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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[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. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, also known as "Nearly Headless Nick" is the house ghost. The particular characteristics of students Sorted into Gryffindor are courage and chivalry.
Gryffindor corresponds roughly to the element of fire, which may partly be the reason for its colours.



    Common RoomEdit Common Room sectionEdit

    The Gryffindor Common Room is located in one of the castle's towers (Gryffindor Tower), the entrance to which is located on the seventh floor and is guarded by an oil painting of the Fat Lady, who is garbed in a pink silk 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. It is very comfortable and members of the Gryffindor house meet there for study groups, celebrations, or relaxation.

    ReputationEdit Reputation sectionEdit

    "The House of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries."
    Minerva McGonagall[src]

    Gryffindor's founder, Godric Gryffindor
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    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 andSalazar Slytherin, respectively, had a severe falling out over Slytherin's emphasis on blood purity. There might also be an element of jealousy;as 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 Leaving 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.
    Gryffindor symbol.
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    Even members of other houses might have felt that Gryffindor received favouritism, considering that many saw Harry being chosen as the fourth competitor in theTriwizard Tournament as stealing Hufflepuff student Cedric Diggory's thunder unfairly.
    Overall, however, 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 against Lord Voldemort.

    "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]

    List of known GryffindorsEdit List of known Gryffindors sectionEdit

    GryffindorPeriod attending HogwartsNotes
    Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington[1]15th centuryNow the house ghost.
    Albus Dumbledore1892 - 1899Later Headmaster of Hogwarts, founder of the Order of the Phoenix.
    Minerva McGonagall[1]1937 - 1944Later became Head of Gryffindor HouseTransfigurationProfessor of Hogwarts, and eventually, Headmistress .
    Rubeus Hagrid[2]1940 - 1943Expelled for uncommitted crimes in his third year.
    Fat LadyUnknownNow has a portrait that guards the Gryffindor Tower.
    Mr. Potter[3]
    R. J. H. King1960sMember of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Arthur Weasley1961 - 1968Member of the Order of the Phoenix. Eventually marriedMolly Prewett.
    Molly PrewettMember of the Order of the Phoenix. Eventually marriedArthur Weasley.
    M. G. McGonagall1960s-1970sMember of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Mary MacDonald1970sWas once victim of a curse used on her by Mulciber in her school years.
    James Potter1971 - 1978Head BoyAnimagus in the form of a stag, member of theOrder of the Phoenix. Eventually married Lily Evans.
    Lily EvansHead Girl, member of the Slug Club, member of the Order of the Phoenix. Eventually married James Potter.
    Peter PettigrewAnimagus in the form of a rat. Later joined the Death Eaters. Eventually dies when his Silver Hand turns on him.
    Remus LupinPrefect and a Werewolf. The Whomping Willow was planted because of him. Eventually married Nymphadora Tonks.
    Sirius BlackOnly member of the House of Black to be sorted outside ofSlytherin house, Animagus in the form of a dog, member of the Order of the Phoenix.
    Bill Weasley1982 - 1989Head Boy. Eventually married Fleur Delacour.
    Charles Weasley1984 - 1991Seeker and Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Works with dragons in Romania.
    Oliver Wood1987 - 1994Keeper and Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Percy WeasleyPrefect and Head Boy.
    Alicia Spinnet1989 - 1996Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member ofDumbledore's Army.
    Angelina JohnsonChaser on, and later Captain of, the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Eventually marriedGeorge Weasley.
    Fred WeasleyBeater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team; left before the end of his final year. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Died in the Battle of Hogwarts.
    George WeasleyBeater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team; left before the end of his final year. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Eventually married Angelina Johnson.
    Kenneth Towler(Possibly)
    Lee JordanMember of Dumbledore's Army. Commentator at Quidditch games.
    Patricia Stimpson(Possibly)
    Abigail Nicola1990s
    Alexander William
    Andrew Cleveley
    Andrew KirkeBeater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Angus MatlockCaptain of the Duelling club
    Anna Mirfield
    Brandon Angel
    Carl Hopkins
    Christian Alexander
    David Nolton
    Eloise Midgen
    Geoffrey Hooper
    Iain Claverdon
    Jack SloperBeater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Jason Swann
    Julie Parkes
    Katie Bell's friend
    Kenny Markham
    MichaelMember of Dumbledore´s Army
    Michael Karume
    Nandini Johar
    Natalie Fairbourne
    Neil Randall
    Rachael Codnor
    Raza Mohammad
    Ritchie CooteBeater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Roderick Seaton
    Sean Ogbourne
    Terrence Fogarty
    Thelma Holmes
    Thomas Paley
    Vicky Frobisher
    Wayne Portchester
    Yuvraj Suri
    Cormac McLaggen1990 - 1997TemporaryKeeper on theGryffindor Quidditch team and member of the Slug Club.
    Katie BellChaser on theGryffindor Quidditch team and member ofDumbledore's Army.
    Dean Thomas1991 - 1997Temporary Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Did not attend final year.
    Harry PotterSeeker and later Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Leader of Dumbledore's Army and member of the Slug Club. Did not attend final year. Defeated Lord Voldemort, and was a Master of Death. Eventually married Ginny Weasley.
    Ron WeasleyPrefect and Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; member of Dumbledore's Army; did not attend final year. Eventually married Hermione Granger.
    Hermione Granger1991 - 19971998 -1999Prefect; member of Dumbledore's Army and the Slug Club; did not attend final year but returned in 1998 to get N.E.W.T.s[4]. Eventually married Ronald Weasley.
    Bem1991 - 1998
    Fay Dunbar
    Lavender BrownMember of Dumbledore's Army.
    Neville LongbottomMember of Dumbledore's Army, later became HerbologyProfessor. Eventually married Hannah Abbott.
    Parvati PatilMember of Dumbledore's Army.
    Seamus Finnigan
    Edward1992-1993Duelling Club member.
    Colin Creevey1992-1998Member of Dumbledore's Army; died in what would have been his sixth year.
    Ginny Weasley1992 - 1999Chaser and temporary Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Member of Dumbledore's Army and the Slug Club. Eventually married Harry Potter.
    Romilda Vane1993 - 2000Tried to give Harry Potter a love potion.
    Demelza Robins1994 - 2001Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Dennis CreeveyMember of Dumbledore's Army.
    Jimmy Peakesc. 1994 - c. 2001Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    Nigel WespurtMember of Dumbledore's Army.
    Natalie McDonald1994 - 2001
    Euan Abercrombie1995 - 2002
    Girl who tested Fainting Fancies
    Astrix A.UnknownCaptain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
    ConceptaCaptain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
    Erica J.
    Ethan Gerard
    Filemina A.Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
    Haley Dakota
    Jackson Sheppard
    Jada Angela
    Jennifer Dawn
    Oona B.Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
    Owen Anthony
    Remy Olivier
    Richard Sky
    Riley Frazer
    Ryan Henry
    Sage Kelleen
    Tanner Van Burm
    Toad Toazer
    Trev Mallory
    Trinity Lynn

    Behind the scenesEdit Behind the scenes sectionEdit

    • J.K. Rowling was once asked in an interview into which House would she Sort British politician and former Prime minister Gordon Brown, were she the Sorting Hat. She jokingly responded that she would sort him into Gryffindor, because of the red colours of his political party, which match the colours of Gryffindor.
    • Many members of the Gryffindor house seem to have a gift for TransfigurationAlbus Dumbledore andMinerva McGonagall were both Transfiguration professors, while the latter was the Head of this House. There are four known Animagi from Gryffindor house: James Potter (a Stag), Sirius Black (a Dog), Peter Pettigrew(a Rat), and Minerva McGonagall (a Cat). 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.
    • Neville Longbottom was an exception to this 'rule', as Transfiguration was among his worst subjects (Herbology was his best).
    • In the films, Padma PatilParvati Patil's twin sister, is seen as a Gryffindor, while in the books she is aRavenclaw.
    • Based on their Portrait hanging in Gryffindor Tower, Valeria MyriaddOracutus SpheerDamara Dodderidge,Percival Pratt and several other unknown individuals may have been Gryffindors.
    • Rubeus Hagrid stated in the first book that all the wizards who went bad were from Slytherin, however, the Gryffindor Peter Pettigrew disproved this. Hagrid, however, didn't know that Pettigrew was still alive and working for Voldemort. Another reason why this is odd is that, at the time, Sirius Black was believed to have gone bad (Hagrid's comments in the Three Broomsticks prove that he knew nothing of the truth in this instance), and he was also a Gryffindor. So Hagrid would have known of at least one Gryffindor who had 'gone bad'. He most likely did not mention this so that Harry did not try to find out more about his godfather, or it could have been 'Gryffindor propaganda', since Slytherin and Gryffindor are known rivals.

    EtymologyEdit Etymology sectionEdit

    • Gryffindor could possibly be derived from griffin, which is a creature in mythology with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle.
    • In Old English and Old High German dor means gate or door.
    • In French "d'or" means "of gold," one of the Gryffindor House colours, though it can also come from the Greek word "dora" meaning "gift".
    • A combination can be assumed; "Golden Gift of the Lion".
    • "Griffe" is the French word for "claw", which could refer to the claw of the lion.
    • "Gryffindor" could very well be explained by heraldry: "Gryffin" would then stand for the griffin beast, and the "[d]or" would refer to the metal tincture "[d'] or" (Middle English for "[of] gold", derived from French; corresponds to yellow).

    See alsoEdit See also sectionEdit

    Notes and referencesEdit Notes and references sectionEdit

    1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 F.A.Q. question on J.K. Rowling's Official Site
    2.  2000 Barnes and Noble and Yahoo! chat
    3.  Stated in Ch. 33 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
    4.  PotterCast 130

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

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