When you think of your Hogwarts house, which songs come to mind? Which songs totally describe the house you belong to? Our WritersDomain team has answered these questions in the form of powerful playlists.
We’re super excited to share our playlists with you. They’re specifically for revelling in your house’s greatness and geeking out about the Harry Potter series. Without further ado, check out our playlists below.
As a proud Gryffindor, I knew I needed to include a lot of pump-up songs. These songs could be in a workout or dance party playlist depending on your mood. To me, Gryffindors are brave, friendly, daring, loyal, playful, and passionate—and depending on the day these could be good or bad for others around us. Thus my fellow Gryffindors and I can always jam to a good beat and lyrics about adventure, fun, and living in the present.
This playlist is dedicated to the Gryffindor who needs some serious pump-up music to revel in their greatness. A little healthy pride never hurt anyone, right?
The few soundtrack songs I included cover scenes from popular movies that have a driving pulse. For example, “March of the Resistance” is spirited and bright; it appeals to the Gryffindor that likes to see themselves as the good guy. One of my favorite additions to this playlist is “Is She With You?” from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wonder Woman’s theme is wild, fast, and passionate. If you’re a fierce Gryffindor, you love to make an entrance—and this song makes quite a first impression.
Ultimately, these are fun songs only. They reflect on the good times with friends, the goals we have, and the love we have for a good time.
I Diggory It: For the Hufflepuffs
So, you’re a Hufflepuff. Though the world may tell you that Hufflepuff is the least of the four houses, I hope you don’t believe that. Be proud of your yellow and black stripes. Don’t let the haters get you down! I’d even go so far as to tell you not to let the haters badger you into believing our house is anything less than magical.
Being a Hufflepuff is the best. We’re kind, loyal, and dedicated to those around us. We’re fair and patient, and we work hard—these are qualities the world needs. And we gave the world Cedric Diggory and Newt Scamander, two brilliant (and very good-looking) Hufflepuffs who honestly sought to help those around them, so we have that going for us too. Take heart in the fact that you’re bringing kindness, friendship, and sunshine to others.
This playlist is filled with just that: kindness, friendship, and sunshine. The songs are bound to uplift you, inspire you, and maybe make you want to dance. With classics like “Imagine” by John Lennon to newer jams like “Brother” by Kodaline, there are songs for every person who has a little Hufflepuff in their heart. I even threw in “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen because we all know that Evan Hansen is a Hufflepuff.
I hope you enjoy this playlist and bear your black-and-yellow stripes for all to see (while perhaps listening to Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” easily found on this very playlist).
Wit in Every Measure: A Ravenclaw Playlist
For our Ravenclaw playlist, I shot for “eclectic, smart, and fun with an edge of pretension.” I think the final version is decent enough.
My selection from musicals begins with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “The Schuyler Sisters” and transitions to jazz via Cécile McLorin Salvant’s cover of Cinderella’s “Stepsister’s Lament.” We then enjoy the work of icons like Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet, and Billie Holiday. Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” also gives us a taste of musical activism. #ThisIsAmerica
My rock and indie pop selections feature artists who allow Ravenclaws to enjoy popular music unironically. Think The Beatles, Queen, and Regina Spektor. I even included a track by The Smiths even though they’re the band that screenwriters make passing reference to when they want to show that a character is More Than They Seem.
Next, my nerdy fandom devotion shows in tracks from movies like The Fellowship of the Ring and Hidden Figures. You know I had to.
Foreign films and music are also on the menu. Specifically, I snagged a track called “Bookshelves” from a Swedish film and included some francophone music because culture. And I didn’t forget Ravenclaw’s Gaelic roots, which are brought out by artists like Julie Fowlis.
Finally, we have classical (Romantic, in this case) music by dead white men. Specifically, I chose Grieg and Rachmaninoff concertos because I love them. The concertos, not the composers. Classical composers tended to be jerk humans.
Stay clever, friends. And if you want into the common room tonight, let me know in the comments what YouTube web series based on a classic novel I alluded to twice in this blurb.
Every Day I’m Slytherin
Slytherin is often the most misunderstood of the houses, so it makes sense that we’d have such a dark and moody playlist. We’re not all villains! It’s just that, every once in a while, our ambition gets the best of us, and our tendency towards self-preservation is sometimes expressed as selfishness. In the end, we’re in it to win it.
For this playlist, I wanted to capture Slytherin’s ambitious spirit while also indulging in some of the darker themes that we hold dear. Honestly, one of the trickier tasks was finding songs with pretty clean language, given our angsty characters. Just looking at the titles, there’s a lot of death, blood, and darkness, but who said being the best ever came easily?!
Songs like “Glory and Gore,” “Let’s Kill Tonight,” and “Whatever It Takes” let people know that you are determined to succeed. “Heathens” and “Come With Me Now” show that you also place importance on fraternity (usually with fellow Slytherins) and that you want your friends behind you when you go to battle. Silence your enemies with “Choke” and “Culling of the Fold,” and then own your darker side with songs like “Twisted” and “Dark Horse.”
Queue up this playlist to tap into your clever and resourceful side. You know your strengths, and you’re ready to crawl, fight, and take down your enemies on your way to victory.
So here are all four playlists. We’d love to hear if we got it right or if you have more songs to suggest. Which Hogwarts House do you belong to? Let’s geek out in the comments.