Gryffindors are generally known for their bravery and heroism. Since the main character of the Harry Potter series was a Gryffindor, we had the chance to know them more than the other houses. What defines this house? Is being brave and courageous all that it takes to be part of the Gryffindor house? Here are some traits that all the members of the Gryffindor house share, excluding the ones that are Gryffindor hatstalls but not Gryffindors. Though, they may have these traits as well.
Consciously or subconsciously, they crave adrenaline: I think that the title is self-explanatory. Gryffindors are people who need to feel adrenaline from time to time; some through sport like Quidditch, some through getting in trouble (like Fred and George Weasley) ,and some like Hermione Granger through exams and trying to achieve the highest score possible. There is Charlie Weasley who chose to work with dragons, or Molly Weasley, who has a very dynamic life, being the mother of seven children. Every person is different, so is every Gryffindor, but I think that each of them have some outlet in their life, which gives them adrenaline. Even Percy Weasley and Peter Pettigrew have their own outlets, despite them being known for not being very Gryffindory. Percy Weasley likes the adrenaline one can get by being the one in charge, when it comes for Peter Pettigrew, I think that he simply liked being part of the adventures with the ‘Marauders’ and getting in trouble with them ,while not being the one who is getting in trouble the most. On the other hand, you might remember how sad and depressed Sirius was while he was imprisoned in his own house, condemned to do nothing that raised his adrenaline level. Forbidding a Gryffindor to experience an adrenaline rush is bound to make them depressed and restless. Maybe, after all, this need for adrenaline is why Dumbledore said that Gryffindors like getting in trouble.
Gryffindors love heroes a lot: Because a Gryffindor admires courage and bravery, I think that they also admire heroes or someone who shows great bravery. Despite everything Snape has done to Harry during the time he was teaching, Harry never forgot the heroism and the brave acts Snape has done for Lily and the ‘Order of Phoenix’. I think that’s the reason why he named his son after Snape. Also, J. K. Rowling admired Jessica Mitford so much, that she named her first born after her.
Gryffindors need to feel brave: Everyone in the world fears something or someone, and everyone need to feel brave when being faced with difficult situations. But, Gryffindors truly need to feel brave, just like Slytherins need to feel special.[See the Slytherins’ post: https://somesmerizingtales.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/slytherins/ ].Some Gryffindors get on purpose into risky situations, like the ‘Marauders’ or the Weasley’s twins. On the other hand, there are Gryffindors who feel braver when they stand up for a cause or when they defend someone. For example, Hermione Granger founded ‘The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare’, because she wanted to defend the rights of the house elves. Another example would be J. K. Rowling, who founded ‘Lumos’, an organization, which supports eight million children, and which is against the institutionalism of the children. I feel that the best example for this trait would be Neville Longbottom. While, he was being sorted, he asked many times to be sorted in Hufflepuff, but the Sorting Hat refused to do so. Neville never saw himself as a brave and courageous human, but he really needed and wanted to be a brave person like his father and mother were. So, during the time he was in Hogwarts, while still being afraid, he took many brave actions .For example ,when he tried to stop the Golden Trio from breaking the Hogwarts rule ;when he tried to take down Goyle and Crabbe single-handedly, and when he joined the ‘Dumbledore’s Army’. His metamorphism was one of the most epic developments in the series.
Other traits: Gryffindors can be competitive; Gryffindors are generally very independent.