What if your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters lived in the world of Harry Potter? What houses would they be sorted into and what can that tell us about the similarities between (and functions of) various characters?
Jane Bennett = Hufflepuff
She is incredibly kind. She can’t think ill of anyone! The reader also has a sense of her loyalty to Bingley.
Mr. Bingley = Hufflepuff
Like Jane, Bingley is very trusting of others and kind-hearted to boot. He trusts Darcy’s opinion of Jane and the Bennetts over his own opinion because he believes in Darcy’s loyalty and intelligence.
Lizzy Bennett = Gryffindor
She’s courageous enough to decline Mr. Darcy’s AND Mr. Collins’s marriage proposal. How many more marriage proposals does one get in a lifetime??? Also, I can totally see her fighting trolls and whatnot. Please take a moment to bask in that image.
Mr. Darcy = Ravenclaw
He strikes me as incredibly intelligent, well-read, and generally intellectual. Of course, Lizzy is, too, but in a bolder and more audacious way.
Mr. Wickham = Slytherin
His main goals throughout the book are to gain wealth and have a good time. While these goals aren’t necessarily evil in and of themselves, he pursues them to a fault by lying and cheating to gain a higher level of living.
Mrs. Bennett = Slytherin
This is not to say that she’s evil, but she IS driven by ambition. Actually, she is driven by ambitions for her daughters and not for herself as the other Slytherins in this story generally are. It is her life’s purpose to see her daughters happily and advantageously married and she will do whatever it takes to convince them to act in (what she believes to be) their best interest.
Lady Catherine = Slytherin
Like Mrs. Bennett, her ambition is also directed in part to others through joining her daughter and Mr. Darcy in holy matrimony. We can sense, though, that other areas of her ambition were once money and the various personal accomplishments valued at that time, but now she feels she has attained those and lords it over those who have not.
Charlotte = ???
While the wisdom of Charlotte’s decision to marry Mr. Collins may be heavily debated, she is a rational thinker who acts in the way she believes to be best. She acts somewhat independently by marrying Mr. Collins when she knows she does not love him and despite Lizzy’s inevitable disapproval. She is sure enough of herself to do what SHE feels to be right no matter what anyone else says. All of these things would suggest that she may be a Ravenclaw. However, the decision to marry Mr. Collins is actually much less of a “choice” than I have proposed (no pun intended). While no one is actively forcing her to get married, she knows that as she grows older her prospects are worse and worse and that she will become a burden to her parents. The social pressures that “encourage” a woman to be married during this time could be enough to rob her of free will to a certain extent. So where does that put her???
Mr. Collins = Squib
That’s right. Can you REALLY picture Mr. Collins with a wand, attempting to concoct potions under the hawkish eyes of Professor Snape? Neither can I.
Lydia and Kitty = Too immature to be sorted
Once they get past their childlike ways, perhaps they could be sorted then. But I am optimistic enough to hope that by delaying their sorting they will find themselves, as cheesy as that sounds.
An important note about the Slytherins:
The Slytherins of the Victorian era appear to be those searching for wealth and accomplishment. Not only that, but that single house is fighting against all three of the other houses. It’s interesting that the “good guys” in this story are so varied in their goals and ideas while the “bad guys” all seem to have one major goal and flaw, though they manifest it in different ways. (Poor Mr. Collins is an outlier. He tries to participate almost like Filch, but just can’t.)
These Harry Potter pairings actually fit well with Jane Austen’s apparent message. The vicious ambition of people (the Slytherins) while disregarding logic, intelligence, and even kindness, is constantly grating against the other characters’ lives. In the ideal world, people are varied in personalities and goals, but those personalities and goals are balanced so that ambition doesn’t drive them over the edge.
Do you agree with my sortings? What else can Hogwarts houses tell us about the characters (either individually or in groups) and how they interact?
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