The Ashley Bryan School

The Ashley Bryan School
Serving Children in Grades K-8 from the Cranberry Isles

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Harry Potter: A View of the Islesford School Version

We sit on the swings, moving in all sorts of ways, as we see our teacher step out onto the playground we yell out: “ Ms.Eyesnogle! What houses would we be in!?!?” So she stepped near us and said, “ Well, based off of the aspects from the book, Isaac would be in Gryffindor, Meg would be in Ravenclaw, and Joe would be in Hufflepuff.” We got excited and we talked about Harry Potter all day, and every day from then on. 

Hogwarts is the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each house is like a dormitory. Each student, or first year goes up and sits in a chair, and a hat is put on them. The hat takes the best things about the person and puts them in a house based off there great aspects. If you go to  you can find the aspects of each house.

According to the Harry Potter wikipedia site found at the houses have the following characteristics:

Gryffindor values courage, bravery, loyalty, nerve and chivalry. Its mascot is the lion, and its colours are scarlet and gold. The Head of this house is the Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall and the house ghost is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, more commonly known as Nearly Headless Nick. The founder of the house is Godric Gryffindor.”  

Hufflepuff values hard work, tolerance, loyalty, and fair play. The house mascot is the badger, and canary yellow and midnight black are its colours. The Head of this house is the Herbology teacher Pomona Sprout, and the house ghost is The Fat Friar. According to Rowling, Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth. The founder of this house is Helga Hufflepuff.”

Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit. The house mascot is an eagle and the house colors are blue and bronze (blue and grey in the films). The head of this house is the Charms professor, Filius Flitwick. and the house ghost is The Grey Lady. According to Rowling, Ravenclaw corresponds roughly to the element of air. The founder of this house is Rowena Ravenclaw.”

Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership and resourcefulness and most of all pure wizard blood. Slytherins tend to be pure-bloods or half-bloods who believe in the supremacy of pure wizard blood; Muggle-borns, vulgarly known as "Mudbloods," are less commonly found in Slytherin than in other houses. The house mascot of Slytherin is the serpent, and the house colours are green and silver. Salazar Slytherin founded the house. The Head of House is Severus Snape in the first five books and most of the sixth book. At the end of the sixth book and in the seventh book, the old Potions master and previous Head of House who has come out of retirement, Horace Slughorn, reassumes authority of the house. The ghost of Slytherin house is The Bloody Baron. The Slytherin dormitories and common room are reached through a bare stone wall in the dungeons. The Slytherin common room is a long, low, dungeon-style room, located under the Hogwarts Lake, furnished with green lamps and carved armchairs. The room is described in the 2nd book as having a greenish glow.”

So you see that each student was put in there own house because of those aspects. We had so much fun with Harry Potter.

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