Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the Hogwarts professors in Harry Potter were once students. Especially the older teachers such as Dumbledore. It’s hard to ever imagine them as young, but they were all students once, and when they were, they were sorted into Hogwarts Houses just as everyone else in the books is.
How good is your knowledge about the series? Do you know which house each professor was in, or can you guess from their personality? Some are easy to guess because the house traits are so prominent, but some are a little more difficult. But don’t get too cocky, some are super surprising.
10. Albus Dumbledore: Gryffindor
Dumbledore is one of those people who could convincingly be in any house (except maybe Hufflepuff). He’s brave, but he’s also resourceful and ambitious, even manipulative. He’s definitely very clever. But, when he was 11 and sat under the Sorting Hat, it decided that he was best suited to Gryffindor and his bravery trumped all else.
That makes sense. Some people show traits from multiple houses, and although Dumbledore is definitely one of those, his passion and courage make him a Gryffindor. Like I said though, I probably wouldn’t have argued with the books if they had later revealed he was actually a Slytherin…
9. Minerva McGonagall: Gryffindor
Minerva McGonagall was a hatstall, according to J.K. Rowling. A hatstall means that she fit directly into two houses and the Sorting Hat had to make a quick call, even though either would have been the right answer. She was a hatstall between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, which makes sense. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly and is extremely intelligent, with a dry wit to her sure to make people laugh.
Ultimately though, her fiery nature makes me think that Gryffindor was absolutely the right call for her. She’s also extremely passionate about the house, clearly delighted whenever they win a Quidditch game and devastated when they lose house points.
8. Filius Flitwick: Ravenclaw
Head of Ravenclaw is Filius Flitwick. We don’t see very much of him throughout the series; we only know that he teaches Charms and is head of Ravenclaw, so we can reasonably assume he’s very creative and intelligent since those are the prominent traits of that house.
He also seems willing to fight for what’s right. He enters the battle of Hogwarts more reluctantly than say, McGonagall, but he does so happily; meaning that although he’s a Ravenclaw, that doesn’t mean he isn’t brave or loyal. It just means that his intelligence outshines everything else. Seems like a lot of these professors could convincingly be in a couple of the houses…
7. Pomona Sprout: Hufflepuff
Professor Sprout teaches Herbology in the books and is head of Hufflepuff. Hufflepuffs are often misjudged when it comes to the series. Because their traits aren’t as fiery or obvious as some of the other houses, they’re dismissed as being the house people are sorted into just because they don’t fit elsewhere. This, however, just isn’t true.
Hufflepuffs are loyal and kind. They stayed to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts because they knew it was the right thing to do and took no convincing, even though bravery isn’t one of their listed traits. They’re not more intelligent than Ravenclaw or courageous than Gryffindor, but their traits are amazing in their own right.
6. Severus Snape: Slytherin
Then there’s Snape, head of Slytherin. There tends to be an assumption that most of Slytherin House is evil and for a while in the books, Snape did nothing to disprove this. The truth is that Slytherins aren’t inherently evil, though. They’re resourceful and ambitious, and the latter means that they sometimes come across as cutthroat. So yes, the evil dark wizards do tend to come out of Slytherin because of these traits, but that doesn’t mean they’re all evil.
And as it turns out, Snape wasn’t — even if he was an unpleasant bully to be around. He wasn’t anything like Voldemort, but I still don’t exactly love him. Sorry, Rowling.
5. Remus Lupin: Gryffindor
Remus Lupin was only a teacher at Hogwarts for one year, thanks to the curse on the Defence Against The Dark Arts position. However, as he was one of the best teachers that Hogwarts ever saw, he deserves a mention here.
Remus could also have been a convincing Ravenclaw but instead, he was put in Gryffindor with the rest of his Marauder friends. Remus fought in the war against Voldemort bravely while facing his own troubles every month; namely, the fact that he was a werewolf and had to undergo an extremely painful transformation when the full moon was out.
4. Horace Slughorn: Slytherin
Horace Slughorn is an example of a Slytherin a little different from Snape. He’s not so ambitious that he’s deeply unpleasant to others, he’s just dismissive of those he doesn’t find worthy of his time. When he appears in Half-Blood Prince, he’s very interested in Harry because of his fame, just as he was in Tom Riddle.
He’s by no means a bully though, and as the books go on, he becomes willing to do the right thing. He even mentions a fondness for Harry’s mother who was Muggle-born, proving that not all Slytherins are prejudiced against those they consider to be of lesser blood.
3. Gilderoy Lockhart: Ravenclaw… Yes, Really
This is one that I really can’t get over.
Gilderoy Lockhart is… pretty much an idiot. The only thing he seems to be good at is memory charms, erasing the memories of great witches and wizards, and taking credit for their achievements. He’s not creative enough to make up his own stories, nor is he witty enough to make anyone like him. The only people who seem endeared by him at all are people with crushes on him because he’s good-looking; his personality leaves a lot to be desired.
And yet, he was in Ravenclaw when he was in school, according to J.K. Rowling. This one needs some explaining if you ask me…
2. Sybill Trelawney: Ravenclaw
Sybill Trelawney was also in Ravenclaw. This might seem surprising at first glance. She drinks too much, most of what she says isn’t at all correct, and she doesn’t seem to have her life together. Funny enough, Ravenclaws are associated with being practical and level-headed.
It is, however, a little more believable than Lockhart for the sheer reason that Trelawney’s claims about being a Seer weren’t actually false. She did make a couple of real prophecies, so it wasn’t total rubbish that she believed herself to be able to see the future.
Still, she’s definitely not someone who’s an example of a typical Ravenclaw.
1. Rubeus Hagrid: Gryffindor
Hagrid was eventually given the Care of Magical Creatures professor job at Hogwarts, despite having been expelled from the school when he was a student. And boy, does he deserve to work there despite his expulsion.
Hagrid is a Gryffindor alumnus, and unlike a lot of the other professors, this seems to be the only house that would adequately fit him. He’s eagerly brave, willing to do what’s right, and seems to care deeply and passionately about people. Hagrid is one of the best people among the professors and although a little clumsy and tactless, is very well-meaning, and this is what makes him perfect for his house.