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October 27, 2020 00:49:18
Sorting Gideon & Harrow the Ninth

Sorting Gideon & Harrow the Ninth

We sort Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, the first two installments of Tamsyn Muir's trilogy about some lesbian space nun necromancers stuck in puzzle-box murder mysteries. We're eagerly awaiting book three, which will prove all our sortings wrong, probably.  These books are stories of puns, of gay gazes, of insidious horror, of direct, gore-studded horror, of friendship, of debt, and of growing life out of dead soil. It's also a story full of, apparently... Hufflepuff?  If you liked our episode, consider VOTING. (timestamp: Oct 27 2020).   ...

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August 23, 2020 00:51:17
Sorting She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (SPOP)

Sorting She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (SPOP)

Let's chat about Bow & Glimmer's similarities in their sortings, and why it leads to such a disastrous break between them in the penultimate season; about why Catra has a hard time understanding Adora's decisions and loyalties in a new context; about how Adora puts her faith in powers external to her (her battle plans, her sword) when the real She-Ra lives inside her.  Shadow Weaver, Bow, and our host Kat share a Secondary sorting -- and this whole television show is FILLED with Gryffindors.  Give us a listen, and bring any questions, comments, or ideas to sortinghatchats.tumblr.com or sortinghatchats.wordpress.com.  And if you liked this episode, consider donating to a charity that defends and promotes trans rights, like the ACLU or the National Center for Transgender Equality.  ...

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July 16, 2020 00:59:59
Sorting Avatar the Last Airbender

Sorting Avatar the Last Airbender

This episode includes: Zuko and Katara as narrative foils -- similar characters with similar motivations and methods who start out on opposite sides of the same war; Toph, Aang, and Azula as characters with the same slippery, easy-breezy, adaptively powerful Secondary; Sokka as a rare Ravenclaw & how his and Katara's sortings & models interact with the gendered roles of their home.  Sorting Hat Chats sorts Avatar the Last Airbender! See our quiz, posts, and further details on our typology at sortinghatchats.wordpress.com.  Liked our episode? Consider donating to the National Center for Transgender Equality https://transequality.org/ ...

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June 14, 2020 01:04:22
Sorting The Untamed

Sorting The Untamed

Trans rights are human rights. Just FYI.  This episode, with guest Jules Lomax, we sort tv drama The Untamed, with some nods to its source novel. A world of swords, necromancy, love, and betrayal, it's also a world with a hell of a lot of Slytherins.  Read the details of our sorting system or take our interactive quiz at sortinghatchats.wordpress.com.  ...

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May 13, 2020 00:49:56
Sorting Howl's Moving Castle

Sorting Howl's Moving Castle

What does it mean to give your heart to a falling star? Is Sophie building a community or attracting an army? Why is Howl so much more unhappy in the movie? We discuss and sort the characters of Howl's Moving Castle-- both Diana Wynne Jones's book and Miyazaki's animated film.  Read the details of our sorting system or take our interactive quiz at sortinghatchats.wordpress.com.  ...

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April 04, 2020 00:52:05
Sorting The Good Place

Sorting The Good Place

We sort philosophical sitcom The Good Place and discover that the four "cockroaches" make a rainbow of Houses. Find out more about our Sorting Hat Chats system (and take our Sorting quiz!) at https://sortinghatchats.wordpress.com. ...

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