The Harry Potter houses tend to come under both a lot of praise and a lot of fire. Gryffindor, for example, tends to get thought of as the best house to be in because all the main characters were there. Hufflepuff is stereotyped as a house for pushovers. Slytherin is thought of as the ‘evil’ house.
The truth is, none of the Hogwarts houses are this two dimensional. They each have positive and negative traits, and no two people are the same. Likewise, no one is purely good or purely evil. So here are the best and worst traits from each of them, to give a little more perspective!
8 The Best Of Gryffindor: Brave
Let’s start with the obvious: Gryffindor is the house of the brave. Harry ended up there because of his courage. Hermione and Ron joined him for the same reason. The Harry Potter books preach the lesson of how important it is to be brave in the face of hard times over and over, and each of the most courageous characters is placed in Gryffindor.
It’s a house known for this trait, the one that people scramble to be in because they want to be thought of the same way. So if you’re in Gryffindor, congratulations on having this great quality!
7 The Worst Of Gryffindor: Stubborn
Gryffindors can be very hard-headed. As much as people think of Gryffindor as being flawless heroes, this simply isn’t the case. Gryffindors are not without their imperfections, and trying to argue with a Gryffindor or change their mind on a subject is a near impossible task. This makes them hard to debate with and also can just… make them a pain to deal with in general.
Even Harry, the hero of the series, never wants to admit when he’s wrong. Look at when he runs off chasing Sirius and can’t accept that it might have been a trap set by Voldemort. Which it was, by the way.
6 The Best Of Hufflepuff: Loyal
J.K. Rowling pointed out that in the final book, the Hufflepuffs were the ones who stayed in the fight in the battle because they knew it was right, not because they wanted credit or to show off. Hufflepuffs are loyal to their morals and their friends right till the bitter end. They often get stereotyped as not having a lot of ‘strong’ traits but in this regard, they’re actually the strongest of all the houses.
The song also points out that they’re ‘unafraid of toil’, so it’s pretty confusing as to why they’re even thought of as not having any strong, defining traits in the first place.
5 The Worst Of Hufflepuff: Too Trusting
The problem with Hufflepuffs is that sometimes they think because they’re fiercely loyal and kind, everyone else is. This sadly isn’t true of the world. Hufflepuffs expect that same loyalty back and often don’t get it. That means they’re often going out on a limb for people that just wouldn’t do the same for them.
Hufflepuffs are the easiest to take advantage of, and their good hearts mean that their kindness can sometimes be a burden on them. They would do well to be a bit more cynical of people instead of automatically assuming everyone wants the best for them.
4 The Best Of Ravenclaw: Intelligent
The password to the Ravenclaw common room is a riddle, that apparently most of its students even as young as eleven can solve but none of the other houses can. This alone is a huge indication that Ravenclaws are extremely smart.
Some of them may not be naturally so, but those who aren’t are inclined towards study, to keep improving themselves until they’re just as clever as the rest of their housemates. It’s a huge intelligence compliment to be placed in this house—which sadly may put a lot of pressure on students when it comes to grades and exams.
3 The Worst Of Ravenclaw: Dismissive
That’s the thing about Ravenclaws, though; they know they’re smart. They’ve spent their lives being told it, and it’s pretty much what makes their house—well, their house. They’re aware of the high intelligence around them and that means they might tend to dismiss people from other houses as less intelligent. They think they know best.
This might not be the case though, as much as it’s what they’re assuming. People from other houses may just be clever in a different kind of way. But arrogance and dismissiveness can be present in Ravenclaws, and needs to be watched for in case it becomes too much.
2 The Best Of Slytherin: Resourceful
If you want anyone with you in a crisis, it’s a Slytherin. They’re good at keeping a cool head. They can pause, think, and find their way out of a situation when they need to. They’re not likely to lose their minds out of fear and pressure, and they’re inventive problem-solvers. If you can’t think of a way to overcome a difficulty, you should ask your Slytherin friend; chances are, they can.
This trait has often been used for dark things, like what we see the likes of Voldemort and Draco Malfoy doing, but on its own, it’s a positive trait, and many Slytherins use it as such. Just look at Regulus Black, who managed to sneak around working on the horcruxes right under Voldemort’s nose.
1 The Worst Of Slytherin: Manipulative
Although Slytherins aren’t all evil, they do have their bad traits—like any other house. Their main worst trait is that they can be prone to being manipulative. Sometimes it’s unconscious, sometimes it’s awful and on a large scale like Voldemort’s takeover, but it has a tendency to happen, and Slytherins should look for it within themselves and work on it.
They want to get their own way, and their ambition means they’ll go to any lengths necessary—which often means telling people things that aren’t true, or twisting situations to move everything in their favored direction. Of course, each house has multiple awesome traits and multiple terrible ones, but you’ll find these stand out the most in people.