Hogwarts House Ghosts

“About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall, pearly-white and slightly transparent…”

After a thousand years of magical inhabitation, Hogwarts is the most heavily haunted building in Britain. Among the various has-beens of Hogwarts, there are four ghosts who have the distinction of representing each of the school houses.

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The Hogwarts Founders

“Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen”

The renowned founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over a thousand years ago, Rowena Ravenclaw dreamt of following a warted hog to a mountainside loch. The rest as they say, is history…

Hagrid’s Cabin

There was only one room inside. Hams and pheasants were hanging from the ceiling, a copper kettle was boiling on the open fire, and in the corner stood a massive bed with a patchwork quilt over it.

The little wooden cabin at the edge of the Forbidden Forest where Hagrid lives with his faithful dog Fang. Occasional other beastly inhabitants include Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback and Buckbeak the fugitive hippogriff.

Dolores Umbridge

“What Cornelius doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

Dolores Jane Umbridge is a power-hungry Ministry of Magic official. Deeply prejudiced, controlling and sadistic, Umbridge is a nightmare in pink, bows frills and flounces. Her hobbies include collecting the ‘Frolicsome Feline’ ornamental plate range and inventing instruments of torture.

Professor Slughorn

“To friendship! To generosity! To ten Galleons a hair!”

Professor H. E. F. Slughorn enjoys his “creature comforts”, from velvet smoking jackets to crystallised pineapple. He was (reluctantly) winkled out of retirement to resume his post as Potions Master at Hogwarts. “Old Sluggy” is a very influential teacher – he cherry-picks particularly bright or talented students for his Slug Club at Hogwarts, and is always happy to give a leg-up to his favourites.

Rare few Ravenclaws

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit & learning
Will always find their kind.

Padma Patil.

Handful of Hufflepuffs

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just & loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.

Ernie Macmillan, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones and Justin Finch-Fletchley.

Slytherin Squad

Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.

Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Blaise Zabini and Millicent Bulstrode.

Gryffindor Gang

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve & chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.

Neville Longbottom, Lavender Brown, Parvati Patil, Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan.