let’s talk about the sorting hat
because from all evidence – hermione, harry in explicit particular – the hat, while taking cues from what qualities you already possess, cares primarily about the qualities you value. which you may or may not directly display yourself, but which you admire in others, and wish to see in yourself.
(dumbledore: “it is not our abilities that show what we truly are. it is our choices.”)
and if that’s the case, then of course there are gryffindors like hermione whose defining characteristic is their intelligence but whose defining desire is their courageousness (“books! and cleverness! there are more important things–friendship and bravery and–oh harry–be careful!”) and certainly hufflepuffs who are not the most loyal and forgiving (zacharias smith) and all sorts of combination.
and it really fucking grinds my gears that people tend to overlook this fact, that the sorting hat places you based on what you value and what you want to see in yourself, in relation to peter pettigrew.
because peter pettigrew was a gryffindor, people. he wanted to be brave.