Good morning bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘Gryffindor’ (it’ll all make sense in a minute. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up!
In the words of Shanah, let me explain how this one works:
For each week of the month of February, we will be doing a different Hogwarts house! Each Hogwarts house is uniquely different in their traits (which I will outline below), and you can choose books that you think a person of that house would enjoy, or a book with characters that fit the traits of that house.
So, this week, I’ll be listing my top 5 books that have characters (yes, possibly multiple and this is how I’m getting out of only listing 5…) that should be sorted into Gryffindor! Which is actually harder than you might think, but that’s probably because Gryffindor is my least favourite house. (Sorry Gryffindorians!) I myself am a Ravenclaw. And I love Slytherin and Hufflepuff as well. Gryffindors … are just, kind of, a bit … rash. They tend to jump in without thinking, and as an overalysing control-freak, I don’t like that. The most hilarious part of all this, of course, is that my husband is a Gryffindor. (The other thing that I don’t like about Gryffindor is that Rowling just put a bunch of people in it so they could be in the same house for plot – but really, their character traits were those of other houses, and they just did ONE thing that put them in Gryffindor. Also, it was made out to be the best house ever, and I just … disagree.)
Gryffindors 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 centre, and are unafraid to seize opportunities and make changes.
Of course Diana Prince is going to be a Gryffindor. What else would she be? Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo tells the story of Diana Prince, almost but not quite yet, Wonder Woman. Diana is impulsive and impetuous, but more importantly, she is brave and kind and has a strong moral compass. Diana wants to prove herself worthy, and she is idealistic and trusting as well. 10 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!
I recently finished Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, and there are TWO characters that stuck out to me as being very Gryffindor in this book. Firstly Hawthorne, Morrigan’s best friend. Hawthorne is mischievous (dumping barrels of frogs on people) and fearless (he’s a dragon rider). He’s also impulsive, brave and very loyal. 20 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!
Secondly, you have Jupiter. I love Jupiter. I think in an alternate universe he could have been Arthur Weasley’s younger brother. Jupiter is an adventurer. He has so many traits of a Gryffindor, but at the same time he’s a little bit calculating, and a teensy bit sly. He’s also very intelligent. But he lives so much for the NOW, that he would be impossible to place anywhere else. 30 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is another one with a couple of Gryffindors in it. Let’s start with Rose Hathaway. Rose is full of life, living in the moment. She is bold and stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. She is rash and blunt, passionate and playful. Excellent traits for a Gryffindor. 40 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!
I also believe that Christian Ozera would be well suited to Gryffindor. Christian wears his heart on his sleeve, and while he can be moody, he has a strong moral compass – a perfect match for Lissa. Christian is stubborn, but also passionate. He puts others’ needs ahead of his own. 50 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR.
In January I also read A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. ACSDAL has so many great characters, some of which could probably swing into a couple of houses, but Harper should be in Gryffindor. Harper is honest, practical and blunt. But above all, she is brave, and she is selfless. Harper’s moral compass far surpasses so many other characters, and for that reason she should be Head Girl of Gryffindor. 60 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR.
Finally, Gryffindor needs a steadfast and sure leader. Now, I’ve said it before (and I’m sure I’ll only say it another 17,586 times), but Granny Weatherwax is my original McGonagall. Yes, Granny, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, would certainly be able to command the respect deserved as Head of Gryffindor. With all the Headology, Herbology and Squinting that she could teach the students, I believe Granny would be a great addition to the teaching staff as well. She’s got a killer hat too.
That gives us a total of 210 points for Gryffindor. We’ll see what the others bring us over the next four weeks.
Until next time, happy reading Gryffindors 🦁❤️