charlotte Lucas; George Knightley; Jane Fairfax; Harriet Smith; Elinor Dashwood; John Willoughby; Colonel Christopher Brandon; Isabella Thorpe; Fanny Price; Edmund Bertram; Mary Crawford;
Learned to fly at 15, set an altitude record three months later. In 1928, Flew under New York’s four East River bridges, at 17. Set speed and endurance records throughout her flying career. (Elinor Smith)