Pride and Prejudice Characters Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses

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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.

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Bilbo Baggins in Rapunzel’s Tower (And Other Rapunzel Character Swaps)

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“Every world in fiction is a mentality – a way of understanding, a means of making judgements, a catalogue of right and wrong. To build a world, we must build our characters.”  —Neil MacDonald

I read this on author Neil MacDonald’s blog the other day and was struck by it.  Between the two of us, we wondered what would happen if you put a literary character in another book’s setting.  How would the setting itself be changed?

What if, for example, someone other than Rapunzel was trapped in that tower?

Here’s how I think the story and setting would change for five characters:

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Classical Music Stories: Pride and Prejudice

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Waltz in E-Flat Major, Op. 18 “Grande valse brillante”

Frédéric Chopin

It is the opening of the Lucas’s ball. Everyone is talking about the rich newcomer and his friend.

We see Jane as she genuinely admires Mr. Bingley: a beautiful, kind, and agreeable girl, though Mr. Darcy’s pride is a bit of a dent in the overall mood.

The music becomes creeping and mysterious as Mrs. Bennett sees Jane and Mr. Bingley together. We keep alternating between Jane and Bingley’s joyful purity and Mrs. Bennett’s clueless Continue reading