Hogwarts Houses

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In the Harry Potter series of books, the students are divided into four Hogworts Houses each of which are named after their founders i.e. : Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.

Every student is sorted into a house on their first day at school at a ceremony called the ‘Sorting Ceremony’. In the early days, the founders themselves sorted the students into the houses depending on their qualities and strength of character. After they died, a sorting hat that originally belonged to Godric Griffindor performed the task. The hat sings a new song at the beginning of every year and is believed to spend the entire year composing the next one.


House Dynamics

The four Hogworts houses are separate entities with each having their own dormitories, common room and a separate table at the Great Hall. No rule prevents students from mingling with other houses but mostly, it is seen that social interactions occur within the same house. A teacher acts as Head of House, who also was a part of the House when he or she studied at Hogworts. Each house has its own ghost whose function is not entirely clear.


Grffindor’s emblem is a lion and its colors are red and gold. The House is known for students with bravery, chivalry and boldness. The most recent Head of House is Minerva McGonagall and Nearly Headless Nick is the house ghost. The common room and its dormitories are located in one of the castle’s towers and it can be entered from the seventh floor, the entrance being guarded by a painting of the Fat Lady dressed in pink. Entry is permitted only on giving the correct password.

Some of the notable Gryffindors are :

  • Harry Potter
  • The Weasley family
  • Hermione Granger
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Lily (Evans) Potter
  • The Marauders (Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and James Potter)
  • Neville Longbottom
  • Rubeus Hagrid
  • Dean Thomas


Grffindor’s emblem is a badger and its colors are yellow and back. The House values justice and fairplay, hard work and patience above all. The Head of House is Professor Pomona Sprout and its ghost is the Fat Friar.

Some of the notable Hufflepuffs are :

  • Hannah Abbott
  • Susan Bones
  • Cedric Diggory
  • Zacharias Smith
  • Hepzibah Smith
  • Pomona Sprout
  • Justin Finch-Fletchley


Ravenclaw’s emblem is an eagle and its colors are blue and bronze. The House is known for students with intelligence and wit. The most recent Head of House is Filius Flitwick and the Grey Lady is the house ghost.

Some of the notable Ravenclaws are :

  • Cho Chang
  • Penelope Clearwater
  • Roger Davies
  • Marietta Edgecombe
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Padma Patil
  • Terry Boot


Slytherin’s emblem is a snake and its colors are green and silver. The House values ambition and cunning above all. The most recent Heads of House were Severus Snape and Horace Slughorn and the Bloody Baron is the house ghost.

Some of the notable Slytherins are :

  • Tom Riddle / Lord Voldemort
  • The Malfoy family
  • The Black family (with the exception of Sirius Black)
  • Vincent Crabbe
  • Gregory Goyle
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Severus Snape
  • Horace Slughorn