Originally published 2:00 PM EDT, FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Horace Slughorn once said, “Killing rips the soul apart. It’s a violation against nature.” However, in How to Get Away With Murder, killing is part of the job description.
I have a feeling that if the old, batty, potions professor had even an inkling of the goings-on in Annalise Keating’s law office, the horrible truth would have a better chance at killing him than a bottle of poisoned mead.
It is considered reputable fandom law that one both knows and understands which Hogwarts House they belong to. Keeping this in mind, since the characters in How to Get Away With Murder tend to dabble in their own sort of Dark Arts, I thought it would be fun to place each of them in their own magical houses.
Annalise is strong. She always has a game plan in a sticky situation. However, what makes Annalise unique is that her plans aren’t necessarily premeditated. She thinks on her toes by analyzing every possible outcome and choosing the best course of action. She refuses to take bullshit and tries her best to protect as many people as possible. Sometimes her savior complex ends up hurting those she is trying to shield, but if anyone takes damage the most, it is herself. She is bold, she is fierce, and she pushes and stands up for the underdog. For her gall and her ferocity, I have sorted Annalise Keating into…
Loyalty such as Wes’ doesn’t come around often. The amount of times he has put a friend or loved one before himself is sheer proof of his affectionate nature. He is unconditionally caring and optimistic. Sometimes his willingness to see the best in others blinds him to the truth. However, Wes finds searching for someone’s weakness rather than their strength to be a disservice to his character. Wes follows his heart; it drives him where he needs to go. It tells him right from wrong and sometimes gets him into deep amounts of trouble as he seeks to be true to himself. Due to his warmth, his benevolence, and his blind faith, I have placed Wes in…
I have already written an entire article about my deep love for Laurel. Laurel is cunning; she is a silent killer. Unlike Annalise, she is pre-meditative. What makes Laurel dangerous is that she isn’t the person you would expect to have a scheme up her sleeve. Although the reality is that Laurel already knows which steps to take in order to get ahead in the game. But Laurel isn’t all cold-blooded. She has a strong sense of self and deep empathy toward those who, like herself, have darkness in their past. All of this and more, including her drive, her ambition, and allegiance, leaves Laurel in…
If anyone in the Keating 5 were to cause a Hatstall, it would be Connor Walsh. One of the most complex male characters in How to Get Away With Murder, the many levels that make up this boy stumped me as I tried to place him in his Hogwarts House. On the surface, Connor is an ass to the max. He objectifies, he is careless, and he is crude. However, as the show has progressed, we have learned that underneath it all, Connor is a person who carries deep pain within himself. He has a deep desire for companionship, he is devoted to those who are closest to him, and he would sacrifice his own erroneous behaviors in order to ensure his future relationships. To me, Connor is daring, his fears make him real, and his vulnerability makes him a…
Michaela is a girl who climbed her way to the top. She started at the bottom in season 3 when she admits to her friends that she was the one who created her own success. She is incredibly resourceful and hardworking. Sometimes Michaela gets lost in her ambition and keen eye for success. In her search for triumph she often pushes those closest to her far away. Michaela has a deep need to prove her value as a student, a professional, and as a woman. She feels she must prove this not to just everyone around her, but to herself, most of all. She is a hard worker, and throughout the show we have seen her take her academic and professional aspirations very seriously. She takes pride great in her brain. For these, and many other reasons, I have sorted Michaela into…
Much like Draco Malfoy, the Sorting Hat would barely need to touch Asher’s head before sorting him into his house. The poor boy is an open book, and hard as he tries he can’t mask who he truly is inside. A lover-boy, a total bro, and a wild child. He has had struggles: the darkness in his past have made him sensitive and sometimes afraid. He tends to mistake this part of him for weakness, but in truth, it makes him all the more stronger. Asher is a true believer in the underdog. He is loud, proud, and sometimes a bit overbearing. Above all Asher has a heart of gold. In many ways I feel like Asher chose his house himself because I didn’t have to do any work to decide that he belongs in…
There is a quote by Bonnie that stuck out to me as I began my search for her place at Hogwarts. “I look nice, I know, but that’s just my face.” Bonnie, in many ways, is just like a young Annalise, a comparison which has been drawn multiple times in the show. However, for me, there are key differences between the two. Bonnie is much more contemplative than Annalise; she is also much more sensitive. Bonnie wears her heart on her sleeve while Annalise only lets hers show when it will benefit her. Bonnie is incredibly bright, she is innovative and will do the unspeakable to protect those who have created safety for her. In the end, I have decided that the only house for Bonnie is…
Frank, like Connor, masks who he truly is on the inside. His exoskeleton shows someone who is fearless and full of rage. Someone who takes pride in objectifying and hurting others. This, of course, is a shield created in order to protect the real Frank Delfino. A man who wants nothing more than acceptance, praise, and relationships. Frank is the ultimate people-pleaser. He would do anything in his power to prove his worthiness even if it meant committing murder. He is extremely loyal but also extremely misguided. His greatest strengths have morphed into his greatest weaknesses, but deep down inside, his essence remains the same. Which is why, in a controversial move, I have sorted Frank into…
A special thanks to reader Erica for her insight and help with this article!
How to Get Away With Murder, season 3, episode 11, “Not Everything’s About Annalise,” airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.