December~ And you.
Now, I think there is another factor here that plays into the sorting. It's been broached upon, but I feel the need to flesh it out as I think it might at least shed light on some new aspects. Rings raised the question of whether we were sorting before or after Bella enters Edward's life. As we've argued, the lack of opportunity for a character to demonstrate or act upon certain qualities doesn't mean that they do not posesse them. But, I think we need to look at a larger question. And this goes back (in a way) to the origins of the thread. Dumbledore told Snape that he believes that they sort too early at Hogwarts. The assumption can be made that he is referring to the fact that people change and the things that mean so much to them or the traits that are so dominant in them at 11 or 12 are (usually) completely different than when they are 17 or 18, or 29 or 30. So, what exactly are the factors the Sorting Hat bases his decisions on. We know that choice definitely plays into it. Harry is the perfect example of that. But, primarily, is Hat looking at the heart and mind of the individual, or basing it on actions?
Perhaps you can see why this is a question for me. I happen to agree with the logical progression of December's & Rings' comments. If we read as pure critics, taking into account only what we know (ie can directly link to the text) about Edward and his actions and beliefs to the point we meet him, than certainly it's likely he would never be sorted into Gryffindor. I wouldn't go so far and agree with the description of him as morose (a term I think is primarily based upon Rose's descriptions of him and she's not the most impartial or understanding of judges). But, certainly, he was lacking interest in his life, continuing as he always had. Sacrificing and suffering to be sure, pursuing his own enjoyments, but without any true purpose or reason. So, given his academic and artistic pursuits, it is likely he might be in Ravenclaw.
However, we also know that, as a human, he wanted nothing more than to distinguish himself in battle, count himself amongst those who answered the call to defend home, family and country. We also know that he was a loving and concerned son, staying with his family until he was old enough to enlist on his own when his mother would grudgingly give her blessing. He could have just as easily followed Jasper's footsteps and ran away to enlist while underage. Those characteristics; courage, sacrifice and honor, scream much more of Gryffindor.
But, we cannot ignore the intervening 90 years, particularly Edward's dark years, the years he spent hunting humans. Looking purely at actions, he killed often and he benefitted from it. For the lives that he took, he was not concerned nor did he grieve them. Frankly, the actions of a true Slytherin. But, if we look deeper, we see his motives. We know that he hunted those who hunted others, those who we might declare the true evil ones. He tried to save the victims of the other monsters. And, we know that, eventually, he did see his error and repent, rededicating and redoubling his efforts to follow in the footsteps of his father. Again, he demonstrates sacrifice, courage and honor.
So which is it? If Hat was placed upon the head of "young" Edward when we first meet him, which of those things pull more weight in Hat's decision? At the point young Harry (and the rest) are sorted, they have yet to even utter the name Voldemort or take one action that would eventually lead to his downfall. Draco, Crabbe, Goyle and the rest have yet to choose sides, to declare their undying support for the Dark Lord. And yet, they are all sorted as they end up. Even Neville, most timid and clumsy seeming of the lot, is placed with those he leads into battle. It has always been my thought that Hat truly has a peek into a person's soul, sees the light or the dark there. And, if that is the case, than Hat would have no choice but to look into Edward's soul and see the truth of who he actually is, not who he pretends to be, has resigned himself to being or fears he is.
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