So there are four Houses (and four Founders): Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Hmm. HGRS. What does that spell? Oh right! Hogwarts!

Did J. K. Rowling do that on purpose?

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    @Valorum But this is like, something else. I worded it wrong.
    – bleh
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 0:10
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    @Valorum I mean't the school founders.
    – bleh
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 0:14
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    I see no evidence in the dupes that the name related in any way to the founder's names.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 0:15
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    @Valorum nonono I mean, are the school founders' names based off of Hogwarts.
    – bleh
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 0:18
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    There should have been two more houses. Whompakep (for the ones too violent to get into Slytherin; emblem: a Whomping Willow) and Troldebok (for the ones too dumb to get into Hufflepuff; emblem: a booger). Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 7:16

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It’s unclear if this was intended or simply a coincidence.

There’s nowhere that JKR ever mentioned that the name Hogwarts contains the initials of all the Founders, or whether this was intentional.

Relying only on logic and common sense, since there’s no “official” information on this, it’s hard to reason out a definitive answer in this case. It’s entirely possible that it was intended, but it’s not sufficiently clear that it can’t plausibly or reasonably be seen as unintentional (like how Diagon Alley is clearly a pun on “diagonally” even though that’s never “officially” confirmed).

  • And Diagon Alley/diagonally is used as a plot point when Harry ends up in Knockturn Alley after using the Floo and mispronouncing Diagon Alley.
    – sueelleker
    Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 8:21

A google search showed me this tumblr page , where a potterhead defines this connection as

H G R S Is in Hogwarts for a reason, and that reason is House unity.

There are also other sites showing this connection, but couldn't find any official J.K. Rowling announcement. So after reading why Hogwarts is named Hogwarts ? I believe that she found the name Hogwarts first and then derived the house names from it. Not the other way around.

But I didn't see that connection until I read this question. I read every book minimum 3 times(if not more)

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