Sorting Warcraft into Hogwarts: Sylvanas, Thrall, and Vol’jin

It’s that time – the final installment of Sorting Warcraft into Hogwarts. In previous posts, we’ve sorted all the leaders of the Alliance and Horde save arguably the most fierce Horde leaders, Sylvanas, Thrall, and Vol’jin. Today, we sort these three, and it’s anyone’s guess as to which house they’ll call home. As stated in previous posts, the information gathered for Horde leaders is strictly from in-game lore and quest lines, as opposed to comics and books. These are beloved characters whose sortings I’ve given a great deal of thought. If you’d like to share which house you think they belong to, give us a shout out in the comments. Let’s dive in. This is gonna be a doozy of a sorting.

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“We are the Forsaken. We will slaughter anyone who stands in our way.” – Sylvanas Windrunner

Ah, Sylvanas Windrunner – Banshee Queen, Dark Lady, Queen of the Forsaken. Once upon a time, Sylvanas lived as a high elf ranger-general in Silvermoon whose aim was as sharp as her pride. In the Third War, Arthas ripped out her soul. Sylvanas twisted into a blood boiling banshee. After she regained her elven form, she swore to put an end to Arthas and his Scourge. The Dreadlords also wanted to destroy Arthas and reached out to Sylvanas. She agreed and with true aim, launched a poisoned arrow at Arthas. Unfortunately for her, Arthas was saved. She then learned the necromantic arts and birthed her own dark rangers.

Fast forward a few years. Arthas the Lich King is in Northrend. Sylvanas freed the Forsaken from Arthas’s clutches and developed a plague to set loose on the Scourge. But it wasn’t Arthas’s time to die quite yet.

Sylvanas soon convinced Thrall to welcome the Blood Elves into the Horde. Her sister, Alleria, once gave her a necklace that was now being returned to Sylvanas. In a rare glimpse of humanity, Sylvanas called down a choir of banshees who sang out sorrowfully, even though she said the necklace meant nothing.

During the Battle for Undercity, the Horde and Alliance assaulted the Wrathgate. Sylvanas tried to handle the forces in Undercity, and after a time, won back her home. However, as she did, Varian saw Forsaken experimenting on humans and declared war against the Forsaken. Sylvanas readied herself to kill Arthas once and for all, and with the help of players, she did in Icecrown Citadel. After Arthas’s demise, Sylvanas heeded, “May Azeroth never fail to remember the terrible price we paid for our weakness… for our pride.”

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Sylvanas never stayed in the good graces of the Horde for long. During Cataclysm, she charged into Gilneas after learning the city held the Scythe of Elune. In her attack, she killed Genn Greymane’s son Liam. Angered that Genn didn’t actually die, she unleashed a plague upon the city. The Gilneans fled, Sylvanas captured the city for herself, and then peaced out. Seriously pissed, Gilneans planned a counterattack on Sylvanas and the Forsaken. What happened next, no one saw coming. Sylvanas resurrected Lord Godfrey who captured Darius Crowley’s daughter and gave him a choice: surrender or his daughter will become Forsaken. Darius surrendered, but Sylvanas left with his daughter anyway. Godfrey killed Sylvanas, but surprise, surprise! her val’kyr resurrected Sylvanas. That banshee ain’t dyin’ anytime soon, ya’ll.

Another thing she did? Sylvanas basically tried to vampire-glamour Koltria of his loyalty to Thassarian and pretty much made him her own little slave. It’s one instance in a few where Sylvanas is going down the road to becoming Lich King 2.0

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Sylvanas has every right to want vengeance against Arthas. After all, the dude ripped her soul from her body like a friggin’ dementor’s kiss. However, her pride pushed her on her quest for power, something she had even before Arthas turned her into a banshee.


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“I do not rely on strength alone, Garrosh. My power is all around you.” – Thrall

Alliance or Horde, you can’t help but love Thrall. He goes by many names – Warchief (formerly), Far Seer, Earth Warden, Guardian of the Elements, Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan – but most known him as “that badass orc who loves the earth and his people something fierce.”

In the film Warcraft, we got to know Thrall’s parents pretty well. We saw his parents, Draka and Durotan fight the good fight. We also saw them against the evilest of orcs, Gul’dan, who killed Thrall’s parents.

Way back when, Thrall received a vision to journey to Kalimdor, and go there he went, along with the horde. After a nasty battle against murlocs, the troll leader, Sen’jin, told his dying wish to Thrall: lead the Darkspear. When Sen’jin died, Thrall honored his wish, and gave the trolls a place with the Horde. Soon after, the Bloodhoof Tauren joined the Horde as well wyverns to carry the Horde across Kalimdor. Later, Thrall accepted Sylvanas and her Forsaken into the Horde, albeit reluctantly.

In times when Thrall could kill, he’s chosen to give people a second chance. When his former pal Grom’s mind was warped with demon blood, Thrall managed to purge the evil from his friend without killing him.

But this isn’t always the case. Jaina and Thrall are like star-crossed peace makers. They’re both good people with good intentions that live in two different worlds – Horde and Alliance. Jaina’s dad, Admiral Proudmoore, tried wiping out the orcs, and Thrall’s cohort Rexxar knew they had to deal with Proudmoore. Jaina appeared before Thrall, and though she didn’t want bloodshed, both she and Thrall knew that her father had to be stopped.

Now, remember Moira? And how she grew into a total stockholm syndrome psycho? Once upon a time during Burning Crusade, Thrall tried to rescue her from Dagran Thaurissan. When Thaurissan died, Moira was obvs totally pissed off, and swore vengeance on the horde. Yet another case of our buddy Thrall trynna do the right thing and getting his feels crushed.

During Wrath of the Lich King, the Forsaken lost Undercity. After Bolvar died, Jaina came to Thrall and let him know that Varian wanted blood. Jaina knew that Bolvar dying wasn’t Thrall’s fault, but Varian didn’t care. When the King of Stormwind confronted Thrall, Jaina ported herself and Varian out, leaving Thrall broken hearted that he couldn’t maintain a peaceful relationship between the orcs and humans once more.

At this point, Thrall’s accepted a lot of people into the fold of the Horde. Cataclysm was no different. Thrall was captured by SI:7, but rescued shortly thereafter by goblins. In thanks, Thrall gave them a place in Azshara to call home. Meanwhile, his old friend Garrosh continued making bad decisions, and Thrall is forced to continue to defend them.

Now comes Mists of Pandaria, when crap started to really hit the fan. Thrall came back from the Maelstrom to spend time with his baby and baby momma, but Garrosh made it really hard to do so. He made an attack on Vol’jin’s life and took over Orgrimmar. After an arduous battle, Thrall had Garrosh at his knees and was ready to deliver the final blow, but Varian stopped him. Varian needed justice, not just a swift death. Thrall then appointed Vol’jin Warchief.

Garrosh’s time on Azeroth ended in Warlords of Draenor. In a heartbreaking cinematic, Thrall and Garrosh faced off in the duel of the century. Here, Thrall made Garrosh answer for his crimes.

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Thrall is a champion of the Horde, and arguably, of all citizens of Azeroth, human and orc alike. While I could justify placing Thrall in Ravenclaw, the Far Seer is a leader who clearly goes to the ends of the earth to protect every living creature, and whom holds peace above all else.


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“Da Darkspear never gonna give up.” – Vol’jin

Master of Shadows and Chieftain of the Darkspear (not to mention current Warchief), Vol’jin has long acted as advisor to those in positions of power. For years, Vol’jin stood by Thrall’s side, offering sage advice.

Back in Warcraft III, murlocs laid waste to the trolls. Thrall came to their aid, but not soon enough to save Vol’jin’s father. Sen’jin, the leader of the trolls, died. Vol’jin took the mantle of leadership upon his shoulders and accepted a place with Thrall and the horde. After a short time, Vol’jin and the rest of the trolls packed up and sailed across the ocean to live with the orcs in Kalimdor.

Later, Jaina’s dad attacked the Horde (see Thrall’s sorting). Vol’jin helped boost the Horde’s numbers by helping the Tauren accept a new life with the Horde.

It wasn’t long till Vol’jin had another villain in his midst. Zalazane, a mad witch doctor, was doing some crazy bad voodoo. Vol’jin set up Sen’jin Village offshore the orc capital of Dutorar, where he planned an attack against Zalazane. After building the village, he returned to Thrall’s side as unofficial advisor. Under Thrall’s command, Vol’jin watched the gates to help players enter the Battle of Undercity to assist Thrall and Sylvanas.

During Wrath of the Lich King, Vol’jin still had Zalazane to deal with. It was time to take back his homeland in Echo Isles. Together with friends of the trolls, they rallied the Darkspear to ready themselves against Zalazane. After talking with Bwonsamdi and proving his loyalty, Vol’jin attacked Zalazane, and in a moment of benevolence, offered him amnesty. However, Zalazane had set a trap that Vol’jin hadn’t prepared for. Bwonsamdi called upon the dead to finish off Zalazane once and for all. After, Vol’jin rebuilt the Isle.

In Cataclysm, Garrosh’s lust for power reached over 9,000. Garrosh never sat well with Vol’jin to begin with. Vol’jin continued to side with Thrall, even though he grew more and more wary of Garrosh as Warchief. It was in Mists of Pandaria when Garrosh tried to have Vol’jin killed. Naturally, the troll didn’t take an attempt on his life lightly. He freed his people from Garrosh’s enslavement, and championed support across the Horde to dethrone Garrosh.

Thrall decided to go to Orgrimmar to kill Garrosh and take back his home. Vol’jin tried to reason with Thrall to wait, because he knew Thrall could be killed. Thrall went in anyway, and Vol’jin promised his friend that he’d watch over his kin should anything happen. Soon, the Alliance approached Vol’jin to help stop Garrosh. Together, they defeated the mad Warchief. As Garrosh was being shackled, Vol’jin told Thrall that the Horde needed Thrall back as head of the Horde. Thrall, however, bent his knee to Vol’jin, and told his friend that it was his turn to lead the Horde.

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Vol’jin is a sage leader. He could also be considered Slytherin for his cunning nature, but clearly doesn’t belong in Slytherin House. Vol’jin doesn’t seek out greatness for himself. He is an advisor, counselor, and friend.


And there you have it! This wraps up the Sorting Warcraft into Hogwarts series. If you ever are curious to know where one of your favorite fictional character’s may reside at Hogwarts, drop me a line!

Written by Deva M. Gregory

Deva is a fiction writer, actor, and honorary Krogan from the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite companies include Blizzard Entertainment and Bioware. She is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter, but will also settle for the Tardis landing in her front yard. You can read more about her at

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