do people here have opinions about the hp sorting of avatar: the last airbender characters? specially zuko, katara, aang, sokka, toph, iroh but also anyone else
Aang is Slytherin/Slytherin: refusing to let Katara go when he was trying to open his last chakra, and potentially condemning the world for the love of one girl; crumpling the note to Bato in an attempt to selfishly keep his friends with him; lying to solve the crisis of the Great Divide; cheering on Katara’s theft of the waterbending scrolls. The best way to get Aang to do things, as Bumi, General Howe, the sandbenders, and others learn, is by threatening his friends or his bison.
Note: I’m using primary to mean WHY people do things and secondary to mean HOW.
Katara is a Hufflepuff primary who thinks she ought to be a Hufflepuff secondary, too. Because she is faking the Hufflepuff secondary, what she actually is is a Slytherin secondary. Think about the way her sweetness cracks when Toph irritates her, or how she deals with the pirates’ waterbending scroll, or how delighted she is with Aang’s lies in the Great Divide. (She and Aang bond over their shared secondary).
She grows healthier throughout the series and loses the Slytherin—not that that’s an inherently unhealthy secondary, but it was for her.
Sokka’s a Ravenclaw who thinks he should be a Gryffindor through and through. I love that they do this with Katara and Sokka both. In the way they write the Water Tribes, Gryffindor is a gendered House. Combat is for men; girls are not supposed to be forward, brave, direct, violent, or powerful in obvious ways. Katara is told she is supposed to be kind, mothering, fair, and she tries to be. She tries to perform that simplified model of Hufflepuff.
But she is at her happiest when she is charging at evil, thumbing her nose at the universe, and burning things clean. Think of her burning rage at her mother’s killer, her quiet vigilantism as the Painted Lady, the way she flies at Pakku in the Northern Water Tribe. She is doing these things for true Hufflepuff reasons, I think—empathy and community, fairness, justice, and compassion—but her best tools are Gryffindor’s fire and drive.
The fight with Pakku is one of my favorite culminations for Katara. Her arc in Season 1 traces so elegantly from the sweet, mothering girl whose temper wakes the Avatar to this young woman standing before a great master and refusing to bow to his ignorance and prejudice. Her rage here is a choice not a part of her she’s trying to deny. (“I did that?”). She doesn’t expect to win, but she refuses not to fight with every ounce that she has in her.
A teenage girl with no formal training, except for a cross-world journey that pitted her against spirits, soldiers, pirates and firebenders, she holds her own. The sweet mother of the group, and her moments of triumph in the finale are moments of violence.
Sokka has a parallel journey. He is supposed to be all the things Katara is denied: recklessly brave, a burning fire in his gut. And he tries: charging Zuko and his ship in that first episode, his warrior’s cockiness in that first meeting with Suki.
But think about the Sokka who invents and schemes with Ji the Mechnic in the Northern Air Temple barely a season later—drop that boy in the first episode and he’d have planned something, schemed, not charged with his single weapon at an overwhelming force. He’d have taken the ice-locked Fire Nation ship apart years ago, dismantled its booby traps and used them to set up clever, quirky, effective protections all around their home.
While Katara learns to embrace her Gryffindor, Sokka learns to let his go. They give him a string of mentors for this: remeeting his father, Sokka is no longer a small child and he can see his brave, brave father is first a tactician, a trickster, a Ravenclaw. Piandao the swordsman is one of the last steps of Sokka’s journey, teaching him a kind of combat and identity that lets Sokka put a name to the idea that he loves his original mind more than his brave heart.
Sokka goes from charging in alone to planning a multi-national military attack on the Fire nation capital and helping to invent submarines. End of the day: Ravenclaw/Ravenclaw and proud of it.
Zuko is definitely a loyalist House—either Slytherin or Hufflepuff. Him stealing Aang from Zhao was a pretty clear declaration that his Avatar search is about getting himself back home, not a noble soul doing right by his nation. The poor boy’s definitely not a Claw secondary… Gryffindor maybe? He charges into things the way Katara does. Yes, I like that—it’s one of the ways he and Katara bond, over that secondary.
Consider his defiant standing up in the Fire Lord’s war room to speak up for the young recruits/cannon fodder. Zuko gets his bravery shamed out of him, and he tries now and then to be the Slytherin secondary his father and his sister have perfected, but by the end he reclaims his Gryffindor. Facing down his father, approaching the Gaang openly and honestly, going after his sister head-on to save the world.
Toph: Slytherin primary, I think, and a lot better at it than Aang. Aang is irresponsible and selfish, but Toph is steady and self-fulfilling. She does what she wants because she wants it and she doesn’t let anyone shame her for it; she also keeps an eye on the consequences and ripples of her actions, how they affect other people.
Secondary? Her double life, the ease and purpose with which she code switches in Ba Sing Se, and her con artist antics in the Fire Nation say Slytherin, too. There’s a lot of Slytherin secondaries in this cast.
Aang, Toph, and Azula would then be three very interesting facets of the Slytherin/Slytherin— the selfish youth, the lethal weapon, the rock who stands on her own two feet. I kind of like it. The different levels of selfishness and power. Zuko even points out the similarities between Aang and Azula, when he captures Aang at the North Pole.
Katara is a Puff primary who tries so hard to have a Puff secondary too, but learns to embrace her Gryffindor.
Sokka is a Ravenclaw primary who tries so hard to have a Gryff secondary, but learns to embrace all of his Ravenclaw.
Zuko: Hufflepuff/Gryffindor or Slytherdor.
Aang, Azula, and Toph share a Slytherin/Slytherin sorting at vastly different levels of maturity and responsibility.
And Iroh! Iroh is I would say a Hufflepuff primary with a Ravenclaw secondary; his ultimate goal is to make sure everyone ends up happy, and he facilitates this through strategy, wisdom born of his years of experience in the Fire Nation, well-placed combative prowess, and intergenerational tea with Toph. <3