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Famous Gryffindors through the ages

Good news, you’ve been sorted into Gryffindor. Here are a few illustrious names from your Hogwarts house to inspire you.

The fireplace in the Gryffindor Common Room
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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, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Godric Gryffindor
One of the four Hogwarts founders, Gryffindor was bold, brave and a truly exceptional wizard. He was also the most accomplished dueller of his age, and his sword is a treasured artefact. He was born in a West Country village, later called Godric’s Hollow in his honour and home to Lily, James and Harry Potter.

Albus Dumbledore
Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and founder of the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore was widely considered to be one of the greatest wizards of all time. His achievements include defeating Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, and his work on alchemy with Nicolas Flamel.

Dumbledore Atomhawk illustration

Minerva McGonagall
The Head of Gryffindor house during Harry Potter’s time at Hogwarts, McGonagall was highly intelligent, exceptionally talented, and an accomplished Animagus. This Transfiguration teacher and deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts was as formidable as Gryffindor’s house animal.

Harry Potter
The Chosen One, the Boy Who Lived and perhaps the bravest Gryffindor the house has ever seen. Need we say more?

Ron Weasley
Everyone’s favourite right-hand man, where would Harry have been without Ron? He may have started out in the shadow of his best friend but he would go on to face many of his fears, showing true leadership in times of need and becoming a credit to his house.

Ron Weasley by Jim Kay
Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Illustrated Edition

Hermione Granger
Impossibly intelligent, quick-thinking and considerate of others, Hermione was far and away one of the most brilliant witches of her time. Her immense bravery and intellect were crucial in the defeat of Voldemort.

House Ghost: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
Otherwise known as ‘Nearly Headless Nick’. Following his death in 1492, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington went on to become Gryffindor house’s ghost-in-residence. Kind, noble and eternally proud, Nick lent a hand to many a Gryffindor in need over the years.

Nearly Headless Nick greeting guests to his Deathday party
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