Keeping Score: Harry Potter & House Points

Harry Potter fans know all about House Points.

Teachers at Hogwarts use them to reward and punish students. And, collectively, the total determines which House wins the House Cup each year.

Now the official Harry Potter site, Pottermore, has released a single and quite amazing graphic that charts every time points were ever given or deducted…with some interesting conclusions, when you break it all down:

  • Not surprisingly, the most generous awarder of points was Dumbledore…and Snape was the least generous.
  • A cumulative score through all seven books would give Gryffindor 468 points, Ravenclaw 40 points, Hufflepuff  -15 points, and Slytherin -20 points.
  •  Of all the students at Hogwarts, Harry Potter received the most points…but also the most points deducted. He had only the third-highest cumulative score, behind Ron and Hermione. Harry and Ron had the biggest single award – each receiving 200 points for saving Ginny from the Chamber of Secrets. Somehow, Draco Malfoy ended up on the positive side of the ledger.
  • In only two of the books were more points added than deducted (Chamber of Secrets, Order of the Phoenix). In Deathly Hallows, no points were awarded either way. In the remaining four books, the deductions were greater than the points added. The most positive book was Chamber of Secrets…the most negative was Prisoner of Azkaban.
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