Harry Potter: The Worst Things Gryffindors Got Away With Doing

Dumbledore obviously had a soft spot for Gryffindors. How else would they have been able to get away with so much?

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, it's only natural for witches and wizards to break the rules at some point, particularly during the infant and toddler years when they don't know any better. Once they are are old enough to attend Hogwarts, however, students should be able to control themselves much better, following the rules designed to protect them.

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Not Gryfindors, though! Not only is the Gryffindor House known to routinely smash rules, they also completely get away with it. Sometimes they are even rewarded for behavior that would have landed other students an expulsion notice--or even worse.

10 Hermione Used Petrificus Totalus On Neville

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Neville Longbottom Petrificus Totalus

Friends shouldn't curse friends. That curse is also known as the The Full Body-Bind, meaning that Neville was paralyzed and could do nothing while his friends went off to save the world. They could have included him, they could have simply disarmed him, as Harry is so fond of doing; yet Hermione thought it most appropriate to freeze poor Neville and let him stew in his own fear. Rather than being punished, she, along with the other rule-breakers, was rewarded.

9 Harry And Ron Drove The Flying Car

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This incident shouldn't have only gotten them expelled, but also resulted in their wands being snapped in half. Ron's was snapped by accident, but between all of the laws they broke they should have been banned from magic like poor Hagrid.

8 They Bullied Snape

It's true that Snape was pursuing the Dark Arts at the time, and perhaps the boys went at him because of his dark side, but we're not given that context. Instead it would seem they bullied him due to his appearance, personality and the fact that he was friends with Lily Potter, which is much worse.

7 Hermione Cheated During Quidditch Tryouts

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Using a Confundus charm on Cormac McLaggen was not only unethical, but it was dangerous. Quidditch is already a dangerous sport and Hermione could have caused an injury by casting the spell on the smarmy young wizard. McLaggen probably would have even made a better Keeper, so it also sabotaged the Quidditch team.

6 They Break Rules Left And Right And Are Rewarded For It

All throughout this, the witches and wizards of Gryffindor are rarely punished, even when they get caught. There are a few detentions awarded here and there, but there are multiple instances where Harry, Ron and even Hermione should have been expelled from school.

5 They Won The House Cup Without Having Earned It

House Cup Hufflepuff

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To be fair, Gryffindors do get points taken away by Professor Snape for dumb reasons all of the time, but that doesn't mean that Dumbledore should just throw it all at the end-of-term feast. Any points should be awarded before then in terms of equity.

4 Fred And George Pull Mean Pranks

They've also tormented muggles like Dudley Dursley, which should have gotten them into trouble for breaking underage wizard laws. Since technically Dudley ate the candy that caused his predicament, the twins weren't punished, but it was certainly their fault.

3 Harry Used The Half-Blood Prince's Spells

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Then when Harry was caught with the book and harmed Draco Malfoy with one of its spells, nothing happened. He was able to whisk it off to the Room of Requirement before it could be confiscated or used to implicate him, which would have certainly had dire consequences.

2 Literally Everything Dumbledore Has Done

While we can't blame Albus for Lily and James's demise, as that was completely on Voldemort, we do think he wasn't nearly as careful as he should have been. To make matters worse, he then used everyone involved, from the man who harbored an unrequited love for Lily to her own child, in a plot to save the world without caring about their own feelings.

1 Harry Became An Auror

Harry's grades were average, his behavior was often terrible, he completely failed at Occlumency and he was awful at snooping after other wizards, particularly Malfoy and Snape, both of whom he was frequently wrong about. How many other wizards were denied entrance into the Auror program when Harry was allowed due to his special circumstances?

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