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He's determined, sure, but he doesn't exactly come across as particularly courageous or chivalrous. I know families tend to all fall into the same house, but of all the Weasleys we meet, Percy definitely seems the least Gryffindoresque. So why?

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    Since when is being stooooopid and or poor decision making a barrier to being in Gryffindor? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Sep 3 '15 at 18:53
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    Much like Neville, Percy simply needed to grow up. He eventually found his courage, just as Neville did. – Dave Johnson Sep 3 '15 at 18:55
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As discussed before on this site, the Sorting Hat doesn't sort based on specific event(s) but on a person's potential (which is why it Gryffindored people like Neville "Timid" Longbottom, Hermione "Nerd" Granger and Peter "The traitor" Pettigrew).

As such, the fact that Percy joined the Battle of Hogwarts in the end shows that, as usual, the Hat wasn't wrong.

Percy: "Hello, Minister! Did I mention I’m resigning?"

Considering that he fought Augustus Rookwood and later Pius Thicknesse (who was a former head of DMLE and therefore a formidable opponent), he more than proved his bravery.

Additional considerations:

  • While he was a blithering idiot judgement wise, it did take courage to defy his family and stand with the Ministry. Would YOU risk the combined wrath of Molly Weasley, F&G twins, Charlie, Bill AND Ginny?

  • He's courteous (which is listed as one of the traits of Gryffindor) and, presumably, chivalrous to a degree though the latter isn't really explored in canon much.

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    plus he liked sneeking off and snogging girls in abandoned classrooms and hallways, bro was a player... – Himarm Sep 3 '15 at 19:09
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    I don't think it's entirely a matter of potential - he must have been more Gryffindorish in his school years than was explored in the books, or he wouldn't have been made a Prefect. – Harry Johnston Sep 3 '15 at 22:23
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    @HarryJohnston: Then again, even Ron was made prefect for no apparent reason except for being an important side character – user13267 Sep 4 '15 at 3:08
  • What does DMLE stand for? – Anthony Grist Sep 8 '15 at 17:09
  • @Anthony: "Department of Magical Law Enforcement." – David Thomas Sep 8 '15 at 18:30
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Apologies about the lack of sources and links - I'll go back through and add them once I get home and can access the books/sites.

While I think @DVK's answer is good, I'd like to offer an alternate opinion.

Percy was sorted into Gryffindor because he chose to be in Gryffindor. Both of his parents and his older brothers were in Gryffindor, and - presumably - probably several generations before that. So he wanted to be there too. There are several instances where the Sorting Hat takes the candidates choice into consideration.

The most obvious one is Harry himself, with his "Not Slytherin!". It's also referenced that Hermione could easily have been in Ravenclaw, but due to her reading about the houses she preferred Gryffindor.

Neville Longbottom is an interesting counter-example, because I believe I read in Pottermore that he asked to not be in Hufflepuff, because he wasn't brave enough to be in Gryffindor. But his reasoning wasn't sound - he showed his bravery throughout the books in many ways, large and small, and the Sorting Hat obviously could see his potential.

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    This is a nice idea, but it is just an opinion. I know you'll add supporting sources, but nowhere is it ever stated in any way that Percy asked to be in Gryffindor, this is all conjecture. And that's okay, in and of itself, (although you might like to signpost that), but I don't really see any need for it. I agree with DVK that there're plenty of reasons to put Percy in Gryffindor, so I don't think there's any need to suggest he asked to be in Gryffindor. And anyway I don't think it'd be a free choice, it won't sort you into a house you really don't fit into, all you can do is (sometimes) veto – Au101 Sep 4 '15 at 0:33
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    Re: "I believe I read in Pottermore that [Neville Longbottom] asked to not be in Hufflepuff": I think the "not" is a typo? – ruakh Sep 4 '15 at 16:48
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Percy's driving feature is his sense of right and wrong. His personal ambition (which might have sorted him into Slytherin), his critical thinking (which might have sorted him into Ravenclaw) and his sense of fair play and peacemaking (which might have sorted him into Hufflepuff) were all secondary elements to this core personality trait, and in many cases took a back seat to it.

That's not to say that he doesn't embody those things that would have fit him into the other houses, he clearly does in many respects. The one we see the most evidence of is his ambition at the Ministry, but there's little evidence he would have started down that path if he had realized how wrong a position it would have put him in - indeed, once he realized the truth of what was going on, his shame at being on the wrong side greatly overpowered his ambition.

That's Gryffindor all the way.

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Very simple. Because the author decided it shall be.

J. K. Rowling already KNEW how the entire series of books would play out and that required people to be in their places long before the final act was played out.

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    Thanks for your input. This is what we call an "out-of-universe" answer: the author set things up in a certain way to fulfill the goals of the story. No one will argue against that. But I believe that the original poster, SplittingAdam, is looking for an "in-universe" answer. This means that, for the purpose of answering the question, we ignore that this work has an author who made certain decisions, and we ask ourselves if Percy being in Gryffindor makes sense from the point of view of the characters themselves, within the Potter universe. – Praxis Sep 4 '15 at 21:42
  • For an answer that answer that gives J.K. R-Dawg so much credit, this answer doesn't give J.K. very much credit. – Ryan Veeder Sep 8 '15 at 17:23
  • Fair enough.. the reason I brought it up is at times, that's the only answer that makes any kind of sense. In this particular case... it seems to be the only one that makes sense to me at least. It always felt to me like he didn't belong there. – whiskeyfur Oct 7 '15 at 17:27
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    Couldn't you answer every question about any fiction book book like that, though? Why did Voldemort try to kill Harry? Because the author decided it. Why was Harry a Wizard? Because the author decided that he would be. Etc. While that's technically true, it's not really useful. – EJS Oct 11 '17 at 18:27
  • When it becomes the ONLY possible reason that makes sense, then it is useful as a fallback reason to fall onto. It's also a clear sign of a plot hole to be found, possibly the size of a mac truck – whiskeyfur Oct 13 '17 at 16:23

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