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Who hasn't hoped to find a letter from Hogwarts in their mailbox to go to school with Harry Potter and Co.? The question of which house the Sorting Hat would put you in would be equally exciting: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or maybe even Slytherin? We took a close look at the homes of the four Hogwarts founders and their significance.

The student body at Hogwarts is divided into four houses in "Harry Potter", as each of the founders valued different qualities in his protégés. During "school enrollment", the pupils are assigned to a house with the help of an enchanted talking hat that best suits their character and talents. The school classes of the students are, however, mixed with groups from all houses.

During the school year, students at Hogwarts Houses compete with one another, trying to earn points for themselves and those around them in Quidditch and other areas. The house that scored the most points at the end of the school year is chosen as the house winner. The brave Gryffindor and the wily Slytherin are considered to be the greatest rivals.

House of Gryffindor

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Gryffindor students stick together in all walks of life. Image: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2018

What house is Harry Potter in? The answer is very clear to fans: Gryffindor. Harry has been with him since he was eleven. It is named after its founder, Godric Gryffindor, who valued boldness and courage. The Gryffindor's premises are on the seventh floor of the north tower. Disciples of this house uphold the virtues of courage, valor, and determination.

  • Coat of arms: a golden lion against a red background
  • House colors: Red and gold
  • Founder: Godric Gryffindor
  • Head: Professor Minerva McGonagall
  • Sweetheart: the sword of Gryffindor
  • Properties:Courage, bravery and determination
  • House spirit: the almost headless Nick
  • Well-known members: Harry Potter and His Parents, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and His Family, Albus Dumbledore, Sirius Black

House of Hufflepuff

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Cedric Diggory wears the yellow Hufflepuff jersey at the Triwizard Tournament. Image: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2018

The Hufflepuffs are at home in one of the cozy vaulted cellars near the kitchen. Everyone is welcome in their community who is diligent, patient and above all upholds justice. Therefore, the house may not produce so many outstanding magicians, but always strives for the good. Hufflepuff was founded by the famous sorceress Helga Hufflepuff, who was best known for her cooking magic.

  • Coat of arms: a black badger against a yellow background
  • House colors: black and yellow
  • Founder:Helga Hufflepuff
  • Head: Professor Pomona Sprout
  • Treasure & Horcrux: Drinking cup from Hufflepuff
  • Properties:Diligence, helpfulness, loyalty and justice
  • House spirit: the fat monk
  • Well-known members: Cedric Diggory, Newt Scamander, Nymphadora Tonks

House Slytherin

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Draco Malfoy and his friends proudly wear the colors of their house at Quidditch too. Image: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2018

Along with Gryffindor, Slytherin is one of the most famous houses at Hogwarts. After all, Harry Potter's scholarly adversary Draco Malfoy comes from this house. It is known to have produced many dark wizards - including Lord Voldemort. Some of the salient qualities of Slytherin students include pride, ambition, and cunning. The common rooms and bedrooms of the Slytherin can be found in a dark dungeon that is located under a lake.

  • Coat of arms: silver snake against a green background
  • House colors: Silver and green
  • Founder:Salazar Slytherin
  • Ladder: Professor Severus Snape
  • Treasure & Horcrux:Slytherin's locket
  • Properties: Pride, ambition and cunning
  • House spirit: the bloody baron
  • Well-known members: Tom Riddle aka Lord Voldemort, Draco and Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Dolores Umbridge, Merlin

House Ravenclaw

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Cho Chang is one of the most famous students from Ravenclaw. Image: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2018

The most gifted students at Hogwarts - with the exception of Hermione - are usually assigned to House Rawenclaw by the magical hat. You reside in the Rawenclaw Tower in the western part of Hogwarts. Rawenclaw students only get in if they can answer a riddle on the eagle-shaped door knocker - an indication of the cleverness of these students.

  • Coat of arms: bronze eagle against blue background
  • House colors: Bronze and blue
  • Founder:Rowena Ravenclaw
  • Ladder: Professor Filius Flitwick
  • Treasure & Horcrux: Rowena Ravenclaw's tiara
  • Properties: Intelligence, learning and wisdom
  • House spirit: the gray lady (Helena Rawenclaw)
  • Well-known members: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Sybill Trelawney, Gilderoy Lockhart