House Special: April 2020
House Special: April 2020
As the month draw to a close, it's time for another House Special to wrap it up. Before we get started, I would like to announce that next month will be completely Sherlock themed, and I will be collaborating with Ms. Woodhouse over at Notes from a Heartfield Girl. We will have several different lists where you can create your own top ten and share your opinions. For this post, the same SPOILER warnings still apply. Now, on to today's Special!
~ Number Ten ~
The Hunger Games trilogy
The heroine of my favorite YA series is a tough one to crack, in all senses. Katniss was the final push people needed to sand up and rebel, and she accidentally became a symbol for that rebellion. But there's two things she's great at, that keep her alive and are solid Slytherin traits: willing to throw away everything for her sister, and building up convincing lies. In the first book, she was even able to get people believing in a false romance (even if she developed feelings later). She's also able to look evil square in the eye without flinching, and recognize when someone she knows is ready to seize power and become the next tyrant.
~ Number Nine ~
Artemis Fowl series
There's no where else for this fairy to go. First woman on the fairy police force, she's had to carve her own path and fight her way through trial after trial for years. She's fiery, and cares deeply about justice being carried out, and helping those in need, even if it is unsuspecting Mud People who don't deserve it (looking at you, Artemis, at least at first). Despite her size, she's always down for a fight, and just so happens to be one of the best marksmen on the police force. Basically, she's stubborns her way into everything.
~ Number Eight ~
Once Upon a Time
While this show's titular heroine may not have her nose in books, or a particularly big dreamer, one thing Emma is known for is how she keeps people out. She views the world through a very analytical lense; basically, if she can't see it or prove it with hard facts, it doesn't exist. However, once she starts to open her mind as the series progresses, she thrives, even learning how to use her magic. Logic and level- headedness are her best friends, and a the Ravenclaw's friends as well.
~ Number Seven ~
Captain America, Avengers
You may be thinking, huh? Captain America, in Slytherin? Not Hufflepuff? He's not easy to sort. I know, on the surface, I would stick him in Hufflepuff too, since he cares so much about other people and justice and all that. But think about it: two of Slytherin's traits are cunning and charismatic. Steve is, very heavily, both these things. He's an incredible strategist, and will lie and go against every rule in the world if he thinks it's the right thing to do. He's also a natural leader. He makes the best speeches, and people he barely knows will follow willingly into battle. Slytherins aren't ones to conform to the rules, and Steve never has.
~ Number Six ~
Burton "Gus" Guster
Also known as Gee Buttersnaps, Hollabackatcha, Peter Panic, or whatever nickname his friend Shawn is inclined to give him in the moment. Of the two, Gus is actually a mature adult, who works two jobs, pays taxes, has emotions, and takes care of his best friend. And he does it all without asking for a single thing in return. But I think what lands him squarely in this House is the fact that he'll run into dangerous situations and endure crazy shenanigans agaisnt his better judgment. It takes bravery to be crazy, but it takes more bravery to stand by your crazy friend and be the sensible one. Heck, the guy, who's scared of losing his livelihood, quit his job on a dime and moved to San Francisco to be with his best friend. Bonus points for the fact that he's a huge Harry Potter fan.
~ Number Five ~
The Walking Dead
This is a pick where I'd be open for debate on. It's nearly impossible to actually determine where Rick goes. This is a character who has truly been to hell and back. Before the apocalypse even started, he was shot and ended up in a coma for months. It was pretty much all downhill from there. While his arc and development deserve their own post, the very core of Rick's being has hardly changed. And that core is to care about others. He wants nothing more then to keep those he loves safe, and to build a better world built on peace, not blood. I mean, he had the chance to kill his most hated enemy, a man who definitely deserved death, but Rick's mercy won out in the end.
~ Number Four ~
Avatar: The Last Airbender
I would have loved to be at the meeting that pitched the idea for Toph's character. So, you have a young, pre- teen blind girl, who seems helpless at first, but is actually the best earthbender in the world and has an underground career as an earthbender wrestler. Yeah, Gryffindor for sure. Toph is not afraid of anything; in fact, it would bode well for the world to be afraid of her. She meets every challenge and challenger head- on, even if it means head- butting them. She doesn't let her disability be a hinderance, and even goes so far as to joke about it. She's the very definition of a wild child, and even learned to metal- bend because it was said it couldn't be done. #Yougogirl.
~ Number Three ~
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series
So, for anyone who hasn't heard about this, read the books, or watched the movie (a young Martin Freeman played him, what?!), Arthur Dent is one of the most well written characters I've ever read about. The reason why is because is very, very human, and very, very relatable. He literally has no idea what's going on half the time, besides being dragged across the universe by his friend after Earth is destroyed. He has mental breakdowns and has trouble processing things right away. Somehow, though, he comes up with ideas that actually work in the heat of the moment, and can actually accept there's a universe full of life outside of what he previously thought.
~ Number Two ~
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
All hobbits are pretty much Hufflepuff by default, at least on the surface. I know there's a lot of, well, split opinions on Frodo, and I'm personally on the side of finding him relatable and brave. He's not like his uncle Bilbo; he's very in love with his home and the simple life that hobbits lead, being very close to his friends. However, he's the one that steps up to make the sacrifice and risk his life and wellbeing for that home. The Ring does its best to turn his selflessness inside out, and even succeeds, but he's able to go back to his life, though changed. Showing kindness and mercy to your enemies, Gollum most notably, is not a flaw, but a strength.
~ Number One ~
Just to clarify, Wolf 359 is a story podcast available on Apple, and, if you're looking for a good time, listen to it. It's one of the things I can actually listen to without reading. Eiffel is the main character, stuck on a space station orbiting a red dwarf star. He hates work, and tries everything in his power to avoid both it and his wacky coworkers. He's charming and flaky in the best of senses, and is also incredibly stubborn. One of his best ever tricks, though, is getting people to think he's not as smart or capable as he actually is. In reality, he's all parts competent, clever, and curious. Also, you have to admit that his name is just flat out awesome.
That just about wraps it up for April! Hope you guys enjoyed this House Special, and if you have your own thoughts on a character, comment below! As I mentioned above, next month is going to be totally devoted to Sherlock, the TV series, so wear your hat and bring your blogger along for May!