KyrieAnne and I are debating what Hogwarts House Anne would be in. She’s saying Slytherin. I said Ravenclaw, but I could see an argument for Gryffindor.
Though I also think it depends on when she attends and who her family is. A Muggleborn in 1870s Hogwarts would have been pretty sad in Slytherin, I think.
I’m going with Muggleborn orphan from Derbyshire (because that’s what a history search on last name Shirley told me.) Same class as Dumbledore. They were both fetching red-heads. Ravenclaw. Head girl.
What say you?
I’m not going to defend this theory to death; I agree Anne Shirley could be sorted into a lot of different houses and make sense.
My gut says Slytherin though and Katie asked for an explanation so here you go:
First - Slytherin is associated with the color green and with the element of water. In the Anne novels multiple times it’s noted that Anne’s best color is green. There is also a repetition of Anne’s relationship with water. Lake of Shining Waters. Lady of Shallot floating down the river. Her repeated love of returning to PEI, marked by the ocean around it. etc. Heck, even her preference for pearls over diamonds points toward her association with water. These are arbitrary connections between Anne & the house Slytherin, but they’re worth pointing out.
Second - From the Pottermore website description of Slytherin: Let’s talk about what we are, which is the coolest and edgiest house in this school. We play to win, because we care about the honour and traditions of Slytherin. As Anne gets older she develops a look and air that people repeatedly describe as handsome. Diana is your classic beauty, but Anne carries herself with a certain level of panache. She is cool. She has learned to make her “weaknesses” (i.e. her red hair) work for her; she mentions loving her nose and showing it off every chance she gets. Now, that is fairly artificial - Anne’s looks - but underneath that is a core to her. As a child Anne was terribly self-conscious. She was also vain. She wanted to be pretty. As she grew up she figured out what worked for her and she discovered an inner confidence that I think underlies the reason why people call her handsome and striking. Also, she never stops being a bit vain.
Third - From the Pottermore website description: But we’re not bad people. We’re like our emblem, the snake: sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood. Count the number of times Anne Shirley is described as otherworldly, mysterious, and strange. Include the number of times she’s called a witch too. There’s a lot. The girl strikes people as different and in the end she always charms them. First it’s Rachel Lynde with Anne’s apology and later it’s Phillippa Gordon with her intelligence and poise. Anne rises up to be a leader among the Avonlea crowd (the improvement society, the story club, etc.). Gryffindors might be your first image of leaders: brave, etc. but a good leader is cunning. They are persuasive. They are charming. They are different and stand out in a crowd. None of these traits are bad unless you choose to apply them to the wrong goals. Anne is all of these things, and I think she can be Slytherin while retaining her strong sense of right/wrong.
Fourth - From the Pottermore website description: We Slytherins look after our own. Katie and I have said repeatedly that the trait Anne values most is loyalty. Slytherin’s are loyal to their own crowd. Should they care for strangers more? Of course. None of these houses are perfect, but loyalty means everything when you’ve grown up largely alone like Anne. Anne is loyal to her friends and her “people.” There is a scene (I forget if it’s in Book 2 or 3) where Phil Gordon remarks at Charlie Sloane’s google eyes and Anne shuts her down. It’s one thing for Anne to tease about Charlie’s looks, but a relative stranger could not.
Fifth - From the Pottermore website description: Because you know what Salazar Slytherin looked for in his chosen students? The seeds of greatness. You’ve been chosen by this house because you’ve got the potential to be great, in the true sense of the word. Anne Shirley is a lot of things - she’s intellectually curious (Ravenclaw), she’s proud (Gryffindor), and she’s loyal (Hufflepuff) but all of those traits are in House Slytherin too. Slytherins are smart even if their love of learning isn’t driven by a pure quest for knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Anne studies hard for the Queen’s exams because she wants to make Marilla and Matthew proud; she loves learning, but she’s also in it for pragmatic reasons too. Slytherins are proud just like Gryffindors, but they aren’t impulsive with their pride. Young Anne can be impulsive when her pride is challenged. She takes Josie’s dare to walk that ridgepole. That leans Gryffindor, but Anne holds a grudge like none other. That doesn’t strike me as a Gryffindor who is always moving onto the next dare, the next adventure. A Slytherin never forgets and we all know that it takes Anne YEARS to forgive Gilbert Blythe for calling her carrots and even longer to accept him as a friend. At a certain point you realize that Anne’s pride is a defense mechanism and there is very little that is impulsive about it. She grips it with a vice like hold in order to maintain a status quo and wield control (i.e. showing Josie up means Josie can’t lord it over her later). We’ve already touched upon Anne’s loyalty…so I want to point out that Anne’s intellect, pride, and loyalty are all contributing factors to Anne’s greatness. You can’t take one without the other. When you read the novels you realize that Montgomery shaped a heroine who really could have gone and done anything. She made Anne rise to the occasion every time. She endeared her with enough charm that people wanted to help her and be her friend. She coupled Anne with a sense of humor that deflects a lot of Anne’s less redeeming qualities (she’s a bit hyperbolic and it balances out when Anne can learn to laugh at herself). Individually these traits are found in multiple houses, but they are all found in Slytherin.
CAVEAT: I’m not thinking about time period…i.e. when Anne would have been at Hogwarts. I’m just thinking about the house traits as Rowling portrayed them. Would Anne have stayed and fought in the Battle for Hogwarts? Absolutely. Do I think she would have been intrigued by the seduction of dark magic? Only enough to quickly realize that it’s not a romantic force, but one that is dangerous. Then I think she would have stayed far away from it. Basically - I think Anne would be the best kind of Slytherin.
CAVEAT II: If Anne was given the choice at 11 years-old like Harry Potter I don’t think she’d have chosen Slytherin. I think she would have chosen Gryffindor like Harry. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking that she’d have been sorted into Slytherin if the hat had it’s say.
This is great. I love her. I knew she had reasons. :D It’s impossible for us to say if Anne would be a Muggleborn or like Harry—an orphan with magical parents. I feel like I would read the hell out of a Anne of GG Harry Potter AU.