For those unfamiliar with the type structure of each Hogwarts House, please revisit my previous analysis posts on the subject, since I won’t be going into them in-depth here. I will be focusing mainly on the characters in The Tudors, but if you wish to ask about their historical counterparts or anyone I have left out of this analysis, please do.
Gryffindors are known for their bold pursuit of a Cause, and their willingness to go against others to stand for it, also their determined personalities and courage. Gryffindors can be isolationists and punishing to those who stand against them. Gryffindors in the series include…
Henry VIII: a bold, passionate, and adventurous man, Henry sees intellectual pursuits only to serve his own ends for power and status. He takes it upon himself to find a Cause, through his aggressive policies, his attempted wars in France, his bickering with Martin Luther, and then, sadly, his militant behaviors toward his Wives – a humorless assault upon them for not capitulating to his will. He knows what he wants, and is willing to stand against God, his Church, his friends, and entire populace of England to have his annulment. Henry is bold, aggressive, and impulsive, showing a blend of impulsive and reactive Gryffindor Secondary energy.
Katharine of Aragon: unfortunately for Henry, his first wife is as passionate, courageous, and willing to sacrifice her position and personal safety to stand on her Principles as he is determined to get rid of her. Though she must stand alone, in opposition to all, forsaking even her ability to see her daughter (in Henry’s nasty punishment of her “disobedience”), Katharine stands firm on her conviction that she is his wife, married in the eyes of God, that she is blameless, and should not have to stand aside. She even sees a certain amount of virtue in her suffering and potential martyrdom. Katharine has a generous and benevolent nature, which calls others to defend her through her loving actions as a Queen. In a sense, she falls back on her Hufflepuff Secondary House to fulfill her needs and find allies in the midst of her troubles.
Mary Tudor: Like her mother, Mary is firm in her convictions and relentless in her courage, but unlike her mother, she also has severe bouts of fear that cause her to protect herself. Though often intimidated, threatened with violence, and mistreated, Mary remains firm and defiant in the face of threats, and resolutely black and white in her ideas about what is right and wrong. She has a fierce ability to see her adversaries as those who need to be “taken down,” and no guilt in wishing them harm or in delighting in their downfall. She runs the gamut from sweet and tender to her sister and her mother, to cold and distant to anyone who attempts to charm or persuade her through flattery whom she sees as an adversary. There is no gray spaces in her world, only shades of good and evil. She has a tender underbelly, a desire to serve and protect and forgive, which suggest a Hufflepuff Secondary.
Katherine Howard: Katherine originally wants to simply live life to the fullest and enjoy all it has to offer. She is impulsive and hedonistic in fulfilling her desires, but also firmly opinionated and unafraid to stand against Princess Mary, when her attempts to charm her fail. Katherine simply wants to have a pleasant life full of simple pleasures, to be with her friends, and to make other people happy, whether that includes the man she “loves” or her husband. Innocent and sweet, but also seductive and appealing, Katherine has an adaptable and charming Slytherin Secondary.
Thomas Boleyn: though you might mistake him for a Slytherin in his ruthless ambition for his children, Thomas proves himself not one when he sacrifices them all for his own personal safety. He has a Cause: “taking down” the corrupt members of the Church and dethroning Wolsey, and that drives his ambition, enabling him to put his children in danger for this greater Cause and lose them in the process. He is bold in his assertions against the Church, public in his declarations of war, and shrewd, showing the manipulative and adaptive energies of a Slytherin Secondary.
Margaret Tudor: bold, brash, opinionated, and fierce, Margaret has no problem standing against her brother in his “ridiculous and pathetic” assault against his first wife and her reputation. She willingly leaves Court as a protest against it. It’s her “Cause,” and she will stand by it. She makes other, similar, stands throughout the first season—though she agrees to marry for political gain, she insists on choosing her next husband and picks Charles Brandon, an act that severely displeases her brother and lands them both into trouble. But she doesn’t back down from it. She objects to her husband’s philandering and does not keep quiet about it. She can be rash and impulsive, implying a Gryffindor Secondary.
Charles Brandon: much like Henry, Charles likes to live large and is opportunistic, impulsive, and even hedonistic. His courage is sometimes his downfall, since he makes premature decisions about his romantic entanglements that wind up displeasing the king. But he isn’t that “afraid” of Henry, by reason of their friendship, and also enjoys bucking authority. He can be mean-spirited in his baiting of Buckingham through seducing his daughter, but he also shows compassion for the fallen queen in her “magnificence,” and for her daughter, who has a firm courage that surprises him. He rushes into things without thinking, eager to do something about them, which implies a Gryffindor Secondary.
Slytherins are a Loyalist House, devoted to protecting and looking after their own. They are family-oriented, possessive and protective of their loved ones, and fierce in their defense of what they believe. They can be narrow in their cares, prioritizing a few loved ones over others, or expansive in a possessive attitude of protecting everyone.
Anne Boleyn: the true “I do it all for my family” character in the series, Anne is a mixture of personal ambition (her desire for importance) and familial obligation (as she rises, so too does her family). She is loyal to all her siblings and her father, despite his abuses, and she hates anyone who stands in her way with a fearful energy (Katharine of Aragon, and Jane Seymour). She does not want to turn on her sister, when her father makes Mary an outcast, nor does she want to fall to her fate. She is so loyal and fierce in her love for Henry, she doesn’t understand how he cannot be the same, and sees his throwing her aside as a deep personal betrayal. Anne has a resourceful but firm energy in how she pursues what she wants, and seems to be calculating in advance more than opportunistic in how she manipulates Henry, so she has a Ravenclaw Secondary, dedicating to using what she knows and bolstering her knowledge through books.
Cardinal Wolsey: an ambitious and shrewd man, Wolsey has climbed his way up from being a mere butcher’s son to being one of the most influential people at court. His unfailing loyalty to Henry makes him blind-sided that another family, the Boleyns, could creep in-between them and undermine his authority. Charming and persuasive, he prioritizes his personal loyalty to the king ahead of all else, attempting to do all he can to please and placate him, using diplomacy and charm for the greater good of England’s policies. His steady work ethic, reliability, and reputation as a reasonable man suggest he has a Hufflepuff Secondary.
Hufflepuffs are another Loyalist House, but this time it is to general humanity and not a few special people. They are hard-working, people-centric, and oriented toward love and service.
Jane Seymour: Jane has a warm, open heart that enables her to accept and care for both of the king’s children as her own, and work toward their reconciliation with their father. She calmly and sweetly manages to bring both of them into the fold, and tries repeatedly to appeal to her husband’s “better” nature (such as it is). She initially does not want to put herself forward as the queen, but tries to do good once in the position. Her sweet temperament, willingness to submit, and quiet nature make her Henry’s “favorite” of his wives, because he can cow her into easy submission, and she does not stand up to or defy him in the same way as her predecessors. She has a generous heart toward the people and is easily liked by the court, owing to her Hufflepuff Secondary.
Anne of Cleves: Anne has a similar sweet and peacemaking nature to Jane, which manifests in being open-minded and accepting of Princess Mary and trying to do her best for her, despite their severe religious differences. Mary is a militant Catholic, and Anne is a Protestant, but “Church rules” govern none of her decisions; instead, her entire focus is people—being kind to them, getting along with them, and building inroads with them. She even manages to remain friends with Henry after their annulment. She too has a Hufflepuff Secondary.
Catherine Parr: known as a compassionate and gentle woman, open-minded and sweet, Catherine is a willing servant to her first husband in his illness and later, a tender companion to an old, quarrelsome king whose ulcer often needs changing. She offers to do it herself, an action that surprises him, and it’s her warm temperament that appeals to him. She has her own agenda in that she wants to push Reform and separate them further from the Catholic Church, but she will abandon this to keep him happy. Yet, her scholastic achievements, her writing of books, her translations of scripture, and her firm belief in using what she knows suggests a Ravenclaw Secondary, especially because she feels what she knows is “helpful” to people.
Ravenclaws are an Idealist House in search of truth. They often build, expand on, or adopt an external system by which to live and adapt their moral standards. Some Ravenclaws simply adhere to a religion, others craft their own sense of morality. But they cobble it together built of what appeals to them and makes logical sense to them.
Sir Thomas More: A scholar and a philosopher, More has both a great desire to prod and poke at things, in his at times witty perception of reality, and an undeniable devotion to his chosen set of moral principles, as defined by his own character and his loyalty to the Catholic Church. While courageous, his stand against Henry comes from a moral and idealistic perspective, a flawed belief that he can persuade others to follow in his footsteps and live according to a higher rational and moral concept. His inability to separate these values from his self-preservation instinct causes him to go to his death for his unwillingness to abandon or alter his beliefs. More’s patient and gentle processes, his longstanding willingness to work hard for what he wants, and reliability prove him a Hufflepuff Secondary.
Sir Thomas Cromwell: A man of intelligence and academia without loyalties, Cromwell is also something of an idealist, a man who wants to change the world to fit what he wants it to be, and someone willing to shift around his perceptions and approaches to make it happen. He’s a philosophical man to some extent, like More, but also less strident in his obedience to outside authorities, and more willing to adapt his system – a more “balanced” Ravenclaw than his predecessor, who placed his entire belief in the Catholic Church. Cromwell will accept some things and not others, but always approaches them with intelligent thought and cautiousness. He has built compassion and morality into his system, as derived from what he thinks is best, but it is not particularly “warm” or loving toward those who stand in his way. Cromwell doesn’t do well with the unexpected, and finds himself scrambling to know how to respond when he’s out of his depth, much like a Ravenclaw Secondary.