Bethical, please don't shoot me for being spammy but I have this sorting discussion I was having with Elmindreda over at her thread in the Great Hall and though it was originally about Severus Snape, I think this could really shed light on some sorting issues with Ron.
Originally Posted by MeI agree with this statement as Ron, whatever his flows were, was brave enough to be a Gryffindor, loyal enough to be a Hufflepuff, even ambitious enough to be a Slytherin and smart (which does not just mean academically outstanding) enough for a Ravenclow.Originally Posted by El
Why Gryffindor then. Well, first and foremost, "the hat takes your wish in consideration" and Ron would of course want to be sorted in the same House just to prove that he is as good as his family. Also, in all his personality traits, it can be said that bravery was foremost and "stronger then the rest of them" as El put it so eloquently.
As far as the view of sorting of the fandom at large, we often tend to think highly of a house we most relate to are are moat likely to go in/want to be sorted into.
I think we would obviously give that house in question more importance as it is so much harder to be an unbiased judge that way. For instance while all houses are great, a Gryffindor will maintain to their deathbed that theirs is the best house and a Ravenclow, Hufflepuff and Slytherin will do the same. The fandom is made up of a number of different individual with their own perception of what a house should be and why and this largely influences the way we see the characters shown in the books.
So, to sum it up, no, I don’t think the hat made a mistake but I do think that Ron has qualities other then that of a toaster. He has his bad moments but who doesn’t but that does not mean he doesn’t deserve to be in Gryffindor. As far the fandom, we are many people with many views and can’t possibly agree with each other on a character so we are not mistaken, more opinionated perhaps.