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Each Hogwarts Professor And Which House They Belonged To

Each Hogwarts Professor And Which House They Belonged To


  • Hogwarts Professors were sorted into different houses based on their traits, with Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Remus Lupin being Gryffindors.
  • Notable Professors include Snape from Slytherin, Sprout from Hufflepuff, and Flitwick from Ravenclaw, each embodying their house traits.
  • Some Professors’ house affiliations remain unknown, like Professor Binns or Madam Hooch, expanding the mystery within the
    Harry Potter

All the Professors in Harry Potter were once Hogwarts students, but what house was Dumbledore in and what houses were the Hogwarts teachers? The Harry Potter series establishes that Harry’s magical boarding school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, separates its students into four different houses based on its founders: Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. Each Hogwarts house has different traits that the students predominantly possess, with, in the simplest terms, Gryffindor favoring the brave, Ravenclaw taking in the intelligent, Hufflepuff preferring the fair, and Slytherin coveting the ambitious.

While the kids are the central focus of the Harry Potter series, all the Hogwarts Professors encountered by Harry or in subsequent ancillary material bear their importance to the story. For example, many fans wonder what house was Dumbledore in or what houses the other teachers were in general. Some of the Professors’ Hogwarts houses were revealed outright as they were heads of house, such as McGonagall, Snape, Flitwick, and Sprout. However, other Hogwarts Professors only revealed their houses in passing or through contextual clues. Here is every Hogwarts Professor and their known Hogwarts house affiliation.


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Albus Dumbledore


Albus Dumbledore is arguably the most important of all the Hogwarts Professors, and It seems only fitting that — as the only wizard Voldemort, the heir of Salazar Slytherin, fears — Dumbledore was in Gryffindor. Some people show traits from multiple houses, and although Dumbledore is far from a one-dimensional character,his passion and courage make him a clear Gryffindor.

Of course, by Harry’s time at Hogwarts, his bravery is a quieter kind, as he has learned from the mistakes of his youth. Still, his search for the Horcruxes alone shows his bravery. However, it would have been hard to argue with the books if they had later revealed he was actually in Slytherin, due to his ambitions as a young man. Even after deciding that he should not be trusted with ‘power’, he becomes a member of the Wizengamot and the Headmaster.

Minerva McGonagall


While many wonder what Hogwards house Dumbledore was in, people are curious about what house McGonagall in equal measure. Minerva McGonagall was a Hatstall, according to J.K. Rowling in the tragic romantic backstory she created for McGonagall. A Hatstall means that the Sorting Hat took longer than usual to decide on her House, and she was a Hatstall between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.

She is incredibly intelligent, and in the books, solves the Ravenclaw tower riddle with ease. Ultimately, her fiery nature and bravery when Hogwarts is threatened make it clear McGonagall belongs in Gryffindor. She’s also extremely passionate about Gryffindor, clearly delighted whenever they win a Quidditch game and devastated when they lose house points. While the backstory of McGonagall almost being a Ravenclaw is certainly fascinating, it makes sense that the head of Gryffindor during Harry’s time at Hogwarts was one herself.


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Filius Flitwick


In terms of what houses the Hogwarts Professor were in, the Head of Ravenclaw is Filius Flitwick. He isn’t seen much throughout the series; it is only known that he teaches Charms and is Head of Ravenclaw, so it is reasonable to assume he’s very creative and intelligent, since those are the prominent traits of that house.

Like McGonagall, Flitwick is the head of the house he belonged to when he was a student, though it’s unclear if this is a requirement for the Heads of Houses or just a happy coincidence.

He’s also willing to fight for what’s right. He enters the battle of Hogwarts more reluctantly than, say, McGonagall, but he does so happily, meaning that although he’s a Ravenclaw, that doesn’t mean he isn’t brave or loyal. It just means that his intelligence outshines everything else. Like McGonagall, Flitwick is the head of the house he belonged to when he was a student, though it’s unclear if this is a requirement for the Heads of Houses or just a happy coincidence.

Pomona Sprout


Professor Sprout teaches Herbology in the books and is head of Hufflepuff. Hufflepuffs are often underrepresented when it comes to the series, and they’re often dismissed as being the house people are sorted into just because they don’t fit elsewhere. Of all the Hogwarts Professors, Professor Sprout is somewhat underrepresented, just like her house. Herbology is shown to be an incredibly useful skill for Harry and his allies multiple times throughout the Harry Potter books and movies, yet Professor Sprout doesn’t ever seem to have much impact on the plot.

There are a lot of great Hufflepuff traits, and many house members stayed to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts because they knew it was the right thing to do and took no convincing. Pomona Sprout clearly fits here — she is supportive and loyal to her students (especially Neville) and stays with Hogwarts throughout the battle.

Severus Snape


Much like McGonagall and, to an extent, Dumbledore, Snape is one of the Hogwarts Professors whose house when they were a student is pretty obvious. Snape is, of course, Head of Slytherin and surprisingly possesses many of Dumbledore’s traits, prompting people to wonder if they could have been in the same Hogwarts house. There tends to be an assumption that most of Slytherin House is evil, and for a while, Snape did nothing to disprove this.

The truth is that Slytherins aren’t inherently evil. Rather, they’re resourceful and ambitious, and the latter means that they sometimes come across as cutthroat. Snape’s ambition can be traced in large part to his upbringing — and an early life in poverty and loneliness that made him want to learn all he could, and move up in the world.

Dolores Umbridge


Everyone’s least favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Dolores Umbridge, was introduced in The Order Of The Phoenix, starting work at Hogwarts on Ministry orders. In her years as a student of Hogwarts, it is no surprise that she was sorted into Slytherin. While she wasn’t an explicitly evil witch (or, at least, she wasn’t a Death Eater), Umbridge’s sheer lack of compassion or empathy when in the pursuit of her own ambitions make it pretty clear she belonged to the same house as Voldemort.

While the vendetta against Slytherin and the stereotype that they are all evil is unfair, Umbridge does not help diminish it.

While the vendetta against Slytherin and the stereotype that they are all evil is unfair, Umbridge does not help diminish it. She is cruel, power-hungry, and unbelievably prejudiced against many groups, including any magical race other than humans, and even Muggle-borns and Squibs. She is also clearly ambitious — the primary Slytherin trait.


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Quirinus Quirrell


In terms of what houses the Hogwarts Professors were in, many are surprised to see some major villains turn out to be Ravenclaws. One such example is Professor Quirrell who, despite being the first active servant of Voldemort audiences and readers are introduced to in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, wasn’t in Slytherin while a student. It’s difficult to judge how Professor Quirrell fits into his House because of his situation with Voldemort. By the time Quirrell was teaching at Hogwarts, he was possessed by Voldemort.

However, while this information may be enough to make people jump to the conclusion that Quirrell was a Slytherin, he was actually a Ravenclaw. Quirrell was always very timid and nervous but wanted to prove himself and was a gifted child, and was also shown to be unique and curious, two primary Ravenclaw traits.

Alecto & Amycus Carrow


Alecto & Amycus Carrow

The Carrow twins are relatively obscure Hogwarts Professors, and a key reason for this is that Harry, Ron, and Hermione weren’t at school when they taught. Amycus and Alecto Carrow were twins and a part of the famous pure-blooded Carrow family. For a solitary year between Dumbledore’s death and the Battle of Hogwarts, the Death Eaters taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – and like many characters, they are more deeply explored in the books.

Amycus taught Dark Arts while Alecto taught Muggle Studies, while both served as Deputy Headmaster/Headmistress under Snape, putting them in charge of punishment across the school. It is no surprise the twins were sorted into Slytherin, keeping in line with their family and their nature as cruel purists, shown to torture students and be viciously judgmental to Muggle-borns.

Silvanus Kettleburn


Silvanus Kettleburn smiling widely in Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

Another incredibly obscure Hogwarts Professor is Silvanus Kettleburen, a character who gets a mention in The Prisoner Of Azkaban but was not seen until the game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Nevertheless, he is one that pops up when people wonder what houses the Hogwarts teachers were in because of that vague mention. Like many of the Hogwarts Professors who don’t have much relevancy on the plot of the books or movies, Professor Kettleburn is a Hufflepuff alumni.

His care and love of these animals, as well as his sense of duty towards them, point towards him being a good fit for Hufflepuff, where he was sorted during his Hogwarts years.

Professor Kettleburn taught Care of Magical Creatures prior to Hagrid’s appointment to the post. His care and love of these animals, as well as his sense of duty towards them, point towards him being a good fit for Hufflepuff, where he was sorted during his Hogwarts years. However, due to his famous recklessness and the bravery that’s required when handling magical creatures, Kettleburn also displays several Gryffindor traits.


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There are many Hogwarts Professors who aren’t mentioned in the Harry Potter books or movies at all, though they do feature in Harry Potter video games and other tie-in media. Sticking with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, another professor in the game, which happens to be her only appearance, is the world-famous curse breaker Patricia Rakepick, and she happens to be in the same house Dumbledore was in.

Her role in the game shows her to be daring, proud, and extremely confident, which makes her a perfect fit for Gryffindor. Unsurprisingly, then, this is where she was sorted during her years at the school where she would later teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. It should also be noted that, despite her head of fiery red hair, she’s not related to the Wizarding World’s most famous ginger family, the Weasleys’.


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Remus Lupin


Remus Lupin was only a Hogwarts Professor for one year, thanks to the curse on the Defence Against The Dark Arts position. However, he was still very much a Hogwarts Professor, and was in the same house Dumbledore was in — Gryffindor. He was also, despite his relatively short tenure as a teacher, one of the most significant Hogwarts Profesrros when it came to Harry’s time at the school, and — as all fans know — had significant ties both to the Potter family and the Order of the Phoenix.

Remus could also have been a convincing Ravenclaw, but instead,he was put in Gryffindor with the rest of his Marauder friends. Remus fought in the war against Voldemort bravely while facing his own troubles every month; namely, the fact that he was a werewolf and had to undergo an excruciating transformation when the full moon was out.

Horace Slughorn


Horace Slughorn is an example of a Slytherina little different from Snape, another Potions Professor. He’s not so ambitious that he’s deeply unpleasant to others, he’s just dismissive of those he doesn’t find worthy of his time. When he appears in Half-Blood Prince, he’s very interested in Harry because of his fame, just as he was in Tom Riddle.

Slughorn is regarded as an incredibly intelligent and knowledgable wizard, earning the respect of even Dumbledore, which could easily have meant he was a Ravenclaw.

He’s by no means a bully, though, and as the series goes on, he becomes willing to do the right thing. He even mentions a fondness for Harry’s mother, who was Muggle-born, proving that not all Slytherins are prejudiced against those they consider to be of lesser blood. Slughorn is perhaps the most surprising among all the Hogwarts Professors when it comes to his house as a student. Slughorn is regarded as an incredibly intelligent and knowledgable wizard, earning the respect of even Dumbledore, which could easily have meant he was a Ravenclaw.

Gilderoy Lockhart


Another Hogwarts Professor whose house was somewhat ambiguous like Slughorn is the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — the fraudulent Gilderoy Lockhart. In terms of what houses the Hogwarts teachers were in, Lockhart’s answer is the most surprising. The only thing Gilderoy Lockhart seems to be good at is memory charms, erasing the memories of great witches and wizards, and taking credit for their achievements.

In almost a reverse situation to Slughorn, the ambitious Lockhart seems like a clear Slytherin, but he is in fact a Ravenclaw. However, there are several reasons why he is in Ravenclaw and is a good fit for the house despite his duplicitous nature. He is clearly brilliant at memory charms, and even creating his own. He is quick on his feet and intelligent enough to manipulate his way to fame. Ravenclaws can also be known for bending the rules, as they love to find loopholes and are deeply independent.

Sybill Trelawney


Another surprising answer in the case of what houses the Hogwarts Professors were in was Sybill Trelawney. Despite being somewhat vague and airheaded, and teaching a subject that many academic witches and wizards don’t believe is even real much less respect, Trelawney was a Ravenclaw. She isn’t particularly interested in traditional knowledge and information, most of what she says isn’t at all correct, and she doesn’t seem to have her life together.

However, like Luna Lovegood, Professor Trelawney is a great example of another type of Ravenclaw: the unique, quirky, truly eccentric type. Because Ravenclaws are generally brilliant, they are also creative and open-minded, and this can mean that Ravenclaws are the ‘quirkiest’ of houses. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that Trelawney being in Ravenclaw is a surprise for many fans, as she’s often mistakenly thought of as a Hufflepuff (helped in no small part by its unearned reputation as the “miscellaneous” Hogwarts house).

Rubeus Hagrid


Like several other Hogwarts Professors, Hagrid was in the same house as Dumbledore, the Marauders, Harry Potter, and many other heroes of the story — Gryffindor. Hagrid was eventually given the Care of Magical Creatures Professor post at Hogwarts, despite having been expelled from the school when he was a student. Hagrid is a Gryffindor alumnus, and unlike a lot of the other professors, this seems to be the only house that would adequately fit him.

Hagrid also displays several traits that could have him pegged as a Hufflepuff, since he’s fiercely loyal to his friends and willingly puts himself in harms way to defend them.

He’s eagerly brave, willing to do what’s right, and seems to care deeply and passionately about people. Hagrid is one of the best people among the Professors and, although a little clumsy and tactless, is very well-meaning, and this is what makes him perfect for his house. However, Hagrid also displays several traits that could have him pegged as a Hufflepuff, since he’s fiercely loyal to his friends and willingly puts himself in harms way to defend them.

Eleazar Fig


There are dozens of Hogwarts Professors who didn’t appear in the books and movies, partly because they taught decades — or, in the case of those in Hogwarts Legacy – centuries before Harry Potter first stepped into the Great Hall of Hogwarts. The video game Hogwarts Legacy added several Hogwarts Professors to the staff, each coming from a different house of their own. In terms of what houses the Hogwarts teachers were in, Professor Eleazar Fig, who teaches Magical Theory, was in the same house as Dumbledore: Gryffindor.

Considering that Fig is the main point of contact for the new fifth year and the main character in their quest to overthrow Ranrok and hone their ancient magic ability, it makes sense that Fig was a Gryffindor. He shows true bravery whenever encountered and always makes an effort to stand up for what is right, even in the face of terrible danger.

Matilda Weasley


Many of the great Pureblood families in the Wizarding World have a history of all belonging to the same house. While this is most obvious with the Malfoys and their ties to Slytherin, it’s also true of the Weasley family, who have historic ties to Gryffindor. One of Ronald Weasley’s ancestors is the deputy headmistress at Hogwarts during Hogwarts Legacy. Like her descendants and the great Albus Dumbledore, the headmistress of Hogwarts in Hogwarts Legacy was also a Gryffindor when she was a student.

Professor Weasley is highly similar to Minerva McGonagall’s character and possesses the same sharpness. She assures the new fifth year that she will always be a Gryffindor at heart. While players don’t get to see her in action that often, between her surname and her similarities to McGonagall, it’s clear that the Sorting Hat made the right choice.


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Mirabel Garlick


Professor Mirabel Garlick is a fan-favorite among Hogwarts Legacy players, as she is kind and giving, making her Hogwartshouse selection of Hufflepuff the perfect choice. Much like Professor Sprout, Professor Garlick teaches Herbology, though it’s unknown if she is the Head of Hufflepuff house. Garlick isn’t quite as funny or brusque as Sprout is, but she shows immense care for her students and plants. She’s also one of several characters responsible for bringing LGBTQ+ representation to the Harry Potter universe, as Garlick is confirmed to be a lesbian.

Professor Garlick also follows something of a tradition for the franchise, as both she and the modern-day Herbology teacher, Professor Sprout, were Hufflepuff students, suggesting the house also has a subtle trait of attracting those with a green thumb.

Professor Garlick also follows something of a tradition for the franchise, as both she and the modern-day Herbology teacher, Professor Sprout, were Hufflepuff students, suggesting the house also has a subtle trait of attracting those with a green thumb. And, with a family name like Garlick, she is also a continuation of the fine franchise tradition started by Sprout of Herbology Professors having names based on plant-puns.

Abraham Ronen


Professor Abraham Ronen teaches Charms class in Hogwarts Legacy, responsible for teaching the new fifth year spells like Accio or Reparo, and while his teaching style couldn’t be more different than Snape’s, he’s actually a Slytherin. The character was something of a breath of fresh air because of this, as — despite the franchise asserting time and time again that not all Slytherins are bad wizards — many of them outside of Professor Slughorn seemed to be (or, at the very least, were incredibly unlikable).

When it comes to what houses the Hogwarts teachers were in, Professor Ronen’s came as the biggest surprise as the upbeat and fun-loving teacher seemed to fall in line with more Ravenclaw-like traits. Nevertheless, Ronen is a Slytherin through and through and an excellent example to show that not all Slytherins are serious or bad. Ronen’s teaching style often involves gameplay, and he’s a favorite among Hogwarts Legacy students.

Dinah Hecat


While this Hogwarts Legacy character reminded many players of Professor McGonagall thanks to her no-nonsense attitude and sharp tongue, she actually came from a different house. Long before Voldemort cursed the Defense Against the Dark Arts post, it was held by the stern Professor Dinah Hecat. Hogwarts Professor Hecat was a Ravenclaw during her school days, and she diverges from other Ravenclaw teachers like Trelawney or Lockhart greatly.

While affable enough, Hecat doesn’t stand for nonsense in her class and expects each of her students to rise to the occasion. Like all Ravenclaws, Professor Hecat is very intelligent and, before teaching at Hogwarts, was rumored to be an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry of Magic. However, she also clearly has some Gryffindor traits, such as bravery, as it would be difficult to imagine Hecat backing away from a fight or challenge.

Aesop Sharp


It seems that Slytherins favor the subject of potions, as the Potions Master at Hogwarts during Hogwarts Legacy was also a Slytherinlike Slughorn and Snape. Professor Sharp isn’t a bully in the same way that Snape was. However, he was just as strict and didn’t tolerate tomfoolery of any sort. It should be noted that, much like Professor Ronen, he does seem to break the tradition of most Slytherins being easy to dislike.

Sharp was an auror before sustaining an injury and deciding to teach at Hogwarts, meaning that he dedicated his life to capturing the dark witches and wizards most unfairly believe all Slytherins are destined to become.

Another way Professor Sharp bucks franchise trends is with his career prior to being a Hogwarts Professor. Sharp was an auror before sustaining an injury and deciding to teach at Hogwarts, meaning that he dedicated his life to capturing the dark witches and wizards most unfairly believe all Slytherins are destined to become. His curriculum is said to be tough during various conversations throughout the game, and he’s a difficult Professor to impress. Nevertheless, Sharp takes pride in his job and those who prove to be apt in the subject.

Bai Howin


When it comes to what houses Hogwarts teachers were in, Professor Bai Howin was the Care of Magical Creatures Professor (though then it was simply known as “Beasts” class) before Hagrid and Kettleburn, and she is confirmed to be a Hufflepuff. This also ties into the idea that certain houses produce students that are more inclined toward certain subjects, since (with the exception of Hagrid), the only other named Care of Magical Creatures professor was also in Hufflepuff.

Like Hecat and Ronen, Professor Howin’s house alignment comes as something of a surprise to Hogwarts Legacy players, as she isn’t quite as cheery or soft as Professor Garlick. Professor Howin demands a level of respect for her subject, but her favor toward students who work hard to do their best does better showcase her Hufflepuff traits.

Hogwarts Professors With Unknown Houses

Many Professors In The Books, Movies, And Games Are Not Assigned Houses

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Now that questions like “what house was Dumbledore in?” and “what houses were the Hogwarts teachers in?” have been answered, it’s worth noting that there are several Hogwarts professors in the Harry Potter books, movies, and video games that have unknown house affiliations.

History of Magic teacher Professor Cuthbert Binns, who appears in the novels and Hogwarts Legacy, is a ghost in both stories. He never mentions his house at all, but his breadth of knowledge would suggest that he’s a Ravenclaw. Professor Moody, though technically Slytherin Barty Crouch Jr., who taught DADA in Goblet of Fire, also never revealed his Hogwarts house. However, it’s likely he was in Gryffindor. Madam Hooch, who teaches flying lessons in Sorcerer’s Stone, was never given a Hogwarts house affiliation.

In the Harry Potter novels, several other teachers are mentioned by name but aren’t given a lot of character information, as either Harry doesn’t take their class or they don’t provide much to the plot. These teachers aren’t given Hogwarts houses either, and they include Astronomy Professor Aurora Sinistra, Ancient Runes Professor Bathsheda Babbling, Muggle Studies Professor Charity Burbage (who is tragically killed by Voldemort at Malfoy Manor during Deathly Hallows Part 1), Arithmancy Professor Septima Vector, and Care of Magical Creatures substitute teacher Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that not all of these professors even attended Hogwarts and were sorted as students. There are magical schools all over the world in the Harry Potter franchise. Any one of these teachers could have been approached by Dumbledore or the previous headmaster because of their particular expertise. Perhaps, one day, as the Harry Potter franchise expands, fans will learn more.

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