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The Rowling Magazine Issue #30 · June 2019

The Casual Vacancy characters under the Sorting Hat

Parta Canna

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We can say that Jo Rowling didn’t create characters; she created people. The characters of The Casual Vacancy are by no means superficial. They are deep, human, and different among themselves. We have the serious Sukhvinder; the cheerful Barry; the confident Krystal; and the nervous Colin.

Characters are diverse, and together they are the colors of an extraordinary story, where the majority of characters are main characters. Here I want to try sorting the characters of The Casual Vacancy into the four Hogwarts Houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.

Barry Fairbrother: The most discussed character seems to be quite a Hufflepuff. Some characters are hard to sort, but this humanitarian, understanding, kind, character, is definitely one hell of a Hufflepuff.

Mary Fairbrother: We don’t know much about Mary.(She is not a main character!) From what I’ve noticed she seems to be smart and brave. I think she is a Ravenclaw.

Krystal Weedon: She is a Gryffindor. I’m sure of it. No house can describe her confidence, courage and straight-forward nature. She also likes sports, and is adventurous.
Howard Mollison: Howard seems to a Slytherin. He’s ambitious, driven, and diplomatic.

Shirley Mollison: Shirley loves peace, and she seems quite an active and energetic woman. She doesn’t seem to see her husband who whom he is, and seems a type of person who avoids conflicts. But, in her there seems to be a desire to learn. I sort her as a Ravenclaw for these reasons.

Miles Mollison: I’m not sure about this one, but he seems more of a Gryffindor. I really don’t understand his character that much, but his character seems to be quite close to his mother’s. I’ll decide on Ravenclaw, as a temporary Sorting Hat I’ve become.

Samantha Mollison: She seems like a Gryffindor to me. Her desire for adventure and adrenaline didn’t cease after so many years.

Maureen: I don’t know much about her, but if I had to choose one, it’d be Slytherin.

Terri Weedon: Terri Weedon seems like a Ravenclaw to me. She doesn’t have the courage and dare of her daughter, so she can’t be a Gryffindor. Her avoidance of conflict seem like a Ravenclawish thing to me.

Nana Cath: J.K.Rowling said that all racists are in Slytherin, so Nana Cath is a Slytherin.

Stuart Wall (Fats): This character is quite complex, and despite his courage, and daring nature, Fats seems a lot more like a Slytherin to me. He knows others well, and can understand their nature well. Also, his character seems quite complex to be a Gryffindor. But, he could also be like Dumbledore. My guess is Slytherin.

Collin Wall: His idealistic nature seem to me like quite a Hufflepuff one. Despite that he is not a leader by personality, Collin wants to do what he feel it’s the right thing to do.

Tessa Wall: Tessa is a kind woman, and according to Kay, she seems not to be someone who tends to prejudge people. She loves to help people, and my rough guess is that she is a Hufflepuff like her husband.

Gavin: He’s immature, and he seems to be a little out of touch with his true feelings. He’s not a Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, so my rough guess is Slytherin.

Kay Bawden: Kay seem like a Gryffindor to me. I think she is courageous, and a protective person. She has also a daring and nonconformist personality.

Gaia Bawden: Gaia is quite an outspoken one, and her personality seems more similar to her mother’s. Gaia seems to do whatever she wants to do, without a care about reputation that much. She speaks whatever she thinks, and she is brave. Gaia is definitely a Gryffindor.

Parminder Jawanda: She is serious and brave and sometimes quite temperamental. I think she is quite similar to Professor McGonnagal from Harry Potter series. She is a Gryffindor. I like how passionate she is, but I didn’t like the way she treated her daughter Sukhvindor.

Vikram Jawanda: He’s very kind to his wife, and seems to be a thoughtful, straight-forward person. I think he’s a Hufflepuff.

Sukhvindor Jawanda: Sukhvindor is a brave teenager. She risked her life to save Robbie, and if I have to guess, I’d say that she is a Gryffindor.

Simon Price: He made me cringe. Well, I think that Simon is a Slytherin. He thinks that rules and people are all beneath him.
Ruth Price: I think that she’s a Hufflepuff. Generally speaking, she doesn’t seem like a bad person, but that’s my best guess.

Andrew Price: He’s a simple character. Andrew has an affinity for adventures, and I believe that he’s a Gryffindor.

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