Fashion Inspired by the Hogwarts Houses – Gryffindor

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JK Rowling changed the world when she wrote the Harry Potter series. Not only did she write seven amazing novels, but she created a new and exciting world for her readers to lose themselves in.

If you don’t already know the story of Harry Potter, there’s too much to summarize here, so we recommend picking up the books already (you’ll thank us!) or checking out the HP Wikipedia Page for a detailed summary. Suffice to say the books revolve around Harry, an orphan boy who, on his 11th birthday, finds out he is a famous wizard, and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hogwarts is separated into four houses, each named after one of the founders of the school: Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor. Once students arrive at Hogwarts for their first year, the magical Sorting Hat is placed upon their head to choose which house they belong in according to their personality.

Each Hogwarts house has a distinct set of characteristics that it values, along with an interesting historical background. This series of articles features fashion inspired by each of the four Hogwarts houses. After the great response to the HufflepuffSlytherin, and Ravenclaw articles, I’m finishing the series with the ever-popular Gryffindor House.

Gryffindor History and Facts

Gryffindor Sorting Hat
  • Founder – Godric Gryffindor, a red-haired, green-eyed wizard known as the best duelist of his time. He left two relics: the Sorting Hat and the Sword of Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat is a hat that he enchanted to sort students into the Hogwarts Houses after the founders passed away. His goblin-made, ruby-encrusted sword was extremely helpful for Harry and his friends when fighting Voldemort.
  • Animal Mascot – Lion
  • Colors – Scarlet and Gold
  • Head of House – Minerva McGonagall, the Transfiguration Professor.
Gryffindor common room Harry Hermione
  • Common Room – The Gryffindor Common Room is located on the 7th floor of one of Hogwarts’ towers. After giving the correct password to the portrait of the “Fat Lady”, you enter through a circular hole in the wall. There are big, comfy scarlet chairs, and a large fireplace is the focal point.  There are often celebrations in the Gryffindor Common Room, for example, after the team wins a Quidditch match.

Do you have what it takes to be a Gryffindor?

Gryffindor crest

Godric Gryffindor, like Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, had a strict set of values that he felt were important for students in his house to possess.  True Gryffindors are brave, courageous, daring and chivalrous.

Gryffindors have nerve, but are sometimes reckless. Those who don’t like the house (mostly Slytherins) think that Gryffindors are arrogant, but this isn’t always true. Because of their traits, most members of Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix belonged to Gryffindor.

Famous Gryffindors

Harry Potter characters - Ron, Hermione, and Harry Potter
  • Albus Dumbledore – one of the greatest Headmasters in Hogwarts’ history, and the only man that Voldemort ever feared
  • Minerva McGonagall – the strict but lovable Transfiguration professor, who is also an Animagus who can turn into a cat
  • Rubeus Hagrid – before he was expelled for a crime he didn’t commit in his 3rd year, the gamekeeper belonged to Gryffindor
  • The Trio – Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger – the main characters of the series
  • Lily and James Potter – Harry’s parents
  • Molly and Arthur Weasley – Ron’s parents
  • Sirius Black – Harry’s Godfather and best friend of James Potter
  • Remus Lupin – the werewolf friend of James Potter, who was also a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in Harry’s 3rd year
  • Peter Pettigrew – friend of Harry’s parents who betrayed them to Voldemort
  • Neville Longbottom – a very good friend of Harry, Ron and Hermione
  • Ginny Weasley – Ron’s little sister and Harry’s love interest
  • Fred and George Weasley – Ron’s older twin brothers who bring humor to any situation
  • Angelina Johnson, Lee Jordan, Katie Bell, Dean Thomas, Lavender Brown, Parvati Patil, Seamus Finnigan, Colin Creevey, Dennis Creevey, and Nigel Wespurt – Members of Dumbledore’s Army

Quidditch Match Spectator

Hogwarts fashion: Gryffindor outfit with mustard yellow sweater, red cardigan, yellow tights, gray hat, black shorts, flats

Products: Sweater – Urban Outfitters, Cardigan – ModCloth, Tights – ModCloth, Shorts – Hot Topic, Hat – Under Armour, Flats – Kohl’s

Gryffindors have a lot of pride in their Quidditch team, so chances are you’ll want to support your team by going to all of their matches. This outfit would be great for that because it has comfortable and flattering high-waisted shorts, a warm sweater, and a comfy bright red cardigan. I included a hat as well since Godric Gryffindor left a hat as his relic.

Mrs. Weasley’s Sweaters

Hogwarts outfit inspired by Gryffindor: Black jeans, red sweater, gold necklace, oxfords

Products: Sweater – ModCloth, Jeans – Old Navy, Necklace – Etsy, Shoes – Kohl’s

It might be just me, but ever since I started reading the Harry Potter books, I’ve longed for one of Mrs. Weasley’s handmade sweaters. Even though it’s impossible for me to get one, the sweater I chose for this outfit is similar enough to feed my craving. The relaxed fit and cuff buttons make it stand out from your typical sweater, and if paired with skinny jeans and a large gold lion necklace, you’re sure to look like a true Gryffindor.

Gryffindor Formal

Gryffindor formal outfit: Red dress, gold headband, black and gold clutch, red ring, black strappy sandals

Products: Dress – Maggy London, Headband – Forever 21, Ring – Etsy, Clutch – Aldo, Heels – Steve Madden

For an occasion that requires a more elegant outfit, I used a gorgeous scarlet dress with a subtle sheen and floral print. Since the Sword of Gryffindor was encrusted with rubies, I made sure to include a ring with a large red gemstone to pay tribute to the important relic. The headband flowers echo the dress. Fierce it up with a patent leather clutch bag and stiletto heels.

What do you think?

Are you inspired by Gryffindor and the other Hogwarts houses? Which house do you think you would belong to if you lived in Harry Potter’s world? We want to know what you think, so be sure to leave a comment!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2011; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 by Sharon with new photos, outfit sets, and information.

53 thoughts on “Fashion Inspired by the Hogwarts Houses – Gryffindor”

  1. Where can i find the Mrs. Weasley sweater? I checked Modcloth but i can’t find it. Awesome outfits! Thanks 🙂

  2. Thanks Kenzie, I was really wanting someone to clear that up for me, but I still don’t remember them mentioning his house. Do you remember what book it was in?

  3. Jane – Each house has 2 Prefects, but there is only one Head Boy and one Head Girl, who can be from any house and the two of them are in charge of all the house’s Prefects. 🙂

  4. Oh, and I wanted to add that I actually adored the Ravenclaw looks! They are so beautiful and would look good on anyone sincenavy and bronze are great nuetrals that still feel strong.

  5. This series of articles is amazing! My roomate and I are a bit…obsessed with the Harry Potter novels. We are constantly trying to throw our love of the books into our oufits but somehow the crest t-shirts from Hot Topic just didn’t do the trick. We have both tried several inspirations of these outfits (especially Slytherin!) and love it! Thank you for my favorite fashion articles ever written!

  6. Beautiful and very interesting! This is so unique that you decided to do this. I’m a true Slytherin but like the Gryffindor collection the best. I love your blog, keep up the good work!

  7. Guys, i loveddd your “oufits inspired by… ” i think you should do a Beattles one! you can make one for each album, as each of them are so different and have so many good ideas…

  8. As a die-hard Harry Potter fan I have to say I *love* this series! I’ll be honest, I’ve always wished I could slip into the HP world and these posts have allowed me to just that 🙂
    My favorite would have to be Gryffindor (and not just because I consider myself a Gryffindor). I love the ‘Mrs. Weasley’s Sweaters’ outfit. Just looking at it makes me want to relax in the common room or eat up at the burrow (LOL, I have natural red hair too which just makes it all the better.)
    My second favorite house outfits in this series would have to be Slytherin- I love the edgier/grunge feel. (My favorite Slytherin outfit would have to be the second outfit- the business one.)
    Order of Favoritism: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, then Ravenclaw.
    I keep looking back at these outfits for inspiration and I love each and every one of them.
    I’m kind of sad the HP house series has to end . . . but thank you so much for this amazing and inspiring series- my favorite so far! Keep up the good work <3

  9. I loved this series of articles. As for Gryffindor, I do like that ‘Oxford’ look which had been mentioned by the comments above. I adore the last set – the formal look.
    I thought Hufflepuff had the most adorable outfits and Slytherin was daring and pretty cool. As for Ravenclaw, it was… okay.
    I’d probably be in Ravenclaw or Slytherin based on my traits.

  10. What Madison said! Haha, I have no life either. And…. wasn’t the sword of Gryffindor the relic, not the Sorting hat? Yeah. Nerds for the win.


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