“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart”
1) Cassie from The 5th Wave series
Cassie not only survives an alien invasion but she goes on to do battle with the extraterrestrials in order to save her little brother and, eventually, what’s left of humanity. A true Gryffindor through-and-through.
2) Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
I think Elizabeth Bennett embodies a quiet sort of bravery – she has the courage to be herself and set her own standards in a time when a lady receiving any kind of marriage proposal, especially from a rich man like Darcy, was seen as the ultimate fulfillment. When Mr. Darcy makes his first ill-judged proposal to her, she turns him down flat knowing that she deserves better. Thankfully, her refusal causes Darcy to shape up and the book ends happily for both of them.
3) Chase/Georgiana from Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Another example of a woman brave enough to go against society’s expectations, Lady Georgiana bears a child out of wedlock but she doesn’t let other people’s judgment of her keep her from living her life or pursuing her own happiness.
4) Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn series
Shahrzad has the heart of a lion – determined to seek vengeance against the man responsible for the death of her friend, she weds the murderous boy-king Khalid, knowing that it could mean her own death. Of course, Khalid isn’t what he seems and the two end up falling in love. One of her bravest moments occurs in the second book when she deliberately takes an arrow meant for Khalid.
5) Dr. Van Helsing from Dracula
A true Gryffindor – a man who embodies daring, nerve, and chivalry throughout the hunt for the evil vampire, Count Dracula. While others around him are terrified out of their wits, Van Helsing never wavers from his duty of slaying the monster.
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