In my new series, Sorting Warcraft into Hogwarts, every Wednesday I’m wearing my sorting hat and sorting the leaders of Azeroth into their Hogwarts Houses. Last week, I sorted Alliance leader Varian Wrynn into Gryffindor. Today, let’s see which house our second leader of the Alliance belongs in – Tyrande Whisperwind!
“Only the Goddess may forbid me anything.” – Tyrande Whisperwind
Tyrande was tricky to sort, like Run DMC tricky, with qualities from each house. She proved herself to have the bravery of Gryffindor when she waged war against the Burning Legion. Also like a Gryffindor, she has acted impulsively. When her adopted daughter was in danger during the Cataclysm, she dismissed Malfurion’s warning to stay in Darnassus, and journeyed to Feathermoon Stronghold to save her from Naga. She sought to take immediate action again at the Temple of the Red Crane, but Varian swayed her against it (as he knew better battle tactics).
Gryffindors and Slytherins share similar qualities with minute differences. How else do you explain the Sorting Hat debating where to place Harry Potter?
Tyrande loved her immortality, but knew she had to destroy the Well of Eternity to keep a big bad from spawning an even bigger bad. She made the Gryffindor decision (destroy the well and risk losing her immortality) instead of the Slytherin decision (keep the well and her immortality). Slytherins also seek greatness, which Tyrande shied away from when she was
named High Priestess Dejahna’s successor. Showing a Ravenclaw trait of tolerance, Tyrande welcomed Genn Greymane and the Gilneans to Darnassus when they had no home, however this was one of the first times she showed assistance to outsiders (perhaps because she was reunited once more with Malfurion?), which is very Slytherin. Another Slytherin point goes to Tyrande’s proclivity to fighting in forests, where she uses her environment as a resource for battle.
As for evidence that Tyrande could be an animal-loving Hufflepuff, Tyrande saved the life of the frostsaber queen, thereby allowing all night elves to call frostsabers allies.
Protecting one’s kin is also very Hufflepuff. Tyrande sought to protect the night elves, and reformed the Sentinels to keep peace in Ashenvale, after Malfurion returned to the Emerald Dream. Hufflepuffs are known for their loyalty, and Tyrande is devout to Elune. She will also do anything to protect her beloved Malfurion. Yet you could argue that these Hufflepuff traits are actually Slytherin, because Slytherins develop strong bonds and are group oriented.
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Though Tyrande shares traits with each house, her preservation of the night elves and her homeland, paired with her resourceful nature make her a Slytherin, proving once and for all that not all Slytherins are bad.
Do you think Tyrande belongs in Slytherin, or do you feel she’s better suited in Hufflepuff or Gryffindor? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Come back next week for a special three-part sorting – The Council of the Three Hammers!