Sorting Hat Saturday: Divergent Part III

I had this all prepared for last Saturday and completely forgot to post it, so sorry about that. We’re finishing up a three-part series on Divergent this weekend.

If it was hard to match up factions with houses and sort the Divergent characters, it was even harder to sort the Harry Potter characters into factions. Why? Because the factions are rigid where the houses are flexible. There are many ways to be a Gryffindor or Slytherin, but there’s only one “right way” to be Dauntless or Erudite, and anyone who doesn’t fit is seen as a threat to the system. Because of this, most of the characters ended up being divergent.

Harry: Dauntless/Abnegation. Harry is someone who is accustomed to doing without due to his upbringing with the Dursleys, never wanted any of the fame or admiration that comes with being the “Chosen One”, and willingly sacrifices his life in order to protect his friends. He is also extremely brave, taking risks that other people might shy away from, and is eager to fight against Voldemort even knowing what a daunting task it is. Of the two, I think he would likely choose Dauntless.

Ron: Dauntless/Amity. Ron is both very courageous, and a very loyal friend, more down-to-earth and laid-back than either Harry or Hermione. Like Harry, I think he would probably choose Dauntless, because Amity values peace as well as friendship and forbids its members from taking sides in a war.

Hermione: Dauntless/Erudite. I think this is fairly obvious. However, I can easily see Hermione protesting the faction system altogether. She would no doubt see their persecution of those who can’t fit within the system as being just as appalling as wizards’ mistreatment of house elves and other magical creatures.

Ginny: Dauntless. Ginny is one of the few characters I can fit into one faction: she’s tough, courageous, and eager to prove herself. She isn’t lacking in kindness or intelligence, but she would struggle with the ways those factions expect their members to live.

Neville: Amity/Dauntless. Neville turns out to be pretty heroic, but it takes him a long time to get there. I’m not sure he would make it through Dauntless initiation, and I’m not sure he’d have the courage to try. I see Neville as coming from a Dauntless family, but transferring to Amity, much like he tried to choose Hufflepuff according to Pottermore. Sadly, in the world of Divergent, he might have less opportunity to realize his inner courage, and if he did, it would probably be too late.

Luna: Amity. Oddly enough, I wasn’t tempted to put her in Erudite at all. Luna isn’t stupid, but her intelligence is of a very different type. She’s creative and open-minded and tends to be kind to people even when they’re not kind to her. Amity is the only faction that might accept someone like her. However, she’s not a perfect fit: Amity refuses to be anything but neutral, while Luna joins Dumbledore’s Army and fights in the war.

Snape: Erudite. Factions are chosen at age sixteen, around the time when Snape’s friendship with Lily ended. While I see her choosing Dauntless, Amity, or Abnegation (and it’s hard to say which, because she embodies their values of courage, kindness, and selflessness so well), he would choose the cold and logical faction and be drawn into their schemes.

The Malfoys: Erudite. Mostly by process of elimination: they’re certainly not kind, selfless, brave, or honest. I’m not sure a life devoted to knowledge and learning would suit them, either, but the darker side of Erudite has a lot in common with the “clever and cunning” side of Slytherin.

The Weasleys: Amity. Again, not a perfect fit – the factions are too strict for that – but the Weasleys are kind, down-to-earth, and caring. Their family is basically the Harry Potter equivalent of Amity, although most of their kids would grow up to choose Dauntless, Percy would choose Erudite, and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley would eventually be unable to stand by and be neutral during the war.

Dumbledore: 3-way Divergent. He’s a Gryffindor, which corresponds best with Dauntless, but he’s also very intelligent, as well as kind, compassionate, and willing to offer second chances. He wouldn’t necessarily fit very well into Dauntless, Erudite, or Amity, but he has some traits from each of them. The faction system wouldn’t know what to do with him.

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Sorting Hat Saturday: Divergent Part II

Last week, I compared the Divergent factions to Hogwarts houses, and this week I’m sorting the characters.

Tris and Four: Gryffindor. Ironically, I don’t think either one of them would even be a Hatstall. They’re both brave and selfless, but their selflessness is a part of their bravery, and vice versa. Although Tris could also have been Erudite, I don’t think she’s much of a Ravenclaw or Slytherin. It was between Dauntless and Abnegation that she was torn, and her acts of self-sacrifice are often Gryffindor to the extreme.

Christina: Gryffindor. Her courage is in her blunt honesty as well as her willingness to rush into danger. Will could easily fit into Ravenclaw or Gryffindor, although the fact that he chose Dauntless makes me think he would also choose Gryffindor.

Caleb: Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw. Hear me out. He betrays his sister, but he does so because another loyalty takes precedence. His society believes that faction comes before blood, and he is driven by loyalty to his faction. The closest equivalent to Erudite is Ravenclaw, so that’s also a strong possibility, but Caleb is defined more by his misguided loyalty than his intelligence.

Peter: Slytherin. He looks out for himself first, changing sides with ease based on what will benefit him most. He is driven by self-preservation and personal gain, whether he’s working for Jeannine or helping Tris. In the movies, particularly Allegiant, things happen very differently than in the books. However, Peter is very strongly Slytherin in both versions.

Evelyn: I really have no clue. She’s everything. She’s certainly cunning and ambitious, but she’s also very brave, even if her methods leave something to be desired. As the leader of the Factionless, she values equality, something she shares in common with Helga Hufflepuff, who reacted to the other founders’ squabbles by declaring, “I’ll take the lot and treat them just the same”. Maybe it’s fitting that the woman whose goal is to demolish the faction system is so hard to sort into a Hogwarts house as well. I doubt she’d like them any better.

Sorting Hat Sunday: Divergent Factions

Divergent is probably the most complicated Sorting Hat Saturday I’ve ever done, because it comes with its own factions that both resemble the Hogwarts houses and work in completely different ways from them. I’m going to do a three-part series of posts on Divergent, so check back next Saturday for character sortings. For now, here are my thoughts on how the factions relate to – or don’t relate to – the houses.

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Dauntless is an obvious Gryffindor equivalent. And yet it’s very different from Gryffindor. Less-typical Gryffindors like Neville and Hermione would never have made it through Dauntless initiation. The factions in Divergent are all based on good traits, but taken to an unhealthy extreme, and in Dauntless that means risk-seeking and physical strength are valued more than inner bravery. I think there may also be a Slytherin side to Dauntless, shown in characters like Eric who strive to control rather than protect.

Erudite seems to correspond with the logical/intellectual side of Ravenclaw, minus the wisdom and creativity. However, the faction definitely has a Slytherin aspect, too. They are  “knowledge is power” taken to the extreme. Amity seems equivalent to Hufflepuff, but I think it might also attract the more Luna Lovegood-type Ravenclaws, being the only faction that allows any kind of creativity. As for Candor, I can see any Hogwarts house except Slytherin fitting there: Ravenclaws who value truth, Hufflepuffs who value honesty and justice, or Gryffindors whose courage is in speaking up for what they believe in, rather than physically fighting for it.

Abnegation probably lines up best with self-sacrificing Gryffindor and community-oriented Hufflepuff, but they’re also the faction that produces the most Divergents, and their kids usually choose Abnegation even if they get a different result in their test. Theoretically, members of Abnegation could belong in any faction or Hogwarts house. And of course, individual characters may fit into houses that their faction doesn’t, because there is no perfect correspondence.