[Fairy Tale Characters, Hogwarts Style] Odile Aesthetic
Odile, were she a Gryffindor, would have been in love with Prince Siegfried long before Odette and he ever met. Her passions are so strong for the Prince that upon her learning of his covert romance with Odette, Odile would react with jealousy and go to the ball in Odette’s place in order to assert her affections. Alas, because of her strong resemblance to Odette, Siegfried mistakes her for the white swan princess he fell in love with, even though Odile corrects him, saying that her name is Odile and not Odette. Odile is too blinded by her own obsession to see how much harm she is causing – both to Odette and the Prince she loves. Her downfall is selfishness.
Odile, were she a Hufflepuff, would be a child starved for her father’s love, even despite his neglect and abuse. Rothbart captured the lovely Princess Odette for her resemblance to his deceased wife, hence why Odile and Odette (who are around the same age) have such a strong visual similarity. When Odette falls for another man, Rothbart decides that his daughter must impersonate Odette at the ball so as to break the the two apart, and Odile, despite her moral misgivings, goes along with the scheme in order to please her father. After all, she tells herself – her father will get over Odette eventually, and when that time comes, Odette, being a beautiful princess, will have her pick of suitors…right? Her downfall is passivity.
Odile, were she a Ravenclaw, would be a detached, deathly logical perfectionist, determined to be right about absolutely everything. She isn’t exactly jealous of Odette, but more than just a little condescending toward her – when she hears of the Princess supposedly falling in love at first sight, she gets it in her head that she will prove once and for all that such love is not real. When Siegfried is fooled into thinking she’s Odette, she feels victorious, and when Odette reacts so badly, Odile reacts with disdain, and her broken-hearted father is so disgusted by his daughter’s lack of feeling that he lashes out and transfigures her into a black swan permanently. Her downfall is coldness.
Odile, were she a Slytherin, would have been fond of Odette in her own demented way. Because she and Odette are both contained by Odile’s father Rothbart, Odile sees Odette almost like a friend, though Odile actively keeps Odette from leaving the castle on the lake or from meeting others. When Odile finds out about Siegfried and Odette, she’s immediately suspicious of the Prince – there’s no way that he’s really in love with Odette, so he’s clearly taking advantage of her innocence! Odile, determined to confront Siegfried, masquerades as Odette in order to get close enough to kill him…what she didn’t expect was Siegfried being unusually kind to her, or Odette following her and seeing the two of them together. Her downfall is mistrust.