I’ve sorted the Pevensie siblings and Prince Caspian characters, and today, I’m looking at the characters from The Horse and His Boy.
Shasta/Cor is a Hufflepuff. He hasn’t had an easy life, but he never loses his optimism or kind heart. He easily accepts not just that a talking horse can exist (when they are almost unheard of in Calormen), but that the horse is his equal and partner rather than simply an animal. He sets off on a risky journey with three strangers not out of Gryffindor bravery or Slytherin ambition (although the journey requires him to be very brave and results in him discovering he is a prince by birth), but because they are all seeking freedom and a better life. As the journey continues, it becomes clear that loyalty is one of his strongest qualities. He risks his life to protect his traveling companions and to defend Archenland not out of any desire for heroics, but because he is loyal to them and it’s the right thing to do.
Aravis is a Slytherin. She’s nothing if not cunning. She’s able to trick her father into believing she’s overjoyed at the thought of an arranged marriage to a much older man, drug the maid who’s supposed to be keeping an eye on her, plant a note that leaves a false trail as to where she went, and escape to another kingdom. She’s also a little ruthless sometimes. She doesn’t consider, for example, that the maid will be punished for her escape, and doesn’t really care. She later uses an old acquaintance’s help to escape from her father, manipulating the other girl’s fear over a dangerous situation in which they find themselves to ensure that she goes through with their plan. However, when she grows to care about someone – as she does for Shasta and the two talking horses – she becomes resolutely loyal to them. This isn’t a warm, all-encompassing Hufflepuff sort of loyalty, but rather, an iron will and determination that she will do whatever is necessary to help and protect them.
Prince Corrin is a Gryffindor of the Fred and George type. He is bold, full of energy, and definitely a bit of a troublemaker, but when it comes to a battle to protect his kingdom, he refuses to sit on the sidelines while older and more experienced men fight.
Bree is a Slytherin. His patience might be mistaken for a Hufflepuff trait, but he’s biding his time and planning his escape the whole time. He comes up with all the clever plans that help him and Shasta to run away together. Later, it’s clear that one of his biggest flaws is his pride. Having been away from Narnia for most of his life, he wants to make a good impression on his fellow talking horses and is terrified of failing to do so, to such an extent that he nearly chooses to turn back.
Hwin is a Hufflepuff. The second talking horse in the story is kind and compassionate, as patient as Bree but without his clever schemes, and much more practical. While he worries what he’ll look like arriving in Narnia with his tail cut ragged and short, she wisely points out that “the main thing is to get there”. She could almost be mistaken for a Ravenclaw, but her wisdom comes more from a down-to-earth, grounded sort of personality than from pursuing knowledge and experience in the way a Ravenclaw would.