Ok muggles, can you really call yourself a Harry Potter fan if you haven’t stalked Pottermore yet? You’ve already been sorted into one of four houses from the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry right?
If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and get yourself sorted (pun intended). Then come back once you’re done.
Already sorted into a house? You’re in the right place.
No doubt you know that Hufflepuffs are known as friendly and fair, Gryffindors are brave, Ravenclaws are intelligent folks, and Slytherin, well…they can be ambitious.
Aside from assessing your house for personality traits, did you know you can use the houses to gain insight into how you handle money? As in, what your house says about how you spend, save, and make financial decisions.
Just to be clear—there isn’t a house that is better with money than another (sorry to disappoint). Each one has their own nuances, meaning each house has productive and unproductive financial habits.
Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty of what each house says about your finances, as told by select members of Hogwarts themselves.
I may not be as brave as Harry or as smart as Hermoine, but don’t underestimate Neville Longbottom. No sir.
Remember when Harry taught a bunch of us as we trained in Dumbledore’s Army? I may not have been as smart or as fast as the others, but I worked hard and managed to play a major role in bringing down Voldemort.
But that’s besides the point.
All that hard work, standing up for what I believe in, well, it does wonders for your bank account.
I make sure to have more than enough money to put food on the table. In fact, my ability to lead people makes me GREAT with investing decisions, but I hate taking credit for stuff—there’s no ‘i’ in team.
As much as I’m good at earning money, I learned the importance of having an emergency fund.
I would spend all the money I have if I could get my parents back again. Instead, I do what I can to spend money on those I love because I don’t want to live with regret. You never know what the future holds.
As one of the founders of Hogwarts, I vowed to serve my students and not make any assumptions about them, no matter what families they came from or how much talent they seemingly had from the get go.
This objectively has helped me through the years—Hufflepuffs never make assumptions about money.
They work hard and cultivate important skills to become financially independent. There’s a reason why my recipes are still being used to this day at Hogwarts.
My love of bringing people together through cooking can have its drawbacks. I want to think deeply about others, so much so that it often comes at my own expense. If Hufflepuffs see their friends and family in need they’ll do whatever it takes to help them.
We’re not risk takers, which is great for not squandering money, but we often take on extra work, sometimes to our detriment.
If that’s you my dear Hufflepuff, take some money and spend it on self-care. It’ll do you some good.
It’s me, Luna Lovegood. My love of the The Quibbler will never die, even if it doesn’t earn me a ton of money. But that doesn’t matter.
As I’m sure you can tell, I don’t care what anyone thinks— my outfits are pretty nice.
Speaking of The Quibbler, I love creating it. I love it so much that I don’t need to worry about trivial matters like managing money, though I reckon that other Ravenclaws who are in the finance industry will find it fascinating.
If I buy anything (big or small), I research it through and through. Those wonderful outfits? It takes me a long time to put them together. And the same goes for any financial decisions. Looking up stocks or budgeting apps? Call me in a few days to see how I’m doing, because I’ll probably be creating elaborate spreadsheets comparing the pros and cons of each.
It should be no surprise to you that I, Draco Malfoy, had two henchmen at my disposal—oh, Theordore Nott and Vincent Crabbe, how useful you two are. Come on, I’m a Malfoy, known as one of the most impressive (and dare I say richest) families around.
To put it mildly, we’re good with money. I mean, I can see from a mile away who I can use to further my goals.
It’s too bad that Harry didn’t take to me the first time we met on the train to Hogwarts—what does that peasant Ronald Weasley have that I don’t?
It doesn’t matter. Clearly, I’ve got much more going for me. First off, I have a lot of resources—yup, that includes money, and I’m not afraid to spend it. If someone in my circle of friends and family need help I will step up—like if my father were to ask me to give up my life’s savings to a charity, I’d do it.
However, my loyalty can cost me. Look what happened when I tried to be loyal to Voldemort (You-Know-Who) and pure-blood ideals.
Thank goodness my family is safe. To tie it to money, if I were a brand loyalist, who knows how much I’d end up spending if a brand raised their prices and a similar item or service were to cost much less?
No matter. I can probably earn more money. I’m great at letting everyone know how valuable I am.
I mean, you need your bosses to recognize what you do around the office in order to get those promotions and raises right? I do have to be careful sometimes. If I trust the wrong person at work, it could create a toxic environment. And as we all know, that’s never good for business.