Dumbledore was a great and powerful wizard. He was also very clever and cunning, a master of manipulation. In some instances, we could say he was also loyal and kind.
Considering that Dumbledore manifested many preferable traits of all Hogwarts Houses throughout his long life, he belonged to only one House.
Was Dumbledore in Gryffindor?
Yes, Dumbledore was in Gryffindor.
J.K. Rowling decided the Gryffindor House would best suit Dumbledore. We can definitely agree with that statement because of the great sacrifices and bold and brave behavior of the late Hogwarts Headmaster.
Although many fans would consider Dumbledore more suited to a different House, all of us have to agree that Dumbledore displayed many character traits prized by Gryffindor, which were above those of the average wizard.
Why Was Dumbledore in Gryffindor?
Dumbledore showed us that he possessed a great deal of knowledge. He was also cunning with his plans and loyal to his family. One might think that those traits were more prominent than his bravery or chivalry. Therefore he was more suited to be in another house. Ravenclaw or Slytherin, perhaps?
Following Dumbledores throughout the books and movies, we also learn that he was courageous. He faced his fears head-on without hesitation and sacrificed a lot, including his life. We can all agree that this kind of bravery is worth Godric Gryffindor and warrants a place in his House at Hogwarts.
Dumbledore wasn’t also afraid to boldly stand up to his opponents, even if it was the Ministry of Magic. In the end, Dumbledore turned out to be more noble than he gave himself credit for.
He refused to take the post of the Minister for Magic and came to terms he would never master the Deathly Hollows. Instead, he stayed at Hogwarts to protect the students and helped Harry figure out and master the Hollows.
Why Was Dumbledore Not in Ravenclaw?
Dumbledore prided himself on his intellect. He mentions many times that he is aware of his intelligence and knowledge. We also learned that Dumbledore was ambitious and hungry for knowledge during his youth, and later in his years, he showed himself as a master strategist.
Those are the ideal traits of Ravenclaw, and many fans would gladly see Dumbledore in Rowena’s House.
The reason why Dumbledore would be better Gryffindor than Ravenclaw is simple. Most Ravenclaws are so sure of their knowledge and superior mind over other Houses, they can’t acknowledge that they might be making a mistake. Ravenclaws are sometimes self-important and mostly detached.
Dumbledore was more humble. He knew when he was wrong and wasn’t afraid to call himself out on his mistakes. He also knew that there were things more significant than him.
Why Was Dumbledore Not in Slytherin?
As a leader, Dumbledore was a force to reckoned with. He was beloved and most respected Headmaster at Hogwarts and the Head of the Order of the Phoenix, the renowned resistance group.
Dumbledore was usually prepared with a cunning and brilliant plan, and ones he didn’t foresee, he figured on the spot pulling all the resources he had available at the moment.
Those were traits most prized by Salazar Slytherin, and Dumbledore would fit in his House perfectly, if not for the very Gryffindor traits he possessed.
The selfless act of sacrifice is on the top of the list. Even though Dumbledore was dying from a dark course, he could choose a different ending for himself. Instead, Dumbledore used his Slytherin trait to develop a purely Gryffindor plan, fortifying Snape’s position within Voldemort’s Inner Circle.
We might also say that Dumbledore sacrificed Harry for the greater good, which would be a Slytherin move. However, we know better! The magic of the prophecy was already in motion, and Harry had no choice but to submit to death. What Dumbledore gave him was time and knowledge to come to terms with the inevitable.
Dumbledore was a highly complex character, with all the drama of his youth, the mistakes he blamed himself for, and the accomplishments throughout his long life.
He displayed allegiance to all the Hogwarts Houses, but in our opinion, a truly dedicated Headmaster should not be defined by just one House. If they plan to be the greatest asset to the school, they should embrace all the traits that separate four Houses and combine them.
Dumbledore was a Gryffindor by Sorting, and we can stand behind that, but he was also a Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff at heart because he was devoted to the cause.
He had the students, school, and the rest of the wizarding world in his mind when he planned, strategized, and ultimately gave his life to help finish the war against Voldemort.