ten points to Gryffindor

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From the Harry Potter series, in which students of the magical school Hogwarts belong to four houses (including Gryffindor), and earn or lose points for them based on their actions.

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ten points to Gryffindor

  1. (humorous) Used to praise someone for a statement or action viewed as commendable.
    • 2008, James Goss, Torchwood: Almost Perfect, BBC Books (2008), →ISBN, page 90:
      'Well, I'm assuming two things will happen. One, she'll try and kill me, two, you'll come down on her like a ton of bricks.'
      'Ten points to Gryffindor,' said Gwen.
    • 2013, Kristi Cook, Eternal, Simon and Schuster (2013), →ISBN, page 232:
      “Yeah, sure. You know I can't stand the sight of blood, right?”
      “Said no one ever while dating a vampire,” he quipped.
      “Very clever. Ten points to Gryffindor.”
    • 2013, Lara Hovsepian-Ruby, "Words That Should Be Part of the English Language", Caliber Magazine (University of California, Berkeley), Summer 2013, page 12:
      Yeah, well he has a backpfeifengesicht (ten points to Gryffindor if you can pronounce this word), AKA: a face that deserves to be punched.