The Wampuses of Hogwarts

While your Hogwarts House describes your “why” or your motivating values, your Ilvermorny House describes your “how” or your approach to life. Wampus House favors warriors and is described as the House of the body. Wampus students tend to be independent and to see themselves as the central actors of their world. They act as examples of their personal values and priorities. These Hogwarts students would fit in quite well with Wampus House.


1. James Potter and Severus Snape




James Potter and Severus Snape did many heroic things in service of the greater good in their lifetimes but only ever acted with their own values and priorities in mind. James made executive judgments about what kind of treatment the people in his life deserved based on how they measured up to his standards. Snape protected Harry and worked for Dumbledore on his own terms, which did not prevent him from frequently acting cruelly out of bitterness and spite. Each saw the other as the antithesis to his core values and each treated the other as his worst enemy. It took years for James to realize that attacking and humiliating those he didn’t like did not make him the hero he wanted to be and to change his behavior to better reflect the courage and chivalry he most valued.


2. Neville Longbottom



Neville Longbottom was always ready to act when needed, never hesitated to demonstrate his skill where he had it, and worked harder than anyone to excel when it mattered. He fought alongside Harry in three major battles and stood up to Lord Voldemort because he personally believed in what they were fighting for. He led Dumbledore’s Army in their resistance against the Carrows, underwent torture and physical harm, and was proud of his scars and bruises because they showed that his actions made a difference. Neville Longbottom was always a warrior.


3. Percy Weasley



Percy Weasley relies primarily on his actions to set him apart from the pack. He exemplifies proper behavior to his siblings and doesn’t bend the rules for anyone. He wrote reports about cauldron bottoms and fetched Crouch’s tea for a year hoping he would stand out. When he thought his family didn’t believe in his abilities, he made the difficult choice to leave them behind; when he realized he was wrong, he made the even more difficult choice to finally come back and apologize. Percy demonstrates the Wampus tendencies to seek independence and to act with intention.


4. Ginny Weasley



Ginny Weasley knew exactly who she was and what she needed from day one. When no one notices that she’s been possessed, she tries to flush the book down the toilet. When her brothers don’t let her play Quidditch with them, she steals their brooms and becomes even better than they are. When there is a problem to solve or a battle to fight, she just assumes that she will be included. She goes after what she wants, fights for what she believes in, and refuses to let anything rattle her self-confidence.


5. Lord Voldemort



Voldemort was obsessed with extending his physical connection to life for as long as possible, developing his power, and making his vision of the world reality. He was primarily motivated by his personal desire for sustained life, power, and revenge; even his beliefs about the inferiority of Muggles took a backseat to his personal desires. Every action Voldemort took in his life had special significance to him, and he did not hesitate to delegate the more meaningless tasks to his followers. Voldemort’s actions in pursuit of his personal goals were ultimately what defined him.


6. Dolores Umbridge



Dolores Umbridge disowned her family because they weren’t working out for the image she wanted to cultivate. When she came to Hogwarts, she worked hard to transform the place into what she thought it ought to be. She truly believed in the bureaucracy she worked to champion, but at the same time, she wasn’t afraid to act outside of the law when she needed results. She was the ultimate example and champion of her dearest belief: that Muggles, students, and “half-breeds” should know their place.


7. Rubeus Hagrid



Rubeus Hagrid stands up for what (and who) he believes in to an almost maddening degree. He took care of Grawp and protected creatures like Aragog, Norbert, and the Blast-Ended Skrewts despite the very real dangers they posed to the people around him because he believed that they were vastly misunderstood. Hagrid was always simple, straightforward, and sincere in his actions and never hesitated to be who he was and support the people he loved.

Richa Venkatraman

I'm writing from deep within the Harry Potter universe, into which I burrowed long ago with no intention of ever leaving. I enjoy reading, writing, making music, and learning about anything and everything. Now and in the future, like Hermione Granger, "I'm hoping to do some good in the world.