Gryffindor is not only the most prominent of all Hogwarts Houses, but also the one that gets all of the action. Harry and company belong to Gryffindor, and are wonderful representatives of the House. Gryffindors are brave, chivalrous, honorable, and daring. However, they are also prideful, arrogant, hot-headed, reckless, and over-emotional.
Over the course of the story, and because of J.K. Rowling’s obvious preference for the House of gold and scarlet, Gryffindors are painted as heroic and awe-inspiring. However, upon taking a closer look, it’s easy to see that, for all its assets and triumphs, Gryffindor is less enchanting than it seems. And while the novels present a one-sided look at the House, readers and fans can tell that there’s a lot in Gryffindor Tower that doesn’t quite make sense.
Before the start of the series, Slytherin won the House Cup for six years in a row. All things considered, this made sense. After all, Slytherins are famous for being ambitious, cunning, and most of all, reimgful. However, once Harry arrives at Hogwarts, things take a drastic turn.
Gryffindor wins the House Cup during Harry’s first three years. And why, exactly? All Gryffindors do is get into trouble. They’re reckless and don’t exactly follow rules. They’re not the brightest either, that’s Ravenclaw. In the end, it all comes down to last-minute points awarded to Harry’s heroics. And considering the House Cup is meant to be a consistent, year-long effort, then it’s safe to say they’re undeserving of their wins.
Gryffindors are perceived as being arrogant. Even the welcoming message by the prefect makes it clear. However, it’s interesting to ponder why are they arrogant in the first place. Is it because of their daring and supposedly heroic nature?
Ravenclaw’s pride can be attributed to their wisdom, and Slytherin’s to their ambition. But what exactly does Gryffindor have to justify their arrogance? Bravery can only get you so far, and the books state many times that Harry has more than his fair share of fortune when it comes to life and death situations. Perhaps what the house needs is a little more humility.
From its first appearance in Chamber of Secrets, Godric Gryffindor’s sword is little more than a deus ex machina. It’s a way to rescue Harry from certain death, and then a way for him to destroy the Horcruxes. Little information is given about the sword, precisely because the less the reader knew about it, the better.
The sword seems to have a mind of its own. And while that is common in the Wizarding World, a lot is said about how such objects are dangerous and should never be used, much less depended on. So why is the sword viewed as a hero’s tool? Why doesn’t anyone question its very existence?