Sorting Hat Saturday: The Lunar Chronicles Part II

I got a request last week to do the guys from The Lunar Chronicles, so here they are. You can read my thoughts on the girls here.

Kai: Hufflepuff. Kai is driven by duty above all else. He will always choose what is best for his people, putting the greater good above his own interests. Everything from his personal safety to his love for Cinder comes second to stopping the letumosis plague and making peace with the Lunars. However, while that could all point to Gryffindor, I don’t think so. He prefers to compromise, negotiate, and try to keep the peace rather than stand up to the evil in his world directly – and yet, unlike a typical Slytherin, he is not ambitious, instead viewing his role as a leader in a very altruistic way and thinking of himself only after his people’s safety is ensured.

Wolf: Hufflepuff. Wolf’s story is all about loyalty. The only reason he is able to leave his pack is because his loyalty to Scarlet is stronger than his loyalty to them; when the two conflict, he chooses to betray them in order to protect her. Once Wolf’s loyalty shifts to Scarlet, it changes on a larger scale as well. He becomes a member of the Rampion crew, helping and fighting for Scarlet’s friends just as fiercely as he had once fought for the Lunars.

Thorne: Gryffindor. Thorne isn’t a perfect fit for Gryffindor. He’s bold, adventurous, and unafraid of danger, but unlike many Gryffindor types, he doesn’t have their usual tendency toward selfless heroics. Which isn’t to say he never risks his life or acts courageously, because he definitely does. It’s easy to rule out Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, and while he has some Slytherin traits, he lacks their ambition. He seems to enjoy living in a spaceship and jumping from one dangerous situation to another, which is definitely the sort of attitude only a Gryffindor would have.

Jacin: Slytherin. Jacin isn’t concerned with rebellion or justice or any of that. His one and only priority is keeping Winter safe, and he’ll do just about anything to accomplish that, including working for and betraying both sides. And his plan to fake her death is both cunning and brilliant. “Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends” is a good description of Jacin’s single-minded determination to protect his princess and willingness to use any methods, right or wrong, to do so.

Sorting Hat Saturday: The Lunar Chronicles

Sorting characters from other stories into Hogwarts houses is something of a hobby for me, and I’ve decided to make it a weekly thing on my blog. Today I’m going to start with the four main heroines of The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer.

Cinder: Hufflepuff. Cinder is one of those wonderfully complex characters that could fit into any house. She’s certainly brave, and she’s also very intelligent, although she doesn’t seem to have the intellectual curiosity of a Ravenclaw. She has a strong work ethic (although she’s Cinderella, she doesn’t seem to mind working hard so much as she minds being taken advantage of), and while she’s very resourceful and even cunning, she puts fairness above personal ambition (turning down the opportunity to be queen at the end in favor of making Luna into a democracy). But above all, she’s fiercely loyal to her friends and loved ones, and refuses to give up on her goals. She seems more Hufflepuff than anything else to me.

Scarlet: Gryffindor. Scarlet has the fiery personality and fearless attitude of a Gryffindor. She’s driven by her emotions and instincts, not afraid to speak her mind, and reacts to disaster by stepping up and becoming a hero. That’s not to say that she’s never afraid, but she never lets her fear control her actions and never stops fighting for the things she believes in or the people she loves.

Cress: Ravenclaw. Cress is extremely intelligent, curious and open-minded, and very naïve. Having spent most of her life locked in a satellite with nothing to do but read, observe, and slowly start to rebel against the woman who put her there to spy on the governments of Earth, she’s basically a socially awkward teenage genius taken to the logical extreme. She’s a creative dreamer who makes up stories to get her through the difficulties in life, and her mind is as dangerous a weapon as Cinder’s Lunar Gift or Wolf’s super-soldier abilities. The girl is a computer hacker who hacked into the Lunar school system because she was curious about what they were learning. If she’s not a Ravenclaw, then who is?

Winter: Slytherin. I can’t imagine putting Winter in any other house (except possibly Hufflepuff, for her loyalty to her people). This is a girl who knows exactly how to survive in her stepmother’s court, how to save Scarlet’s life without arousing the queen’s suspicion, and how to disappear when she’s forced to fake her own death. Sure, most people think she’s a bit crazy, and they might be right, but she’s well-versed in the Lunars’ political games, she manages to win the people’s love without mind control, and when the time comes to take down Queen Levana, she is the one with popular support.