If the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts

Rowena Pankhurst

1183 words

If the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts
If the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts

The Chronicles of Narnia was—and still is, actually, in spite of what C.S. Lewis did to Queen Susan—one of my favourite series. Harry Potter is also a series in which I take great interest and therefore I wondered what would happen if the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts. In no particular order (with the exception of the siblings):

Peter Pevensie: Hufflepuff

He is extremely loyal to his family and the Kingdom of Narnia. Yes, he is brave, but this bravery stems from loyalty towards those he cares about. I never saw Peter as unnecessarily impulsive, rash or daring. He had the bravery needed to fulfil his duties.

Susan Pevensie: Ravenclaw

Susan is my favourite character from the series, even though (as I cannot emphasise enough) she was treated very unfairly at the end. Susan is somebody who places high value on knowledge and logic. She is a practical and sensible person and, like many Ravenclaws, could fit into Slytherin as a second choice. I do not think she would make a good Slytherin, though, as she is more practical and logical than she is cunning. In fact, she is not really shrewd or cunning at all.Susan is somebody who likes to act based on facts. Even though she is judged for this often throughout the series, Susan does not like to impulsively involve herself in a situation. She is the type of person who likes to be certain about things. She is noticeably slower to believe many aspects of Narnian existence than her siblings are. When she tries to bring a mature view into the situation, she is mocked for trying to be “grown-up”.

Susan does not fit into any of the other houses. She is not a brave person by nature. She is no hard-working Hufflepuff. She is not ambitious or cunning. But she is clever and values wisdom and sense above bravery.

Edmund Pevensie: Slytherin

I am not arguing this because he did something bad. Slytherin is one of my favourite Hogwarts Houses actually.Edmund is somebody who is not notably brave, kind or loyal. He is clever, but does not place as much importance on intelligence as Susan does. Edmund is somebody who, in the first book at least, covets power (ambition). He is a cunning person, even if this manifested as his being willing to trade his siblings for Turkish Delight. However, even after his redepemption Edmund is still a Slytherin. He still is no Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. I would argue that he still does what is necessary to achieve his goals.

Lucy Pevensie: Gryffindor

Many people seem to think Lucy is a Hufflepuff, but I disagree. She is a kind and loyal person, but she does not have the other traits of Hufflepuff to a large degree. She is not particularly patient or hard-working. In contrast, she possesses all of the Gryfindor traits: bravery, daring, nerve etc. After all she is Lucy the Valiant, a Gryffindor through and through.

Polly Plummer: Gryffindor

Polly loves adventures, but as The Magician’s Nephew explains, she has no real interest in books or learning, unlike her friend, Digory. The defining characteristic of Polly is bravery. She certainly has a lot of nerve and daring, more so than her friend Digory does. Unfortunately, Polly exhibits some of the negative characteristics of Gryffindor House: a black-and-
white approach to life and a self-righteous attitude. Her criticism of Susan in The Last Battle was unnecessarily harsh.

Digory Kirke: Ravenclaw

The answer to this should be clear at first glance. Professor Kirke is a Ravenclaw. From The Magician’s Nephew, it is clear that Digory loves to learn and discover new things, unlike his friend, Polly. When he grow up, he continues his pursuit of knowledge and becomes a Professor. He would make a good Hogwarts teacher.

Eustace Scrubb: Ravenclaw

Eustace is a very intelligent person who, like his cousin Susan, places high value on knowledge and logic.Eustace is not particularly cunning, brave or kind, but he is intelligent. He can show bravery, but is not a courageous person by instinct. He collects insects and shows keen interest in scientific advances.

Jill Pole: Gryffindor

Jill does have fears, but she faces them. She is in many ways a standard Gryffindor.

Caspian X: Ravenclaw

Yes, Caspian is in many ways a brave person (but he is actually often afraid), but I think that at heart he is one of us. From an early age, he shows a keen interest in history and folklore. He is a daydreamer by nature who learns to overcome his doubts. The films may try to portray him as a Gryffindor, but this is not the case. He is not motivated by ambition, nor does he rush into danger purely for the thrill of it. He does have a sense of justice and loyalty, but these are not necessarily what drives him. Caspian is a quiet and thoughtful person who is thrust into adventure. He shows that Ravenclaws can be just as brave as Gryffindors, but smarter.

Trumpkin: Slytherin

Trumpkin is shown to be a very sceptical creature, which leaves him in either Ravenclaw and Slytherin (I am not implying that members of other houses are not sceptical). However, I instantly knew he was a Slytherin. Trumpkin is a resourceful and cunning character. He is intelligent, it seems, but intelligence is not his focus. He is concerned with cleverness and practicality. Trumpkin has always been one of my favourite chracters.

Aslan: Slytherin

I thought he would be a Ravenclaw because he is wise and all-knowing. On reflection he could be a Slytherin, because he cares very much about power. In fact, he reminds me a little too much of Dumbledore. You may be shocked. Aslan doesn’t care about power; he cares about people. Really? The entire series is a power-struggle between him and the bad characters. As intelligent as Aslan undoubtedly is, I do not see his placing any remarkable high value on logic and knowledge, as opposed to loyalty in his cause.He really does remind me of Dumbledore. I do not hate Dumbledore (he is one of my favourite characters), but one cannot deny that Dumbledore is a little obsessed with the concept of power, even if he does not want it for himself, and is quite controlling–in the sense that he controls the conflict, even from afar, and the “good people” generally do what he wants or what they think he would want. Aslan also does not share all of the information with the Pevensie children and is often cryptic, like our dear Headmaster.He would be the Headmaster of Narnian Hogwarts, if such a place existed…

The White Witch: Slytherin

This is not because she is bad, but because she is very cunning, ambitious, shrewd and a powerful leader. She has goals and she is willing to do anything to achieve them. Is she the Voldemort of Narnia?

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