Sorting Hat Saturday: High School Musical

High School Musical came out when I was in sixth grade, and a couple of years later, I was in a local theater production of it. I have to admit that still love it, even as an adult. It’s cheesy, it’s unrealistic, but it’s sugar-coated in nostalgia for me. I think I still know every word of “We’re All in This Together”.

Anyway, I decided to sort the characters into Hogwarts houses this week, and here’s what I came up with.

Gabriella: Ravenclaw. Not just because of her exceptional intelligence, but because her first priority is always to stay true to herself. At her old schools, where she was ostracized for her intelligence, she still continued to embrace it; at East High, she’s accepted by a group of fellow “braniacs” but risks losing them as friends to pursue her growing interest in theater. Ravenclaws are independent thinkers who don’t tend to cave in to peer pressure, as seen in the extreme example of Luna Lovegood. Gabriella is smart, creative, genuine, and totally Ravenclaw.

Troy: Gryffindor. His storyline in each movie is about finding courage to stand up for what he wants in increasingly difficult circumstances, and while he has his moments of weakness, he always rises to the occasion in the end. Unlike Gabriella, he doesn’t find it easy to simply be himself. But he finds it within himself to stand up to bullies, defy expectations, and do right by the people he’s close to. He would be a Gryffindor, not because bravery is easy for him, but because he always pushes himself to make the brave choice and clearly values courage more than anything else.

Sharpay: Slytherin. There’s very little she won’t do to get what she wants. Sharpay is sneaky, ambitious, and overly proud – all typical Slytherin flaws. I mean, her solos/duets are almost always about how big her dreams are and how much she wants to accomplish. Bop bop bop, bop to the top …

Ryan: Hufflepuff. This is a hard one, but I feel pretty confident. Ryan is not a typical Hufflepuff, no stability or steadfast loyalty here. In fact, he spends a lot of time wavering back and forth between supporting his egomaniac sister and standing up for the other kids. But once he does have a chance to develop, he shows himself to embody Hufflepuff virtues. He cares enough about what’s fair and what’s right to not be okay with Sharpay’s schemes, and he works very hard on projects that won’t benefit him, like doing the choreography for a musical in which he himself only plays a small part.

Chad: Hufflepuff. Chad is a team member before he’s an individual. While Troy and Gabriella stand up against peer pressure, Chad gives into it without even noticing that he does and takes part in it without seeing anything wrong with that. His friendship with Troy is genuine, and his loyalty to his team is absolute, but he rarely shows any independence.

Taylor: Slytherin. For the same reasons Chad is a Hufflepuff, Taylor can’t be a Ravenclaw. She’s certainly intelligent, but her first reaction is to discourage a friend from exploring new interests because it will interfere with her own goals. She prioritizes winning above all else. Even in the third movie, her level-headed decision to go to Yale – across the country from Chad – is contrasted with Gabriella and Troy’s anguish at the thought of being separated by a much shorter distance. Her ambitions and goals come first.

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