My latest fictional obsession is Star Trek. I’m actually watching Deep Space Nine right now, but I’m only on season 4 and want to see how things play out before I do a Sorting Hat Saturday for it. So I’m going to start with Voyager and The Next Generation.
TNG was surprisingly difficult. Nearly all of its characters have the virtues of three different houses (Gryffindor bravery, Hufflepuff loyalty, Ravenclaw intelligence), so it was hard to know exactly which one to put each of them in. Picard in particular was difficult for this reason.
Captain Picard: Ravenclaw. Picard has the virtues of all houses except Slytherin. He has a strong moral compass and does not hesitate to stand up for what he believes is right, although he prefers to do so in non-violent ways when possible. One doesn’t get to be a Starfleet captain without being courageous. He’s incredibly loyal and hard-working, and he cares about fairness and justice rather than blindly following the letter of the law. He also tends to work more collaboratively than other Starfleet captains, asking for input from his senior officers and letting others lead the away missions. However, while it’s not hard to imagine Picard as a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff, I think he fits best in Ravenclaw. He is a reserved intellectual content to spend his free time with a book of classical literature and a cup of Earl Grey tea. He takes time to think through all the implications of whatever problem they are facing in the episode, and he likes to have all the information before he makes a decision, which is part of why he encourages other characters to share their thoughts and opinions. He has a genuine respect for aliens’ ways of life and seems to embrace the Prime Directive more fully than any other captain. Picard seems to enjoy exploring far-off places and engaging diplomatically with other species and cultures. He is a quiet, thoughtful man who would fit better in Ravenclaw than any other house.
Commander Riker: Gryffindor. Riker is the standard hero figure in every way that Picard isn’t. He’s young, courageous, quick-to-act, and sometimes overconfident. He’s not ambitious or cunning – in fact, he passes up promotions in order to remain on the Enterprise – and while everyone in Starfleet is intelligent, he tends to leave the analysis and philosophical debates to other characters. He does have some Hufflepuff qualities. He is strongly loyal to Starfleet and to Captain Picard, and despite sometimes being overconfident and impulsive, he’s also a hard worker who does his duty to the absolute best of his ability. However, I think overall, Gryffindor is the best fit for him.
Doctor Crusher: Hufflepuff. It’s tempting to put her in Ravenclaw – she’s very smart and wears blue – but I’m not convinced. She seems to care more about helping people than she does about knowledge and information, using the latter as a tool to help her with the former. Doctor Crusher shows a great amount of compassion and kindness in her work as a doctor. Unlike Dr. Bashir and Voyager’s EMH, she has excellent bedside manner and a gentle, calming presence. Much like Helga Hufflepuff, she values fairness and equality, doing her best for her patients whether they are Enterprise crew members, people from pre-warp societies, or even enemies of the Federation. She has little ambition and is content to work behind the scenes in a supporting role.
Data: Ravenclaw. Data’s greatest desire in life is to understand what it means to be human. Despite being a machine and claiming to have no emotions, he is curious about the world around him and about the flesh-and-blood people who make it up. He uses every opportunity available to him to study the human condition and figure out the people around him. He was programmed to not only be intelligent but to be capable of learning and changing over time, and he makes full use of this ability. He is one of the most knowledgeable members of the crew and is constantly acquiring more knowledge.
Worf: Gryffindor. Nearly all Klingons seem to be Gryffindors. Their highest value is honor, but not just any honor: the kind that comes from fighting in battle and having no fear of death. Worf is unusual in that he’s a member of Starfleet and is willing to follow Picard’s lead, and since his captain prefers to try diplomacy first, he does a good deal less fighting than your average Klingon warrior. However, he still cares a great deal about honor and courage and would certainly be a Gryffindor.
Deanna Troi: Hufflepuff. Troi’s Betazoid empathy gives her insight into what others are feeling, which doesn’t necessarily make her a Hufflepuff on its own. A Ravenclaw with similar abilities, for example, might simply observe the emotions of others with curiosity, while a Slytherin would search for ways to exploit and manipulate them. Deanna Troi does neither of those things; she pays careful attention to what others are feeling in order to help them. In her role as the ship’s counselor, she is kind, supportive, and understanding, but not afraid to challenge others when they are not being truthful with her or themselves. She is a warm and caring Hufflepuff.
Geordi LaForge: Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw. On the one hand, Geordi is an incredibly kind and loyal person and a true friend. He has an easygoing, down-to-earth personality and strong work ethic that could easily put him in Hufflepuff. On the other hand, though, he has a sharp mind and a sense of ingenuity that serve him well in his position as Chief Engineer. Episodes which focus on him often have him thinking his way out of a problem and coming up with creative and unconventional solutions. He could easily be either a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw.
Guinan: Ravenclaw. A wise, somewhat eccentric woman who is always willing to listen and gives excellent advice, Guinan could be a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw, but I would guess she leans more toward Ravenclaw. She has a wealth of experience, having lived for hundreds of years, and she is observant and perceptive while also being tactful.
Ro Laren: Slytherin. “Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends” is a pretty good description of Ensign Ro, who seems to exist mostly in order to contrast with the rest of the Enterprise crew. Her heart is in the right place, and her intentions are good, if sometimes self-serving, but her mindset and methods are far different from those of the other characters. She prefers to do things her own way and casually dismisses protocols and regulations as being beneath her. The rest of the crew seem to see her as someone who is not to be trusted or at least has a lot to learn, but she tells Picard that Starfleet could learn a thing or two from her, and she seems determined to make everyone see what she’s capable of.