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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Gryffindor Characters From Non Harry Potter Books

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgHello everyone. Can you imagine that I am greeting you in a calm and rational manner?



*Holds back screaming in people’s faces*

Can I remind you of the time that I went to a Halloween party dressed as Harry Potter? Yep.

I feel like Shannah saw me coming.

Shannah @ Bionic Book Worm has themed the Top 5 Tuesday for February and it’s all about Harry Potter.

Interpretation of how to do this has been left up to bloggers.

Is it 5 characters who you think would belong to that house? Is it 5 books that you would recommend to someone belonging to that house? Is it books that you would specifically recommend to 5 separate characters who already belong to that house? What you would recommend to Ron would not be what you recommend to Hermione, for example.

I’ve gone with 5 characters from other books that I think would belong in Gryffindor. 

Not all characters have every single trait but I’ve tried to place them where I think the majority of their traits will end up.

Gryffindor Traits

They are experience oriented, honest, practical, blunt, passionate, playful, funny, trusting, idealistic, stubborn and procrastinators. They live in the moment, don’t take themselves seriously, are wary of manipulators and liars, have a strong moral center, and are unafraid to seize opportunities and make changes.

sorting hat





(Artist: Gilding of Nightfall)

“Er, Gerry,” I hear you say. “Do you have a Katniss problem?”

Nope. It’s only a problem if it impedes the quality of my life.

Katniss (from The Hunger Games if you didn’t know) appears a lot doesn’t she?

Well here she is again.

Katniss is a practical person, using her archery skills to survive in her starving district and the arena but despite this level of practicality and the outer surface of Katniss appearing to be unemotional she is an incredibly emotional, self sacrificing person.

She’s so honest that trying to get her to lie about anything is impossible (she’s rubbish at it anyway) but she’s so stubborn that she would probably refuse to anyway.

Katniss has a strong belief in what is right and wrong and is driven by the desire to protect those she believes suffers although as a Gryffindor she may be wary of liars and manipulators, her very nature of being trusting means she is easily taken advantage of by those less well meaning than herself.




Jo March

(Artist: Norman Rockwell)

It’s easy to think that Jo March from Little Women is a Ravenclaw, after all she is intelligent, inquisitive, creative and witty but I’m putting Jo in with the Gryffindor’s because frankly… she’s too passionate and stubborn for Ravenclaw.

I’m not saying that Ravenclaw’s can’t be passionate and I’m not saying Gryffindor’s can’t be intelligent and creative but Jo is too temperamental to fit properly into the Ravenclaw house and her emotions, which run close to the surface, can get her into trouble from time to time. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and sets out to achieve it but only if she feels its the ‘right’ way.



(Artist: Taylor Draws)

Arin from The Winner’s Trilogy is incredibly stubborn but then he has to be because he’s got to stick to his plan. His country was overtaken and his people became slaves. There’s no way that he’s going to sit back and do nothing.

He’s passionate about the cause, his family and even Kestrel, unwilling and unable to push her out of his heart even though he knows he should. Sometimes this passion causes him to be hot headed and he can rush into situations without thinking or listening even if he’s well meaning.




Kitty Jones

(Artist: Atrika)

I bang on about The Bartimaeus Trilogy a lot and that’s because I don’t believe it gets enough love.

Kitty Jones definitely deserves the love. She’s a commoner who is immune to magic in a world where there is a class divide between those who have magic and those who have not. Those who have magic are considered better than those who don’t and are treated more favourably.

Does Kitty think those with magic are better? Does she heck! Does she accept the poor treatment of non magic users by those in power? Does she heck! Is Kitty going to sit back and do nothing about this? Will she heck!

Kitty joins the resistance, starts to steal magical items (for the greater good), goes toe to toe with magicians and djinni and crosses to the other place as a ‘gesture’ to prove that humans and djinni can live in harmony. Is this isn’t Gryffindor I’m really not sure what is.





(Artist: Laura Hollingsworth)

Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles throws herself into life. Whether that’s running the family farm, trying to track down her missing grandmother, joining forces with a band of misfit rebels or falling in love and beginning a relationship with a man who has been genetically engineered with wolf DNA.

She, like the others on this list, has a stubborn streak but she, like the others, has a heart of gold. The hot headed, passionate nature can sometimes get her into trouble but once she’s part of something she’s part of it all the way. Scarlet can’t stand to see anyone suffer and will willingly put herself in harms way to deflect the attention.

What a gal, what a Gryffindor.


Here are my sorting hat selections for Gryffindor! Phew, it was a toughie!

They are all people who understand suffering or rejection and despite their own suffering or emotions (which run close to the surface) they retain a deep sense of what they believe is right and wrong and will stand up for others before themselves or do what they do for others.

They are extremely passionate about whatever spurs them on but sometimes this passion can also be considered ‘hot-headed’ and sometimes it’s their own actions and lack of taking time to cool that lead them off the path time from time.

Let me know what you think! See you next week!


18 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Gryffindor Characters From Non Harry Potter Books

  1. I love Katniss! Before the whole YA dystopian trend thing blew up, Hunger Games is the one that really took its time to flesh out its characters, and for sure I agree Katniss is a Gryffindor.

    And yessss I agree, Jo March is one too! I think she’s the Hermione type who could be in either Gryff or Ravenclaw, but I think I ultimately would’ve placed Jo in Gryffindor too.

    Lastly, perhaps I’m being biased since I love the Bartimaeus trilogyy, but Kitty is the most Gryffindor on the list for me. Like, she had the balls to cross over into the other place to see Bartimaeus, and she nearly died fighting to save people who kinda didn’t deserve to be saved lol. No doubt in my mind, she belongs in that house without a doubt!

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    1. I personally think The Hunger Games was what started the trend for YA dystopian but it’s the original and the best (in my humble opinion!)!

      Jo seemed like an obvious Ravenclaw but for me she’s too hot headed and emotional. I never thought that the house traits existed solely for that house and ultimately it’s down to what is most prominent and not (I think) the only traits someone has. Here I am analysing ruddy fictional school house selection methods – jeez!

      You know I think we are tag teaming to get people to read The Bartimaeus Trilogy! I’m selling it here!!

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      1. I agree! People say that the Hunger Games is overrated, but I really don’t think it is considering how original and gutsy it was for its time. I mean, Hunger Games was the version of Game of Thrones for me when I first read it as a teen, it LEGIT shocked me so hard.

        And heyyyyyy the fun of theorizing is half the fun of discovering fictional characters! And when it comes to Harry Potter, I will not stop analyzing it for the rest of my life, guaranteed!

        lol girl I recently raved about Bartimaues to another blogger on here. I’m not going to give it a rest until half the human population has at least heard of this trilogy because the finale is way too good to be so underrated. 😂

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  2. This is such a fun post ❤️ I love sorting characters into their Hogwarts house, I do that A LOT when I’m reading. I definitley agree with Scarlet, Katniss and Jo, and I haven’t read about the other two. I really want to read The Bartimaeus Trilogy, I should make that a priority. I love my old school fantasy 😊

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    1. Thank you! I’m loving pretending to be The Sorting Hat for February. I’m wondering if I could make it a full time gig!

      The Winner’s Trilogy is romantic fantasy but you may enjoy it as it’s oddly compelling. It’s more heavy on the romance than the fantasy though but I did enjoy it.

      The Bartimaeus Trilogy is just amazing. Honestly, give book one a go and if you don’t like it I@ll apologise forever but it’s poignant and funny and the characters go through some wonderful development arcs. The worldbuilding is also superbly done and is incredibly fleshed out and detailed but doesn’t hit you in the face with excessive exposition like some other books have done.


    1. Thank you very much! I love The Hunger Games so more characters will be making an appearance at some point. It’s interesting that you think of the ‘chosen one’ trope with Gryffindor’s because there does seem to be a link I think. I wonder if half the time it’s because Gryffindor’s choose themselves, they can’t help but throw themselves into things!

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      1. Hahaha, it was the first thing that came into my mind. And the MCs in some books that belong to the trope really is brave, courageous and determined 🙂

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    1. I love Arin very much! Kestrel also makes an appearance but I’ll let you guess the house 😉

      I’ve tried to comment on some of your blog posts but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be letting me. I’ve had to put in my name, email address and website otherwise the internet screams error at me but even when I’ve done all those it still doesn’t show. I’m only mentioning it because I’ve tried to comment on your lovely blog but I’m not being allowed for some reason!


  3. “Holds back screaming in people’s faces”…… I’m dying over here! And yes, I saw you coming – I got you lol!!!!
    Great choices! Scarlet from The Lunar Chronices was one of the characters I thought of when I added that series to my list today. A lot of people think her to be their least favourite….. but she’s high on my list of favourite characters from that series!!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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    1. I’m loving this month’s topic so much and it’s surprising how much it’s making me think about characters personality’s and traits.

      I love Scarlet very much, she’s not my most favourite (because Cress, who will be making an appearance, has stolen my heart) but Scarlet is just wonderful and I don’t know why she’s anyone’s least favourite. I adore her.

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