I think it’s fair to assume that everyone knows about Harry Potter by now. I mean seriously, it’s 2018 already! Even if you have never read the books (which you should), you’ve probably still heard about the Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin and maybe even taken the Pottermore test to find out which house you belong to. If not, well you can do it right here. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Done? Great, now that you know your house, let’s continue.
Each house at Hogwarts has a different set of traits that everyone in that specific house values over everything else. These values define the kind of person you are on the inside, even if you appear to be something else on the outside. For example, Neville is very loyal and hardworking which are traits of a Hufflepuff, however, what he values is bravery so he is sorted into Gryffindor. One person can have traits that describe all four houses but it is what the person values most that ultimately places them in their proper house.
That being said, I decided it would be interesting to recommend books based on what your Hogwarts house is. A way for everyone to see themselves in a main character of a YA novel. Let’s get into it!
Values: bravery, daring, nerve and chivalry.
Motto: “Do what is right.”
Quote: “Where dwell the brave at heart,
their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”
These books are fast-paced, intense, action-packed adventures with main characters who are always looking to be the hero of their story. Red Queen is a high fantasy world with a dystopian arc/revolution. Percy Jackson is a middle-grade mythology story with the main character finding out he’s the son of Poseidon. Lastly, The Winner’s Curse reads like an urban fantasy which takes place in the middle of a war. Members of Gryffindor are sure to find their next favourite book in one of these.
Values: intelligence, knowledge, wit
Motto: “Do what is wise.”
Quote: “Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”
I am a little biased to Ravenclaws because I am one so maybe these are just my favourites? Lucky in Love is a cute contemporary that follows a quirky girl who is super smart and determined to make her way to university. Rebel Belle is a superheroine tale where our main character is at the top of her school but one day discovers she’s meant to save the world. Finally, Illuminae is a science fiction novel written in an innovative format following a super genius technology nerd. Ravenclaws are sure to relate.
Values: hard work, dedication, patience and loyalty
Motto: “Do what is nice.”
Quote: “You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”
These books are very different from each other but they each demonstrate an important aspect of Hufflepuff. Truthwitch is a high fantasy that follows two best friends who are so incredibly loyal to each other it’s almost a bad thing. The Raven Boys is an eerie, paranormal read with a group of boys and one girl looking for “treasure”. Gansey is the most Hufflepuff of them all, so loyal to his search and patience in the years it takes him to get there. Last but not least, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is an urban fantasy/high fantasy novel following two sisters who are doing everything in their power to find their way back to each other. Stand back because these Hufflepuffs are badass.
Values: cunning, pride, resourcefulness, ambition
Motto: “Do what is necessary.”
Quote: “Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”
These books are so captivating and I love that they feature some great Slytherin characters that are NOT evil! Alive is a science fiction young adult novel following a group of teenagers who wake up without any knowledge of who they are. Em is relentless and becomes a natural leader for the group, always doing what is necessary to survive. Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy which includes an overly ambitious prince with excess pride. Finally, Rook is a post-apocalyptic story which kind of reads like an urban fantasy portraying a character who is conniving and scheming, making you always second guess his intentions. Slytherins are sure to get a bite out of these.
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And that’s all I have for this week! Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices or if you have recommendations of your own for the Hogwarts houses! I would love to know your thoughts. (Remember, these books and their characters may have aspects of all four houses, this is entirely my own opinion)
Thanks for reading and until next week, keep reading bookies!
P.S. Oh, and if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet… what are you waiting for!?