Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a fictional boarding school in J. K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series. It is a school of magic for witches and wizards between the ages of eleven and seventeen living in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Hogwarts houses[change | edit source]
Gryffindor[change | edit source]
Gryffindor house was born under Godric Gryffindor, from whom it gets the name. The house especially values courage. Its symbol (animal) is the Griffon and its colours are scarlet(red) and yellow / gold. Nearly Headless Nick is the house ghost. The Gryffindors always compete with the Slytherins.
The Gryffindor Common Room (the place where the Gryffindor students spend their time and do their homework) is in one of the castle's towers, at the seventh floor. At the door, there is the Fat Lady, or the Lady who is fat. She lets the students in only after they give her the password (which changes from time to time). The Fat Lady wears a pink dress. In the room there is a fireplace, many chairs and tables, and two pair of stairs which take the girls and boys to their sleeping rooms.
The head of Gryffindor house is Minerva McGonagall.
List of well known Gryffindors[change | edit source]
Hufflepuff[change | edit source]
Hufflepuff house was born under Helga Hufflepuff, from whom it gets the name. The house especially values hard work, patience, friendship and fair play. Its symbol (animal) is the badger and its colours are black and yellow. The Fat Friar is the house ghost.
The Hufflepuff Common Room door is near the kitchens, in the dungeons. It is a quite cozy and welcoming place, not at all like a dungeon. In the room there are yellow hangings and fat armchairs, with little underground tunnels that take the students to their sleeping rooms. The tunnels have round doors like barrel-tops.
The head (ruler) of Hufflepuff house is Pomona Sprout.
Cedric Diggory dies in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" book and movie.
Ravenclaw[change | edit source]
Ravenclaw house was born under Rowena Ravenclaw, from whom it gets the name. The house especially values intelligence. Its symbol (animal) is the eagle and its colours are blue and bronze. The Grey Lady is the house ghost and when she was alive she was Helena Ravenclaw, daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw.
The Ravenclaw Common Room is in Ravenclaw Tower, on the west side of the Castle. At the door the students must answer a riddle that the eagle-shaped door knocker asks them.
The head (ruler) of Ravenclaw house is Filius Flitwick.
Slytherin[change | edit source]
Slytherin house was born under Salazar Slytherin, from whom it gets the name. The house especially values ambition and determination. Its symbol (animal) is the snake and its colours are green and silver. The Bloody Baron is the house ghost.
The Slytherin Common Room is in the dungeons of Hogwarts and is placed under The Black Lake, in the school grounds.
The house has a negative reputation, with a lot of people saying that it is the house from where almost all dark wizards in Britain, notably Tom Riddle (Voldemort), came from.
The house is usually in competition with the Gryffindor house, as they "don't like each other on principle".
The head (ruler) of Slytherin house is Severus Snape and in the 7th book Horace Slughorn.
List of well known Slytherins[change | edit source]
- The Black family (with the exception of Sirius Black & Nymphadora Tonks)
- Vincent Crabbe
- Gregory Goyle
- Bellatrix Lestrange - Draco's aunt
- Draco Malfoy
- Lucius Malfoy - Draco's father
- Narcissa Malfoy - Draco's mother
- Pansy Parkinson
- Tom Riddle / Voldemort
- Horace Slughorn
- Severus Snape - Head (ruler) of Slytherin house (Book 1 - Book 6)
- Andromeda Tonks - Draco's aunt