“You all know, of course, that Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago – the precise date is uncertain – by the four greatest witches and wizards of the age. They built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was feared by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much persecution.”
— Professor Binns
Over a thousand years ago, the four greatest witches and wizards of the age shared a dream, to create a school where young people of the wizarding world could study and be trained in the magical arts they needed to become skilled, fully-trained wizards. These four great wizards each founded one of the Houses of the school that they worked together to form: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They have been referred to as The Hogwarts Four.
For a number of years, this arrangement worked just fine. Each of the founders took a group of students to be in their own house and even though they had differences of opinion about who should be trained, the house system helped them all to work together. However, as the years went by, the differences between Gryffindor and Slytherin became a serious rift. Eventually Slytherin left the school.
“你们都知道, 霍格沃茨是一千多年前建立的-具体的日期不知道-由四个当时最伟大的巫师创建的. 他们共同建造了这座城堡, 远离那些好奇的麻瓜, 因为当时的魔法界很怕普通人, 巫师们遭遇了很多的烦扰.
在一千多年以前, 当时最伟大的四个巫师拥有共同的梦想, 就是创建一所学校让魔法世界的年青人学习他们需要的魔法从而变成强大的魔法师. 这四个伟大的巫师每人创建了学校里的一个学院并共同组成了霍格沃茨魔法学校. 他们被称之为霍格沃茨四人组.
在接下来的一段时间里, 这个组织运行良好. 每个创建者都接收了一些学生到他们的学院, 虽然他们对谁应该被教授魔法有着不同的观点, 但是学院制使得他们和睦相处. 然而, 随着时间的推移, 格林芬多和斯莱特林的分歧发展成了严重的问题. 最终斯莱特林离开了学校.