Sorting Hat Saturday: The Pevensie Siblings

Welcome back to Sorting Hat Saturday. Today, I’m going to be sorting Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, from The Chronicles of Narnia. But if you think you know where this is going, think again; in my version, there’s not one sibling for each house, and two of the four are hatstalls.

Peter: Gryffindor. Peter is the classical hero, fighting courageously for what’s right, leading armies into battle and putting his own life at risk. Peter never backs down from a fight and never hesitates in taking risks. He is also the leader among the siblings, which I think has as much to do with his strong personality as the fact that he’s the eldest.

Susan: Ravenclaw/Slytherin. Susan is the logical one of the four, and seems to value knowledge and reason very highly. However, Pottermore suggests that Ravenclaws are open-minded and able to think outside the box, while Susan has trouble believing in anything she can’t see. On the other hand, I wouldn’t describe her as cunning, but her practicality, bossiness, self-sufficiency, and ability to adapt to whichever world she finds herself in would make her well-suited to Slytherin. Movie Susan, who fights in battle alongside her brothers, could be a Gryffindor, but in the books she is Queen Susan the Gentle and is known for being kind rather than courageous.

Edmund: Hufflepuff. I know what you’re thinking; Slytherin was my first instinct, too. But Edmund isn’t a Slytherin. He shows some ambition in his reasons for betraying his siblings, but he quickly regrets it. By the end of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he has become King Edmund the Just, and his loyalty never wavers again. In other words, he adopts a Hufflepuff value system. The sorting hat takes into account what a person values and aspires to be as much as what they are, so I find it hard to believe that it would sort Edmund according to his greatest regret rather than the values he chooses to pursue for the rest of his life.

Lucy: Gryffindor/Hufflepuff. Lucy is brave in a different way from Peter; hers is an inner strength and a refusal to do anything but what she believes is right. She is known as Queen Lucy the Valiant for a reason, and out of the four siblings, she is the one most often held up as an example of courage, goodness, and righteousness. However, Lucy also shows extreme loyalty, both to her siblings, to Aslan, and to Narnia. She is the only one of them who always believes and never doubts. It could be said that she exemplifies the best of both Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, but if I really had to choose, I think I’d put her in Gryffindor.

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