With the announcement of Pottermore releasing the new sorting quiz for the American Witchcraft & Wizardry School‘s sorting quiz, I began thinking about what other characters from fiction would fit into which houses. Here’s what I came up with and why:
Hufflepuff: Bilbo is a quiet, often under estimated character. He is adventurous, but only once pushed to be. His own home, just like the Hufflepuff common room is underground.
Slytherin: Gandalf is not evil, however, he is manipulative. Our first encounter with Gandalf is him confusing Bilbo with word play, and then marking up his door, setting him out upon an unexpected journey. Throughout both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, Gandalf shows his Slytherin traits through manipulation, sudden disappearance and reappearance, and displays of raw power. Though Gandalf does shun the One Ring, he manages to stay close to it as assurance that no one else gains its power.
Gryffindor: Aragorn is an adventurer, natural leader, and he brave soldier on the front lines. Aragorn leads by example and is fearless. So fearless, he calls upon the king of the dead to come to his aid and fulfill his oath.
Ravenclaw: Legolas is an old soul, full of the knowledge of the lands traversed by the Fellowship. Like the house sigil of the eagle, Legolas is observant, resourceful, and intelligent.
Hufflepuff: As with Bilbo, an underground comparison can be made between the Dwarf and the Badger house. Gimli is fiercely loyal to his people and his friends. He also believes in fair play as shown by his ongoing competition with Legolas to kill more Orcs despite his low agility and short ranged weapons.
Hufflepuff: Sam is a Hobbit of the earth. He is a gardener, known for his extreme loyalty to Frodo, and has often overlooked as a character. Sam’s strength, boldness, and courage is overshadowed by the rest of the Fellowship, and he is okay with keeping that way. He does the best he can with what is given and will never give up on his cause. Like a badger, Sam can fend off enemies much larger than himself, such as Shelob.
Slytherin: pretty self explanatory, but Sauron’s defining trait is his lust for power.
Gryffindor: Boromir is perhaps the most human character in Middle Earth. He is a good person who succumb to his flaws and sought redemption in the ultimate sacrifice. Boromir embodies a lion. He is courageous, willing to fight, and accepts his role as the leading soldier of Gondor.
Slytherin: An odd choice, but hear me out. Frodo makes some pretty selfish decisions in Lord of the Rings. From willingly using the One Ring, to leaving the Fellowship without consulting them, to banishing Sam, to not immediately throwing the damn ring in Mount Doom because we considered keeping it. Frodo is not a bad guy, but he uses his wit to get out of tight situations, and though he does not have the power, he does seek it and prevent others from having it. I understand that the ring is his burden, but would it really have been that bad to let Sam carry it for a while… carry it for while… lighten the load… the load….
Squib: Caretaker of the Precious. Smeagol knows the secret stair.
Do you agree with my sorting? Who else would you sort from the Lord of the Rings universe? Let me know in the comments below!