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House points hourglass

The hourglasses tallying the house points for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff.

"Your triumphs will earn you points, any rule-breaking and you will lose points."
Minerva McGonagall[src]

House points are awarded to students at Hogwarts that do good deeds, correctly answer a question in class, or win a Quidditch Match. They can also be taken away for rule-breaking. The points are stored in House point hourglasses that show the point totals at the bottom with stones the main colour of their house (rubies for Gryffindor, sapphires for Ravenclaw, emeralds for Slytherin, and yellow diamonds for Hufflepuff). Each student earns points for his or her House, and at the end of the year, the House with the most points is awarded the House Cup. Teachers, as well as librarians[1] have the power to award or deduct points from students. Prefects, the Head Boy, and the Head Girl can deduct points as well, but not from other Prefects. During the 1995–1996 school year however, members of the newly-formed Inquisitorial Squad were permitted to do so. The squad was stopped after Dolores Umbridge's departure from Hogwarts

Notable point gains/losses

1991-1992 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 1 point deducted 6 September, 1991 Cheekiness
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 1 point deducted 6 September, 1991 Not correcting a mistake of Neville Longbottom's in Potions
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall Several points awarded Knowing about Switching Spells in Transfiguration
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 5 points deducted 31 October, 1991 Hermione claimed to have gone looking for the troll
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 5 points awarded each 31 October, 1991 For saving Hermione from the troll
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 5 points deducted Taking the library's copy of Quidditch Through the Ages outside of the castle
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Severus Snape 5 points deducted Attacking Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy Slytherin Minerva McGonagall 20 points deducted Wandering the corridors at night
Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 50 points deducted each Wandering the corridors at night
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore 50 points awarded For winning McGonagall's chess game in the underground chambers
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore 50 points awarded For correctly solving Snape's potion riddle
Harry Potter Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore 60 points awarded For defeating Quirrell
Neville Longbottom Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore 10 points awarded For standing up to Harry, Ron and Hermione

1992-1993 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Pomona Sprout 10 points awarded 1 September, 1992 Correctly listing the properties of Mandrakes
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Pomona Sprout 10 points awarded 1 September, 1992 Correctly identifying the danger of handling Mandrakes
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Gilderoy Lockhart 10 points awarded 1 September, 1992 Getting full marks on Lockhart's quiz
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Percy Weasley 5 points deducted Accusing Percy of ranking Head Boyship above their sister
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore 200 points awarded each For saving Ginny Weasley, slaying the Serpent of Slytherin and defeating Tom Riddle

1993-1994 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Severus Snape 5 points deducted For helping Neville Longbottom with his Shrinking Solution
Gryffindor Remus Lupin 5 points awarded to each (10 for Neville) For combating a Boggart
Hermione Granger and Harry Potter Gryffindor Remus Lupin 5 points awarded to each For answering Lupin's questions in class
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Arriving late to Defence Against the Dark Arts
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 5 points deducted Not sitting down when asked
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Severus Snape 5 points deducted "Being an insufferable know-it-all"
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Severus Snape 50 points deducted For throwing a crocodile heart at Draco Malfoy
Slytherin Minerva McGonagall 50 points deducted For dressing up as Dementors to sabotage a Quidditch match

1994-1995 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Gryffindor Severus Snape 50 points deducted Shouting at Snape after he remarked that he saw no difference to Hermione after Densaugeo was used on her
S. Fawcett Ravenclaw Severus Snape 10 points deducted Being caught in the rose bushes with Stebbins
Stebbins Hufflepuff Severus Snape 10 points deducted Being caught in the rose bushes with S. Fawcett
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Discussing topics unrelated to Potions in class
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Reading Witch Weekly in class

1995-1996 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Harry Potter Gryffindor Dolores Umbridge 10 points deducted Declaring that Voldemort had returned
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank 5 points awarded Identifying Bowtruckles
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank 5 points awarded Having knowledge of a Bowtruckle's diet
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Dolores Umbridge 5 points deducted Expressing views contrary to those of Wilbert Slinkhard
Angelina Johnson Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 5 points deducted Shouting at Harry in the Great Hall for getting himself detention
Harry Potter Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 5 points deducted For losing his temper with Umbridge despite McGonagall's warning
Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Fighting (although, in reality, Harry and Ron were holding Neville back)
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Rubeus Hagrid 10 points awarded Explaining why Thestrals are invisible to some
Harry Potter Gryffindor Dolores Umbridge 50 points deducted Having an interview with Rita Skeeter published in The Quibbler
Harry Potter Gryffindor Pomona Sprout 20 points awarded Handing her a watering can; a way for her to express her feelings towards his interview
Draco Malfoy Slytherin Dolores Umbridge 50 points awarded Using a Trip Jinx to apprehend Harry after exposing Dumbledore's Army
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Draco Malfoy 5 points deducted Insulting Umbridge
Ernie Macmillan Hufflepuff Draco Malfoy 5 points deducted For contradicting Malfoy
Harry Potter Gryffindor Draco Malfoy 5 points deducted Because Malfoy disliked him
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Draco Malfoy 5 points deducted Having his shirt untucked
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Draco Malfoy 10 points deducted Being Muggle-born
Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall 50 points awarded to each (a total of 250) For their actions in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Luna Lovegood Ravenclaw Minerva McGonagall 50 points awarded For her actions during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Harry Potter Gryffindor Minerva McGonagall (on Severus Snape's behalf) 10 points deducted For threatening to curse Draco Malfoy (Snape attempted to remove the points before realising that Gryffindor had no points left)

1996-1997 school year

Student House Authority Points gained/lost Date Reason
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 50 points deducted 31 August, 1996 Arriving late to the Start-of-Term Feast
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 20 points deducted 31 August, 1996 Wearing Muggle attire to the Start-of-Term Feast
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Horace Slughorn 20 points awarded For her knowledge of Amortentia
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Horace Slughorn 10 points awarded For her knowledge of Felix Felicis
Hermione Granger Gryffindor Horace Slughorn 10 points awarded Explaining Golpalott's Third Law
Harry Potter Gryffindor Horace Slughorn 10 points awarded For presenting a bezoar as an answer to an activity involving antidotes
Harry Potter Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Arriving late to Defence Against the Dark Arts
Ron Weasley Gryffindor Severus Snape 10 points deducted Being sarcastic and disrespectful towards Snape

Behind the scenes

House Points

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will simply have to..." would have been to send to Gryffindor into negative points, but he was unable to get them out before being interrupted by Professor McGonagall. It can also be assumed he was being sarcastic or joking cruelly about the situation.

  • In the films and video games from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the house points are earned and counted in the Great Hall to the right of the staff table. However in the first video games, they are also counted in the Great Hall, despite the hourglasses being located in the Entrance Hall.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Severus Snape deducts one point from Gryffindor for Harry's statement that Hermione could answer his questions and suggestion that he ask her. This, and the point that he takes for Harry's supposedly setting Neville Longbottom up for failure, are the only instances shown in the books of a
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    single point being deducted for a transgression. They are normally deducted at either 5 or 10 points for small infractions, and multiples of these numbers for greater ones, though in the earliest Harry Potter video game, certain individuals, such as a particular Hufflepuff prefect, deducted them in unusual amounts, such as 6.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game), Hermione awards Harry between 5 and 50 house points for learning the Unlocking Charm, although she was only a first year at this point.

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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)

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