Harry Potter: The Gryffindor Traits Of Each Gryffindor Character

Harry Potter Gryffindors

The three main characters of the Harry Potter series all find themselves sorted into House Gryffindor. Gryffindors are adventurous, brave, principled and adaptive. The people sorted into this house have a wide range of traits beyond just those four. This house is full of stern disciplinarians, devoted friends, unlikely heroes, and natural leaders. have you ever thought a famous Gryffindor could have been the perfect Hufflepuff or an awesome Ravenclaw? We've made a list of some of the most recognizable Gryffindors and outlined the traits that make them a perfect fit for their house. We’re backing up the sorting hat on these ones.

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10 Harry Potter

Harry Potter narrowly avoided being placed in Slytherin. Nothing can hide from the sorting hat. It sensed Voldemort’s presence in Harry. That coupled with his sharp wits would have made him a perfect Slytherin. Harry instinctively knew where he belonged. The courage in his heart and his family legacy made him a perfect Gryffindor. Harry begged the sorting hat to place him anywhere but Slytherin. The hat could feel that bravery and came up with its second choice. It was fate. Harry was a Gryffindor.

9 Hermione Granger

Hermione is an interesting choice for Griffindor. On the surface, she seems like the perfect Ravenclaw. She cherishes academics and the power of the mind above all else. Hermione had a strong preference for Gryffindor before she even arrived at Hogwarts. Her strict adherence to the rules is in stark contrast with the typical Gryffindor personality. It isn’t for lack of bravery that Hermione is so hesitant to bend the rules. She’s only afraid of compromising her academic career. Much like in Harry’s case, the sorting hat took her desire into account and placed her where she truly wanted to be.

8 Ron Weasley

You could easily argue that Ron Weasley would make a perfect Hufflepuff. He’s sweet, he likes to be safe and cozy and he loves his friends very deeply. The sorting hat sees into the depths of your true self. Ron may not be the bravest character in the Potterverse but the hat saw the courage hidden in Ron’s heart.

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He was willing to sacrifice himself to save his friends which took not only courage but chivalry. Ron may be the first to scream and cry, but he never gives up either. That makes him a Gryffindor.

7 Neville Longbottom 

Neville Harry Potter

Neville is a fantastic example of one of the main traits of Gryffindor. His bravery is immense. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the will to carry on no matter how scared you are. Neville had the guts to stand up to his friends for what he thought was right. That’s no easy task for a young guy. Neville is also quite stubborn and stands his ground. He may not be the flashiest or most competitive guy, but he does his house proud.

6 James Potter 

James Potter spent his days at Hogwarts as a proud member of House Gryffindor. His bravery is the stuff of legend. He stood up to He Who Shall Not Be Named and tried to save his beloved family. 

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James Potter was sorted into house Gryffindor. His son and grandson would carry on his legacy. There are a lot of opinions about James Potter but you can’t deny that he had the courage to properly represent his house.

5 Lily Potter 

The legendary mother of Harry Potter was part of his family legacy in Gryffindor. She was absolutely not short on courage at all. Lily showed incredible bravery and chivalry when she died to protect infant Harry. Nothing is more Gryffindor than risking your own safety or life in order to save someone you love. Standing up to Voldemort made her a hero in the wizarding world and a credit to House Gryffindor. Lily made Head Girl in her 7th year at Hogwarts.

4 Dumbledore

Young Hermione Granger knew she wanted to be a Gryffindor, in part because even Dumbledore himself was in the house of courage and chivalry. To say that he’s one of the heroes of the house’s history would be an understatement. Dumbledore has the courage, will, and loyalty to make any Gryffindor proud. Some have argued that he could have also made a powerful Slytherin due to his ambition early in his career. Dumbledore was in the house he truly belonged in.

3 Professor McGonagall

Loyalty is one of the most important traits for any Gryffindor. Professor McGonagall exemplifies this characteristic perfectly. She stands by Dumbledore’s side with ferocity. She ’s one of Dumbledore's most trusted confidants and closest friends.

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While she may not be the warm and outwardly friendly personality you’ve come to know from other Gryffindors, she loves with her whole heart. Her devotion to the people she cares about makes her a fabulous representative of her house.

2 Ginny Weasley 

Little Ginny Weasley is a Gryffindor legacy. As the youngest in a family of seven and the only girl, she had to learn to be brave from the beginning. We watched Ginny develop slowly in the books. The first things we learn about Ginny are that she’s incredibly shy and she is really hooked on Harry. You might think all Gryffindors are outgoing and vivacious, but Ginny is a perfect example of the exception to the rule. She’s shy but she’s also not overly concerned with rules and expectations. As we get to know her better we see that she’s curious and has a saucy sense of humor.

1 Hagrid

Humility isn’t the first trait you think of when imagining a Gryffindor. Hagrid is a humble man but he represents his house none the less. He’s fiercely loyal to all he cares about, regardless of species. He has the courage to stand up to anyone, even Dumbledore. Hagrid has no problem fighting for what he believes is right. He has a clearly defined code of ethics which don’t always align with the rules of the wizarding world. Hagrid is a rule breaker and a law bender. That makes Hagrid a true risk-taking Gryffindor.

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