The wizarding world of Harry Potter has transfixed audiences for years. There are books, movies, merchandise, and even theme parks, all centered around the magic that J.K. Rowling created.

Nothing is more popular in the series, however, than those Hogwarts houses.  Fans take quizzes, either on BuzzFeed or Pottermore, to see if they belong to Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff.

Get your wand ready! It’s time to learn more about these four houses, including the colors that make up their crests.

What Colors are Used for the Harry Potter Houses?

Each Hogwarts house has a very specific color palette. Here are those colors, of if you’re from England, colours:

#1: Gryffindor

Hex Colors:  #740001, #AE0001, #D3A625, #EEBA30, #000000, #C0C0C0

The colors that represent Gryffindor are scarlet and gold as these colors have a connection with fire, or a fiery personality. This house is also represented by a ferocious lion

#2: Slytherin

Hex Colors: #1A472A, #2A623D, #5D5D5D, #AAAAAA, #000000

The colors that represent Slytherins are green and silver as the green is connected with the serpents, while the silver is a sly nod to finishing second.

#3: Ravenclaw

Hex Colors:  #0E1A40, #222F5B, #5D5D5D, #946B2D, #000000

The colors that represent Ravenclaws are blue and bronze, which boldly stand behind the proud eagle that serves as their mascot. It’s no coincidence that bronze is associated with third place.

#4: Hufflepuff

Hex Colors:  #FFF4B1, #FFED86, #FFDB00, #60605C, #000000

The colors that represent Hufflepuffs are yellow and black, while the badger serves as their animal mascot. There are no metallic tones in Hufflepuff as they’re a more humble, less flashy house.

Go ahead and use these colors however you need, whether it’s for Harry Potter t-shirts, your next tattoo, or painting the walls in a wizard-themed bedroom!*

*The helpful website, www.colour-hex.com, helped to provide these colors, and they’re as close to exact as possible. The actual colors that are printed can vary slightly without taking away from the overall look.

“The four Hogwarts houses have a loose association with the four elements, and their colours were chosen accordingly. Gryffindor is connected to fire; Slytherin to water; Hufflepuff, representing wheat to earth; and Ravenclaw to air.”
– J.K. Rowling, as published on the Pottermore website

What is Your Harry Potter House?

It’s one thing to know the colors, but it’s just as important to know what each Hogwarts house represents.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each house in Harry Potter:   

Favorable Traits:  Brave, Chivalrous, Noble, Competitive, Daring, Adventurous, Willing to Stand Up for Others

Unfavorable Traits: Impulsive, Stubborn, Hot-headed, Arrogant, Reckless


Favorable Traits: Sly, Clever, Ambitious, Prideful, Resourceful, Determined

Unfavorable Traits: Cunning, Ruthless, Selfish, Entitled, Manipulative



Favorable Traits: Wise, Intelligent, Creative, Clever, Knowledgeable, Quirky

Unfavorable Traits: Know-it-all, Vain, Standoffish, Dismissive, Overly Proud



Favorable Traits: Hard-working, Dedicated, Fair, Patient, Loyal, Kind, Humble, Honest

Unfavorable Traits: Too Trusting, Absent-minded, Naive, Spineless, Easy Taken Advantage Of

The color schemes work hand-in-hand with the traits of each house. Gryffindors are flashy, so they use gold. Slytherins are sly and envious, which is why they have green. You get the idea.

The colors you use always matter, so keep that in mind if you’re creating a “crest” of your own, whether it’s a small image to print on your wedding invitations or a business logo. Your choice of color could make all the difference in the message you’re sending.

Ideas for a Harry Potter Themed Event

Do you plan on throwing a Harry Potter themed event? Maybe you’re celebrating the anniversary of the books at your library or are holding a trivia night at your bar. Either way, you’re going to need some fun gifts and giveaways for the occasion.

Here are a few cool ideas!

You can also use the color schemes above and print them on t-shirts, water bottles, and other stylish merch. No matter what, make sure you have some kind of cool stuff for the crowd to buy or get for free. That’s an essential part of any successful event!

Final Thoughts

If you don’t know your Hufflepuffs from your hippogriffs, it’s well worth diving into the magical world of Harry Potter. This series is great for kids and adults alike and has mesmerized audiences for year.

You have the colors and you have your house. Now go out and create your own magic in the world!

References

Roe, B. (2019, June 12). The Hidden Meaning Behind the Colors of Each Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Houses. Retrieved from, https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/585504/harry-potter-hogwarts-houses-color-meanings

Color-Hex. Gryffindor Color Palette. Retrieved from, https://www.color-hex.com/color-palette/813

Color-Hex. Slytherin Color Palette. Retrieved from, https://www.color-hex.com/color-palette/815

Color-Hex. House Hufflepuff Color Palette. Retrieved from, https://www.color-hex.com/color-palette/21549

Wizarding World Park. Pick Your Hogwarts House Colors. Retrieved from, https://wizardingworldpark.com/hogwarts-house-colors/2011/08/15/

Clarke, A. (2016, January 11). What Your Hogwarts House Says About You. Retrieved from, https://www.theodysseyonline.com/hogwarts-house

Miller, S. (2019, February 25). Harry Potter: The Best and Worst Traits from Each Hogwarts House. Retrieved from, https://screenrant.com/harry-potter-best-worst-traits-hogwarts-house/

Lane, K. (2019, July 4). Harry Potter: The Four Hogwarts Houses Explained. Retrieved from, https://owlcation.com/humanities/Harrypotterhouses

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over three years of experience in the industry. Her passion for writing has led to a BA in English & Communications from Aurora University and work published for the Advertising Specialty Institute and The Bolingbrook Sun Times.