Life After Hogwarts And The Many Careers Of The Wizarding World

Just like in the Muggle world people need to go to school and get good marks to get good jobs. That’s not saying that people who have good marks are promised to get a good job or that someone with bad marks is destined to have a bad job. There are many different jobs in the wizarding world from being the Minister of Magic, somewhat of the president of the wizarding world, to Teachers at Hogwarts to even just shop helpers on Diagon Alley. There are different jobs for different types of people, someone who is particularly adept at potions could work at an apothecary or someone who has excellent marks and are particularly brave could make a perfect Auror while someone who has been a thief their entire life could make an adequate Bus Driver for the Night Bus. Just like the more reputable careers of the Wizarding World like jobs within the Ministry of Magic or a Teacher and there are other jobs that aren’t so reputable such as working as a Death Eater or an Illegal Smuggler who sells highly valuable and illegal items such as Dragon Eggs or certain poisons or potions.

There would also be summer jobs for students or part time jobs for people who simply need another job. An Assistant at a Wand Shop or a Potion Shop would be perfect for a young Wizard who wants to find out about the world of working in the Wizarding World.
There are some jobs that have very specific prerequisites or assets such as Gringotts only hiring Goblins for the most part and in the Muggle world with the way things are now this wouldn’t be allowed where an employer would be able to hire people based on the workers race instead of the workers ability. The jobs in the Wizarding world wouldn’t be too different from Muggle jobs in the sense that a lot of jobs would be related, they just need to be ramped up because Wizards have the means to do so. Such as the Wizarding world has Aurors the Muggle world has Police Officers and in the Wizarding world they would have jobs exactly like the ones that there are in the Muggle world such as Shop Clerks,Judges, Taxi Services and even Animal Breeders. Wizards would be able to do Muggle jobs with no problem at all but Muggles would have an overwhelming struggle to try and do jobs in the Wizarding world.

Although Wizards have vastly different jobs than Muggles the same problems still occur such as spies in the government or people trying to take over the highest position in the government. Wizards to however have some relations to very important Muggles such as certain ministers and mayors in order to try and have some grip on the affairs of the Muggle worlds. Some Wizards might end up very high the chain of careers due to hard work and such and as a counterpoint to that some Wizards might end up on the very bottom end of the chain due to slacking and laziness. The difference between the potential hazards of the jobs of the Wizarding world and the jobs of the Muggle world is how easy it is to recover from the potential hazards. If a Muggle were to break their legs or something along those lines they run the risk of never being able to work again and risk ruining their lives. In the Wizarding world if someone was to break both of their legs they would be able to go to the Wizarding Hospital and after some immense pain they would be back to work maybe within a couple weeks.

The Many Secrets of Hogwarts, From Secret Passages to Forgotten History

There seems to be countless secrets that The Castle Of Hogwarts holds dear and there are some secrets that maybe nobody will ever know. Even the staff of the school don’t know many of the secrets such as the Chamber of Secrets. Due to the Marauder’s Map at least seven of the secret passages are made clear to Harry throughout the series despite some of them being closed off since the making of the map. There are also some secrets that are known only by staff of the school considering they need the password to get into Dumbledore’s office and some of the house common rooms. There are also secrets hidden in some of the paintings in the school such as the painting that hides the entrance to the kitchens where someone needs to simply tickle the pear to get it to giggle and show the entrance. There are dozens of other secret passageways varying in secrecy such as the Room of Requirement, to the passageway underneath the Whomping Willow that leads to the Shrieking Shack. There are also secret passages within the school and hidden tricks to getting around such as the vanishing step, or hidden doorways behind bookshelves that lead to other parts of the castle, most of which the castle caretaker Argus Filch knows about and uses to get around the castle faster than the students can.
There are things in Hogwarts that aren’t just secret passages and things that are a secret to everyone, there are also some tips and tricks to help students get around the school without too much trouble. Things that include running from the caretaker’s cat, Ms. Norris to knowing that the paintings in the school might help you in your time of need. There are also things that are widely known such as don’t ever go into the Forbidden Forest because who knows what lurks there and if you can help it don’t go swimming in the lake for fear of the Giant Squid and the Mermen that live there and they aren’t too keen on people dropping in for a visit. Hogwarts seems to be like a normal school in that keeping in the loop with your fellow classmates for the latest gossip and news might keep you on the path to success and in Hogwarts case it might keep you alive.
There are also things that hold historical significance in the school such as the knowledge that the school was built by three main founders, Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. These are just widely known facts and history of the school. There are also things that might be taught in the school such as the history of the Headmasters at Hogwarts. All of these are outlined in the book “Hogwarts A History” which would be publicly available to all students interested except for the books in the restricted section which of course would be off limits. The Restricted Section seems to be another point of secrecy within Hogwarts as students that wish to access that section need explicit permission from a teacher and even then the students aren’t sure what lies within the shelves of it. The Hogwarts library would also have books on things outside of Hogwarts such as the potential history of the Ministry of Magic and the rise and fall of various wizarding factions. Hogwarts carries countless secrets within its walls and for someone to try and learn every one of the secrets of the school would take their entire lives maybe just focusing on one extensive secret such as the Room of Requirement. There are some secrets within the walls that maybe most people don’t wish to know and might be quite deadly.

10 Facts About Molly Weasley

  1. Molly Weasley is the mother of the pure blood wizarding family, the Weasleys.  She was born into the Prewett Family, another wizarding family.
  2. Molly married Arthur Weasley and together they have 7 seven children: Bill, Charlie, Percy, twins, Fred and George, Ron, and Ginny.
  3. Molly had two brothers who were members of the original Order of the Phoenix. They were killed the first time that Voldemort tried to take over the wizarding world.
  4. Molly attended Hogwarts, where she met Arthur. They eloped shortly after they both graduated and during the period that Voldemort was trying to assume power.
  5. Molly takes Harry under her wing, becoming a surrogate mother to him. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Molly meets Harry on Platform 9 ¾ and helps him get onto it. During his first Christmas at Hogwarts Molly knits Harry a Christmas jumper (the same jumper that she knits for her children) and sends him some homemade fudge. Ron had written to her earlier and told her that Harry wasn’t expecting any presents.
  6. When Molly discovers that Fred, George, and Ron had stolen the flying car she is so angry that she makes her sons de-gnome the back garden.
  7. Molly has a crush on Gilderoy Lockhart although she will never admit to it.
  8. After Percy disowns his family for supporting Dumbledore after Voldemort’s return and moves to London, Molly goes up to talk to him. She appears at the door of his flat.  Percy slams the door in her face. At Christmas he returns his jumper unopened and Molly is devastated.
  9. Molly’s confrontation with the Boggart at 12 Grimmauld Place revealed that her worst fear was something happening to a member of her family or Harry.
  10. Molly disapproved of her son, Bill’s, engagement to Fleur Delacour. She invites Nymphadora Tonks to the Burrow often, hoping to get Bill interested.  She finally accepts Fleur’s love for Bill after Fleur refuses to leave Bill even after he is scarred during The Battle of the Astronomy Tower.

Fleur Delacour: “You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per’aps, you hoped? What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!”

Mollly: “Our Great-Auntie Muriel, has a very beautiful tiara – goblin—made—which I am sure I could persuade her to lend you for the wedding.  She is very fond of Bill, you know, and it would look lovely with your hair.”

  1. For his birthday, Molly gifts Harry with a watch that once belonged to her dead brother, Fabian. Harry is so overcome with emotion that he interrupts her speech to give her a hug.
  2. At the Battle of Hogwarts Molly is devastated when Fred is killed. She lays across his chest and weeps.
  3. When the Battle of Hogwarts resumes, Molly battles Bellastrix Lestrange after she almost hits Ginny with a killing curse.  She has what many consider to be the best line of the series: “Not my daughter, you bitch!!” Molly winds up killing Bellatrix. Voldemort is so incensed at the killing of his favorite that he tries to kill Molly.  She is protected by Harry.
  4. At the end of the series, it is revealed that Molly and Arthur have twelve grandchildren. Percy has reconciled with his family and named one of his daughters, Molly, after his mother.

10 facts about Percy Weasley

  1. Percy Ignatius Weasley is the third son of Molly and Arthur Weasley. He has two older brothers, Bill and Charlie, twin younger brothers, Fred and George, another younger brother, Ron, and a younger sister, Ginny. The Weasleys are a pure blood wizarding family known for their red hair and freckles. When we meet him in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Percy is on his way to Hogwarts as a prefect, complete with a special badge. He is also beginning his fifth year.
  2. When Percy was made prefect, his parents gave him an owl, Hermes, and new robes.  Previously Percy had to wear the hand me down robes of his older brothers as the Weasleys do not have a lot of money. Percy is made Head Boy in his final year at Hogwarts.
  3. Percy is constantly teased by his younger brothers, Fred and George. This constant teasing leads to Percy concealing his relationship with another prefect, Penelope Clearwater, for most of the second book.  This concealment also contributes to Ginny being abducted and nearly killed.
  4. Percy looked after his sister Ginny during her first year at Hogwarts. He makes her take Pepper up Potion because he thought she looked ill.  He also comforts Ginny when she becomes scared that Ron will be expelled.
  5. Percy received perfect scores on his N.E.W.T.S
  6. After he graduates from Hogwarts, Percy goes to work for the Ministry of Magic. He doesn’t work in the same office as his father instead he goes to work in the Department of International Magical Cooperation.
  7. Percy acted as a judge for the event during the Triwizard Tournament. He was filling in for his boss, Barty Crouch Sr. Barty Crouch had been ill since the Quidditch World Series. He primarily communicates with his assistant, Percy, through owls.
  8. After the Triwizard Tournament, Percy is promoted to assistant to the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. Percy tells his family expecting them to be pleased, but winds up getting into a huge fight with his father who believes that Fudge is just using him to spy on the Weasleys and the Order of the Phoenix.

“He went completely beserk. . .Her said Dad was an idiot to run around with Dumbledore, that Dumbledore was heading for big trouble and Dad was going to go down with him, and that he –Percy – knew where his loyalty lay and it was with the Ministry. And if Mum and Dad were going to become traitors to the Ministry he was going to make sure everyone knew he didn’t belong to our family any more. And he packed his bags the same night and left.” 

Molly Weasley goes up to London to talk to Percy and he slams the door in her face. He also returns her traditional Christmas jumper, which further devastates her. Percy accompanies Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic, to the Burrow, to covertly recruit Harry Potter. Although Molly is happy to see him and hugs him, he reveals that he will not be reconciling with his family.

  1. Percy doesn’t fully believe that Voldemort has returned until the Death Eaters takeover the ministry. Percy joins his family at the Battle for Hogwarts. Percy and his father reconcile and together they defeat Pius Thicknesse. Percy then fights alongside his younger brother, Fred. He witnesses Fred’s and is visibly upset.
  2. After the end of the series, Percy becomes the head of the Department of Magical Transportation and marries a woman named, Audrey, and has two daughters. He names one of them, Molly, after his mother.

20 Facts about Fred and George Weasley

  1. Fred and George Weasley are members of the pure blood wizarding family, The Weasleys. Like the rest of the Weasleys they both have red hair and freckles. As identical twins they are hard to tell apart. Fred and George have three older brothers, Bill, Charlie, Percy, a younger brother, Ron, and younger sister, Ginny.
  2. Fred and George were born on April Fool’s Day.
  3. Fred turns Ron’s teddy bear into a giant spider when Ron is three. This causes Ron to have a lifelong fear of spiders.
  4. When they were seven the twins almost got Ron to make an unbreakable vow. When their father found out he was so angry that he spanked them.  Fred remarks, “[My] left buttock has never been the same since.”
  5. During their first year at Hogwarts the twins steal the Marauder’s Map from the office of their nemesis Mr. Filch. They give it to Harry in The Prisoner of Azkaban, so that Harry can sneak into Hogsmeade without getting into trouble.
  6. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fred and George cast a spell that causes snowballs to follow Professor Quirrell around and smash into the back of his head.
  7. Fred and George are popular at Hogwarts because of all the pranks that they play. At the beginning of the series they are starting their third year.
  8. Fred and George are beaters on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
  9. Fred and George tease their older brother, Percy, mercilessly. They even steal his beloved prefect’s badge at Christmas.
  10. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Fred and George, along with younger brother, Ron, steal their father’s flying car, and fly to the Dursleys’ to rescue Harry Potter.
  11. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fred and George want to put their names into the Goblet of Fire, but they are too young. They try to get around the Age Line Spell that Dumbeldore cast around the goblet, but they only wind up growing long white beards.
  12. Fred and George want to make a living out of their pranks. They start their own mail order prank company, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. They use their fellow students as guinea pigs.
  13. Both Fred and George were members of DA (Dumbledore’s Army) which was started by Harry Potter when Dolores Umbridge prevented students from actively learning how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts.
  14. Fred asks his Quidditch teammate, Angeline Johnson, to the Yule Ball. Angeline eventually marries George.
  15. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Fred and George have passed their Apparitions Tests. They annoy everyone by apparating downstairs whenever they fancy.
  16. Fred and George flew out of Hogwarts on their brooms during Umbridge’s tenure as headmaster, but not before using magic to grow a swamp inside a hallway. 
  17. Fred and George eventually opened Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in Daigon Alley. It is a huge financial success. Harry Potter gave them the seed money, which was his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament. So the twins always allow Harry to take whatever he wants from the shop without paying. They still charge their brother, Ron, which enrages him.
  18. Fred and George both fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  19. Fred is fighting alongside his older brother, Percy, when he is killed by an explosion. George and the entire Weasley family is devastated.
  20. George marries Angeline Johnson eventually and has two children. He names his son, Fred, after his late twin. He continues to run Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes with the help of Ron.

10 Facts about Ronald Weasley

  1. Ron is a member of the pure blood Weasley family. Both of his parents, Arthur and Molly, come from pure blood lines. Draco Malfoy describes the Weasleys as having, “red hair, freckles and more children than they can afford.” He is the fifth Weasley son to attend Hogwarts. His elder brother, Percy, is a prefect and his older twin brothers, Fred and George, excel academically and are extremely popular because of their pranks. Ron and his family don’t really know much about the muggle world and are often fascinated by the things that Harry tells them about that aspect of his life.
  2. Ron has six siblings: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, and Ginny. Ron often feels overlooked and left out. During their first meeting in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone, Ron tells Harry, “Every one expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it’s no big deal, because they did it first.”
  3. Besides Hagrid, Ron is Harry’s first friend in the wizarding world and at Hogwarts. They meet on the platform 9 ¾ and then share a compartment on the train. They bond when Harry buys all of the tea lady’s sweets to share with Ron who only has homemade sandwiches to eat.
  4. Ron helps Harry defeat Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone by directing their trio as they play a life size version of wizard’s chess. Ron sacrifices himself by allowing the white queen to smash his knight, which renders him unconscious, but wins the game. Harry and Hermione are then able to complete their quest.
  5. In the second book of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron and his twin brothers, Fred and George, steal their father’s flying car and drive to the Dursley’s home to rescue Harry. Their father is curious about how this artefact operated, but their mother is livid.
  6. In the fourth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ron and Harry fall out when Harry is selected as the fourth participant in the Triwizard Tournament. Harry insists that he didn’t put his name in the goblet of fire. Ron doesn’t believe him. He feels as if he is constantly in Harry’s shadow. They don’t reconcile until Ron sees how dangerous the tournament is and realizes that Harry would never sign up for it.
  7. Ron realizes that he may have romantic feelings for Hermione when she is Viktor Krum’s date for the Yule Ball.
  8. Ron’s first girlfriend is Lavender Brown. They start dating during their sixth year at Hogwarts. Part of his reason for doing it is obviously to make Hermione jealous. They spend a lot of time making out (snogging) in public. She gives also gives him the annoying nickname, Won Won.
  9. Ron destroys one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, Slytherin’s Locket, but not before the necklace convinces him to abandon Harry and Hermione. The locket plays on Ron’s insecurities and whispers to him, “I have seen your dreams, Ronald Weasley, and I have seen your fears. All you desire is possible, but all that you dread is also possible. . .Least loved, always, by the mother who craved a daughter. . .Least loved, now, by the girl who prefers your friend. . .Second best, always, eternally overshadowed. . .” Eventually Ron destroys, but not after much temptation and anger.
  10. Ron and Hermione wind up together! In the epilogue of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, we see how the characters are faring 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione are married with two children, Rose and Hugo. In this final scene, they are seeing their daughter Rose off to her first year at Hogwarts. 

20 Facts about Arthur Weasley

  1. Arthur is the patriarch of the pure blood wizarding family, the Weasleys. Every member has red hair and freckles. Arthur is married to Molly Weasley and they have 7 children: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George, Ron, and Ginny. Arthur is considered to be the less strict of the two parents and hence the children are surprised when he and Percy get into a shouting match over Percy’s promotion. Over the course of the series he and Molly begin to regard Harry as their own child.
  2. Arthur works at the Ministry of Magic in the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office.  He is fascinated by every aspect of the muggle world and often peppers Harry with questions about muggle technology.
  3. Arthur attended Hogwarts when he was younger. He was a member of Gryffindor and that is also where he met his wife.
  4. Arthur accidentally let’s slip that Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban. He was discussing the jailbreak with his wife when Harry overheard.
  5. Arthur is present when the Death Eaters attack the patrons at the Quidditch World Cup. He chases after the perpetrators along with other ministry officials.
  6. Along with his wife, Arthur is a member of the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix.
  7. Arthur has a personal rivalry with Lucius Malfoy and has personally conducted a raid on Malfoy Manor to look for any forbidden objects.
  8. Arthur’s son, Percy, is promoted to Junior Assistant to the Minister of Magic after Voldemort’s return. Arthur is convinced that the minister is just using Percy to keep an eye on the Weasleys.  He argues very loudly with his son and this leads to Percy cutting off all contact with his family and leaving home.
  9. Arthur fervently believes in Muggle Equality. This puts him at odd with the Ministry of Magic once it comes under Voldemort’s control. He and his family are watched and must evacuate The Burrow.
  10. Arthur takes part in the Battle of Hogwarts with his wife and children. He reconciles with his son Percy who had come to stand by his family. Arthur and Percy work together to take out the Death Eater, Pius Thicknesse.
  11. Arthur’s secret pet name for Molly is Mollywobbles.
  12. Arthur is devastated when he learns that his son, Fred, has been killed.
  13. Arthur was caned when he was at Hogwarts for being late.
  14. Arthur accompanies Harry when he has to go to the ministry to face a disciplinary hearing for using magic outside of school.
  15. Arthur is both fascinated and confused by Muggle money, telephones and electricity.
  16. Because of his sympathy for muggles, Arthur drafted a law called the Muggle Protection Act. This law enraged several pure blood wizards especially Lucius Malfoy.
  17. Arthur is a powerful wizard and was chosen as one of the leaders during the battle of Hogwarts.
  18. Arthur’s mother, Credella, was a member of the Pure blood wizarding family, The Blacks. She was disowned for marrying Arthur’s father, whom they considered to be blood traitors. It is implied that Arthur inherited his empathy for muggles from his father. This also means that Arthur is related to Sirius Black.
  19. Arthur had at least two brothers.
  20. At the end of the series, Arthur and Molly have 12 grandchildren.

By Any Other Name: What Harry Potter Names Mean

Names in fiction are an excellent way to give readers a clue as to the personality or nature of a character—whether it’s in their nicknames, their first names, or their last names, the way characters are referred to in stories like Harry Potter are important.

Remus Lupin, for example. When Remus Lupin was a child, a werewolf bit him, and that bite turned Remus into a werewolf as well. This didn’t stop him from becoming a Hogwarts professor, or from having a group of loyal and dedicated friends. The interesting thing is Lupin’s name. Remus is actually also the name of a mythological figure. Legends about Remus and his brother Romulus detailed that they were raised by a she-wolf—and that they founded Rome. Like the legendary Remus, Professor Lupin manages to overcome his past and rise to great heights. Another interesting point about Lupin’s name is that ‘lupin’ is actually related to the Latin word for wolf. It seems that Remus Lupin was destined to be associated with wolves (and werewolves) from birth.

Sirius Black is Harry Potter’s godfather, as well as a close personal friend of Remus Lupin. While they were students at Hogwarts, Sirius, along with James Potter and Peter Pettigrew, studied and trained to become an Animagus, or a wizard who can transform into an animal. The animal that Sirius chose to take on the appearance of is a big, black dog—one that other characters routinely mistake for being a Grim, a particularly nasty omen of death. Astronomically speaking, Sirius is the brightest star of the Canis Major or “Great Dog” constellation. This association has led to the star/star system of Sirius being colloquially referred to as the “Dogstar”.

Merope Gaunt, the mother of Tom Marvolo Riddle, Jr. (who would later become Lord Voldemort) is named after the youngest of the Pleiades, the companions of Artemis. They were the daughters of the Titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione, and share their name with the star-cluster of Pleiades. In the mythology, Merope married Sisyphus, a mortal. After bearing him several sons, she faded away—this is in part because she was becoming mortal. It is interesting to note that Merope Gaunt died after giving birth to Tom Riddle, Jr. In some ways, there seems to be a reflection of the Merope of myth in the Merope of Harry Potter.

Tom Marvolo Riddle was Voldemort’s name, before he took up the mantle of Dark Lord. In both the book and the movie, it is revealed that Tom Riddle’s full name is actually an anagram of “I Am Lord Voldemort”. This means that when the books were translated into different languages, in order to translate the anagram with the name, the name of Voldemort had to be changed. For example, in the French edition of Harry Potter, Voldemort’s name is Tom Elvis Jedusor.

Voldemort itself is an interesting name—Voldemort can be translated from French to mean ‘flight from death’. (It’s a fitting title for someone who tried so hard to escape death by not only seeking eternal life but also by attempting to become death’s Master.)

The tradition of having names that relate to stars and mythology extends to the younger generations of Harry Potter characters—Draco Malfoy, for example. “Draco” is the Latin for ‘dragon’, and can refer to not only the mythological creature, but also an Athenian lawgiver. This lawgiver was known for his particularly ruthless laws. “Malfoy” can be translated from French to mean ‘bad faith’; this is particularly interesting, seeing as the Malfoy family was not only aligned with Voldemort for years, but also seeing as the family broke from Voldemort’s ranks and aided Harry Potter, Voldemort’s greatest enemy.

Hogwarts, A History: Who Were the Hogwarts Founders?

When Hogwarts was founded, each founder had a wildly different idea of what the future of Wizardkind should look like and should be. This disagreement led to the foundation of the House system. Each founder had an idea of the kind of student they wanted to teach.

Salazar Slytherin believed that magic should be kept within all-magic families; he is known for his distrust of Muggle-born students, and believed that they should not be admitted into the school. Slytherin handpicked his students, and paid particular attention to the qualities he valued—he wanted to teach students who were resourceful and clever, cunning and ambitious. He valued blood purity, a disregard for rules, and also selected students who, like him, were skilled in speaking Parseltongue, the language of snakes (the emblem of Slytherin house). It is believed that those who can speak Parseltongue are in some way related to or descendent from Salazar Slytherin. After his falling out with Godric Gryffindor—and the rest of the founders siding with Gryffindor—Slytherin built the Chamber of Secrets, which housed a Basilisk that Salazar intended for his heir to use to purge Hogwarts of Muggle-borns.

Rowena Ravenclaw is the person credited with the location and name of Hogwarts, which she chose after a dream she had that showed her both a warty hog and a cliff overlooking a lake. It was also Rowena who devised the Hogwarts floor plan—a floor plan that moves and changes like a living being. Ravenclaw was known as the best witch of her age. Her ideal student was creative and clever, with a sharp mind and wit. Ravenclaw disagreed with Slytherin about the value of Muggle-born students, and in fact, many students in Ravenclaw house were actually Muggle-born. She was the original owner of the Diadem of Ravenclaw, which was said to enhance the wearer’s own wisdom.

Godric Gryffindor was known as the best duelist of his age. Gryffindor valued courage and bravery, and picked students that he believed were capable of bold, heroic deeds. He was the founder most in favor of admitting Muggle-borns into Hogwarts, which became a major factor in the splitting of Slytherin from the school. Gryffindor is also the source of the Sorting Hat—when the founders realized there would be no method in place to continue sorting students into the four houses after they died, Gryffindor took off his own hat. The four founders enchanted the hat so that even after they died, the hat would act as a kind of representative and sort students according to their own values.

Helga Hufflepuff chose her students based not on blood purity or any specific traits such as ambition or intelligence. Helga Hufflepuff accepted students of all kinds, including Muggle-borns. Hufflepuff chose students who valued fairness and loyalty, and who were willing to work hard to gain their success. Helga took the students that the other founders would not, and brought them together, teaching them all everything she knew. She also treated them all equally and fairly. Hufflepuff is the one credited with bringing house-elves to work at Hogwarts, where they would not be subjected to the cruelty and abuse that is common among high-class pureblood households who employ house-elves. Helga’s recipes are also the basis of many of the staple foods seen and eaten at Hogwarts feasts—and many of those recipes are still in use.

Each founder had a vision for Hogwarts, and through the House system, each of those visions came to life. Even after death, the four founders of Hogwarts shape the world and the future. While Hogwarts may be their collective legacies, each house stands as evidence of each Founder’s individual impact on Wizarding society.

Houses Divided: What Do The Hogwarts Houses Really Stand For?

One of the most basic aspects of Hogwarts School is the fact that the student body is divided into four Houses: Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, and Ravenclaw. When the school began, each founder had a different perception and vision of what Hogwarts could and should be—and though these houses grew from those visions, they also took on an identity all their own.

Hufflepuffs are known for their loyalty—but this is not a one-dimensional house. While they may seem at first glance to be plain people, or not as brash as compared to other houses, Hufflepuffs are more than they may appear. Hufflepuffs are tenacious as well as loyal. They may not be flashy, or show off like other houses might, but they are intelligent, and they protect their own against any and every threat. Hufflepuffs are also adept at self-defense. While the other houses may require a password to gain access to the common room and dormitories, the Hufflepuff house dormitory needs only for one to tap on a particular area of a particular painting in a set rhythm—failing to do so correctly will result in said person being soaked in vinegar and being denied access to the dorm. Hufflepuff is the only house that has such a defense mechanism.

While Ravenclaw may seem to be a kind of stuck-up, bookish house, looks can be deceiving. Ravenclaw as a house prides itself on learning for learning’s sake—it’s not so much the books that are important. More important is the act of learning itself, the act of constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge. The Ravenclaw dormitory itself helps to foster a culture of knowledge and wisdom by working to keep outsiders out—to gain entry into the dorm itself, a person has to correctly answer a riddle-question. While it may seem as a test for one individual, it is actually common to find a group of people outside the Ravenclaw dormitory door working together to come up with a correct guess to the riddle-question.

Slytherin is perhaps the most notorious—and most often misunderstood—house. Throughout the book, it is made clear that Slytherin is a house that has churned out more Dark wizards and witches than any other. While this may be true—and while Lord Voldemort himself may have come from Slytherin—the definition of Slytherin house does not begin and end with an all-consuming darkness. Slytherins, as a whole, tend not to be as obsessed with blood purity so much as honor and tradition. While the respect they garner is tinged with a little fear, that comes with the territory. There is a long history and tradition to uphold—it is said that Merlin himself was a Slytherin. Slytherin is a brotherhood, a place for people with a potential for greatness, a cunning wit, a sense of self-preservation. To be a Slytherin is to carry the reputation and the history of the House on your shoulders, and that is no small or easy task.

Gryffindor house is known for their bravery—but that bravery can often be a double-edged sword. The bravery of Gryffindors can sometimes veer into recklessness, and some accuse Gryffindors of having no regard for rules, or else being arrogant, self-righteous, or deliberately involving themselves in unnecessary heroics. Gryffindors tend to avoid associations with some of the other houses, Slytherin in particular. Slytherin and Gryffindor houses have a notorious and bitter rivalry, one that began during the founding of Hogwarts and is felt to even Harry Potter’s day.

Each house is not as cut-and-dry as it may seem, and appearances can be deceiving. The truth about each house is that, like the wizards and witches who founded them, the houses and the people in them defy definition.