Anonymous said: Hi! Just asking if you know why Anna is always put to Hufflepuff in the Hogwarts!AUs. I haven't read the house characteristics in a while, but I think she would be a Gryffindor, since she's very brave, compassionate and determined - take going to get Elsa back all alone in a snowstorm, fighting the wolves, and sacrificing herself to save her sister. Idk, just wondering :)
I actually know very little about Harry Potter (*dodges rocks*), so I’ll open this one up to my followers for discussion. Thoughts, guys? :)
I HAVE A LOT OF THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS.
I think sorting Anna into Gryffindor is a totally valid option. But I personally see her (and also Elsa) as a Hufflepuff.
There are two ways (well, probably more, but for the sake of this discussion two) to look at sorting: based on external life or on internal life. External life is actions, behaviors, the outward things - like Anna’s bravery in going to get Elsa, fighting the wolves, etc. Then there’s the internal - the reasons behind the actions and behaviors. To me, the internal is what really seals the deal in a sorting. Anyone from any house could do what Anna did - but WHY do they do it?
Anna’s entire motivation is her love for her sister. (I’m simplifying, but let’s roll with it.) She climbs a mountain because she loves Elsa, and because she knows she (Anna) screwed up, and she wants to make it right. And when she sacrifices herself for Elsa? That wasn’t a “brave” choice, that was a “love” choice, hence why it thawed her heart.
Yeah, her rashness is very Gryffindor. And her actions ARE brave. But I see Gryffindors as more bull-headed, more into bravery & action for the sake of bravery & action (and yes, many of them have a deep goodness that drives this, but still). Whereas a Hufflepuff can be just as impulsive, I think, but because they’re so wrapped up in love! and goodness! and fairness! that they don’t always think before they act; they go on that impulse of love.
But at the end of the day, what does Anna want? Does she want notoriety, strength, adventure (very Gryffindor)? No. What she wants is family, love, steadiness, the promise that everything will be better now and they can fix what once was broken (very, very Hufflepuff).
Just my interpretation. I do think there’s a lot more overlap between houses (especially Gryffindor/Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw/Slytherin) than most people admit.
Hufflepuffs aren’t wrapped up in love, goodness, and fairness — well, yes to fairness. Their house traits are honesty, loyalty, diligence, fairness, and patience. There isn’t a single word in any of the Sorting Hat songs that attributes kindness or being loving or being especially good to Hufflepuffs.
For crying out loud, does that mean that anyone who isn’t a Hufflepuff is NEVER EVER motivated by love in anything they do (cough harry cough cough hagrid cough)
I sort Rapunzel as a Hufflepuff because she passes the time in her tower by making things, baking and pottery and candle-making and many other hands-on crafts. How does Anna spend time when she has no one to play with? She makes up dreams and stories about what her life is going to be like — which to my mind indicates either Ravenclaw or Gryffindors (both are houses of dreamers, very intent on what the narrative of their life will look like). Her later actions (which involve risk-taking and cheerfully adventuring, and a worrying lack of foresight) indicate Gryffindor.