Guten Tag, Leute! While rereading The Chamber of Secrets, it came across my mind that Percy Weasley doesn’t really seem to fit the traditional Gryffindor description.
First and foremost, I guess that if the Sorting Hat put Percy in Gryffindor, there must have been a good reason. But that reason isn’t really shown. In fact, to me, Percy Weasley seems to be much more Slytherin-ish in so many ways. And, believe me, I mean that in the best way possible!
Well, Percy is described by Ron as being ambitious and, throughout the series, we see Percy exhibit his ambition and his pride when he achieves something. Both of these things are pretty typical of Slytherins.
So… why Gryffindor? Why not Slytherin?
It’s tough to say. We know that siblings and relatives can be sorted into different houses (i.e. The Patil twins, Sirius Black, Albus Potter). So, while all of the Weasley children are sorted into Gryffindor, it wouldn’t have been impossible for one of them to be sorted into any of the other houses. However, one thing that the Sorting Hat says in the movie version of The Sorcerer’s Stone when Ron’s being sorted is somewhat… interesting. He says something along the lines of “Weasley! I know just what to do with you!” before sorting Ron into Gryffindor. Along with that, some students make comment on how they’d have thought that Padma and Parvati Patil would have been sorted into the same Houses. While it’s clear that blood relation doesn’t have everything to do with the sorting, I think that it does have some impact. After all, most families seem to, for the most part, conform to one house (i.e. The Malfoys, the Weasleys, the Potters, etc.).
We also know that the Sorting Hat does listen to the request of the person being sorted (or at least takes their opinion into account) as was the case with Harry. Perhaps, like with Harry, the Sorting Hat had to debate with itself when sorting Percy. It wouldn’t be entirely off if the Sorting Hat was having difficulties with choosing between Slytherin and Gryffindor. After all, they are actually fairly similar Houses if you think about it.
So why was Percy Weasley sorted into Gryffindor when Slytherin seems to be such a perfect fit? My guess is this:
The Sorting Hat probably had difficulty with deciding where to put Percy, unable to decide between putting him in Gryffindor or Slytherin. He probably could sense Percy’s strong ambition and his strong desire to want to make his family proud. On the other hand, though, Percy’s siblings, Bill and Charlie, as well as his parents had been sorted into Gryffindor and prospered there. Percy, however, believing that his parents would be disappointed if he was sorted into Slytherin, pleaded and begged to be put into Gryffindor instead. And so the Sorting Hat relented and put him in Gryffindor.
We don’t really have all that much information on Percy Weasley’s sorting but I feel like this could be a very possible description.
I rather like the idea of Percy being a Slytherin and I rather think that J.K. Rowling missed a great opportunity for an awesome Slytherin story here. Slytherin isn’t a House for “bad” people but rather is a House where the ambitious are welcome and I really think that Percy could have thrived as a Slytherin. While Slytherin isn’t a “bad” House, in the Harry Potter series (and I’m talking about the original series not the play or the Fantastic Beasts franchise) there aren’t really any Slytherin characters who are portrayed as being good people and I think that it would have been awesome to have a “good” Slytherin character in the form of Percy Weasley.
What do you guys think about this little theory? What Hogwarts House are you in? Danke und tschüss!