Through all seven books, Hagrid shows us how brave, compassionate, and loyal he is. Even though he didn’t finish his magical education, he has the wisdom that came with age and experience, and he willingly shares it with Harry.
Since Hagrid was a student once upon a time, he must have belonged to one of the Hogwarts Houses. Which one of his traits was the strongest in his youth? Which House did Sorting Hat place the friendly half-giant?
What House was Hagrid in?
We can’t find any information about Hagrid’s House in Harry Potter books, but we know from a good source (J.K. Rowling) that Hagrid was in Gryffindor.
Even if someone doesn’t believe it (and how could you not?), there are some tellings about Hagrid’s House throughout the series.
In Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid tried to explain Hogwarts Houses to clueless Harry. His attitude towards Hufflepuff is rather funny and hints that Hagrid never belonged to that House.
“And what are Slytherin and Hufflepuff?”
“School Houses. There’s four. Everyone says Hufflepuff are a lot o’ duffers, but-“
“I bet I’m in Hufflepuff,” said Harry gloomily.
“Better Hufflepuff than Slytherin,” said Hagrid darkly.
And even with Hagrid’s attitude towards Hufflepuff, we can still see he is not fond of Slytherin. We can scratch that House of possibilities for Hagrid as well.
Not trying to insult Hagrid, but we think he wasn’t in Ravenclaw either because he wasn’t the most adept student. We can judge it by his take on general knowledge.
“I never know,” Harry called to Hagrid over the noise of the cart, “what’s the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?”
“Stalagmite’s got an ‘m’ in it,” said Hagrid.
Ravenclaws, known for their “know-it-all-ness,” would never give you such a mediocre answer!
The only other choice is “Gryffindor, of course!”
It was also plainly obvious that Hagrid was really brave (went to persuade giants to join the Order) and daring (he was throwing “support Harry Potter” parties), which are traits of true Gryffindor.
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;.”
Why Hagrid was Sorted to Gryffindor?
Godric Gryffindor always valued the bravest, and everyone could see how brave Hagrid was. Some fans may say that Hagrid grew up and learned to be so courageous later in life, but we believe his father brought him up like this (you have to be brave to hitch with a giant!)
There is not much info about Hagrid’s upbringing and childhood traits before Sorting, but certain character traits can’t be acquired.
These traits stay dormant inside you until you find them (look at Neville), but we believe that Hagrid always possessed bravery in him, and that’s why he ended up in Gryffindor.
Was Hagrid a Hatstall?
A hatstall is a person who made Sorting Hat ponder their house for more than 5 minutes during Sorting Ceremony.
There is no information about Hagrid’s Sorting, but we know that the only Hatstalls were Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew.
The closest to a hatstall were Filius Flitwick, Hermione Granger, Gilderoy Lockhart, Neville Longbottom, and, of course, Harry Potter. We can then assume that Hagrid wasn’t a hatstall.
What House did Hagrid Want to be in?
Knowing Hagrid, he was too excited and grateful for being admitted to Hogwarts that he wouldn’t even think of picking his house. Although we are relatively sure he wouldn’t want to go to Slytherin because of its ever-present bad name.
We can also imagine that Hagrid felt intimidated by Hogwarts because he was different from other kids. He might have been too busy between excitement and worry even to think which house he would like to be in.
We believe Hagrid was a true Gryffindor, even if only for short three years at school, and we know for sure that Hagrid is still a Gryffindor at heart.
Witnessing his courage in the face of danger and his chivalrous defending of Dumbledore every time some was badmouthing the late Headmaster confirms our beliefs.