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

Gryffindor was one of the four school houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was founded by Godric Gryffindor who prized pupils of bravery, courage, nerve, chivalry and daring. The emblem was of a lion, the element was fire, the colours were scarlet and gold and the common room was found in the Gryffindor Tower. The house produced many great witches and wizards, including Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.

About

Founded by Godric Gryffindor in the late 10th century, it was created for pupils of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who the Sorting Hat accepted had the values Gryffindor prized.

The students lived in the Gryffindor Tower, found behind the portrait of the Fat Lady, who needed a password in order to grant access.[1] It was a very popular house, but it could be intimidating for certain students placed in it, because they felt they had to live up to the powerful values they should have.

Gryffindor created many members of Dumbledore's Army and the Order of the Phoenix. But there were people, namely from Slytherin, who think Gryffindor engage in "pointless heroics" and are arrogant, caring very little for the rules.

Slytherin and Gryffindor do not get along very well, which goes way back to the tense friendship between their founders, Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin. Gryffindor and Slytherin had opposing views of the acceptance of Muggle-born students which was the subject of an argument one day, in which Slytherin left the school.

They do tend to get along well with Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, who would favour them in matches with Slytherin, unless they are opposing each other. During Harry Potter's time at Hogwarts, Gryffindor was very successful in the House Cup and the Inter-House Quidditch Cup. There are not many well known Dark witches and wizards from the house, and many fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Heads of House

Known achievements

Known members

Name Time of Attendance Notes
Albus Dumbledore

1892 - 1899

Headteacher of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Grand Sorcerer, Supreme Mugwump and Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot who defeated Gellert Grindelwald in a legendary duel in 1945 and won the Elder Wand. He died in June 1996.

Minerva McGonagall

1947 - 1956

Headteacher of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from May 1998, previously Deputy Headteacher and Transfiguration Professor. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and engaged with Voldemort in a duel.

Rubeus Hagrid

1940 - 1943

Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Expelled in 1943 when falsely accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets.

Arthur Weasley
1960s
Molly Weasley
James Potter
1971 - 1978
Member of the Order of the Phoenix. Killed by Voldemort who wanted to kill their child Harry Potter, over rumours he had the power to one day defeat him.
Lily Potter
Sirius Black
Member of the Order of the Phoenix framed for being a Death Eater, betraying the Potter family and killing 13 Muggles. Escaped from Azkaban and later killed.
Remus Lupin
Friend of James, Lily and Sirius. Later Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor until people found out he was a werewolf. Member of the Order of the Phoenix killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Peter Pettigrew
Death Eater who betrayed the Potter family and framed Sirius Black. Helped Voldemort gain power again which led to the Second Wizarding War.
Bill Weasley
1982 - 1989

Prefect and Head Boy, later a Curse-Breaker and member of the Order of the Phoenix who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Charlie Weasley
1984 - 1991

Prefect, Seeker and Captain for the Quidditch team, and member of the Order of the Phoenix who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Percy Weasley[1]
1987 - 1994

Prefect and Head Boy, later worked at the Ministry of Magic for the Minister for Magic. Member of the Order of the Phoenix and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Oliver Wood[3]
Keeper for Gryffindor and later Captain of the team.
Fred Weasley
1989 - 1996[4]

Beater for Gryffindor, member of Dumbledore's Army. Left before the end of the seventh year with George Weasley, set up Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, member of the Order of the Phoenix. Killed at the Battle of Hogwarts.

George Weasley
Beater for Gryffindor, member of Dumbledore's Army. Left before the end of the seventh year with Fred Weasley, set up Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Alicia Spinnet[5]
Chaser for the Gryffindor.
Angelina Johnson
Chaser for the Gryffindor and Captain of the team for the 1995-1996 school year.
Victoria Frobisher
From between 1990 and 1995 - unknown
Tried out for the Gryffindor in the 1995-1996 school year, meaning they were in the second year by then.
Geoffrey Hooper
Andrew Kirke
Demelza Robbins
Jack Sloper
Katie Bell
1990 - 1997[6]

Chaser for the Gryffindor member of Dumbledore's Army. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Cormac McLaggen
Harry Potter
1991 - 1997[1][7]

The only known survivor of the Killing Curse, defeated Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts, once owner of the three Deathly Hallows. Co-Founder of Dumbledore's Army and member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Ronald Weasley

Friend of Harry Potter who supported him in the defeat of Voldemort. Co-Founder of Dumbledore's Army and member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Neville Longbottom
1991 - 1998
[8]
Friend of Harry Potter who supported him in the defeat of Voldemort. Member of Dumbledore's Army and later leader during the seventh year of education in which Voldemort took over Hogwarts. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, an Auror and later teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Hermione Granger
1991 - 1999[9]
Friend of Harry Potter who supported him in the defeat of Voldemort. Co-Founder of Dumbledore's Army and member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Seamus Finnigan
1991 - unknown[10][11]
Member of Dumbledore's Army. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dean Thomas
Parvati Patil
Lavender Brown
Colin Creevey
1992 - 1998

Member of Dumbledore's Army. Killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Ginny Weasley
1992 - 1999

Chaser for Gryffindor. Member of Dumbledore's Army and member of the Order of the Phoenix. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Romilda Vane
1993 - 2000
Dennis Creevey
1994 - 2001
Natalie MacDonald
Jimmy Peakes
Euan Abercombie
1995 - 2002
James S. Potter
2015 - 2022

Notes and sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11
  7. Harry and Ron gave up their N.E.W.T level education in order to search for a way to defeat Voldemort. They decided not to come back and complete their final year of education once the Second Wizarding War was over.
  8. Neville was the only known pupil who left in May 1998 in order to accept an offer of employment, becoming an Auror.
  9. Hermione left in June 1997 in order to find a way to defeat Voldemort and came back to Hogwarts in order to complete her final year of education once the Second Wizarding War was over.
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7
  11. It's unknown whether these pupils came back to take their final year of education again once the Second Wizarding War was over. In the case of Lavender Brown, it's unknown whether she was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.
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