deird1: Willow looking pretty (Willow red)
[personal profile] deird1
A few weeks ago I was musing about Hogwarts houses, and which one I'd be sorted into. Mentioned this to the husband, who responded with "Duh. Of course you'd be in Ravenclaw. Isn't it obvious?"

He is, of course, correct. When I thought about it, I realised that, if I was not sorted into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin, I'd be sad, but also think "yeah, I suppose that's reasonable". If I failed to be sorted into Ravenclaw, on the other hand, I would be horrified that they didn't think I was intellectual enough.

I think, in fact, that's probably a good way of confirming someone's house. Someone who doesn't get into Hufflepuff, and says "But... you don't think I'm loyal and hardworking enough? I am SO loyal and hardworking! Let me show you how hard I can work at being loyal!" - or who doesn't get into Slytherin and is highly indignant about her resourcefulness being disparaged.

...and now, I will do what countless others have doubtless done before me, and sort the Buffy characters into Hogwarts houses. Because I couldn't get to sleep last night and this is what my brain does.

- Buffy. Because duh.
- Spike. He's gutsy, and tends to put everything on the line just for the heck of it.

- Giles. (Bookish polyglot.)
- Dawn. (Ditto.)
- Angel. He knows his history, his languages, and his literature. And tends to research everything.

- Willow. I think she's more about knowledge so that she can do things and so that she can feel good about herself than because she actually wants to know for the sake of it. And she'd be upset about people thinking she wasn't prepared and resourceful.
- Anya. Pragmatic as all get-out. And I think she's the one character who would be most likely to shoot someone Indiana-Jones-style to cut the battle short.

- Faith. So ridiculously loyal - and the one way to make her absolutely destroy your life is to make her loyal to you and then (from her perspective) betray her.
- Everyone Willow has ever dated. (Seriously! Xander, Oz, Tara, Kennedy - all total Hufflepuffs...)

Date: 2015-12-27 10:39 pm (UTC)
megpie71: Servalan points a gun, with text "evil has appropriated the costume budget" (evil)
From: [personal profile] megpie71
See, I tend to look at the various Hogwarts houses as a way of categorising people by their besetting fault.

For example, Gryffindors have an absolute horror of saying "I was wrong" or "I made a mistake" (seriously, have a look at all the Gryffindor characters in the books, and note how often any one of them - even the adult former-Gryffindors - actually admits to any error at all. This tendency in and of itself is the best explanation going for Peter Pettigrew).

Ravenclaws have the besetting sin of mad scientists everywhere - a sort of hyper-focus where they zoom in on the particular thing they're studying, and learn everything they can about that, but never stop and think about the wider ramifications (five gets you ten the person who dreamed up the Cruciatus curse, as well as all the people who dreamed up every other form of magical torture up to and including using Dementors as prison guards, were Ravenclaws).

Hufflepuffs have the whole issue of peer pressure - if their friends were all jumping off a cliff, they would be severely tempted to follow - because the besetting sin of the Hufflepuffs is that they don't like to let other people down and have a lot of trouble saying "no".

Slytherins have the hyper-focus in common with the Ravenclaws, but they have the Evil Overlord version of it - so zoomed in on getting hold of Ultimate Supreme Power they haven't stopped and thought about what they're going to do with it once they've got it. So Slytherins are very goal-focussed throughout their lives, and miss a lot of life passing them by because they're so focussed on their particular goal, and they're often a bit bewildered about what to do once they've attained it.

Whether this holds true for the Buffy characters you've listed above I've no idea (I missed Buffy pretty thoroughly, due to a combination of circumstances). But I'd be interested in finding out whether there is actually a correspondence that way, too.

Date: 2015-12-31 01:52 am (UTC)
lyr: (Buffyhah: luthien_black)
From: [personal profile] lyr
Yes! I was going to advocate that swap for exactly that reason. And also because Angel is all schemes, deals, and this-deception-is-for-your-own-good.
Edited Date: 2015-12-31 01:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-28 10:32 pm (UTC)
frogfarm: WHOO POPPIN FRESH FAITH (puppy)
From: [personal profile] frogfarm
*raise eyebrow, smiles and nods at Faith being in the same category with "everyone Willow has ever dated"* And if she hasn't yet...

*lols at Anya observation on way out* Absolutely. Her cut to the chase attitude comes across wonderfully without dialogue in Hush when Giles gives his slide presentation.

Date: 2016-01-01 10:47 pm (UTC)
frogfarm: And a thousand gay men wept. (Default)
From: [personal profile] frogfarm
While I can totally get behind that as well, my personal canon requires that to forever remain mostly unrequited :)


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