Words to Live By (according to your Hogwarts house)

I wonder if there’s a writer out there who hasn’t been offered the encouragement they ‘might be the next J.K.Rowling’. (If it’s you, what’s that like? Do you feel left out?)

She’s the by-word for success in publishing your books, and not without good reason as she’d be a billionaire right now if she wasn’t so philanthropic.

July 31st is both Rowling’s birthday and that of Harry Potter. (Happy birthday, JKR & HP!) In celebration, here are some top wordsmithing moments from the series, themed around the Hogwarts houses.


Surely every 8 year old reading Philosopher’s Stone for the first time wanted to believe they would be sorted into Gryffindor. (In hindsight, my school-age self would have been a Ravenclaw but these days I’m decidedly Hufflepuff.) Dumbledore’s words about poor Neville Longbottom reminded us all that bravery doesn’t always look like defeating the villain or slaying the dragon. Sometimes it’s just standing up for what’s right.


At Hogwarts, words are powerful. Learning is celebrated. And never more so than among the Ravenclaws. For a child (or adult) with their nose in a book this is exciting – to see a world that values their strengths.


I couldn’t resist. Sure, this is a Marauder’s quote, but it suits the Slytherin theme nicely – not caring about following rules if they stand in the way of your goal. I wonder if the Sorting Hat considered putting Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot or Prongs in Slytherin.

Hufflepuff quote

I feel like Hufflepuffs would appreciate these words from Sirius Black. They’re not after glory, and they care about treating everyone fairly. And you know what? I’ve found this one to be especially true in the workplace: I find myself paying attention to how people treat every member of staff no matter how important, and it’s very illuminating!

What do you reckon? Would the four houses be happy with these quotes? Let me know in the comments if I missed your favourite one.

Disclaimer: I don’t own the house crest artwork used in this post. Credit for that goes to the Harry Potter Wikia page.

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