Getting sorted … again!

I made a new account on wizardingworld.com instead of using my old Pottermore account, and I took the quizzes again. Here are my results:

House: Ravenclaw

Thank goodness! I feel very strongly about this one.

Wand: Poplar and Phoenix Feather

I loved my rowan and unicorn hair wand, but I didn’t try to replicate the answers that got me that one. I first took the Pottermore wand quiz about seven years ago, so it makes sense to me that my answers to some of the questions would change and that a different wand might choose me now. I know for sure that I switched from imagination to resilience on the question about which character trait you value most in yourself. However, rowan and poplar actually have very similar descriptions. Here is the official description of poplar:

‘If you seek integrity, search first among the poplars,’ was a great maxim of my grandfather, Gerbold Ollivander, and my own experience of poplar wands and their owners tallies exactly with his. Here is a wand to rely upon, of consistency, strength and uniform power, always happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision. There is a tired old joke among lesser wandmakers that no poplar wand has ever chosen a politician, but here they show their lamentable ignorance: two of the Ministry’s most accomplished Ministers for Magic, Eldritch Diggory and Evangeline Orpington, were the possessors of fine, Ollivander-made poplar wands.

This actually reminds me a lot of the description for rowan wands, which are especially good for defensive spells and rarely owned by dark wizards. I’m happy with my result.

Patronus: Sparrowhawk

This is … the main reason I decided to re-take the tests, actually. My patronus before was a sphynx cat. I’m not particularly fond of cats, which I’m allergic to, and to make matters worse, the sphynx cat is an ugly hairless cat. Just Google it, and you’ll see what I mean. I sort of came to terms with the idea of my patronus being a cat based on the idea that your patronus is not necessarily an animal you like, but a sort of coping mechanism that represents how you deal with stress, grief, and other negative emotions. My tendency to curl up under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea is, in fact, rather catlike.

But I was never particularly happy with it. I had always imagined that my patronus would be a bird of some sort – and not just because I’m a Ravenclaw. Birds are among my favorite animals, and when I think about happiness, the image that comes to mind is often that of a bird soaring through the air, free and unafraid. Finishing the patronus quiz this time to see a just that was an incredible experience – whereas last time it was a disappointment.

(My patronus on Hogwarts Mystery is a unicorn, but I prefer this, actually).

Hogwarts Mystery Quidditch: I Have So Many Questions …

I’m playing Hogwarts Mystery again, and I’ve just started on quidditch, which must have become an option somewhere in between the time I stopped playing and started again. As I said in the heading, I have so many questions.

  • Skye Parkin. I take it she, like Rowan, is automatically in the same house as the player? One problem with that: I’m a Ravenclaw, and Skye – who rips pages out of books and is about to get kicked off the team if her grades don’t improve – is one of the least Ravenclaw characters in the game.
  • Speaking of Ravenclaw, I’ve noticed that in the “friendly” games, it’s Ravenclaw vs. Ravenclaw. As in, I’m trying to score a goal and the commentator is talking about how it’s going to be hard to get past the Ravenclaw keeper. Is that because it’s just practice, or because the game forgets what house you’re in?
  • Why is Charlie Weasley not involved in the Quidditch story? He’s the Gryffindor Seeker, right? Out of all my character’s friends, he’s the one I can most easily imagine convincing me to go to a Quidditch game and getting me interested in the sport.
  • Why are we acting like my character has never been on a broom before? She may not be an experienced Quidditch player, but she’s been taking flying lessons for 4 1/2 years! I also find it hard to believe that she’s in her fifth year at Hogwarts and has a friend who’s on the Gryffindor team, but has never attended a Quidditch match before.
  • Even though she’s a Hufflepuff, Penny is supporting Ravenclaw in the first match because she’s a fan of a professional Quidditch team that Skye Parkin’s family is involved with. Okay, great. Why do both she and my character make such a big deal about that, as if she’s rooting against her own house team, when the match is between Ravenclaw and Slytherin? Luna Lovegood once wore a massive lion hat to a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin game. Lots of students probably show up to support their friends’ or siblings’ teams when their own isn’t playing.

 

Sorting Hat Saturday: Doctor Who (Part I)

So, I just finished watching all of (modern-era) Doctor Who, and I have a lot of thoughts, not least of which is how hard it would be to assign a Hogwarts house to a character for whom regular personality changes are a fundamental part of their characterization. So, of course, I have to try. This week, I’ll be doing the different version of the Doctor, Nine through Thirteen.

The Ninth Doctor: Gryffindor. This is the one I’m the least confident about. The Ninth Doctor was around for such a short time, and I don’t really have any strong feelings about him, so that made it hard. However, I do think that this version of the Doctor was very quick to jump into action and desperate to make things right wherever he could. You might be able to make an argument for Hufflepuff (he makes it clear that he doesn’t see anyone as unimportant and would rather be a coward than a killer), but I would definitely say he is less Ravenclaw and Slytherin than the other versions.

The Tenth Doctor: Gryffindor/Slytherin. He’s certainly courageous – all versions of the Doctor are – and he’s absolutely convinced of his own moral superiority, even when maybe he shouldn’t be. The Tenth Doctor is confident, sometimes a little arrogant, and takes huge risks in the name of doing what is right. At the same time, he’s also the only version of the Doctor who could be described as ambitious – the “Time Lord Victorious” speech was very Slytherin – and he has the Slytherin cunning that all versions of the Doctor share. He’s really good at out-thinking his enemies and manipulating whatever situation he finds himself in to his advantage.

The Eleventh Doctor: Ravenclaw/Slytherin. On the one hand, Eleven is the version of the Doctor who most fully embodies that Ravenclaw curiosity and longing for new experiences which is to some extent present in every version of the character. Although he’s still quick to interfere and try to fix things, he comes across as more of an adventurer for its own sake than other versions of the Doctor. He’s also very quirky in a way reminiscent of Luna Lovegood and often thinks his way out of difficult situations. On the other hand, thinking one’s way out of one’s problems can be a Slytherin trait as well. Eleven is creative, but he’s also cunning and, on more than one occasion, ruthless. “Day of the Moon” and “A Good Man Goes to War” are good examples of his Slytherin side really showing itself. (I’ve seen that a lot of people put him in Hufflepuff, but to be honest, I can’t see that at all. He’s loyal to his friends, but I don’t know that I’d describe him as “hard-working”, and whereas Hufflepuffs are typically down-to-earth, he’s probably the flightiest and most adventurous version of the Doctor.)

The Twelfth Doctor: Hufflepuff. I almost said Slytherin. He starts out cold, pragmatic, and a little bit ruthless,  and his actions in “Hell Bent” are very Slytherin. However, I tend to sort characters more based on their values than their mistakes. Twelve is not warm and fuzzy at the beginning, but he still does his best to protect both his loved ones and complete strangers. His conclusion at the end of series 8 that he does not have to be either a villain or a hero seems like a Hufflepuff decision; Ten or Eleven would definitely have been tempted by that army of Cybermen and the opportunity to right all the wrongs in the universe, but Twelve is completely comfortable with the idea of his own insignificance and even describes himself as just “an idiot with a box and a screwdriver”. His actions in “Heaven Sent” are basically Hufflepuff work ethic weaponized, and by series 10, he has developed into a gentler version of himself who prioritizes kindness above all else. By the time he regenerates, Twelve is humble, down-to-earth, and kindhearted.

The Thirteenth Doctor: Hufflepuff. She’s the easiest one to sort. Although those Slytherin tendencies all versions of the Doctor share rise to the surface a couple of times in series 12, for the most part, she’s a warm, kindhearted Hufflepuff who just wants to see the universe and be with her friends. She seems to have left behind a lot of the angst that haunted previous Doctors (although that may be back now courtesy of “The Timeless Children”). There’s a little bit of Ravenclaw in her endless wanderings, but she seems less concerned with just seeing everything and more interested in helping out wherever she can. It’s not just about the adventure for her, it’s about the people whose lives she touches, and that’s very Hufflepuff.

Sorting Hat Saturday: Once Upon a Time – Killian Jones

Captain Hook, AKA Killian Jones, is probably the most difficult Once Upon a Time character I’ve sorted so far. My choice for Regina was very counter-intuitive (Hufflepuff), but I didn’t have any real doubts about where I felt she belonged. Henry and Cinderella are going to be tricky, too, which is part of why I’m still putting them off even though I’ve now finished season 7. But as I’m writing this, I’m still not sure about Hook.

The difficulty is, he has some traits of each house without being a perfect fit for any of them, and going by what a character values most is difficult when that character’s values change so drastically over the course of their several-hundred-year life.

I’m pretty sure he’s not a Slytherin. He certainly acts like one sometimes, particularly in season 2 and in many of the flashbacks. However, like I said about Regina, that’s not who he started out as, and it’s something he evolves away from as the show goes on. The younger version of Hook in the “Good Form” flashbacks wouldn’t have wanted anything to do with Slytherin, and in “The Brothers Jones”, it was Liam who was cunning and ambitious rather than Killian.

He probably could be a Ravenclaw, but it’s not the best fit. He’s not unintelligent, and in the later seasons he often helps Belle with her research. His initial strategy for getting revenge is to travel to a realm where time is frozen in order to give himself more time to discover a way to defeat Rumplestiltskin, which seems like the kind of thing a Ravenclaw would do – taking the time to do the research rather than rushing in unprepared. And yet, I wouldn’t say that, at any point along the way, intelligence, knowledge, or wisdom are the things he values most.

His approach to revenge could be Hufflepuff, as well. He and Regina have, at least on the surface, many similarities, one of which is that they both worked very hard and showed extreme dedication in their pursuit of revenge. Hook is loyal to very few people, but over the course of the show, his love for Emma leads him to be loyal to the people she loves as well. When he cares for someone, he doesn’t let go of them easily. In season 7, Detective Rogers is a by-the-book police detective concerned with justice who could easily be a Hufflepuff. Although he’s the Hook from the Wish Realm rather than the original, their backstories are the same up until the Dark Curse, meaning they should still be similar enough to share a Hogwarts house. However, his actions in the “Good Form” flashbacks strike me as more Gryffindor than Hufflepuff. I feel that a Hufflepuff might struggle with torn loyalties and might try to find a more peaceful way of exposing the truth, whereas Hook immediately decides that the king doesn’t deserve his loyalty and turns pirate. That kind of impulsivity is textbook Gryffindor.

Gryffindor is probably the best fit. Aside from the “Good Form” flashbacks, there’s his whole attitude toward life. “A man unwilling to fight for what he wants deserves what he gets”. In contrast with his archenemy, Rumple, he is never characterized as a coward. Quite to the contrary, even at his worst, he is always courageous. He frequently goes up against magic-users without any magic of his own, and in the later seasons, he is often willing to put his life at risk for others. Detective Rogers/Wish Realm Hook could likewise fit into Gryffindor as well as Hufflepuff; it takes a lot of courage to do the right thing even when you are mocked for it or pressured to do the wrong thing.

I have said before that – Peter Pettigrew being the exception – Gryffindor and Hufflepuff villains tend to see themselves as heroes, and that was certainly the case for Hook. And, of course, in his earlier flashbacks and in the later seasons, he behaves more like a traditional Gryffindor/Hufflepuff. You could make a very good argument either way. I would be tempted to say that the original Hook is more of a Gryffindor, whereas Detective Rogers/Wish Realm Hook is more of a Hufflepuff, but I also feel that they should be in the same house since their stories didn’t diverge until long after they would have left Hogwarts. Overall, I would lean more toward Gryffindor.

Sorting Hat Sunday: Once Upon a Time – Regina Mills

So here’s the thing about Hogwarts houses: you’re sorted when you’re 11 years old. The Evil Queen looks, on the surface, very Slytherin. Not just because she’s a villain, but because she tries – keyword tries – to be cunning and manipulative, and sometimes she even, very briefly, succeeds at it. However, as a child, or even a young adult, she was just about the furthest thing from a Slytherin – and by the end of the series, that’s once again the case. Young Regina from “The Stable Boy” can only belong to one Hogwarts house, in my mind, and that’s Hufflepuff.

Slytherins are ambitious. Cora, for instance, is a textbook Slytherin, and it seems to be a great disappointment to her that her daughter is not. Young Regina didn’t care about power or status. She would have rather run away with the stable boy than married the king. Her greatest goal in life was to be happy and be with someone she loved. Even after Daniel’s death, she repeatedly insisted that she didn’t want power and didn’t want to be queen.

Regina was surrounded by Slytherins. Her father was probably a Hufflepuff, but her mother was definitely a Slytherin. Her mentor was a Slytherin. Most of the other people she worked closely with were either Slytherins (Jefferson, Maleficent, Facilier) or had learned to use Slytherin methods (Hook). It’s no surprise, then, that she learned from them and started acting more like a Slytherin. Her manipulation of the genie in “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” is classic Slytherin cunning, and she acts a lot like a Slytherin during the Dark Curse as well. However, she still seems more comfortable just throwing a fireball at her problems than trying to solve them with anything resembling subtlety. She’s learned a lot, probably most of it from Rumple, but he and Cora still use her as a pawn without her even realizing it throughout seasons 1 and 2. As the seasons go by, she gradually drops the Slytherin routine.

You could make an argument for Gryffindor or Ravenclaw as well. She’s certainly brave, and like I said, her preferred course of action usually tends to involve throwing fireballs at her problems. In season 2 and onward, she is willing to put herself in danger and even sacrifice her life to protect others. She is also one of the more intelligent characters, has a vault full of spell books, and while Rumple insists that magic is emotional rather than intellectual, Regina is often seen experimenting with potions or spells and trying to figure them out on an intellectual level. However, she’s also very dismissive of the Charmings’ heroic quests and Belle’s bookworm tendencies. She has some Gryffindor and Ravenclaw strengths, but they don’t seem to be what she values most, and again, they certainly weren’t what she valued most as a young woman, let alone when she was actually Hogwarts-age.

Her values are essentially those of a Hufflepuff, expressed in a straightforward way at first, then warped and twisted, and eventually turned back into something more benevolent again.

Hufflepuffs are hard-working and “unafraid of toil”. Regina, as a young woman, was willing to become the wife of a stable boy, accepting a future in which she would be a commoner and would have to work hard in order to survive. As the Evil Queen, she was relentless in her pursuit of Snow White. It was a horrible goal, and it led her to do horrible things to countless innocent people, but she was nothing if not hard-working and dedicated. Never at any point, from the earliest flashbacks to the end of season 7, has she been unwilling to do something because it was too difficult or too much work. Whether she’s doing something good or something evil, something for herself or for someone else, she puts everything she has into it.

Hufflepuffs are typically loyal. This is something Regina struggles with, but a big part of her happy ending is finding people she can trust/be loyal to/do right by, and earning their trust and loyalty in return. In the early seasons, she seems desperate for human connections and latches onto the worst people – namely, Cora in season 2 – because she feels isolated and rejected. She’s done nothing but hurt and antagonize the people of Storybrooke, but it still hurts that they don’t accept her, just as it hurt that they didn’t accept her as queen in the flashbacks. As time goes by, she ends up becoming very protective of Storybrooke and the people who live there, and by the time she takes on a leadership role again in seasons 5-6, her attitude has completely changed: instead of demanding that others be loyal to her, she’s determined to do right by them and to earn their respect. In season 7, she is completely willing to dedicate herself to a cause championed by a group of strangers in an unfamiliar realm out of loyalty to Henry, and her cursed persona is a sort of unofficial community leader who cares deeply about her neighbors and stands up to Victoria Belfry for their sake.

Hufflepuffs are also concerned with justice. Regina doesn’t really seem to understand the concept of justice and spends decades of her life seeking revenge against an innocent; however, she does seem to believe she’s delivering justice and even uses that word to describe what she’s doing. Over time, she ends up going just as far in the opposite direction, giving out second chances to anyone who wants one as well as several people who have no interest in changing their ways. However, this, too, comes from what seems to be a deeply ingrained need for fairness: she herself was given more than one second chance, so how can she deny the same to others? She frequently talks about what is and isn’t fair and at one point tells the Charmings that being a leader means doing what’s best for the greatest number of people. In the later seasons, once she is firmly on the side of the heroes, she frequently stands up to people whose actions she sees as unfair. For instance, she helped turn the trip to the Underworld into a mission to make things right and to help as many souls as possible resolve their unfinished business and move on. In season 7, she stands up to Victoria Belfry in large part because she is treating the people of Hyperion Heights (and her own stepfamily) unjustly.

Order of the Phoenix adds one final quality: “Said Hufflepuff, ‘I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same.'” Rather than favoring only the students that shared her own strengths and values, Helga Hufflepuff also took the students rejected by the other three founders. Regina, in her earliest flashbacks, was willing to embrace Zelena as her sister even though she was a commoner and even though Cora warned her it would ruin their family’s reputation and her marriage prospects. In “The Stable Boy”, she wanted nothing more than to run away with Daniel, and her second love was an outlaw who lived in the forest and stole from the rich to give to the poor. She cared very little about people’s origins or status, and many of the people she cared about most were commoners. Likewise, unlike many of the show’s other magic-users, she’s never seemed to look down on those without magic, or to view them differently in any way. At one point in season 4, she tells Henry, “We are each given our own gifts. You have the heart of the truest believer. You brought us all together. Never think you’re ordinary just because you don’t have magic”.

Now, the original Pottermore welcome letter did say that Hufflepuff has produced the fewest dark wizards. However, few doesn’t necessarily mean none. I’ve put less-than-perfect characters in Hufflepuff before. Javert from Les Miserables takes hard work and obsession with justice to an unhealthy extreme, Edmund from Narnia grows to embody Hufflepuff virtues after making a very serious mistake as a child, and Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager is loyal above all else, but (in the beginning) to the Borg, who want nothing more than to assimilate everything in their path. Regina is probably the most outright evil character I’ve ever put in Hufflepuff, but then again, she wasn’t always like that and develops into a much better person again over the course of the show’s seven seasons.

Sorting Hat Saturday: Once Upon a Time – Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin is such a Slytherin. In fact, a lot of my thoughts about Slytherin house come as much from Rumple as from the Harry Potter series itself, since I was watching Once Upon a Time when I was first developing my ideas about the houses. He’s still usually a villain and has all the typical Slytherin traits, sometimes to a much greater extent than the Harry Potter Slytherins, but he’s also a more complex and three-dimensional character than any of them.

He has tons of ambition. Rumple craves power, especially of the magical sort, and takes full advantage of whatever he can get. As a simple peasant, he burns down a castle to steal a cursed dagger and make himself the Dark One. Once he acquires that power, he repeatedly refuses to let it go, even manipulating the circumstances to take it back after being freed from it in season 5. In season 7, he does seem to be intent on getting rid of it, but only after several lifetimes of clinging to it above all else.

However, there are other types of ambition. Rumple dedicates the majority of his very long life – a period of hundreds of years – to his attempt to travel to the land without magic to reunite with his son, Baelfire. This is considered to be impossible and takes him centuries of careful planning and scheming to achieve, but it is important to him, so he never gives up on it. His reason is not a traditional Slytherin one, but his undaunted determination to succeed at it is – and so are his methods.

“Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends” – that’s a pretty good description of Rumple. As far as he’s concerned, any methods are okay to use, as long as the end result is the one he was hoping for. His goal in seasons 1-2 is a positive one: to reunite with his long-lost son and apologize for abandoning him. However, in the process, he manipulates many people’s lives with the end goal of the Dark Curse being cast. He plays all sides with his own endgame in mind, and is completely willing to help or betray whoever he needs to in order to reach his goals. This seems to still be the case even with Detective Weaver in season 7. He is looking for a way to give up his dark powers, but his methods for solving crimes are contrasted with those of the by-the-book Detective Rogers, and once he remembers his true identity, he is more than happy to manipulate the other characters in his search for the Guardian.

Speaking of which, Rumple is only ever on his own side. If anyone thinks otherwise – and their name isn’t Baelfire, Gideon, or Belle – they’re a fool. In season 1, after Emma puts the pieces together and figures out he – as Mr. Gold – both framed Mary Margaret for murder and planned for how to clear her name, he asks whether she’s accusing him of working with Regina or against her. Emma replies, “I don’t know, maybe diagonally?” And she’s absolutely right. Rumple is always working diagonally. He’s playing a long-term game of chess in which the other characters might think they’re his ally or opponent, but they’re really only pieces on the board.

There have been many Dark Ones, but most of them don’t seem to have been as successful or long-lived as Rumple, and nor do they all seem to have had his penchant for complex schemes and trickery. Even his plan to get the dagger in the first place is fairly clever and cunning: he figures out that the castle’s floorboards are made of wood and sets them on fire to burn his way in. And after becoming the Dark One, he seems to have planned out large amounts of the flashbacks and season 1 as part of his multi-century plan to find his son again. He knows people, knows how to manipulate them, knows how to predict their actions, and when he comes up with a scheme, it very rarely fails.

Ambition, cunning, and “use any means to achieve their ends” are the character traits mentioned in the sorting hat’s songs. In Order of the Phoenix, the hat also mentions pure-blood ancestry, but I tend to leave that out when looking at characters from other works of fiction. However, there are three other less-official Slytherin qualities that I do often consider:

It has an unpleasant reputation. A lot of people associate Slytherin with dark magic and evil, and some even claim that “there’s not a witch or wizard gone bad who wasn’t in Slytherin”. This is eventually proven untrue; however, I tend to avoid definitively sorting characters there who would object strongly to this association, because Hogwarts houses are about what you value as much as what you are. Rumple, obviously, would embrace it wholeheartedly and know exactly how to use it to his advantage, while also being quick to assure certain people (read: Belle) that Slytherins aren’t all bad.

In Order of the Phoenix, a portrait of a former Hogwarts headmaster tells Harry, “We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid … given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks”. This isn’t something that is reflected well through the Harry Potter books. While many Slytherins would certainly save themselves first, those are typically the ones who were never brave in the first place. On the other hand, Regulus Black is an obvious counter-example. He was definitely brave, but that bravery involved sacrificing his own life simply to give someone else a better chance of defeating Voldemort. I tend not to rely on this quote very much. However, it does fit Rumple. He’s frequently described as a coward, struggles with the “nasty habit” of self-preservation, and is afraid to let go of his power, but when it comes down to it, he’s capable of being brave. He walked into a burning castle for his son in “Desperate Souls” and sacrificed his life in “Going Home”. However, he’s not a Gryffindor. He’s very reluctant to throw his life away or put himself in danger unnecessarily. His “cowardice” fits well with Phineus Nigellus Black’s description of Slytherin bravery.

Finally, the old Pottermore welcome letter said that “we Slytherins are brothers” who “look after our own”. This is something that you have to look for in the original books, but on some level it’s there. Professor Slughorn, for instance, surrounded himself with people he had helped and who he expected to help him in return – something that brings to mind all the people who owe Rumple favors. On a more personal level, a few of the more sympathetic Slytherin characters have one or two people for whom they would do absolutely anything at all, including kill, die, or betray the side they’re loyal to. I’m thinking specifically of Snape changing sides to save Lily/honor her memory and Narcissa Malfoy’s attempts to protect Draco in the final two books. “Everything I do is for myself – and these two other people” is, to me, a very Slytherin attitude to take: not a Hufflepuff’s more generalized loyalty or a Gryffindor’s desire to do the right thing no matter what, but a very small number of individuals for which the Slytherin is willing to act unselfishly – or, sometimes, for whom they would go to extreme lengths those people would likely disapprove of. For Rumple, his family comes first, and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for them, up to and including carefully planning the destruction of an entire realm via Dark Curse.

Sorting Hat Saturday: Once Upon a Time – Belle and Gideon

Belle: Gryffindor/Ravenclaw

Belle has very strong qualities of both Gryffindor and Ravenclaw houses. She values heroism and bravery, although her version of heroism rarely involves fighting in battles. Mostly because she would always rather find a way to save the monster than simply attack it with a sword. She has very strong ideas about right and wrong and holds both herself and others to high standards when it comes to – as Dumbledore would put it – the choice between what is right and what is easy.

However, Belle also values knowledge and learning. While many characters on the show are intelligent, Belle is one of the few who really seems to cherish knowledge for its own sake. She spends most of her free time reading, and her chosen career after the curse is to become Storybrooke’s librarian. When she plays a role in the main plot, her role is almost always to do research on whatever problem the main characters are facing. While she is not shown to have powerful magic of her own, she has become something of an expert on magic simply through studying it and, along with performing simple spells herself, can always recommend the best way to deal with a magical problem. When it’s her turn to be in the spotlight, she is very unlikely to solve her problems by swinging around a sword or blasting things with magic. Instead, she thinks up creative solutions and uses her mind to overcome her obstacles. For example, in “The Outsider”, she’s able to find the Jolly Roger even though it is invisible by spotting the birds perched on the mast and throwing some kind of grain, which lands on the steps. Unlike a Slytherin, she doesn’t manipulate others and would certainly not use any means to achieve her ends, but she’s good at thinking her way out of difficult situations.

Her longing for adventure could easily be interpreted as a Gryffindor quality, but it could just as easily be Ravenclaw. She wants to see the world and she wants to be a hero. The two are linked, but separate: there’s a desire to learn more and experience new things as well as a desire to be courageous and protect others. I think overall, I would lean a little more toward Ravenclaw, but that’s probably because I see myself as a Ravenclaw and Belle is the Once Upon a Time character I identify with the most. I would also say that she uses Ravenclaw methods to accomplish Gryffindor goals.

Gideon: Gryffindor/Ravenclaw

For a very different reason than his mother. At the end of season 6, the Gideon who has appeared throughout the season is transformed into an infant again. This new version, raised by Rumple and Belle, seems to be a very different person from the Gideon in season 6, who was stolen as an infant by the Black Fairy.

In the season 7 episode “Beauty”, Gideon appears as a scholarly young man who shares his mother’s intelligence and love of books, and who has recently been accepted to Elphame Academy, presumably a prestigious university in another realm. He seems like a Ravenclaw for sure.

However, the previous version of Gideon in season 6 had very few Ravenclaw qualities. Instead, he seemed more like a Gryffindor unwillingly cast in the role of a villain. Before it’s revealed that he doesn’t have his heart, he seems like a very misguided Gryffindor trying to be a hero in all the wrong ways, and once the truth is revealed, he comes across as a desperate young man trying to do the right thing even when he’s literally being controlled by someone else. However, one thing that’s consistent is his desire to be a hero. As a young child, Gideon idolized his heroic namesake in Belle’s book and wanted to be just like him, and as an adult, he attempted to rebel against the Black Fairy to free the other prisoners, which ultimately failed but nevertheless shows his courage.