Have you ever been reading a book and suddenly started thinking, “this character would DEFINITELY be in Gryffindor”? It’s hard to resist the temptation to mix book universes, especially when it comes to Hogwarts houses — and when it comes to books that all Gryffindors should read. It’s just so FUN to sort characters, whether by HP house, Divergent faction, or even Myers Briggs personality types (don’t even get me started on this one because it’s too entertaining).
You can never really be certain which Hogwarts house a fictional character would be in because, first of all, they’re a fictional character. So you don’t know unlimited amounts of information about them and you can’t force them to take the Pottermore sorting quiz. Second of all, they can’t attend Hogwarts because as previously mentioned, it exists in a separate book universe. WHY.
However, despite the fact that you can’t know for sure, it’s still fun to guess. Would your favorite classic book character be roommates with Draco Malfoy or Harry Potter? Would she befriend Luna Lovegood, or perhaps hang out in the Hufflepuff common room? Because the sorting hat specifically outlines which qualities make up the students of each house, it’s not hard to match these qualities with some of your favorite literary characters — so here are a few who would definitely be Gryffindors.
1. Elizabeth Bennet From Pride And Prejudice
Nerve is practically Elizabeth Bennet's middle name. She's not afraid to speak her mind, and even remarks on her own daring: “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." Yeah, Lizzy is definitely a Gryffindor.
2. Éowyn From Lord Of The Rings
She's ordered to stay home, but instead she dresses as a man, rides into battle, and slays the Witch-king. I'm pretty certain Éowyn would be a Gryffindor: "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."
3. D'Artagnan From The Three Musketeers
Gryffindors seek adventure and value chivalry, and The Three Musketeers is the perfect combination of both. Young d'Artagnan, in his quest to join the Musketeers of the Guard, displays pretty much every quality valued by Gryffindors. After all, d'Artagnan's father gives him this advice: "It is by his courage, please observe, by his courage alone, that a gentleman can make his way nowadays."
4. Tris Prior From Divergent
She's gutsy to the point of recklessness. Sound like some students from a certain Hogwarts house? Yes, Tris may be Dauntless, but she would also have been sorted into Gryffindor. And, if there's any merit to the "you have to choose to be in Gryffindor" theory, we know what Tris would do, because in the book she says, "I realize that the decision might be simple. It will require a great act of selflessness to choose Abnegation, or a great act of courage to choose Dauntless, and maybe just choosing one over the other will prove that I belong."
5. Holden Caulfield From Catcher In The Rye
He's rebellious, independent, and hates phonies: Holden Caulfield would definitely be in Gryffindor. His reluctance to grow up, and his desire to keep others from experiencing the same desensitization, fit perfectly with a young hero. As does his impulsiveness: "How do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't."
6. Meg Murry From A Wrinkle In Time
Meg Murry's father goes missing, and she has to find him. Meg has all the traditional qualities — stubbornness, bravery, daring — and it's because of this that she succeeds. As she says, "when I'm mad I don't have room to be scared."
7. Romeo Montague From Romeo And Juliet
Romeo is willing to risk it all for the girl he loves, and he seems to enjoy the adventure along the way (until it all turns out horribly, of course). He would definitely wear a red and gold scarf if he attended Hogwarts. The friar knew it when he said, "These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume." Do you know Gryffindor's corresponding element? Fire.
8. Anne Shirley From Anne Of Green Gables
I think the sorting hat might be torn between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor for Anne Shirley, but with her thirst for adventure, I think Anne might ask to be placed in Gryffindor. She is always plotting some daring scheme, and wants to make a difference for the better: "I wish I had dimples in my cheeks, Marilla. I'm not half so skinny as I was when I came here, but I have no dimples yet. If I had perhaps I could influence people for good."
9. Gale Hawthorne From The Hunger Games
From the start, Gale had a lot of nerve — remember when he tells Katniss they could run away together? "We could do it, you know. Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it," he says. Gale also displays some of Gryffindor's negative qualities: he's reckless, and he doesn't always stop to consider the full effects of his actions on others.
10. Patrick From The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Patrick has nerve, daring, and courage; he is true to himself, and that's what makes him a true Gryffindor. As Charlie explains, "Kids started calling him Patty when his real name is Patrick. And 'Nothing' told these kids, 'Listen, you call me Patrick, or you call me nothing.'" Sounds like a Gryffindor to me.
11. Jo March From Little Women
I think Jo March would have loved to have attended Hogwarts. In every play she writes, she portrays the exciting, swashbuckling role, and she's always got the daring and courage to seek out new adventures. She herself reveals her Gryffindor heart when she says, "I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all some day."
12. Lucy Pevensie From The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
Lucy is the original Gryffindor. She finds another world in the back of a wardrobe and immediately starts exploring — I'm pretty sure Harry would have been right along with her. It's no wonder she became a monarch and was called "Queen Lucy the Valiant."
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