The One Sci-Fi Book You Should Read If You're A Gryffindor

by Julia Seales
Warner Bros.

The Sorting Hat describes Gryffindor in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the house “where dwell the brave at heart, their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.” These qualities are the ones that show how Gryffindors will truly appreciate science fiction novels. After all, since they appreciate adventure, so there are so many sci-fi books Gryffindors will love.

Sci-fi often deals with other worlds and grand adventures, so it makes sense that daring and brave Gryffindors would be drawn to these stories. Of the many sci-fi stories out there, it may be difficult for Gryffindors to choose which one to read next. Once you’ve gone through classics such as the epic Dune or the ever-popular Ender’s Game, what do you read next? Obviously Gryffindors can’t go wrong with many sci-fi books, since the genre is so well suited to the qualities that make them identify with this house in the first place.

But if you’re a Gryffindor looking for what to read next, and you can’t get enough sci-fi, the one book that you should put at the top of your TBR list is Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. And if you like it, good news — the sequel (Luna: Wolf Moon) is now available. Here’s why Luna: New Moon will be every Gryffindor’s new favorite sci-fi novel.

Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald, $9.60, Amazon

It Features A Powerful Family

Gryffindors are all about loyalty, and Luna: New Moon is all about family loyalty. It follows Adriana Corta and her family, as well as several other families, and their rivalries. It's basically Game of Thrones on the moon.

There's No Law On The Moon

If you're a Gryffindor who's daring and OK with breaking a few rules... you'll definitely relate to the setting of New Moon. There aren't any laws on the moon, other than the Corta's "family first, family always" saying, so it's pretty much the wild wild west.

It Has A Fantastical Setting

Did I mention this book is all about the moon? For adventurous Gryffindors, this sci-fi book provides a great opportunity to sweep you away to a fantastical lunar setting that will definitely appeal to your inner thrill seeker.

It's Reminiscent Of Your Favorite Stories

If your Gryffindor loyalty spills over into loyalty to stories, you'll appreciate New Moon for its ability to remind you of classics like The Godfather, Dune, and Game of Thrones, while still putting a fresh spin on the stories.

There's A Wide Variety Of Characters

As demonstrated in Harry Potter, there are many different types of Gryffindors. The Neville Longbottoms, Hermione Grangers, and Weasleys may all be extremely different, but they are united in their house. Similarly, the characters of New Moon are all extremely different (you will find at least one to relate to, with this sprawling cast of characters), but they are united in family loyalty.

There Are Dragons

Ok, there aren't actual dragons, but the families who control the moon civilizations are referred to as the Five Dragons. Which is pretty freakin' cool and will definitely appeal to Gryffindors who believe that Goblet of Fire is the best book in the series.

Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald, $9.60, Amazon