I’ve seen a few blog posts/videos about books for each Hogwarts House, and it seemed like a really fun idea! I also now realize that it’s kind of hard to come up with books for each house… Nevertheless, I had fun coming up with all of these so here are three books recommended for members of each Hogwarts House!
I picked these books based on the qualities of each house. So for example, if the book is all about ambitious and cunning characters, I would place it in Slytherin, etc.
Two Ravenclaw traits are creativity and originality, which this book definitely succeeds in doing. Personally, this book was not for me, but I did love how creative and original Tucholke’s story was. While this book is centered around a mystery that really makes you think, I believe it all boils down to the fact that people are different and can come from completely different backgrounds and still learn to accept each other (or maybe not). And apparently acceptance is also a Ravenclaw trait (I always thought it more of a Hufflepuff one, but I guess it could be both), so along with that and it’s creativity and individuality, I think this is the perfect Ravenclaw book.
I’ve seen this book “sorted” into Gryffindor, which makes sense, but personally, I believe it could really fit into all the houses, but especially Ravenclaw. A lot of the reasons I talked about above are also the reasons why I believe this series fits into Ravenclaw as well. It is one of the most creative and unique stories I’ve ever read, to the point where it bordered on eccentric (many of the characters are). There’s a lot going on and it can be confusing if you don’t put all the pieces together (I’m saying this as a reason for Ravenclaw but Ravenclaw’s are considered to be very intelligent and they have to think. It reminded me of how you have to answer a riddle to get into the common room for some reason), so along with it’s creativity, I would definitely put it in Ravenclaw for those reasons.
And finally for Ravenclaw is, A Study in Charlotte! I would place most mysteries into Ravenclaw, and this one right here is no exception. We follow a dorky kid (who I would place into Ravenclaw no doubt) who is related to Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes series. All these stories turn out to be real. Our other character, Charlotte, is related to Sherlock Holmes. The two really don’t get along at first, but come together to solve a very tricky and complex murder mystery at their boarding school. Like I said, I think mysteries fit into Ravenclaw more than any other house because you have to put all the pieces together and really think and use your brain and also a bit of creativity mixed in.
Hufflepuff is known for being the most kind and accepting house. They’re loyal, patient, dedicated, and hardworking as well. I think Salt to the Sea is a Hufflepuff book because one of the major themes in accepting others and being kind, even when they come from different backgrounds, when you’re in a time of hardship, etc. It takes place during World War II and follows a cast of characters all trying to get to the same place, and most of these characters take each other in and help each other out, even though they have no clue who the other is, and really display a lot of kindness, acceptance, and patience in a time where a lot of people were not accepted or tolerated.
This is another book that really could fit into all the houses for different reasons, but most of all, I think it is a Hufflepuff book. Underneath all the fighting going on, the main characters in the story all come together to help each other out and stay loyal throughout the series, becoming very close friends. I believe there is a lot of loyalty, patience, and acceptance shown throughout this series, making it a top Hufflepuff book for me.
Again with the theme of kindness and acceptance, is Something in Between. This follows the story of a teenage girl who is preparing to apply to college when she finds out that her family is living in the U.S. illegally and their visas expired years ago. She will do whatever she can to make sure her family can stay in the U.S. with help from lots of other characters, which in my opinion, shows a lot of kindness. They stick by the main character and her family as they try to figure everything out and are extremely loyal to them even when they find out about their hard situation.
The main character in this book, Monty, is such a Slytherin to me. Underneath all his sarcasm and wit, is a lot of ambition and cleverness. He wants to go forward and “do the right thing” even when other characters don’t think it is the right thing. When he finds out he may be able to help his friend, he exhibits a lot of ambition b doing whatever possible to get to Barcelona and then Venice to help him out. I guess he could also fit into Hufflepuff for those reasons, but with all of his clever remarks and sarcasm, I really think he would be a Slytherin, which turns this whole book into a Slytherin book, at least for me.
In this book, we have three sisters all about to fight to the death until one of them wins and becomes the next queen. Even the sisters who don’t want to fight all show a lot of ambition and cunning. I can’t think of anything that fits into Slytherin more than this book does (well I probably could find something). They all want the crown and they will all do as much as possible to get it, from poisoning one of their sisters, to killing the other. While villains and anti-heroes are not always Slytherins, these three most definitely are.
Another extremely Slytherin book, this one is all about a group of ballerinas at an elite ballet school battling it out to be the top in their class. All of these characters are such Slytherins. Some may fit into other houses as well, but in the end they are all extremely ambitious, cunning, and determined to get what they want and will do anything to get it. For example, there is one instance where glass is put in another character’s pointe shoes to injure their feet, it’s just that extreme.
I hard a hard time coming up with Gryffindor books honestly. But for some reason, Since You’ve Been Gone really stands out as a Gryffindor book to me. The main character is like a less extreme Neville. She’s not confident and is scared to do anything without her friends. So when her best friends unexpectedly leaves, she learns to be more confident in herself and has to do many daring tasks, turning her into a much braver person. This book is all about the main character learning to branch out and really discover that she’s more than just that girl who’s best friend everyone loves. I could also see our main character in Hufflepuff, but in the end, I would choose this as a Gryffindor book.
Personally, I was not at all a fan of Illuminae, but I know most people do love it. This is a sci-fi esque survival story told through many different platforms, such as emails, interviews, etc. I found it to be very confusing, but I know if you really pay attention and are invested in the story, it won’t be. If you are looking for a great survival story, even though I did not like this book, I would still recommend it to you. It features a lot of brave and daring characters who are trying to stay alive along with thousands of others when they have to evacuate their planet.
Finally, we have And I Darken. While I can see this book in Slytherin, I ultimately placed it into Gryffindor. The main character, Lada, is a mix of Slytherin and Gryffindor, while her brother Radu is more of a Neville type character, he would think he’s a Hufflepuff, but throughout the story, he begins to find himself and realize he can be Gryffindor. I’m not really sure if I would classify this as either adventure or survival, but it’s set in the fifteenth century in eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire and tells the story of three characters trying to make it out alive essentially. There’s a lot of politics with fighting mixed in and a little bit of romance. But in the end, I would say this is a Gryffindor book because it’s all about who is the best and who can make it out alive in such a time. There’s a lot of competition as well, so I ultimately find this series to be Gryffindor.
So, those were twelve books that I “sorted” into Hogwarts houses. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I think I was able to find some pretty good books for each house. All of these are really great books, even if I didn’t really enjoy them all, but I recommend you give them a try if they sound interesting to you.
What Hogwarts house do you belong to? If you had to sort genres into Hogwarts houses, which do you think belongs to which house? Do you agree with all of these, or disagree? Let me know down below!