Bravery – Nerve – Chivalry – Courage – Daring
Hi guys! This is my third Hogwarts House Recommendations post and this time the house is Gryffindor. (I’ve also done Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) This might be the easiest house to pick out books for, since Gryffindors are honestly born protagonists in many ways. After all, the Harry Potter books would’ve been a lot shorter if Harry was a cunning and self-preserving Slytherin, don’t you think?
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
If you’ve been here before you already know this dark and atmospheric Russian fairytale is my absolute favorite. It tells the tale of Vasya, a wild, witchy girl who can see the creatures of Russian folklore and her struggle to protect her village from evil and forge a path for herself that doesn’t end in marriage or the convent. It does break my heart a little to sort my favorite book into another house than my own, but there’s just no way around the fact that Vasya is a Gryffindor. She’s brave, she’s daring, she’s chivalrous. She protects her family and her village as best she can and risks her own life to rescue anyone she can – including her enemies.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Shahrzad’s homeland is ruled by a murderous young king. Each night he takes a new wife, only to have her killed come dawn. When Shahrzad’s bestfriend becomes his latest wife and victim, she’s furious and wants revenge. So she volunteers to be his next bride – vowing this time the king will be the one to die. This is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights – so of course there are tales within tales and hints of magic. Shazi is a very Gryffindor protagonist: brave, daring and quite impulsive.
Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo
Diana should be the patron saint of Gryffindors tbh, cause there’s no one braver or more chivalrous. She’s been raised on the island of the Amazons and is the daughter of their queen. But she alone was born there, she alone has not proved herself a great warrior. Though she longs to prove herself, she doesn’t hesitate to throw away her change at glory to rescue a mortal girl from drowning, an act which goes against Amazon law and could doom her to exile. The situation’s not improved by the discovery that Alia, the girl she saved, is a Warbringer, a direct descendant of Helen of Troy, fated to bring an age of bloodshed and misery.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafza with Christina Lamb
Not all heroes were capes and Malala Yousafza is proof of that. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan where she lived, Malala refused to be silenced and bravely fought for her own and other girls’ right to an education. When she was fifteen she was shot in the head and few expected her to survive, but she recovered and has since become an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest person to ever receive Nobel Peace Prize. I’m sure you’d find a copy of her memoir on a certain bushy-haired Gryffindor’s bookshelf.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
After losing her mother to cancer at age 26 and going through a divorce Cheryl Strayed decided to hike 1,100-miles along the the Pacific Crest Trail by herself, despite having no experience as a hiker (a plan only a Gryffindor would come up with tbh). Her memoir about the experience is one of the most honest, raw and powerful books I’ve ever read, and one I constantly recommend to everyone.
It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who’s worked in conflict zones all over the world, a career path that requires a lot of bravery. Addario has photographed people and places from Afghanistan to Darfur and been embedded with U.S army in Iraq. During the Libyan civil war she was kidnapped by pro-Qaddafi forces. Her memoir is a captivating portrayal of a high-risk profession and takes the reader on a journey to parts of the world many of us will only see through the lenses of Addario and other war photographers.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Invictus is often (and pretty accurately) described as Doctor Who meets Firefly. It follows Farway Gaius McCarthy, a boy who was born outside of time, and his rag-tag crew as they travel through time, plundering historical events. When they land on the Titanic in search of a book, a mysterious girl is waiting for them and she has a mission of her own. One of the down sides of being brave is that it can land you in some sticky situations, which the characters in this novel experience more than once. If you’re looking for a wild ride – this is the book for you.
Saga by by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga is a graphic novel series about two soldiers from opposite sides of a never ending galactic war who fall in love, run away and have a baby. But of course, it’s not that easy. Their love is seen as treason and their child an abomination. Soon they’re being hunted not only by their own armies, but several other forces with their own reasons for wanting to find them and their child. To quote Dumbledore: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Alana and Marko don’t just stand up to their friends, but their whole worlds.
Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming a royal explorer. So when River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village looking for a guide Kamzin’s desperate to be chosen, even if that means climbing the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Kamzin is definitely a Gryffindor. She rushes into dangerous situations, especially if someone else is in danger, she loved dares and competitions and she’s always willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.
So those are all my Gryffindor picks! Do you agree with my choices? What’s the most Gryffindor book you’ve ever read?