3

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?

  • 2
    @Valorum But this is like, something else. I worded it wrong. – bleh Jul 24 '16 at 0:10
  • 2
    @Valorum I mean't the school founders. – bleh Jul 24 '16 at 0:14
  • 2
    I see no evidence in the dupes that the name related in any way to the founder's names. – Valorum Jul 24 '16 at 0:15
  • 2
    @Valorum nonono I mean, are the school founders' names based off of Hogwarts. – bleh Jul 24 '16 at 0:18
  • 3
    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). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 24 '16 at 7:16
7

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 Jan 20 '18 at 8:21
3

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)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.