Sunday, August 29, 2010

Harry Potter and the Order of Preachers...

... think what you will of the series, but I still contend JK Rowlings' writings are filled with Catholic imagery.

It's pretty obvious that Benedictines would be in the Hufflepuff House, Dominicans would be Gryffindors, Jesuits would compromise of Ravenclaws, and the Carmelites would teach Divination. Naturally, Hagrid is a Franciscan. But where does that leave the house of Slytherin? The Archdiocese of L.A perhaps?

Discuss.

17 comments:

Jeff Miller said...

SQPN has an excellent series called Secrets of Harry Potter that explores the Catholic imagery of the books and delves deeper into them.

Now as to your question who is the Catholic equivalent is the person not to be named - Voldemort. While I can see many who are as evil as Voldemort, I can think of none who have equivalent power. The Catholic Voldemort's limit themselves via their theology which only grows weaker.

Tina aka Snupnjake said...

Hmmm I saw the Dminicans as Ravenclaws and Jesuits as Gryffindors. Lots of Jesuit Martyrs.

Laura said...

Lots of liberals in all the orders. If we isolated them, they could be Slytherins.

And I think the Franciscans would be better as Hufflepuffs - the Rule of Benedict is not a Hufflepuff sort of discipline!

Peony Moss said...

Agree that Dominicans = Ravenclaw.

Hagrid is a Gryffindor and I could see Gryffindor = Franciscans, with their zeal. Give to the poor? Sure, down to the shirt off their backs! Go preach to the Sultan!

Slytherin = Jesuits: clever, resourceful, prudent, ambitious (hey! Let's go convert China and Japan!); alas, led astray from within, but also being renewed from within.

Divination = the dotty old religious who's into "creation spirituality" and "Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim"; kept on staff out of mercy.

nazareth priest said...

This is awful (God forgive me), but you asked, Kat:
LCRW=Slytherin.
The leadership, anyway; the poor old sisters who are living out their last days in congregations that have "sold out" are the true martyrs.
God bless each and every one of them!
And by the way, I loved the Harry Potter series; I'm probably condemned to hell by some, but, well, whatever!

Ben said...

Kat, as a proud member of House Slytherin, I resent your assessment. If anything, the Slytherins are the conservative traditionalists.

Or if you want to go with the Slytherins being cunning and crafty, we would be the Jesuits.

I demand an apology for all Slytherins offended by this post.

Ben said...

It looks like I'm not the only one to compare the great House Slytherin to the Society of Jesus.

Just another mad Catholic said...

remember folks slytherins arnt' bad per say.

If anyone is gonna be in Ravenclaw it must be Fathers of Mercy.

The Crescat said...

Ben, say we settle this with a Wizard's duel.

Ben said...

Excellent idea. I hope you're prepared for non-verbals. Slytherins are known for being skilled in that department. As well as legilimency and occlumency. So. Bring it.

The Blind Guide said...

http://www.catholicdemocrats.org/

:::giggle:::

Maggie said...

Oh my gosh Cat. This is my favorite post, EVER.

As a Ravenclaw with Dominican spirituality (study = prayer) I totally see Dominicans as Ravenclaws.

Hufflepuffs, totally Franciscan. Kind, loyal, thoughtful, always thinking of others, with a particular soft spot for animals and the less fortunate.

I would say Gryffindors are Jesuit/Ignatian; very go-get-em "soldierly."

Slytherins? Not sure. As someone noted above, Slytherin is not synonymous with "bad;" but rather "crafty and ambitious."

Joe (Defend Us In Battle) said...

I have to continue to ride the:

Ravenclaw=Dominican train.

As a fan of the OP's and as a Ravenclaw... I think that they match up the best.

Gail F said...

Hufflepuff = Franciscan
Griffindor = Dominicans
Ravenclaw = Benedictine ??
Slytherin = Jesuit

That wacky Slytherin house, why did anyone keep it around? Because some of the best wizards came out of it, as well as some of the worst.

Jeanne said...

I do not know my religious communities well enough to jump into this seriously, but I agree with the Franciscans = Hufflepuff and the Jesuits are the closest thing to Slytherin that I can think of, which of the others are closer to Ravenclaw or Gryffindor, I do not know... I am more familiar with Oblates and Salesians myself, and I am not even sure where I would put those...

Suburbanbanshee said...

Obviously, the Curia are Slytherin! :)

Jesuits are Gryffindor; Templars and Hospitallers, too.

Now... placing the women's contemplative orders... that's the real fun. What House is a Carmelite?

jan said...

http://www.studiobrien.com/writings_on_fantasy/pope-benedict-and-harry-potter.html