The Sorting Hat of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone sings to the students attending Hogwarts in Harry’s first year, “There’s nothing hidden in our head the Sorting Hat can’t see, so try me on and I will tell you where you ought to be. […] You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are trues and unafraid of toil” (118). This magical hat looks into each student’s minds, putting him or her into the best fitting house for their own personality. If placed into the alternate universe of Harry Potter, Haimon would be placed into Hufflepuff because each the characteristics of the house are quite evident inside the prince of Thebes. In Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, Haimon is a loyal individual, faithful to his commitments and will stick with them, which is portrayed through his loyalty to his father, Creon, justice, and Antigone, his fiancé.
Haimon’s first scene of the play sets the reader perception of his loyalty to his father. Creon discovers that Antigone is indeed the person that buried Polyneices, from his watchman, and engages in a verbal battle. Ismene enters the scene as well, also trying to put blame on herself, but Antigone will not allow it because Ismene did not support her initially. Creon inquiries Haimon if he comes on his side or Antigone’s, to which Haimon replies, “ Your wisdom will always be my guide” (32). Haimon first displays his obedience towards his father and respect for his advice on subject of life. Unwavering in his devotion to his father, he faithfully listens to everything King Creon has to say to him. Haimon continues on to tell his father, “I will not sacrifice that for any marriage” (32). Presenting that despite the fact that he is to be w...
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...mon extends beyond life into death, to a point where he cannot live without Antigone by his side. Haimon is steadfast in his devotions, and no ends stop him from being such.
The most underrated house of the Harry Potter series houses the Prince of Thebes, which is proven by Haimon’s many acts of loyalty. Although many readers may perceive him to be a hotheaded youth that does not have a developed thought process, his act passion truthfully characterizes and differentiates himself from the rest of the cast. The experienced should be listened to, for they acquire more knowledge through the years, which in this case is King Creon. However, adherence to just behavior with suitable punishments, are also a part of the makeup of Haimon’s personality. His loyalty is also represented in this disregard for his own life, in an attempt to preserve his loyalty of to Antigone.
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