I’m in the minority about Chowder! I guess people see sweet and nice and thi—–HEYYY WAIT A MINUTE
I PROMISED MYSELF I WASN’T GONNA GET INVOLVED IN THIS DEBATE
People see sweet and nice and think “Hufflepuff” because people think Puffs are a “lot o’ duffers” and like… I’m a Hufflepuff myself, we’re a great house with a lot of great qualities, and maybe Chowder has them? But I haven’t seen them. Maybe loyalty, in his commitment to his super stressful fighty friends, but there’s another house that’s a far stronger contender.
To my mind, anyone whose highest ambition in life is to stand there while people fire a large rubber bullet at his head at 100mph and then try to catch it? Is a fucking Gryffindor.
Jack is complicated because he’s so ambitious (a Slytherin trait) that he ignored his essential nature (which is “nose to the grindstone” Hufflepuff) trying to be the apex of achievement and bravery (Gryffindor) and then, when that blew up in his face because he WAS a Hufflepuff trying to be Gryffindor, he found refuge in his intellectual abilities (Ravenclaw).
So with Jack you boil down to, “What does it mean to Sort someone?” Is it who they “innately are”, is it who they perceived themselves as being at ten years old (Jack, like me at that age, would have clenched the stool, gritted his teeth, and begged to be put anywhere but Hufflepuff), is it who they chose to be, or is it who they grew into being in adulthood? With some people, like Jack, each of those questions will get you very different answers.