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Clockwise from top left: the Gryffindor lion, the Slytherin serpent, the Ravenclaw eagle, and the Hufflepuff badger. Hogwarts is divided into four houses, each bearing the last name of its founder: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff.

Godric Gryffindor


DATEScirca 992 AD


SCHOOLHogwarts – Gryffindor

AFFILIATIONS Gryffindor HouseThe Founders

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart
—The Sorting Hat

PROFESSION Co-founder of Hogwarts and founder of Gryffindor House

Founder of Gryffindor House and co-founder of Hogwarts. Godric Gryffindor believed that anyone who showed magical ability should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. He was the most accomplished dueller of his time. Through his life, he fought against Muggle-discriminationThe Sorting Hat originally belonged to Gryffindor. His goblin-made sword, with rubies in the handle, has also survived and was, at various times, in the possession of Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Neville. The sword was not stolen, though the goblins feel otherwise

A fair man, he believed that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. Godric valued courage and bravery, believing these were the two most virtuous abilities a person can possess. Gryffindor was the original owner of the Sorting Hat, which he and his fellow founders enchanted to select people to be sorted into their houses, by seeing the qualities each founder valued the most. Gryffindor also had a sword made, which would present itself to any true Gryffindor in a moment of need. The sword became an important item a thousand years later, and was instrumental in defending Hogwarts from Slytherin’s descendant.He was allegedly the best friend of Slytherin before he left Hogwarts.

His house corresponds to the element of fire

Device: Lion.
Colors: Red and gold.


Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry. Its mascot is the lion, and its colours are scarlet and gold.

The Head of this house is the Transfiguration teacher and Deputy Headmistress, Minerva McGonagall, and the house ghost is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, more commonly known as Nearly Headless Nick. According to Rowling, Gryffindor corresponds roughly to the element of fire.

Helga Hufflepuff


DATESfl. 900s




SCHOOLHogwarts – Staff Hogwarts – Hufflepuff


Device: Badger
Colors: Yellow and Black

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil
—The Sorting Hat

Magical abilities and skills

  • Magical device inventor: Hufflepuff created a cup which, according to her descendant, Hepzibah Smith, had special magical powers (though it was never revealed as to what they were).
  • Charms: Hufflepuff was skilled with food-related charms, and many of her recipes are still used in Hogwarts.

Hufflepuff values hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty. The house mascot is the badger, and canary yellow and black are its colours. The Head of this house is the Herbology teacher Pomona Sprout, and the house ghost is The Fat Friar. According to Rowling, Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth. The founder of this house is Helga Hufflepuff.Founder of Hufflepuff House and one of the co-founders of Hogwarts, described with the other founders as “the greatest wizards and witches of the age.”  She was much more accepting than the other founders, taking “the lot” of students and treating them all equally.  Hufflepuff House continues to be notable for those traits that Helga Hufflepuff herself prized: fairness, loyalty, and hard work.

The founder of Hufflepuff house; she was a kind and warm woman. The values a person must possess to be sorted into Hufflepuff house are those of loyalty, patience, and hard working above all else. It is also known that she brought the house-elves to Hogwarts. She owned a fine golden cup which was fairly innocuous aside from being her possession. The cup was sought by Lord Voldemort nearly a thousand years later, for him to turn it into a Horcrux. She was the best friend of Rowena Ravenclaw.

Her house corresponds to the element of earth

Rowena Ravenclaw


DATESfl. 900s




SCHOOLHogwarts Ravenclaw

AFFILIATIONSThe Founder of Ravenclaw

Device: Eagle
Colors: Blue and Bronze

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
—The Sorting Hat

Magical abilities and skills

  • Charms: Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem was a magical artefact that was bewitched, presumably by Ravenclaw herself, to enhance the wearer’s wisdom.
  • Magical arts: The founders taught no particular subjects to their students; they taught them a bit of everything. Thus, it is more than likely that Ravenclaw mastered all the basic branches of magic such as Transfiguration, Charms, Herbology, Potions and so on.
  • Magical architecture: It is thought that Rowena Ravenclaw herself devised the ever-changing floor plan of Hogwarts Castle.

Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit.The house mascot is an eagle and the house colours are blue and bronze (blue and grey in the films). The head of this house is the Charms professor, Filius Flitwick, and the house ghost is The Grey Lady. According to Rowling, Ravenclaw corresponds roughly to the element of air. The founder of this house is Rowena Ravenclaw.

Founder of Ravenclaw House and one of the co-founders of Hogwarts, described with the other founders as “the greatest wizards and witches of the age.” According to Jo’s website, Ravenclaw was “the most brilliant witch of her time” She prized the students whose intelligence was surest FW), and had the motto, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”

Rowena Ravenclaw had a fraught relationship with her daughter, Helena.  Helena was jealous of her mother’s renown, and stole Ravenclaw’s prized diadem. Rowena was ashamed of this, and concealed it from everyone, even the other founders .When Rowena fell fatally ill, she attempted to get her daughter back for a reconciliation by sending the Bloody Baron after her, and Helena was killed as a result.  Rowena Ravenclaw never recovered her diadem, and emotionally never recovered from her daughter’s betrayal.  While the facts became obscured by time, it became part of her legend that she died of a broken heart .

Rowena Ravenclaw

The founder of Ravenclaw house, she was a sharp and intelligent woman. Intellect is a highly valued asset to the students of Ravenclaw house. Due to this, it is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding school on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Rowena also had a daughter, Helena, who later became the Grey Lady of Hogwarts as a ghost. Helena stole her mother’s diadem, and it became lost. It was believed to have been lost for so long, that no one alive had seen it, however, it had actually been found by Lord Voldemort with the aid of the ghost of Ravenclaw’s daughter. He turned it into a Horcrux and later hidden once more, this time within the Room of Requirement, where it would remain hidden for at least 50 years years. She was the best friend of Helena Hufflepuff, even naming her own daughter after her friend.

Her house corresponds to the element of air

Salazar Slytherin


DATESfl. 992 A.D.



DISTINGUISHING FEATURES“Ancient” and “monkeyish” face, beard hanging to his feet, if the statue of him in the Chamber of Secrets is any indication

SCHOOLHogwarts – Slytherin

AFFILIATIONS  The FoundersSlytherin House

PROFESSION Founder and Teacher of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

The pure-blood families are all interrelated. If you’re only going to let your sons and daughters marry pure-bloods your choice is very limited; there are hardly any of us left.—Sirius Black

Magical abilities and skills

  • Parselmouth: Salazar Slytherin was one of the earliest recorded Parselmouths and used this ability to control a basilisk. His house’s symbol is a serpent due to this, and he passed this trait on to his descendants.
  • Legilimency: Slytherin was said to have been a skilled Legilimens.
  • Basilisk breeder: Slytherin managed to breed a basilisk and kept it alive in the Chamber of Secrets for over one thousand years, surpassing its average nine-hundred year lifespan.
  • Dark Arts (possibly): There are rumours that he originally built the Chamber of Secrets as a place to teach students Dark Arts.

Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness; the Sorting Hat said in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that Slytherins will do anything to get their way. The house mascot of Slytherin is the serpent, and the house colours are green and silver. Salazar Slytherin founded the house. The Head of House is Severus Snape until near the end of the sixth book. Then, Horace Slughorn, the previous Head of House, comes out of retirement re-assuming authority. The ghost of Slytherin house is The Bloody BaronAccording to Rowling, Slytherin corresponds roughly to the element of water. The Slytherin dormitories and common room are reached through a bare stone wall in the dungeons. The Slytherin common room is a long, low, dungeon-style room, under the Hogwarts Lake, furnished with green lamps and carved armchairs. The room is described in the second book as having a greenish glow.

There is no reason to believe, however, that Muggle-born students are not sorted there, merely that pure-blooded students are more desirable to that house, as there are several examples of half-bloods in the house (such as Snape and Voldemort). In Deathly Hallows, a group of Snatchers claim that “not many Mudbloods” are sorted into Slytherin.

When believing Harry to be dead and thinking that he has final victory in his grasp, Voldemort proclaims his intention to abolish the other three houses and force all Hogwarts students into Slytherin. This design is foiled by his defeat and death, after which Slytherin becomes more diluted in its blood purity, no longer remaining the pure-blood bastion it once was. Its dark reputation, however, does linger.

Device: Snake.
Colors: Green and silver.

Salazar Slytherin was something of an egomaniac, which is why he built the Chamber of Secrets as a sort of monument to himself, as explained on Pottermore. This also may explain his appeal to another wizard who was impressed with himself – Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Salazar Slytherin

The founder of Slytherin house. Sly and cunning, he was not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood (i.e., those with a mother and father from wizarding families) should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. Slytherin caused great dispute over this with the other founders, and it eventually caused a permanent rift with Gryffindor, which led to Slytherin’s departure from the school. Before he left, however, he created the Chamber of Secrets, complete with a huge statue of himself and a horrible monster. Almost a thousand years later,Slytherin’s descendant, Lord Voldemort, would seek to fulfil his desires of banishing muggle-borns from Hogwarts, and exterminating them. One of his personal effects, a locket, was later claimed by Voldemort, to be used as a Horcrux. He was the best friend of Godric Gryffindor before the rift occoured and her left Hogwarts.

His house corresponds to the element of water

Professor Subject Other roles and notes
Albus Dumbledore Transfiguration, Unknown-1956 Headmaster, 1956-1997, Deputy Headmaster, Unknown-1956
Alecto Carrow Muggle Studies, 1997-1998 Appointed by Voldemort, was also in charge of punishment.
Amycus Carrow Dark Arts, 1997-1998 Appointed by Voldemort, was also in charge of punishment.
Aurora Sinistra Astronomy A witch who teaches at the Astronomy Tower.
Bathsheda Babbling Study of Ancient Runes Teaches in Classroom 6A on sixth floor.
Bartemius Crouch Jr Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1994-1995 Barty Crouch Jr posing as Alastor Moody by using Polyjuice Potion; aided in a plan to use Harry to revive Voldemort; given the Dementor’s Kissafter capture.
Charity Burbage Muggle Studies, 1993-1997 Took over Muggle Studies in 1993; killed by Voldemort at Malfoy Manor for expressing pro-Muggle views.
Cuthbert Binns History of Magic Ghost; fell asleep in front of the staffroom fire one day, died, then got up to teach, leaving his body behind.
Dolores Umbridge Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1995-1996 High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, 1995-1996, Headmistress of Hogwarts, 1996; part of a scheme by Cornelius Fudge to exert greater control by the Ministry over Hogwarts.
Filius Flitwick Charms Head of Ravenclaw; part-goblin.
Firenze Divination, 1996-1998 Centaur, temporary replacement after sacking of Sybill Trelawney. Shared classes with Sybill Trelawney in 1996-1998
Galatea Merrythought Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1895-1945 Was possibly going to be replaced by Tom Marvolo Riddle, but was turned down, due to Riddle being too young, and Dumbledore’s suspicions.
Gilderoy Lockhart Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1992-1993 A famous author that used Memory Charms to modify people’s memories, taking credit for their work; lost his memory due to a backfired Memory Charm; now a permanent patient at St Mungo’s.
Herbert Beery Herbology Directed Hogwarts’ one and only Christmas play; left Hogwarts to teach at W.A.D.A. (Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts).
Horace Slughorn Potions, 1942-1981 and 1996-Unknown Head of Slytherin House, First term as head unknown and 1996-unknown. An old colleague of Albus Dumbledore; a “collector” of famous and talented students through his Slug Club.
Minerva McGonagall Transfiguration, 1956-1998 Deputy Headmistress, Head of Gryffindor, Headmistress of Hogwarts, 1998-before 2017
Neville Longbottom Herbology, Before 2017-Unknown Previously an Auror; sometimes shows his Dumbledore’s Army coin to his students.
Pomona Sprout Herbology, Unknown-Before 2017 Head of Hufflepuff.
Quirinus Quirrell Muggle Studies until 1990; Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1991-1992 Subjugated by Lord Voldemort after meeting him in Albania during his one-year sabbatical in 1990; attempted to steal the Philosopher’s Stone; died after Voldemort abandoned him. He was replaced by an un-named Professor.
Remus Lupin Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1993-1994 A werewolf that worked for the Order of the Phoenix; husband of Nymphadora Tonks and father of Teddy Lupin; died in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Rolanda Hooch Flying Instructor Referee of HogwartsQuidditchmatches and Flying class teacher
Rubeus Hagrid Care of Magical Creatures, 1993-Unknown Keeper of Keys and Grounds; became Care of Magical Creatures teacher in 1993; left job in 1997 as he was on the run; possibly returned to job after Voldemort fell; half-human, half-giant.
Septima Vector Arithmancy A strict witch who teaches in Classroom 7A on the seventh floor.
Severus Snape Potions, 1981-1996; Defence Against the Dark Arts, 1996-1997 Head of Slytherin, 1981-1996. Headmaster, 1997-1998. When Dolores Umbridge inspected his class in 1995, he told her that he had been teaching for fourteen years. Murdered by Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Silvanus Kettleburn Care of Magical Creatures, Unknown-1993 Lost limb(s) in classes, dealing with dangerous creatures, and retired in order to spend time with remaining limbs.
Sybill Trelawney Divination, 1979- unknown Conceived the prophecy of the Chosen One; predicts the death of a student at the beginning of every school year.
Male Muggle Studies teacher Muggle Studies, 1990 – 1993 Replaced by Charity Burbage.
Vindictus Viridian Unknown, possibly Potions in 1703 Author, Potioneer, and has his portraithanging in Hogwarts Castle
Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank Care of Magical Creatures Substitute for Rubeus Hagrid while he was attempting to parley with the giants on Dumbledore’s behalf.