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10 Most Famous Gryffindor Characters in Harry Potter

10 Most Famous Gryffindor Characters in Harry Potter

Gryffindors are loyal, brave, courageous, and daring. This house has produced some of the greatest witches and wizards of all time.

Many of them have had to make tough sacrifices for those they love, and this makes them who they are.

In this article, you will learn about some of the most famous and notable witches and wizards to come from Gryffindor.

10. Minerva McGonagall

Minerva McGonagall
Minerva McGonagall

Professor McGonagall is known for her lifelong loyalty to those she loves. She exhibits this in her devotion to Dumbledore and when she stands up for Professor Trelawney when Umbridge tries to banish her.

Minerva McGonagall’s childhood was difficult. Her mother gave up magic because of her love for her muggle husband.

Minerva did not receive proper magical training when her abilities appeared at a young age since her mother wanted to hide magic from Minerva’s father.

At Hogwarts, she was a “hatstall” because it took the Sorting Hat over five minutes to determine if she was a Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.

Minerva later fell in love with and got engaged to a muggle. However, she did not want to follow in her mother’s footsteps and broke off the engagement.

She went on to work at the Ministry of Magic, where her boss, Elphinstone Urquart, fell in love with her.

Multiple times in the following years, he proposed to her, and she finally said yes. Sadly, he died only three years later.

Professor McGonagall moved back to Hogwarts, where she taught a class on Transfiguration. Eventually, she became the Deputy Headmistress.

Even though she was not a member of the Order of the Phoenix, she would spy for them by changing into a tabby cat. This is also how she kept an eye on Harry while he was growing up.

9. Sirius Black

Sirius Black
Sirius Black

Sirius Black strongly disagreed with his pureblood family’s hatred of muggles. For this reason, his family did not like him, and he found his true family in James and Lily Potter.

While attending Hogwarts, his friend group consisted of James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. They called themselves the Marauders.

When they found out that Remus was a werewolf, they all became Animagi (which was forbidden) to support him when he turned.

Therefore, Sirius could turn into a big, black dog which is why he also went by the name Padfoot.

Sirius is perhaps most notably known for being framed for the murder of the Potters and 12 muggles. However, it was Peter Pettigrew who relayed the Potters’ location to Voldemort.

Sirius spent 12 years in Azkaban until he escaped as Padfoot. He rejoined the Order of the Phoenix to fight against Voldemort.

Sadly, Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange, murdered him during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

8. Rubeus Hagrid

How Did They Make Hagrid So Tall in Harry Potter
Rubeus Hagrid with Harry Potter

Known as the beloved friend and mentor, Rubeus Hagrid was half-giant and half-wizard. He grew to be 11 ½ feet tall.

Tom Riddle (Voldemort) framed Hagrid in his third year at Hogwarts for the opening of the Chamber of Secrets.

Tom also said that Hagrid’s pet spider was the monster that attacked the muggle-born students and killed one of them.

Thankfully Dumbledore did not believe Tom’s story and allowed Hagrid to live on the grounds of Hogwarts as the gamekeeper.

The Ministry of Magic destroyed Hagrid’s wand so that he could no longer practice magic. However, Hagrid found a way around this by using his umbrella.

Dumbledore entrusted Hagrid with watching over Harry and eventually acclimating him to the wizarding world.

Hagrid took this job seriously and always sought to protect Harry. Later, he became the Care of Magical Creatures professor and joined the Order of the Phoenix.

Related: How they made Hagrid look so big in the movies

7. Neville Longbottom

Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom
Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom

The wizard with the best comeback story might be Neville Longbottom. When he was just a baby, Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters tortured his parents.

Neville and Harry were the babies that Professor Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy might have been regarding. For this reason, Voldemort sought out the Potters while Bellatrix went after the Longbottoms.

Neville’s parents spent the rest of their days at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Unfortunately, they did not recognize Neville, and his strict grandmother raised him.

His grandmother told him frequently that he was not good enough and did not live up to his parent’s legacy. His grandmother’s criticism most likely contributed to his insecure and shy nature.

This proved to be untrue since Neville was the one who stood up to Voldemort himself when everyone thought Harry was dead and wanted to give up.

He also successfully killed Voldemort’s snake, Nagini, the final Horcrux, and enabled Harry to defeat Voldemort for good.

Neville became an Auror and eventually returned to Hogwarts as a professor of Herbology.

He married Hannah Abbott, a girl from Hufflepuff House that attended Hogwarts with him.

6. Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

Ron Weasley is the youngest son of the seven Weasley children. The Weasleys were a pureblood family that did not share the belief in “blood purity.” The other pure-blood families despised them because of this.

Some may think he lived in Harry and Hermione’s shadow, but he was a crucial member of the trio. As time goes on, Ron matures and faces many fears.

He is a supportive, loyal, and encouraging friend. We see this in how he goes with Harry and Hermione to find and destroy the Horcruxes instead of going back to Hogwarts.

Ron also had a rat named Scabbers that he loved dearly.

It was not until later that he learned that his rat was really Peter Pettigrew. Peter was in hiding after betraying the Potters, killing twelve muggles, and framing Sirius Black.

Related: Why Wasn’t Ron in Hufflepuff?

5. Hermione Granger

Sorting Hat Hermoine Granger Gryffindor
Hermione Granger Sorted Into Gryffindor

Known as one of the most intelligent and talented witches, Hermione Granger was almost sorted into Ravenclaw.

The Sorting Hat debated for four minutes but finally put her into Gryffindor.

Hermione was a muggle-born witch, and this makes her talent that much more impressive.

She did not have parents who understood magic to teach her while she was young, so she studied it even before attending Hogwarts.

Harry and Ron were unsure of her at first, thinking that she was an annoying know-it-all. However, the three of them later became the best of friends.

Among Hermione’s many accomplishments is the creation of Dumbledore’s Army.

Without her, the students would not have learned the necessary skills to fight Voldemort when he and his Death Eaters tried to take over Hogwarts.

She also used her time-turner to attend more classes and saved Buckbeak and Sirius Black from execution.

In her adult life, Hermione married Ron Weasley, and she becomes the Minister for Magic. She also advocated for better treatment of house-elves. Additionally, she focused on making laws that support muggle-borns like herself.

Related: Why Wasn’t Hermione in Ravenclaw?

4. Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore was one of the greatest wizards of his time and possibly all time. He was the only wizard that Voldemort ever truly feared.

Albus grew up with two other siblings, Aberforth and Ariana.

His father spent his life in Azkaban after attacking a group of muggle boys that had first attacked Ariana.

When he was still a teenager, Albus had a romantic relationship with Gellert Grindelwald. However, Gellert dabbled freely in dark arts and affected Dumbledore’s views on blood purity and muggle-borns.

When Aberforth confronted them about this, a fight broke out, and sadly a stray spell hit Ariana, and she died.

Albus carried this guilt with him throughout his years at Hogwarts and even later when he became a professor and Headmaster.

Severus Snape killed him, but this was pre-planned since Albus was already dying from one of Voldemort’s cursed Horcruxes.

Related: Michael Gambon vs Richard Harris as Dumbledore

3. Lily Potter

Harry Potter with his Mother, Lily Potter
Harry Potter with his Mother, Lily Potter

We will forever remember Lily Potter as the most selfless witch. She sacrificed herself to save Harry from Lord Voldemort.

In doing so, she unintentionally performed a Sacrificial Protection spell. This rare and strong magic made Voldemort’s killing curse rebound off Harry and hit him instead.

Lily was the lifelong love interest of Severus Snape. His love for her was so intense that Severus switched sides and vowed to protect Harry when Voldemort killed her.

Lily was best friends with Snape when they were little, but their relationship was never the same after Snape called her a “filthy mud-blood.”

He did this in response to James Potter’s bullying, even though Lily was trying to stop James.

2. Harry Potter

Why Wasn't Harry Potter in Slytherin House?
Harry Potter Sorted into Gryffindor

Harry Potter is known as “The Boy Who Lived” and is one of the most famous wizards of all time. He is the only known survivor of the Killing Curse.

We see how talented he is when he can conjure a Patronus when barely even a teenager. He also led Dumbledore’s Army and taught the students how to defend themselves against the dark arts.

He experienced significant loss at a young age and never knew his parents, but he also witnessed the death of his godfather and then Severus Snape.

Since he saw death with his own eyes, he was able to see Thestrals, the black skeleton-like horses that pulled the Hogwarts carriages.

Harry gave his life as an ultimate sacrifice to defeat the Dark Lord when he discovered that part of Voldemort’s soul was attached to him when he was a baby.

Dumbledore presented Harry with a choice to live or die. Harry chooses to live and then defeats Voldemort once and for all.

Later in life, he marries Ginny Weasley and works as Head of the Auror office.

Related: Why Wasn’t Harry Potter in Slytherin?

1. Godric Gryffindor

Godric Gryffindor
Godric Gryffindor

The most famous Gryffindor in Harry Potter is Godric Gryffindor. While Harry Potter would arguably be the most famous member, Gryffindor House would not exist without Godric. He is one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

He was best friends with Salazar Slytherin until Salazar made it clear that he did not think muggle-borns should be allowed to attend Hogwarts.

Godric was the one who was most in favor of allowing muggle-born witches and wizards into the school. The four founders enchanted Godric’s hat so that students could be sorted after they were dead.

He wanted the students of Gryffindor House to be courageous, brave, loyal, and determined.

It is unknown when or how he died, but his birthplace was named after him, Godric’s Hollow.

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