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The Greatest Wizards And Witches In Harry Potter History (And How They Embody Their Hogwarts Houses)

Harry Potter features many impressive witches and wizards. Much has been written about which of them are the most powerful, but this list is more focused on the greatest witches and wizards in terms of how they embody their Hogwarts Houses.

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw are all represented here by particularly accomplished characters who encapsulate their respective house's traits. Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry; Slytherin values ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness; Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fairness; Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, creativity, and wit.

Inevitably some great witches and wizards are not on this list, not because of their weaknesses, but because they don't represent their Hogwarts house's traits as well as others. Impressive witches and wizards who did not attend Hogwarts are, of course, ineligible for the list.

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10 Nymphadora Tonks (Hufflepuff)

Tonks is generally remembered as an Auror, crucial Order of the Phoenix member, and as the wife of Remus Lupin. What people often don't talk about is that she's also a Hufflepuff, the traits of which shine through many facets of her identity and actions. Under the tutelage of Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks dedicated herself to becoming an exceptional Auror.

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She achieved this task, and later on balanced it with loyally serving the Order of the Phoenix at the same time. Her relationship with Lupin demonstrates other Hufflepuff traits as she loved him completely, regardless of his werewolf condition. How he'd been treated his whole life was unfair and she was determined to change that, doing everything in her power to make him feel loved and accepted.

9 Garrick Ollivander (Ravenclaw)

Ollivander is generally considered the best wandmaker in the world, with numerous generations purchasing their wands from Ollivander. His impeccable memory allowed him to recall every wand he ever sold. No customer was too difficult as he always found the perfect wand for them and no one possessed as deep a knowledge of wandlore as him.

Even though Ollivander never acquired the Elder Wand, his knowledge of the legendary weapon and wandlore, in general, were crucial to Harry ultimately figuring out how to beat Voldemort despite the Dark Lord wielding the Elder Wand. Ollivander's intelligence, knowledge, and wit are unparalleled with wand making and wandlore, making him a true Ravenclaw and all-time great wizard.

8 Regulus Black (Slytherin)

Regulus demonstrated plenty of ambition as a student at Hogwarts as he became a star player on Slytherin's Quidditch team and a member of Horace Slughorn's exclusive and elite Slug Club. His ambition only started there as he received his Dark Mark and became a Death Eater. This more traditional ambition was later overshadowed by creating a fake Horcrux and swapping it out with the real one.

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Regulus was cunning and resourceful enough to pull this off and years after his death was still able to fool the likes of Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore died before realizing he and Harry had acquired a fake Horcrux, and Voldemort remained ignorant of it all until learning that Harry, Hermione, and Ron were on a quest to locate and destroy his Horcruxes.

The influence Regulus's actions had on Kreacher went a long way in the quest for the Horcruxes and in the fight against Voldemort. All of this makes Regulus a true Slytherin, one who is certainly underrated.

7 Neville Longbottom (Gryffindor)

At first, it didn't appear as though Neville Longbottom belonged in Gryffindor. That all changed toward the end of Sorcerer's Stone when he tried to stop his friends Harry, Ron, and Hermione from leaving Gryffindor tower so Gryffindor wouldn't lose even more points. Confronting them with nothing but fists and wearing nothing but his teddy bear pajamas, it was a classically foolish, yet brave Gryffindor move.

Over the years, Neville blossomed further and cemented his status as a pure Gryffindor. He joined Dumbledore's Army and chose to fight in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Except for Luna Lovegood, he was the only D.A. member to respond to the call of his fake galleon and join the fight against the Death Eaters during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.

In his seventh year when Hogwarts was at the mercy of the ruthless Carrows, Neville helped restart Dumbledore's Army. He provided invaluable hope, resistance, and even refuge for his fellow students. He fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, but his defining moment came when despite everyone thinking Harry Potter was dead, Neville openly defied Voldemort, pulled the sword of Godric Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat, and with it destroyed Nagini — Voldemort's last Horcrux.

6 Newt Scamander (Hufflepuff)

Newt Scamander and Niffler in Fantastic Beasts Movie

Newt Scamander's treatment of Nifflers and all other magical creatures he interacts with are evidence of his Hufflepuff traits. He is patient with all of them, working tirelessly to meet their diverse needs and provide them with a safe home. Even when other witches and wizard panic and order him to take a course of action that best suits them, Newt's loyally stands by his creatures and does what's best for them.

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His patience and dedication also helped him compile the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a text that remains essential decades later when Harry Potter is a student at Hogwarts. Newt demonstrates his Hufflepuff traits most notably with his beloved creatures, but he also shows them with people. He's loyal to Tina Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski, standing by his friends and is never even slightly tempted by Gellert Grindelwald. His loyalty and dedication will only grow stronger as the Fantastic Beasts film series continues, especially after officially choosing his side at the end of Crimes of Grindelwald.

5 Luna Lovegood (Ravenclaw)

Luna might not come to mind as a particularly powerful witch, but in a non-traditional sense, she is a great one and perhaps the truest Ravenclaw to ever live. She's unusually perceptive, often speaking uncomfortable, yet essential truths about herself and others.

In true Ravenclaw fashion, she always seeks to learn more and further build her knowledge. This pursuit of knowledge was invaluable as a member of Dumbledore's Army, where always pushing herself to learn more allowed her to become a more powerful witch who played an essential role in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and the Battle of Hogwarts. Her knowledge concerning Ravenclaw's diadem was also crucial for understanding, finding, and destroying one of Voldemort's last Horcruxes.

4 Severus Snape (Slytherin)

Snape was always ambitious, cunning, and resourceful, though how he chose to use those traits changed over the years. The Half-Blood Prince book Harry found is evidence that Snape was unparalleled at Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and the Dark Arts, even creating his own spells like Sectumsempra.

Later, he focused on being one of Voldemort's most important Death Eaters. After learning what Voldemort planned to do to his beloved Lily, Snape channeled his traits for something entirely different. He became a double-agent, fooling Voldemort and aiding Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.

Despite Voldemort being a master Occlumens and the most powerful dark wizard to ever live, he failed to realize where Snape's true loyalties rested. Those broad strokes make Snape quite the Slytherin, as do more specific moments like the cunning and resourcefulness used to help Harry come to possess the sword of Godric Gryffindor in the Forest Dean.

3 Albus Dumbledore (Gryffindor)

Albus Dumbledore's wisdom seems like Ravenclaw material, yet he's still a particularly strong embodiment of Gryffindor. Many of his plans require some serious nerve that some feel is unwise. Just think about the nerve required in all his plans concerning Harry, the Horcruxes, and with Snape, especially when convincing Snape to kill him when the time came.

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No matter the opinion of the Ministry of Magic or the public at large, Dumbledore bravely led the Order of the Phoenix against Voldemort in both Wizarding Wars. He dueled the two most powerful dark wizards in history — defeating Gellert Grindelwald in 1945 and driving Voldemort out of the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix.

2 Voldemort (Slytherin)

Ambition is a key Slytherin trait, and Voldemort's certainly had no bounds. He created numerous Horcruxes that allowed him to be immortal for many years. How he chose to create, hide, and protect each of the Horcruxes showed much of his cunning and resourcefulness as well. He became the most powerful dark wizard of all time and amassed a massive army of Death Eaters, Dementors, werewolves, giants, and Inferi. Both the First and Second Wizarding Wars happened because of him. Perhaps his most impressive feat and truest Slytherin moment was in how cleverly he rose above his lowest point, regaining a body, his followers, and returning to become the world's greatest threat again despite everything he'd lost.

1 Harry Potter (Gryffindor)

The Sorting Hat nearly put Harry in Slytherin, but time and time again he proved that he belonged in Gryffindor. There are countless examples of Harry being a true Gryffindor, many of them occurring when standing up to injustice. The creation of Dumbledore's Army captures many of his Gryffindor traits, a daring move that defied Dolores Umbridge and the Ministry of Magic. He made his peers confront the reality of Voldemort's return, teaching them how to defend themselves against such threats.

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Attaining Voldemort's Horcruxes from the Ministry, Gringotts, and Hogwarts necessitated quite a bit of nerve, as did Harry's plan to likely die when facing Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Like a true Gryffindor, he often rushed into situations and acted before thinking everything through, fueled foremost by bravery.

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