The Best Hogwarts Houses 

Amy Boal
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If you haven't dreamed of attending Hogwarts, then you aren't a true Harry Potter fan. The one question each and every Potter devotee spends hours considering is this: What Hogwarts house am I in? It's an important query that could change the fate of would-be wizards the world over. While you can't really pop on the Sorting Hat and learn your fate - you CAN vote up the best, greatest, tip-toppiest of all the Hogwarts houses, right here on this list.

When it comes to the houses of Hogwarts, which is the best? Maybe you jump to everyone's go-to, Gryffindor, the house to which Harry himself (along with Ron, Hermione, and unlikely hero Neville Longbottom) belonged? Or perhaps IRL you are an introvert who loves to read, and think Ravenclaw sounds like a wonderful, quiet time. There are also those among Potterites who have a bit of rapscallion and mischievousness in their blood, leading them to favor Slytherin, house of he who must not be named and other nefarious characters.

Take a moment to really consider the pros and cons of all the Harry Potter houses and cast your votes accordingly. You'll have to click the buttons, though - there's no vote-casting spell in the Potter universe that also works on the Internet.

Ravenclaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hogwarts Houses
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"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind."
-The Sorting Hat

Founded by: Rowena Ravenclaw
Typical student: Intelligent, introverted, wise, creative, accepting
Colors: Blue and bronze
Mascot: Eagle
Element: Air
Notable alumni: Luna Lovegood, Padma Patil, Cho Chang, Sybill Trelawney, Gilderoy Lockhart, Quirinus Quirrell, Myrtle Warren, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helena Ravenclaw, Filius Flitwick, Uric the Oddball, Penelope Clearwater
Head: Filius Flitwick
Common room: Ravenclaw Tower 
Ghost: The Grey Lady

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Hufflepuff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hogwarts Houses
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"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil"
-The Sorting Hat

Founded by: Helga Hufflepuff
Typical student: Dedicated, fair, patient, hard working, loyal, kind
Colors: Yellow and black
Mascot: Badger
Element: Earth
Notable alumni: Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks, Pomona Sprout, Helga Hufflepuff, Newton Scamander, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Hannah Abbot, Ernie Macmillan
Head: Pomona Sprout
Common room: Hufflepuff Basement
Ghost: Fat Friar

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Slytherin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hogwarts Houses
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"Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends."

-The Sorting Hat

Founded by: Salazar Slytherin
Typical student: Cunning, ambitious, resourceful, clever, self-preserving
Colors: Green and silver
Mascot: Serpent
Element: Water
Notable alumni: Tom Riddle, Severus Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange, Horace Slughorn, Rita Skeeter, Draco Malfoy, Narcissa & Lucius Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Pansy Parkinson
Head: Severus Snape, Horace Slughorn
Common room: Slytherin Dungeon
Ghost: The Bloody Baron

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Gryffindor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hogwarts Houses
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"You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart."
-The Sorting Hat

Founded by: Godric Gryffindor
Typical student: Brave, chivalrous, daring, courageous
Colors: Crimson/scarlet and gold
Mascot: Lion
Element: Fire
Notable alumni: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Ginny Weasley, Lily & James Potter, Molly & Arthur Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Sirius Black, Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid
Head: Minerva McGonagall
Common room: Gryffindor Tower
Ghost: Nearly Headless Nick

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