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Things You Probably Didn't About The Founders Of Hogwarts

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While there's a lot known about Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter, not as much is known about the founders of Hogwarts. Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin, and Helga Hufflepuff created the school, and lived pretty incredible lives, even if they were taking place behind the scenes rather than in the books. The history behind the school's founders will deepen any Harry Potter fan's love of the series, and make the Wizarding World even more magical than it already is.

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    Salazar Slytherin Created His Own Wand

    Salazar Slytherin's wand was a thing to marvel at. It was created out of snakewood containing a Basilisk horn. Moreover, Slytherin crafted it in such a way that he could command it to "sleep," making it unusable by others and prolonging its power.

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    Salazar Slytherin's Wand Eventually Sprouted A Magical Tree At Ilvermony School

    As Salazar Slytherin's wand could only be activated through Parseltongue, it was rendered useless when his last heir to speak the language Gormlaith Gaunt died after commanding the wand to stop working. His niece Isolt Sayre took the wand and eventually founded Ilvermony School in America.

    Isolt buried the wand in the school grounds, following which a snakewood tree grew in that spot. The tree could not be cut or trimmed due to Slytherin's magic living on but was found to have powerful medicinal properties in its leaves.

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    Helga Hufflepuff Had A Gift For Food-Related Charms

    The one to thank for the delicious food at Hogwarts is Helga Hufflepuff. Her recipes were still used a century after her demise as the taste was timeless. Hufflepuff had a gift for food-related charms that allowed her to prepare meals like no other. The cooking at Hogwarts continues to be prepared after the example she set.

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  • Even more interesting than Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw being close is the fact that Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor were once best friends as well. That's a stark contrast to their eventual animosity that broke their friendship. Originally, the two wizards were the closest of friends who shared a similar relationship to that of the female co-founders of Hogwarts.

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