Sorting AU

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: re-sorting
Related: Houses (Harry Potter), Hogwarts AU
See Also: Hogwarts, Canon Divergence AU, Mirror Universe
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Sorting AU is a term used for Harry Potter Alternate Universe fanfiction or other fanworks that imagine what would happen if canon characters had been sorted into a different House, for example Harry Potter gets sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, or Draco Malfoy gets sorted into Ravenclaw instead of Slytherin.

Sometimes just one character is sorted differently, other times several House allocations are changed. The most common characters are probably Harry and Draco, but there are multiple sorting AUs for Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Severus Snape, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, and occasional ones for most major characters.

The trope is one of the most widely written in the fandom, to the extent it is sometimes regarded as a cliché. Works vary from cracky to serious examinations the value systems of non-Gryffindor Houses and/or the extent to which a character's fate in the HPverse is affected by his/her House. In some non-Slytherin Draco stories, for example, Draco resists Voldemort and fights on Harry's side. Sometimes there are prior divergences from canon, which often explain why the character is assigned a different House; for example in the Ravenclaw!Harry epic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Petunia Evans marries someone other than Vernon Dursley so that Harry has a different upbringing. Sorting AUs vary from ficlets recounting just the sorting process to epics giving a blow-by-blow account of seven years of canon, with the different spin conferred by the altered House. Some sorting AUs examine all four possible House choices in separate stories.

The trope can be used to allow positive interactions between characters canonically sorted into different (antagonistic) Houses, including cross-House ships and mentoring stories. The epic type is often used as an excuse for world building, and tends to develop minor characters from the alternative House.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Draco Malfoy

Gryffindor!Draco

  • Perhaps one of the most famous examples of the trope , "A Slytherin in Gryffindor Clothing" [1] by Mahaliem, has Draco wake in an alternate universe where he is in Gryffindor and Harry in Slytherin.

Ravenclaw!Draco

Harry Potter

Hufflepuff!Harry

Ravenclaw!Harry

Slytherin!Harry

More here: Slytherin!Harry

Ron Weasley

Slytherin!Ron

  • As in Mad Martha's "Checkmate series" [5], where Harry, incidentally, is a Hufflepuff.

Tom Riddle

Lots of people resorted

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