Sorting Hat Saturday: Romeo and Juliet

You can hardly do Shakespeare without Romeo and Juliet. I’ll freely admit that it’s not my favorite one of his plays, but it’s iconic, and it wouldn’t feel right to leave it out. Besides, the characters have such distinct personalities, making them fun and easy to sort.

Romeo: Ravenclaw. Romeo is quiet and contemplative where his friend Mercutio is brash and impulsive, distracted and prone to flights of fancy where his cousin Benvolio is down-to-earth. It’s Juliet who makes the plans, while Romeo contents himself with waxing poetic about his love for her. He’s certainly not a books-and-cleverness kind of Ravenclaw, but he fits there better than any other house.

Juliet: Slytherin. Not one to sit back and wait for things to happen to her, Juliet is the one who engineers both the lovers’ secret wedding and their escape attempt. She knows what she wants – to be with Romeo – and she sets about achieving it, resorting to extreme methods and complicated schemes. Even if it doesn’t end well, she’s still one of the smartest, most capable, and sneakiest characters.

Benvolio: Hufflepuff. Despite being a Montague himself, Benvolio cares little about the feud and a great deal about the people affected by it. He’s the one cautious and levelheaded character in a play dominated by rash decisions, and his desire for peace shows a concern for others that would make him a good fit for Hufflepuff.

Mercutio: Gryffindor. Romeo’s friend is the impulsive one of the group, and he’s the cause of most of their most reckless moments, from showing up uninvited at the Capulets’ ball to getting into a deadly fight with Tybalt. He says what he thinks, does what he wants, and doesn’t really care about the consequences.

Tybalt: Slytherin. I might have finally found a good reason why Crabbe and Goyle belong in Slytherin, because much like them, Tybalt is something of a bully, eager to start fights. Many Slytherin characters cling to traditions without questioning their value, such as by trying to exclude muggle-borns from the wizarding world. In the same way, Tybalt takes the feud more seriously than any other character. And he’s cunning about it. When Romeo refuses to fight him, he kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio to provoke him. When he wants something, there’s nothing he won’t do to get it.


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