Slytherpuffs, and Gryffinclaws, and Huffledors, Oh My!

J.K. Rowling has dropped some more Potter wisdom on us, guys. According to a recent tweet by the sassy author, there are hybrid Houses.


What does it mean to be a Slytherpuff? Well, looking at the Pottermore descriptions of both Houses, it could mean that you are cunning, resourceful, and ambitious while at the same time being patient, loyal, and fair.

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And why not? The Sorting Hat has had difficulty placing students before. Surely the digital version would as well.

Think back to Harry’s first year. “You could be great you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that – no? Well, if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!”

The Sorting Hat has also met its fair share of Hatstalls – taking more than five minutes to place students. Minerva McGonagall was torn between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, Peter Pettigrew between Gryffindor and Slytherin. Not quite considered Hatstalls, Neville Longbottom was almost placed in Hufflepuff, and Hermione Granger was almost in Ravenclaw.

So what could this possibly mean? It means we are all different.

Just because you are sorted into one Hogwarts House does not mean you lack the traits of another. Hermione is a perfect example. She was sorted into Gryffindor but considered far and wide the brightest witch of her age. She was called “an insufferable know-it-all” and read more books than the rest of her class combined. There is no denying she was just as clever as a Ravenclaw, despite her heroic House of Gryffindor.

J.K. Rowling is an advocate for equality and the fair treatment of others. This tweet was clearly meant as a call for acceptance. You should be proud of who you are and accept others for their hybrid Houses, too. Be that a Slytherpuff, Gryffinclaw, Huffledor, or a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Grytherpuffclaw.

We are all united by Hogwarts. Why divide ourselves among Houses? I’m a proud Gryffinclaw! What are you?


  • Anon

    The house you’re first sorted into is your house. J.K. Rowling has said that you can’t swap houses, that’s official canon. The Sorting Hat won’t sort more than once. Jo was just being nice to a fan on Twitter with that tweet.

    • Agreed. If J.K. Rowling meant for there to be hybrid Houses, the Sorting Hat would sort into hybrid Houses. Hogwarts has four. There is no such thing as a Slytherpuff, Gryffinclaw, or Huffledor. People need to accept the House they’ve been sorted into.

      • Lisa

        If the author herself has told someone that they are both Hufflepuff and Slytherin and also that many characters could have been sorted into another House than they were, then I don’t see the problem or the controversy here. To state the obvious, Hogwarts doesn’t exist, the Houses don’t actually exist so why is it such a problem if a person identifies with more than one House or has been sorted into more than House at different points in time? People don’t usually fit neatly into tiny boxes.

    • Cassie Kidd

      While I agree that people cannot “swap” Houses, I do think that people can most certainly have traits of more than one House. As I stated in my closing paragraphs, I think Jo’s message was one of acceptance. This post wasn’t at all some revelation of “new” Houses, just a fun interpretation of her tweet!

      • Mimi

        Plus, people grow and change, I’m not nearly so misbehaving and sly as I was when I made a slytherin account, and while I’d like to think I’m hufflepuff loyal, I’ve discovered I’m actually quite smart. People change, and so to their perspectives.

        • Firenze

          Like Puffs aren’t smart, woa. Being in Ravenclaw doesn’t mean you’re smart but that intelligence and knowledge is what you value most. Thirst for learning and knowing is different from intelligence. And Hufflepuffs aren’t stupid or -not smart enough- to be in other houses, that is not a very smart thought.

  • Mimi

    I ended up w/ two accounts, one for home and one for my grandmother’s, since I kept forgetting my password. One was hufflepuff, the other slytherin. i recently made a new account, and that one is Ravenclaw. No, I didn’t rig it.

  • GJC

    Just want to bring up this Dumbledore quote, “You know, I sometimes think we sort too soon!”

  • B

    I am a Slytherclaw!

  • Kitty Draconis

    Im a Sytherclaw. with more Slytherin tendencies. Us humans are not just one thing, we may be a mixture of many different types of personalities, thats what makes us so unique.

  • Shida P.

    I’m a Slytherpuff. 🙂

  • GK

    I took the test on Pottermore and got Hufflepuff. Then I took the Pottermore sorting hat quiz on google with all questions included and got 88% Gryffindor, 77% Ravenclaw, 74% Slytherin and 70% Hufflepuff. I created a new Pottermore account to check once more, and got Hufflepuff again. Kind of confused now. Though I feel most like a Hufflepuff, I wonder what my second house would be…

  • Brooke

    I’m a Gryffinclaw too or maybe Ravendor as I was sorted to Ravenclaw first?

  • Alea Anderson

    When I was sorted on the old Pottermore, I got into Ravenclaw but I was Hatstalled between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. I took Hypable’s hybrid house quiz and got Ravenpuff.

    • Cherry

      Me too!

    • Lydia

      Thank you for that reference. Very helpful.

  • Courtney Ray

    On the original Pottermore site I was placed in Hufflepuff but upon taking the new quiz I was sorted into Ravenclaw so I consider myself a Huffleclaw 🙂 but if asked for my house I say Hufflepuff for Hogwarts or Thunderbird for Illvermorny 🙂