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'''[[Godric Gryffindor]]''' - The founder of [[Gryffindor]] house. A fair man, he believed that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. Godric valued courage and bravery, believing these were the two most virtuous abilities a person can possess. Corresponds to the element of fire. <ref name="LKMN">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling]</ref>
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'''[[Godric Gryffindor]]''' - The founder of [[Gryffindor]] house. A fair man, he believed that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. Godric valued courage and bravery, believing these were the two most virtuous abilities a person can possess. Corresponds to the element of [[fire]]. <ref name="LKMN">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling]</ref>
   
 
'''[[Helga Hufflepuff]]''' - The founder of [[Hufflepuff]] house; she was a kind and warm woman. The values a person must possess to be sorted into Hufflepuff house are those of loyalty, patience, and hard work above all else. It is also known that she brought the [[house-elves]] to Hogwarts. Corresponds to the element of earth. <ref name="LKMN"/>
 
'''[[Helga Hufflepuff]]''' - The founder of [[Hufflepuff]] house; she was a kind and warm woman. The values a person must possess to be sorted into Hufflepuff house are those of loyalty, patience, and hard work above all else. It is also known that she brought the [[house-elves]] to Hogwarts. Corresponds to the element of earth. <ref name="LKMN"/>
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'''[[Rowena Ravenclaw]]''' - The founder of [[Ravenclaw]] house, she was a sharp and intelligent woman. Intellect is a highly valued asset to the students of Ravenclaw house. Due to this, it is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding school on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Corresponds to the element of air. <ref name="LKMN"/>
 
'''[[Rowena Ravenclaw]]''' - The founder of [[Ravenclaw]] house, she was a sharp and intelligent woman. Intellect is a highly valued asset to the students of Ravenclaw house. Due to this, it is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding school on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Corresponds to the element of air. <ref name="LKMN"/>
   
'''[[Salazar Slytherin]]''' - The founder of [[Slytherin]] house. Sly and cunning, he was not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood (i.e., those with a mother and father from [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] families) should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. Slytherin caused great dispute over this with the other founders, and it eventually caused a permanent rift with Gryffindor, which led to Slytherin's departure from the school. Before he left, however, he created the [[Chamber of Secrets]], complete with a huge statue of himself and a horrible monster. Corresponds to the element of water. <ref name="LKMN"/>
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'''[[Salazar Slytherin]]''' - The founder of [[Slytherin]] house. Sly and cunning, he was not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood (i.e., those with a mother and father from [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] families) should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. Slytherin caused great dispute over this with the other founders, and it eventually caused a permanent rift with Gryffindor, which led to Slytherin's departure from the school. Before he left, however, he created the [[Chamber of Secrets]], complete with a huge statue of himself and a horrible monster. Corresponds to the element of [[water]]. <ref name="LKMN"/>
   
 
==After the founding of Hogwarts school==
 
==After the founding of Hogwarts school==

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The Hogwarts founders are four witches and wizards who created Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry over a thousand years ago. These four founders were described as being the most brilliant witches and wizards of the time and were the following: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. They laid the foundations for the only Wizarding school in Britain.

The Founders

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Godric Gryffindor - The founder of Gryffindor house. A fair man, he believed that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. Godric valued courage and bravery, believing these were the two most virtuous abilities a person can possess. Corresponds to the element of fire. [1]

Helga Hufflepuff - The founder of Hufflepuff house; she was a kind and warm woman. The values a person must possess to be sorted into Hufflepuff house are those of loyalty, patience, and hard work above all else. It is also known that she brought the house-elves to Hogwarts. Corresponds to the element of earth. [1]

Rowena Ravenclaw - The founder of Ravenclaw house, she was a sharp and intelligent woman. Intellect is a highly valued asset to the students of Ravenclaw house. Due to this, it is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding school on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Corresponds to the element of air. [1]

Salazar Slytherin - The founder of Slytherin house. Sly and cunning, he was not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood (i.e., those with a mother and father from wizarding families) should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. Slytherin caused great dispute over this with the other founders, and it eventually caused a permanent rift with Gryffindor, which led to Slytherin's departure from the school. Before he left, however, he created the Chamber of Secrets, complete with a huge statue of himself and a horrible monster. Corresponds to the element of water. [1]

After the founding of Hogwarts school

After Hogwarts was built, the founders co-existed peacefully for many years. Eventually, however, the pressure from Slytherin to admit only pure-blood wizards affected the other three founders greatly, and none more than Gryffindor. Slytherin finally left Hogwarts following a massive argument with Gryffindor over the issue, and he never returned.

Behind the scenes

  • Interestingly, all of the four founders' names constitute alliterations; their first and last names begin with the same letter.

Appearances

Notes and references


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts Houses:
Gryffindorcrest Hufflepuffcrest Ravenclaw Slytherincrest
Namesake Founders:
Godric Gryffindor · Helga Hufflepuff · Rowena Ravenclaw · Salazar Slytherin
Heads of House:
Minerva McGonagall · Pomona Sprout · Filius Flitwick · Horace Slughorn
House Ghosts:
Nearly Headless Nick · Fat Friar · Grey Lady · Bloody Baron

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