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Any true Potter fan knows what house they belong in (take our quiz here!). But super fan Isobel Ren took it to the next level, writing "The Unofficial, Sixth Year Hogwarts Scholar's Guide To Wizardly Sun Signs." She wrote horoscopes for every star sign, tailored to each of the four Hogwarts houses. That's 48 detailed descriptions, and they're pretty spot on! We've matched up some of her different write-ups with characters based on their birthdays.

Harry Potter — Gryffindor Leo

Birthday: July 31

What Isobel Ren says:

This is a natural sign for Gryffindors, not least because the griffin is part lion. Gryffindors born under this sign are outgoing, friendly, affectionate, and likeable. They make friends easily and are crushed when their advances are rejected. Their romantic, chivalrous nature makes them perfect examples of all that is best in their House. However, they are also bossy, domineering, spendthrift, and overly dramatic (ever heard the phrase "drama queen?") They have sharp tempers and need to learn to direct their anger toward only needful causes. The natural creativity and flamboyance of Leo makes Gryffindors born under this sign good at most everything they attempt, provided they apply themselves to learning magic rather than using magic to hog the limelight.

Hmm, not bad. Outgoing? Friendly? Affectionate? Good at almost everything he attempts? That sounds like the boy who lived, to me.

Hermione Granger — Gryffindor Virgo

Birthday: September 19

What Isobel Ren says:

This is not a natural sign for Gryffindor, but some Gryffindors do end up born under the influence of Virgo. They are hard workers and usually very bright; they tend to be more ethically obsessed than most. Some Virgo wizards are also sorted into House Gryffindor because of their amazing imaginations; on the surface they may appear straight-laced and almost nervous, but inside is a wealth of romantic yearning and fantastic excitement. They quietly build dream castles in their minds; and the practical influence of the Earth element means that they, unlike more flighty signs, may have some chance of building those dream castles on solid foundations.

This is pretty perfect. It's no secret that Hermione would have been smart enough to hack it as a Ravenclaw — a more natural house for studious Virgo. But her courage makes her a Gryffindor, where she's constantly helping her friends make their plans "on solid foundations."

Ron Weasley — Gryffindor Pisces

Birthday: March 1

What Isobel Ren says:

While not the bravest of Gryffindors, the Gryffindor Pisces still exhibits a quiet courage. They aren't afraid to face painful truths, if there really is no way of escaping them. These Gryffindors are deeply compassionate, and full of emotional strength, often becoming the unofficial counselors in the common room who everybody runs to for advice. They are romantic to an extreme; their minds are stuffed full of fairy tales, myths, and legends. They often spend more time daydreaming than doing their homework, to the vexation of their professors. Still, their daydreams do sometimes produce uncanny insights.

This one might be more on point than either Harry's or Hermione's. Not the bravest? Ron's afraid of just about everything — from spiders, to chasing Lord Voldemort (although who can blame him, honestly?).

Fred & George Weasley — Gryffindor Aries

Birthday: April 1

What Isobel Ren says:

The Gryffindor Aries is extremely idealistic, and has a tendency to fight hard for many causes - the more lost, the better. Gryffindors born under this sign will also have very short fuses, and can be expected to fight regularly with other students, over ethical questions or over anything else that makes a good excuse. Since Mars is a planet that encourages war games and competition and bursts of hard physical activity, there may be many Quidditch players born under these aspects. A Gryffindor Aries is an open book; a truth potion would never be needed on one, because they are hopelessly honest and open. These wizards will display uncanny charisma and leadership ability, and will be among the most popular within their class.

Quidditch players? Check. Uncanny charisma? Check. Most popular? Check.

Severus Snape — Slytherin Capricorn

Birthday: January 9

What Isobel Ren says:

The traits emphasized here will be ambition, determination, discipline, and pragmatism. You can't make that castle in the sky if you don't build a solid foundation under it, and Capricorns excel at building foundations. (Actually, they excel at planning the foundations and directing others to do the grunt labour. It's not that they're afraid to get their hands dirty, but large work usually requires delegation and a staff, and Capricorns are managers more often than not.) While not flamboyant or showy about it, Capricorns still tend to be obsessive overachievers, a common trait in House Slytherin. Too, wizards born under the sign of Capricorn are good at being discreet, secretive, and diplomatic; whereas the Libra's diplomacy is based on charm and a desire for harmony, the Capricorn's diplomacy is based on the knowledge that being on good terms with people is extremely useful in getting one's way or finding out sensitive information. These also are traits commonly associated with House Slytherin. They might not be sexy traits, but they're very handy.

No one could ever accuse Snape of being flamboyant, that's for sure. And he kept a BIG secret for all those years. And while at first it might seem like Snape actually didn't care about being on good terms with everyone, look at the way he juggled Dumbledore and Lucious Malfoy and the Deatheaters? He just didn't care what his students thought of him, but he knew how to get a job done.

Draco Malfoy — Slytherin Gemini

Birthday: June 5

What Isobel Ren says:

Ever heard the phrase "snake-tongued?" It must have been invented to describe a Slytherin Gemini. (This doesn't refer to the Parseltongue gift, either, although the few Slytherin wizards who exhibited it have had a disproportionate number of Geminis in their midst.) Slytherin Geminis have the dubious gift of being able to lay the blarney on thick, and be believed. This is due to both their imaginative mental agility and to their skill with words. Of course, not all Slytherin Geminis are liars - but it is probably advisable to get all sides of the story if you hear interesting gossip from one of these wizards. Slytherins born under the sign of Gemini are also naturally skilled at any magical work which involves sleight of hand or incantations. They are less determined and aggressive than the average Slytherin, though, save perhaps in a field that involves debate. You will find far more of them chatting in the common room or looking up arcane lore in the library than on the Quidditch field or in a dueling match, with the exception of Quidditch Seekers: the sharp eyesight and quick reflexes associated with Gemini are good traits for a Seeker to have.

Malfoy was a seeker! And while it might seem like he was aggressive, he was really more cruel. He had Crabb and Goyle to do his dirty work for him.

Luna Lovegood — Ravenclaw Aquarius

Birthday: February 13

What Isobel Ren says:

The stereotypical geeks of the magical world, Ravenclaw Aquarians are noted mostly for their genius. They are gifted theorists and inventors, and highly talented students. Most wind up doing pure research after graduating from Hogwarts. Their noses are always in books of esoteric lore. Some people may laugh at them, either for their unconventional lifestyles or (more commonly) because they are obvious nerds, but they don't care. While they can have sharp tempers, especially when they encounter ignorance or stupidity, these wizards generally mean well, and have a "live and let live" philosophy. Their wit is legendary; not everybody gets the Ravenclaw Aquarian's jokes, but those who are subtle and intelligent enough find conversation with an Aquarian Ravenclaw to be quite funny, in a satirical and ironic and irreverent sort of way.

Well, people certainly laughed at unusual Luna, and she certainly didn't care.

Sybill Trelawney — Ravenclaw Pisces

Birthday: March 9

What Isobel Ren says:

Ravenclaw Pisceans spend so much time dreaming or reading books of legends that it's a wonder they ever come down to earth. Care must be taken that they do not neglect their material needs, including those that involve sleep, food, and drink. These wizards are natural seers, and often specialize in things like horary astrology, cartomancy, dream interpretation, oracles, and the summoning of visions. Because they possess both intellectual acumen and emotional awareness, they are capable of great insight. They are quiet students, not always the best in their classes, but tend to be brilliant at subjects which they are personally interested in. Shy and nervous, they are easily bullied or intimidated, and need some looking after by more assertive students.

Trelawney loved dreams and visions, and although she wasn't aware of it, she became a great vessel for prophecy. She was extremely nervous and jittery, and thank God she had Dumbledore and McGonagall to look out for her.

Pomona Sprout — Hufflepuff Taurus

Birthday: May 15

What Isobel Ren says:

Taurus, the nature-loving bull, is a natural sign for Hufflepuffs to be born under. These wizards tend to specialize in herbs and nature spells, also in the husbandry and preservation of magical beasts. Their gentle good natures, open friendliness, hard work, patience, and politeness endear them to most everyone they meet. However, these Hufflepuff Taureans must be careful not to overwork themselves, lest they suffer breakdowns in health. (It has been noticed that Hufflepuffs born under the sign of Taurus swing wildly between overwork and indolence, the lazy periods being used to recharge their energy; they seem to have a problem pacing themselves.) They like their magical workrooms neat and tidy, and prefer peaceful occupations to dangerous or aggressive ones; most Hufflepuffs born under this sign wind up working as hedge witches, village herbalists, and midwives.

Although Sprout wasn't one of the professors we got to know the best, it's clear that the Hufflepuff Taurus's love of herbs and nature took root in the hardworking little Herbology professor.

Teddy Lupin — Hufflepuff Aries

Source: SheepSkeleton
Source: SheepSkeleton

Birthday: April

What Isobel Ren says:

Hufflepuff Ariens have an extreme abundance of energy; however, the usual Hufflepuff tendency to work hard out of duty is modified by the Aries tendency to value play over work. Therefore, expect long periods of playfulness and seeming indolence punctuated by brief, manic bursts of industry. These Hufflepuffs may also be more ambitious and socially aggressive than average, making them clear leaders in their House. Their emotional warmth, open hearts, madcap sense of humour, and quirky independence will endear them to many people, but their naivete makes for easy exploitation by more ruthless sorts of people.

Rowling doesn't ever give us a specific date for Teddy Lupin's birthday, but we know it's in April — meaning he could be either an Aries or a Taurus. Since he grows up to be Head Boy and is popular and beloved by all his adopted family members, it seems safe to assume that he would be a charismatic Aries. And though we don't really get to see him all grown up in the movie, we thank deviantart user SheepSkeleton for this amazing fan art imagining.

What does your Hogwarts star sign say about you?

Sources: The Unofficial, Sixth Year Hogwarts School's Guide To Wizardly Sun Signs, Harry Potter Wikia, HP-Lexicon

Source for 'Teddy Lupin image': sheepSkin deviantart


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