Sorting Hat Saturday: Beauty and the Beast

Last week, I started a series of Disney-related sortings, and this week, I’m going to do my favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Belle: Ravenclaw. Belle always has her nose in a book, leading the other villagers to see her as something of an oddity. Her ability to look beyond the surface, to love the Beast for who he is inside and see Gaston as the monster he is, shows a kind of wisdom that few other characters possess. She’s smart enough to figure out that the castle is enchanted on her own, curious enough to go into the forbidden west wing, and open-minded enough to go along with it when clocks and candlesticks start talking to her. There’s definitely a bit of Gryffindor in Belle, too – her willingness to stay in her father’s place and her refusal to back down in the face of a mob – but overall I’d say she’s a Ravenclaw.

The Beast: Slytherin. The Beast is hard to sort, because he changes so much over the course of the movie, from a rude, shallow young prince to a monster consumed by rage to a kind man in a monstrous form. But I would put him in Slytherin partially because he changes so much. Slytherins, more than any other house, show a remarkable ability to adapt to their circumstances. The selfish young prince could easily be one of Harry’s Slytherin classmates, and his actions after his transformation can be seen as a sort of self-preservation; he believes that the world would see him as a monster, so he protects himself by scaring them away. (I wonder how many Slytherins in the Harry Potter books could say the same? I’d guess at least a few.) The Beast also changes for the better by the end of the movie. He was not kind, gentle, or selfless before meeting Belle, but he becomes those things thanks to her influence. As I’ve said before, Slytherins don’t let others into their hearts easily, but they are capable of loving just as deeply as the other houses, which is often their saving grace.

Gaston: Gryffindor. I’ve already talked quite a bit about this, but basically: Gaston possesses the worst forms of Gryffindor traits. He is bold, arguably courageous, reacts to things he sees as a danger by attacking them, and wants to be seen as a hero. Too bad he doesn’t have a moral compass.


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