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Disney Princesses, sorted by Hogwarts Houses

Bear meeting Belle for the first time and talking about her lovely fireplace.“Hi, Princess!”
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I was recently watching The Little Mermaid, and had a sudden realization.  I quickly texted a few friends to poll them on the idea, and they immediately agreed, 100%:

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Ariel is a Slytherin.

That’s right, 90’s kids, eat it up.  Your favorite red-head isn’t the happy-go-lucky Hufflepuff you may have thought her to be.
Let us direct you to her personality: rebellious(going to the surface), uncaring if her actions hurt those she cares for(missing the concert-she cares more that “my father is gonna kill me!” than that she ruined the hilight of Sebastian’s career and embarrassed King Triton).
Ariel is fully willing to dabble in the dark arts in order to seduce a man she knows almost nothing about, with a witch who has some dark history with her father bad enough to get her banished and exiled from court forever.  Oh, and who has a forest of withered merpeople as a welcome mat.
And after all that… Ariel gets her way.  Through deceit, dark magic, and not caring about her family one bit.  She is sly and determined, and nothing can stop her.
Total Slytherin.

This realization got me thinking… what could the houses of the other Disney Princesses possibly be? Plus, I’ve been inspired by another blogger who liked to sort Jane Austin characters into Hogwarts houses, so I figured, why not?  So without further ado, here are a few more of the Princess’ sorted into the Hogwarts houses.

Belle: Gryffindor!

You may think your favorite bookworm would make the cut for Ravenclaw, but (surprise surprise!) the Sorting Hat says Gryffindor!  Sure, she’s got her nose stuck in a book at nearly every moment she can manage, but there is so much more to this princess than what’s on the surface.
Upon realizing her father has been captured by a hideous beast and will be kept until his death, Belle immediately sacrifices her own freedom for her father’s, despite his adamant protests.  She is brave enough to try to correct the beast when he first offers her a bedroom, saying that she thought she was supposed to stay in the dungeon tower, hard-headed enough to say “no” to his commands, and noble enough to return to her promise of imprisonment as repayment for Beast saving her from the wolves… not to mention kindly patching him up and making sure his paw didn’t get infected.

(And for you naysayers who think our bookish heroine should still be Ravenclaw, I give you exhibit A: Hermione Granger.)

Cinderella: Hufflepuff!

She’s loyal to a fault, remaining with her father’s new family even after his death.  Granted, during Cinderella’s time, I imagine a woman in her place wouldn’t have too much of a choice in the matter, but this girl does it with a grace and kindness most of us couldn’t muster in the face of Lady Tremaine and the two step-sisters.  She’s a hard worker, dedicated to her family home, and patient as a Saint.  Helga Hufflepuff would be proud.

Pocahontas: Ravenclaw!

Yes, our girl is brave enough for Gryffindor, but Ravenclaw is marked by those who are wise and seek out new knowledge and understanding.  When newcomers invaded her home, Pocahontas didn’t attack or retaliate in fear or a show of strength, but sought to learn about these new people and their strange ways.  (Though I’m sure the handsome singing explorer helped pique her curiosity as well.) Always striving to find her right path and do the right thing for all people, Pocahontas proudly wears blue.

Jasmine: Gryffindor!

This was a close call between Slytherin and Gryffindor.  Princess Jasmine is determined to get what she wants, is firm in her decision making, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  So what tipped the scales?  The fact that she doesn’t toss others aside to get what she wants.  Yes, she may have run away from home, but she didn’t go to her father’s worst enemy to do it (Ariel…), she just wanted some experience outside of her palace upbringing, and a chance at escaping a forced marriage.  Can you blame a girl?  She may be determined, but she’s not willing to do quite anything to get what she wants.  So… Gryffindor.

That’s all I’ve got so far!  If you have any Princesses you’d like sorted (or an opinion different from mine about the above princesses) drop me a line in the comments!  I love geeky personality conversations.

mothering

Kitchen Snuggles

Some days, this mom gig is rough. Sometimes, especially now that I’m wrangling two kids instead of one, it is so easy to look at life as an endless checklist of things to be done, punctuated by double the diaper changes, and quadruple the laundry (I’d swear someone is breaking in and wearing our clothes, there’s that much of it to do no matter how much i get done). Insert that I’m fully breastfeeding baby, and I’m left with hours of time taken up by that task alone. It’s hard to remember that it’s not just a to-do list task, it’s nourishing and bonding with my precious baby boy. I love looking at him when he’s eating (those adorable chubby cheeks! The cute smiles!), and playing with him when he’d rather talk than stay latched.

Lately I’ve noticed my toddler has increased his requests for Mommy time. “Mimi, snuggle in rocker?”

This week I’ve made a huge effort to take the time to snuggle. Take and give the hugs my babies need from me. And honestly, it’s made my life less stressful. A little more crazy because my checklist isn’t done? Yes. Will it ever be done? Lol nope, I’m a mom. So I enjoy the snuggles with my kids, whether it’s a long movie night with my toddler and I all wrapped up in blankets, or like this morning, when I took just one more minute rocking my baby in the kitchen before having to get ready to leave the house. Kitchen Snuggles with the little babe

Snuggles are awesome. Refreshing to the weary mama’s soul. To moms: find your kid and snuggle. It’s one thing I’ll never regret.

Tiny Joys

Tiny Joys: Art & Coffee

Finding my son’s “cow coffee cup” full of blue crayon scribbles. I love having a creative kid who thinks outside the box (even when it means a little unexpected scrubbing!)

He loves having milk in his “coffee cup” with Mommy, and we have been steadily working daily Tray Time (art, letters, colors, a bunch of learning disguised as play) into daily life. We are working on “crayons only draw on paper”… but I guess it hasn’t quite caught on when Mommy isn’t looking for a moment!

Music, Weddings

Wedding Music for the Disney Bride

I had a Tangled/Disney themed wedding (not overly cheesy or blatant, if I do say so myself), and since I’m a musician, the music for both the ceremony and the reception was a HUGE deal!  A while ago I made a list for my piano playing business about ways to add a little more magic to your wedding day, via Disney music, and figured I would share it over here. So, here are some musical ideas for every part of your wedding that will add a hint of pixie-dust!

*Marks a song I used at my own wedding!

Entrance Songs:
-So This is Love from Cinderella
-Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from The Lion King (Elton John version) 
-One Song from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
-Married Life from Pixar’s UP

Recessional Song: 

-True Love’s Kiss from Enchanted
-Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty 
-Learn Me Right from Brave (A friend of mine had this as her first dance song!)

First Dance: 
-I See the Light from Tangled*  
-Love Is An Open Door from Frozen 
-Beyond the Sea from Finding Nemo 
-A Whole New World from Aladdin 
-Love from Robin Hood 
-Ma Belle Evangeline from The Princess and the Frog 

Mother/Son Dance:
You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan*
-Baby Mine from Dumbo 
-Your Mother and Mine from Peter Pan 

Father/Daughter Dance:
-How Does a Moment Last Forever? from Beauty and the Beast (Celine Dion version)
-Baby Mine from Dumbo 
-Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman (technically not Disney, but it gives the same vibe and guarantees happy tears)*

Bouquet Toss: 
-I Won’t Say I’m In Love from Hercules*
-Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 

Garter Toss: 
-Be A Man from Mulan* 
-A Girl Worth Fighting For from Mulan

If I were to put together my perfect “Disney Wedding Program” with selections from this list, here’s how it would look:

~The Mousewife’s Perfect Disney Wedding Songs~

Prelude:
Married Life  (Because I love a good prelude!)

Entrance:
So This is Love

Recessional:
Learn Me Right

First Dance:
I See the Light

Entrance into Reception:
The Throne Room from Star Wars: A New Hope 

Mother/Son Dance:
You’ll Be In My Heart

Father/Daughter Dance:
Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman 

Bouquet Toss:
I Won’t Say I’m In Love

Garter Toss: Be A Man

 

What romantic Disney songs would you add to the list?