The Sorting Hat - Harry Potter Sorting Headcanon
There are some people who, when the sorting hat is placed on their head, are instantly sorted into their house. It’s simple, straightforward and easy. Not Jo. The hat debated for no less than 15 minutes between Gryffindor "Bravery, sure and plenty of it…" and Hufflepuff "But we can’t discount the loyalty or the work ethic. Hmmm, where to put you?" After much long debate, the shout echoed through the great hall, “HUFFLEPUFF!”
Red: 5 facts about my best friend
White: 3 facts about my personality
Jo Harvelle - Ages 2, 4, 6, and 10.
“…he’d burst through that door like, like Steve McQueen or something. And he’d sweep me up in his arms, and I’d breathe in that old leather jacket of his…”
John Winchester and Bill Harvelle were friends, though they only hunted together on rare occasions - like the hunt that got Bill killed. More often John would come by the Roadhouse and he and Bill would talk cars, arguing over who’s classic was better. John would spout the merits of the Impala and Bill would argue that his car, a 1970 Plymouth GTX, was far superior.
After his death, Ellen had to sell the car to help pay the bills. There were other ways she could have handled it, but she couldn’t bring herself to drive the car and having it sit in the Roadhouse parking lot was too painful. Jo was angry about it and didn’t talk to her mother for a week after the new owner drove off in the car.
One day, a few weeks after Jo finished high school, Bobby called her up - he’d found a 1970 GTX and brought it back to the salvage yard. It was in bad shape, but with Ellen’s permission he invited Jo to come spend some time helping him fix it up. Their deal was that if she did the work, he’d supply the parts and the car would be her graduation present. Obviously she jumped at the chance and spent the summer painstakingly restoring the car. It’s still the car she drives today and stuck in the visor is a picture of her as a child in her father’s arms in front of his GTX.
((Pictures of the car under the cut))
Jo has a tendency to get frustrated when she doesn’t learn things as quickly as she wants to - like when Gordon had been teaching her to throw knives back at the Roadhouse when she was 13. He teased her about her dreadful aim - which only made it worse until she finally quit, going up to her room and vowing never to speak to him again. Of course, the next day after he was gone she set up a target behind the bar and spent every free moment back there throwing knives until she could hit the bulls eye nearly every time. When Gordon came back to the Roadhouse a few weeks later, she got him the extra napkins he asked for by poking them onto the end of her dad’s knife and throwing it onto his table. Of course, as a result, she was grounded for a month.
Ash taught Jo how to drive, not Ellen. Jo was impatient, as usual and Ellen was busy - Ash got tired of listening to Jo whine about it. He tried teasing her about how she sounded like every other teenage girl and hunters were supposed to be made of tougher stuff, but she wouldn’t quit. Hunters needed to be able to drive and it was way past time she’d learned. So, one day when Ellen asked Ash to pick something up for the Roadhouse, he took Jo with him. As soon as they were out of Ellen’s line of sight he tossed her the keys and said, “Here, Joey, you drive.”
Dean gave Jo the last night on earth speech because he genuinely thought they were going to die. Jo said no because she thought they were going to live.
She wasn’t that flighty little girl with a crush anymore and if this was her last night on earth then she certainly wasn’t going to go backward, wasn’t going to be one of his conquests. She didn’t want to have to live with the awkwardness, with him worried, as he undoubtedly would be, that she’d get too emotionally attached to him. She finally felt like she had a real family again - her mom, Bobby, the Winchesters and Cas. She wasn’t going to go through another 3 years of awkwardness for a one night stand. And Jo had no illusions that Dean was offering more than that.
Besides, it gave her a tiny bit of perverse pleasure to be the one rejecting him for a change…It felt like they’d come full circle.