The Disney princesses can easily be seen as fanciful, shallow heroines that have their lives handed to them on silver platters, but while the earlier princesses may have been content with the lives that fell into their laps, the majority of the princesses actively work at molding their lives to make their dreams come true.  Sure, they usually end up falling for a prince or similarly well-endowed individual, or they come from money themselves, so they don’t have to deal with mundane troubles such as finances.  However, that they have the means to chase their dreams doesn’t make the desire and will to chase them any less, and can’t we all hope for a world where our children don’t have to worry about money?  Maybe that’s just as unrealistic as believing in fairy godmothers and wish-granting genies, but really, what’s the harm in that?

Anyway, enough soapboxing; time for more sorting!

Mulan: Mulan is, perhaps, the easiest of the princesses to sort.  Not that she doesn’t have characteristics that could put her into any of the houses – she’s brave, loyal, clever and cunning at times, but I think there’s clearly a frontrunner from the beginning of her story.

She’s shown as headstrong and rambunctious, which doesn’t quite fit in with the social structure of her community.  However, she loves her parents, and wants to please them, so she does what she can to follow the rules of the society she’s grown up in.  A series of unfortunate events (writer’s note:  Maybe I’ll have to add those characters to a future post?) ends up with Mulan dishonoring her family in front of the town’s matchmaker, and that’s when the fun really begins.

Upset that her aging father is drafted once again to fight for China, Mulan steals his conscription papers and runs away to join the army in his place.  Pretending to be a man, she works hard at both playing her role and being a good soldier, finding it suits her far more than the proper female role in her hometown.  She’s given the option to leave free and clear, when it appears that she’s just not strong enough to hack it in the military, but instead she fights harder to prove her worth.  She saves her entire platoon from a surprise attack, but her secret is revealed when she’s wounded.  Her captain allows her to go home instead of killing her, as she saved his life, but she learns about an impending attack on the Emperor himself, and she plows onward. She does everything she can to stop the impending attack with or without her friends’ help, and comes up with a brilliant plan to save everyone.

Verdict: Gryffindor, with some serious Ravenclaw streaks for her military strategies.

Tiana: I hadn’t actually seen the Princess and the Frog before starting this week’s theme, so I figured it’d be good to get some research in before sorting Tiana.  It turned out to be far more enjoyable than I thought it’d be, and Tiana is a fantastic character.  Her father instilled her with a love of cooking, and had a dream of opening up his own restaurant – unfortunately, his dream was cut short when he lost his life in World War I, but he passed that same dream onto his daughter, and she never forgot it.

When we meet the grown-up Tiana, she’s working extremely hard to make that dream become a reality.  She’s gone so far as to forsake everything else in her life – fun, friends, and love – in order to make it happen.  Things are looking bleak, though, as she’s barely scrounged enough money together to make an offer on a place for her restaurant and the realtors selling the place tell her there’s been a higher offer.  She figures that a little luck can’t hurt, and when a talking frog approaches her for a kiss (a common occurence in Jazz-era New Orleans, I’m sure) she takes it.  What follows is an adventure that shows her that some things are more important than her restaurant, things like friendship and love.  She chooses to remain a frog with Prince Naveen, to not give him up in order to make all her dreams of her father’s restaurant come true.

At the beginning of the movie I thought all her hard work would really define her, but in the end, she proved to be extremely loyal as well.  Loyal enough to her Prince that she’d give up everything she’d worked for in order to be with him – but luckily, in the end, she didn’t have to choose between them.

Verdict: Hufflepuff

Rapunzel: Tangled’s retelling of this classic story is, well, fantastic.  Our heroine may be trapped in a tower, but she’s certainly anything but helpless.  She loves her mother and wants to be able to have a real life without betraying her trust, but as she nears her eighteenth birthday, it becomes clear that her mother intends to keep her holed up in her tower.  When Flynn Rider stumbles into the tower, Rapunzel adeptly knocks him out with a cast iron frying pan and hides his treasure.  She then “asks” her mother to take a lengthy trip to get her some paint for her birthday, but it’s really a ruse – once her mother is out of site, Rapunzel wakes Flynn up, and blackmails him into taking her away from the tower and showing her a good time.

Flynn tries to scare her out of her mission, but she won’t be deterred.  She charms her way out of the scariest pub in the area, and some quick thinking on her part saves both their lives as they’re pursued by the royal guard.  As she and Flynn start to fall in love, and as she realizes all she’s been missing, Rapunzel knows that she’ll never go back to her old life, even though it means hurting her mother.  When her mother tricks her into believing that Flynn has abandoned her, she at first thinks that the world truly is as cruel as her mother told her, but she soon sees through to her mother’s real motivations.  When Flynn’s life is on the line, though, Rapunzel chooses to save him over her own freedom.

Rapunzel is many things.  She’s clever and cunning and brave, almost always ready for a fight, be it with her words or her trusty frying pan.  She decides early on in the movie that nothing will get between her and her goals, and while her goals change over the course of the movie, that drive and desire to get what she wants really defines her.  (Also, unrelated, mad props to Disney for making a prince that really, honestly frees his princesses, and with no benefit to himself at that.  The rest of the princes got pretty little wives in the deal, and his decision killed him.)

Verdict: Slytherin

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