Here’s my theory. The Harry Potter trio are actually representations of the other houses. Hermione is Ravenclaw. Ron is Hufflepuff. Harry is Slytheryn. They’re all in Gryffindor because they asked. In fact, everyone in that house could have been in another house if they hadn’t asked to be in Gryffindor. You have be ask to be in Gryffindor because their most defining feature is bravery and anyone can choose to be brave.
I fuck with your theory, marry me.
Okay I was starting to write my opinion in tags and holy shit it got way to long to be tags so here we go.
This is a pretty amazing theory. But people sort of forget that Gryffindors have more characteristics then just pure bravery. Like Gryffindors are impulsive, they do things without planning very far ahead. Which is a good, and a bad thing.
So, say Hufflepuff for example, they’re not very impulsive at all. Ron is pretty impulsive. Ron is also not very hard-working and so I don’t really see him as a Hufflepuff at all. Ron is a proper fucking Gryffindor, through and through.
And then we have Harry and Slytherin. Yes, we all know he could have been a Slytherin if it wasn’t for his choice not to want to be in that house. But hey. Slytherin’s characteristics are ambition. When the hell is Harry an ambitious boy? I mean he does okay in school and has some great marks in his O.W.L but it’s nothing special. Also, he has one idea of what he would like to do after Hogwarts but that idea is tossed aside the moment he doesn’t get an Outstanding in Potions. What’s your plan now then Harry? (Obviously things worked out but my point here is his lack of ambition.)
Then we have Hermione who, like McGonagall, was so very close to be in Ravenclaw. But Ravenclaws are a bit quirky and very individual, and that’s not our Hermione. Our Hermione tries really hard to fit in (not to change) but to fit in enough to have friends. To be accepted for the brilliant young girl she is. Hermione is brilliant, but she doesn’t tick all the other Ravenclaw-quality-boxes.
I don’t know where the hell this rant came from and I still think the theory is brilliant. But Gryffindors are more then just pure bravery, and as the theory states. Anyone can be brave, you don’t necessarily have to be a Gryffindor.