Gryffindor is one of four Hogwarts houses where young wizards live and study. This is a kind of community where children go when they enter school. Which faculty the new student will be admitted to is decided by the Sorting Hat – a relic of Godric Gryffindor. It is believed that each house has its character traits, approved by its founder. For example, for Gryffindor, these are masculinity, devotion, courage, and strength. The listed qualities are embodied in the image of a lion – the main faculty symbol.
Meaning and History
According to the plot of the Harry Potter media franchise, Gryffindor was founded along with the rest of the houses in the deep Middle Ages, when four powerful friends decided to teach children the magic arts. Its direct creator is Godric Gryffindor, who wanted even non-pureblood wizards to enter the school. Due to the difference in views, he fell out with Salazar Slytherin. Other founders also had disagreements, which in the future affected the relationship between faculties. The spirit of competition is exacerbated by the fact that students compete for the annual House Cup prize. It is awarded to the community with the most points during their studies.
The houses have a clear division: each has its dormitory with a living room and its class schedule. In addition, they can be distinguished by their traditional symbolic system. Gryffindor’s official colors are gold and red, which is reflected in literally everything from living room designs to school clothes and badges for students.
Gryffindor has a Nearly-Headless Nick ghost: as far as we know, he was very afraid of death, so he decided to spend his entire afterlife in Gryffindor Tower. Another mascot of the faculty is the lion – a brave and strong animal that represents the best qualities of students. This noble predator is featured in the logo: it holds one paw raised as if swearing an oath of allegiance. The artists made the drawing quite realistic. They paid attention to detail, detailing the mane, fur, and head elements. Thanks to the combination of several shades, the image turned out to be three-dimensional.
The lion is on a red background, but the base is not evenly colored – it is outlined with uneven lines resembling tongues of flame. And this is not a coincidence. This is how the designers played on Gryffindor’s belonging to the element of fire. Their relationship is evidenced by the unrestrained and irascible nature of the students entering the red and gold faculty.
The lion is depicted inside the heraldic shield because the logo represents the official coat of arms of the house. The shape of the border is curly: the gray edges, despite their “metallic” design, look like a scroll with curled corners. This motif is often found in decorative arts and architecture. It is called a cartouche and has several varieties that appeared during the Baroque era. The shield frame on the Gryffindor logo is stylized as a forged element. It shines around the edges, especially in the folds, and appears three-dimensional due to the combination of dark and light shades.
The emblem of the faculty reflects some extent, its name, although the connection between them is not obvious. There is a theory that the word “Gryffindor” comes from the name of the mythological creature Griffin. According to ancient and medieval concepts, these animals have an eagle’s head and wings, and their body, tail, and hind legs are similar to those of a lion. Griffins are often found on the coats of arms of different cities. In heraldic traditions, they symbolize strength, speed, power, and might, which partially corresponds to the character traits of Godric Gryffindor.
Translated from French, the word “Griffe” means “claw,” that is, even here, semantic associations with lions can be traced. As for the last part of the faculty name (“or”), it may be associated with heraldic tinctures. We are talking about paints that are used to paint a coat of arms. “Or” is gold plating. This is how all shades of yellow are denoted.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The lack of inscriptions in the Gryffindor logo is compensated by the bright image of a lion against the shield’s background. The artists chose the main colors of the house – gold and red – for the decoration of the drawing, presenting them in several colors. Coincidentally, this is the basis of the heraldic palette along with the white/silver color. But there is almost no white on the coat of arms of the faculty. The designers have made the wide frame gray, and to make it seem voluminous, they mixed dark and light shades.