With her birthday falling on 15th May, did you know this would make Pomona Sprout a Taurus? But is the down-to-earth Head of Hufflepuff anything like her star sign? Let’s find out…

In Harry Potter’s world, there’s Divination, Astronomy and prophecies – all used to make sense of the mysteries of the universe and the great beyond. But what about astrology? We know Professor Trelawney did touch upon it, but do any of our favourite characters happen to display personality traits that are unique to their star sign?

Well, we thought it would be fun to find out! As it is Taurus season, we’re looking at helpful Herbology teacher, Pomona Sprout. Of course, any similarities may be a total coincidence. We’ll leave that up to you to decide. Why not share this with your Taurus friends and see what they think?


If you are looking for someone who is hardworking and tenacious, you need look no further than those born under the Taurus star sign. They are known as the Builders of the zodiac. Their cosmic role is to lay the foundation and construct the castle aka they diligently work to achieve something great. As Head of Hufflepuff, the house who values those who are unafraid of toil, we think this speaks to Pomona Sprout’s personality.

Sprout’s job as the Herbology professor, was arguably one of the most demanding jobs in the school. While all the other teachers had the usual responsibilities of lesson planning and marking, Sprout’s obligations went even further. She also had to plant, grow and nurture several greenhouses worth of magical plants. With specimens like the Venomous Tentacula, that had a poisonous bite and would try to strangle you at any given moment, it wasn’t a job for the fainthearted.

If that wasn’t enough responsibility for one person, Sprout also worked hard to be an excellent Head of House – guiding, encouraging and helping those in her charge. In our view, if you were to look up ‘work ethic’ in a dictionary, you would see a picture of this industrious teacher.


We think being a teacher – especially one in a magical school – takes a lot of patience. Unruly students, unruly plants and creatures… and even an unruly poltergeist is enough to make even the most serene person lose their cool. Luckily, Professor Sprout had oodles of patience. Incidentally, this is one trait that is common amongst those with a Taurus star sign.

Taureans are a fixed star sign – which means they will out-endure any obstacle. The astrologer Joanna Martine Woolfolk has even gone so far as to say that their patience is legendary. These folks are certainly not quick to anger.

This reminds us of Professor Sprout, who was always welcoming, understanding and we don’t recall her ever raising her voice. Just look at the way she gently brought Neville out of his shell. She patiently encouraged and supported him until he ended up truly excelling in her subject. In fact, he was so good at it, he eventually became the Hogwarts Herbology teacher! Would he have achieved so much without Sprout’s understanding, kindness and tolerance? He might have… but we think she certainly helped. That patience went beyond Neville – Sprout extended it to all who crossed the threshold of her greenhouse.


Trustworthiness is something that is at the core of the Taurean personality. If you want someone you can rely on, who will remain true to those they care about, then we think it’s probably worth making a couple of Taurus friends.

And as the Head of House, whose key trait alongside hard work is loyalty, Professor Sprout demonstrated this perfectly. Sprout stayed behind to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts. When Dumbledore died, she remained true to him and the future of the school when she said: ‘if a single pupil wants to come, then the school ought to remain open for that pupil’. And she also demonstrated loyalty to her house. When Cedric and Harry were both chosen to be the Hogwarts Champion for the Triwizard Tournament, she made it clear it was Cedric who had her full support. Who can really blame her? It was about time Hufflepuff had their moment in the spotlight!


According to astrologers, Taureans are earth signs making them grounded and down-to-earth. They focus on practical solutions and don’t spend their time on vague ideas. Incidentally, this tendency to want to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in makes them natural gardeners…

Now doesn’t that sound rather fitting for this Herbology teacher? Professor Sprout was straightforward and sensible. She got on with whatever needed to be done and didn’t make a fuss. Like the time a Basilisk was causing havoc with the Hogwarts plumbing whilst Petrifying Muggle-borns (plus one unfortunate cat and a ghost). Sprout sprang into action, growing and tending to a crop of Mandrakes that would later be used in the Restorative Draught to cure the victims. There was a problem that needed fixing, so she did just that.

Strong values

As one of the zodiac signs that is ruled by the planet Venus, Taureans have strong sense of who they are, and their core values are unshakeable. Like their zodiac symbol, the bull, they stand strong in the face of adversity.

We think this is a trait can be applied to Professor Sprout. She might have been jovial and kind, but she also had a core of iron and a strong moral compass. While we know one of her key values was the loyalty she showed to Hogwarts and her house, her strong belief in doing what she thought was right is evident in some of the smaller moments too. Take the period of time when Umbridge ruled the school. Sprout didn’t just toe the line, she made it clear that she was not on board with Umbridge’s vision. How did she do this? Well, there was the time she gave Harry a silly amount of house points for handing her a watering can… Which just so happened to be after his daring interview in The Quibbler that went against all of the lies Umbridge was spouting. A subtle act, but one that show her true values nonetheless.