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You love Jane Austen. You love Harry Potter. So why not sort your favorite Austen characters into Hogwarts houses? I could not come up with a good reason not to.
I’m the sort of person who wonders how Elinor and Marianne Dashwood’s Myers-Briggs personality types made their sisterly relationship complicated. And I’ve spent a lot of time considering whether the Weasley’s are probably Catholics. Austen’s novels and the Potter series are my stories that I keep coming back to year after year, so why not create a delightful mashup?
When sorting Jane Austen characters into Hogwarts houses, I discovered that it was incredibly tricky and that I was tempted to sort my favorites into my house (Ravenclaw) and to keep all of my favorites out of Slytherin. But I tried my hardest to be as objective as the Sorting Hat!
Need a refresher on which house has which characteristics? Here goes:
A Gryffindor’s crowning trait is his/her bravery. While they may have other characteristics such as rashness and spunk, courage is their number one defining trait.
Hufflepuffs are loyal. They are deeply committed to their friendships, very hardworking, and can be quite selfless.
Ravenclaws are brainy and bookish. They highly value wit, wisdom, and learning.
Slytherins are ambitious. They’re often talented, can be manipulative, and have a very strong regard for ancestry.
Slytherin Note: Keep in mind that these characteristics don’t necessarily make them bad. There are good Slytherins, ones who can even exhibit the good qualities of other houses. Take Regulus Black who was highly courageous like a Gryffindor and selfless like a Hufflepuff or consider heroic, loyal, and self-sacrificing Severus Snape! So while it pains me to put some of my favorites into Slytherin, let’s remember that, as Harry said to young Albus Severus, it just means that “Slytherin house will have gained an excellent student!”
Here we go!
There’s no better place to start than Pride & Prejudice’s vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, right? Like all of Austen’s complicated heroines, I could see Lizzie’s sorting going more than one way. But her defining characteristics seemed to be most consistent with Ravenclaw. Lizzie’s quick wit is legendary and in addition to her fine eyes, she possesses “something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” Textbook Ravenclaw.
Could have been a……Gryffindor. Elizabeth is also…well, spunky. And quite courageous to stand up to Lady Catherine de Bourgh! I can see her as a bookish Gryffindor like Hermione.
And as sortings are often similar in families (the Weasley’s for example were ALL Gryffindors) I would imagine that Mr. Bennet who basically lived in his library and Mary Bennet (who proves that insufferable Ravenclaws are a thing) are in the same house as Lizzie.
While Marianne’s rashness would also make her a good candidate for Gryffindor, I think this Sense & Sensibility lass is also in Ravenclaw. Her admiration of beauty, poetry, music, and ideas all points to a love for the life of the mind.
- Jane Fairfax of Emma
- Captain James Benwick of Persuasion
While I assumed many of my favorite Jane Austen heroines would turn out to be Gryffindor, I discovered that the only one that really fits with the scarlet and gold is Elinor Dashwood–an unexpected Gryffindor. While she has many of the best Hufflepuff characteristics, it’s her courage that has always struck me. She holds her family together and bravely leads them into their new life away from Norland. Living her life while carrying so many sorrows and disappointments requires so much gumption that I’m inclined to shout Gryffindor!
Could have been…Hufflepuff. There are certainly courageous Hufflepuffs (like Cedric Diggory), so I don’t think it’s out of the question for Elinor to be sorted there.
I think my quintessential Austen Gryffindor is Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion. He’s brave (hello, naval captain) as well as slightly rash. Remember that whole Louisa Musgrove and the fall at Lyme thing? But, while headstrong, he makes the right choice in the end.
The rake of Sense & Sensibility is a good example of a bold Gryffindor gone wrong: rash and heedless with a character that COULD have turned out noble and courageous under other circumstances. He’s not cunning like a Slytherin, he’s just weak and intemperate.
- Louisa Musgrove
- Colonel Brandon
- Mr. Knightley (My favorite of all time forever and ever.)
Let me say first that I adore Emma. I identify with her and as frustrating as she can be, I’ll never stop loving her. I tried to justify sorting her anywhere else, but homegirl is a Slytherin. She’s conniving, manipulative, and cares way too much about pedigree–as became apparent when she tried to convince her friend Harriet not to marry the adorable farmer Robert Martin because his station wasn’t high enough. (Good thing that all ended well). Now, she has the best of intentions but she has a lot of growing to do during the novel to become a decent human being. And her redemption is due in part to falling in love with an excellent Gryffindor.
Could have been…Gryffindor. I think it’s possible that Emma is a Gryffindor gone slightly awry who’s had “too little to vex her” and hasn’t done a lot of the character building she should have done early on until later in life. She’s a little bit heedless, and she’s certainly no coward! I suppose it all depends on when Emma was sorted. At age, 11, she would probably have been Slytherin, but then, as Dumbledore says “I sometimes think we sort too soon.”
Don’t tar and feather me until you hear me out, folks. When my husband first argued the case that Darcy is a Slytherin I was appalled. OF COURSE HE’S NOT, I said. But then I started to think about it.
One of his defining characteristics is his pride in the ancient and most noble house of Darcy–a house trait he probably inherited from fellow Slytherin Lady Catherine de Bourgh. His obsession with ancestry and position kept him from pursuing Elizabeth (and almost ruined Bingley and Jane’s romance forever). He has good qualities from other houses, of course, but I think what we have here is a noble Slytherin. He just needed to gain some humility and to fall for a witty Ravenclaw with fine eyes to see what really matters.
Could have been…..Gryffindor. Mr. Darcy could also be a Gryffindor that needed to get over his enthusiasm for station and lineage. Think Percy Weasley, a Gryffindor who obsessed over the wrong things and then saw the light. Darcy certainly needed bravery to stand up to Lady Catherine to tell her that he was going to marry Lizzie!
Could have been….Ravenclaw. He maintains a “delightful library” at Pemberley and does admire Lizzie’s quick tongue. Would he say “wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure“? I’m not sure.
Another famously Slytherinish family is Persuasion’s Elliots. Sir Walter Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot and their cousin Mr. Elliot are all hopelessly Slytherin (and not in a noble Darcy-ish way). Just think how much they’d despise the Weasleys! Anne breaks the mold, of course, (more on that in the Hufflepuff section) and Mary Elliot Musgrove probably had too many hypochondriac episodes to even go to Hogwarts.
- George Wickham
- Lucy Steele
- Mr. Elton
- Mary Crawford
- Maria Bertram
To me, Jane Bennet is the classic Hufflepuff. Loyal, loving, selfless, and endearing. And there’s two Austen leading ladies that are strong candidates for the badger house.
She’s just SUCH a Hufflepuff. Fanny is the most underrated of all the Austen heroines. She not fearless, she doesn’t have an ambitious or cunning bone in her body, and she’s not a vivacious wit. She is a selfless, kind, loyal soul with a great intuition for reading the hearts of men (she knew the Crawfords were evil before anybody else did!). Fanny isn’t given enough credit, but I love her and always will.
While Anne is hard to place, I think she most neatly fits into Hufflepuff, primarily for her loyalty. She is ever faithful to her first love, intrepid Gryffindor Frederick Wentworth, despite thinking they were separated for ever demonstrating “loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.” Of course, it’s Austen, so it all worked out all right in the end!
Anne, in typical Hufflepuff fashion, also highly values relationships like friendship why is why she took her friend Lady Russell’s warning about the prudence of the match so much to heart and why she keeps up with old school friends like Mrs. Smith. She also demonstrates a Hufflepuff’s hardworking spirit as she is always selflessly handing everyone else’s problems: the arrangements for leaving Killynch and caring for whatever ill or injured family member needs nursing. You’re the best, Anne. You deserve an unbelievably handsome,dashing, and successful sea caption.
- Edward Ferrars
- Harriet Smith
- Mrs. Jennings
- Sir John Middleton
When trying to place Pride & Prejudice’s Mr. Collins, I came to the realization that he is most likely a squib. And Lydia Bennet is most likely a muggle. And we all know that Mrs. Norris, the most vile of all Austen’s characters, is Filch’s horrible cat.
There’s a LOT of characters that I haven’t sorted yet and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the sorting in the comments!
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor?: The Definitive Guide to Sorting Saints into Hogwarts Houses.
Note on the images: My friend Katherine Makowsky drew the Austen heroines for this post. You can follow her on Instagram (I highly recommend it!) and find her at her blog. She’s so talented and she takes commissions for custom pieces of art.
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What do you think about Jane Eyre, Hufflepuff?
Ravenclaw all the way for JE!
I would argue that JE is a Hufflepuff because she does not understand the world around her and is loyal to a fault. Much like a Hufflepuff
Amy S says
I would actually have said Gryffindor all the way for Jane Eyre! But she certainly does have the qualities of three out of four houses.
Hannah Donohue says
Oh my gosh, this post is the best thing I’ve seen in weeks. I myself have recently been re-watching Downton Abbey and sorting the characters into Hogwarts houses! So much fun, thank you!
Emma Paulding says
Blog posts like this are the best!!
I just watched Love and Friendship so I’m gonna throw in a couple from there. (Haven’t read the book yet, so tell me if I’m off!)
Lady Susan Vernon – SLYTHERIN. End of story. You can’t tell me I’m off on this one;)
Frederica – Hufflepuff. She’s got some Gryffindor, but I feel like loyalty and sweetness are her main characteristics.
Alicia Johnson – Slytherin. With a touch of Hufflepuff? She’s conniving, but loyal to her friends in her own way.
Reginald De Courcy – Hufflepuff. He’s gentle and kind and wants to believe the best of people.
Lady De Courcy – Ravenclaw. She sees right through Slytherin wiles!
Catherine Vernon – Gryffindor or Ravenclaw? I’m leaning towards Gryffindor…SHE’S not afraid to foil other people’s schemes.
Charles Vernon – Hufflepuff.
Ibreez Shabkhez says
I thought no one would have written on Lady Susan (my favourite in all of Austen), and I’m planning on writing a term paper analysing this choice. I don’t think you’re off, but I think it’ll be interesting coming up with arguments for all four houses. Glad you mentioned Lady Susan <3
We (my 14-year-old and I) think Mr. Darcy is a Hufflepuff! Even though this might not seem apparent, we think a lot of his motivation stems from his loyalty and also shyness.
I second this!
I wholeheartedly agree! he’s very loyal to his friends and family, a point that is emphasized by many of his acquaintances during the story! and although he is proud, he works hard to overcome it, so I feel like he’d be a person to ask the hat to not be in the same house as his aunt, but to be in the hufflepuff house with his closest friend bingly (who is definitely a huffleputff haha)
Oh, but Slytherins are extremely loyal – but to only their chosen few, just like Darcy. And who says a Slytherin can’t be shy? I always think of Hufflepuffs as extremely outgoing, whereas Slytherins keep more to themselves and to their select group of friends/family.
Love this. Henry Tilney…Ravenclaw!
What about the Bingleys? I assume Charles would be in Hufflepuff and Caroline and Louisa would be in Slytherin.
Not nearly subtle enough for Slytherin! Lavender Brown-esque Gryffindors for sure 😀
Eh, as if Draco Malfoy was subtle? You don’t have to be subtle to be in Slytherin! I agree that Caroline and Luisa are Slytherins.
Ooh! Charlotte Lucas! Ravenclaw or Slytherin???
Meg Rose says
I would say ravenclaw- she preferred to make decisions using her head rather than her heart (but Lizzie Bennett diaries could be influencing this just a bit- that portrayal of charlotte was all ravenclaw)
Kelly Anondoc says
I think she’s hufflepuff with a bit of ravenclaw. She loyal but also logical.
Last one for a while, Mrs Grant, Hufflepuff?
Katherine Grimm Bowers says
LOVE THIS. I think I’m definitely Jane Bennet / Fanny Price / Anne Elliot and so it makes sense they’re all Hufflepuff. Also the note on squibs made me chuckle.
Is Henry Crawford a Slytherin? He’s got to be, right?
And please do Avonlea sometime! I’m trying to think it out and all I’ve got is Matthew as Hufflepuff.
My teenager and I just talked about this, but we only did major characters.
Anne—Gryffindor or Ravenclaw
Marilla—we struggled with this one! She’s so reserved and so motivated by tradition and habit, which all seem rather Hufflepuff-ish, but she doesn’t have that gentle warmness of most Hufflepuffs. Perhaps a Ravenclaw?
Rachel Lynde—I made the argument for Slytherin, but my daughter said she’s not subtle enough and being a busybody is possibly also a Hufflepuff trait.
That’s as far as we got!
Katherine Grimm Bowers says
I love these! I feel like Anne is ambitious (S) and smart (R) and brave (G — think of saving Minnie Mae and riding the sinking boat) and loyal (H). I think you’re right though, on narrowing it down. And that the book turns on her choosing to care for Marilla instead of continuing her studies speaks to loyalty and bravery.
Anne is definitely a Gryffindor. Rashly impulsive, adventurous, capable of holding enormous grudges, brave, idealistic, and ginger. She’s basically Ron in puffed sleeves.
She’s also very introspective with a very deep interior life, which are profoundly melancholic traits and I think Ravenclaw is loosely equivalent to melancholic. Also I don’t think holding a grudge is a Gryffindor trait at all! I am a red haired melancholic Ravenclaw and I see a lot of Anne there too. However, I would still agree that she’s probably more likely a Gryffindor. I do firmly hold that she’s INFP and melancholic, though.
I was describing Ron, not all Gryffs. 😉
Mr. Collins as a squib had me cracking up. I love this. I wanted to fight you on Mr. Darcy, but I think you’re right.
Please, please, pleas do Downton next!
Mr Collins is such a squib! I love it!
I’m glad that someone else mentioned Darcy as Hufflepuff. If we’re going with the defining quality being loyalty, then I think he’s a perfect fit there.
He persuaded Jane against Bingley more because he was convinced her feelings weren’t as strong than because of her family. The family issue obviously didn’t stop him from getting them back together (out of loyalty again). And of course he himself marries into this family beneath his station. If his defining quality was his esteem for his ancestry, he would have unquestionably married his cousin.
Also, he paid off Wickham for his loyalty to Elizabeth. And he regretted not outing Wickham when he could have so that the whole situation between Wickham and Lydia would have been avoided even though it would have brought shame on his own sister.
Also, Darcy as a Hufflepuff would help change the image of Hufflepuffs from sweet pushovers (as they’re frequently made out to be) to loyal, self-sacrificing friends.
I do agree with your choices for everyone else. This was such a fun list 🙂
Yes! I hate phone typing, but these are all the points I wanted to make, too!
Ah now I’m rethinking my original thoughts because I think a lot of the same could be said of Snape–falls in love with Lily even though she’s muggle-born and is intensely loyal to her memory.
I haven’t read HP in a very long while so this might sound ignorant but this question keeps popping up in my mind: are students sorted into houses primarily because of their temperament or because of a singular virtue that they have the potential to excel at?
Because if it’s temperament, moody, broody Snape and Darcy both make sense as Slytherins rather than as amiable Hufflepuffs. But if it’s a virtue (cunning for Slytherins–I know…not exactly a virtue–and loyalty for Hufflepuffs), then I would have sorted them both as Hufflepuffs.
I’ve been thinking about this all day haha! Time to start re-reading 🙂
I don’t know, I don’t think of Snape as the exemplary Slytherin, but more someone who rose above these qualities to become something better. I actually think of Prof. Slughorn as the quintessential Slytherin!
We talk about sorting people into Hogwarts houses (and the Four Temperaments) constantly, so I am very much sticking with Darcy as Hufflepuff!
Megan Quinlan says
I read something online recently – not sure if it’s true or not – that JK Rowling said that the sorting hat only made 7 mistakes in history and one of them was sorting Severus Snape into Slytherin. It does kind of make sense when you think about it – aside from the creepiness, he’s not exactly what I would call ambitious and cunning.
This is exactly why he is such a Slytherin. I think people have to get out of the box that Slytherins are just self centered and ambitious because it’s just more than that. Slytherins care about a select amount of people and if you’re friends with a Slytherin that means they are gonna do everything for you doesn’t matter if its the wrong way (like what he did for Bingley) and also he had a clear goal, he took care of his sister and also took care of Lydia’s situation but just because he wanted to help Lizzy. Slytherins that are a better example than Snape are:
Regulus Black, Naracissa Malfoy, Andromeda Tonks and of course now Draco Malfoy, Scorpius Malfoy y Albus Severus Potter.
I didn’t say it, but you’ve combined two of my favorite things in case you couldn’t tell how I’m getting out about it. ?
Lady Russell, Ravenclaw?
*geeking, stupid autocorrect.
This wins the internet today!
I love this so much!!
JUST THIS MORNING I said to my husband (unfortunately with exasperation), “We don’t think of things the same way. See, you’re Marianne and I’m Elinor. You’re all sensibilities and la-la-la-but-my-feeeelings, and I’m all sense and practicalities to a grave fault. I do not see why we are a match but while driving each other insane we are going to get each other to heaven. Even if that means decades of sweet purgatory, GOD HELP US WE ARE GOING TO GET TO HEAVEN.”
So this reminded me of that convo. Excellent theories. I wonder what Jo Rowling would think of this. Someone should send it to her.
Totally. Tweet it to her, somebody!
Loved this! What about Katherine and Henry? I do love Northanger….
Henry – Gryffindor
Amy S says
I was going to ask the same thing! Catherine and Henry are my favorites. In fact, the Tilney family as a whole fascinates me, so I’d love to see the rest of them sorted as well. Here’s what I would say, but I’m not wedded to it:
Frederick: Gryffindor gone a bit astray
Henry: Ravenclaw to the max
Eleanor: Hufflepuff or Gryffindor
General Tilney: Slytherin
Interestingly, if Eleanor is a Hufflepuff, that would make the Tilneys a family with one living member in each house.
Catherine, I think, is a Hufflepuff. I promise this isn’t influenced by the fact that I am, myself, a hopeless Hufflepuff.
I’m very curious to hear the opinions of others!
I’d definitely put Catherine in Hufflepuff. She’s too naive and can’t solve even the simplest of riddles, so she doesn’t deserve Ravenclaw. She’s more whimsical. I’d definitely put Isabella and her brother and the whole Thorpe family in Slytherin. I’d put all the Morelands in Hufflepuff. And Henry and his sister in Ravenclaw with the General and Captain in Slytherin. They are a smart family, but it’s how they react to situations that changed the houses for me.
I love Hufflepuff, and it pains me to say it, but Collins is a Hufflepuff to me. His loyalty to Lady Catherine is self-serving, but it is also absolute, and he’s not cunning or ambitious enough for it to be a byproduct of Slytherin or Ravenclaw. Plus he’s too easily cowed to be a Gryffindor, but the way Charlotte encourages his love of gardening implies that he isn’t afraid of work. I’d even argue his letters to the Bennets post-marriage, though mean-spirited and meant to shame them, probably came out of what he twistedly thought of as family loyalty. Every house has its bad side, and that’s what Collins represents.
Similarly, if the chips are down, I’d make a case for Lydia as the worst of Gryffindor. She might not be not smart, driven, cunning, loyal or hard-working, but she IS brash, impetuous, and willing to sneak away with a guy in the middle of the night. She’s basically the female Cormac McLaggen.
And if we HAD to sort her beyond being Filch’s cat (which admittedly fits perfectly), I put Mrs. Norris in Slytherin. The only house you really couldn’t really make a case for is Gryffindor, because she’s clever enough to scheme and make her money last, loyal to the nieces she doesn’t hate, and her willingness to work hard is probably her least-awful trait, but she’s way too selfish for Hufflepuff and sliiightly too status-obsessed for Ravenclaw, though that would be my next guess for her.
And now that someone terrible has gone everywhere else, I need someone awful who’s *definitely* a Ravenclaw! I think Henry Crawford and possibly Mary belong in Ravenclaw, since they’re both clever and bored to the point of viciousness, but less ambitious than they might be. The Bertram sisters are selfish, proud, and lazy, but they also aren’t stupid, so you could make a case for either of them. And the more I think about it, the more Frederick Tilney seems to fit in Ravenclaw, if only by the virtue of his being witty but generally dissolute. Clever philanderers tend to fit the bill if they aren’t 100% fortune hunting. Is there anyone in Persuasion like that?
This is pretty awesome! Well done!
However, I think I disagree on Mr. Knightley. (He’s my favorite too!) I think he’s actually a HufflePuff. He’s got that whole Cedric Diggory sexy but fair-minded thing going on for him. For me, it’s his ability to see people like Robert Martin as worthy and desire to treat Ms. Bates as equal even as he sees her falling social status that make him so endearing. He notices what is going on with Jane, but never jumps in to openly challenge Frank on anything even though he thinks Frank is rather a bad egg.
I just read Harry Potter for the first time this year, and having done so, I totally agree with your thoughts on Mr. Knightley (who is also my favorite forever and ever!). I don’t see him in Gryffindor at all.
Great post 🙂 So nice fot the gloomy morning 🙂
I was disappointed not to see my favourite heroine Catherine Morland! I like to imagine she is a Hufflepuff because she’s so pure and innocent.
I shall dispute your analysis of Lydia Bennett–her ambition to marry first. makes her a Slytherin. It is poor, overlooked Kitty Bennett who, I fear, is the Squib.
Mrs. Bennett, for her ambition and (romantic) cunning, is also a Slytherin. As is Charlotte Lucas. Colonel Fitzwilliam is a Hufflepuff (loyalty and social kindness).
Brian Edgar says
I can see the argument for Mr Collins being a squib, except I doubt a Slytherine Lady Catherine would associate with him in that case. Call him a Hufflepuff who wishes he was in Slytherine.
Do Mad Men!!
Col. Brandon must be a Hufflepuff! He is the most loyal, unfailing person.
Thank you so much. This is one of the most delightful posts I have ever read. So glad to have found your site.
I think Lydia would be a Slytherin, not a Muggle! And Kitty would be a Hufflepuff, just like her mother.
Madeline Osigian says
Oh my goodness! I love this SO SO MUCH! Good work…my favorite part, which made me laugh, was “When trying to place Pride & Prejudice’s Mr. Collins, I came to the realization that he is most likely a squib. And Lydia Bennet is most likely a muggle.”
SO TRUE! (Although could Lydia be a muggle if her father is in Ravenclaw??? Maybe she is a half-blood. Thoughts to ponder.)
I sorted Bible characters into Hogwarts not too long ago >>>——————->
I think Marianne Dashwood is a Hufflepuff. Her most dominant feature, included in her romanticism, is loyalty.
I’m just seeing this blog/post now, & love it! I agree with everything except Mr. Knightley-I think he’s Ravenclaw. He values knowledge, & he’s constantly teaching AND correcting Emma
Quite reasonable! There has just been a little spelling error- it’s Hermione, not Hermoine. Please do correct it.
Thanks for catching that!
It’s been really fun reading this post (and all the comments) again now that I’ve actually read the HP series. Thanks for the great start to my morning!