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The four Hogwarts houses are:

GryffindorEdit

Founder: Godric Gryffindor
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Head of House: Minerva McGonagall

Special Magical Object: Gryffindor's Sword

Uses: Only a true Gryffindor may pull this out of the Sorting Hat at the time of utmost need; After Harry's fight with the basilisk, it remains one of the very few weapons that can destroy a Horcrux.

Crest: A gold lion on a red background.

Colours: Gold and Burgundy.

House Ghost: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington a.k.a. Nearly Headless Nick.

Motto from the Sorting Hat's 1991 Song: "Their Daring, Nerve and Chivalry set the Gryffindors apart;"

Element: Fire

RavenclawEdit

Founder: Rowena Ravenclaw

Head of House: Filius Flitwick
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Special Magical Object: Ravenclaw's Diadem

Uses: It keeps the mind clear for thinking, and enhances the wearer's potential intelligence to the maximum possible point.

Crest: A bronze eagle with a royal blue background.

Colours: Bronze and Royal Blue.

House Ghost: Helena Ravenclaw a.k.a. The Grey Lady.

Motto: "Wit Beyond Measure Is Man's Greatest Treasure."

Element: Air

HufflepuffEdit

Founder: Helga Hufflepuff

Head of House: Pomona Sprout

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Special Magical Object: Hufflepuff's Cup

Uses: Unknown of yet, but is said to contain magical powers.

Crest: A black badger on a yellow background

Colours: Black and Yellow

House Ghost: The Fat Friar

Motto from the Sorting Hat's 1991 Song:"Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,

And unafraid of toil"

Element: Earth

SlytherinEdit

Founder: Salazar Slytherin

Head of House: Horace Slughorn

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Special Magical Object: Slytherin's Locket

Uses: Heirloom

Crest: A silver snake against a green background.

Colours: Silver and Emerald Green.

House Ghost: The Bloody Baron.

Motto from the Sorting Hat's 1991 Song: "Those cunning folks use any means

To achieve their ends."

Element: Water

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