Sorting Hat Sunday: Emma

Emma laughed gaily. She was surrounded by friends and family, and she was the queen of the carriage. Though she was only a first year, see how they flocked to her? Frank, Jane, Isabella, John, George, they were drawn to her like a moth to the flame.

The Hogwarts Express zipped along at a marvelous speed. What a wonderful way trains were to travel! Emma made note to send her father an owl that evening so that he too could delight in the wonder of the train. Besides, it would be a comfort to him to know that they had been so comfortable on their journey. Nobody was foolish enough to open the windows at this speed, so there was not a draft to be found on the whole train.

“Isabella, John, what are you whispering about over there?” Emma called, delighting to see her sister blush. She had teased her to no end about John this summer, though Isabella had admitted nothing.

Her best friend, Anne, elbowed her hard. “Be nice, Emma!” she whispered. Emma rolled her eyes. Anne was just afraid to rock the boat. Emma had nothing to fear. She could do no wrong.


I don’t think there can be much doubt here. Emma is extremely dedicated to keeping the status quo and making sure that the upper classes of Highbury stay upper class, and that the lower classes know their place. She sees herself as the center of the Highbury social circle and is willing to be not very nice to keep herself there. In particular, her wish that the Coles would send her a party invitation just so she could refuse it is very telling.

Sorting Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!


Where to put Harriet? Well, she’s most definitely not a Ravenclaw. Her inability to think for herself or stand up for herself also rules out Gryffindor. She doesn’t seem to have much ambition and for most of the novel is pretty modest, so Slytherin seems like a no. However, she does seem like she’s a good friend.

Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

Mr. Knightly

This most recent time reading Emma I was struck by how wise Mr. Knightly is. He always seems to know what is going on, and can detect things that literally everyone else misses. Even when Emma tells him he is wrong, he almost always ends up being completley correct. Add to that his enjoyment of studying and the quiet life, and I think we’ve got a pretty solid sort.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

Mrs. Weston

Mrs. Weston is difficult to sort because she is a less developed character than others. Even though she plays an important role, we never really get to know her as more than Emma’s friend. But from what we do know of her, it seems that relationships are important to her, and she’s willing to go to lengths to preserve friendships with others.

Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

Frank Churchill

Frank thinks of himself first and foremost, but not to the point where he’s willing to make others miserable to get what he wants. More in a thoughtless way. He is very chivalrous in the way he treats women, especially Mrs. Weston. And the way he rescues Harriet from the gypsies comes to mind as well.

Sorting Hat Says: GRYFFINDOR! 

Jane Fairfax

For the sake of this post, I’m going to go ahead and equate studying music to studying books. Jane Fairfax is certainly accomplished, and is ready to apply herself to be a great musician. She loves music for music’s sake, and is always eager to learn more.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

Miss Bates

Miss Bates is another difficult one because we don’t know her very well. We know that she cares deeply for both her mother and Jane Fairfax. We know that she is frugal and very thankful for kindnesses and help. And we know she talks WAAAAY too much. But that’s not really enough to sort her on. Honestly, she reminds me of Mrs. Weasley, but I can’t picture her taking down a dark wizard threatening Jane…

I think we can definitely rule out Slytherin. If she was ambitious she would have married. Period. I think we can also safely rule out Ravenclaw, because she usually misses Emma’s not-so-subtle jabs at her. And just because I can’t picture her being particularly brave, that just leaves…

Sorting Hat Says: HUFFLEPUFF!

Mr. Elton

Mr. Elton sets his sights on Emma for one reason only, and that reason is NOT because he is in love with her. He desires to be upwardly mobile. He is proud, and his ambition causes him to treat others (like Harriet) VERY poorly indeed.

Sorting Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!

Mr. Woodhouse

We don’t see Mr. Woodhouse in his prime. We see him after old age, sickness, and past trauma and pain have made him weak and infirm. It’s hard to know where the sorting hat would have put him in his youth because we don’t know what kind of young man he was.

What do YOU think? Where would you sort Mr. Woodhouse? What do you imagine he was like as a young man?

2 thoughts on “Sorting Hat Sunday: Emma

  1. Ahh this is so cool!! I love that you sorted Emma! And your opening is fabulous!! It makes sense about her being a Slytherin- I’m not sure I could see her in any other house. And yeah Harriet is definitely a Hufflepuff. Yay to mr knightley being in ravenclaw!! And yeah I’d put Fairfax in ravenclaw too. I wasn’t sure about Frank, until you reminded me of him saving Harriet from gypsies. And yeah Elton would be in Slytherin for sure.

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    1. I had completely forgotten about Frank saving Harriet from the gypsies prior to this re-read. It’s such a big deal to Emma, but the reader is like, meh, tell me more about how terrible Mrs. Elton is! Haha


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