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Gryffindor house
House information
Founder

Godric Gryffindor

Animal

Lion

Traits

Bravery and Chivalry

Head

Minerva McGonagall

Ghost

Nearly-Headless Nick

Common room

Gryffindor Tower

Members


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

Gryffindor is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Godric Gryffindor. Its emblematic animal is the lion and its colours are scarlet and gold. Minerva McGonagall is the most recent Head of House. Nearly Headless Nick is the house ghost. The particular characteristics of students Sorted into Gryffindor are courage and chivalry, of which the lion is the symbol.

Gryffindor corresponds roughly to the element of fire, which may partly be the reason for its colours.

Contents

[edit] Common Room

The Gryffindor Common Room is located in one of the castle's towers, the entrance to which is located on the seventh floor and is guarded by a painting of the Fat Lady, who is garbed in a pink dress. She permits entry only after being given the correct (regularly changing) password. Behind her is a large common room, with a fireplace, and two staircases leading up to the boys' and girls' dormitories.

[edit] Reputation

Gryffindor's founder, Godric Gryffindor.
Gryffindor's founder, Godric Gryffindor.

Gryffindor emphasises the traits of courage as well as "daring, nerve and chivalry", and thus its members are generally regarded as brave, though sometimes to the point of recklessness. Notably, Gryffindor house contributed many members to Dumbledore's Army and the Order of the Phoenix. According to Phineas Nigellus Black, members of other houses, particularly Slytherin, sometimes feel that Gryffindors engage in "pointless heroics". Another Slytherin, Severus Snape, considered many Gryffindors to be self-righteous and arrogant, with no regard for rules.

However, this may be taken with a grain of salt, as Gryffindors and Slytherins have shared a fierce house rivalry since their founders, Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin, respectively, had a severe falling out over Slytherin's emphasis on blood purity. There might also be an element of jealousy; since the sorting of Harry Potter into Gryffindor, the house received a certain amount of publicity that they hadn't had before. Harry and his fellow Gryffindors tend to win in a lot of circumstances which, when viewed from a Slytherin's point of view, may be considered unfair. Examples of this include the last-minute points awarded by Headmaster Dumbledore at the end of term feast, which conveniently put Gryffindor ten points ahead of Slytherin in the 1991-1992 school year, and Harry being permitted by Professor McGonagall to have his own broomstick for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, even though first-years are not normally permitted their own broomstick.

Even members of other houses might have felt that Gryffindor received favouritism, considering that many saw Harry being chosen as the fourth competitor in the Triwizard Tournament as stealing Hufflepuff student Cedric Diggory's thunder unfairly, and being an example of Gryffindors' attention-seeking behaviour.

"Before Harry could speak, there was a massive movement. The Gryffindors in front of him had risen and stood facing, not Harry, but the Slytherins. Then the Hufflepuffs stood, and almost at the same moment, the Ravenclaws, all of them with their backs to Harry, all of them looking toward Pansy instead, and Harry, awestruck and overwhelmed, saw wands emerging everywhere, pulled from beneath cloaks and from under sleeves."
—before the Battle of Hogwarts[src]

However, at least from Harry Potter's point of view, the houses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff tended to side with Gryffindor in its rivalry with Slytherin. This was particularly notable during the Second Wizarding War — the members of Dumbledore's Army were from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw, but lacked any Slytherins, and during the Battle of Hogwarts, the Slytherin students left while many students from the other three houses remained behind to fight.

[edit] List of Known Gryffindors

Gryffindor Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
Euan Abercrombie 1995 - 2002
Katie Bell 1990 - 1997 Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team and member of Dumbledore's Army.
Sirius Black 1971 - 1978 Only member of the House of Black to be sorted outside of Slytherin house.
Lavender Brown 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Ritchie Coote 1990s Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Colin Creevey 1992 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army; died in what would have been his sixth year.
Dennis Creevey 1994 - 2001 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington 15th Century Now the house ghost.
Albus Dumbledore 1892-1899 Later Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Lily Evans 1971 - 1978 Head Girl
Seamus Finnigan 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Hermione Granger 1991 - 1997 Prefect; did not attend final year but returned in 1998 to get N.E.W.Ts)[1]
Rubeus Hagrid 1940 - 1943 Expelled for uncommited crimes in his third year.
Angelina Johnson 1989 - 1996 Chaser on, and later Captain of, the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Lee Jordan 1989 - 1996 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Andrew Kirke 1990s Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Neville Longbottom 1991 - 1998 Prefect; Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; did not attend his final year.
Remus Lupin 1971 - 1978 Prefect
Mary MacDonald 1971 - 1978
Natalie McDonald 1994 - 2001
Minerva McGonagall 1931 - 1938[2] Later became head of Gryffindor house and Headmistress of Hogwarts.
Cormac McLaggen 1990 - 1997 Temporary Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Nigel 1994 - 2001 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Parvati Patil 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Jimmy Peakes c. 1994 - c. 2001 Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Peter Pettigrew 1971 - 1978
Harry Potter 1991 - 1997 Seeker and later Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Leader of Dumbledore's Army. Did not attend final year.
James Potter 1971 - 1978 Head Boy
James Sirius Potter 2015 or 2016 - 2022 or 2023
James Potter's father Unknown
Molly Prewett 1961 - 1968
Demelza Robins 1994 - 2001 Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Jack Sloper 1990s Beater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Alicia Spinnet 1989 - 1996 Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Dean Thomas 1991 - 1997 Temporary Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Did not attend final year.
Romilda Vane 1993 - 2000
Arthur Weasley 1961 - 1968
William Weasley 1982 - 1989 Head Boy
Charlie Weasley 1984 - 1991 Seeker and Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Fred Weasley 1989 - 1996 Beater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team; left early. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
George Weasley 1989 - 1996 Beater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team; left early. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Ginevra Weasley 1992 - 1999 Chaser and temporary Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Percy Weasley 1987 - 1994 Prefect and Head Boy.
Ronald Weasley 1991 - 1997 Prefect and Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; did not attend final year.
Oliver Wood 1987 - 1994 Keeper and Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

[edit] Behind the scenes

Many members of the Gryffindor house seem to have a gift for Transfiguration. Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall were both Tranfiguration professors while they were Heads of this house, there are four known Animagi from Gryffindor house (James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and Minerva McGonagall), and Gryffindor Hermione Granger was noted to be very talented in Transfiguration from her first class. James Potter's wand was also noted to be good for Transfiguration.

[edit] Notes and references

  1. PotterCast 130
  2. Scholastic.com

[edit] See also


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts Houses:
   
Gryffindor
Namesake Founder: Godric Gryffindor · Helga Hufflepuff · Rowena Ravenclaw · Salazar Slytherin
Head of House: Minerva McGonagall · Pomona Sprout · Filius Flitwick · Horace Slughorn
House Ghost: Nearly Headless Nick · Fat Friar · Grey Lady · Bloody Baron
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