The Head of Gryffindor House is a Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the specific role of looking after the students in their House. It is unknown how a professor would be elected for the post, but it's most likely that the headmaster chooses the professor whom embodies all the qualities Godric Gryffindor himself had (bravery, daring, conscientiousness, etc.) and was in Gryffindor House when he/she was at Hogwarts.

Every portrait in Gryffindor Tower depicts a current or former Head of Gryffindor.[1]


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Minerva McGonagall - Head of Gryffindor during Harry Potter's time at Hogwarts

The head of house before and during Harry Potter's time was Minerva McGonagall. Minerva became the head of house possibly in 1956, when she was appointed Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, taking over Albus Dumbledore's previous teaching position when he became Headmaster. It is unknown who later became the head of house when she was made Headmistress in 1998 following the end of the Second Wizarding War.

Special duties

The following are special duties that were performed by the Head of Gryffindor in the past.

Known Heads of Gryffindor

See also

Notes and references