We know from this question that all the Heads of Houses that we've seen were sorted into that house when they were students.

My question is, what happens if there is no teacher at Hogwarts from that house? Does a teacher from a different house take the responsibility or does the headmaster have to go around and look for a teacher from that house?

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    This seems very opinion-based. The author was very careful to make certain that this eventuality didn't arise
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 15:51
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    Although the novels don't discuss it, there's a chance that Rowling answered the question in an interview or an article.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 20:05
  • There is only a 3 point something chance that an unbiased random selection of 12 teachers will lack someone from a particular house. It is highly possible that it has simply never been a problem.
    – EvilSnack
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 21:46
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    This question does not seem to be Primarily Opinion Based. There does not seem to be any reason why there couldn't be a perfectly factual answer to the question. If you know Harry Potter so well that you know that there is no answer, then that is the answer.
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 6:33
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    Indeed, and even if the answer is "we don't know", there's nothing wrong with that.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 7:08

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I think that Headmaster appoints one. Headmaster probably ensures that there are teachers from every house just for that eventuality.

  • This seems a reasonable answer given the hypothetical nature of the question.
    – tgrignon
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 12:37
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    But the question is what if there isn’t. (And I think the answer is still the Headmaster appoints one, even if the appointee is not of the house. Being a teacher is not the same as being a student.)
    – Dúthomhas
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 14:31

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