Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Represent Gryffindor

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blogging prompt, created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, and now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. The topics are mostly related to books, but some of the questions are open to be answered using TV, films, graphic novels, or any other entertainment medium. If you want to find out more about the prompt and see the upcoming topics, then check out the Goodreads group here.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is books to represent your Hogwarts house.

“Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!”

According to Pottermore, my Hogwarts house is Gryffindor, the house which places emphasis on courage, daring and chivalry.

“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart”

Gryffindors can be stubborn and daring to the point of recklessness, but they always stand up for what they believe to be right. I’ve tried to keep these traits in mind whilst choosing the books I think best represent Gryffindor.

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)

V.E. Schwab

I’ve chosen A Gathering of Shadows from the Shades of Magic series, because the storyline just screams Gryffindor. A key event in this book is the Essen Tasch, a contest which sees competitors using their magical abilities to face off against one another. This book is all about being daring and reckless, and even though V. E. Schwab has said she would sort Kell into Hufflepuff, he definitely has a bit of stubborn Gryffindor blood in him.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Sara Barnard

I’ve chosen this book to represent Gryffindor, because to me, this is a story about courage, and facing your fears. The main character, Steffi, doesn’t see herself as brave, but throughout this book, she faces a number of her fears and shows a huge amount of courage. This book represents the unsung heroes of Gryffindor, and their quiet bravery.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)

James S. A. Corey

I’ve chosen Leviathan Wakes, because one of the main characters in this series, Holden, would definitely be sorted into Gryffindor. Holden and his crew become dragged into a complex interplanetary conflict when Holden refuses to sit back and keep quiet when he sees injustice. Throughout this series, Holden fights for what he believes is right, and I think this is a key part of being a Gryffindor.

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkein

This is a book about a Hobbit leaving the comfort of his home to go on a crazy adventure across Middle Earth. The fact that Bilbo steps so far outside of his comfort zone feels very Gryffindor to me, and since this is one of the most famous and imaginative adventure stories there is, I think it fits this theme well.

My Age of Anxiety

Scott Stossel

This is an unusual choice for a book to represent Gryffindor, but for me, it makes sense.  This is a book that combines the science and psychology of anxiety with personal anecdotes, to give a deep insight into anxiety and the effects it can have on a person’s life. In my opinion, being brave isn’t about being fearless, but about feeling the fear, and continuing despite it. That’s why I’ve chosen this book to represent the courageous house of Gryffindor.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson – Kelsier definitely has the qualities of a Gryffindor.
  • Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth – I didn’t love this book, but Dauntless definitely has some similarities to Gryffindor.
  • Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Hannah is daring, unwavering, and incredibly stubborn. She’s definitely a Gryffindor.

What’s your Hogwarts house, and which five books would you choose to represent it?

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