Sorting Hat Sunday: Pride and Prejudice

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Elizabeth sat in the train compartment with her sister, Jane, absolutely mortified. God, that had been embarrassing. Her mother loudly pointing out kids from all the “best” wizarding families and insisting Elizabeth make friends with them, her sisters running around and screaming with nobody stopping them. Lydia had even tried to get on the train! And then that boy she’d been sitting with had smirked at her like that before getting up and moving to another compartment. Could there even be a worse first day at Hogwarts?

A rather ugly girl knocked on their compartment door. “Excuse me,” she asked timidly, “can I sit with you?”

“Of course you can!” Jane answered, moving over to make room. “I’m Jane, and this is my sister Elizabeth.”

“I’m Charlotte,” she responded, sitting down, smiling. “Anyone want a Chocolate Frog?”

The train gave a loud whistle. “We’re almost at Hogsmeade station!” Jane exclaimed excitedly. “Hurry ladies, change into your Hogwarts robes!”

“Jane, won’t you please tell us how we’re sorted?” Elizabeth pleaded a final time.

“No I won’t, Lizzie Bennet, you’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else.” She paused, and seeing the look on Charlotte’s anxious face added, “It’s nothing scary or hard, though, don’t worry.”

Jane led her sister and new friend off the train, and a burly but rather old looking man was shouting, “First years! This way!” Elizabeth and Charlotte followed him to a fleet of small boats. They got in together, along with the boy who had looked so meanly at Elizabeth before. She pointedly ignored him.

The first years were crowded together in the magnificent Entrance Hall waiting for instructions. There was a distinct air of nervousness. A smart-looking young man introduced himself as Professor Moreland and led them into the Great Hall. Elizabeth gripped Charlotte’s hand, now well and truly afraid. She barely noticed the floating candles or the magical ceiling, she was so concerned with the magnitude of faces surrounding her.

They came to a stop in front of an old stool. Elizabeth frowned in confusion. Were they going to have to levitate the stool or something? Why didn’t she read her books more closely?

Instead, Professor Moreland brought an old, dingy hat and set it on the chair. She heard the students behind her go quiet. Everyone was looking at the old hat, so she did too. She almost fainted in surprise when it opened its brim and started to sing.

Elizabeth Bennet

I’ll be honest and tell you up front, my sorting of Elizabeth is largely based on my own house placement, because I identify so strongly with her. Like me she loves to read, and seems to especially enjoy novels. She is quick-witted and fast thinking when it comes to teasing others. Finally, she is very inclined to be thoughtful in the way she approaches situations, especially at the end of the book.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

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Jane Bennet

Jane’s strongest quality seems to be kindness. She always looks for the best in people. She is a good and steadfast friend to Elizabeth, and thinks of what Caroline and Mr. Bingley want before she thinks of her own desires.

Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

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Lydia Bennet

Lydia doesn’t have a care in the world what anyone thinks about her. She has the guts to say what she wants and do what she wants, even if others don’t approve. She is outspoken and unabashed.

Sorting Hat Says: GRYFFINDOR!

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Fitzwilliam Darcy

Mr. Darcy is very concerned with honor and chivalry, which is a very Gryffindor trait. But by all accounts he is an excellent and loyal friend, very Hufflepuff. The grudge-holding at the beginning of the novel reminds me more of a Gryffindor, as does his bravery in declaring his love for Elizabeth not once, but twice. But as the story goes on he learns to be charitable and caring for all people. He even forgives his lifelong nemesis and helps him out for the rest of his life. He is also willing and able to work hard for what he has.

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Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

Charles Bingley

Mr. Bingley is hard to sort, because we don’t get to know him very well. We know he’s definitely not a Ravenclaw because he has no inclination to read or improve himself, and we know that he’s very friendly, and that’s about it. However, due to his inability to stand up to his friend and sister to get what he wants, I think we can rule out Gryffindor as well. He doesn’t seem particularly cunning or ambitious either.

Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

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George Wickham

I don’t think there’s much question where Wickham goes. His primary quality highlighted in the book is his ambition to social climb. He is very cleverly able to manipulate the people around him into liking him, and he cunningly convinces Elizabeth that Darcy wronged him before she ever even had a chance to hear anything else.

Sort Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!

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Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte’s lack of passion makes her impossible to place in Gryffindor. She is too plain to be ambitious, so we can’t put her in Slytherin either. She is a kind and patient friend, but I don’t think that says much about her. To me she is defined by her cerebral approach to life and love. To her, the facts about a situation are more important than the emotions behind it.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

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Caroline Bingley

Caroline is unabashedly ambitious. She is willing to do anything and everything to get what she wants: Mr. Darcy.

Sorting Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!

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William Collins

Mr. Collins is also a little tricky. He does seem to be rather ambitious, but perhaps that’s just because he stumbled into ambitious company. He also seems bookish, but perhaps that’s just because he stumbled into a scholarly profession. He’s definitely too concerned with his own self to be a Hufflepuff, and nowhere are we led to believe he’s brave enough to be a Gryffindor. However, due to his supreme lack of cunning, I’m going to have to say…

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

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Mrs. Bennet

Mrs. Bennet’s deepest and dearest wish is to have her daughters married, and married well. She’s an ambitious social climber. And while she does not appear to be in any way cunning, she certainly believes herself to be so.

Sorting Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!

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Mr. Bennet

Mr. Bennet appears to be mainly concerned with quiet, solitary pursuits. He loves Elizabeth, mainly because she is the most intelligent of his daughters.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

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So how did I do as a sorting hat? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Let me know in the comments!

21 thoughts on “Sorting Hat Sunday: Pride and Prejudice

  1. This was not an easy task! I agree, or at least understand the logic behind most of them, with the exception of Lydia. To me she is a Slytherin, just like her mother. I don’t think she is brave, but rather blurts things out due to her lack of control. Her ambition is also what drives her. She marries Wickham because she wants to be the first to be married and thus receive a higher rank than her sisters. But, good job though! Sorting people is not easy because it usually isn’t very clear cut what house they belong to 🙂

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    1. I never figured Lydia married Wickham because she was ambitious. In fact, she quickly loses interest in Bingley and co. in favor of the militia, despite the higher rank and fortune that would be afforded by marrying up. But we’ll just have to agree to disagree! (Besides, then I would have had a Gryffindor-free post! I’m all for equal house representation, lol)

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