If Gone With the Wind Characters Went to Hogwarts

June 25, 2016 Books 5

Because I spent so much time pondering GWTW, and because when I spend too much time rolling a thought around in my brain it inevitably rolls back around to Harry Potter somehow….

Slytherin — Scarlett O’Hara
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How can Scarlett not be Slytherin? The Sorting Hat would barely have touched her pretty little head before it shouted out “Slytherin!” — she’s more ambitious and self-centered than any Malfoy ever was. She wants every man to admire her and she wants to be the wealthiest woman on the planet, and she’ll stop at nothing to achieve either of those things, even if she hurts other people. Plus, she looks simply perfect in her favorite color, green.

Hufflepuff — Melanie Hamilton & Mammy
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If you want a loyal and hard-working character, look no further than Melanie. Melanie and Scarlett are the quintessential unstoppable #Slytherpuff pairing.

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Talk about “unafraid of toil”… and Mammy sticks with the O’Hara family for generations, even after she’s free to leave — they couldn’t possibly survive without her, and she knows it, and makes sure they know it, too. (But I do wonder whether it’s fair to sort her based on her behavior as an enslaved person… don’t you think her personality might have been different if she was born free?)

Ravenclaw — Ashley Wilkes
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The man who mystifies/fascinates Scarlett because he’d rather read or discuss philosophy than hunt and gamble with other men, who writes long troubled letters to his wife about the politics of the war he felt forced to join — this guy couldn’t be anything other than a thoughtful, knowledge-hungry Ravenclaw.

Gryffindor — Gerald O’Hara & Rhett Butler
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Gerald (Scarlett’s father) as an easy one. He’s bold and isn’t afraid to pursue whatever he likes, whether that’s a plantation of his very own or a pretty young woman from high society for a wife. But he’s also hot-headed, prone to arguments and leaping fences that he ought not to.

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Rhett, though, was really hard to sort out! First thought — Slytherin. He’s ambitious and not afraid to get his hands dirty to get what he wants, nor is he particularly bound by high society’s opinion of him. But… if he was truly ambitious in the traditional sense, wouldn’t he have finished school at West Point? Wouldn’t he have married that Charleston girl to avoid being disowned? And if he was only motivated by self interest (which is not necessarily a true Slytherin trait, but I digress), would he have gone off to join the army after the burning of Atlanta? Would he have put up with Scarlett’s nonsense for so long? I would argue that there is a strong case for Rhett to be sorted into Gryffindor.

All Hogwarts house images from hpstuffs.tumblr.com

So, tell me — would you sort these characters into different houses? What about some of the other characters from Gone With the Wind, either book or movie version?

5 Responses to “If Gone With the Wind Characters Went to Hogwarts”

  1. Jenni Elyse

    Sadly, I’ve never read GWTW. I want to, though. And, from what I remember from the movie, which isn’t much because it has been FOREVER and a day go since I saw it, I think your assessments are accurate.

    • Louise

      The movie isn’t 100% accurate to the book, but the characters are definitely spot-on. I’ll be interested to see what you think of this book when you get around to reading it!

  2. Ellen B.

    GENIUS. And I love your graphics, too! I think your calls are good here. You should consider a career as a Sorting Hat!

    Out of curiosity, what is your house? It’s hard to tell just through your writing!

    (Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin and I’ve never looked back.)

    • Louise

      Gosh, thanks! If this whole librarian thing falls through can I list you as a reference on my application to Hogwarts?

      Slytherin for me too, officially, though I got sorted a second time a couple years later & got Hufflepuff. So… Slytherpuff??? Whatever, I’m totally embracing it.

      • Maradelle

        I am Slytherin too. I love Gone With The Wind and Scarlett O’Hara.

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