Hogwarts Houses

Hogwarts Houses is part of a legendary fiction based novel series called Harry Potter. The world famous bestseller was written by J. K. Rowling. Her attempt to bring the idealised world of magic into life proved so successful that it actually became more than just a story and part of children’s growing up. Everyone who followed the series can relate to the fact that how they all grew up together with the characters. This attempt to make an unrealistic world come to life has now become a world know phenomenon and the characters have become parts of their fan’s life. Everyone who had been taking leads from the novel know much about the Hogwarts houses and their ensemble.

Hogwarts houses are part of the famous school of England named the Hogwarts School of Whichcraft and Wizardry. This is a well know school in England which takes only the wizards and witches from the muggle world. Muggle world is the non magical world which is less aware of the presence of witches and wizards among them. They have their own portals and ways of getting into their magical world. One classic example of that is the platform 9 3/4. It is at the Grand Central Station in London. Actually there are platforms which are in whole numbers only. But this special platform 9 3/4 comes between platform 9 and 10. The way through this platform is to get through the wall and then all the witches and wizards can easily reach their station for catching the train. In the novel the story follows for the train being caught for the Hogwarts.

What are Hogwarts houses?

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is divided into four Hogwarts houses. These houses are the subunits in a school in which students are divided. These houses partition is meant for different competitions and then also inculcates loyalty and teamwork among the children. In the same way the Hogwarts houses were also meant for wizards and witches to have their groups and then compete with each other in their magical games.

The four Hogwarts houses are

  • Gryffindor

  • Hufflepuff

  • Ravenclaw

  • Slytherin

Let us have a look at them one by one


Gryffindor is the famous house of Hogwarts because of its leading character Harry Potter himself be becoming part of it and the other leads also being associated with it. It was founded by Godric Gryffindor and its symbol is Lion. The colour for Gryffindor is Scarlet and Gold. The element is Fire while the character it exhibit are chivalry, nerve, determination, daring, bravery and courage. It was headed by Minerva McGonagall. The element of fire is the reason that the house has its colour scarlet and gold. Another reason for having the colour is because of the animal lion. The colour corresponds to the mane and tail if the lion.

The traits of Gryffindor has the main one as bravery. The members if this house show courage at such an extent that it goes till recklessness. The house is famous for its contributions to the Order of Phoenix and the Dumbledore’s Army. That really speaks of the loyalty and bravery. But yes they also have a short temper. Being members of notable house and then also the army to save the magical world they have kept themselves secluded and exclusive of the rest of the groups. Due to this reason many of the other houses especially Slytherins regard Gryffindor as arrogant disregarding the rules and self righteous. Their efforts all seems to be pointless and heroic.

Gryffindor has this rivalry with Slytherin since the beginning because of the different point of views asserted by their founders. Salazar Slytherin emphasised on ‘blood purity’. This was a stance attracted many because they wanted the wizarding world all related to those who have their entire lineage in the same world of magic. Those born with non magical parents are not supposed to be part of the wizards and witches clan. Hence they were referred to as muggle borns or derogatory term as mudblood not referring to as pure blood.

It is true that Gryffindor played a major role throughout the story telling but having all the wins in favour just Gryffindor just seems unfair. For example the last minute point allotment to Gryffindor when Slytherin had a clear win in the first year of Harry Potter. Although they were supposed to deduct points of Harry Potter when he was allowed to have a broomstick when in fact first years were not allowed to have one.

The competition between the Slytherins and Gryffindor seems unfair that the latter gets more favour because of Harry Potter being part of it. The army of Dumbledore did not have any Slytherin. The ones fighting against Voldemort also had no Slytherin. Likewise the Triwizard Championship also had Harry who was there unjustly. Maybe Gryffindor was given the edge because they had Harry Potter who was the chosen one.


Hufflepuff was founded by Helga Hufflepuff. Their house colour is yellow and black. The animal is Badger and the element is earth. Their major traits are modesty, loyalty, just, fairness, patience and hard work. The house was headed by Pomona Sprout and Helga Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff was founded by a medieval witch and their entire focus was on playing fair and just no matter what the aptitude of their members is. Their priority has always been to be loyal. Their element is earth and the colour of the house corresponds to it. The yellow being the colour of wheat while black as hue of soil. The students in this house especially show their interest in Herbology because of their element being earth.

Modesty is their trait due to which they are not seen part of competition. It can be attributed to their satisfaction and contentment in whatever they have achieved. They are still hardworking, impartial and loyal towards their institute. They had value of everyone regardless of who they are. They are known for their moral codes that gives them a sense of right and wrong due to which they also believe in equality.

Hufflepuffs did believe in making peace and not becoming part of any competition with any other house but still their Quidditch game was strong. Hufflepuff did hit a rough patch with Gryffindor when the trophy of Triwizard Championship was to be divided among the two houses with Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory both being the champions. But this all came to a peaceful conclusion when many of the Hufflepuffs rose to save Harry from being given away to Voldemort.

Hufflepuff followed the notion of its founder by allowing everyone in their house. Thus brought many of the lesser talented witches and wizards as well but considering that this house lacks talent is just a misunderstanding. All house produced great wizards and witches in their times. This house has also contributed to the wizarding world in the form of their great names in magic. It is just that their nature does not allow them to be part of the boasting campaign rather do their work honestly.

Dark wizards who use their magic for evil purposes can come out of any house. The friendly and cheerful attributes in Hufflepuff makes them the lucky ones who have produced the fewest of dark witches or wizards. Their loyalty to their school is evident from the fact that they made up the second most number of students who took part in the battle against Voldemort to protect their institution.

The reputation of Hufflepuff can be associated with their house animal the badger that it is considered to be one harmless animal but when provoked it can be a vicious one. Especially when it comes to saving the ones it cares about. This is seen in their common room as well in which there was an active defence mechanism which none other house common room had, it was meant for the purpose of keeping it safe from intruders.


The Hogwarts house was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw. The colour of the house is bronze and blue and their animal is eagle. Their element is air. The attributes they assert are creativity, intelligence, acceptance, wisdom and learning. Their head was Filius Flitwick and Rowena Rawanclaw. The reason for having the colours blue and bronze was that it had its association with air. The colour blue is for sky and bronze is that of eagle’s wings. They are both linked with air.

For Ravenclaw their students are talented and motivated because they treasure intellect, wisdom and learning. Their ideas and methods are original. This is why they will be practising the kind of magic that other houses will refrain from. Hermione Granger who is also known for her wit was sorted in the Gryffindor house but she also admitted the fact that the sorting hat was considering her to be part if Ravenclaw instead.

They are hard working and intelligent and love to work in order to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. They are also subject to disdain as well for they will shun the conventionality at every step. Initially those bullying them for their ideas will later celebrate them. Like a notable member of the Ravenclaw claw house and part if the war against Voldemort Luna Lovegood was first scorned for her eccentric nature and denying the traditional ideas was later celebrated for her naturalist inclination and valour in the battle.

The members of the house have their live for knowledge so they like paying attention to their surroundings and get the answers for their curiosity. Their talent is exceptional in memorising things for example Garrick Ollivander, the owner at the wand shop remembered every wand he had ever sold. And the notorious Gilderoy Lockhart had his talent in his memory charms.

Maybe the house is not always as good at producing excellent wizards or witches because in case of Gilderoy Lockhart he wasn’t very passionate about learning or intellect rather fame. His ambition was so strong that he would take credit of others work by just removing their memories.

Their ambition for academics is so high that they can even ditch each other to get to the top rank. They are so much indulgent into their intelligence and talent that they will consider any wizard who has the similar level of wisdom to be part of the Ravenclaw.


The Hogwarts house was founded by Salazar Slytherine. Its animal is snake and the colour is green and silver. This is the only house that is infamous for making dark wizards and witches. This could be the reason because they are ambitious and cunning. The members have never refused that fact for their share in the dark witches and wizards. It can be due to the reason that they keep their own interests in the forefront. Slytherin are loyal to their house and keep everyone along. They will also try to be the best just like the Ravenclaw.

Its head was Salazar Slytherin who was the one with Parsalmouth which gives the ability to talk to snakes. He was of the notion that magic world should belong to the pure bloods or those who had their family lineage all belonging to magic rather than those who are offsprings to non magical parents or muggles.

All the Slytherin seem to bear the same idea of pure blood and this mostly turns them into dark witches or wizards. The most notable dark wizard among them was Voldemort himself who had shook the entire magical world and also ended up killing Harry Potter’s parents. The competitor to Harry, Draco Malfoy also belonged to the Slytherin and had his hatred to Hermoine Granger for being a muggleborn. Severus Snape the head of the house also depicted his dislike towards Harry Potter most of the time but turned out to be his protector and well wisher. He was the one who was shown to be with Voldemort but was such a dedicated subordinate to Dumbledore that he was ready to earn bad repute upon headmaster’s wish. So everyone from the house is not supposed to be evil. It was this revelation about Snape’s that led Harry to name his son after him.

What are the Hogwarts houses system?

The Hogwarts houses were the ones which were the subunits of the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Their purpose was to establish the passion for learning and growth through competition among the students. Although the system never emphasised the need to having to put the interest of their house before the larger good. These houses were allotted points upon their conduct. The bad behaviour would deduct the points while the good behaviour would earn the points and also the one with most points shall win the house cup. Students would earn these points through different competitions as well. They would share the same classrooms and dormitories with exclusive common rooms to each house. The competition among the houses yearn growth but the greatest rivalry was seen between the Gryffindor and Slytherin in many terms.

How are the Hogwarts houses sorted?

Earlier with all the founders of the Hogwarts houses used to pick the students for the houses themselves based on their traits they can have or exhibit in themselves. They however did worry that how are the students going to be selected after they are gone. At that time the head of Gryffindor house took his hat off and put it in front of everyone else saying, ‘put some brains’ in it. Thus the sorting hat came into being picking up the students for every house ever since. It works at the time of the Sorting Ceremony when new students are enrolled in the school and each one is placed in their respective house by putting the hat over their heads.

The Sorting ceremony begins with the sorting hat singing a song. The song is about the school and its foundation. The hat has a new song every year and it takes a whole year busy composing it. For the song it takes ideas from the office of Dumbledore as well but sometimes the song is also about the dangers posed to life.

How does the Sorting hat sort the students?

Students can either value some qualities or they can exhibit them. It is unclear that on what basis does the sorting hat select the students. An example of this is Peter Pettigrew who was sorted into the Gryffindor which is the house of bravery and valour but he turns out to be a coward stabbing the back of those who trusted him. His corruption led to selling of Harry’s parents and then ultimately killing them. Another example is that of Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe who were unintelligent and stupid best suited to be in Hufflepuff and were only in the Draco Malfoy’s shadow. They were placed in Slytherin which is a house of ambitious and cunning students. Still they admired the traits of Slytherin. Lastly Hermione Granger a student of intellect a perfect fit for Ravenclaw was put in Gryffindor but these examples make it unclear that what is the criteria for the sorting hat.

Sorting hat can sense the traits in students which may be otherwise unknown to them. This will bring the hidden qualities to test and they will get to know about their qualities. Neville Longbottom appeared under confident and silly but the sorting house could find out that he has bravery in him which he did expressed when he pulled the sword against Voldemort when everyone stood down.

It is not necessary that the decision if the sorting hat has to be the final one but it also takes the wishes of students into account. When Harry Potter was to be put either in Gryffindor or Slytherin then the sorting hat regarded his own wish for not going to Slytherin. Although it did ask him to consider going to Slytherin because his skills can be best utilised there but when Harry didn’t seem convinced then he was put into Gryffindor. With time it was proven that the choice of Harry actually proved to be right in his favour.

Severus Snape also showed the bravery required for being a Gryffindor but his cunning nature, disdain for muggles all took him to Slytherin.

House dynamics

The houses have their own common rooms and their own tables. They show their connection and loyalty with each other. Same is their rivalry with each other. This comes much apparent during their competitions. The Quidditch matches were the place to see this flourishing animosity. They become head to head with each other and leave no stone unturned to make a win.

The rules of the houses are clear to everyone in which the points are earned or lost upon the conduct of students and this authority is given to head boys and teachers. The heads of respective houses do favour their own houses which doesn’t seem anything against the ruled. Like Snape would show favouritism to his own students which was always disliked by rest of the students.

It is not clear if Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff showed favouritism to their houses or not because their aim was actually to win the houses cups rather than getting better from each other. Their goal was to win the competitions and being light hearted they did not give punishments to their students like Snape. Same went for Professor McGonagall who did not show any favouritism rather have seen deducting points for seeing her students breaking the rules.

There had to be one thing common in all the houses that in unfavourable circumstances all the houses have to come together to keep the School safe. All the differences aside but the unity of houses has to be made sure when the school comes in danger. On the contrary it was seen that Slytherin did show contempt towards Gryffindor which was considered inherently good but actually seeing from a neutral point of view none of the house is too good or too bad. They have their own positive or negative qualities and they did show their part in saving the school.

The two houses showing immense dislike for each other were Gryffindor and Slytherin. The reason for this rivalry was told by the sorting hat in which it describes that the two houses’ heads were once best friends but then they parted ways on certain differences. Same goes for Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. But their rivalry is not as intense as the other two houses. As narrated by the Sorting hat their heads also had exemplary friendship but then it all went down the drain upon a sorting hat song.

The students showed dislike for each other as well when they had differences. The Ravenclaws were known to feel pride in their intellect and knowledge. Hufflepuff were modest and kind so didn’t like Ravenclaws being show off of their intelligence. Nevertheless the Ravenclaws are friends with Slytherin. There are some cases in which there were few exceptions. For example Harry having his inclination towards Luna Lovegood and Cho Chang.

Few still assume that Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff would support Gryffindor and going against Slytherin. This was evident of the fact that the three founders also opposed Salazar Slytherin.

An interesting fact however is that all of these houses represent the elements. Earth, Fire, Water and Air. This is a known fact but they also represent states of matter Plasma as Gryffindor or Fire, Gas as Ravenclaws or Air, Liquid as Slytherin or Water and Solid as Hufflepuff or Earth.

Hogwarts houses has been a great system in invoking loyalty and dedication. Division of students in these houses will be beneficial for making a healthy environment of competition. This enthrals the students to strive to be the best and bringing out the potential unknown to students. There are many examples in Hogwarts that had brought about the greatest of wizards and witches.

Lets not be biased if the outcomes of these houses for few bad examples. It is not that all Gryffindor had been great wizards or witches or all from Slytherin were evil. The resultant of each student came out of their own intentions rather than their houses.

Notable members of each house


Harry Potter

Ronald Weasly

Hermione Granger


Luna Lovegood

Gilderoy Lockhart

Filius Flitwick


Newt Scamander

Cedric Diggory

Nymphadora Tonka


Severus Snape

Draco Malloy

Lord Voldemort

There are many characters depicted in the story with much members of the houses but most commonly narrated were Gryffindor and Slytherin. This can be due to their rivalry as well as Harry Potter the protagonist being part of the Gryffindor and Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape and Draco Malloy being part of Slytherin. All the events took place in the school were Marjory surrounding these characters. They had different stances which made them come head to head to each other. Each of the house had their unique qualities but these two houses were opposite to each other. Gryffindor being symbolic of bravery and intelligence while Slytherin becoming those who can do anything to achieve their goal. Lord Voldemort coming too from Slytherin clearly bring the notion that their motive is clear. Although both of the houses gave some of the greatest wizards and witches but again at the end all of this is evaluated on the basis of how the magic is being used. It is the case with every school that the teaching alone does not define the character of the students rather their utilisations of that knowledge. This is what was famously stated by Dumbledore as well that it is not our abilities which make us who we are it is our choices. This is why despite of having many similarities among Lord Voldemort and Harry, Harry still chose to go in Gryffindor and ended up being on the righteous path.


Hogwarts houses are divided into four categories Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaws and Slytherin. All of these houses exhibit different characteristics and all of them are sorted out students. This work is done by the sorting hat which keeps all the qualities in mind before putting then in the houses. The way the events turn and make up a whole scenario it only feels that every student is loyal to their houses and also to their schools. Few cases may seem to have betrayed the very foundation of virtue the school stands on but most of them came up only to defend and protect their institute. There are so many example but one most prominent of them all is when before the final battle the entire school was warned of having any assistance given to Harry Potter will be punished. At that time Harry was actually among them and showed up himself but before that none of the student revealed his presence.

Each and every house had his own shortcomings but none of them try to betray the school grounds. The one given the task to end Albus Dumbledore, the school headmaster was Draco Malfoy. Even he turned among the Harry Potter’s team and fought for the school. Severus Snape who became the Dark Lord’s loyal later turned out to be actually protecting the school and students.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why was Hermoine not a Ravenclaws?

The Ravenclaws exhibited intellect and creativity both. Hermoine did have intellect but lacked creativity thus she was out of the league. Then considering her clarity about the right and wrong brought her to match with the traits of Gryffindor

2. Why were Slytherin hated?

Their traits had cunning and ambition. In addition they were prejudiced and judgemental of others which brings others to hate them.

3. What is the easiest house to get into?

The easiest house to get into is Hufflepuffs because they believe in modesty and bringing everyone in and cannot turn anyone down.

4. Which house is the most rare?

Gryffindor is one house in which intelligent, cunning, brave and loyal people can make way in. This may sound simple but actually these traits are combine not very common. People can be smart, cunning and intelligent but they are rarely brave.

5. What house did Dumbledore belong?

Dumbledore the school headmaster belong to Gryffindor.

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I identify as a Ravenclaw with secondary Hufflepuff leanings (Pottermore says I’m a Hufflepuff, but, like Harry, I chose with my heart). I love being a Ravenclaw, but until a short time ago, I tended to confine that identity to the fictional world and niche culture.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized knowing my Hogwarts house could explain many choices I’ve made as a writer. Additionally, I’m hoping this knowledge will guide me in future career choices. Before we go further, let me clarify that your Hogwarts house shouldn’t be the determining factor in your project selections or career choices. However, knowing you write like a Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings or a Gryffindor with Slytherin leanings can help you understand why you write as you do, which audiences to target, and what your strengths and weaknesses are.
Ravenclaw: The Wise and Witty:
with Ravenclaw, the house of the learned, witty, and wise. As a Ravenclaw myself, I’m always eager to help other Ravens find their writing niches.

Ravenclaws value intelligence and learning above everything else. They might not be classic academicians, but they crave the experience of learning something new and teaching it to others. Ravens are the “outside the box” thinkers of Hogwarts; in fact, they threw out the box.

Luna Lovegood was a wonderful example of this. She, more than any other Ravenclaw and maybe Hogwarts student, knew the best answers sometimes lay outside the expected boundaries. For instance, Luna expected her stolen sneakers to come back to her, and they did—hanging from the ceiling. Yet Luna accepted this as an answer to the dilemma, “Where and how do I get my shoes back?” In so doing, she also found an unexpected way to deal with bullies, in that reacting positively toward their behavior might make them feel foolish.

The world, especially the writing world, never runs out of ideas, topics, and possibilities a Ravenclaw can explore. Ravenclaws think like Luna almost unconsciously. If the answers don’t come from expected sources, they’re more willing than the rest to keep looking. They’re often brave enough to eschew the “expert” quote for an interview with a marginalized third party, or clever enough to put their own spin on an oft-used topic.

If you are a Ravenclaw, you love writing for its own sake. You gravitate toward fiction, poetry, and memoir because these genres give you a lot of freedom to explore and express yourself. Nothing makes you happier than creating characters, finding perfect phrases, or sharing your experiences with others so they can learn what you have learned.

Like your eagle mascot, soar above your topic, looking for niches and trivia that might make it easier to complete the assignment. Write these things within the parameters of client needs. Seek out niche publications, such as websites or magazines dedicated to your love of children’s books or Moroccan cooking.

Hone your eagle eye. When you need a break, fly back to the comfy “nest” of your favorite creative projects. Don’t have a nest? Seek out one in the form of a critique group or writing conference. Brainstorm or free-write frequently, and stay away from jobs that depend on strict word quotas and narrow topics. If you must write like this, take frequent breaks and stay close to your tribe. Otherwise, you’ll feel isolated and useless. When Ravens feel like this, we fall apart, and then we crash and burn.
Hufflepuff: The Loyal and Unafraid of Toil:
My Hufflepuff leanings have served me well as a content writer, and if you’re a Puff too, I bet you can guess why. Hufflepuff writers are the “worker bees,” ones unafraid of toil. You can give us a 5,000-word assignment and end-of-day deadline, and our response will be, “Hold our butterbeer!”

As a Hufflepuff, you want the world to be a better, kinder place. You might draw inspiration from Cedric Diggory, a Hufflepuff who saw the value of competition but, moreover, the value of helping his teammates and school. To Cedric, the Triwizard Tournament didn’t accomplish anything unless it made every student, participant, or spectator, a stronger, smarter, braver, and more compassionate person. That’s why he went out of his way to help Harry, who procrastinated in preparing for the second task and arguably didn’t need or deserve help.

Like Cedric with the Tournament, you see writing as a way to help people. To you, it is just and loyal to make all kinds of writing accessible to everyone. You want your audience to come away educated, but also entertained and reassured.

Hufflepuffs gravitate toward universal, relatable genres and topics. Like their mascot the badger, they dig, searching for truths that make their audiences say, “Me, too.” Hufflepuffs are the quietly brave, the ones who are unafraid to toil and explore. They like imparting information on cutting-edge topics, or de-mystifying complex topics like law, medicine, or forensics. This interest is often why Ravens and Puffs make great writing teams, or why these complementary houses make one great writer.

Hufflepuff writers, more than any others, have to be careful not to burn out. I learned the hard way, a Hufflepuff work ethic didn’t make me a machine. I found myself saying, “If I have to write one more word about X topic, I’m going to give myself the Curse of the Bogies just to call in sick.” I was stuck in a job where quantity was privileged over quality, and I was miserable.

If this happens to you, stop right there. Take a personal day, and begin looking for writing gigs that serve your interests and strengths. Hufflepuffs think being informed should be fun, so they gravitate toward fun, light topics such as 1990s nostalgia, new ways to cook a tried-and-true recipe, or the special “trick” plays in their favorite sports. Look for projects like these, and the editors who love them. Always privilege quality over quantity. Five hundred informative words are better than 1,000 written for the sake of meeting a word count. Finally, write in optimum comfort; if you must sit at a desk or in a cubicle, use tools such as your favorite beverage, a soft sweater, or a cheerful art print for inspiration. When you can, put on your headphones and enjoy your favorite podcast or music. Write freely, but edit without mercy. Take every opportunity to bounce ideas off colleagues.
Slytherin: The Cunning and Ambitious:
Okay, Slytherins, I see you recoiling. You worry your house affiliation makes you evil, suited to write about serial killers. Don’t despair! In reality, you are probably the most versatile writers in our world. Here’s a secret: With your ambition, unfailing tenacity, and resourcefulness, you’re my favorites (well, after my own Ravens, of course).

As a Slytherin, you don’t take “no” for an answer, and you know there’s always an answer. If you can’t see it, that’s an opportunity to plumb deeper. You’ll tackle everything from the latest political scandal to removing rats from an attic, because you know each topic holds a clue to the depths of humanity. The topics that scare other houses are the ones you love, because they challenge your cunning and wit. For you, no topic is too complex or obscure.

Avoid projects and work environments with too many rules. I’m not talking about grammatical rules, or rules against using offensive language. I’m talking about rules like “Please highlight keywords” or “Here is a list of common words you absolutely may not use.” If you must write like this, let yourself break the rules in a draft before polishing it for publication. Remember, when Slytherins are backed into corners, they bite. In other words, they vent frustrations on colleagues, bosses, and loved ones. Breaking the rules in the safety of a draft will give you back control and help you feel calmer.

When choosing projects, topics, or workplaces, think like your alumni. My absolute favorite Slytherin is Severus Snape, and he has inspired my own writing on tough days. As a teacher, Severus was confronted with a thorny dilemma—protect a student I don’t like, while under cover so deep, one wrong move could cost us both our lives. He treated this mission like you the Slytherin writer can treat your topic. Find what interests you about it, and probe as deeply as you want. Push for answers the way Severus pushed Harry in Occlumency lessons—don’t stop until you have what you want.

What happens when you can’t get what you want or write what you think? Start slithering. In other words, don’t break the rules, but look for loopholes, or follow different rules to get the same results.

Remember, Severus couldn’t tell Harry, “I loved your mom, and I care about you.” He couldn’t say, “I’m ■■■■■■■ you because being nice would kill you.” But he could give Harry his memories. He could covertly teach him a signature spell. You must do the same.
If your editor forbids you from discussing controversial topics, perhaps you can hint at them with a well-placed anecdote or some tasteful snark. If you’re stuck writing about a topic you hate, perhaps you can focus on why it’s useful. I once had a gig that involved writing almost nothing but statistical data. It helped to tell myself that someone, somewhere needed that data, and to mention how that data affected people wherever I could.
Gryffindor: The Bravest Ones of All:
Last but never least, we have venerable Gryffindor. I admit, you guys kind of scare me. You’re the “pantsers,” the writers willing to tackle topics you know nothing about. If someone tells me. I won’t do it. A Gryffindor will smile and say, “But why not?” They bend the rules, sometimes even more than Slytherins, and their writing is better for it. As a Gryffindor, you are brave and chivalrous. You want readers to come away from your writing thinking, “I can do that” or “I want to do something with/about what I just read.” You gravitate toward topics that let you experience the world, topics that get you out from behind a desk. Think like the Golden Trio themselves, all Gryffindors. They knew a place for research existed—without Hermione’s help, Harry would never have defeated that basilisk. But all three of our heroes knew, there’s a time to leave the classroom and put theory into practice. Harry probably gave us the best example when he defied Dolores Umbridge to create Dumbledore’s Army, thus giving his classmates the knowledge, skills, and confidence to which they had a right. Think like Harry, Ron, and Hermione on your writing journey. Balance research with practice, and tune in when your body aches, feels tired, or otherwise signals that it needs to move. If you love writing mysteries, ask to go on a ride-along with a local police officer. Are you an athlete like Harry? Go watch a game and interview players. If your client wants 10 blog posts about interior decor, spend a day at the hardware store, curled up with paint samples. If you have to write behind a desk, take a cue from your mascot, the lion. No, don’t roar at or bite anyone. Instead, look for the parts of your topic that require some chivalry. Maybe there’s something no one else is saying about this topic that needs to be said. Maybe there’s an angle everyone else is afraid to cover, such as the implications of child labor in the diamond or chocolate markets. Find those niches and pounce. Gryffindor writers are the type to work on the next Great American Novel one minute and the next, write a piece about cleaning tile grout. This can increase your versatility, but be careful. Commit to a project and stick to it. Take frequent exercise or stretch breaks. If you find yourself procrastinating, it’s a sign you’ve been working on one thing too long. Like Ravenclaw, learn to journal and free-write to combat this. Set strict writing limits, and reward yourself for finishing projects.
Seek out companies or editors who embody the Gryffindor spirit, who believe the readers have a right to know, who say what other workplaces won’t. Like Slytherin, seek workplaces with flexible rules. If your workplace has a fitness center, a sports or trivia team, or a tradition of going out for lunch on Fridays, embrace it. Your colleagues are fellow world-changers and your best resources.
What Did the Hat Decree?
Maybe you saw yourself in one house right away. Maybe one house is dominant, but you have other leanings, or maybe you’re a Hat stall. If you see your writing style in more than one house, ask where you are most comfortable. Which writing style sounds most like you? Where do you have the most fun, and where do you get bogged down or burned out? Once you know your house, ask yourself with every project, “How would a witch or wizard from my house approach this?” Keep your mascot and alumni at the front of your mind, as well as the positive traits of each house. Your wit might spice up a boring topic; your cunning might help you find a new angle and conquer writer’s block. Knowing your Hogwarts house will improve your writing in many ways, whether you’re a fiction writer, a blogger, or a news reporter. It will help your writing sound more authentic and individual, and give you a unique voice. Knowing your house and the associated strengths and weaknesses will also help you cope when the writing life gets tough, so you can find the joy in writing again. Whichever house you’re in, 50 points to you for enhancing your career.
If you’re reading the Harry Potter series (or just have Potter heads Harry_Potter_fandom) like we do!), you’ll find that including special writing assignments can boost your learning experiences. Now that my younger boys are getting into the Harry Potter books. I’ve been creating new resources to keep them engaged and get them excited about this magical series. After using our new Harry Potter bookmarks featuring Hogwarts Houses, I heard my younger boys chatting about the different facts and characters in each House. Since writing isn’t usually a popular subject in our homeschool, I thought that adding a Harry Potter theme to their writing might make writing a more pleasant experience.
Wondering how you can use these Harry Potter writing pages?

These writing pages with Hogwarts Houses themes are fantastic for:

  • classroom use
  • Harry Potter unit study
  • homeschool writing fun
  • homeschool co-op
  • rainy day fun
  • homeschool fun activities
    If you’d like to get creative with these writing pages, a few fun ideas include:
  • Having Harry Potter-themed writing utensils available. There’s something special about using a wand-shaped pen or pencil with your Hogwarts House on it .
  • Adding decorative washi tape as a border (or to adhere to cardboard or cardstock for durability).
  • Providing stickers and stamps to add a decorative touch.
  • Putting Harry Potter-themed doodles in open areas.