J.K. Rowling spent years developing her lead characters’ relationship. The trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione could very well go down as the greatest novelized trio in history, but, at Of Blades and Kings, we feel there’s a little bit of smudge with this trio.
Throughout Harry Potter, the theme, “it doesn’t matter what house you’re in, you can still do great things,” grows with the books. The Trio did great things, but they were all in Gryffindor, the antagonists were in Slytherin, and the house that stood up and helped Gryffindor the most? Ravenclaw. Where was Hufflepuff’s representation? Yes, Cedric Diggory was a perfect candidate to bring Hufflepuff’s into the spotlight, but he was murdered by Voldemort. Before him Hufflepuff’s had Justin Finch-Fletchley, Ernie McMillan, and Hannah Abbot. After him they introduced Zacharias Smith, but that didn’t help since he was pretty much a prat the whole time. Not exactly A-list characters. Even Professor Sprout doesn’t get time to shine outside of the Chamber of Secrets.
J.K. spent time to discuss how the House system at Hogwarts might be flawed, and yet she didn’t write anything that necessarily proved that point to be right. An example? None the Slytherins stay in book seven to help defend Hogwarts. J.K. made all the main characters in Gryffindor and Slytherin, Ravenclaw got boosts with Cho Chang and Luna Lovegood, and she barely gave Hufflepuff’s anything. She didn’t create an environment that showed the system was flawed, and that’s why we’re here, to fix it.
The best way to do this, is to re-sort the Trio, and here’s where we put them.
Sorry, you just can’t re-sort Harry Potter, would it be amazing if he went to Slytherin and was still a great guy? Yes, absolutely, but Harry Potter in Gryffindor is like a fish to water, it’s just meant to be.
An obvious change here, Hermione is easily the brightest which of her age. Her relationship with Flitwick throughout the books seems really strong to me, and it’s not like you can’t be brave and be in Ravenclaw. Just ask Luna Lovegood.
I don’t mean this in a bad way, but Ron’s a Hufflepuff, he easily has the biggest heart in the trio and he’s a great friend. Would being sorted into Hufflepuff mess up his street cred in the Weasley house? Sure, but he could go on to do great things in Hufflepuff without having to worry about measuring up to his brothers, or having his brothers around to constantly tease him. Who knows, he might’ve been that Head Boy, Quidditch Captain combo he saw in the Mirror of Erised.
With Harry, Ron, and Hermione being in separate houses it would change the story, but, I don’t think it would change much. It would increase the amount of time the Trio spends outside the common room, it would create more of a challenge for them to find a place to discuss all their plans, and ultimately we’d see more of Hogwarts. I believe all those things are positives, they would help flesh out the story and make the unity argument more impactful.
Clearly, we’re not making any crazy changes to The Trio here, but these new sortings open up so many possibilities for the story.
Let us know what you think, are there any other characters in Harry Potter that need to be re-sorted?
Perhaps Draco to Ravenclaw? He is an incredibly bright wizard, enough to be battling with Hermione for the top of the class. In the end, he didn’t have the hatred to be an evil wizard like Voldemort or his dad. Draco needs a do over in Ravenclaw.
Fred & George to Slytherin? They are incredibly cunning and ambitious. If those are truly a Slytherin’s defining features, they’d be a good fit. However, they don’t fit in with the evil nature of Slytherin.
Let me know what you think, and remember, not all those who wander are lost.
– The Wandering One