Brontë, Harry Potter, Literature, Reviews

The Brontës at Hogwarts: A Back to School Special

This year I’ve reached more readers than I ever thought possible through Brontë Babe Blog from all corners of the globe. I’d like to say a big thank you to those who have taken the time to read my posts and all those who have participated in discussions about the lives, works, and legacy of the Brontës. Contrary to popular belief, I do have other literary interests (shock horror) and occasionally I am moved to pen the odd post on topics such as Jane Austen’s juvenilia, children’s literature, and 21st century science fiction, whilst bearing in mind that people come here for the Brontës. You can check these posts out in my Everything Else section on the homepage.

However, ask anyone who knows me personally to name another literary passion of mine, and they will immediately reply “Harry Potter”. Looking back through my posts, I find it amazing that there are no Harry pieces, and just a couple of references to the boy wizard because I really am obsessed. Every year, I never fail to mark September 1st with the posting of Harry memes on social media and texts to my sister during which we discuss our upcoming journey to Hogwarts via Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express, and my desire to get back into the Ravenclaw common room to join Luna Lovegood and the Grey Lady. Yes, I’m Team Ravenclaw despite sharing a name with the Hufflepuff ghost, the Fat Friar.

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Photo by Jack Anstey on Unsplash

Instead of fruitlessly trying to get to Hogwarts again this year (I don’t think they’d accept a 30 year old Muggle anyway), I’ve decided to combine my two literary loves in one post. As I stated above, I’m a proud Ravenclaw, but I’ve spent the past week wondering which house at Hogwarts would claim which Brontë sibling. It’s not as easy to sort them as you’d think; the Brontës were an extraordinary family, but they were also extraordinary and complex individuals. Whilst some traits such as intelligence, a trait prized by founder Rowena Ravenclaw, is shared by all the family, the Brontës certainly aren’t all Ravenclaws. To quote everybody’s favourite godfather, Sirius Black, “the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters” (Order of the Phoenix). Let me elaborate, people aren’t black and white; there are all kinds of aspects that shape us. Intelligence doesn’t make a Ravenclaw (just ask Hermione Granger), courage doesn’t necessarily make a Gryffindor (Peter Pettigrew anyone?), and whilst Slytherins are cunning, not all are bad (Horace Slughorn), and if anyone can prove that Hufflepuffs are not merely “a lot of duffers” (Philosopher’s Stone) then it’s the courageous, clever, handsome, hard-working Cedric Diggory, a student any house would go crazy for.

This post is my attempt to try to establish which house the Brontës could be sorted into based on their own qualities, and the values promoted by the four houses. Sorting the Brontës was no easy task and I’m sure not everyone will agree with my reasoning. However, this piece is meant to be a bit of fun for those who love Harry and the Brontës. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my choices, and your own theories. And if anyone wants to pay for my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida after reading this post, I’d be cool with that.

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Hogwarts Castle model at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, March 2012

Firstly, for the benefit of any Brontë fans who are unfamiliar with the Potter mythology, let’s examine what the Sorting Hat has to say about the founders and four houses. As the hat used to belong to Godric Gryffindor, there is no better authority on the founders other than the Grey Lady a.k.a. Helena Ravenclaw, but more about her later.

Philosopher’s Stone Song Extract

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.

Goblet of Fire Song Extract

Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.
They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan
To educate young sorcerers

By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.

Order of the Phoenix Song Extract

Said Slytherin, “We’ll teach just those
Whose ancestry is purest.”
Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest.”
Said Gryffindor, “We’ll teach all those
With brave deeds to their name,”
Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot,
And treat them just the same.”

For instance, Slytherin
Took only pure-blood wizards
Of great cunning, just like him,
And only those of sharpest mind
Were taught by Ravenclaw
While the bravest and the boldest
Went to daring Gryffindor.
Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest,
And taught them all she knew,

And now let’s attempt to sort the four Brontës into the four Hogwarts houses.

Charlotte – Ravenclaw

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This was a tough one; my initial thought was to sort Charlotte into Gryffindor based on the fact she dared to dream in addition to her determination to succeed not only in a male-dominated profession, but a male-dominated world. The courage she had to display following the loss of her mother and two siblings in childhood, and then later, her remaining siblings in adulthood also potentially marks her out as a Gryffindor. However, I believe she’s more suited to Ravenclaw based on her sharp mind, intelligence, her creativity, and her experimental nature. Yes, all of the Brontës arguably had these traits, but I believe they are more a part of Charlotte than her siblings.

Ravenclaws are often depicted as stuck up, arrogant, and square in the series (if this were true then Percy Weasley should have been a Ravenclaw), with founder Rowena Ravenclaw being described as intelligent, beautiful, but intimidating looking. The Brontë mythology has painted Charlotte as being more straight-laced and mindful of social conventions and expectations than her siblings (hence the editing of her sisters’ works after their deaths), consequently leading many to assume that she was some kind of a stuck-up prude, just like Rowena appears to be to some Potter fans. Charlotte’s determination to succeed and her encouragement of her sisters to publish their work may also come across to some as intimidating and forceful. However, Charlotte simply recognised their talent and knew they were all capable of being recognised for their literary efforts, and she saw no reason not to pursue a career path in which they could do something they were good at and enjoyed. In short, Charlotte valued intelligence and creativity, and had confidence in her abilities as Rowena herself did, and I have no doubt Charlotte would have been hand-picked by the founder.

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Photo by Jaredd Craig on Unsplash

Although Ravenclaws are believed to be obsessed with knowledge rather than creation, this is untrue. Rowena herself designed the moving Hogwarts staircases, and she is also believed to have enchanted her famous diadem which enhanced the wisdom of the wearer. Rowena seems to have had a bit of an experimental streak, as did Charlotte; just look at some of her early fiction and juvenilia. Although Charlotte copied and took inspiration from other writers and stories, she had the ability to create her own too, and many of these narratives, such as Strange EventsThe Spell: An Extravaganza, and Stancliffe’s Hotel are wildly experimental and radical. And as for being strait-laced, this was simply not true. Charlotte’s early fiction is full of the supernatural, libertines, sex, violence, jealousy, and passion. Although she toned her writing down in her later years, at her core she was a passionate, creative, daring, and experimental woman, just like another famous Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood. Luna is dreamy, she is different, she thinks outside the box, she is creative, unique, intelligent, and wise. She also cares deeply for her both her biological family and her Hogwarts family, just as Charlotte cared deeply for her siblings and father, and her school friends, Ellen Nussey and Mary Taylor. Both Luna and Charlotte are loyal to their loved ones, and also amazed to find that people want to be friends with them in the first place; just check out Luna’s reaction to Harry’s proposal that they attend Slughorn’s party together as friends in Half-Blood Prince. Luna’s beautiful mural in her bedroom also suggests how much she values her friends, as does Charlotte’s surviving correspondence.

We know from Harry’s conversation with Rowena Ravenclaw’s daughter Helena (a.k.a. The Grey Lady) in Deathly Hallows that Rowena was a proud woman who was even too proud to admit her diadem had been stolen by her runaway daughter. However, on her deathbed, Rowena made an attempt to see Helena one last time, an attempt which actually resulted in Helena’s death. This streak of pride can be found in other Ravenclaws such as Harry’s one time flame, Cho Chang, a girl too proud to admit that she was wrong both about the nature of Harry and Hermione’s relationship, and also about the loyalty of her friend Marietta “Sneak” Edgecombe. Like Rowena however, Cho manages to put her pride to one side, and like Luna, she ultimately remains loyal to her Hogwarts family, fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts.

The symbol of Ravenclaw in the books is an eagle. Photo by Hareski on Unsplash

Charlotte also displayed this streak of pride, particularly regarding her brother, Branwell. As children and adolescents they collaborated closely on their Glass Town and Angrian narratives, sharing characters, and responding to one another’s work. They were like two sides of the same coin and their desperate desire to succeed in the literary world set them apart from their younger siblings. As most people know, Branwell became addicted to drink and drugs, something that contributed to his death aged just 31 on 24th September 1848. Despite the bad blood that must have existed between Branwell and his long suffering family, Charlotte still loved him dearly but was too proud to admit it. Despite Charlotte’s assertion that “I do not weep from a sense of bereavement – there is no prop withdrawn, no consolation torn away, no dear companion lost” (The Brontës: A Life in Letters), it is clear that the loss of her brother affected her greatly and that she mourned not for “the emptiness of his whole existence” (The Brontës: A Life in Letters) but for Branwell himself, and everything he had ever been to her. Anne’s communication with William Smith Williams conveyed the extent of Charlotte’s grief as she wrote of “a season of severe domestic affliction, which has so wrought upon her too delicate constitution as to induce a rather serious indisposition that renders her unfit for the slightest exertion” (The Brontës: A Life in Letters). Like Rowena Ravenclaw, Charlotte’s pride got in the way of a reconciliation with a family member before their untimely death.

I see Charlotte as a mix of pride and heart, of intelligence, creativity, and dreams, and this in addition to her determination to use the brilliance of her mind to succeed and her desire to demonstrate her skill to the world proves she is a true Ravenclaw. I also find it fitting that the symbol of Ravenclaw house is an eagle, a wild bird who no net should ensnare.

Branwell – Slytherin

Let’s get one thing straight; I’m not shoving Branwell into Slytherin because I view him as the villain of the Brontë story. Frequent readers of my blog will know by now that I’m something of a Branwell champion. His inclusion in Slytherin will help me to demonstrate the complexities of ostensibly the most straight forward house, and the most misrepresented.

Photo by Rhii Photography on Unsplash

Let’s get another thing straight; I despise overtly evil Slytherins in the books. I don’t love to hate them, I just hate them as readers are supposed to do and I find it puzzling that those who take away messages of love and tolerance from the series and preach this to others in life choose to identify with such vile characters. I just don’t get it. How can you preach tolerance and respect but dress up as Bellatrix and Voldemort? Seriously. As I stated earlier though, there are many different aspects that make up a person’s personality, and Slytherins are a complicated bunch, although many are full of darkness and hatred, others are torn between what is right and wrong (Draco Malfoy), whilst some are torn between what is right and what is easy (Horace Slughorn). I believe Branwell’s addictions were the result of pre-existing demons, but they also created new ones, ones that ultimately he couldn’t shoulder, and he chose what was easy rather than what was right. However, there was little help available to him, and little knowledge of how to treat addictions in the 19th century.

In many respects, Branwell reminds me a lot of Draco. They both had a great deal of expectation placed upon them at an early age, were both indulged/spoiled by their parents, and were both constantly outshone by a rival (Harry/Charlotte). In Goblet of Fire, the Sorting Hat states that “power-hungry Slytherin/ Loved those of great ambition” which is a trait shared by all Slytherins, good and bad, and certainly one shared by Draco and Branwell. The founder of the house, Salazar Slytherin valued those with grand and ambitious plans, and both Draco and Branwell had ambitions that didn’t quite work out. Draco never got the better of the boy who lived, nor did he manage to claw his way into the inner circle of the Dark Lord using his abilities or achievements (he was merely a puppet used by Voldemort in revenge for Lucius Malfoy’s failures), and he failed to kill Dumbledore. Branwell’s various schemes also didn’t work out; he couldn’t establish himself as a painter despite the beauty of some of his work, nor could he penetrate the literary elite he desired to join despite the fact that his poetry enjoyed publication in several newspapers during his lifetime.

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Branwell Brontë self-portrait

Draco and Branwell also have a connection to another rather different Slytherin, the somewhat benign figure of Horace Slughorn who is persuaded by Dumbledore to do what is right rather than what is easy in Half-Blood Prince, and goes on to fight alongside Harry in the Battle of Hogwarts. Slughorn is also ambitious, but rather strangely, his grand plan is to surround himself with the more ambitious, the successful, the wealthy, the well connected, and the great achievers. Slytherins are collectors, but they also desire to be collected and included (even Tom Riddle was a member of the Slug Club). Draco attempts to collect Harry on their first day at Hogwarts but fails when Harry rejects his offer of “friendship” in favour of Ron Weasley. Throughout the series, Draco attempts to surround himself with the wealthy and powerful, attempting to collect Durmstrang “bad boy” Viktor Krum, the wealthy and arrogant Blaise Zabini, in addition to the physically intimidating Crabbe and Goyle, and brags about his connection to Fenrir Greyback. Let’s not forget about his relationship with Professor Snape which gives him access to more privileges and fewer punishments at Hogwarts. Crucially, we must also remember that Draco was not invited to become a member of the Slug Club, suggesting that despite his desires and aspirations, he flew under the radar, just like Branwell’s attempts to join the literary elite. Like Draco, Branwell attempted to join the higher ranks of society and wrote frequently to the editor of Blackwood’s Magazine demanding to write for them, was ignored by William Wordsworth, but managed to strike up a friendship with Hartley Colderidge, the son of esteemed poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Like Draco, Branwell was never collected by the members of the elite he wished to join.

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Slytherin Table, Harry Potter Studio Tour, 2012

I also wonder whether the urge to collect people actually originated with Salazar himself. We know there was a rift between the four founders due to Salazar’s preference for pure-blood students, and that he left the school after failing to recruit the other founders to his cause. But perhaps alongside his own personal ambition and dreams of power, like other Slytherins down the line, Salazar also desired to surround himself with the great, the ambitious, and the achievers, hence why he founded Hogwarts with Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor, the greatest witches and wizard of the age. Perhaps Salazar formed the original Slug Club. Just like Slughorn and Draco collected people, the second most famous Slytherin of all time, Tom Riddle, also had a mania for collecting. Although he collected a loyal group of Death Eaters, he had no time for people and preferred heirlooms and treasures. I am of course talking about the horcruxes. In addition to being a member of the Slug Club in his youth, Riddle/Voldemort surrounded himself with anyone he thought could be useful to him in order to further his power hungry plans in addition to powerful objects that could help him on his way to dominance over the wizarding world. Perhaps this is why Branwell drifted away from his sisters during adulthood; he didn’t think they could be useful to his success in either literature or life and so he surrounded himself with others instead. That was Branwell’s mistake.

One final point to make is the cunning nature of Slytherins. If Branwell didn’t have this nature as a child, his addictions and unrequited love left him desperate and dependent on substances in adulthood. Anyone who has any experience of living with an addict can tell you just how cunning they are and I don’t doubt that Branwell was towards the end of his life.

Anne – Gryffindor

If there is a true Gryffindor in the bunch, then it is Anne, whose sweet and quiet nature masked the strength within. As the youngest Brontë, perhaps Anne did not have the same expectations placed upon her as her siblings, possibly because they viewed her as the baby of the family, and as weak and delicate, but in true Gryffindor style, she used her courage and strength to surprise them all. It is true that Anne did suffer from ill health throughout her life, including many bouts with asthma, however, she was determined to succeed and be of use to people during her life. Despite the failure of her older sister Emily to adjust to life at Roe Head school, Anne was able to do this and took Emily’s place when she returned to Haworth, learning the skills and knowledge that she knew would prove useful to her in future employment. In Philosopher’s Stone, the Sorting Hat states that, “You might belong in Gryffindor,/ Where dwell the brave at heart,/ Their daring, nerve and chivalry/ Set Gryffindors apart”. Anne was daring and had a steely nerve and determination, something that is evident from both her life and work.

Although Anne was the baby of the bunch and considered to be fragile, her father’s attempt to educate her both at home and at Roe Head helped to equip her for the harsh realities of the outside world. Patrick Brontë didn’t think his daughters would make good marriages, which is partly why he chose to educate them. His efforts paid off the most with his little lionheart, Anne, who summoned up the courage to seek paid work and eventually became a governess to the Ingham family at Blake Hall from 1839-40. In seeking work as a governess, an unfortunate, lonely, and powerless position between the world of the family and the servants, Anne would have needed to summon up every ounce of courage she possessed. We can see the kind of trials she faced from her novel Agnes Grey, and also her own determination and spirit.

In Order of the Phoenix, the Sorting Hat sings that, “Said Gryffindor, “We’ll teach all those/ With brave deeds to their name”. Anne’s resolution to stick it out at Blake Hall was certainly a brave deed, but her next act was braver. Dismissed by the Inghams, Anne then went on to take up another governess post despite her suffering and trials at Blake Hall. Just like Harry himself when he was being hounded and tortured by Dolores Umbridge, Anne didn’t give up, nor did she advertise the grim reality of her situation at the time.

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Gryffindor symbol

The founder of the house, Godric Gryffindor, was a champion of muggle rights during his lifetime, and his legacy lives on throughout the series as Harry attempts to fight back against pure-blood prejudice against half-bloods and muggle-borns. Anne was also a champion of the rights of others, particularly women’s rights, as is evident from her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is the story of Helen Graham’s attempt to escape her abusive husband, and to keep custody of their young son in order to protect him. Anne’s love for animals and her stance on animal rights also shines through her writing, and consequently, there is much more to Anne’s legacy than literature. She is remembered as a champion of the rights of the disempowered, as was Godric, Harry, the Weasley clan, and Hermione Granger, who famously began her S.P.E.W. campaign to help to protect the rights of sentient non-human magical beings such as Dobby the house elf. Clearly a big part of being a Gryffindor is showing compassion for others, and this is evident right throughout the series; Lily Potter showed it for Severus Snape (as did James eventually), Remus Lupin showed it to Neville Longbottom, Minerva McGonagall showed it to Sybill Trelawney, Harry showed it to Peter Pettigrew, and even Pettigrew involuntarily returned this in Deathly Hallows, leading to his demise.

Anne too showed this compassion, even in the face of death. Like Harry, Anne didn’t want to die; she felt she had much more left to do in the world, but just like Harry, she accepted and even embraced her own death, writing that, “I have no horror of death” (The Brontës: A Life in Letters). What courage she must have had to come to terms with her own mortality. Her final letter before her death to Ellen Nussey conveys the kind of courage, strength, selflessness, and compassion associated with Gryffindor; her concerns were not for herself, but for her only surviving sibling, Charlotte, and her father, and the grief they would endure. She asked Ellen to “be a sister to her [Charlotte] in my stead” (The Brontës: A Life in Letters) and really was bold and courageous at the end. If Anne was not a true Gryffindor, why would a biography written almost 200 years after her birth be entitled Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life? I’ll confess, it wasn’t my favourite biography of Anne (Nick Holland’s In Search of Anne Brontë has that honour), but it demonstrates that people see Anne as the courageous Brontë despite her sweet and gentle nature.

Emily – Hufflepuff

I know this one will be a controversial choice, but hear me out; just like I didn’t put Branwell in Slytherin because he was a villain, I’m not putting Emily in Hufflepuff because she is too difficult to categorise as anything else. If you’re offended by this, you need to address your Hufflepuff prejudice. Far from being the house nobody wants to be in, Hufflepuff is the most diverse and eclectic house, and it has produced some outstanding witches and wizards such as Professor Pomona Sprout, Auror and fan favourite Nymphadora Tonks, and of course, Cedric Diggory, who although never reached his full potential can still be considered a great wizard. Hufflepuff has also never turned out a dark witch or wizard in the series (I’m ignoring the baffling events of The Cursed Child in general but particularly the part regarding Cedric which is quite frankly an insult to his character), and that’s something to shout about.

However, Hufflepuff and its founder, Helga, are always mentioned last in the Sorting Hat’s songs, perhaps indicating why people tend to overlook it in favour of the other houses. Arguably, the Sorting Hat does little to make Hufflepuff seem interesting. In Philosopher’s Stone, the hat states that “they are just and loyal,/ Those patient Hufflepuffs are true/ And unafraid of toil”. Although these are good qualities to have, being patient and true doesn’t sound as exciting as being bold, cunning, or intelligent, does it? In Goblet of Fire, the hat sings that  “For Hufflepuff, hard workers were/ Most worthy of admission”. Again, this is all very admirable, but it’s nothing spectacular. Finally, in Order of the Phoenix, the hat states that “Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot,/ And treat them just the same” as well as “Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest,/ And taught them all she knew”. Because Helga Hufflepuff was less selective about the students she admitted to her house, the Sorting Hat makes it seem that Hufflepuff is comprised merely of the leftovers from the student pool. It isn’t. Helga Hufflepuff taught her students all she knew, never focusing on particular skills or knowledge, although Hufflepuffs are affiliated with subjects such as Herbology. As Helga Hufflepuff was one of the greatest witches of her age (alongside Rowena Ravenclaw), you can bet she taught her students an awful lot about everything, giving her house and students a reputation for being hard-working, open-minded, and knowledgeable about a diverse range of topics. Because of the lack of prejudice when sorting, Hufflepuffs come from all walks of life (muggle-borns, half-bloods, friars), and can share their own very different experiences and knowledge at Hogwarts, reinforcing the idea of it being a richly diverse and eclectic house.

But where does Emily Brontë fit into all of this you ask? Well, there are hidden depths to Hufflepuffs and there is more than them than meets the eye. Again I’ll use the example of Cedric Diggory, a quiet, unassuming student who had all of the qualities that the other three houses would have gone crazy for, but whose sense of fair play, willingness to work hard, and his open and warm nature made him the ultimate Hufflepuff. Let’s also look at Zacharias Smith, an unpleasant and arrogant Hufflepuff whose involvement with Dumbledore’s Army just about redeems him to readers. To put it bluntly, you can’t pigeon-hole a Hufflepuff, and you certainly can’t pigeon-hole Emily Brontë even 200 years after her birth. We know from her literature that she was unafraid of toil and we’ll never know just how much hard work went into planning and writing a novel like Wuthering Heights or creating a world like Gondal. The hard work Emily put in regarding the upkeep of the household also cannot be ignored.

Hufflepuffs and Emily are affiliated with the earth. Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Her lack of urgency to publish her work, unlike her sister Charlotte, also suggests that Emily may have had more patience in the long run, something characteristic of a Hufflepuff. Whereas Gryffindors, Slytherins, and Ravenclaws all desire to prove themselves in some way on a public scale, Hufflepuffs are more quietly determined, and less likely to feel the need to shout about their achievements or connections. How often do we see Susan Bones bragging about her high-ranking aunt, Madam Bones? Or any of them bragging about anything? The closest we ever get to this is their pride at Cedric becoming the Hogwarts Triwizard representative. Emily was famously furious with Charlotte for discovering her poetry, and refused to accompany her and Anne to London to clear up the rumours regarding the true identities of the Bell brothers. Like other Hufflepuffs, Emily, although quietly determined to challenge herself and use her talents, was content with her achievements on a private scale and didn’t feel the need to advertise them to the wider world. Emily’s own sense of achievement was enough, she didn’t crave the opinions of others, but they were forced on her anyway, something that must have made reading several bad reviews of Wuthering Heights all the more difficult. This obviously affected her deeply as she saved the reviews and kept them in the drawer of her desk, possibly to ensure she stayed true to her nature in the future.

Finally, let’s explore another characteristic of Hufflepuffs that the Sorting Hat does not mention, their connection to the earth, and of course, their aptitude for Herbology. Their Head of House in the series is the Herbology teacher, Professor Sprout, an exceptionally knowledgeable and brave witch who fights alongside Harry with many other Hufflepuffs in the Battle of Hogwarts. Emily’s love of the earth, the moors, and nature is well known despite the little surviving information we have regarding her. Of all the Brontës, Emily was the most connected to nature, the wild, and the outdoors so what better house to sort this child of the moors into? Anne was also a nature, and more specifically, an animal lover, but rather than champion the rights of animals, Emily’s work focuses on nature at its most raw, powerful, and destructive, with regards to human nature, animal nature, and the natural world and the earth. Herbology classes are not about championing rights, but respecting the earth and the wild, and having a knowledge of its properties, dangers, and power. I can just imagine Emily racing over to the greenhouses to join Professor Sprout digging in the earth. It is also fitting that the symbol of Hufflepuff house is a badger, a symbol not just of the earth, but also traditionally of independence and individuality. Hufflepuffs certainly are a more mixed bunch than the other houses, and there is more individuality on a larger scale and less reliance on the achievements of others before them. How could Emily Brontë belong anywhere else?

And just for the record, the Brontë patriarch, Patrick, would join Anne in Gryffindor. The courage he must have possessed to make a new life for himself in England as a young man, and then to carry on following the successive deaths of his wife and children cannot be comprehended. Just read his correspondence as proof of his courageous, bold, and noble nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. I certainly had a lot of fun writing it. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the Brontës at Hogwarts in the comments section, through Twitter, Facebook, or email.

By Nicola F. a.k.a. The Brontë Babe.

Thanks for reading. Find me on twitter @BronteBabeBlog where I tweet about books, the Brontës, and animal rights, or on my Brontë Babe Blog Facebook page. Look me up on Goodreads too. I also have a side project where I blog about my love of Classic Crime Fiction over at The Classic Crime Chonicle. I’d love it if you joined me there.

Please do not copy, share, or use the images from this post without seeking permission first. Featured image credit of the Hogwarts ties: Photo by Rhii Photography on Unsplash

All Harry Potter quotes are taken from:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

All Brontë quotes are taken from The Brontës: A Life in Letters edited by Juliet Barker (London: Penguin, 1997)

 

4 thoughts on “The Brontës at Hogwarts: A Back to School Special”

  1. What a great post! I wholly agree with how you have placed Charlotte and Branwell, but I would place Emily in Gryffindor and Anne in Hufflepuff.

    Lovely read!

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