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The Best Hogwarts Houses

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.

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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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    "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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    "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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    "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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