Sorting Hat Sunday: Disney Part 1

First of all, I know this is a little late for Sorting Hat Saturday, so sorry about that. It’s been a busy week. Anyway, today I’m going to be starting a series of sorting posts that will go on for three or four weekends: Disney characters! Today I’ll be doing the main characters of some of the very earliest Disney animated movies:

Snow White: Hufflepuff. Snow White is kind-natured and not afraid of hard work. She happily cleans the dwarfs’ cottage, cooks for them, and falls into an almost motherly role even though she is much younger than any of them. After she gets over her initial fear, she does not seem very bothered by her predicament and instead seeks to make the best of it. She’s down-to-earth and practical, despite coming across as very naïve.

Cinderella: Gryffindor. Cinderella’s courage is emphasized in the 2015 live action remake, where her mother tells her to “have courage and be kind”. But even in the animated version, Cinderella has always possessed a quiet sort of courage: the courage to keep being who she is, to get out of bed every day and face her cruel stepfamily, and to keep hoping and dreaming of something better. She may not be allowed to physically fight for her dreams as the more recent heroines do, but she shows a remarkable inner strength and refuses to let herself be broken.

Alice: Ravenclaw. In the real world, Alice is an imaginative girl who conjures up daydreams and wishes for a more interesting world to explore. In Wonderland, on the other hand, she seems like the only sane one around and tries to make sense of the nonsense. She’s creative and whimsical, but still capable of thinking logically, and is endlessly fascinated by the world around her.

Peter Pan: Slytherin. Peter Pan displays extreme cunning in his battles with Captain Hook, where he outwits a larger and stronger opponent by being faster, cleverer, and not always playing by the rules. He is ruthless in dealing with his enemies, especially for a kids’ story, and doesn’t always seem to care whether he’s doing the right thing. Even enticing three children to run away from home is kind of a Slytherin thing to do. Tinkerbell, with her fierce loyalty to Peter alone and coldness/jealousy toward others, is also a Slytherin. (Note: I’m not talking about the Disney Fairies franchise, only Peter Pan itself).

Wendy: Ravenclaw. More of the Luna Lovegood type than the studious and logical type. Wendy not only dreams up stories about Peter Pan to tell to her younger brothers, she fully believes in them and doesn’t bat an eye when they turn out to be true. She doesn’t want to grow up because she believes she will have to give up her imagination. She is defined by her curiosity and willingness to accept the unbelievable. As their time in Neverland goes on and she becomes something of a mother figure to the boys, she also shows a natural wisdom and maturity that would no doubt grow once she leaves Neverland and grows up.

Aurora: Hufflepuff. She’s by far the most difficult to sort, because she doesn’t have much of a personality to speak of. I think Slytherin can be ruled out fairly easily; she is heartbroken to discover she’s a princess because it means she can’t marry the man she met once loves, whereas a Slytherin character might be excited to become royalty or at least come up with some kind of plan to be with her beloved rather than just crying about it. She doesn’t seem to show any courage or intellectual curiosity, although she doesn’t show cowardice or ignorance either. But her kind nature and willingness to – albeit sometimes begrudgingly – accept her lot in life make Hufflepuff the best fit, if only by default.

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