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Published on Feb 14th 2019
All is fair in love and magic - whether you’re a Gryffindor harbouring a crush on a Hufflepuff, or a Ravenclaw who has secured a Slytherin significant other.

But what can the Hogwarts house combinations in romantic partnerships tell us about love? And are some houses more suited than others? Here’s what we think…

Gryffindors in love

As the loudest and proudest Hogwarts house, Gryffindors would most likely be suited to other Gryffindors or Hufflepuffs. Gryffindors could need someone who is similarly passionate, allowing for exciting and heated interactions between the two, and a shared sense of adventure. Take Ron and Hermione, for example. Fiery debates and a romantic Horcrux hunt? It must be love.

With a dedicated Hufflepuff as their partner, a Gryffindor could get the attention they crave. They would always have a cheerleader there to encourage their wild pursuits – and to kindly pick up the pieces if a bold Gryffindor plan doesn’t work out.

Gryffindors and Slytherins are often pitted against each other, but they could make for an exciting, if unusual, pairing. Sure, Gryffindors might not understand the self-serving nature of Slytherins, but the mental gymnastics between the two would certainly keep them on their toes. Bickering is best avoided, though. With these big personalities, it’s likely that one bad argument could end it all.

What about Gryffindors and Ravenclaws, then? If the Gryffindor shared the Ravenclaw’s love for the intellectual world, there’s no reason this wouldn’t be an interesting and beneficial pairing. If we learnt anything from Harry and Cho, it’s that Gryffindors and Ravenclaws need to have great communication skills. Oh, and to avoid Madam Puddifoot’s on date night.

Ravenclaws in love

Ravenclaw has a reputation as the most intellectual Hogwarts house, so we can assume that a Ravenclaw would naturally be attracted to similarly sharp minds. It would seem, then, that Ravenclaws are more suited to other Ravenclaws - and sometimes Slytherins. A Ravenclaw-Ravenclaw partnership could provide a welcome challenge, and keep both parties on their toes.

The worst thing for a Ravenclaw is boredom, which is why a partnership with a Slytherin could inject some welcome excitement. Intellect plus ambition? These two could take over the wizarding world. As with any great love, though, the feelings must be mutual. When Ravenclaw-Slytherin love is unrequited on one side, the ensuing power struggle can be pretty unpleasant – just ask Helena Ravenclaw.

With a Ravenclaw-Gryffindor match, it’s likely that the careful and considered Ravenclaw could lose patience with the ‘act first, think later’ attitude of the Gryffindor. That’s not to say this clash is a bad thing, though. Ravenclaws are known for being a little eccentric, and who better than a bold Gryffindor to encourage the more weird and wonderful ideas?

Then there are Ravenclaw-Hufflepuff pairings. While it can be assumed that Hufflepuffs get along with everyone, their unwavering loyalty and affection could sometimes be suffocating to the individualistic Ravenclaw. On the other hand, Hufflepuffs could bring out Ravenclaw’s softer, more emotional side. Think Cedric and Cho – we didn’t see much of them as a couple, but no one could accuse Cho of being emotionally unavailable!

Hufflepuffs in love

Arguably the most lovable of the Hogwarts houses, thanks to their kind and caring nature, Hufflepuffs would most likely be suited to other Hufflepuffs or to Gryffindors. Hufflepuff-Hufflepuff relationships could be incredibly loving, with excellent communication and a strong sense of commitment.

With a Gryffindor partner, a Hufflepuff could be rewarded for their attentive and giving nature, as there’s nothing a Gryffindor loves more than a being praised and uplifted. Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs often share common values, too, so could be brought together by a moral cause. A perfect example of this is Lupin and Tonks, who fell in love while defending the wizarding world against evil. Who knew Voldemort could act as an indirect matchmaker?

Gentle Hufflepuff may seem like an odd match with cunning Slytherin, but that’s not to say these two couldn’t work out. In fact, a Slytherin could give their Hufflepuff partner the confidence and encouragement they need to pursue their dreams. If Newt Scamander had had a Slytherin by his side, cheering him on, who knows how many other places he would have travelled in his pursuit of magical beasts?

From the Hufflepuff perspective, Ravenclaws can sometimes seem rather distant and elusive, making a romantic match unlikely at first. If a Ravenclaw lets a Hufflepuff in, however, there is the opportunity for both of them to spend some time outside their comfort zone. It could be good for Hufflepuffs to face a challenge, and to learn that, just like brewing a fine potion, the course of true love can sometimes be trickier than it seems.

Slytherins in love

As the most cunning and self-serving Hogwarts house, Slytherins could naturally form strong attachments with their own. Ambition is attractive to Slytherins, and they could recognise this in each other, with a bit of healthy competition keeping the romantic flame burning. Both would be driven to improve on any flaws or problems in the relationship, and would want to brag about their partner at every opportunity. Look at Lucius and Narcissa – a total power couple.

After a fellow Slytherin, the next best match for this shrewd house would probably be Ravenclaw. A Slytherin could use Ravenclaw’s intellectual and inquisitive nature to their advantage, plan their world domination in minute detail. When it comes to values and opinions, Ravenclaws could also help Slytherins see a broader perspective. Often accused of being too single-minded, a partnership with a Ravenclaw might allow a Slytherin to think deeper and consider their actions more carefully.

With a Hufflepuff partner, Slytherins could experience a lack of competition and get frustrated by Hufflepuff’s laid-back approach to life, but this doesn’t have to be a barrier to true love - only a temporary obstacle. If there’s anything a Slytherin loves, it’s a loyal follower, and a Hufflepuff embodies this to a tee. Want a partner you can rely on, especially if things turn dark? Only a Hufflepuff will endeavour to see the good through the bad, no matter what.

Lastly, we have Slytherin partnerships with Gryffindors. How could this possibly work, with such opposing view on morality and social behaviour? Doesn’t it go against everything we know about house rivalries? Well, they say opposites attract - and if it’s passion they’re after, a Slytherin couldn’t find a better partner to spar with than a Gryffindor.


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