So I thought it might be fun to sort Biblical figures into Hogwarts Houses one by one (in a series of short posts). Granted this is all based on my opinion and not actual Sorting results. Here goes nothing.
Peter “Simon” = Gryffindor
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart” ~ Sorcerer’s Stone
From my reading of the Gospels, Peter was known for acting without thinking in his younger years. He’s the disciple who jumps out of boats. Both into the storm to walk on water toward Jesus, and subsequently, fall when he stops believing. And when he sees Jesus on shore.
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”
“Come!” He said.
And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” ~ Matthew 14 HCSB
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. ~ John 21 NLT
I can almost see John rolling his eyes as he writes this passage about Peter. The two seemed to have a rivalry of sorts while still being friends. I feel like John’s saying, “I had to be the one to tell Peter it was Jesus, and then instead of helping us get the boat to shore he made a dramatic leap into the water and slogged his way there while the rest of us did the sensible thing.” In other words, a typical reaction of any of the other Hogwarts Houses to a Gryffindor.
Peter is definitely brave. In the Garden facing an army that had come to arrest Jesus, he whips out his sword and chops a man’s ear off. Jesus has to restrain him with a quick teaching.
Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?” ~ John 18:10-11 NLT
Peter acts based on his guts and thinks later. Jesus is often correcting him, but also recognizes Peter’s heart—Peter is the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And that is why Jesus chose him to be the leader of the Apostles—the Rock upon which Jesus built the Kingdom.
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:15-19 NLT
A side note: John seems to have recorded most of Peter’s blooper moments for all of history to read. It’ll be very interesting to meet these two in the next life and experience a bit of their dynamic, lol. Also, let this serve as a warning to make sure to be nice to writers or you may become the subject of their most famous works. 😉