I’m a total Potterhead. Unashamedly.
I love the Harry Potter series, with its fantastic characters, complex plot, and rich world building. I love the concept of the different personalities of the houses, and, as an INFJ, am acutely fascinated by differing personality types and quizzes like the Meyers-Briggs test.
Often writers tend to create characters with similar values and personalities to their own. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the inherent conflict between personality types (and that we see reflected in the Hogwarts houses) makes for great stories and character interactions!
A better understanding of your characters and how they are different – and alike – can be a great tool for a writer striving to make their characters even more real and dynamic. So, just for fun, I took the Sorting Hat quiz for each of my main characters!
Savas, an ex-terrorist sniper and the focus character for book 2 in the Katiller series, came out as a Gryffindor (though I suspect he has some Slytherin tendencies). He’s got nerve and courage in spades, and not much fazes him. He never hesitates to say exactly what he’s thinking, usually in a very funny and sarcastic way.
Kenan, the wise-cracking protagonist from book 1 of the Katiller series, was also sorted into Gryffindor (probably for his complete fearlessness and brightly-colored, cheerful personality). I can only imagine what trouble he and Savas would get into at Hogwarts, those partners in crime. It would probably end in dragon fireworks and a dramatic exit.
By contrast, Jena, our female protagonist in book 2, was sorted into Hufflepuff, a house known for its dedication to the things (and people) they care about. Hufflepuffs are fair and kind, which sums up Jena pretty well! They are also known for excelling in the studies of plants and magical creatures, which makes sense since Jena was raised on a farm in rural Kansas!
Interestingly enough, Bener, the enigmatic Katiller squad leader, also was sorted into Hufflepuff. Though Bener is a fierce and capable warrior, he only fights when he must do so to protect his squad brothers, whom he views as his only family. He is calm, kind, and extremely loyal, making this a reasonable choice if , at first glance, a bit unexpected.
Kris, our heroine from book 1 in the Katiller series, is a talented surgeon in the middle of her residency, so I suppose it’s no surprise she was sorted into Ravenclaw. Ravenclaw is famous for its intellectual pursuits,to the point where students have to successfully answer a riddle to gain entrance to the Ravenclaw common room. Students in Ravenclaw are known for their wit and intelligence, as well as their creativity and tendency to not follow the crowd. Kris never lets others’ opinions sway her from doing what she believes is right, so she’ll fit right in.
In an interesting twist of fate, Stef, the happy-go-lucky jokester of the Katiller’s eclectic family, was also sorted into Ravenclaw. While her wisdom is certainly dubious at times, her wit and intelligence can’t be argued with (well, you can try, but she’d win) and she definitely has the creativity and original, independent spirit needed to fit into Ravenclaw.
Finally, Eser, the Katiller’s second-in-command tech genius, got mixed results between Ravenclaw and Slytherin. This isn’t surprising, as he combines the wit and intelligence of Ravenclaw with the cleverness, resourcefulness and edge characteristic of Slytherin.
Although Slytherin tends to get a bad rap (for good reason), thankfully good influences in Eser’s life have channeled his intelligence and cunning into a generally positive direction.
So, there you have it! A little bit of fun for your Friday. And while it may seem like a silly exercise (and maybe it is, a bit), using quizzes to explore your character’s personality types can help you solidify their similarities and differences, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and use their inherent conflict to create fascinating character dynamics.
What is your Hogwarts house? What about your characters?