ByAnna Markova, writer at

All of the houses are characterized by their stereotypes, like Gryffindor being the hero/good house, Slytherin being the villain/bad house, Hufflepuff being the lazy/dumb house, and Ravenclaw being the smart/anal house. I would like show all their negative traits because there are so many good traits and everyone tends to talk about them, what about the bad ones?


The most positive pieces of a Slytherin are their determination and will. They are strong-minded, and you cannot take them down with your words. They can do bad all on their own, they do not need your approval or consent, therefore your opinion makes nothing to them. They take pride in their accomplishments, often making new goals along with their general long-term ideals, so they are always setting rewards for themselves and making sure they feel successful in life.

Slytherins can have a roaring self-confidence, which to some can be seen as a bad thing, but really helps them in life quite often. They are powerhouses and they are good at it, which means they are great at persuasion and sweet talking their way into something that they want. This is a great trait, because it means they do not have to resolve to brute force and argument, which they have no problem with initiating either. They can cause conflict and offend others easily, though this is often not intended, they are just blunt and rather apathetic to the views of others, and do not think of what they say in this manner.

Oddly, the positive traits of a Slytherin are also their downfall. This is because they have extreme highs and lows, caused by their own doing. Others cannot put them down, but they can quickly hurt themselves, thinking of everything they have ever done wrong and suddenly thinking themselves a failure, and to some degree panicking over it. Sometimes their barriers can come down and they aren’t sure how to react to things, like a scared child, and in these times they need a friend, not to be pushed away, though during these times they may also lash out.

The average typology for a Slytherin is INTJ (Introvert-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging). This varies for everyone, of course, but by nature Slytherins are goal-oriented, very good at keeping themselves away from the feelings of others, and strong in their mindset.

Slytherins can be narcissistic at times, and generally cold to the feelings of others, instead focusing on their own needs and ideals. They can put others down this way, though it is often not as intentional as you may think it is, it simply comes as a second instinct to them to be this way. They can also be perfectionists by nature, getting incredibly frustrated and hurt when things do not go the way they expected them too. They hid their emotions so well it is almost scary, but when it comes down to it they are the second most emotional house there is, and can therefore be prone to extreme highs or lows, and at times even depression. They can be very avoidance to situations which may engage their sympathies.


It is quite common for Ravenclaws to hide their true selves in public. This makes them quite the mystery to the untrained eye, a curious puzzle that some may want to figure out, and with good reason. Ravenclaw is the virtuoso of the houses in Hogwarts, as they are filled with those who excel in many intellectual and artistic aspects of life. Ravenclaws are incredibly focused in every sense of the word, as they focus on the details of whatever their passion may be, and they also see the big picture well enough to know they should focus on all parts of their lives in order to achieve success. Ravenclaws are observant and curious, often preferring to watch people from a distance, rather than interact.

The most positive trait of a Ravenclaw is very often their intellect. As well as general knowledge of most things, they also tend to specialize and focus their interests, and can become like walking encyclopedias of specific areas of study or hobbies. They can get lost in this world of their own curiosities, perfectly content to stay in their own mind.

As well as this, Ravenclaws are often very easy to please, so long as they are alone. This is because they can please themselves, and they hold very high standards for others, as if they should be able to read their mind. So, when a person does not do as a Ravenclaw expects them to, they can become annoyed or bitter, thinking lower of the individual. They can be incredibly judgmental in this manner, though some more than others. Ravenclaws are fantastic at hiding their emotions, and can seem perfectly kind and sweet to you, when in all reality they do not care for you at all.

Another trait of Ravenclaws that may be considered less than favourable is that though they are brilliant in designated areas, they can at times lack common or social sense.They do not understand very simple things at times, simply because they do not believe they have the time for them, nor do they care. They are just fine with this, but others around them may not be.

The average typology for a Ravenclaw is INTP (Introvert-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceptive). This varies for everyone, of course, but by nature Ravenclaws are quiet, watching things and thinking over what they mean and how they work, rather than jumping right into the action.

Ravenclaws can be rigid perfectionists, and need everything to be a certain way, almost to the point of obsessive compulsion. In fact, many of them may think if they don’t do something they way they believe it should be done, something terrible and life-altering could happen. They also can have very eccentric or strange ways of thinking compared to their more social counterparts, as they rarely give into peer pressure, and therefore express themselves as they see fit, though this is in no way a fault. The more feeling Ravenclaw may be prone to depression, as they feel they are cut off from the world, not seeing that it is in their nature to be independent and that they are happy this way, so instead they think there is something wrong with them and they divulge into sadness. Often they do not know how to remedy this themselves, so if you are close friends with a Ravenclaw and they seem down, it is best to reassure them they are a unique and beautiful soul. Other than friends, the outlets they may use to cure their depression are other worlds, such as novels or movies

Ravenclaws often see themselves as the unique minds of the world, and have complete confidence in their individuality. They see themselves as somewhat superior to others, but are often kind about it and try not to boast about their own accomplishments. They seem themselves as success in the making.


Hufflepuffs, generally, are pacifists. They have an extreme dislike for conflict, and would rather solve things through words and common sense, rather than resort to violence. They are the children of nature, and feel a strong connection to it, spiritually. They feel a much stronger connection to animals and the Earth, rather than other people. This is why they oppose of violence so much, because in the long run, it hurts these factors more than it does anything else, and to them, this upsets the balance of nature. They believe strongly in ultimate beauty, within the world, within the soul and within the universe. They are easily upset, though they will rarely show it, as they feel like this would cause unneeded stress and drama to others. They value everyone else above themselves, and rarely wish harm on any. At their worst, Hufflepuffs are a force to be reckoned with, as if they were mother nature herself, they are stronger when scorned, do not take them for shrinking violets due to their nice demeanor.

Hufflepuffs are very likable in that they have many positive traits. They are kind and giving, healers in their nature. They wish only the best for everyone, and are often optimists. They are not necessarily social butterflies to the degree a Gryffindor may be, but once they begin to be comfortable in a setting, they are warm and generally happy in their circle of friends.

They are also very loyal and strong, though they may not be straightforward and blunt. They tend to be good emotional absorbents, meaning they can take it all that you are feeling, positive and negative, and understand it. This can go one of two ways. If a Hufflepuff likes you, which generally they will give you the benefit of the doubt, they will be empathetic and try to use this to help you. If, for some reason, you betray or upset a Hufflepuff, do not think they will just go sulk, this is simply how their darker and more negative side comes out. They know all your strengths and weaknesses, and they kept them in storage in their kindness, but once you’ve ripped away their good nature, they will use them against you, picking at that scab on your mind. Never, ever think a Hufflepuff is weak, nor underestimate them. You will regret the repercussions.

Another negative trait of Hufflepuffs can be their habitual tendency to try and be what they think others need them to be. They will try and form themselves to what they think someone wants them to be in order for the other person or peoples to be happy. This is not something they should try, as expression and their free spirit is what makes the Hufflepuff who they truly are.

The average typology for a Hufflepuff is ESFP (Extrovert-Sensing-Feeling-Perceptive). This varies for everyone, of course, but by Hufflepuffs love people, and tend to feel everything around them, and connect to it deeply.

Hufflepuffs are, above all else, obsessively avoidant. This can get to the point of a disorder, because it can affect their daily lives. They may miss opportunities because of how much order they want to keep around them, and by making sure everything is as perfect as they want it to be. If something is out of place, they feel dangerously uncomfortable, and wish they could remedy it, but feel absolutely helpless as to how. They also may have what could be considered to some as odd ways of thinking, or eccentric, which is common in both them and Ravenclaws. There is nothing wrong with this and it isn’t necessarily a disorder of any kind, they just have unique perceptions on things that others may not see or understand.

Hufflepuffs view themselves as good people, and that is as simply as they put it. They try not to look into the negative aspects of their self, as when they do they tend to feel put down, like they are unworthy of where they have gotten in life. So they focus on the positive, and see themselves as happy and proper people in society.


The traits stated for Gryffindors are bravery, chivalry and nerve. This stands very true deep into their heart, and their curse in life is that they really would die for something they truly love, or do anything they could to be sure they are safe. However, Gryffindors vary in their way of showing this passion. Some are up front, kind and caring though at times coming onto very strong. This is a loveable thing, though, and these are the Gryffindors that often are popular, having many friends and admirers. Then, there are the others, who are a bit rough around the edges. It doesn’t change what is in their heart, it simply means that they are more opinionated than most, and somewhere in their past someone told them that being as emotional as they are is a bad thing, so they hide it. They try to keep their emotions at bay and just show how strong they are, how incapable they are of breaking. These are the Gryffindors that put up a wall, and if you can connect with them, this wall falls easily.

The most positive of traits in Gryffindors are their purity. This doesn’t mean that they are all around perfect and good, it just means they have high moral standards, and instinctively want to do the right thing. Whether the right thing is really the right thing, that is left up to debate, but it is what feels correct to them, and it works for them. The positive aspects of this instinct are their bravery and strong will, because Gryffindors are often doers, not thinkers. They will not sit and weigh the aspects of what is best for them, they only understand a need and wish to fulfill it, no matter the costs.

Gryffindors are, of course, undoubtedly loyal, and this is another positive aspect of them. They are not the type of people to give up on you and run away when the going gets rough, they will stick with you until the very end. If you are in a hard place and need someone to carry you through it, a Gryffindor is ideal to befriend. That said, this can also greatly reflect a negative part of them, as their need to stick with others and help them can cause them to forget themselves. A Gryffindor can only forget their own needs for a certain amount of time, before the lion begins to get restless, and the inner growing roar of their emotions begins to pool into their stomach. Gryffindors are probably the most emotional of all of the houses, so they need an outlet, and if they can’t get one, their impulsive attitude can back up on them, and they will lash out, doing and saying things they will later regret.

Gryffindors have a tendency to put their foot in their mouth, because they do not often think before they speak. Their intentions are not often to truly hurt another person, they are just the type of people the get caught in the moment, in the web of the environment, and this can cause them to do things they don’t really intend. Their regrets hurt them very often, because once they have time to actually think about them, their emotions take hold and their guilt is nearly unbearable. This is why lions often go nonstop, to make sure they don’t have to feel those unwanted feelings.

The average typology for a Gryffindor is ESFJ (Extrovert-Sensing-Feeling-Judging). This varies for everyone, of course, but by nature Gryffindors are often outgoing and social, with high empathy levels and moral standards. They love others, but also hold themselves above the rest without realizing it.

Gryffindors can have a tendency to be unconsciously narcissistic, thinking they are superior and putting others down, whilst consistently patting themselves on the back. They are also very prone to black and white (borderline) thinking, simply believing what they believe, and coldly opposing of any opinions that are not their own. Gryffindors are more likely to have attention span problems, as they do not always find academics to their liking, and may space out thinking of things that concern them, rather than paying attention to what they need to know. Gryffindors are rarely prone to depression but when they begin to feel down, they become incredibly dependent, almost to the stage of being clingy toward their friends. If you know a Gryffindor acting like this, reassure them that they are loved and special, and ask them what is bothering them. If they are allowed to vent, their mood will improve tenfold.

How Gryffindors think they see themselves and how they truly see themselves are two very different things. Gryffindors believe they are down-to-Earth, average Joes who want nothing more than to go through life and have fun. In reality, they view themselves as power houses, with a superiority complex on the side. They thrive off of the opinions of others, however, so they rarely take their self-view into account.


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